Super Salve – One Balm for Everything

Petroleum jelly is not something I want near my skin, or my children’s skin. It is a byproduct of the oil refining process and it is nasty. Containing oestrogen-mimicking chemicals like xenoestrogens, which may act on hormone receptors in the body, leading to estrogen dominance, I can only conclude that it is not good. Hydrocarbons (found in petroleum jelly) may be stored in the body when applied to the skin, as the jelly acts as a barrier and is not metabolised by your body. There is concern around products containing petroleum jelly and contamination with toxic chemicals like 1,4 dioxane, a suspected carcinogen.

There are many products on the market that doctors have been known to recommend for sensitive, eczema-affected skin. Sadly, many of them contain petrolatum – which the EU lists as a probable human carcinogen, and parabens – which are strongly suspected to interfere with our hormones. Shocking!

This super salve is PERFECT for any area on your body;  face, lips, elbows, bums, ears, feet… It contains nourishing ingredients like coconut oil and Shea butter, and although I like lemon, lavender and melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils, you have permission to exercise your creative muscle and add whatever essential oils you please! At the end of the day, the simpler you can make your skin care routine, the healthier you will be. And while your children may not appreciate the enormous efforts you’re going to for their health, they’ll thank you someday.

DIY Super Salve | The Inspired Little Pot

Makes: 200g


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90g carrier oil – fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil or olive oil

45g coconut oil

30g shea butter

15g beeswax pellets

20g evening primrose oil

50-60 drops of essential oils (my oils of choice are lemonmelaleuca (tea tree)lavender) *see notes below

  1. Add carrier oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted.
    1. Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently.
    2. Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently.
  2. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring until well combined.
  3. Pour into a jar or container and allow to set.
  1. Add carrier oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to bowl and melt for 4-5 minutes at 70 degrees celsius, low speed, until completely melted.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 10-15 seconds on low/medium speed until well combined.
  3. Pour into a jar or container and allow to set.
  • Using clean fingers, scoop a small amount of balm and sparingly on dry lips, irritated skin, chafe, scabs, dry scalp etc.
  • Store out of direct sunlight.
  • Don’t be limited by my essential oil suggestions. They can be substituted with oils that fit your budget, or with those that you already have in your collection. I recommend that you source essential oils from a brand you trust. Do your research. Ensure that crops are grown and harvested without the use of pesticides and that chemical processes are not used when the oils are extracted. Do not rely on statements on labels such as ‘100% pure’. I now stock essential oils from brands I trust – you can check them out here. Refer to this blog post for inspiration on essential oil blends.
  • Try adding eucalyptus, melaleuca (tea tree), peppermint, and lemon for “Vapour Rub” replacement.
  • Act quickly when pouring lotions containing beeswax as it solidifies quickly.
  • When adding beeswax into bowl be mindful to avoid leaving pellets on the blades or they may not melt.
  • Refer to this blog post for tips on cleaning up after making balms – it’s actually quite easy!


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