Sometimes product ideas can sit with you for months – years even – before you get around to making them. You need a little push. At least, I do.
Recently I spent a day in Paris with Kimberly Wilson doing a natural perfumery workshop. Giving a workshop while travelling is always a challenge – what ingredients to bring and what can you buy when you arrive? I took the Eurostar from London with a suitcase filled with essential oils, beeswax, bottles + jars, labels, pens, and a huge amount of herbal tea for the day. But I wasn’t expecting to make this.
It feels so luxurious having a big assortment of essential oils to play with. It’s really play time. Like being in a candy store, or in front of a market stall selling huge heaps of exotic spices … oh the possibilities! (At least to me, clearly I’m in the right job!)
After a morning of perfumery and a cafe lunch, we got a bit more crafty and Kimberly mentioned how much she loves peppermint. Why I brought peppermint essential oil with me, I don’t know. It’s not normally a scent I’d include in perfumery workshops. But there it was, and she loved it, and it immediately brought me back to one of my favorite portable stress-relief products from my office job days: Origins Peace of Mind cream.
We created a quick version of an intensely pepperminty balm to massage into temples or even just inhale straight from the container. Cooling and refreshing and invigorating – not a perfume at all but stress-relieving and headache-busting aromatherapy that fits in your handbag.
Fastforward to this weekend. I really wanted some of that balm for myself. So I played around with the recipe until it was just parfait (for me, at least.)
Clear Thinking Balm
NOTE: Do not use during pregnancy, or with babies or small children.
1 tsp beeswax
5 tsp sweet almond oil (or sunflower oil or light olive oil)
18 drops peppermint essential oil
7 drops basil essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
30 ml dark glass jar (approximately 1 oz. or a small jar/container/tin that will fit 6 tsp of liquid – you can measure it out with water to check the size)
toothpick or skewer (something thin you can stir with)
label that fits your jar
How to make it:
- Put the 5 tsp of oil and 1 tsp of beeswax in a double boiler (bain marie) and heat until all the beeswax is liquified.
- Put the drops of essential oil into the empty jar / container.
- Carefully pour the liquid oil/beeswax into the jar/container. Stir with toothpick to distribute essential oils throughout the balm.
- Let sit uncovered until completely cool and solid.
- Put lid on jar, and label with the name + date. Balm should last for 1 year.
Remember, this is a natural product without preservatives. If it looks or smells funny, grows mold, changes color, smells rancid or just doesn’t feel right anymore — just throw it out and make fresh!
To use: Rub a pea-sized amount of balm between your finger tips then massage into temples as needed. Do not apply near your eyes – ouch! Breathe. Relax.
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