How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve in 5 Minutes

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve in 5 Minutes

Hello winter! Hello dry cracked hands!

I hate this time of year. My hands and nails tend to be dried out from doing dishes, washing my hands, and our dry Colorado climate.

For some reason, I always get a crack right on my right knuckle.

Every. Darn. Year.

This DIY Cracked Hand Salve Recipe whips up in about 5 minutes and it uses all natural non-toxic ingredients that really work.

The shea butter, beeswax and almond oil work together to moisturize. The lavender essential oil not only smells awesome but it has disinfecting properties. Perfect for preventing infection.

You’ll need about  5 minutes of your time to provide you with up to 4 months of salve to use on a daily basis.

DIY Cracked Hand Salve Recipe

What you need:
• 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
• 2 Tbsp Beeswax (Grated)
• 1 Tbsp Almond Oil
• 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Metal Tin
• Double Boiler

When you purchase your beeswax, it may come in a stick form. If so, you will need to be grate it using a hand grater or a food processor. This process is so easy and all you need is 2 Tbsp worth.

Once your beeswax has been grated, set all your ingredients aside.

Fill the bottom portion of your double boiler with water and place on high heat until it starts to boil.

Once the water starts to boil add on the top portion of your double boiler filled with your shea butter, beeswax, and almond oil. The ingredients will melt and mix together nicely in a matter of minutes.

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve in 5 Minutes

As soon as everything becomes a liquid give it a quick stir, remove from heat, and immediately pour in your metal tin. Add your drops of lavender essential oil.

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve with All Natural Ingredients

Just to let you know, I filled my mixture above the line for the metal tin and it formed with a rounded top without pouring over.

Allow your DIY cracked hand salve to set for about 10 minutes and you will notice your liquid turning into a solid.

Once your salve turns into a solid form, grab a little chunk and rub it all over your dry, cracked hands. Your hands will instantly be moisturized and looking better than ever!

Plus, the lavender smell is delightful. I love to rub some on my cracked hands right before bedtime. Then, I’ll sleep with my hands tucked under my head and the smell of lavender helps ease me to sleep.

Don’t be stingy – now that you’ve bought the supplies, make up a few tins of this beeswax hand salve recipe to give as gifts. Your friends will thank you!

BEAUTY HACK: Keep this cracked hand salve next to your sink so you can treat your hands every time you wash them. And wash them with the moisturizing version of my kid friendly foaming hand soap.

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Now that you have your lavender essential oil out, why not make DIY Natural Disinfecting Spray?

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  1. Susan Budzinski says:

    I’m looking for suggestions on making this recipe a little softer. Mine solidified where I have to use my fingernails to loosen it just a bit so I can scrape it off

  2. Hi Susan! If the consistency was off for you, try adding a bit more almond oil. That will make the salve creamier. Hope that helps! Andrea

  3. Heather says:

    Do you think I could put into silicone molds so I could make them into little “lotion” bars? I’m not sure if the final product would become firm enough to hold the shape. Thanks!

  4. Hi Heather, The cracked hand salve is actually a cream consistency – so it won’t mold. If you like lotion bars, I have a recipe for them in my Organic Skin Care for Natural Beauty book —> Andrea

  5. Katrina Adamson says:

    Does this work on cracked heels too?

  6. YES! It works great on cracked heels.

  7. With this amount of ingredients how many tins does it make and what size tins do you have?

  8. Ellen Wood says:

    I hate lavender scent is there a substitute?

  9. Hi Ellen! There are a few essential oils you could substitute: Chamomile, Sandalwood or Rose would all work to help heal and soothe dry cracked skin. Sandalwood can be kinda expensive, so make sure you like it before investing in it. Hope that helps! Andrea

  10. Any idea which oil would work instead of almond oil as I’m highly allergic to it. Thanks so much in advance.

  11. Hi Mel, Can you use avocado oil? Or apricot oil? Both are very nourishing for the skin. Andrea

  12. Sandra Sirmon says:

    I have glass 2 oz gars. Can they be used instead of metal tins…oh, and thank you for the recipe!

  13. Hi Sandra, Yes! Glass jars would work great. Andrea

  14. Would it be ok to use coconut or grape seed oil?

  15. Hi Lisa, While both would technically work, I would substitute grape seed oil. Since coconut oil is a solid at room temp, I don’t think you’ll get the same creamy texture. Let me know how it works! Andrea

  16. thxs for d recipe…..

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