DIY: Summer rose hand balm

Hey beautiful creative Souls 

❤

Let me start by saying that summer finally began here in Las Vegas(Yeeeeey)! Not sure if you ever had chance to feel 45-50 celsius (which would be around 115-125 degrees) but it is VERY hot, especially when that is just a normal afternoon… For few months.
That means that you have to make some changes in your day to day life. For instance, you have to be aware of the things that you’re leaving in your purse, or in the car or… well anywhere. 
Once I saw a video, where one lady wanted to see how long does it take to bake cookies in her car in Vegas. It’s took 5 hours for cookies on the tray to be completely edible! 
I can’t even tell you how many things got melted in my life… body butters, whips, creams, lip balms.
That is why I made this beautiful salve, it is heat resistant and keeps your skin hydrated longer than water-based creams that we usually buy in stores. And it is sooo versatile, I use it on my hands, elbows, cuticles, lips, even ends of my hair! It is that good!

But the best thing about this amazing balm is that all the ingredients are natural-which means easy pronounceable and good for you and your skin. Because if we go along with the fact that our skin is indeed our largest organ- shouldn’t we be more cautious about what we put on it?
I could go on and on about skin’s absorption, chemicals that penetrate into the bloodstream, and the possible connection to the modern day health issues… BUT you will see non of that (not now anyway). Today I’m keeping things nice and simple. 
Let’s talk about ingredients for a little bit, why I used them and what are their benefits?

Shea butter comes from nuts that grow on shea tree:

  • skin super-food
  • moisturizing
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-aging
  • has a natural SPF(around 6)

Beeswax comes from honey bees:

  • moisturizing 
  • treats psoriasis and eczema
  • relieves stress 
  • lowers cholesterol
  • relieves pain
  • anti-inflammatory
  • clears acne
  • reduces stretch marks
  • anti-fungal

Cacao butter comes from cocoa beans:

  • antioxidant 
  • anti-aging 
  • moisturizing 
  • calms burns, rashes and infections
  • anti-inflammatory 
  • treat mouth sores
  • anti-dandruff 
  • removes scars

Almond oil you can guess the origin:

  • full of vitamin e
  • protects skin from UV damage
  • lightens dark under-eyes 
  • relives eczema, sunburns and rashes
  • treats ear infections 
  • keeps skin soft
  • great as makeup remover 

Rose essential oil:

  • antiseptic 
  • anti-inflammatory 
  • anti-depressant 
  • full of minerals
  • antioxidant 
  • treats wounds 
  • aphrodisiac
  • relives anxiety 
  • clears acne

You probably noticed that I’ve added dried rose petals to the mix. Although dried roses as a tea have many benefits-the reason why I’ve put them is purely aesthetical… I just love that pop of color every time I open my little can of miracle.

To make a medium small batch of salve, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup raw organic shea butter (here)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax (here)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil (here)
  • 1 tablespoon cacao butter (here)
  • 20 drops of rose essential oil (here)
  • small jar (you can recycle some of the old ones like I did)
  • pinch of rose petals(optional-here)

Melt all the ingredients in a small bowl over a boiling water. Start with beeswax, since it takes the longest to melt. Add essential oil at the end. Pour the mix in to designated jar and add rose petals (or any other) if you wish.

You will notice that the balm hardens quickly, and if you leave it on the cold temperature it will be really hard. But not to worry, it is just beeswax nature- use the top of your nail or little spatula to scratch some of it and simply massage it between your palms, it will instantly soften.

And one last thing… When you get to make your balm, don’t just make it-play with it! Call upon your inner goddess and make a ritual out of it. What you’re about to do is not just chore, something that has to be done. Remind yourself you’re making something beautiful, something so good for your body and for your soul. Play some music, relax… Why? Because you’re wonderful and you deserve it 

❤

Marija

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