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
12% Shea Butter
8% Coconut Oil
15% Cocoa Butter
5% Chamomile Extract
15% Avocado Oil
5% Jojoba Oil
12% Sweet Almond Oil
100-gram Test Batch
20 grams Beeswax
3.2 ounces Beeswax
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.
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).