Marigold Hand Cream Recipe

A good cream can not only clean and protect rough hands, but also restore the balance of acidity upset by harsh soaps.

From “Natural Beauty from the Garden”
Winter 2019

  • A quality, rich cream will keep your hardworking hands hydrated, clean, and supple.
    Photo by Getty Images/botamochi

Yield: Yields 8 ounces

This rich cream will nourish and protect your hands. A good hand cream can keep your skin smooth and supple by protecting it from moisture loss, preventing dirt from getting into the skin, and restoring the balance of acidity that can be upset by harsh, alkaline soaps. I like to use it before and after gardening or other household tasks to keep my hands looking and feeling their best.


  • 3 tablespoons fresh marigold petals
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/8 teaspoon borax powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup almond oil


  1. Place the fresh marigold petals in a ceramic dish and gently crush them to release the essence of the plant. Pour the boiling water over the petals, and let sit until cool, about 20 minutes.
  2. Strain, and then stir the borax powder into the petal liquid, stirring constantly until the borax powder is completely dissolved.
  3. In a heat-resistant pan or bowl, mix together the beeswax, cocoa butter, and almond oil. Gently warm the mixture in a water bath, or in the microwave, until the beeswax and cocoa butter are melted. (The water bath is made by filling a pan with an inch of water, and placing a glass jar containing the beeswax and cocoa butter in the pan.)
  4. Gradually stir the borax and marigold flower infusion into the melted mixture, and continue heating and stirring until thoroughly blended. Or, if preferred, you can pour the entire mixture into a blender and blend on medium speed until combined.
  5. Let the mixture cool completely. Give it one more good mix, and then pour it into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid.

To Use: Rub a small amount into your hands.

For more homemade skin care, see:

Excerpted from Natural Beauty from the Garden by Janice Cox, published by Ogden Publications, 2018.

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