After-shower body balm

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.

In its simplest version: you can mix fresh aloe vera gel with a coconut or shea butter in your hand and apply on wet or dry skin.

Recipe

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.

Ideas of uses

  • Scented body balm/hand cream: for a flowery smell, add 10 drops of essential oil of ylang-ylang and 10 drops of palmarosa
  • Hand cream: for a fruity smell, for 100mL, add 10 drops of orange essential oil
  • Mosquito-repellent cream: for 100mL, add 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil

(quantities for 100mL)

 

Preparation

100 or 200 mL are appropriate amounts to prepare. You can then adjust to your consumption, in order not to keep use the same batch for more than 2 months.

Materials:

  • a precision scale (ideally 0.1 g),
  • a heating plate + pots or a heating bowl,
  • an electric hand blender (or good physical shape for sufficient hand mixing)
  • a soft spatula and spoons
  • optional: a funnel to transfer into your container

Directions:

  1. Melt the beeswax and the emulsifier in the hot water bath
  2. When melt, add the vegetable oil and mix all fats with a spoon
  3. On the side, filtrate the tea and add the aloe vera gel
  4. Mix both phases (lipidic and aqueous) (the order is not importance, but they should have similar temperatures to avoid the fat to set)
  5. Important: add a few drops of a preservative (for example the Cosgard / Geogard 221)
  6. Mixer all with an electric blender for a few secondes, until getting a white and homogeneous appearance (3 seconds shouls be enough!)
  7. Let cool down for a few minutes until roughly 30°C
  8. Optionally: add a few drops of the essential oils of your choice, and blend again with a whip or fork.
  9. Pour it in the final packaging (opaque is better for preservation)

Note on the packaging : always write down the date of fabrication, and estimated storage duration. Packaging is also your space of visual expression: get creative !

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