Back in September Carlee got in touch with a request—”Mediterranean Olive Almond & Sage Wonderbalm“. I’d never heard of it before. Apparently Boots, the British chemist, makes it. Carlee described it as a deep treatment for dry lips, elbows, and hands, and wondered if I might be interested in devising a DIY Mediterranean Wonderbalm dupe. Definitely!
Carlee included the ingredients in her e-mail. They were pretty run of the mill, especially considering the $9/15mL (!?!?!?) price tag. Seriously? It was mostly mineral oil & petroleum wax, plus cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, beeswax, sweet almond oil, and olive oil (pomace). Carlee described the texture as something a bit softer than petroleum jelly that absorbs quickly, with a light, floral scent.
I started by kicking all the petroleum products, preservatives, and fragrances to the curb. Yuck. That left me with a nice variety of nice, nourishing oils. The original balm used mostly grapeseed oil (after the petroleum oils), which explains why the balm absorbs quickly. Beeswax and cocoa butter thicken the mixture, and sweet almond and olive oil (pomace)s round it out. I thought I’d give the balm’s healing powers a boost by using some arnica infused olive oil (pomace) instead of the plain stuff.
The original contains a bit of sage essential oil, along with some more floral artificial fragrances—probably to keep the balm from smelling like a turkey dinner, haha. I paired the sage with a bit of geranium, rose geranium, and lavender to brighten it up.
The resulting balm is nice, and rings in at a whopping $0.35/15mL. That’s 4% the cost of the store bought version, plus mine doesn’t have any petroleum byproducts or artificial fragrances in it. Awesome.
DIY Mediterranean Wonderbalm
10g | 0.35oz cocoa butter
5g | 0.17oz beeswax
5g | 0.17oz grapeseed oil
5g | 0.17oz sweet almond oil
5g | 0.17oz arnica infused olive oil (pomace) (or plain olive oil (pomace)) (Don’t use arnica infused oil if you want to use it on broken skin or on the lips)
1g | 0.03oz Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)
4 drops sage essential oil
3 drops rose geranium essential oil
4 drops bergapatene-free bergamot essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
Weight the cocoa butter, beeswax, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil (pomace), and Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) into a heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place that measuring cup into a small saucepan with about 3cm/1″ of barely simmering water in it and melt everything together in that double boiler.
Once melted, remove from the heat. Stir in the essential oils with a flexible silicone spatula. Decant into little tins, let cool, and enjoy!