True Natural Beauty comes from within...

True Natural Beauty comes from within...
Welcome, to my natural bath / beauty and clean eating blog, where nature is our pantry....take a few quiet moments to enjoy free recipes and tutorials using natural ingredients. Have questions about recipes or where to find these ingredients? Put your question in the comment box and I will be happy to answer .............Anna

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Moisturizing Body Balm and Belly Balm Recipe

Updated 11/16/17                      Make our concentrated, super moisturizing,
                                           fast absorbing body balm.
                                                    Made with 3 natural butters and oil, with pure essential oil ...
                                           a little goes a long way!
If you need some serious moisture, but hate the greasiness that usually accompanies the rich
butters and balms, this is the recipe for you.  This combination of 2 butters, 1 oil and optional
essential oil is highly concentrated, rich in natural skin loving moisture, healing
and best of all it literally melts on your skin.
Due to the incredible absorbing property of grapeseed oil, this balm seeps into your
skin quickly, taking the natural butters of shea and cocoa right along with it.

3 oz        shea butter
1 1/2 oz  cocoa butter
1 1/2 oz  grapeseed oil
1- tsp     *orange essential oil, or eo of your choice. ( 1 tsp = 5ml or 100 drops)

                   * NOTE on essential oil usage in lotions and oils:   
For adults:
Sensitive skin: .5 to 1 percent dilution = 3 to 6 drops per ounce of oil/butter
Normal, healthy skin: 1 to 2.5 percent dilution = 6 to 15 drops per ounce

Gently melt the cocoa butter with the grapeseed oil, by gently I mean don't over heat or boil, the least degree of heat used is best to preserve the oils properties. Use a double boiler or microwave. Stirring it will dissolve the cocoa butter quicker in the grapeseed.

When the cocoa butter is completely dissolved in the grapeseed, add your shea butter, you shouldn't need to  heat, just stir until completely dissolved.   If adding essential oil, put it in now and stir.

Place your bowl in the frig or freezer to cool oils to the point of getting thick. Then take out and with an electric wisk or hand blender beat the thickened oils.  It should get light and fluffy. You can use it light and fluffy, like a whipped body butter, or put it back in frig/freezer for a few more minutes, take it out and 
beat it again.  As you beat it, you will see it become more the consistency of a balm. Very concentrated.

Place your body balm in clean containers and store in cool dark place.  

This balm is excellent for dry feet, hands, elbows, legs, anywhere you need intensive moisture.  Great for eczema as well.

 For a fabulous Belly Balm for pregnancy to aide in stretch marks and
dry itching from skin stretched tight, make this recipe without the essential oil, as some essential oils are
not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Photo is my attempt at showing you
how beautifully this balm melts!

Two butters, one oil and the finished product. That's all it takes to make your own, spa quality, natural body balm for yourself or a luxurious gift. Don't be intimidated, give it a try!  You can find shea and cocoa butter
on-line for sale and grapeseed is found in any grocery store and Walmart.
I would love to hear if anyone makes this recipe!
Enjoy,     Anna


Jan Hunnicutt said...

Nice Anna! I bet it feels and smells wonderful =)

I'm making soap today!

Have a great weekend my friend `

Vals Soaps And More From Home said...

Sounds really nice Anna!

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

thanks Jan, yes it smells nice, kinda earthy with that unrefined shea in it. Very silky after it absorbs in. Can't wait to see what soap you are making. Using any of your new essential oils in it?

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Val, thanks. This recipe really is a winner, I was pleasantly surprised at how quick it absorbed, and non greasy it is.

Doreen... said...

Dear Anna,
your body balm recipe sounds simple and ingenious. I have all the ingredients for it and will try it out the same times. My skin is dry out quite straight. That gives me your Balm all right :).
Here it's nice and warm and you will be happy in the outdoors. I also hope you have it already nice and warm and the sun shines with you too.
All the best and have a nice weekend

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Doreen, my friend hello! Yes this is a really nice balm for dry skin. My husband really likes it, he has such dry skin.

It is warm here in Arizona, sunshine is gorgeous. My peach tree, apple tree and plum tree are already blooming! Lilacs too! Still gets cold at night though.
take care, Anna

Becca said...

This looks great, Anna! Great alternative to chemical-loaded lotions. Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble!

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Thanks Becca!

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