Palmarosa Lime Natural Body Balm Recipe for Dry Chapped Skin
This palmarosa lime natural body balm recipe helps to protect, soothe and replenish dry chapped skin with natural ingredients like oat butter, hemp seed oil and lanolin. Making it the perfect addition to your natural skin care routine for your dry skin or eczema. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of the natural ingredients used in my natural body balm recipe. Plus learn how to craft your own nourishing natural skin care products for your self care beauty regimen.
Palmarosa essential oil’s antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties combined with neem oil’s natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties make this soothing balm especially nice for cracked hands or feet. It also works well to help soothe skin suffering from a shingles outbreak. (I unfortunately suffered from a shingles outbreak late last year so I say this from experience.)
Oat butter and hemp seed oil soothe dry skin while lanolin helps to lock in moisture and add a layer of protection from the elements.
I also used arrowroot powder in my natural body balm recipe so it wouldn’t feel greasy and would absorb more quickly.
If you don’t mind using silicones in your products, cyclomethicone will also cut down on that greasy feeling you get with natural body butters as well as help to give it a smooth, silky feeling when applied to skin. As cyclomethicone is a synthetic lab developed product, you would need to omit this ingredient from the recipe to keep it all natural. Otherwise, with the cyclomethicone, your final product will be 97% natural.
Palmarosa Lime Natural Body Balm Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
5.25 oz. oat butter
1 oz. hemp seed oil
.5 oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. candelilla wax
.5 oz. neem oil
.5 oz. lanolin
.25 oz. cyclomethicone (optional, omit for a completely natural product)
.15 oz. arrowroot powder
.15 oz. lime peel essential oil
.05 oz. palmarosa essential oil
You will need to use a digital scale to weigh out all of the ingredients for my natural body balm recipe.
Begin by weighing out the waxes and oat butter. Combine in a double boiler and heat until melted. Then weigh out the lanolin and stir into the melted mixture.
Remove from heat and weigh out the hemp seed oil – or substitute with rosehip seed oil or jojoba oil – the neem oil and the cyclomethicone, if using. (The cyclomethicone should be added at below 125°F.) Stir into the melted body balm.
Weigh out the arrowroot powder and stir it into the body balm as well. Combine thoroughly.
Finally weigh out the essential oils and mix them into your body balm.
Pour the liquid body balm into your containers of choice. My natural body balm recipe will make enough body balm to fill a 10 oz. container. (I used an 8 oz. low profile jar and a 2 oz. jar for mine. Alternately you could fill five 2 oz. jars.)
Allow your body balm to cool and solidify completely then screw on your lids.
To use simply apply liberally as needed to affected areas as desired.
If you are making this natural body balm recipe for yourself or to gift a simple way to create labels is to apply washi tape around your container. Then create a text label in a Word program or Photoshop with a simple rectangle border around it, cut it out, and apply it over the washi tape! One of my favorite places to shop for washi tape is Cute Tape.
If you are making this natural body balm recipe to sell, be sure to label your containers appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.
Prefer to buy a similar product instead? You may like Archipelago Botanicals’ Milk Oat Body Butter. Archipelago’s Oat Milk Body Butter blends dried milk solids, oat proteins and other highly moisturizing and nourishing ingredients such as cocoa and shea butter to create a non-greasy, extremely hydrating, natural skin care formulation. It’s paraben free and suitable for all over use, but is highly recommended for use on patches of rough, dry skin. You can buy it here.
Alternately, you may also be interested in Wild Earth Apothecary’s Handmade Chamomile Oat Body Butter. This hydrating body butter is crafted by first infusing sweet almond oil with organic oats and organic dried chamomile flowers. The infused oil is then blended with shea butter until it’s light and creamy. You can discover this product in Wild Earth Apothecary’s Etsy shop here.
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February 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm
What butter can I use in place of oat butter?
Rebecca D. Dillon
February 27, 2017 at 8:33 am
Any other butter that’s semi-solid butter at room temp. Oat butter is softer than shea however but you can find lots of other butters blends – like argan, avocado, etc. – that are probably closer in consistency. If you use shea butter I recommend using just under the amount of candelilla wax – a smidge less – that is called for. Alternately you could add a bit more aloe vera oil.
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