How to Make Sea Salt Hand Cream

by Fatima Farakh

Sea salt is full of important minerals that help nourish your skin.

aroma bath items. sea salt and fresh basil with flowers. image by joanna wnuk from Fotolia.com

Sea salt is a healthy alternative to table salt, as it does not experience any chemical processing that removes its natural minerals. Katherine Zeratsky of the Mayo Clinic states, "Sea salt is produced through evaporation of seawater, usually with little processing, which leaves behind some trace minerals and elements depending on its water source. These insignificant amounts of minerals add flavor and color to sea salt, which also comes in a variety of coarseness levels." There are other kinds of sea salt, like Dead Sea salt, which is a common salt used in salt baths and skin care products due to its high nutritional content.

Items you will need

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • Bowl
  • Double boiler
  • 1 oz. beeswax
  • 1/2 cup almond oil or another carrier oil of your choice
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt or Dead Sea salt
  • Blender
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • Spoon
Step 1

Add 1 tbsp. of sea salt or Dead Sea salt to 3/4 cup of distilled water and mix well until all of the salt is dissolved in the water.

Step 2

Add 1/4 cup aloe vera gel to the water and salt mixture and mix well again.

Step 3

Melt 1 oz. beeswax in a double boil on low heat.

Step 4

Add the almond oil and the coconut or cocoa butter to the beeswax. Let the beeswax and the coconut or cocoa butter melt and mix well.

Step 5

Remove the beeswax and oil mixture from the heat and pour it in a blender. Let it sit until it starts to thicken.

Step 6

Start the blender on high setting and slowly pour the water mixture on top of the beeswax and oil mixture. Blend well until it develops a cream-like consistency.

Step 7

Pour in a jar or a container of your choice and add 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil. Mix again with a spoon. Close the lid and let the mixture cool before using it.

Tips

  • Substitute the eucalyptus oil with other essential oils, such as peppermint oil, orange or lavender, to make a variety of sea salt hand creams.

Photo Credits

  • aroma bath items. sea salt and fresh basil with flowers. image by joanna wnuk from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Fatima Farakh has been writing professionally since 2001. Her articles have appeared in "The Gazette" newspaper in Maryland and in other publications. Her areas of specialization are health, technology and home improvement. She is currently a copywriter for businesses, including private and public schools and online corporations. She holds an Associate of Arts in journalism and history from Montgomery College.