I discovered early on in our parenting days that store bought creams/balms were often filled with undesirable ingredients especially products for children! My daughter had really dry skin when she was younger and none of the things friends were suggesting were working at all in clearing up her dry skin. Some products made it even worse. That’s when I started researching how to make balm so I could make sure it was all natural. I tinkered around with this body balm recipe until I got it like I wanted it so I wanted to share my balm skincare recipe with you in case you are in the same boat and are looking for a natural nourishing balm for your little one and or yourself!
My kids are a couple years older now but we still use this on dry spots. These DIY body balm ingredients are all so great for the skin. To make for easy application, I use lip balm containers!! That way you can just swipe on the nourishing shea butter balm. Anything to make our parenting days a little easier, right?!
Tutorial For Homemade Body Balm That Nourishes Skin Naturally
Supplies And Natural Ingredients Needed for Body Balm Recipe:
- Organic Coconut Oil (Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, melted Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil or Avocado Oil may be used as a substitute)
- Vitamin E oil
- Organic Shea Butter (Mango butter can be used as a substitute)
- White Beeswax Pellets (can be found on Amazon)
- Empty Lip Balm Tubes (recipe makes 10-12, also found on Amazon)
- Young Living Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Young Living Gentle Baby Essential Oil
- Medium Size Glass Measuring Cup
- Small Pan
What is a balm? It is a fragrant ointment used to heal or soothe the skin.
Benefits of Ingredients In This DIY Body Balm
The skin on your lips is especially sensitive to dryness and fine lines because it’s so thin. Adding moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil can protect you from dryness. Coconut oil has also been used for burn treatment due to is moisture and pain-relieving properties so it’s great to rub on your lips if you get sun burned. And if this isn’t enough, it also antimicrobial, protecting you from germs and infection.
Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E acts as a natural antioxidant, fighting against skin cell damage and providing anti-aging benefits. It also protects your skin from damaging UV rays and provides natural healing properties. In addition, Vitamin E has been shown to reduce scarring so it’s great to rub into areas where you might have a scar you can’t get rid of.
Shea butter brings a variety of benefits to lip balm. For starters, it’s very moisturizing and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. It improves elasticity in your skin, reducing dryness and fine lines; it’s a natural anti-aging product that prevents premature wrinkles. And if that’s not enough, it also acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting your lips from harmful UV rays.
White Beeswax Pellets
Beeswax is a natural compound that is secreted by female bees. It has no color or odor when it’s first produced, but as it sits in the honeycomb, it absorbs the smell of the honey, giving it a slightly sweet smell. Not only is it soft and moisturizing, it also protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. As an added bonus, it has antibacterial qualities so it can also prevent cold sores, dry skin, and infections.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree oil is both moisturizing and cleansing, adding a touch of softness to the lip balm while also helping to exfoliate and refresh chapped skin. It’s the perfect addition for keeping your lips healthy. Plus, it adds a refreshing scent.
Gentle Baby Essential Oil
This essential oil blends Coriander, Geranium, Palmarosa, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile with other delightful essential oils. While these fragrance oils add a pleasant scent to the lip balm, they serve another purpose as well. These pure essential oils are known for their ability to keep your complexion healthy and enhance a youthful appearance, which is great for those fine little lines you get on your lips. They also evoke a sense of calm to help you de-stress.
How To Make Body Balm:
I really enjoy making my own DIY essential oil recipes. This is such a simple diy body balm takes no time at all! First gather up your supplies/ingredients. You will be working in your kitchen so clear a space on the counter.
Lay down a piece or wax paper or parchment paper (this will just protect your counter from any spilled liquid ). Lay out your lip balm tubes. This body balm recipe makes 10-12! So it is enough to hand out to friends/family but you can go through a tub pretty quickly if you are using it often.
Put a pan on the stove and turn the stove cap on to medium low heat. Pour in 1-2 cups of water into your pan. Set your a small mason jar or pyrex measuring cup in the water (this acts like a double boiler). Now, you add all your ingredients except your essential oils. Add 1 ounce of coconut oil, 1 ounce of shea butter, 5 drops of vitamin E oil and about 1.5 ounces or 3 TBPS of your beeswax pellets. Stir everything with a small spoon and let everything melt together. Continue to stir often to help everything mix together quickly. This will take about 6-8 minutes to melt completely together.
Once everything is melted, carefully remove the measuring cup filled with the melted mixture. This will be EXTREMELY HOT so be very careful. You will need to use an oven mitt to handle the measuring cup. Set on safe surface/cooling rack.
Then add 15 drops of essential oil- both the Tea Tree and the Gentle Baby. Give a quick stir and carefully pour the DIY body balm into each of your empty lip balm tubes. Let completely cool (about 30 minutes) and then place the cap on.
How To Use Body Balm:
Now you have made the Nourishing Body Balm Recipe and it is ready to use on yourself or your kids. The great thing about homemade body balm skincare is you know exactly what is in it. Just gently, swipe a thin layer of body balm on rough patches of skin. It can be used on the arms, legs, and even on your face (just not too close to your eyes)! It is even great for dry lips.
My favorite way to use it is to wipe a little bit over the heels of my feet and then use my fingers to rub the balm into the cracks to help soften and restore my dry skin. I also love to use it on my dry hands in the winter months. It creates a protective barrier against the winds of winter. You might like to keep your own DIY body balm in your purse so you are prepared any time.
Printable Body Balm Recipe
These make a wonderful gift for your favorite people during the holiday season. Does this homemade body balm sound like something you would use? Do you think you will try out this recipe for how to make balm to naturally nourish your skin?