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Hand care: an aromatic hand balm

With the icy winter upon us, it's our hands that are going to suffer most of all! Snow, wind and cold cause dry hands, cracks or frostbite in the worst cases... The skin on our hands is particularly exposed, and wearing gloves isn't always enough. It's easy to make a highly moisturising hand balm at home, with light coverage to limit water loss.

Discover our recommended recipe:

Use a small fondue pot to melt 20 grams of organic shea butter and 10 ml of calendula oily macerate in a double boiler. Once the mixture has melted, remove from the heat and leave to cool for one or two minutes. Add a teaspoon of organic liquid honey to the oil obtained. Mix thoroughly with a mini whisk or a disinfected (or boiled) fork.

Finally, add the following Essential Oils to the cooled mixture:

  • Palmarosa Essential Oil HECT: 8 drops ;
  • Cistus ladanifera Essential Oil HECT: 5 drops;
  • Rose Geranium Essential Oil HECT: 3 drops.

Mix and pour the semi-liquid preparation into a small jar that's easy to take with you during the day. Place the jar in the fridge overnight to stabilise the balm. The balm contains no preservatives and will keep for a short time (maximum two or three weeks if you use it every day by dipping your fingers in it). Honey, with its unrivalled humectant power, gives this balm an intense moisturising occlusive effect. Shea butter and calendula oil will soothe irritated and painful hands while softening the skin. The astringent essential oils of cistus and geranium help repair the damaged corneal layer. Palmarosa promotes cell renewal and gives the balm its zen fragrance.

If you don't have enough time to make your own balm, you can also treat your dry hands with our organic shea butter (morning and evening), or our Adaptarom cream (any time of the day).

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