How to Make Skin Softening Salve


I love all kinds of moisturizers. I have some in my purse, at my desk at work, numerous in my bathroom, beside my bed, my nighttime moisturizers and serums and my daytime moisturizers and serums. I change my facial moisturizers with the seasons and slather on the stuff as often as possible. I love to try new lotions and creams to see if they will beat my favourites, but the one thing I won’t change is my salves. I recently started making salves, making them only when I run out of the batch before (FYI I made a balsam one in December and JUST finished it yesterday). They leave your skin feeling amazing; I use it as a head-to-toe moisturizer and even as an eye cream.

Since it’s spring, I decided on a citrus-y scent that will awaken my senses in the morning:

What you will need:
Medium surface to work on
Measuring Cup(s)
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Scent/Essential Oil of Choice
Mason Jar/Vessel that has been thoroughly cleaned

I only try to use essential oils as they actually have working properties to them rather than just a scent. They also tend to smell more natural (go figure) and less perfume-y, and thus less migraine inducing, than fragrance.

Start with 3/4 cup of coconut oil. Melt in microwave or on the stove if you’ve tons of time on your hands. Add in 1/4 cup of olive oil. Mix well. Pour into the mason jar and add your essential oils. Remember that scent fades over time, and especially when heated, so add in the essential oils once the coconut and olive oil has started to cool a bit. I used about 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil and sliced a lime and squeezed about 5 drops into there, as well. While it’s good to use a decent amount of essential oils, don’t go overboard as too much on your skin may not be a good thing, depending on the specific oils you use.
Use a brand new snap-lip, seal it up, then set aside to completely cool and form into a solid. If you’re not keen on using it right away, leaving it to cool on the counter overnight will do fine. If you’re excited to try your new concoction, store it in the fridge for about half an hour to an hour.

Et voila! You’ve yourself a springy salve that will work wonders on your dry skin from winter.

* this will make a softer salve, which I love for easy application. If your climate is warmer, or you’d like a more solid form, up the 3/4 cup of cocount oil to 1 full cup!

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