Cracked Skin or Lips Vegan Balm Recipe
Want a cracked-skin remedy with an incredibly creamy texture that melts at body temperature and penetrates amazingly well? The this is the one for you. It has all the moisturizing and conditioning benefits of lanolin, without the odd smell, stickiness, and potential irritation, plus it’s vegan! It acts as a milk antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. This chapped lip and skin recipe is easy and smells amazing.
4 tablespoons castor base oil
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 tablespoons shea butter, refined or unrefined
10 drops calendula, myrrh, or lavender essential oil
Combine the castor oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter in a small saucepan (a 3/4 quart size works great) or double boiler over low heat, and warm until the solids are just melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir a few times to blend the mixture thoroughly.
Add the essential oil directly to the storage container, then slowly pour in the oil mixture. Gently stir to blend. Cap and label the container and set it aside until the balm has thickened. Unlike beeswax, cocoa and shea butters take a long time to completely thicken, and this formula may need up to 24 hours, depending in the temperature of your kitchen. The salve may continue to change texture slightly for another 24 hours.
Massage a dab into cracked or chapped skin, lips and reapply a few times a day.