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The balm dot calm

I’ve become obsessed with perfecting a balm for dry, cracked skin.  What have I come up with? Simple ingredients mixed together by hand. I start with olive, coconut, sweet almond and castor oil infused with the calendula petals. The infusion adds a little herbal magic to the balm. After a boost from the slow cooker and a few days in a mason jar, the oil is strained. Using a double boiler the oil blend is heated to melt in local Nova Scotia beeswax. Next up is unrefined cocoa butter. It has the double bonus of adding moisturizing properties AND smelling like chocolate.  After the mixture cools I add Vitamin E oil and essential oils. I've used lavender, a fir/cedar blend and peppermint essential oils...

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