Geranium Hand Cream

Dry hands are the worst! My hands get pretty beat up sometimes, especially when I’m gardening or out swimming or camping a lot. I used to work in a kitchen and my hands got really bad from washing dishes and wearing gloves regularly, they were cracked and bleeding for months and super painful. I tried so many things to help them, but nothing worked until I started to make my own lotions. I also find the store bought lotions to actually dry out my hands even more over time, and I find a lot of the fragrances and additives irritating to my skin. So I’ve spent quite a lot of time perfecting my recipe so I can make my own instead.

One of the first issues I ran into was that the homemade stuff left my hands super greasy and I couldn’t touch anything for quite a while after putting it on. Super annoying! lol! I had to figure out a way to make it less greasy somehow. I finally succeeded by taking out the coconut oil completely and using mostly shea butter instead, as well as using a couple of other fast-absorbing oils that still have a lot of moisturization.

The next issue was to find the right blend of essential oils. I’ve tried many combinations over time and each one got a little better. I’m proud to say though that I think I’ve finally nailed it! It’s luxurious and rich, helps to heal dry and sun damaged skin and smells wonderfully floral. Here’s my recipe!


Geranium Hand Cream
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  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 2 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 2 tbsp jojoba oil
  • A few drops of vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops geranium oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops melrose oil
  • 1 drop frankincense oil
  • 1 drop helichrysum oil
  • 1 drop myrrh oil


  1. Melt the shea butter, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil together in a small pot on the lowest heat setting on a stove, or in a double boiler. Stir to mix well.
  2. Once everything is melted, remove from heat. If you don’t want to use a hand mixer in the pot or double boiler you melted it in, transfer it into a small bowl first. Place it in the fridge and check it regularly for the right consistency. You want it to be firm enough that your finger makes a dent, but not so soft that your finger pokes through into liquid. If you poke it and you can’t make a little dent then it’s too firm and you will have to re-melt it and start over. I check about every 10 mins to make sure it right.
  3. Once you have the perfect firmness, remove from the fridge and add the geranium, lavender, melrose, frankincense, helichrysum, & myrrh essential oils and a few of drops of vitamin E oil. The vitamin E oil is great for skin and also helps the cream store longer as it acts as a natural antioxidant.
  4. Whip out your hand mixer and whip up everything until it looks creamy and fluffy, about 2 mins. Transfer into a glass jar or container, no plastic please! Make sure to use something that is easy to reach into as this will harden more as it sets and you won’t be able to shake it out.
  5. Enjoy!


Just a little note, while it’s much less greasy than all of the homemade hand creams I’ve tried in the past, if you are used to the store bought stuff please be aware that it will still be a little more oily than you are probably used to. It takes longer to rub natural products like these in because they don’t have all of the drying additives, so make sure you give it a few mins and rub it in thoroughly. If you are used to making your own skin care products hopefully you will find it soaks in much faster and leaves less residual oils. Let me know how yours turns out and how you like it!







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