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DIY Moisturizing Hand Salve Recipe

This moisturizing hand salve recipe is perfect for dry skin and cuticles. Just melt and pour the ingredients, and you're done!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Author Heather Dessinger


  • double boiler (or stainless steel bowl and a pot large enough to set it in)
  • stirring spoon or fork
  • 2 oz tins or other containers



How To Make Hand Salve

  • Gently heat the beeswax in a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler you can use a stainless steel bowl set inside a pot of boiling water.) 
  •  When the beeswax is melted, add in the shea butter (if using) and allow it to fully melt. 
  • When the shea butter is melted, add in the oil and let it warm up for 1-2 minutes. Stir everything until it is well combined and then remove the mixture from heat.
  • If you're adding essential oils, allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes before stirring them in. You want it to be warm and pourable but not hot.
  • Pour the salve into your container (or containers) and allow to cool fully before using.  I used three of these 2 ounce tins.

How To Use Hand Salve

  • Apply to cuticles, hands, and dry skin patches as needed. 


Shelf life: Approximately 6 months. 
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