Orange creamsicle hand & body cream

Who doesn't love creamsicle anything? For me, it's the irresistible smell of orange and vanilla together. I'm on a make-it-myself mission these days and this hand and body cream is amazing. Last month, I made body butter, and while it is still my choice for all over body moisturizing right out of the shower, this cream is better for day use as it's much less greasy & you don't need the 10-minutes-to-let-it-sink-in before you do anything-wait like you do with the butter.

You'll notice the addition of borax in this recipe. I did a little research and seems to be not unusual:
Borax is used as a natural agent that is completely 'clean' to help emulsify the beeswax, otherwise it would go hard. When combined with beeswax borax does not irritate the skin. However, if you used borax alone on the skin it may cause irritation.
....It is extremely safe and we have not had one complaint over any type of issue with the borax causing skin issues. In fact, it is quite the contrary. Conditions like eczema and psoriasis respond very well to it. Source.
So...essential it's used to emulsify the beeswax. And the amount is teeny, tiny anyway. It hasn't bothered me at all and I have pretty sensitive skin.

My review
  • Spots of eczema on my hands showed noticeable improvement after just 2 days of use (and mine gets so bad that I resort to cortisone cream when nothing else works).
  • Dry, bumpy skin on elbows is gone-almost overnight! As I write this, I am touching my super smooth elbows. 
  • Craig loves it & he is picky about cream. No greasiness or strong scents. He gets very dry hands from washing so often at work. 
  • Love this cream! 
This recipe is modified from the Soapmaker's Companion (a book I am enjoying immensely).

Yield: about 300 grams (or visually, the amount in the containers in the pic above)

62.5 grams extra virgin olive oil
12.5 grams sweet almond oil
12.5 grams jojoba oil
2.5 grams shea butter
11 grams castor oil
5 grams cocoa butter
25 grams beeswax

110 grams water
2.5 grams borax
4 grams vegetable glycerin

2 grams essential oils of choice (I used 1.5 grams vanilla oil and 0.5 grams sweet orange oil)

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients (all the liquid and solid oils) into a small saucepan and melt. Heat to 165 °F. 
  2. Combine next 3 ingredients in another saucepan and heat to 165 °F. Ensure borax is fully dissolved.
  3. In a container (I used a plastic 750 ml yogurt container-it is tall to help with spatter and fits a stick blender nicely) pour the heated oil mixture. Slowly add the water mixture while blending with a stick blender on the lowest setting. Turn off the blender from time to time and just stir it around with the stick. You'll need to scrape down the sides of the container with a spatula once or twice. Note: The mixture starts off looking curdled like bad mayonnaise but it comes together and becomes creamy after about 10 minutes of mixing. Slowly increase blending speed as you go. Don't be afraid to over blend...but when it looks like cream, it's probably done. Add your essential oils and blend further to ensure they are fully incorporated. 
  4. Allow to cool fully and put into containers. Ready to use immediately. 
  5. Update: I've made this where it doesn't get curdled, but is fully emulsified but super runny. Keep blending for a little while to help cool the mixture. It will thicken up as it cools. Pour into your contain and wait until full cooled to use. 


  1. Salut Jill, thank you so much for this recipe. Done it with few tweaks as I missed some ingredients, but the result is magical, it absorbs right away and your skin is soft and delicate. Love it! One happy body creamer :D

    1. Hi! I'm so glad you tried (and liked) it! I make it often and find it lasts longer (without spoiling) than other diy natural creams.

  2. hi, for those of us who cant go through the stress of making this, how can we order this?


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