I've shared a few different DIY natural balm recipes on here before but I like experimenting a lot with them so I am always coming up with more variations and thought you'd like to see! This time I tried my hand at whipping up a hand cream too!
Creams are notoriously quite tricky to make by hand, I'm by no means an expert as this one of the first of few that I've made so it isn't perfect! See the recipes for both the lip balm and the hand cream below, but bear in mind I do wing my way through making things so I'm not sure how exact a replica could be unfortunately! It's all a learning curve together!
I had some mango butter I wanted to use up so thought I'd do a matching set! I think this would make a lovely gift for upcoming Mother's Day. They are both quite cheap to make as once you have bought in the ingredients you need, you can make many quantities of one batch at once or use the ingredients time and time again for different products - just like baking a cake! (I got most of my ingredients from www.aromantic.co.uk, which has natural and organic ingredients/products available and isn't too expensive.)
Mango & Orange Lip Balm
This is a lovely citrussy, moisturising lip balm, mango butter is naturally solid at room temperature but isn't as hard consistency as cocoa butter or coconut oil for example, so the final product is a beautiful smooth, soft balm that feels more glossy on the lips. I've also added a few drops of Lemon balm (Melissa officinale) tincture as a mild preservative and as some protection against coldsores as lemonbalm has antiviral properties against the Herpes simplex strain.
Mango & Orange Hand Cream
This hand cream came out quite thick and buttery as I used more butter to oil content. I personally prefer the feel of these thicker creams as they are very nourishing for hard-working, dry hands yet aren't greasy and sink in quickly - perfect for busy mothers! With lots of soothing Chamomile and an uplifting sunny scent too!
You Will Need:
- 20 g mango butter
- 10 g emulsifying wax
- 10 ml grapeseed oil (or almond, olive etc.)
- 10 ml vitamin E oil
- 10 g dried Chamomile (Matricaria recutita): rip open a couple of good quality chamomile teabags!
- 1 tsp glycerine
- 10 drops preservative 12
- 10 drops bergamot essential oil
- 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
- A container
Yield: one 50 g container. Will keep for up to 6 months (up to a month if not using preservative and stored in the fridge).
- Set up the saucepan filled with boiling water and place the bowl on top as instructions above. Place the loose Chamomile dried flowers in a jug and add 200 ml of boiled water, stir and cover and set aside. After 10 minutes, strain through a muslin cloth and add the glycerine to the chamomile infused liquid.
- To the bowl over the simmering water; add the butter, emulsifying wax and oils (not the essential oils at this stage). Regularly stir until everything is melted and combined, this will take around 5 minutes.
- Take off the heat and place onto a cold surface (pop a plate into the fridge!), using a whisk add 3 tbsp of the chamomile infusion 1 spoonful at a time beating after each addition. Add the preservative and essential oils, continously beating the whole time. The more you whisk the lighter and smoother the cream will be! Leave to cool completely in the bowl for around an hour, giving it a good whisk every now and then.
- Spoon the cream into your prepared container and smooth out, tap the jar gently on the surface to remove any air pockets.
My name is Helen Davison and I'm a NIMH registered practising Medical Herbalist based in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. I've had a keen interest in herbal remedies since my early teens and would experiment creating my own balms and bath bombs using natural ingredients, which prompted me in discovering and pursuing a career in Western Herbal Medicine.