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Home Alchemy 102: Making Your Own Hand Balm

Posted by Naomi Schoenfeld on

In Home Alchemy 101, we talked about one way to make your own Vaseline. Now it's time to add another layer of skill, and make a hand balm that incorporates some skin-nourishing solid oils. 

By weight, you'll need the following:

    • 50% liquid oil (e.g., olive, sweet almond, grapeseed, etc.)
    • 40% solid oil  (e.g., coconut, shea butter, cocoa butter, etc…)
    • 10% beeswax
    • 10-20 drops essential oil per cup of the other ingredients.

The process is nearly identical to creating Not-Petroleum Jelly. First, choose your oils and the batch size you'd like to make. In a double boiler, melt together the oils and the beeswax. Remove from heat. Stir in essential oils. Decant into containers and allow to cool completely.

Of course, there's a lot more you can do to fancy this up. Infusing the liquid oil with skin-healing herbs is a great next step to take. My favorite version uses the basic proportions with the following ingredients:

  • Raw shea butter
  • Combination sweet almond oil (infused with calendula, comfrey root, comfrey leaf, lemon balm) and rosehip seed oil
  • Beeswax
  • Equal quantities lavender, geranium, and cedarwood essential oils

Of course, if you'd rather not bother to make the hand butter yourself, we'd be happy to make some for you. Pop over to our online store to see what I have in stock, or to place a custom order. 

What would you like to see as the next Home Alchemist experiment? Leave a reply and let me know.

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