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Basic Balm Recipe

Basic Balm Recipe

This simple body balm is great for cold weather and dry skin.  It can also be used during pregnancy to nourish your skin and minimize stretch marks.  It’s easy and inexpensive to make and can be customized to any scent you like.

Basic Balm (Time: 12 minutes + 30 min to set)



  • Small saucepan
  • Spoon
  • 3 oz tin or jar


  • Combine the oil and beeswax in a small saucepan over low heat (don’t go above medium-low)
  • Stir occasionally until the beeswax melts
  • Remove from heat, add the essential oil (optional) and stir again
  • Pour into your jar/tin and let set for about half an hour before capping.

Use: For dry skin: Massage into your skin wherever it feels dry.  For stretch mark prevention: Apply at least twice a day on your belly, breasts, back and any where your body is rapidly growing.  This works best if you start early in pregnancy, before your skin starts to stretch.  As natural products go this balm is quite stable, but it’s still best to use within one year.

Note: Some essential oils are not recommended during pregnancy.  If you’re pregnant, simply omit the essential oil or choose one (such as lavender) that is safe to use during pregnancy.


For additional DIY bath and body recipes, please see:

If you need help finding some of the supplies in this recipe, see my post on where to find the most common skincare ingredients:

This recipe was inspired by the book Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles:  If you want to learn how to make all kinds of natural skin care products, this is the best book I’ve found.

Photo Credit: miele, a photo by limbte on Flickr.

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