Does that title scare the pants off you? Well then you’ve been misinformed about balms my friends! Balms are actually really easy to make and they last forever. They’re really good for you and make perfect gifts, have I sold you on making some yet? Good!
There are two main ingredients in this balm, oil and beeswax. If you don’t know where to get beeswax, don’t panic, there are heaps of places that stock it. You can buy beeswax at hobby stores, emporiums, online and from local beekeepers. I have a specialist honey shop near home, where I bought my beeswax for $16/kg but you can get it cheaper from local beekeepers. (They might even gift it to you as it’s a by-product of honey production.) Just remember that with beeswax – a little goes a long way. I bought a whole kilo and it’ll probably last me at least 15 projects, if not more!
You can use any kind of oil you have to hand but there are obviously those that are more nourishing for your skin. Think natural oils like; avocado, walnut, macadamia, coconut and olive.
With creating hand balms, there is lots of talk of using double boilers so to not get water or steam into your balm etc, but I’m here to tell you that you can just go right ahead and do this in a pan. You will need a dedicated pan of course because the beeswax is incredibly difficult to clean. Don’t let this put you off. Buy a cheap pan and use a pair of chopsticks (normally free with sushi that you could pick up for lunch) to stir your mixture so you don’t waste a spoon or ladle.
Ginger and Coconut Hand Balm
// What You’ll Need
1/2C Olive Oil
1/4C Coconut Oil
2tsp Fresh Grated Ginger
3TBsp Grated Beeswax
// Step One
Start by grating your ginger and your beeswax in separate bowls. If you’re unsure of how to treat fresh ginger, then think of it as a potato. You need to peel it with a veggie peeler or a knife, be careful as there are a lot of bulges and crevices in ginger, try not to take off a finger. Although this balm is so healing, it’ll probably sort out a boo boo that size anyway 😉
// Step Two
Put both your oils and your ginger into a pot (it can be a small pot, mine is around 6 inches) and turn onto medium heat. Let the oils melt together, stirring with your chopsticks. The oil will start to simmer and form bubbles around the edge of the pot. This is good, just keep an eye on it, when the bubbles start to spread over the surface of the oil, it’s time to take it off the heat.
// Step Three
Let it cool slightly, until bubbles have stopped forming, and then add your beeswax to the mixture*. Stir it with your chopsticks until it melts into the oil.
// Step Four
You’re done! Just pop the oily mixture into a clean, dry glass container and let it cool completely before putting a lid on it. Alternatively, you can pop it in the fridge for about 20 minutes to harden up if you’re impatient like me.
*Important Tip: You will need to melt this with the doors and windows closed. When bees smell the melting wax, they are drawn to the smell and you will have a house of bees. Keep the wax in the fridge or a dark, cool place when you’re done to stop this from being a problem.
Because of this balms make up, you might want to keep this in the fridge so it doesn’t melt on particularly hot days, but if you want a fairly soft balm then keep it at room temperature.
This balm goes on smoothly and leaves the skin really well moisturised in a layer of smooth silkiness. I pop this on at night before bed and put a pair of socks on my hands if they’re looking particularly rough. After a manicure, to keep it looking gorgeous I’ll spread this just around my cuticles.
The colour comes from the beeswax, so if you’re not liking the yellow you can buy beeswax bleached from places online, but i’m all about using natural ingredients that are free from chemicals. The choice is yours!
We’ve done a break down of costs for this DIY hand balm, which you can see after the break if you’re interested
Good luck on your balm journey and don’t forget to let us know how it went!
DIY lifestyle and beauty tutorials by Sam from Planet Bake Life for Laura Laura. Check out more from Sam over on her website – Planet Bake Life.
If you were interested in finding out how much this costs us to make, here is a break down of the products we used and their rough price for this DIY hand balm.
Coconut Oil 96c
Olive Oil $1.44
Fresh Ginger 14c
Glass Jar $1.80
This DIY makes 130g of balm which lasts forever and a day, trust me on this. I did a bit of checking online and the same moisture care from places like The Body Shop costs around $22 per 100g.
For packaging you can use any old glass jars you like (baby food jars work really well) and pay nothing extra for them.