As promised, here are some tips and a recipe for making your own base salve to add your favorite essential oils and blends to. Making your own salve lets you create exactly what you need when you need it, gives you complete control on ingredients and saves a ton of money long term. Invest in good quality products for a perfectly velvety soft salve.
I use an 8 oz clear glass jar in a small sauce pan – set aside for this purpose – filled about half way with water. You can use anything glass and really, you can use any pan. The main thing to keep consistent here is using a pan that will hold enough water to maintain a low boil for about 25-30 minutes without getting close to the top of your jar. Water will cause your salve to spoil a bazillion times faster. And you don’t want to add cold water to a hot pan of water and run the risk of cracking your glass jar. One more thing, make sure your jar is wide enough to easily place your oils/waxes in without spilling over. I use a wide mouth jar.
I use a 6 parts soft or liquid oils to 3 parts emulsifiers ratio. Soft/liquid oils would be your coconut oil, olive, apricot, almond, jojoba, rosehip… you get the point. The hard oils would be your butters and waxes- shea butter, mango butter, almond butter, beeswax, soy wax, etc. This will make you approximately 4oz. This is a great way to get coconut oil in without it smelling of a Hawaiian vacation.
Order of Melting Makes a Difference
After much trial and error on this, I have found there is a specific way to melt your oils/waxes so your base salve always remains velvety soft and never grainy. Melt your hardest ingredient first. This is typically beeswax. Then your butters, then the soft oils, finishing with your liquid oils. THEN, yes there’s more to it, continue to simmer the completely melted mixture on low to medium heat for 20 minutes.
While my masterpiece is melting for what feels like ages, I prepare my blend of oils and place in the bottom of the finishing jar. I typically make my own family 4 oz of any given oil at a time. But I also do 2 oz-ers for off season oil blends like Breathe Easy vapor rubs, saving the 4 oz for winter use. Then I slowly and extremely carefully pour in the melted creation after it has sit for a few minutes out of the pan. Adding in your cooked creation to the essential oils will mix them up for you, even your heavier oils. This eliminates the step of having to stir your oil/salve blend. I’m all about NOT cleaning up. Remember not to use wood if you do decide to stir- the essential oils will absorb quickly into wood.
Print the recipe card below and keep this one on hand!
- 1.5 tbsp Beeswax
- 1.5 tbsp Raw Unrefined Shea Butter
- 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 3 tbsp Olive Oil
- Essential Oils (optional)
- Place jar in saucepan. Fill with water to the half way mark.
- On medium heat, add in beeswax (or wax of choice). Allow to melt before adding in your butter(s). Once completely melted add in your soft oils followed by your liquid oils.
- Low boil melted mixture for 20 minutes for a velvety soft salve.
- In your finished jar, while your salve mixture is melting, add your essential oils.
- Carefully add in your melted mixture to your finished jar and gently swirl to stir in essential oils.
- Allow to completely cool to hardened state before placing on the lid. Or refrigerate until hardened with lid off.
- Add label and enjoy!