Balms / Salves

Balms / Salves

I always think salve is a great short name for 'salvation' as many times patches of cracked, dry, peeling skin have been rescued by the application of a salve.

Here are a selection of recipes that can hopefully help to rescue your troublesome patches too.



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How to make lip balm



Pucker Up Winter's Coming Lip Salve
Very Berry Kiss the Cherry
Maple Lip Whip

Massage Bars
Muscle Rub
Skin Salve


salvePucker Up Winter's Coming Lip Salve

Winter is the time to pay extra attention to looking after you smackers.

Prevent chapped, dry, cracked lips with this wonderful hydrating natural lip salve

3g cocoa butter
3g shea butter
3g jojoba wax
3g jojoba oil
3g castor oil

Place all the ingredients in a small heat-proof bowl or jug and stand the bowl or jug in a pan of simmering water until the ingredients are melted.

Carefully pour into a small screw top jar or other suitable container.  Once the balm has cooled and set, put on the lid and label the jar.

Shelf Life - 18 months

If you wish, you can flavour the lip balm with one drop of peppermint essential oil or specialist flavouring oil (use 8 drops)

LipsVery Berry Kiss the Cherry

A lip smackingly good lip balm.  Your lips will thank you for using it.

6g shea butter
6g cocoa butter
4g cherry kernel oil
4g rosehip oil
4g castor oil
6g jojoba wax
15 drops strawberry flavour oil

Place all the ingredients except the strawberry flavour oil into a small heatproof jug or bowl
Place the jug/bowl over a pan of hot water until the butters and wax have melted
Remove from heat (being careful as the jug/bowl may be hot)
Add the flavour oils and stir well
Pour into little pots, but do not put the lid on until the mixture has colled and set.
Label the pot.

Directions:  Rub onto lips

Shelf Life: 12 months

lipglossMaple Lip Whip

This is gorgeous light lip mousse designed to keep your lips smooth and soft.

12g shea butter
12g mango butter
15g castor oil
12g passion fruit oil
9g jojoba wax
2g maple syrup

Melt the jojoba wax with half the passion fruit oil.
Soften the shea butter and mango butter (together) and using a handheld whisk or spoon/fork, beat the butters until light and fluffy
Add the melted jojoba wax and all the passion fruit oil to the butter mixture and whip it for the second time using the handheld whisk or spoon/fork.
Add the maple syrup to the castor oil and stir well.
Add the syrup/oil blend to the whipped butter/oil and give it the thrid and final whip until is is as light and fluffy as you can get it.

Spoon into little pots and label.

Directions:  Rub a little onto your lips when needed

Shelf Life: 6 months


massage_barsMassage Bars

35g Cocoa Butter
12g Shea Butter

Liquid Oils (such as olive, sweet almond, grapeseed etc)
8g Oil

6g Beeswax

Essential Oils
5 drops essential oil suitable for massage (or simply use lavender)

Optional Extras
Cosmetic Grade Glitter

Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and shea butter in a jug over hot water
When completely melted, remove from the heat and add the liquid oils
Add essential oil and glitter (if using)
Pour into mould and allow to set
Wrap and label

Directions - Massage on to arms, legs, shoulders, back - anywhere!

Shelf Life - 18 months

back_pain_muscleMuscle Rub

A salve designed to help relax those muscles after a hard slog in the gym

12g Hazelnut Oil
6g Black Cumin Oil
8g Shea Butter
15g Cocoa Butter
4g Beeswax
0.5g Geranium essential oil
0.5g Rosemary essential oil

Melt the cocoa butter, shea butter and beeswax then slowly add the hazlenut and black cumin oils.

Stir in the essential oils and pour into a container.  Do not put the lid on until the salve is cool and set.

Directions:  Massage into muscular area as required.

Shelf Life - 18 months

salve_4Skin Salve

Liquid Oils
5g Olive Oil
5g Jojoba Oil

10g Cocoa Butter
10g Shea Butter

Hard Oils/Wax
5g Beeswax
5g Coconut Oil

Essential Oils
5 drops geranium essential oil

Melt the butters, beeswax and coconut oil in a glass jug over a pan of hot water.
When melted, pour in the liquid oils and stir well. Add essential oil and stir again.
Place in container and label.

Directions - massage into skin as required

Shelf Life - 18 months

Peppermint & Eucalyptus - for feet
Lavender - for hands
Rose - for knees
Mandarin & Neroli - for nails



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