Concoct a Crafter's Dream Cream

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Jen_W Jennifer Worick, contributor
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With a little thought and an inkjet printer, you can create customized labels for your body products.

With a little thought and an inkjet printer, you can create customized labels for your body products.

Photo: Jennifer Worick

As much as I dig spendy department store products—you know, the ones that come with elaborate packaging, five pages of instructions, maybe even their own theme song as you open the box—I find it even more satisfying to create my own Prairie Girl Potions, inspired by projects in The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life. Not only are they cheaper and healthier, but they are also perfectly customized to me or my friends.

My favorite thing to whip up is a thick hand cream that is extremely moisturizing but also manages to coat the hands without leaving a greasy residue, making it perfect for crafters.

To make one 8-ounce tub, you’ll need:
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
3/4 cup unscented body lotion or cream (I use an unscented body lotion from Trader Joe's)
1 vitamin E capsule
1 teaspoon of your favorite essential oil (I like a mix of lavender and rosemary)

Step 1: Melt the cocoa butter over low heat in a double boiler (or in a glass measuring cup in a saucepan of heated water).

Step 2: In a small bowl, mix the body lotion and vitamin E capsule. Quickly mix in the melted cocoa butter. Add the essential oil.

Step 3: Once you’ve thoroughly mixed your ingredients, spoon the cream into a sterilized plastic or glass jar. Your tired, dry crafter’s hands will thank you.

Step 4: To make the experience even more indulgent, massage your hands while massaging in the cream. These instructions are courtesy of Michelle Ebbin, founder of Basic Knead: Put a nickel-sized dab of cream on your hands and distribute evenly. Using your right thumb, apply precise pressure all over your left hand. Press firmly for about three seconds and then make small, circular motions in the same spot. Move on to the next area. Breathe. Pay special attention to the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger. Massage each finger, as well as between them. Press each fingertip for several seconds and release. End with an overall stroking of the left hand and wrist.

Step 5: Repeat on the right hand.

Tip: If giving the cream as a gift, create customized labels for each recipient with your inkjet printer and an Avery label sheet, or even adorn the jar with sparkly stickers and hand-lettered labels. Find a favorite photo of your friend or a close-up shot of hands knitting or sewing, scan it in, and print it out on a label. You can also look for interesting jars (like a vintage cobalt blue jar) to use for the cream. The more special you make the container, the more likely your friend will never want fancy-pants department store packaging ever again.

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