Lavender is one of those scents we immediately associate with calm and quiet. For years, it’s been used in aromatherapy as a way to ease stress and anxiety. And since we’re all a little bit more stressed than usual, we could all do with things generally smelling a bit more like lavender.
This soothing body balm can be used as a moisturizer or as a sort of in-your-pocket panic button when a hip flask might not be appropriate. If you get the formula just right, you can even use it as a little side-hustle if the whole mini-zen-gardens from pre-loved furniture doesn’t work out for you.
If you have all the ingredients you need to hand, it will take about half an hour to whip up this balm (less whipping, more stirring, but anyway). You’ll need a few extra hours to let the balm cool and set, but it’s ready for use as soon as it’s cool.
Super simple lush lavender body balm recipe
This will make two small pots of around 125ml each.
- 90g Shea butter
- 50g Sweet almond oil
- 1/8 Vitamin E oil (optional)
- 1/4 Lavender essential oil
- A few springs of fresh lavender (optional)
- 18g Beeswax (optional)
How to make lavender body balm
On a low heat or a double boiler (Bain Marie if you’re feeling fancy) melt the beeswax – if you’re using it – and the shea butter until it becomes liquid. Add the almond oil and gently mix with a silicone spatula until it all becomes liquid again.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Add in your essential oil and Vitamin E oil. Sprinkle a few petals of fresh lavender into the mix before it settles.
Give the mix a gentle stir and pour into your containers. Allow to set completely at room temperature before adding the lid.
If you're not using beeswax, the balm won't set hard - especially if it's a bit warmer outside. Don't worry about it - it only makes it easier to get it rubbed in.
We told you it was easy.
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