My whole family has tattoos. There are fishbones dancing around my husband’s freckled arm, jellyfish tentacles snaking down my youngest’s arm and a tiny wave and black ink whale on my other daughter’s body. So of course I had to make up a natural recipe to keep their skin pliable and moisturized and also to buff up the ink to keep it sharp looking.
I decided to use one of my favourite oils for moisturizing… apricot kernel oil. I also decided to try a new one, raspberry seed oil that is high in sun protection factor or SPF. To add a bit more SPF value I put in a heaping tablespoon of fragrant green tea botanical extract.
I used to make an eczema salve I called ugly butter that was high in shea butter that was well loved. It also had kukui nut oil in it which is quite pricey so I quit making it but I decided to take the high shea butter part of the beloved ugly butter recipe and go from there. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to put beeswax in a tattoo balm recipe as it would add a layer of waxiness. But after reading up on the plethora of information on the internet, I agree that it is a preferable ingredient to use instead of anything petroleum based.
Beeswax is great for trapping moisture into the skin, and these three high quality butters; aloe, mango and shea butter are wonderful additions to this balm to keep the skin firm.
Remember to sample a bit of this salve on your body first. Each person’s skin will react to anything, even Lavender essential oil can cause allergies in some people. I don’t add any preservatives because I make these in very small batches. These should last at least six months or longer if you keep them in the refridgerator.
Tattoo & Body Balm
112 grams beeswax
100 grams shea butter
70 grams aloe butter
56 grams mango butter
100 grams apricot kernel oil
96 grams raspberry seed oil
dollop of vit e oil
6-10 grams of Helichrysum oil in jojoba oil
few drops of lavender essential oil ( I used single Bulgarian, my favourite)
a heaping tablespoon of green tea botanical extract stirred in well at the end.
Botanical Name: Camellia sinensis
Directions: In a glass double boiler melt the beeswax and mango butter.
After the beeswax is completely melted, slowly pour in the liquid oils and then then stir in the shea butter. When everything is melted put a dollop of vitamin e oil and stir well. Sprinkle in the heaping tablespoon of green tea powder. Oh it smells so sweet! Stir in the essential oils at the very end so they don’t evaporate completely out of your balm. Pour into your containers of choice.
Let cool before putting on the lids. That’s it, you’re done. Time to make dinner or water the garden.
I first tried to make this like a whipped butter. If you want to make a whipped butter please look up my whipped butter recipe, the ones with the Go Go’s album cover on it. The mistake I made in this batch was that I didn’t melt the beeswax enough so I remelted everything, growing weary of waiting for it to cool down and then to whip etc. so I just poured it into my tins like a regular salve recipe which worked out just fine. Sometimes it is tricky to work with a lot of shea butter, as it can get grainy, but this recipe glides across the skin wonderfully, so if you are trying this recipe, you can go either way, it is up to you. I am always in a rush, too many things on my to do list so waiting around for a whipped balm in the freezer is not what I am always inspired to do.
My family loves this balm and I admit I saved a bit for my hands after doing a pile of dishes that we always seem to have clogging up the counters.
Happy balming everyone.
Even if I don’t have a tattoo if I listen to this song when I am driving down the winding roads of Gabriola, dodging wild turkeys, baby deer on bouncing legs, and seniors cycling by in all their fancy bicycling gear, I feel pretty cool, even without a tattoo. And I feel like I almost, just might get a tattoo. At least I have a balm for it now.
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