Frankincense and cinnamon winter balm

I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of natural or organic skin care, but oftentimes I’m not a fan of the price. I like to know what I’m putting on my skin, or at least be able to pronounce all the ingredients.
I love coconut oil and use it all the time be it in cooking, on my face, in my hair or even in place of Sudocreme on my daughter, so I was a tad excited to find a balm recipe that used it as one of a handful of ingredients. I made the balm for the first time in 2013, but found it a little too waxy, so after several test batches I’ve adapted it a bit and come up with this.

This recipe will make a lot (48 50ml pots to be precise), so if you’re making this for yourself at home I suggest starting with 1 tablespoon of shea butter (or cocoa butter) and 1 scant tablespoon of beeswax and two tablespoons of coconut oil, plus frankincense and cinnamon oil to your liking.

For my large batch I used:

1kg organic coconut oil

500g organic shea butter

400g beeswax

2 tsp of frankincense oil

1/4 tsp cinnamon oil

Put the shea/cocoa butter and beeswax in a large saucepan and melt gently stirring periodically until they’ve melted, then add the coconut oil. Once the coconut oil has incorporated add the essential oils and stir. Drop a couple of drops onto a ceramic plate (it’ll set quicker due to the plate being cool) and leave to set for a couple of mins.  Test this out on the back of your hand.  Are you happy with the consistency and aroma? If not just adjust according to your preferences (adding more beeswax will make it more waxy, whilst adding more coconut will lead to a softer consistency and lower melting point.

Pour or ladle into containers of your choice. I bought some little metal jars with screw on lids from eBay. Be careful, hot oil burns!

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As it cools it’ll start to turn from a clear liquid into an opaque solid. Once they’re completely set they should look something like this:

Print or order some labels to finish them off nicely, and you have a perfect little homemade Christmas gift.

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They’ll keep for months and months and you can use them as lip balms, dry skin balm or regular moisturiser, although because of the high oil content it can be a bit greasy for a day cream, but it is lovely all the same and has got to be better than the shop bought chemical infused options.

If you live in the UK the balm is now available to buy here.
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83 thoughts on “Frankincense and cinnamon winter balm

  1. Wow, what a great idea! Can you post how much you used / how big the containers roughly are for a point of reference? Really great, thanks!

    • Hi Erin, yes of course. I used about 500g each of Beeswax and cocoa, and about a kilo of coconut oil and then almost 10ml of frankincense oil and about ten drops or so of cinnamon oil. Of course, this isn’t an exact art. If you use a little less or more of one thing it doesn’t really matter, the consistency will just be slightly different (just hold back on the beeswax, my first batch was way too waxy). As for the containers I bought ten 50 ml pots, and had three 100 ml pots left over from last time. I filled those easily with that amount and ended up using a few jars I had lying around too. I’d maybe suggest using 250g each of cocoa and beeswax and 500g coconut for your first attempt unless you specifically want a lot of balm. Enjoy and let me know how you get on.

    • Yeah absolutely Kathy. You don’t need to change anything bar (see what I did there?! :-D) the container you leave them to set in. I’ve done them before in individual loaf tins, or even muffin cases. Just flip them out once they’ve set and store in little bags or even one of those plastic soap bar boxes you can get for travelling. Personally I prefer them in tins as they’re less messy to apply, but each to their own.

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  3. Hannah – where did you get your coconut oil and beeswax from? I got coconut oil at Holland and Barret but wondered if you knew of anywhere cheaper?

    • Thanks Teresa, I love it and everyone I’ve given it to raves about it too. I usually but all my ingredients from Mother Nature’s Goodies. They have a great eBay shop here : http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Mother-Natures-Goodies As you’ve probably noticed in the pictures, there is a jar of coconut oil as well. That’s because I ran out of my usual organic unrefined stuff I get from MNG, and had to make do with whatever my local supermarket had available. Let me know if you have a go at making it and how it turns out. Hannah.

  4. I thought this sounded like a Huge batch, and it was right! Breaking down all the measurements for what Hannah uses in this recipe, and it will make nearly 2 quarts of this balm! Now I want to make this, but I will not need 2 quarts, so to make this with American measure, you can figure,
    1/2 cup beeswax, 1/2 cup cocoa butter, 1cup coconut oil, 10 drops cinnamon, and 20 drops of frankincense. Melt the first three ingredients till all are totally liquid, in a double boiler. Remove from heat. Allow to cool a little then add your scents. Pour into your containers. I always like to make smaller batches the first time to see how much I am going to like/use it. Then make more/change recipe as I like! I cannot wait to try this one as I love cinnamon and frankincense!

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  6. What is the consistency supposed to be like when they are done, and how do you measure out your beeswax? I made some on the weekend and it is soft like the consistency of coconut oil when it is at room temperature. I shredded 1/2 cup and a bit more beeswax and scraped out 1/2 cup of cocoa butter and mixed it with 1 cup of coconut oil. My beeswax is in a large brick and is very hard to cut. Do you have any tips for cutting this?
    Thanks so much!
    P.S. Does anyone know of a coconut oil that does not smell like coconuts? I used to use this brand called Chapman’s Farm Naturally Pure Coconut oil and it did not smell like coconuts and it was discontinued. 🙁 I need to find another like it with no smell. Please help if you can.

    • Hi Leah, thanks for the comment. Obviously when you decant them into your tins they’ll be liquid, but will solidify as they cool. I live in the UK, and they set pretty solid here because of the cool weather, but if you’re in a warmer climate they might be softer which is no bad thing for application. As for the beeswax, I use the stuff which comes in pellet form, so have never had to cut a block, but maybe grating it would work? As for coconut oil which doesn’t smell like coconut, you’ll need to buy a refined brand. I personally steer clear and stick to the natural organic stuff as some of the nutrients and benefits are list or lessened during the refining process. Hope this helps. Hannah

      • Hi! This looks fab and I can’t wait to make it for my friends and relatives for Christmas! If you use it on your lips, are the essential oils strong to taste/smell? Have you experimented with other oils or no oil at all? Thanks Angela

        • Hi Angela, thanks for the comment. I’ve used it on my lips a few times and don’t find the smell/taste overpowering, however, if I was making it specifically for lips I’d probably reduce the essential oils and the beeswax and increase the amount of coconut oil to make the balm slightly softer. I haven’t actually made any more of the balm recently as I still have some left from my last batch, but you can add pretty much whichever essential oils you fancy, just be sure to check them out first as some can be very strong and cause skin reactions. Hope this helps, Hannah.

  7. Hi! Thank you so much for posting this! I love making all natural, from scratch products for my home, family and for gifts. Making salves and lotions are some of my favorite things to make, especially with Christmas coming soon! I have never tried this combination of essential oils, so I can’t wait to make this! I am so happy to have found your blog! I would like to reblog this on my blog if you don’t mind. Have a great week!

  8. Reblogged this on Gypsy Rue and commented:
    I can’t wait to make this Frankincense and Cinnamon Winter Balm! Do you make homemade gifts? I love to make salves and lotions for my family. I will be making this as soon as my bottle of Frankincense essential oil arrives!

    • Hi Porter, thanks for the comment. I actually cheated on the labels and bought them from eBay. I told the alert what I wanted on them and then they posted them out to me as I’m really not great when it comes to computers and printing!

  9. I am making lots of balms for gifts this year and this one is pretty consistent with the recipes I’m finding so no complaints! I just made it, however, and I definitely recommend adding the cinnamon oil one drop at a time. I added ten drops and no matter how much frankincense I added, I can only smell the cinnamon 🙁 It’s much too over-powering! Bummer, but I don’t know what I could do to fix it at this point (now solidified in tins).

    • Ah, that’s a shame Anna. What quantities of the other ingredients did you use? In my batch the frankincense definitely out smells the cinnamon. It’s important to remember though that as with all natural oils each batch will differ in smell and potency slightly so yes, definitely add one drop at a time and to your own personal preference.

  10. This is an awesome lip balm thanks for sharing!!:) If you are ever looking for some really good quality oils here is some amazing ones that I have found! Really great frankincense & cinnamon oil!!:) http://Www.katie.oilsforyou.com
    Thanks again for the wonderful post!! You are really talented & crafty!!:)

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    • Hi, I’m not sure what my measurements work out to in cups I’m afraid. Here in the UK we tend to work in grams rather than cups. My ratio of two parts coconut oil to one part each of wax and cocoa butter works well, so I suggest you try that with your cups and add in a drop of essential oil at a time until you get your desired aroma. Thanks

  13. This looks like a great recipe for a balm/salve. I have been making my own lip balm for a year now and LOVE it. What a great idea to buy the labels already made! I wish I would have thought of that earlier. =) Here is the recipe for lip balm that I make. You can add more beeswax if you want a Chapstick like balm, harder, or keep it the way it is for a slightly softer balm. I personally like the softer but my Dad, a lifelong Chapstick brand user, likes it best when I add in a bit more beeswax. I use Peppermint EO and sometime Wild Orange. Like the Peppermint the best! Happy Holidays. (Thank you for the US conversions above!)

    http://doterrablog.com/diy-essential-lip-balm/

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  15. I use an almost identical recipe- just Shea butter instead of coconut oil, and it works perfectly, so no probs there if you have allergies. I also prefer slightly less beeswax, for a softer consistency; I don’t like to have to scrape it out of the jar with my nail! I usually split my batch and fragrance one lot for foot balm, one for body balm, one for lip balm- it’s a perfect all rounder! 🙂

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      • Hello, for the cinnamon and frankincense lip balm can I use mango butter instead of cocoa butter ?
        Thank you. I just bought a tub of Mango butter and I don’t have cocoa butter in my house . 🤗

        • Hey Brenda, I’m not familiar with the consistency of mango butter, but if it sets relatively solid then I’m sure it would be fine. Well worth experimenting with though. Let me know how you get on.

  18. This is going to be fun to try! Frankincense is wonderful for your skin too! I think I may try the frankincense, orange, and clove together. Eucalyptus would also be great with a shot of lemon or lime. You could probably even make some cubes for those who have wax warmers.

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  21. Hi, I was just wondering about the essential oils. I read that it should be used 2-3% of essential oil into the whole mass to be effective. So I was just wondering isn’t it too little you put if you make such a huge amount of the balm?

    • Hi Mon, thanks for the message. I tend to just go off the aroma to be honest. I don’t want it to be overpowering so I just add the oils until I’m happy with the fragrance. In this case it was the quantities listed above and it smells divine!

      • Ah ok. Thought it was supposed to have some healing properties as the frankincense does the purpose 🙂 But good to know it’s more for the scent so I could add some more 🙂 thanks for the quick reply!

        • I think most of the healing properties come from the organic coconut oil to be honest, but I use a good quality frankincense which I’m sure will carry some benefits in the quantities I use. I think you may find your quantities overbearing so I’d be cautious about adding in too much too soon.

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