This homemade citrus mint hand salve smells amazing, and it is super moisturizing for dry skin, cuticles and even cracked heels.
I’ve said this before, but I really wish my blog was scratch and sniff.
Because this stuff is amazing. The combination of spearmint, lemon and lime essential oils is pretty heavenly. (It smells so good, in fact, that I didn’t mind when I spilled some of the ingredients in the kitchen while I was making a batch of this hand salve.)
And don’t even get me started on how good this homemade hand salve feels on your dry skin. Parched hands, cracked heels, dry cuticles, scratchy elbows, ashy legs — any patch of moisture-starved skin can benefit from a good coating of this soothing all-natural balm.
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This recipe was inspired by the Savannah Bee Company Beeswax Hand and Nail Salve. I bought a tin of it while on vacation and realized I could make my own for a fraction of the price.
It couldn’t be easier to whip up a batch.
I like to fill a short, wide-mouth mason jar with the hand salve and keep it beside my bed.
And I also like to make travel-size tins to carry in my purse. These travel sizes make great gifts, especially when you add a cute, free printable label, which you can download at the end of this post.)
- 3 ounces olive oil
- 3 ounces sunflower oil
- 2.5 Tablespoons beeswax pastilles
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 40 drops spearmint essential oil
- 20 drops lime essential oil
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- short, wide mouth mason jars
- 2-ounce round tins
- glass measuring cup
- liquid droppers
- spatula or spoon
Combine the olive oil and sunflower oil with the beeswax pastilles in a medium-sized glass measuring cup or bowl.
Microwave on high, in 30-second increments, until the beeswax pellets have melted. Stir well after each 30 seconds, as this will help melt the beeswax. It should take more than a minute or two to melt the pellets.
Once the beeswax is melted, add the Vitamin E oil and stir to combine.
Add in the essential oils, stirring well to incorporate the fragrance throughout the mixture.
While mixture is still liquified, pour into mason jars and tins.
Allow to cool and set completely for several hours, before putting the tops on the containers. The hand salve will remain soft to the touch when it is set.
Because lime and lemon essential oils can increase sensitivity to sunlight, do not use this product on your lips. Avoid use if you’re going to be out in the sun.
The homemade hand salve is a great gift for women and men. My husband and son love this stuff as much as I do. Hubby likes to use it on the dry skin on this legs, and my son loves to grease up his feet and then put on socks to seal in the moisture.
I like to do that, too, before a pedicure. And I love using the salve on my hands and cuticles, which can get really dry and rough because of all hand washing I have to do because of cooking and painting.
Just click the links below to download the printable labels.
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