Bandits oil is a fantastic all-purpose essential oil blend to have around. It’s a powerful anti-bacterial/anti-viral/anti-fungal/anti-everything, it smells great, and it’s really quite inexpensive to whip up a thieving little bottle of your own. This simple bandits salve is a fantastic way to incorporate it into everyday life, and it’s just as easy to make as the oil blend itself.
I no longer recommend making this as it no longer lives up to my formulation standards and the essential oil blend has a very high potential to be irritating + damage the skin.
The base of the salve is super simple—plain, moisturizing olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada) and vegan carnauba wax to thicken. Carnauba wax makes for a harder, shiny balm that smooths on in a nice, thin layer that’s not at all sticky. If you don’t have any on hand I’ve also provided measurements for using beeswax instead.
This salve will boost circulation and help prevent infections, but I don’t recommend putting it on open wounds. If you’ve got stinky feet, it’s just the thing. Do be careful not to go out in the sun after application, though—the lemon essential oil in the bandits blend makes this balm photo-sensitizing.
I no longer recommend making this as it no longer lives up to my formulation standards.
Simple Bandits Salve
Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the bandits oil blend.
Pour the mixture into a 60mL/2oz tin and let it set up. The carnauba wax will need three days to come to its full hardness, so if you find it’s a bit soft after it has set up on day one, remember it needs a few more days before starting to tinker 🙂