You guys, I’ve been having so much fun DIY-ing my own body products that I had to pop in here to share my latest creation, a DIY body balm. DIY body balms and butters are pretty easy because it’s basically melting together a lot of oils and butters and then seeing what happens once they set. No messing with emulsifiers or preservatives.
My super dry, allergic, eczema-prone skin loves these oil-based products as well. Water-based body lotions often make my eczema sting and burn, but oil based moisturizers soothe my itchy, rashy skin (lovely picture isn’t it). Even better when I add tea tree oil, which is dependably the only natural solution that helps treat my eczema and dermatitis.
This is my first time working with mango butter and this body balm ended up a bit more solid than I expected. I was actually aiming for more like a body butter, but…balm it is. The nice thing is that once rubbed on the skin, it melts into a beautiful body oil that absorbs well and doesn’t leave me feeling sticky.
I have a kitchen scale that I used to weigh what I used in this body balm because the mango butter is too stiff to be measured out in tablespoons.
DIY Mango Butter Tea Tree Body Balm
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40g Mango Butter
20g Shea Butter
4g Evening Primrose Oil (I actually just used some EPO capsules that I had already, just poked them open with a knife)
15-20 drops tea tree oil
Melt all the ingredients, except the tea tree oil, together in a double boiler or water bath. Once fully liquid and mixed, remove from heat. Add tea tree oil and stir together. Pour into a jar (I used a 4oz glass mason jar; there will be some extra headroom in the jar).
Put lid on jar and place in freezer until set. This is to help prevent graininess. The first time I made this I put it in the fridge to set and it turned out very grainy. I remelted it, added the tea tree oil again (it loses its potency when heated), and this time put it in the freezer to set. It worked perfectly!
Enjoy your DIY body balm! Perfect for elbows, knees, and other dry spots!
I feel a bit like a mad scientist with my concoctions, especially as I just ordered a bunch of apothecary-style amber glass jars (Amazon just makes everything too easy). I’ll be back here and there with another DIY experience. Just please keep in mind that I’m a total amateur. I try to do my research but I’m not a professional so use these DIY recipes at your own risk. Though on the plus side, if I can make them, anyone can, lol!