DIY Handmade Natural Lanolin Salve Recipe

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DIY Handmade Natural Lanolin Salve Recipe - Wonderful for Dry, Cracked Skin or Minor Scrapes and Scratches That Need A Little LoveSo, what is lanolin? Lanolin is a naturally occurring wax that is secreted by the glands of sheep and other wool bearing animals that helps them shed water from their coats. When sheep are sheared in order to use their wool for textiles such as yarn or felt, the wool is first run through rollers in order to extract the lanolin. Because lanolin is very similar in composition to the oils secreted by our own skin it’s able to provide a protective moisture barrier when used in skin care products. It acts as an excellent moisturizer and skin smoother as it’s capable of not only penetrating the outer layers of our own skin while still allowing it to breathe, but it is also a humectant able to attract and absorb up to 300% water.

According to Wikipedia lanolin is superior to both petroleum and glycerin with its emollient effects lasting for an eight hour period after the first application and up to 72 hours after a fifth day of consecutive use. Therefore this natural skin salve is perfect for severely dry and cracked skin, eczema and psoriasis. For my lanolin salve I’ve also included healing calendula and virgin cold pressed pumpkin seed oil which helps to repair dry, damaged skin with nutrients that include Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamins E, A, and C, and zinc.

Homemade Lanolin Salve Recipe - DIY Moisturizing Skin Care Salve for Extra Dry, Cracked Skin, Eczema and Psoriasis

Homemade Lanolin Salve Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


.5 oz. beeswax
2 oz. pure lanolin
.25 oz. virgin cold press pumpkin seed oil
.25 oz. Crafter’s Choice Oil Soluble Botanic Extract Blend (or Calendula Infused Olive Oil)
15 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops tea tree oil
5 drops rosemary extract
5 drops Vitamin E


Digital Kitchen Scale
Two 2 oz. low profile plastic jars or tins in size of choice
Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup
Metal Utensil for Stirring
Plastic Transfer Pipettes


Begin by weighing out the beeswax using a digital kitchen scale in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Melt the beeswax in the microwave on high approximately 2 minutes. Carefully remove from the microwave using a pot holder. (The handle and container will be very hot.) Weigh out the lanolin and stir into the melted beeswax. Continue stirring until the lanolin has melted completely. Next, weigh out the botanical extract or calendula infused oil and the pumpkin seed oil and stir into the lanolin and beeswax. Using a different pipette for each oil, add the tea tree and lavender essential oils, rosemary extract and vitamin E. Stir well then pour 1.5 oz. of salve (by weight) into each of the two 2 oz. containers. Allow to cool, then cap tightly and store in a cool, dry location.

About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her amazing skin care recipes at The Nourished Life blog as well as right here on Soap Deli News. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here in order to receive email updates.


  1. Great recipe! This will be great for moisturizing as we approach fall and winter.

  2. I have a liquid lanolin I just ordered. Would this work and and how would it affect it? If it would make it to runny, how could I correct it?
    How hard is it to work with regular lanolin?
    Thank you.

    • Liquid lanolin is a different product and consistency so it won’t work for this salve recipe. You could try using the liquid lanolin and then also adding shea butter however you’d have to experiment to find the right amount. I would suggest starting with equal parts shea butter, lanolin oil and beeswax and omitting the other ingredients. Or try just the lanolin oil and beeswax and see what the consistency of that is and then blend in other ingredients. Regular lanolin isn’t difficult to work with. It has a low melt point, but when in a solid state it is a bit sticky.

  3. Love the idea, maybe I’ll try it someday.

  4. Excited to try this but will have to purchase most items. What is the purpose of the pumpkin seed oil and the Botanic Extract Blend? Would the salve be ok without these? I just don’t know if they contribute to the moisturizing effects or the consistency factors. Thx for your input.

    • They both contribute their natural healing properties. If you don’t want to use them you would still need to sub with another oil. Otherwise your salve will be way too hard.

  5. Z.alami says:

    Hello,Mrs Dilon,
    Do you have any experience using lanolin in dry nose?

  6. Fiona Jones says:

    Hi I’ve just found this recipe and absolutely love it, in the past I have used rice bran oil which I understand is high in vit e. ? Do you think this has benefits over pumpkin seed oil?
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderdul recipe.
    Fiona Jones

    • Pumpkin seed oil is richer in nutrients. Rice bran is most similar to olive oil. You can choose which you like best based on the results you’re looking for, however, if you want a more healing oil I’d opt for the pumpkin seed oil.

  7. I made this salve for a coworker (with a few minor alterations), and she said it’s been helping her cracked feet. Thank you for sharing so many great recipes! I intend to make a lot more of this stuff. 🙂

  8. stephanie says:

    Where are you all getting the oils from? I went to the wholefood store, and they didnot know what I was talking about. So do you order these oils onliine or buy from what store, because some of this stuff you cannot just pick up at Hobby/Lobby. Thank you

  9. I don’t have a digital scale. Do you by chance have the recipe in tablespoon, teaspoon measurements?

    • No. Weights ensure better accuracy and allow for re-sizing the recipe easily as needed. As you need a scale to weigh the ingredients to make soap, all of my recipes will be by weight.