This balm was inspired by a recipe request from Phoebe, who loves Badger Sleep Balm. I liked the idea, but decided to head off in the “calming” direction instead of the “sleepy” direction. The resulting calm balm is addictively fragrant, with a complex, can’t-quite-pin-it-down scent blend. It’s smooth, but not too soft, and is downright lovely.

How to Make Calm Balm

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The base of the calm balm is a simple blend of safflower oil, shea butter, and beeswax. If you don’t have safflower oil on hand you can feel free to use any other relatively light, low-scent carrier oil like olive oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower seed oil, or almond oil.

How to Make Calm Balm
How to Make Calm Balm

To this base I’ve added a flurry of calming, soothing essential oils. Herbaceous rosemary, warm ginger, camphoraceous fir balsam, and spicy frankincense start the balm off with a warm, spicy base.

How to Make Calm Balm
How to Make Calm Balm

On top if that I’ve added sunny red mandarin, calming lavender, soothing chamomile, and sweet rose geranium to brighten up the blend.

In the end, no one essential oil is distinguishable, but the blend is fantastic (and at least a little addictive). It’s a little bit of wearable aromatherapy, perfect for keeping in your desk drawer at the office for stressful days. I love it.

How to Make Calm Balm
How to Make Calm Balm

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Calm Balm

16g | 0.56oz safflower oil
16g | 0.56oz shea butter (I used refined to let the essential oils shine)
7g | 0.25oz beeswax

5 drops rosemary essential oil
7 drops ginger essential oil
11 drops fir essential oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
10 drops red mandarin essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops chamomile essential oil
6 drops rose geranium essential oil

Weigh out the safflower oil, shea butter, and beeswax into a small glass measuring cup and melt over a double boiler.

Once everything has melted, remove the measuring cup from the heat and stir in the essential oils. Pour into a tin and let it set up before using.

This recipe perfectly fills a 30mL/2oz tin.

Because of the red mandarin essential oil I do not recommend applying this before going out into the sun. If you’d like to, swap the mandarin EO for litsea cubeba.

How to Make Calm Balm

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