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 in different batches. For the chafing balm I leave out the essential oil.
The tricky part has been to balance out the oils, butter and beeswax to create a hyper-moisturizing balm without it being too heavy on the skin.
If you have been part of my wonderful tester group, I have questions!
- Initial thoughts?
- Has the consistency been ok for you? Prefer it softer/firmer?
- How was the moisturizing?
- Did you like the smell? I could use refined cocoa butter without the chocolate smell.
For my runner friends who got the ‘Chafing Gear’ balm:
- Have you tried it yet, or are you waiting for the summer heat?
- I made this balm with a higher bees-wax content so it’s expected to be firmer. Warm up the balm between your fingers before applying. The bees wax will protect the skin enabling you to log those miles!
Nothing artificial in here. Just good natural ingredients. I'm super happy with the feedback so far. Can't wait to start selling it!