For some reason, I’ve recently become addicted to essential oils in stick form…lip balm, face balm, essential oils for bug bites, burns etc. I think it’s because it’s so convenient to use and with essential oils there are so many options! Plus, they transport well…no roller bottles spilling or getting broken in the bottom of your purse! This all started when I started making balms and salves that I learned about in an essential oils Facebook group that I’m in. “Sure, that salve is great, but it’s messy in a jar.” So I decided to try making a very simple base formula that I can add my issue-specific essential oils to. Keep in mind with this one that you don’t have to use grapeseed as the carrier oil like I did. This stuff goes on my face so I wanted it to soak in quickly, but you can choose any carrier (sunflower, avocado, jojoba, meadowfoam, rosehip, apricot kernel…) that is appropriate for your skin type. I use this as a daily moisturizer when I need some extra protection from wind or cold.
Gather up the following:
- 4 tsp. shea butter
- 2 tsp. beeswax pellets/pastilles
- 1 tsp. of your choice carrier (I used this)
- Edens Garden Age Defy EO Synergy Blend (obviously meant for aging skin)
- Edens Garden Relaxation EO Synergy Blend (includes oils that are beneficial for the skin)
- double boiler or a glass measuring cup with pour spout that can sit in a small saucepan
- 2 large balm sticks like these
Set up your double boiler, or your makeshift double boiler (a glass measuring cup inside a small amount of water in a saucepan) over low heat. Don’t put water in the glass measuring cup! Your buttery balm won’t like it! Put the shea butter, beeswax, and carrier oil in your double boiler or glass measuring cup. Let it melt completely; this will take a few minutes, especially for the beeswax.
Once it has completely melted, stir it well with a stainless fork, and remove it completely from the heat. Carefully add 3-6 drops of the Age Defy and 3-6 drops of the Relaxation oil blends. Again, stir well. 3 drops of each gives you a safe 1% dilution, 6 drops of each gives you a safe but stronger 2% dilution.
Once you have the essential oil drops in the mixture and it’s stirred well, you’re ready to pour it into your balm sticks. Don’t wait too long; once it starts to cool it will start to set up into a balm and you’ll have to remelt. Trust me, I know. I just carefully stand them on the counter, hold them with one hand, pour with the other. I try not to completely fill mine so it doesn’t run over. Let them cool before putting the lid on. Make yourself a fancy schmancy label with Avery label stickers or even washi tape.