Hand Cream

Hand cream and almond oil surrounded by natural almonds
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  • 12 oz beeswax
  • 12 oz cocoa butter
  • 2 tsp sweet almond oil
  • 2 Tbsp jojoba oil
  • 10 drops essential oil (lavender, lemon, patchouli, or rosemary)


  1. Place the beeswax and cocoa butter in the top of a double boiler over medium heat.
  2. When melted, remove pan from heat and add almond and jojoba oils.
  3. Stir in the essential oil, and pour into jar, leaving lid off until mixture is cool.


  • This rich, buttery mixture is just what winter hands need. Make a test batch for yourself before multiplying the ingredients to fill small glass jars for gifts.
  • Experiment with the essential oils, using just one or a combination. For a thinner hand balm, add more almond oil.

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Nan Fornal

Nan Fornal has experience with fiction, nonfiction, and technical publications, working closely with book and magazine publishers from from first edit to final proofing. She has worked with Exeter Press, Boston magazine, and self-publishers alike.