Baby, it’s Cold Outside….
Ya’ll…I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but Denver recently experienced some of the coldest temperatures on record, like the high was zero, maybe, if we were lucky. Now, as you know, I’m from down South, where the humidity is high and my skin glows like that of a 15 year old prom queen. Living in the almost-desert that is Colorado has wreaked havoc on my skin, most especially on my hands. They look scaly and old and dry and sometimes the skin even cracks. Now, I use Sweet Georgia Sugar’s All Natural Whipped Body Butter all over my body, with glowing results, but my poor hands need some extra TLC during the winter months.
I decided to experiment in the lab with some different ingredients and ratios to try and create a rich, creamy hand cream that will transform my hands from those of an old crone to those of that 15 year old prom queen. Here’s what I did:
1 c. Shea butter
½ c. cocoa butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1tbsp. avocado oil
Essential oils for fragrance
I mixed all of the above ingredients together and whipped on high with my Kitchen Aid for 10 minutes or so, until it looked fluffy. So easy, right? Well…not quite. The thing about cocoa butter, y’all, is that it is hard as a rock and really difficult to get out of the container. I ended up having to scrape flakes of it out with a spoon to get what I needed. The other thing about cocoa butter? It smells like…well, cocoa. For some stupid reason that came as a complete shock to me. Now, I’m not opposed to chocolate in any form, but I don’t want to smell like chocolate, you feel me?
So, I started adding essential oils to the mix to try and mask the smell of cocoa. You’ll notice that I did not list the individual oils that I used. That’s because I used so dang many of them that I have no idea what the hell I put in there. Orange oil? Sure. Vanilla? Yes. Clove? Why not. God, this still smells like cocoa…so let’s try….Frankincense? Ok. Myrrh? What the hell. You guys, I added so many different, weird combinations of scents that I was certain it would smell revolting. But it didn’t. IT STILL SMELLED LIKE COCOA. Now, there are those of you out there who LIKE to smell like food. I feel you, and respect your right to smell just exactly like whatever you want. The girls in my office LOVED this stuff. One said it smelled like cake frosting, another said cupcakes, not my cup of tea, but hey, to each his own, yeah? (Also, it made me want to eat cupcakes all day and I don’t even like cupcakes).
But the real question is, did it work? Did my hands stop looking like they belonged to my grandma and instead like those of a fresh, young hand model? The answer is YES, you guys! Finally an answer to my dry skin prayers! Now, this was so easy, ya’ll. I know you can do it yourselves. You probably have half of those ingredients in your pantry right this minute. Try it, you’ll never go back to that chemical-laden, poisonous hand cream you buy at the drugstore, (which some studies suggest, actually makes your skin drier).
A note on the scent: If you like smelling like a giant vat of chocolate icing, then proceed with no essential oils added for fragrance. If (like me), you prefer something a little more subtle, (or earthy, or floral, or herbal, or whatever), then decrease your cocoa butter to ¼ cup and add the essential oils of your choice, (up to 50 drops of one or a combination). Now, go do it! Try it! You’ll be glad you did. I Promise, ya’ll. Now, where did I set my cupcake….