DIY: Rose Hand Cream

Rose hand cream is an excellent healer and moisturizer for anyone who works with their hands.

| April 2, 2014

  • In “Gifts from the Garden” Debora Robertson offers inventive, inexpensive projects using plants and produce that are easily grown in your own garden.
    Cover courtesy Kyle Books
  • Rose hand cream may smell heavenly, but it also works hard to repair dry hands.
    Photo by Yuki Sugiura

Give thoughtful and unique gifts with home-grown flavor. Gifts from the Garden (Kyle Books, 2013) by Debora Robertson is an inspirational collection of pretty, practical projects. From edible to decorative, there’s a gift to suit every individual. The following “Herbs and Flowers” project is for sweetly scented, rose hand cream.

Purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Gifts from the Garden.

This sweetly scented, but hard-working cream makes a very good present to give to an enthusiastic gardener whose hands are dry from weekends spent in the garden.

Rose Hand Cream

Ingredients



• 1⁄2 cup sweet almond or jojoba oil
• 4 tablespoons shea butter
• 2 tablespoons beeswax, grated
• 1⁄2 cup rose water
• 1⁄2 teaspoon benzoin tincture (a natural preservative)
• 4 drops Rose Maroc essential oil
• 4 drops lavender oil (optional, though it will help heal small cuts and scratches on hard-working hands)
• Dark glass jar/s

Instructions



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