This creamy orange cleansing balm was born of a recipe request from Sonja. “What I am looking for is a recipe for a BALM that removes facial makeup (not eyes). Hope you can help. LOVE your website – a fab discovery for me. Thank you.”




A blend of oils is thickened with glossy candelilla wax, and that’s pretty much it. So, all that was left to figure out some ratios, rummage through my ingredient cabinets, and get to work.


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The oil blend includes moisturizing virgin coconut oil, soothing unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada), rich cocoa butter (USA / Canada), antioxidant rich mango butter (USA / Canada), and silky smooth grapeseed seed oil. Juicy orange wax adds an amazing citrus scent, and candelilla wax makes everything solid and glossy.


Once you’ve got the ingredients, this is an incredibly easy balm to pull together. Simply measure, melt, stir, and pour. Voila!


It leaves skin soft and clean, as well as feeling wonderfully moisturized. Give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

Coconut Citrus Cleansing Balm

10g | 0.35oz virgin coconut oil
7g | 0.25oz unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
5g | 0.17oz cocoa butter (USA / Canada)
5g | 0.17oz mango butter (USA / Canada)
8g | 0.28oz candelilla wax
7g | 0.25 grapeseed oil
5g | 0.17oz safflower oil
3g | 0.1 orange wax

15 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
5g | 0.17oz soy lecithin
1g | 0.03oz Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)

Weight the oils and waxes out into a small glass measuring cup and melt together over a double boiler.

Once melted, remove the oils from the heat and stir in the grapefruit essential oil, soy lecithin, and Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada).

Pour the mixture into a 3oz/90mL jar and let it set up.

To use, wet your face and massage a small amount of the balm (about half a teaspoon) into your skin. Follow up with a warm washcloth to wipe your skin clean.

Because of the orange wax and grapefruit essential oil in this balm, when left on this balm will be photosensitizing (cause you to burn much more easily). So, while you can apply this balm as a straight body butter, I don’t recommend it. If you’re going to, don’t do it right before going out into the sun.

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