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Hand Cream

1/4 c. mineral oil **

1/4 c. stearine flakes (used in candle making, I get mine at Michael’s)
Put these in a heatproof glass mixing bowl and heat in a pan with water
brought to a boil, then lower flame to a simmer. When the liquid is completely clear, remove from water bath. Then mix:
1 c. distilled water
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 T glycerine

In a measuring cup with a fork or a whisk. Heat this mixture in the microwave for a minute to a minute and a half - don’t bring to a boil. Slowly pour the water mixture into the oil mixture, whisking merrily. Have your trusty stick blender OR regular ’mixer’ at the ready.
After the solution foams up and doubles in volume, mix it with one of the above on HIGH for about two minutes. (I have found this is critical - don’t stop mixing too early or the cream will separate later into water and solids). You will thrill at the sight of your cream turning into a wonderful, shiny fluffy cloud - the consistency of ’marshmallow creme’. When thoroughly mixed, set bowl aside, cover and allow to cool. I prefer not to refrigerate as the temperature extremes tend to make your results vary. If desired, when cool stir in a little FO or EO. My most favorite are ’honey almond’ FO (smells just like Jergens!) or ’Orange Blossom’ FO (Sweetcakes) or Lavender EO. Spoon into jars which have been heat
sterilized. This wonderful cream leaves your skin feeling velvety,
moisturized, but NOT greasy. (Warning: If you notice a ’watery’ texture after rubbing into your skin, you probably didn’t blend it long enough - but you can reheat the whole mixture in a water bath and mix again!
This has worked for me). Yield: 12 oz.

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