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Peppermint Orange Body Balm Recipe

I've never really had dry skin, not truly dry skin. Until I moved here to southern Idaho. Holy smokes! I look like a lizard! Humidity here has been, like, 0% for weeks. So I've been turning to body balms for some extra skin protection.

Although you use body balms as you would a lotion, they aren't lotions. And, in fact, body balms and lotions are not interchangeable. They work on the skin in a completely different way.

If you've used body balms before and haven't been impressed, this is why: Body balms are meant to be applied over the top of your regular lotion. Lotion delivers moisture (AKA hydration) to the skin; body balms seal in that moisture. So you have to use them both in order for the body balm to actually work. (Mind blown, right?)

Because body balms aren't made with any water, you don't need to use a preservatives. A little bit goes a long way. Just take a dab and massage it into your skin. Like, everywhere--legs, elbows and knees, feet and hands. It also makes an extra nice cuticle cream.

I pour this body balm into cute little glass containers that I found at the dollar store. It looks sweet and feels decadent on the skin.

RECIPE: Peppermint Orange Body Balm
For that extra dry winter skin, this soothing balm is the perfect solution. I think the minty orange scent is super yummy, but feel free to sub out if you're not a peppermint fan. Lavender, eucalyptus, or rose geranium would all smell lovely with the sweet orange. 

2 tablespoons shea butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil OR sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon beeswax
5 drops peppermint essential oil
15 drops sweet orange essential oil

To make: Measure out the shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and beeswax into a small bowl.  Microwave for 15-45 seconds, until the oils are just melted. Add in the peppermint and sweet orange essential oils and mix well. Pour immediately into a small container. Let set undisturbed until it's completely cooled (about 3-4 hours) before you put on the lid.

To use: The finished balm will be semi-solid but will melt on contact with your skin. Massage in as needed. Just a small dab goes a long way!

Yield: about 2 (fluid) ounces

Shelf life: 10-12 months

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