A couple years ago a friend started selling Neal’s Yard Remedies products, and I got hooked on the Wild Rose Beauty Balm. As frugal as I typically am, I somehow ignored the $65 price point for a little 1.8-ouce jar. When we went to one income, the beauty balm had to go. I tried a couple homemade alternatives, but hated all of them — either too hard (like lip balm) or too squishy and icky feeling.
Then I found this recipe, augmented very slightly from Organic Body Care Recipes. I love it. Love it. It fills two recycled Wild Rose Beauty Balm jars for, from my very rough calculations, about $5. So less than 5 percent of the commercial product’s price. This doesn’t smell like Wild Rose, but it has a really lovely, summery smell, which is especially nice in the middle of winter when I’m most plagued with rough skin.
Note: I’ve been playing with some beeswax recipes lately, and melted beeswax is tough to completely clean from utensils. I designated a one-cup Pyrex measuring cup to be my dedicated beeswax melter.
Homemade Alternative Body Balm
1 Tbsp. cocoa butter
1 ounce (2 Tbsp.) beeswax
1/4 cup coconut oil
9 Tbsp. apricot kernel oil
A few drops essential oil, if you like
Put all the ingredients in the top of a double boiler (or a dedicated Pyrex measuring cup in a pot of gently boiling water) and gently melt together. Remove from the heat and let this sit for about 10 minutes. Stir gently for a minute or two, then pour into containers. (This exactly fills two old 1.8-ounce glass jars.) Let cool completely before capping.
Lovely, lovely, lovely.