I absolutely love balms. I use them for face and body and sometimes when I travel and I don’t have time to plan which products to take, I just take one balm and use it for everything, from washing my face to removing make up to moisturising my body with it. I am a total addict and putting a balm on my face in the evenings feels so rejuvenating and meditative to me, making me feel so comforted and relaxed, knowing that I am taking care of my skin and mind. Choosing different butters, oils and botanicals is the best part, as they can be tailored to whatever effect and type of skin you want.
Recently I have been trying out recipes that don’t require the use of wax, as they are generally softer and lighter than the waxed ones.
I can honestly say that this balm is one of the best balms I have ever made. Texture wise it is definitely the best and better than any shop bought one I have ever experienced. I have definitely enjoyed using it the most. It is so unbelievably soft , using it every night before going to sleep is a truly amazing experience , and I have used A LOT of balms in my life. I know I say this about most of the stuff that I make, but this balm does smell heavenly. I got the Lavender essential oil from a French lavender farm and it really is an amazing quality, so the heavenly smell could be something to do with that. It is always worth buying the best quality essential oils , as the cheaper ones are often diluted and are not as effective.
The ingredients in this balm are pure butters and oils with nothing added.
Shea butter is a wonderful moisturiser , containing Vitamin A and E and is suitable for all skin types.
Coconut oil is soothing and softening and contains antioxidants which help to fight against free radicals thereby keeping the skin looking younger.
Jojoba oil is balancing, softening and soothing oil which is light and well absorbed . It balances sebum production and is great for dry, oily and acne prone skin.
Rosehip oil is a truly amazing oil that is regenerating , rejuvenating and healing. It is the only vegetable oil to contain tretinonin ( a form of Vitamin A ) which helps to repair damaged skin, acne and reduce wrinkles and scars. It is also a good source of essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6, which assist with skin regeneration. It is one of the best anti -aging oil.
To make this beauty , you will need:
50 g Shea Butter
20 g cold pressed Coconut oil
18 g Jojoba Oil
10 g Rosehip Oil ( or Borage oil )
1 g Vit E oil
20 drops Geranium Essential oil
15 drops Lavender Essential oil
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil gently in a bain marie.
Take off the heat , allow to cool a little, add the rosehip oil , jojoba oil and vitamin E oil and start whisking with an electric whisk or a frother for about 40 seconds.
Allow to cool a bit more ( you can place the bowl in a fridge for 5 minutes to speed up the process up ), add the essential oils , and then whisk again for another 40 seconds.
Put the mixture in a jar , close with a lid and allow it to settle . The settling can take a few hours, but once it does you will end up with the most beautiful face balm.
This bam can be used as a facial cleanser, mask or moisturiser. I love using it as a mask , while I am relaxing in a bath.
Love, Anna xx