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Recipe: Don’t Bug Me Skin Balm

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This Summer, create an easy and no-mess balm that keeps your family and pets comfortable. It is especially useful if you live close to a lake or pond! The Don’t Bug Me Blend and Lemon Eucalyptus, in addition to Neem Oil, give this balm the power it needs to make sure you’re not bugged when you’re outside! It’s easy to make and the deodorant tube packaging allows you to apply to exposed areas without getting your hands messy or spray on your clothes.

 

 

Makes approximately one pound.

Equipment You’ll Need:

  • Hot plate or stove top
  • Kitchen scale
  • Heat-proof glass beaker
  • Metal mixing spoon

Ingredients

Directions – How to Make a Balm

1. Combine all ingredients and heat on stove top or hot plate until fully melted. Melt all ingredients together – EXCEPT for the essential oils. Mix thoroughly.

2. Once the balm is cooled to trace (about 135F), mix in the essential oils then pour off into deodorant tubes or large sunstick tubes or jars.

3. Use as needed on exposed skin outdoors.

4. Enjoy!

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Susan
1 year ago

I was always told not to add essential oils till after melted mixture has cooled down. Why am I heating the essential oils?

Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan,

Ahhh…..yes this is a mistake in our recipe. Thanks for pointing this out. Melt all ingredients together – EXCEPT for the essential oils – Once the balm is cooled to trace (about 135F) – mix in the essential oils then pour off into packaging.

Cheers!
-Brandon

Susan
1 year ago

What happens if you overheat the shea butter? Recently I didn’t heat shea enough when making a cream and it granulated (not ideal especially for Who-ha butter). Can you tell me what is the best melting temp range for Shea?

Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan!

Great question – generally you want to heat shea butter gently and on low heat to melt – also rapid cooling will prevent graininess. For this recipe with the high melt point of the waxes, it’s better to heat all of the ingredients (except for the essential oils) together at a higher temp to make sure that all of the fatty acids melt together. The high amount of MCT in addition to the wax should prevent the shea from crystallizing, but again, if you rapidly cool your balm in the refrigerator it will prevent crysytals from forming.

Cheers!
-Brandon