How to make a DIY natural hand cream at home

In this article, we share a simple formula for how to make a DIY natural hand cream at home using mainly cocoa butter to create a non-greasy moisturizing hand cream.

The hands happen to be one of the most neglected areas of the body and therefore it usually sustains more damage because of the daily tasks we perform like cleaning, washing up, and even using hand sanitizers.

Cocoa butter is the active ingredient in this hand lotion. It is rich in fatty acids that help to restore the skin’s moisture and also create a layer on the skin to prevent more loss of moisture. This is why Cocoa butter is an excellent choice to be used as the base cream for this hand lotion formula.

Furthermore, using Cocoa butter as a base is what gives the hand cream a non-greasy consistency.   Some other butters like shea butter for instance may absorb into the skin faster but can result in a very greasy feeling after application.

Cocoa butter also has phytochemicals that can help protect the skin against damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays. But please note that cocoa butter is not a replacement for sunscreen.

Follow this tutorial step-by-step for how to make a DIY natural hand cream at home that will result in a moisturizing cream that’s perfect for our hands because it is easily absorbed and great for an instant hydration boost.


This recipe can make up to 100 grams of hand cream.

Water Phase
  • 67g Distilled Water
  • 2g Glycerine
Oil Phase
  • 10g Cocoa Butter
  • 12g Grapeseed Oil
  • 5g Emulsifying Wax
Cool Down
  • 1g Preservative Eco
  • 2g Vitamin E Oil
  • 1g (max) Essential Oils


  1. First of all, measure out your water phase ingredients: distilled water & glycerine and your oil phase ingredients: cocoa butter, grapeseed oil & emulsifying wax
  2. Over low heat, or using the double boiler method, melt both phases in separate heatproof glasses
  3. Once the ingredients are fully melted, combine the two and whisk a little to make sure they’re fully incorporated
  4. Use an electric whisk or immersion blender to mix the ingredients until it emulsifiers. When you’re satisfied with the consistency, you can move onto preserving and adding fragrance
  5. Next, add your Cool Down phase ingredients: natural preservative, antioxidant
  6. You can include any essential oils you’d like for fragrance – max 1g in total
  7. Mix the ingredients again briefly either by hand or using a blender to ensure that all the ingredients are well incorporated
  8. Either pipe or gently transfer the hand cream into any durable, portable container e.g. a silicone squeeze bottle

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