Whipped Cucumber Hand Cream Recipe with Bergamot Essential Oil
This whipped cucumber hand cream recipe with bergamot essential oil is a must for anyone with dry hands. But don’t be afraid to use it on other parts of your body as well. Not only does it hydrate and soothe dry skin, it can also help with sunburns and other skin care concerns.
One of my favorite bath and body ingredients I’ve been working with lately is the cucumber hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs. Steam distilled from the whole fruit, their cucumber hydrosol has the most amazing refreshing, cooling and crisp aroma. It’s perfect solo as a summer body splash on hot days, or it can also be incorporated into your own homemade bath and body recipes.
I’ve previously used this hydrosol in my anti-aging cucumber eye cream recipe. This time around I used it in a divine whipped cucumber hand cream recipe. The natural fragrance of the cucumber hydrosol blends perfectly with bergamot essential oil. So my whipped cucumber hand cream is not just luxurious when massaged onto skin, but it also comes with a natural aroma worthy of its nutrient rich ingredients.
Because cucumber hydrosol, which is essentially the same thing as cucumber water, has wonderful cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s also great for sunburned skin. So don’t feel like this whipped cucumber hand cream recipe is only suited for winter.
Learn more about the benefits of cucumbers in skin care here.
Additionally, the inclusion of bergamot essential oil also helps to promote skin health and hasten healing as well as reduce the appearance of scarring and hyperpigmentation. It has also been shown to lessen the sensitivity of nerves, thereby lessening pain due to sunburns or sore muscles.
In addition, it is important to not that bergamot essential oil does cause photosensitivity. Therefore, I recommend using Bergaptene Free bergamot essential oil to alleviate this concern.
Whipped Cucumber Hand Cream Recipe
1.25 oz. emulsifying wax
1 oz. cucumber seed oil
1 oz. cucumber hydrosol
1 oz. baobab oil
.75 oz. refined shea butter
.5 oz. aloe vera gel
.15 oz. stearic acid
.1 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.05 oz. bergamot essential oil
.01 oz. Germaben II (or other broad spectrum preservative)
green cosmetic mica, to suit (if desired)
Use a digital scale to weigh out the shea butter, stearic acid, emulsifying wax, lanolin and the cucumber seed and baobab oils. Combine in double boiler and heat until all of the solids have melted.
In a separate container, weigh out and combine the cucumber hydrosol and aloe vera gel. Gently heat until the liquid ingredients are about the same temperature as the wax, butter, lanolin and oils.
Remove both of the containers from heat. Then slowly pour the hydrosol and aloe mixture into the oils, mixing with an immersion or hand blender. Continue mixing for several minutes until your whipped cucumber hand cream starts to cool and thicken. (You can also use a whisk for this step if you don’t want air whipped into your hand cream.)
Now weigh out the essential oil and preservative and mix them into the hand cream. (Be sure to check the temperature of your whipped cucumber hand cream prior to adding the preservative as some preservatives must be added below specific temperatures.)
Continue mixing until the essential oil and preservative are fully incorporated into your hand cream, then spoon or pour the cream into your container(s) of choice.
Allow your whipped cucumber hand cream to set up overnight. Then it’s ready to use the next day. The final product will have a similar feel to a whipped body butter.
If desired you can also decorate your containers of whipped cucumber hand cream with washi tape for gifting.
More Skin Care Recipes
If you like my whipped cucumber hand cream recipe with bergamot essential oil, then you may also enjoy some of these other skin care recipes.
- Lavender Bergamot Salt Bar Recipe
- Aloe Vera Soap Recipe with Neem Oil
- Skin Softening Hand Scrub Recipe
- Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe
- Tinted Moisture Lip Whip Recipe
- Soothing Moisture Whip Recipe
- Silky After Sun Moisturizer Spray Recipe
- Natural Rose Body Balm Recipe (pictured above)
- Aloe Vera Bath Melts Recipe
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