All-Purpose Chamomile Balm


The other day I noticed the teats on my goats’ udders are feeling chapped. It’s definitely time to make a balm to correct that problem. Chamomile to the rescue!

As I was contemplating a formula for Chamomile Balm, I realized it would be a wonderful lip balm as well, so I named it All-Purpose Chamomile Balm. I’ll be using our guide for creating lip balm formulas to craft this balm.

We’ll begin with 20% Beeswax to make a nice, firm balm.

For 25% solid at room temperature oils, I’ll choose Shea Butter because it offers properties that decrease irritation of the skin and because it contains allantoin, which is fantastic for chapped, irritated skin. Lanolin is always good in any balm, because it keeps it thick and viscous. Coconut Oil has a lower melt point, so using it will help the balm spread better.

Cocoa Butter will be the 15% brittle oil, as it is one of three ingredients approved by the FDA as a barrier ingredient that provides an occlusive layer on the skin. This is not to say we’ll make any claims about this product. I just like knowing what my ingredients will bring to the finished product, and when targeting chapped skin, an occlusive layer is helpful.

I’ll use the following as my 40% liquid at room temperature oils: Dimethicone is a great barrier ingredient and helps with chapping. Chamomile Extract brings moisturizing and soothing and anti-inflammatory properties to the formula. Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil are all marvelous skin-loving oils that make a great base for this balm.

Join me in the workroom!

What You’ll Need

Supplies

Beeswax
Shea Butter
Lanolin
Coconut Oil
Cocoa Butter
Dimethicone
Chamomile Extract
Avocado Oil
Jojoba Oil
Sweet Almond Oil

Equipment

Scale
Microwave-safe container
Spoon
Silicone Spatula
Lip Balm Slider Tins and/or
Lip Balm Tubes and Caps

Formula

20% Beeswax
12% Shea Butter
5% Lanolin
8% Coconut Oil
15% Cocoa Butter
3% Dimethicone
5% Chamomile Extract
15% Avocado Oil
5% Jojoba Oil
12% Sweet Almond Oil

100-gram Test Batch

20 grams Beeswax
12 grams Shea Butter
5 grams Lanolin
8 grams Coconut Oil
15 grams Cocoa Butter
3 grams Dimethicone
5 grams Chamomile Extract
15 grams Avocado Oil
5 grams Jojoba Oil
12 grams Sweet Almond Oil

16 ounces

3.2 ounces Beeswax
1.92 ounces Shea Butter
0.8 ounce Lanolin
1.28 ounces Coconut Oil
2.4 ounces Cocoa Butter
0.48 ounce Dimethicone
0.8 ounce Chamomile Extract
2.4 ounces Avocado Oil
0.8 ounce Jojoba Oil
1.92 ounces Sweet Almond Oil

Instructions

Weigh all ingredients except Chamomile Extract and Dimethicone into a microwave-safe container. Heat using short time bursts, stirring often, until all ingredients are melted.

Add Chamomile Extract and Dimethicone; stir well to combine.

Pour balm into Screw Top Tins and allow to cool completely before adding lids.

Ingredients prior to melting.

Pouring melted balm into tins.

Notes

This really is a nice balm! I used it twice on one of my milking goats whose teats were really chapped, and they felt so much better the next day.

Try this balm on your lips – you’ll love how it makes them feel!

If you decide to make this as a lip balm and want to add flavor, just add 2% of your favorite flavor and maybe 2% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil and subtract the appropriate amount from any of the liquid oils (Avocado, Sweet Almond, or Jojoba).

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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