With an array of uses as a lip balm, bum cream, barrier cream or soothing cream for dry skin this multipurpose balm is one of our favourite natural recipes. It is also one of the easiest recipes for personal care products. The importance of natural ingredients within personal care products should not be underestimated. Most lip balms and barrier creams are made from petroleum jelly, which is chemical based. We have all used petroleum jelly. If you are a sportsman or a mom you would have used it extensively in the form of what we commonly know as Vaseline. Our balm recipe contains our all-natural beeswax and local olive oil. Yes, only 2 ingredients - so simple! These ingredients have a host of other benefits too.
Our Natural Recipe For Multipurpose Balm
When it comes to balms and barrier creams everyone has some version in their cupboard. Sportsmen and hikers use it to prevent chafe and blisters. Parents use it to prevent and soothe mild nappy rash. Most of us will know it as the base for lip balm. Lip balms are the easiest way to get those natural luscious looking lips and often work well under lipstick or even on their own.
We have tried many recipes over the years and some get quite complicated. You can find recipes which include shea butter or coconut oil, but in our experience, it isn't always necessary. It comes down to what you want to use it for and where you will store it. By far the most versatile and in our opinion, the best recipe includes only beeswax and olive oil.
The benefits of beeswax and olive oil for the skin:
Natural beeswax is known to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisture barrier qualities. It also has a comedogenic rating of 0-2 which means it has a very slim to low likelihood of blocking skin pores. For these reasons, it is a great addition to any skin routine for skin prone to friction, dryness, moisture loss or irritation.
Olive oil has a highly moisturizing quality for skin while maintaining a low risk of clogging pores. Out of all the common oils it is the best for use on skin and has been used in beauty routines for centuries. Make sure you get the extra virgin olive oil to avoid any additives from additional chemical processing.
How To Make Your Own Natural Balm
To make this multipurpose balm all you need is your ingredients, a double boiler and a jar or container to put your finished product in. If you don’t have a double boiler a glass mixing bowl over a pot works as well (beware the glass bowl will get hot and require thick gloves to handle safely).
- 1 teaspoon beeswax
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
Other optional ingredients are pigments like beetroot powder or essential oils for fragrancing. Check out our tips below for more detail.
Depending on your intended application you can scale up the recipe as you like. A litle does go a long way and because it does not have any preservatives or additives in it, it does have a shelf life so rather err on the side of too little than too much for your first batch.
This recipe is so easy it will take you less than 10 minutes.
- Heat your beeswax in a double boiler on the stove until liquid.
- Add your olive oil and stir until evenly mixed
- Remove from heat, transfer to bowl and place in the fridge to cool. (optional)
- Once cooled and hardened mix the hardened balm thoroughly with a fork or handheld beater until balm is soft and smooth. (optional)
- Transfer your softened balm into your storage container or lip balm holder.
Apply your balm as needed and enjoy baby soft skin.
Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Multipurpose Balm
- Although it is listed as optional, mixing your balm vicariously after it has cooled to form a soft butter goes a long way to making this balm more user-friendly if you intend to apply it with your fingers. If you are putting the balm straight into a roll up lip-balm container you would skip this step.
- For a really incredible balm for your skin, you can swap out the olive oil for jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is more expensive but is known to be closest in characteristics to the skin’s natural oils and therefore the most effective natural moisturizer.
- This recipe has no additives or preservatives. Unlike vaseline and other petroleum jelly products, it is made up of naturally occurring edible ingredients. This means it does have a shelf life. Store in a cool dry place and if evidence of mold growth is visible make yourself another batch.
- Be careful not to make the mistake of thinking you haven’t added enough beeswax before the mixture has fully hardened. You could end up with a huge oversupply of balm if you need to recorrect with more olive oil later.
- For sweet-smelling balm add some appropriate essential oils.
- For colour balm for lips add in small amounts of beetroot powder as the beeswax melts and before stirring in the oil.
Once you have started using this natural balm you are unlikley to move back to regular balms. We absolutely love it!