DIY Body Balm
One fine summer day, I decided to go crazy and ordered 10 lbs. of beeswax. This was probably half a year ago, and I’ve only used up maybe half a pound for my lotion bars experiment.
Now that graduation has provided me with more free time, I’ve decided to make use of the leftover beeswax and make my own beauty balm salve. This was inspired by Michelle Phan’s Travel Tips Video, but unlike her, I can’t afford many beauty products and am transitioning into a more natural beauty products lifestyle, so even if I was able to afford the product she used in her video, those questionable ingredients will prevent me from purchasing.
So this is my DIY all-around beauty salve! This can be used in multiple of ways including:
- Taming flyaways and frizz
- Moisturizing dry, itchy spots (A MUST for me since I suffer from mild psoriasis)
- Can be used as a lip balm
- Cuticle balm
- Protecting small cuts from bacteria
Beeswax is not a moisturizing agent but acts as a barrier. That being said, it also acts as a barrier from whatever’s trying to escape your body, so that’s why I’ve made this recipe with equal parts of everything so that while the beeswax is still protecting you from the outer world, it’s also letting the bodily toxins like sweat come out because of the recipe’s oil and shea butter aspect.
So here we go!
What you’ll need:
- Container(s) to put the balm in
- Beeswax (I got mine from a local farmer)
- Lavender essential oil
- Shea butter
- Coconut oil or olive oil or sweet almond oil (I’ve used all 3 at different times, but I personally like coconut oil the best!)
- Note: You can use any other essential oil, but lavender’s a good all-around essential oil because it’s antibacterial and is commonly known to calm the senses. If any of you know me personally, I am a very anxious person and tend to get tiny scrapes now and then from my overall clumsiness.
How much you need:
Depending on how many containers you have or how big it is, you can always adjust it to suit your needs.
If you want a softer balm, use more oil. If you want a harder balm, use more beeswax. Play around with it until you get the consistency you like.
Personally, I prefer a harder balm because that way in case I leave my tin in the car, it won’t melt all over the place. I learned that lesson the hard way. Also, I like smaller tins because: portability! And when I finally get around to travelling again, the lovely airport officials won’t confiscate my beloved concoction.
Because of my excessive mint consumption, I’ve hoarded a bunch of tin boxes so this is what I normally need for my tin:
- One and a half teaspoon beeswax
- One and a half teaspoon shea butter
- One and a half teaspoon coconut oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
What to do:
- If you’re using a stovetop, put the mixture in a double boiler so you don’t risk overheating it and ruining your pans.
- Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter together.
- When melted, stir in the lavender.
- Pour the mixture into your heat-resistant container.
- Leave and don’t touch for a couple hours. You can speed up the process by throwing it in the fridge.
Voila! You’re ready to use your all-around beauty salve! I like scraping the balm with the back of my finger, so that it doesn’t get under my fingernails and you’ll need to warm it up a bit with your fingers before you can use it, but it’s oh-so-worth it!
And CHEAP in the long run. Since it’s summer, I don’t need to use this much and I only ever use it as a moisturizing balm.
I plan on making a bigger batch so I can replace this balm as my main lotion instead of just slathering myself with coconut oil. It’s less messier that way.