This recipe is a basis of body balm, and can be adapted to many uses: it has a skin protecting effect, and you can add essentials to it, to make a flowery body balm, or a fruity hand cream, or even a mosquito-repellent cream with lemongrass ! It is perfect for a use after the shower.
Like the face cream, this balm is an emulsion, but richer than the cream (the oil phase is more important). For the aqueous phase, we can used demineralized or floral water, and optionally aloe vera.
Whatever the origin of the vegetable butter (think about its the plant growing conditions, and about the length of transportation), they will all work by leaving a thick lipidic layer on the skin. The type of oil can be adjusted to your skin, but jojoba sweet almond always work ! By contrast, the ratio oil/butter/emulsifier is critical for the texture and stability.
- Body balm: for 100mL, add 10 drops of essential oil of ylang-ylang and 10 drops of palmarosa (en fonction des HE florales que vous avez)
- Hand cream: for 100mL, add 10 drops of orange essential oil
- Mosquito-repellent cream: for 100mL, add 10 drops of essential oil of lemongrass
For this balm, 200 mL is not too much as you may use a lot.