Homemade Hand & Body Cream

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I tried making my own soaps, creams and cleaners for Christmas last year, which all turned out pretty well, but the one thing I have continued to make is the cream. I know it sounds a little crazy to make your own cream, but trust me, this cream is great for everything…it is a fantastic hand and body cream, I also use it on my face. I like the fact that I know every ingredient!
There are only three ingredients; Shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil.

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I use the whole container of shea butter, half of the container of coconut oil, and about 3-4 tablespoons of the almond oil. I have also added a fragrance in the past, but I think this cream has a nice smell without adding anything. Both the coconut oil and Shea butter are solid at room temperature, but melt at a very low temperature. I use the #2 setting on our stove top. You just have to warm them up to melt them.
The Shea butter is sort of crumbly out of the container, so I use a fork or knife to scoop it out into a pot. I would use an old pot that you don’t use for eating, but there is nothing in this cream that will seriously harm you. A lot of people use the coconut oil for cooking.

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The coconut oil is more the consistency of butter.

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And finally, add the almond oil. The almond oil is liquid at room temperature, so you just have to pour it in.
Basically from here you stir it as it melts, and once it has all melted, pour it into your containers. I just use a few plastic containers, although I have been keeping my eye out for a good source to buy glass ones.
What are the kids doing now? As you can see, I had help from my son with the stirring. Because it melts at such a low temperature, I let the kids help with the stirring.

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As you can see, today I put the containers out in the snow to cool. I will keep the unopened containers in the fridge until we need them. I wouldn’t keep them for longer than 2-3 months.
Enjoy!

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