Like so many people, my skin really takes a beating over the winter. The cold weather, combined with dry heat, leave my skin so dry and itchy that I was a desperate for a really good, heavy-hitter of a moisturizer. So, after doing a little research, I came up with the following recipe. It is super-moisturizing, but, even better, it totally relieves itchy skin. In fact, when my daughter’s sunburn went into that ‘itchy’ stage, I just rubbed some of this body butter on her back, and she said the itchiness went away immediately. On another note, it also makes a great lip balm!
While the ingredients below aren’t particularly “exotic”, they also aren’t items that are carried in most grocery stores. If you have a good, natural food store near you, check with them for ingredients. If not, I buy a lot of my ingredients from Brambleberry which is a great source for soap making supplies.
These bars have not been dyed. The beeswax is yellow, and the German chamomile is naturally blue. Together, they make a pale jade green.
Ingredients (by volume, not weight):
- 2 oz Shea Butter
- 1 Tbsp Beeswax
- 2 tsp Olive Oil
- 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 4 drops Geranium Essential Oil
- 4 drops German Chamomile Essential Oil
- mold of your choosing
Melt shea butter and beeswax in the microwave. I find that since they melt at different rates, it works best to melt separately, then mix, then re-melt to even out any lumps. When melting the beeswax, start with 1 minute, and then add 15-30 second intervals until you reached the desired consistency. With the shea butter, start with 45 seconds, and then add 15 second increments. Add olive oil and essential oils. Stir until well mixed. Pour into mold. Let set until hardened. Once hardened at room temperature, you can place in freezer or fridge. This will make it easier to slid them out of the mold.
This recipe makes 1 large bar (size of typical bar of soap) or small 4 bars. I used a heart shaped ice cube tray to make 4 hearts.
You may be wondering what makes this recipe so beneficial — it’s really in the essential oils. Lavender essential oil is predominantly know for it’s relaxing and calming aromatherapy qualities, however, used topically, it is used to help treat skin conditions such as sunburns, insect bites, psoriasis and eczema.
German chamomile essential oil contains azulene which gives it a deep. blue color. Azulene also has skin healing, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Finally, Geranium essential oil has been used as far back in times as Ancient Egypt to promote skin health. It is purported to be anti-fungal, antiseptic, and to help revitalize skin cells.