Dandelion Cleansing Balm Recipe: Easy Natural Clean Beauty Recipe
Learn how to make a dandelion cleansing balm recipe with dandelion infused oil! This all natural, makeup melting facial cleanser nourishes skin as it removes makeup, dirt and grime for a wonderful, clean beauty alternative. It’s the perfect fit for your natural skin care care routine. Keep reading to discover how to make this DIY dandelion cleansing balm, and to learn about its natural skin care benefits, additional uses and how to make simple substitutions.
I recently made a dandelion oil infusion using wild foraged dandelions and hemp seed oil. This is the one herbal oil I’d been dying to make, but didn’t get around to until this year. So I have several skin care recipes I plan to make with this oil. My first was for a dandelion melt and pour soap recipe. The second, is this easy dandelion cleansing balm recipe.
Initially, I wanted my DIY dandelion cleansing balm to be a simple, 2-ingredient recipe using just cera bellina wax and dandelion infused hemp seed oil. But then, of course, I decided to mix it up and throw in a third ingredient — meadowfoam seed oil. What I ended up with is a simple facial cleanser that can be used as a homemade daily face wash. It works with all skin types to cleanse, nourish and hydrate skin.
My dandelion cleansing balm recipe is made using natural ingredients that rank low on the comedogenic scale. Hemp Seed Oil, which is rich in both linoleic acid and oleic acid, has a comedogenic rating of 0 — meaning it does not clog pores. While meadowfoam seed oil, which contains high amounts of eicosenoic acid, has a comedogenic rating of 1. This means there’s a very low chance these ingredients will clog pores. Therefore, even if you have acne prone or combination skin, this dandelion cleansing balm recipe should work for you!
If you’d like to make substitutions for either the hemp seed oil in your dandelion oil infusion, or the meadowfoam seed oil, you can find the comedogenic ratings of a wide range of carrier oils used in natural skin care products here. Basically you want your ingredients to rank between 0-2 to avoid acne breakouts.
About the Ingredients in My Dandelion Cleansing Balm Recipe
Now that you know about the ingredients I chose to formulate my dandelion cleansing balm recipe, you’re probably wondering, what are the skin care benefits of hemp seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil and dandelion? While I covered the skin care benefits of dandelion in my previous post, I did want to highlight the skin care benefits of hemp seed oil — one of my all time favorite carrier oils — and meadowfoam seed oil.
Skin Care Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
I’m turning 45 next month. So any little thing I can do to deter the aging process is on my to do list. Hemp seed oil is one of those easy solutions.
Hemp seed oil, also referred to as hemp oil, is a natural carrier oil. Unrefined, it’s usually a clear green with a nutty flavor. It differs from CBD oil in that it’s made from the hemp seeds of industrial hemp, not the flowers and leaves. Therefore, it costs significantly less than CBD oil and contains no traces of THC.
Hemp seed oil, which has been on the market for many, many years both as a cosmetic ingredient and nutritional supplement, has numerous natural skin care benefits. First and foremost, this carrier oil has beneficial anti-aging skin care properties. It’s widely touted as a skin soothing moisturizer that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, this carrier oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Therefore, it is able to soothe skin irritation and calm inflammation associated with atopic dermatitis.
I also love that hemp seed oil helps to moderate oil production. Even in my forties, I’m still prone to hormonal breakouts. And that can sometimes be an even bigger challenge when you have combination skin. Hemp seed oil is the perfect solution. It moisturizes skin where it’s needed without clogging pores. Plus, helps balance out oily skin and regulate oil production. For these reasons, hemp seed oil a wonderful choice for even acne prone skin — in addition to all the other skin types. (Source.)
Because of its natural skin care benefits and flexibility for use with all skin types, I’ve used this carrier in a lot of my natural skin care recipes in the past. It never fails to delight and perform as intended. In addition to its skin care benefits, hemp seed oil is also non-greasy and absorbs quickly, making it well suited for dry body oils, clean beauty balms, essential oil salves, and hair care recipes.
Skin Care Benefits of Meadowfoam Seed Oil
It is also incredibly rich in antioxidants. Therefore it can be used to extend the shelf life of more fragile oils with a shorter shelf life.
Additionally, like hemp seed oil, this carrier oil is highly moisturizing. However, where hemp seed oil tends to absorb rapidly, meadowfoam seed oil slows rapid absorption of lotions and creams that may otherwise feel drying. It also offers a level of barrier formation, similar to that of a wax, and skin softening benefits.
My dandelion cleansing balm recipe is my first time using meadowfoam seed oil, and I’m glad I tried it. It’s feels so nice on skin. However, if you have extremely oily or acne skin or would like to make a substitution for this oil, then I recommend using either jojoba oil or sea buckthorn oil. (You can learn about the skin care benefits of sea buckthorn oil here.) Alternately you can also omit the meadowfoam seed oil entirely and replace it with more of the dandelion infused hemp seed oil.
About Cera Bellina Wax
In addition to the carrier oils I chose for my dandelion cleansing balm recipe, I also used a wax called cera bellina. Cera bellina wax is a hydrophilic derivative of beeswax. While it has similar skin care benefits to beeswax, it also gives products a smooth texture and increases the ease of glide. Uniquely, cera bellina wax also has the ability to gel oils.
You can use cera bellina wax at a 1:1:1 ratio of wax, oil and butter to make a simple beauty balm recipe. However, in this case, I wanted my dandelion cleansing balm recipe to fall somewhere in between a balm (or salve) and a gel. Therefore, I used it primarily to gel the carrier oils I chose for my cleansing balm recipe.
I ended up using about 11% cera bellina wax in my DIY cleansing balm. This amount didn’t totally gel the recipe as I wanted to account for warmer weather that’s on the way. Instead, this percentage gave me an end product that was still slightly firm but also melted quickly and easily.
If the result of my dandelion cleansing balm recipe isn’t quite the consistency you’d like — temperature changes can drastically affect the final outcome of natural products — then be sure to check out Humblebee and Me blog. Marie has a great chart that maps out the results of varying oil to wax ratios of cera bellina wax here.
Also be sure to check out my unicorn glitter butter, which also incorporates cera bellina wax into the recipe, for another fun way to use this product.
Adding Essential Oils to Your Dandelion Cleansing Balm Recipe
There are a number of anti-aging essential oil blends you can create when customizing your dandelion cleansing balm recipe. However, you honestly don’t need to go overboard. Sometimes simple is better. In this case, a single essential oil will suffice.
Frankincense essential oil is probably the most common anti-aging essential oil. I love frankincense as it helps to even out skin tone by reducing dark spots. In addition, frankincense can also help to tone and tighten skin.
There are four varieties of frankincense essential oil available, however, so it’s beneficial to learn about the different types of frankincense as well as the skin care benefits of frankincense essential oil. This way, you can choose the essential oil that works best for your skin type. You can discover more about frankincense essential oil, as well as learn how to make a natural rose body butter recipe, here.
Should you decide to add an essential oil to your DIY dandelion cleansing balm recipe, I recommend using 12-15 drops of this essential oil. (Carrot seed essential oil is another great alternative. However, it does have a bit of an odd scent that not everyone finds favorable.)
How to Make Dandelion Infused Oil for a DIY Cleansing Balm
Making a dandelion infused oil is a pretty simple process. It all starts, however, with foraging.
If you’re new to foraging for wild plants, then I highly recommend you check out The Foraging Course from The Herbal Academy. From springtime favorites such as nettle, violet, and chickweed to summertime showstoppers like yarrow, mimosa, and mugwort, as well as fall’s burdock, yellow dock, and rosehip, this course will teach you how to forage for wild edibles and herbs safely, ethically, and sustainably throughout the year.
Once you have the foraging process down, you simply need to dry your dandelion flowers, then infuse them in hemp seed oil.
To do this, simply add the dried dandelions to a mason jar. Next, fill the jar with hemp seed oil so it just covers the dried dandelions. (In this case, you would use hemp seed oil.) Then, screw the lid onto the jar and shake well to combine.
Set the jar in a warm, dark location. Allow the dandelions to infuse in the jar of hemp seed oil for four to six weeks. You’ll want to turn or shake the dandelion oil infusion once a day throughout this period.
This method of infusing oils is just one of many ways to make an herbal oil infusion. If you’d like to explore more ways to make dandelion infused oil, as well as teas, tinctures and salves, then be sure to check out the Mini Making Herbal Preparations 101 Course. You may also enjoy the free mini, introductory course on becoming an herbalist.
Once you’ve made your dandelion infused oil, you’re ready to make my DIY dandelion cleansing balm recipe. (Alternately, if you don’t want to make your oil infusion from scratch, you can buy a dandelion oil infusion made with sunflower oil instead.)
Dandelion Cleansing Balm Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
Using a digital scale, weigh out the cera bellina wax, dandelion infused hemp seed oil and meadowfoam seed oil.
Heat the ingredients over medium heat, until melted, in a double boiler.
Once the ingredients have melted, remove from heat.
Add the frankincense essential oil, if desired.
Allow your DIY dandelion cleansing balm to cool completely. Then screw on the lids and label as desired for personal use.
How to Use Your Dandelion Cleansing Balm
To use your dandelion cleansing balm recipe, massage a generous amount onto dry skin in circular motions. Once makeup starts to melt off, remove the balm, dirt and makeup using either a warm, wet washcloth or your usual facial cleanser.
Like my manuka essential oil salve recipe and DIY Egyptian Magic Cream recipe, my DIY dandelion cleansing balm has a number of uses other than removing makeup and cleansing. This dandelion cleansing balm recipe also works wonders at restoring dry hair and moisturizing skin. Simply apply to skin after showering, as you would a lotion, for non-greasy dry skin relief. Or massage a small amount of this cleansing balm in your hands, then smooth over hair to hydrate strands, dead ends and add shine.
You can also craft a thicker, salve like balm using the same ingredients. Simply use 1.5 oz. dandelion infused oil, .1 oz. meadowfoam seed oil and .4 oz. cera bellina wax. The adjusted cleansing balm recipe will also double as a hand salve as well as a lip balm While it will also continue to perform as a DIY cleansing balm, you may have to use the back of your nail to remove the product from the container.
If you like my dandelion cleansing balm recipe, then you’ll also want to try this chocolate DIY cleansing balm with bacuri butter. This decadent chocolate makeup melting cleansing balm, from Kim and Kyla of A Life Adjacent, contains a natural emulsifier that effortlessly dissolves even the most stubborn makeup. It also contains cocoa butter and exotic bacuri butter to deeply nourish your skin, leaving behind a clean, soft face enhanced by the subtle aroma of deep, dark chocolate.
Or try one of these other recipes for homemade facial cleansers for your natural skin care routine.
You can also shop for homemade cleansing balms online. This marshmallow cleansing balm from Mother Mountain Herbs is a nice, vegan alternative made using candelilla wax. It also contains skin soothing botanicals like marshmallow and calendula, along with colloidal oats and essential oils.