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Recipe | Spiced Gingerbread hand wash and lotion

Written by on April 13th, 2018.      14 comments

How to make gingerbread hand cream

An easy-to-make hand wash and lotion set that's almost good enough to eat.
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Our versatile ready-made cosmetic bases are designed to be customised with imaginative additions, from essential oil blends to colourful clays and exfoliants. 

To make this easy, autumnal hand wash and lotion set, we took two of our most popular ready-made products: our handmade castile soap base and light moisturiser cream, and fragranced them with a blend of essential oils, which you can also buy ready-blended here

Initially, we also experimented with adding pumice (10-15g for a 250ml bottle) to the hand wash, to make a gorgeous, exfoliating wash. We found that the lotion pump tends to get a little blocked after a while though with this method, which is a pity as it's a luxurious way to wash your hands, and helps the lotion sink in beautifully. If you like the sound of it, you could package the exfoliating wash in a jar instead. 

We packaged the set in our amber glass 250ml jars, and added handwritten labels and ribbon. You can get as creative as you like, with the packaging and the fragrance, but hope this gives you some inspiration to start with! 
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Gingerbread hand wash
(Makes 250g)

240g castile soap base
8 drops each ginger and cassia essential oils
6 drops clove bud essential oil
(Or buy our 30ml ready-made Gingerbread essential oil blend here and use 15 drops)


Amber glass bottle, 250ml
Lotion pump

Mix soap and essential oils in bowl. Funnel into 250ml glass bottle and add lotion pump. Customise the bottle with a homemade label or ribbon!

Gingerbread hand lotion
(Makes 250g)

240g light moisturiser cream 
5 drops each ginger and cassia essential oil
3 drops clove bud essential oil
(Or buy our 30ml ready-made Gingerbread essential oil blend here and use 10 drops)
Amber glass bottle, 250ml
Lotion pump

Repeat method as above. You may need to tap the bottle down onto a hard surface covered with a towel to encourage the cream to flow into the bottle from the funnel. 

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14 Comments

Kate says ...
This is cool! Back in France where I come from, I used to make "pain d'epices" for my brother who is a bee keeper. Each beekeeper has their own recipe of mixed spices for their own bread/cake they sell at markets. The scent of these spices always brings back memories :)
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