Frankincense oil works wonders on skin, from helping it heal quickly, to developing a youthful appearance. It does this with its powerful astringent properties. This means that it unclogs pores, tightens skin, and reduces wrinkles. All in all, three great attributes for a hand cream. Frankincense oil is also great for healing cuts and scars, and can reduce the appearance of dark spots, like on the backs of hands. It also strengthens the skin and can improve its defense mechanisms, protecting it from further damage.
Ok, so now that we know we want the Frankincense oil in the hand cream, the next is to build a thick, creamy base to deliver that powerful and potent frankincense oil.
We’ll start our base with coconut oil. Not only will coconut oil absorb into the skin, but it’s deep triglyceride base will moisturize the skin with fatty acids. That is, after all, why we use hand cream in the first place. We are going to use raw unrefined coconut oil, which goes back and forth between a solid and a liquid at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. The essential oils, when they are mixed in, will help the coconut oil favor being a liquid more often, raising the temperature at which the coconut oil becomes a solid.
The next star ingredient we are going to add is shea butter. Shea butter helps the skin to produce more natural collagen and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids. These acids protect and nourish the skin to prevent it from drying out.
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- Measure the coconut oil, and add it to a large glass measuring bowl
- Add in the shea butter
- Heat the mixture in the microwave just a little, to ease stirring
- Add the essential oil, counting each drop from the included dropper
- Whip the mixture with a whisk
- Transfer the cream into the pump bottle with a funnel (This is easier when it is warm)
- Label the bottle with these cute little tags and start spoiling your hands right away
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