I was chatting with my mother one day and was aghast – yes, I said aghast – to find out she was using petroleum jelly to moisturize her skin and the soles of her feet. What is wrong with you I asked her? Don’t you know that your daughter (aka me) makes beauty products for a living? I have like a gazillion kinds of body oils and body butters you can use on your skin. I know, she replied, but sometimes I just want some plain ol’ body jelly. I agreed with her and wondered why this had not occurred to me before. It true, sometimes you just want a soothing moisturizer with no added fragrance or essential oils. And while petroleum jelly has been proven to be safe for use on skin, for personal and environmental reasons, I prefer a moisturizer without any petroleum in it. So, I decided it was time to make an unscented body jelly for her and for me. The body jelly recipe below is wonderful without any added scent, the natural scent of the beeswax smells wonderful on its own.
1/8 cup Beeswax Pellets
1/4 cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Organic Olive Oil
20-30 drops essential oil of your choice, if desired
4 6 oz. containers
Place beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil in a double boiler and melt over low heat, stirring occasionally. When melted, mix thoroughly, then let cool slightly before adding essential oils, if using. Pour into container and allow to sit overnight before placing lid.
Suggestions for use:
Apply as needed to wet or dry skin. This body jelly is wonderful when used as a general moisturizer, when used after exfoliating, and when used to hydrate especially dry parched hands and feet. You can add whatever essential oils you desire to this jelly to customize it for different beauty needs and concerns, i.e. peppermint for pain, chamomile for rash, etc.