DIY Body Balm

 

DIY Body Balm

I can’t even begin to tell you how many products designed to moisturize my skin I have tried over the years.  I mean I’ve tried everything, including falling for the products that Dr. OZ. supposedly endorsed (how embarrassing!).  The lady in the “after” photo looked twenty years younger, really, she did!  What a sucker.

After all, who doesn’t want their skin to feel soft and silky? My skin just never seemed that way.  Until now.  I finally found a formula that makes my skin feel silky smooth, and it’s not made up of any harsh chemicals like I might find in other beauty supplies. With this moisturizing body balm, it’s easy.  I use this on my hands, feet, arms, legs, and even lips! I make it using beeswax to lock in moisture, two of my other favorite moisturizers -sweet almond and coconut oil, and amazing Shea butter, which helps with everything from itching to eczema. To learn more about the benefits of using shea butter, check this information from Sheainstitute.com here.  I add my favorite essential oils and/or extracts for the fragrance I desire.  Find what scents work best for you and make it yours! 

Try it and see if you agree!

DIY Body Balm ingredients

 

DIY BODY BALM INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup almond oil (you can use olive, grapeseed or jojoba too)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup beeswax 

1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil  –  Optional (What’s so good about it?)

2 tablespoons of Shea butter

Essential oils of choice or extracts (I use vanilla) These are optional as well. Click here to see the ones I like best!

Container for balm. This recipe makes 8 ounces.  I use it to fill two little 4 oz. mason jars.

Try it using cocoa butter instead of shea, or use both, with spearmint essential oil. Beware, someone might want to bite you because you will smell so delicious!

 

DIY Body balm in pot

 

DIRECTIONS:

*Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water and place it over medium heat. You want to melt, not boil the ingredients.

*Put Shea butter, beeswax, almond and coconut oils into a jar.  I use a mason jar for projects like this.  Place the jar into the pot of water.

*Stir frequently. The beeswax takes a while to melt, so be patient.

*When ingredients are completely melted, add the vitamin E oil and any essential oils/extracts you would like for scenting the balm.  My favorites vanilla extract and lavender oil.

*Pour the mixture into a container(s)/tins and let it sit for an hour or so.  It will go from a liquid to a balm-like cream.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

NOTES: I use the same mason jar for all of my projects that require melting coconut oil and beeswax.  When I am finished with the jar, I place it over low heat again until whatever wasn’t scooped out of it has melted again.  I put the last few drops into the trash can, then I use a paper towel to wipe out the jar.  I avoid cleaning the jar in the sink since coconut oil becomes solid at room temperature, and it is tough to get beeswax out of the jar once it has hardened.

 

Have you given a DIY Natural Body Balm a try?  How do you like it?  What essential oils did you use to create the scent you love?