Monday, April 29, 2013

Zu Zu's Moisturizing Balm

I am always tinkering around in my kitchen mixing up different beauty recipes.  When they turn out successfully,  I will write down the recipe and file it away.  One of the recipes I made was for a simple moisturizing balm that contains an essential oil blend of carrot seed, helichrysum, lavender and black pepper.  I had just purchased a new bottle of black pepper essential oil and knew that when added in small amounts it can be very detoxifying and purifying to skin.  My daughter is 16 and gets blemishes on her face, but also suffers from dry skin.  I made this formula to soothe the dryness, reduce inflammation, calm redness, purify and detoxify.  She used it for an entire month and did not say anything to me about how it was working (keep in mind she is my official "Product Tester" and humors me quite graciously by testing out most of my creations!) I woke up a few days ago and found this on the counter..........

Zu Zu actually LOVED the balm.  She said it kept her skin hydrated and her blemishes healed up quickly.  I was so excited to hear the good news!!

I keep all my formulas on handwritten note cards in an old library card catalog file drawer.  I don't trust my computer nor the Internet to keep my information safe!!!  I love this old card catalog because I like to think about all the people that sorted through it trying to find the perfect book to read. 

I was also happy that I could use up some of my oils as I am about to place a huge order with Mountain Rose Herbs (more on the reason later!!).

My wonderful husband bought me this small fridge to store all my oils and hydrosols in a few years ago.  As you can see I don't have much room at the moment to add anything else and need to make room for my new stuff.

Zu Zu's Moisturizing Balm
1.5 teaspoons beeswax
2 teaspoons hazelnut oil
1.5 teaspoons Argan oil
0.5 teaspoons pomegranate seed oil
3 drops carrot seed essential oil
3 drops helichrysum essential oil
3 drops black pepper essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

In a small glass measuring cup set in a pan of simmering water, add in the beeswax and hazelnut oil.  Allow to melt completely.  Turn off the heat, but keep the measuring cup in the hot water and add in the pomegranate seed oil and the argan oil.  Stir until the ingredients are warmed and melted.  Remove the measuring cup from the hot water and add in the essential oils.  Stir well and transfer to a lidded container.  Allow the balm to harden at room temp.

Zu Zu says that a little goes a long way and her last batch lasted her for more than a month.  

Cheers!!

Shannon

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details. . Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless discussed with your physician.