I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of natural or organic skin care, but oftentimes I’m not a fan of the price. I like to know what I’m putting on my skin, or at least be able to pronounce all the ingredients.
I love coconut oil and use it all the time be it in cooking, on my face, in my hair or even in place of Sudocreme on my daughter, so I was a tad excited to find a balm recipe that used it as one of a handful of ingredients. I made the balm for the first time in 2013, but found it a little too waxy, so after several test batches I’ve adapted it a bit and come up with this.
This recipe will make a lot (48 50ml pots to be precise), so if you’re making this for yourself at home I suggest starting with 1 tablespoon of shea butter (or cocoa butter) and 1 scant tablespoon of beeswax and two tablespoons of coconut oil, plus frankincense and cinnamon oil to your liking.
For my large batch I used:
1kg organic coconut oil
500g organic shea butter
2 tsp of frankincense oil
1/4 tsp cinnamon oil
Put the shea/cocoa butter and beeswax in a large saucepan and melt gently stirring periodically until they’ve melted, then add the coconut oil. Once the coconut oil has incorporated add the essential oils and stir. Drop a couple of drops onto a ceramic plate (it’ll set quicker due to the plate being cool) and leave to set for a couple of mins. Test this out on the back of your hand. Are you happy with the consistency and aroma? If not just adjust according to your preferences (adding more beeswax will make it more waxy, whilst adding more coconut will lead to a softer consistency and lower melting point.
Pour or ladle into containers of your choice. I bought some little metal jars with screw on lids from eBay. Be careful, hot oil burns!
As it cools it’ll start to turn from a clear liquid into an opaque solid. Once they’re completely set they should look something like this:
Print or order some labels to finish them off nicely, and you have a perfect little homemade Christmas gift.
They’ll keep for months and months and you can use them as lip balms, dry skin balm or regular moisturiser, although because of the high oil content it can be a bit greasy for a day cream, but it is lovely all the same and has got to be better than the shop bought chemical infused options.
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