I've been making my lip balms with macadamia oil and beeswax (peppermint, lavender and honey flavours), but in winter, they just aren't strong enough! I get really dry and sore lips in winter, so I need a heavier soothing lip balm for cold and windy weather.
A salve is just an oil (or mixture of oils), such as sweet almond or macadamia, thickened with a butter or beeswax. I have always used beeswax in my salves, because I have a constant supply of it. N-Essentials asked me to try their Shea Butter Moisturiser Cream, which uses shea butter, sweet almond oil and coconut oil, with beautiful essential oils of geranium and myrrh. I was very interested to try this and find out how it compared to the other salves I have made using beeswax.
Since we got our own bee hives I've been able to enjoy the many benefits of bees. Honey, improved pollination and lots of beeswax (and the occasional bee sting). I was excited to receive a review copy of The Beeswax Workshop, by of Chris Dalziel. Here's what I thought of the book and the chopping board polish that I made.
After my success using neem oil to control insects around the farm and to cure my toenail fungus, I did a lot of reading about neem oil and I was keen to try to harness its properties as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory to help heal skin.
Now that I have tried homemade soap instead, I'm convinced that its better for your skin, and here's why.
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