I love this old-fashioned hand lotion.
Do try to find some Friar’s Balsam at your chemist or health shop, also known as tincture of benzoin.
The substance has been used for 600 years and smells like vanilla. It’s useful as an antiseptic and protectant for minor cuts and abrasions, chapped skin and lips, cracked nipples, ulcers, herpes simplex and gingivitis – it can also relieve chilblain itching and eczema.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tsp cornflour -Mix the cornflour with the boiling water and allow to cool. It should thicken.
- 10 drops Friar’s Balsam
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp glycerine
Stir in these ingredients and add some essential oils if you want a stronger smell, although the vanilla aroma of the Friar’s Balsam is nice.
It’s quite runny, but soaks into the skin well.