This article was first published on The Connector.
The very first time I formulated this balm, I was in the middle of experimenting with colours. I wanted a blue balm because I had this bottle of woad seed oil I was dying to formulate with and woad was used in the past to produce a blue dye. I wanted a blue soothing balm. A few experiments later, I had a balm with hemp seed oil. Best of all, I had a green balm! That’s the way formulation goes.:)
I love my green balm and I use it instead of an oil or even as a
So, here’s my green soothing balm.
> Camellia oil.
Its composition is very close to olive oil but with the exotic aura of the geishas. It’s just as rich in regenerating vitamin E as olive oil but easier to use thanks to its neutral smell. It softens the skin and gives a velvety feel.
> Avocado oil.
Avocado oil is rich in oleic acid and is, therefore, a nourishing, emollient, softening and protective oil. It brings softness and offers comfort. The vitamins A and E it contains have useful regenerating properties for damaged skins.
> Hemp seed oil.
One of my favourite oils. It’s my first choice for an impaired barrier because of its great anti-inflammatory action and its barrier repairing activity. It’s a very interesting ingredient for all skin types thanks to its balanced ratio of omegas.
> Roman chamomile CO2 extract.
Here’s a plant that has been used for time immemorial and for good reasons! This extract has a fair amount of bisabolol and chamazulene, both renowned ingredients for distressed skin. Chamazulene is particularly interesting for acne prone skins too.
> Shea butter.
It’s well-known for all its benefits in skincare. Among other things, cinnamic acid offers soothing properties while vitamins A and E help the skin in its healing process.
> Blue tansy essential oil.
Chamazulene gives this oil a stunning blue indigo colour and powerful soothing properties.
> High altitude lavender essential oil.
It smells incredibly good and it’s soothing too.
> Helichrysum essential oil.
It helps with redness and has a purifying and regenerating action.
For 30 gr.
- Shea butter – 44%, 13,2 gr.
- Hemp seed oil – 20%, 6 gr.
- Camellia oil – 16,1 %, 4,83 gr.
- Avocado oil – 16,1%, 4,83 gr.
- Beeswax – 3%, 0,9 gr.
- High altitude lavender essential oil – 0,25%, 0,075 gr.
- Helichrysum essential oil – 0,25%, 0,075 gr.
- Blue tansy essential oil – 0,1%, 0,03 gr.
- Rosemary CO2 extract – 0,1%, 0,03 gr.
- Roman chamomile CO2 extract – 0,1%, 0,03 gr
* naturally occurring ingredients of essential oils
- Disinfect your work table and material.
- Weigh the butter, the avocado and camellia oils and the wax in a beaker.
- Put the beaker in a bain-marie.
- Let them melt slowly.
- When all ingredients are melt, stir the liquid preparation out of the heat to make it cool down. You can put the beaker in a cold bath to speed the process.
- Add the hemp seed oil, the extracts and the essential oils under 40°C and stir again.
- Now it’s time to put your still liquid balm in the fridge for short periods of time. 10 minutes in the fridge → stir at room temperature → 10 minutes in the fridge → stir at room temperature → 10 minutes in the fridge, etc. until the preparation thickens. You might need to shorten the stay in the fridge at the end of the process.
- Stir to the trace. It’s the moment when your stirring leaves a trace in the thickened preparation.
- Pour in a jar.
- Put the open jar in the fridge for approximately 12 hours.
- After the 12 hours, keep your open jar at room temperature. You can close the lid when you can’t see any sign of condensation.
- It’s ready!
Don’t forget to do a patch test 48 hours before using the