Glycerin Balsam 7


Do you every wonder how your toiletries were formulated, or how different the cosmetics your great great grandmother used vary from the ones you use today? Well, I am working on a project collecting old cosmetics and toiletries recipes and it has been quite an experience. I am planning on sharing these recipes and what I discovered. I will give you the original recipe as well as the source from which I received the recipe. I will share the “modern” recipe. Many recipes call for spermaceti, of which we don’t have access to. Spermaceti is an oil that comes from the Sperm Whale. Spermaceti was in so much demand, that the whales became an endangered species. The Sperm Whale was nearly hunted to extinction! I will also add preservatives so that these fabulous toiletries do not begin to grow. Come join me as we travel back in time for the making of heirloom toiletries. Here we go! 

Glycerin Balsam 

The Woman Beautiful
Helen Follett Stevans

½ ounce White Wax 

1 ounce Spermaceti

4 ½ ounce Sweet Almond Oil

1 ½ ounces Glycerin

8 drops Oil of Rose Geranium

Melt the oil. Remove from fire and beat in the glycerin and perfume. Stir briskly until cold and white.

I had to make some changes to the formulation before I even headed for the test kitchen. First, there is no way am I going to get my hands on any spermaceti. No point of trying to formulate with a banned product. So I did some research and decided that Palm Oil would act as a replacement for the spermaceti.

Second, I didn’t have any white wax (paraffin). I replaced the paraffin with beeswax, both of which contribute similar properties to toiletries.

I also wanted to add emulsifying wax to my formulation to prevent it from separating. So far so good.

Last, I felt the need to add a preservative to the formulation to prevent the mixture from growing bacteria and fungi. We don’t work this hard on our projects to lose them to micro-organisms.

Glycerin Balsam (Reformulated) 

The Woman Beautiful
Helen Follett Stevans

.5 ounce Beeswax 

1 ounce Palm Oil

4.5 ounce Sweet Almond Oil

.25 ounces Emulsifying Wax

1.5 ounces Glycerin

.03 ounces Liquid Germall Plus

8 drops Bourbon Geranium

Put oils and glycerin into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. Using an immersion blender
combine the ingredients . Once the mixture is cool, add the preservative and Bourbon Geranium. Continue whipping until it is gel like
in constancy and the temperature is no warmer than the room.

Note: This product is intended to be whipped. This helps the glycerin stay in suspension and allow the mixture to remain emulsified.

I really enjoyed this project. The Glycerin Balsam is fabulous and really fun. I must admit that I was rather surprised by the final product. When put on my hands, I liked it but the Glycerin Balsam seemed a little too oily. However, when I used it on the softer skin of my arms, legs and face, I felt as if I were being pampered and spoiled. The Glycerin Balsam really hydrates and protects the skin. Personally, I think the the Glycerin Balsam rivals a lotion with Hydrovance! It was also exciting that I had created a product similar to one used by women over a century ago. That, in itself, was amazing.

I wish to thank those who came on this fabulous journey with me. What fun! I hope you delight in making and using the Glycerin Balsam as much as I did. Enjoy!

I’ve sent 100  samples to the shipping department. Please ask for one if this formulation is of interest to you. I don’t expect any samples to remain after March 22nd.

Taylor

Finished Balsam

Weighing Oils

Weighing Palm Oil

Weighing Emulsifying Wax

Mixing Balsam

Mixing Balsam

Mixing Balsam

Whipping Balsam

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About Taylor

I’m a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I’m constantly asking “Why?” My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.


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7 thoughts on “Glycerin Balsam

  • ABaird

    Taylor, how is this product used? I hate to expose myself as completely clueless, but there it is! I have no idea if this is for hands, face, all over, or what. 🙂

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  • ABaird

    Also, would palm kernel oil be an acceptable substitute for the palm oil? Thanks!

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  • Tina

    MKMmom, the best way to get a sample is to request one. We see these requests on all our orders. In the comments field you can write something like “On March 8th Taylor showed how to make Glycerin Balsam on the blog. Please send a sample with my order.” That is it! Your comment stays with your order right on through shipping.

    Best!
    Tina

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  • Tina

    ABaird,

    This is used just like a lotion or cream. The key is the different ingredients and manufacture. I would use it on my hands, knees, elbows and feet. I tend not to put a lot on my face but I have very oily skin so putting more oil on my face is just too much.

    You could use jojoba oil, particularly the waxes near the bottom, for the palm oil. This will make a more fluid mixture but also similar in feel of the finished product. I would not suggest Palm Kernel Oil in this formulation. Palm kernel oil feels like a firmer coconut oil and not at all like palm oil.

    Best!
    Tina

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  • Madea

    This looks like a good recipe. Thank you for the link to the book, it is very interesting. Are you going to do anymore recipes from it?

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  • Taylor Post author

    Yes! I am slowly working my way through this book and several others. I hope I will be ready for a new one soon.

    Taylor

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