Simple Dry Skin Balm

Simple Dry Skin Balm | the beauty in simpleTwo ingredients and a few minutes of time is all it takes to make this simple dry skin balm. I made a little pot over the weekend and haven’t stopped applying it to my lips and hands because it makes them so soft and hydrated.

Simple Dry Skin Balm | the beauty in simpleOlive oil and beeswax are the only ingredients. Olive oil is wonderful for dry skin and beeswax acts as a protective barrier, and has a whole host of other benefits too. You simply melt the oil and wax in a double boiler, stir, and pour into a little jar or tin. That’s it.

The finished product is similar in consistency to Vaseline, but less greasy and without the petrochemicals. It has a mild beeswax scent that I love. The recipe can easily be doubled to make two pots of gold – one for you and one for a friend.

Simple Dry Skin Balm
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp. beeswax, pastilles or grated
  • In the top of a double boiler add olive oil and beeswax. Heat over simmering water, stirring occasionally until beeswax melts. Remove from heat and pour into a small jar or tin and let rest until solid. Apply to dry lips and hands. Can also be used as a full body moisturizer.
  • A double boiler can be created simply by nestling a glass bowl, measuring cup or jar into a pot of water. However, you want to avoid the glass receptacle from sitting directly on the bottom of the pot as breakage could occur.

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    1. I love this simple recipe. A friend of mine taught me to steep herbs in the oil and then strain them out for some extra scent and healing properties – like calendula, or lavender. Or I imagine you could just add essential oil, which would be easier.

        1. Yah, that was disturbing. I love essential oils for getting some fragrance in my life, as I’m allergic to everything scented with anything else. What a bummer.

          1. I might try my hand at making peppermint and lavender tinctures, which is a different process than how essential oils are created, but perhaps a good substitute. For my cleaning products I’ll infuse the vinegar with lemon peels for scent. Let me know if you have any creative ideas to bring fragrance into your life.

            1. Hmm. I’ve never heard of tinctures. I’ll have to investigate that. And I love the idea of putting lemon peels in vinegar. Any excuse to eat more lemons, right?

      1. I think Santa may be tucking one into each of my family member’s stockings this year. I also thought it would make a nice gift paired with gardening gloves for my friends who like to garden.

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