I have to admit I’m pretty taken with orange wax these days. Its name is a bit deceiving—it isn’t waxy in the slightest. In fact, it feels a lot like water on the skin despite being oil soluble. Orange wax is the wax pressed from orange peels, and it smells utterly divine, like the juiciest of oranges. It’s a deep reddish-orange hue, which lends a warm tint to everything it’s in, and thanks to its incredibly light texture, balms made with it have a wonderful dry touch and finish that can be hard to achieve in oil-based balms. In short, it’s lovely, and I want more of my life, which is how this Orange Wax Cleansing Balm came to be.
In a bid to get more tropical goodness into my life, I combined juicy orange wax with wonderfully fragrant virgin coconut oil for an awesome orange-coconut scent blend. Yum! A complete emulsifying wax brings the cleansing party, allowing the oils in the balm to bind with the oils on our skin and then hitch a ride with water down the sink, taking skin gunk with them.
Castor oil helps amp up the cleansing party, while candelilla wax thickens the balm to a perfectly creamy texture. I chose safflower oil to round the whole thing out, but you could easily use sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, or almond oil instead if you prefer.
Once you’ve got all the ingredients together, this Orange Wax Cleansing Balm couldn’t be easier to make. Simply weigh, melt, stir, and pour. Voila! When it’s done, the balm is unbelievably rich and creamy—I love washing my face with it. Enjoy your delightfully citrusy wake-up call 🙂
Orange Wax Cleansing Balm
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
Once all the oils and waxes have melted through, stir them with a flexible silicone spatula. Pour the mixture into your jar or tin; this recipe makes 58g (2oz) of cleansing balm, so a 60mL/2oz tin is a good choice.
To use, scoop out a pea sized amount of the cleansing balm and work it together with a bit of warm water between your palms before massaging it into your face. Rinse and wipe off any excess cleansing balm with a soft cloth, and follow up with your favourite serum or moisturizer.
Because this balm is 100% oil based it should last for at least a year if kept cool and dry. Because it is being used as a face wash you should take extra care not to incorporate water into it—use dry fingers to scoop out the balm, or even a dry popsicle stick or spoon.
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