HOMEMADE HONEY HAND BALM
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  • 15 Aug 2017

Raise your hand if your skin takes a beating during the cold winter months. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the tropics, it’s safe to say that your hands are most likely chapped from frequent washings. But one thing you learn rather quickly during the winter is that high-quality hand balm can cost a small fortune–especially if you’re looking for something thick and creamy but also non-toxic. Luckily this homemade honey balm is the perfect antidote for all your dry-skin woes. Just slather on a little bit in the morning and wave goodbye to dry, cracked, irritated hands.

Trust me when I say that this stuff works miracles. While it makes an amazing hand balm, you can also use it as an after-shower lotion, cuticle cream, hair conditioner, and on anything else that might need a little extra moisture this winter. The real beauty of this balm is that it’s made with beeswax and raw honey so it’s thick (and I do mean thick!) enough to lock in moisture while the honey helps heal wounds and calm irritation.

Honey delivers key amino acids, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants to skin cells, helping to nourish the skin and prevent free-radical damage.

When it comes to texture, this recipe is somewhere between a firm wax and a creamy oil. But if you would like a thicker, more solid balm, increase the amount of beeswax. If you would like a creamier, more spreadable balm, add more oil. It’s a rather forgiving recipe so feel free to play around with it until you find the texture that is right for you.


INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup almond oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons beeswax 
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1½ tablespoons raw honey
  • 20 drops essential oils


PROCEDURE

  1. Combine everything except for the raw honey in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high in 30-second increments for 2 minutes, until the oils and beeswax have completely melted.
  3. Whisk in the raw honey and 20 drops of the essential oil of your choice and immediately pour into a glass jar.
  4. Let cool to room temperature before testing.
  5. If you would like to adjust the texture, re-melt the balm and add either more beeswax or more oil until the desired texture is reached.
Comments
  • commenter
    Salewa 28 Oct 2018

    Please ma how can we check for the PH ma. How do we know if the PH is okay. Thanks ma

    Reply
    • commenter
      Admin 29 Dec 2018

      There is a pH meter especially designed for emulsion cream, you may need to look for the one with "cream probe"

  • commenter
    Amatulghaniy 29 Dec 2018

    If no microwave, what else can be used to melt the ingredients? Thanks

    Reply
    • commenter
      Admin 29 Dec 2018

      Use the double boiler method if you don't have microwave.

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