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Old World Market Body Balm

One of my favorite things to do here in Beijing is to walk down the streets in busy shopping areas. I’ve really enjoyed walking down the tiny (and generally crowded) street of the Nan Luo Gu Xiang (南锣鼓巷) Hutong. The shops are always changing, but the smell seems to be the same. Foods, leather and smoke are common scents, but one scent that always appeals to me is when I pass stores that sell Tibetan made goods. To me these little shops smell like smoke, incense, and vanilla. I wish I could be a cat and just rub myself around inside these shops until I smelled just like them! Since that behavior isn’t acceptable, I started thinking about fragrances that might smell the same or similar. Finally, I decided that Myrrh Fragrance Oil has the scent that is the best match.

I decided to make a body balm that would smell just likes these Tibetan shops so I could enjoy the smell while pampering my skin! Come join me as we have some fun!

Collect needed items:

Soy Wax
High Melt Point Shea
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Orchid Extract
Myrrh Fragrance Oil
Microwave Safe Container
Bigger Lip Balm Tubes

Recipe: (Makes 3.53 ounces or 100 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
0.42 ounces Soy Wax
1.06 ounces High Melt Point Shea
1.06 ounces Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
0.11 ounces Lanolin
0.78 ounces Macadamia Nut Oil
0.07 ounces Orchid Extract
0.04 ounces Myrrh Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
12 grams Soy Wax
30 grams High Melt Point Shea
30 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
3 grams Lanolin
22 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
2 grams Orchid Extract
1 grams Myrrh Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
12% Soy Wax
30% High Melt Point Shea
30% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
3% Lanolin
22% Macadamia Nut Oil
2% Orchid Extract
1% Myrrh Fragrance Oil

Weigh all ingredients except Orchid Extract and Myrrh Fragrance into a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Add the Orchid Extract and Myrrh Fragrance. Stir gently until completely mixed. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely before capping and labeling.

Body Balm Notes: This body balm is slightly pliable in texture, so this means that jars are the best container for this recipe and as little bit goes a long way, I recommend smaller jars like the 20 mL Lip Balm Jar. When I tried this on my hands, I felt the recipe was had a nice drag and long lasting application time. I think this would be best used on elbows, knees, feet or any other rough spots. Another potential use for this body balm would be as a deep tissue massage balm due to the long lasting drag. Doesn’t a massage sound fantastic?

Weighing the Soy Wax.

Weighing the Soy Wax.

Weighing the other oils.

Weighing the other oils.

Completely melted oils.

Completely melted oils.

Completely cooled body balm.

Completely cooled body balm.

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