Ouch! A Remedy for Chapped Hands and a New Issue of Stringing Magazine

Candie Cooper in winter Stringing jewelry magazineIt’s always exciting to see my projects go to print.  Big thanks to Stringing magazine for including three of my designs in their winter issue!  I don’t like to kiss and tell so this is as much as I’ll show.  It’s on newsstands now or there are digital copies available which are especially great for tablet users!dry chapped handsWinter is still here.

Still here.

And my hands are dry and chapped.  I wanted to share one of my new favorite fixes:Rose salve remedy for chapped handsC.O. Bigelow’s Rose Salve No. 012.  You can get it Bath and Body Works or online of courseRose Salve heals dry chapped hands in winterThere are lots of things I love about it–it’s pink, it smells nice, all in a compact tin.  I keep it in my jewelry making pliers kit.

I don’t know about you, but by the end of winter, my skin is comparable to a 220 grit piece of sand paper.  I try to drink more water, use lotions after showering and so on, but inevitably I am dried up.

Totes.Rose Salve relief from dry chapped handsSo this has been one of my recent treats for my dried up, cracked and chapped handsies.My happy hands hahaThe thing is, don’t stop after one application.  As soon as your hands feel good, put it on again….and then again to rehydrate them.

Happy hands make good jewelry.C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve heals dry skinPlus, I’m a sucker for a vintage looking tin.  I will totally recycle this thing into jewelry when it’s empty (and that won’t be long if we keep getting hammered with these cold bursts!).

Until next time, sweet people!


  1. I need some. Always get dry hands working with wire. Need some.for my lips, do they make some? I have a cracked lip that wont heal for nothing

  2. Another good thing to try for chapped hands is to take your favorite oil, like almond or coconut oil, and add a tsp of sugar. Scrub paying attention to the worst areas and rinse with a nondrying liquid soap. Finish with a good hand lotion, like the rose salve. The sugar exfoliates and has healing properties and helps the lotion to absorb even better.

  3. After seeing this blog, I bought the Rose Salve. Its a miracle!!! Not greasy, lasts for more than 5 minutes on your hands and smells great. Thank you for the tip. Love your classes and projects. I learned so many of the basics from one of your Craftsy classes. Your teaching style and generally upbeat attitude makes it fun. Keep it up.

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