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Honey Cornmeal Hand Softener

Honey Cornmeal Hand Softener

The skin on our hands is often overworked and overlooked, but with this simple formula soft and silky hands are only minutes away. Here, cornmeal works as a gentle exfoliant, milk plays the role of moisturizer and honey steps in as the emollient.

1/4 cup cornmeal
3 tablespoons hemp milk (or milk of your choice)
1 tablespoon honey
1 drop vanilla extract or essential oil (optional)

1. In a small saucepan, stir in the milk and cornmeal and simmer over low heat until thickened into a loose paste. Remove from heat, allow to cool and stir in honey and extract or oil, if using.

2. Massage mixture into hands and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:44PM PST on Feb 18, 2015

As a gardener who is forever washing her hands (I loathe gloves), thank you for this recipe.

2:52AM PST on Nov 21, 2014


6:11AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

this is excellent, i love honey as well!

11:35AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Sounds great,must try it.Thanks for sharing

5:41AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Thanks this is great , so many great uses of honey .

4:32PM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

Thank you Melissa!

4:31AM PST on Feb 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:44AM PST on Feb 15, 2011


11:10AM PST on Feb 13, 2010

This sounds like just what I need, thanks.

8:46AM PST on Jan 4, 2010

I wonder what could I use instead of cornmeal...

BTW, great comment on acrylic nails!

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