Base ingredients:
Beeswax or other wax of choice
Oils of choice
The consistency of the balm is determined by the amount of beeswax used.
Other ingredients that may be added:
Essential Oils
Flavor Oils
Cocoa Butter
Melt oil and beeswax together. Add other ingredients and pour into containers to cool.
Linda Coffin

Balm Recipes

Foot Balm
First, I took my favorite lip balm recipe (I believe I found this in the library) which consisted of: vegie oil or jojoba oil, beeswax, honey and eo's. Since I had some of this left over (because I didn't have my lip balm tubes yet :-) ), I did the following: Take 1/2 tbsp premade lip balm; add: 1/2 tbsp oil of your choice (I used Sunflower, as that's all that I had on hand); melt this in the microwave (I did 50 sec on low then upped it to about 30 sec on high-whichever works out to melt this back down...) I then added: 4 drops each: Camphor, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus (I was going for scent alone this first try) After mixing this all together, I put it in the fridge for about 15 minutes. I then took it out (it still looked like Lip Balm) and stirred it and left it for another 5 minutes (don't ask why, you don't have to follow exactly what I did: this was purely an experiment)...THEN (here's the good part)... I got myself some really hot water and soaked a hand towel for a few minutes. During that time I smoothered about one-half of my concoction on my poor dry feet then put the hot towel over them....AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! I did this a few times with the hot towel (set the timer for about 10-15 minutes, but the water cools down fast)then took my dry towel and wiped my feet off. Put my socks on when I was finished and went to bed. The next day, my feet were smooth!!! That was about 3-4 days ago I did this, and despite several showers and not repeating this process yet, my feet are just as smooth (and I have very dry heals)...Have fun!
Shannon 2/18/99

Tiger Balm Substitute by Gaylin Walli
A very well researched recipe. This makes interesting and informative reading even if you don't want to make Tiger Balm.

Callous Balm
Fills a 4oz container.
50 ml olive oil (not pomace)
25 ml avocado oil
12.5 ml jojoba oil
2.5 ml vitamin e oil
5 ml emu oil
1/4 oz beeswax (can use more if you want more than a gel like consistency)
4 drops lavender eo
4 drops rosemary eo

Heat oils, melt beeswax into them, let cool just a little bit before adding Eo's. eo's will be useless if you add them when it's too hot. But you won't be able to pour it if you add them after it's started to harden.

It *is* oily. No ifs ands or buts about it. But it's the oils that moisturize. It's best used when going to bed, applied semi liberally. But applied in minute amounts, it will soak in completely after about 5 min or so.
Sunny McCarty 6/1/98

Hand Balm
1 oz. beeswax
1.5 oz cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. emu oil
1 oz. jojoba oil
1 oz. sweet almond oil
small amount safflower, light olive or other clear light oil if needed to give consistency YOU like
Vit. E
Lavender EO
Peppermint EO
Tea Tree EO
Rosemary EO (go easy on this one.)

Take a pint glass canning jar and put it in a pan of water, heating gently. Melt the beeswax in the jar. Add the cocoa butter; melt. Add the shea butter; melt. Add oils, swirl; allow to remelt. Remove from heat; add EOs; pour into clean, dry containers; seal. I like baby food jars (when I can get them) or the tiny jars that condiments come in when you order room service in a hotel. (A friend of mine is in the hotel business, and they save jars for me sometimes.) Glass is preferable IMO, even though it may break if dropped, because I KNOW it won't react with any EO.

If I don't have shea butter, I don't worry about it; I cut down on the liquid oils. If I'm out of one of the liquid oils, I use more of something else. The basic requirements are: beeswax for solidity, cocoa butter for skin softening & nourishment, and oils for softening, waterproofing, nourishment, and to make it "spreadable."

Emu oil in particular is good for arthritis & similar complaints, I'm told. I like it. Shea butter is excellent for waterproofing--I try to use it especially when I make a baby cream, for baby bottoms or chins, as both spots are frequently damp & have a tendency to rashes. And no EOs except lavender or a little tea tree for a baby, per last week's discussion.

For a lip balm, use more beeswax, as it should be a little stiffer, and no rosemary EO--if you decide to add honey, stir while the balm is cooling or the honey separates out; and do be aware that the balm will go bad much more quickly with honey in it. At least in my experience.

Use all normal precautions--don't wander off; don't heat too hot; don't do this with small children or nosy pets nearby....be safe & have fun.
Rachel 6/20/98

Lip Gloss
2 tsp beeswax
7 tsp castor oil or jojoba or sweet almond oil
1 tsp honey
5 drops of an essential oil such as lemon, peppermint, orange, lime, tangerine
Melt the oil and beeswax together in a little pan over low heat until the beeswax is melted.
Take off the stove and then add in your honey and whisk it all together. When the mixture is nearly cool add in your essential oil, mix it up again and then pour into your lip balm container.
Since this comes out to be more like a gloss you can always add more beeswax to it so that it is a little harder. Maybe another 1/2 tsp would do it.
Therese Lott

Chocolate Lip Gloss
3 Tbsp. Cocoa Butter
4-5 Chocolate Chips
1 capsule, Vit. E
Melt, and blend ingredients with a spoon until smooth, put into a container and refrigerate until solid.
from: Girls Know Best (Compiled by: Michelle Roehm) Pg. 21
Contributed by Kiersten 10/6/98

Belly Balm
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1 T wheat germ oil (or I sometimes use shea butter)
3 T apricot kernel oil (or any other rich oil - avocado, almond)
1 T grated beeswax (about 10 grams)

Melt all together gently in double boiler. Stir every now and then as it cools. You could add some lavender oil if you wanted - 12 drops for every 2 T of base oil. I make this for some midwives at the hospital where my sister works. They tell me if nothing else, it does ease the itching.

Body Butter a la Asia
1 oz shea butter
1 oz cocoa butter
1 oz olive oil
+ 5 drops EO Chamomile, Roman
1 drop EO Chamomile, German

Melt shea, cocoa, and olive oil together, let them cool. Beat them well, so the consistency goes from stiff to creamy, add the EO's. You can also add some aloe vera at this stage, if you want a thinner cream. This body butter is probably less stable than one made with proper emulcifiers (wax+borax) but it should last 2-3 month without any problem, and much longer if you refrigirate it. If it separates, you can always re-mix it.
Asia 7/22/98

Roxy's Body Butter
3oz cocoa butter
2oz mango butter
2oz shea butter
1oz coconut oil
1tsp calendula CO2
1tsp ACE (vitamin A,C,E)

Melt all ingredients together except the calendula and ACE. Let the product cool for about 10 minutes and add calendula and ACE. Pour into chosen containers (I put mine into one 8oz tin) and place in refrigerator to harden.

Keeps at room temperature. I take it with me to the pool and just keep the container in my cooler so it doesn't totally melt. This melts quickly once it hits the skin and last a while.
Roxy 7/23/98

Body Butter
1/4 cup of distilled water
1/8 tsp of borax powder
1/2 cup mineral oil (can replace with castor oil, I probably would, as it is an excellent carrier oil and good for your traumatized skin)
1 tsp of coconut oil
3 Tbsp grated beeswax
15 drops of fragrance oil
(makes 8 oz)

Boil water and add borax powder, stirring till dissolved. In a seperate heavy saucepan over low heat, add mineral oil (or castor oil) coconut and beeswax and stir until wax is dissolved. Once oils/beeswax mixture is melted and beeswax completely melted, add borax/water solution a few drops at a time while oil is in motion, either being stirred briskly with a wire wisk, or while the blender is engaged....if you add this too quickly you will not end up with a properly emulsified cream and it will want to seperate. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes a thick cream and has cooled to room temp. (about 10 min.) spoon into wide mouth jar and close.

Expected shelf life is about 1 year to make body butter more solid, add an extra Tbs of beeswax.
Antoinette and Jason Helfer

Lip and Skin Butter
20 ounces Almond Oil
1/2 pound Anhydrous Lanolin
8 ounces Glycerin
3 3/4 ounces Beeswax
5-10 drops of Essential Oil

Over low heat, dissolve the lanolin in the almond oil, add the glycerin and stir until all three are dispersed. Add the finely-chopped beeswax, stirring until just melted, add the essential oil, and pour the salve into containers. Stir the pot frequently and pour as quickly as reasonable. If you take too long the lanolin and glycerin may begin to separate.

Yummy Coconut Balm
Total Time: 30 minutes
Total Cost:$7 for 10 lip balms
What you need:Coconut Oil, beeswax and coconut flavoring(the same stuff used for flavoring cakes and cookies in the baking section of your grocery store.), old lip balm container or tube

Directions:In an old saucepan, heat up 1/2 cup of beeswax until liquid. Do this on very low heat. Next add 1/3 cup of coconut oil and a talbespoon of flavoring. Stir until all is liquid and mixed. Pour into your container and let it harden about 10 minutes. Makes 7-10 lip balms.
Chanee` Jackson 11/19/98

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm
2.5 oz. cocoa butter
2.6 oz beeswax
1.4 oz sweet almond oil

Stacey's Hemp Oil Lip Balm
3 T coconut oil
1 T castor oil
1 T sunflower oil
1 T hemp seed oil
1 T beeswax
1 T honey
EO to taste (I use peppermint)

Melt the wax, and coconut oil together (I use the microwave) Add the honey and heat a little. Stir constantly and add your sunflower and caster oil. As the mixture begins to thicken add the hempseed oil and your choice of EO. STIR CONTANTLY until it thickens.
Stacey McKenzie-Bahr

Honey Pot Lip Balm
Can be found at: here

Castor Oil Lip Balm
1.5 oz cocoa butter
1.5 oz beeswax
3 oz castor oil
Melt in micro, add oil, stir, pour into containers.

Lisa's Natural Lip Balm
8 oz sweet almond oil
1 1/2 oz beeswax
2 tsp honey

Jenny's Lip Balm
2 1/2 oz. beeswax
1 cup sweet almond oil
1 to 2 Tbsp honey

Candy's Lip Balm
2 tsp beeswax
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1 1/2 tsp cocoa butter
3 to 6 drops tea tree oil
3 small drops of honey
1 vit. E capsule

Desert Sands Lip Balm
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp cocoa butter
1 tsp beeswax
3 drops tea tree oil
3 drops peppermint oil
Elaya Tsosie, Ph.D.

Rae's Lip Balm
1 oz shredded beeswax
1 oz aloe vera oil
1 lb jar petroleum jelly
20 drops liquid vitamin E
2 tablespoons witch hazel
2 tablespoons dried herbs
(recommended are : leaves from comfrey, lavender, and bee balm & flowers from chamomile and calendula)
Heat jelly until softened, add beeswax & herbs, continue to melt.
Strain herbs with cheesecloth. Stir in aloe, vit. E and witch hazel.
Pour into containers.

Soothing Herbal Lip Balm
Makes about 20 1/2 oz balms.
1/8 oz (or 20 ml extract) each - powdered comfrey root, crushed calendula flowers, powdered marshmallow root, crushed chamomile flowers.
100 ml of sweet almond oil (base oil) and/or calendula flower oil (infused)
40 ml Vitamin E
20 grams cocoa butter
50 grams beeswax
1 Tabl. lanolin

Optional ingredients:
2-3 T Alkanet (for red color)
12 ml bitter orange (opt for flavor) or
12 ml cinnamon (opt for flavor) or
12 ml vanilla (opt for flavor) or
12 ml anise (opt for flavor) or
12 ml spearmint (opt for flavor) or
8 ml peppermint (opt for flavor)

Measure and combine base oil with extracts into pot and simmer over low heat until alcohol from extracts has evaporated (20-40 minutes depending on batch size). (I used dried herbs and simmered them in the oil for an hour. Strained them off and continued per recipe.) Cut and weigh the beeswax, hold to the side while extract/oil mix is simmering. Once alcohol has evaporated, strain oil/extract mixture to remove "scum" which collected during heating process into measuring cup. Slowly pour strained base oil/extract mix back into pot capturing leftover "scum"/water in bottom of first measuring cup.
Pour only the clean mixture back into pot. Measure and add the infused oil, lanolin and cocoa butter to pot. Place pot over low heat, melt cocoa butter and lanolin. Add beeswax. Once beeswax is melted, add vitamin E and EO or any other heat-sensitive ingredients. Stir thoroughly but gently. Reduce heat on pot to keep mixture from smoking but warm enough to keep beeswax from solidifying.
Pour 1/2 a measuring cup's worth of mixture from pot into 2nd measuring cup and with a careful and steady hand, pour immediately into lip balm containers. Repeat until all balm has been poured. Allow balm to harden and cool for approx. 30 minutes before putting on lids.
Erin Chesleson

Peppermint Lip Balm
2 Tbsp petroleum jelly
1 tspn beeswax
10-14 drops peppermint EO

In a small pot, melt the petroleum jelly, then add beeswax. When melted, remove from heat and add peppermint EO. Pour into a lip pot and cool.
Jil Anne

Lorena's Lip Balm
1/2 oz. bees wax
10 ml. shea butter
50 ml sweet almond oil
20 ml. vit. E. oil
20 ml. avocado oil
10 ml. olive oil
25 drops citrus EO
10 drops myrhh EO

Melt bees wax in double boiler. When almsost melted, add butter.
Slowly add the oils, stirring all the time. When completely melted, remove from heat. Add essential oils. Pour into containers immediately (do this fast or re-melt as it hardens.).
Lorena Beccari 9/30/98

Lip Gloss
2 tsp beeswax
7 tsp castor oil or jojoba or sweet almond oil
1 tsp honey
5 drops of an essential oil such as lemon, peppermint, orange, lime, tangerine
Melt the oil and beeswax together in a little pan over low heat until the beeswax is melted.
Take off the stove and then add in your honey and whisk it all together. When the mixture is nearly cool add in your essential oil, mix it up again and then pour into your lip balm container.
Since this comes out to be more like a gloss you can always add more beeswax to it so that it is a little harder. Maybe another 1/2 tsp would do it.
Therese Lott

Lip Soother
For dry, burning lips. Heat 1 level tsp. sodium alginate plus 1 cup water until dissolved. After cooling, Pour it into a small bottle to carry in your purse or pocket (refrigerate the remainder). Dab it on whenever needed. If the consistency isn't right for you, add water or boil it down further. You can make a better lip soother by adding some lysine from a crushed tablet, vitamin C powder, and a vitamin E capsule to the alginate mix. If you have a persistent problem with chapped lips, try going off citrus juice.
Elaya Tsosie

Lip Stick
Infuse 1 oz of Alkanet in 4 oz almond oil for 1 week.
Strain and heat in a double boiler with about 2 tablespoons of beeswax. Stir until cool.
As it is cooling add some vitamin E and an essential oil of choice for fragrance.
Can be used with lipliner for a siren red color. Alone it is a sheer red.
Contributed by Suzanne McCarty

Color for Lips
Color for the lips is nothing more than cold cream with a larger quantity of wax than usual melted in it with a few drams of carmine for vermillion tint. Use a strong infusion of alkanet: keep the chippings for 1 week in the almond oil of which the cold cream is made. Afterwards incorporate with wax and spermaceti; always tie alkanet in a muslin bag when it is needed for coloring.

Athlete's Foot Balm
4 tsp. wheat-germ oil
4 tsp. jojoba oil
1 1/2 tsp. beeswax
25 drops tea-tree essential oil
1. In a small double boiler, heat the wheat-germ oil with the jojoba oil and the beeswax just until the beeswax melts. The mixture should have a creamy consistency.
2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the cream vigorously until it has cooled enough to touch easily with your hand.
3. Mix the essential oils into the cream. Pour the cream into a small cosmetic jar and apply as necessary. The foot balm will keep for about 1 year.
April 15 2003