Handmade, it’s the best! Moisturizing balm in the manner of Lucie et Marie

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The ingredients

- dried marigold flowers (e.g. for herbal tea)

- sunflower oil

- beeswax (beekeeper or druggist)

- essential oil of lavender


2 weeks before: Prepare a calendula oil by filling a large jar with about 25 gr of marigold flowers and 650 ml of sunflower oil. Put it in a dry and dark place and shake it every day to mix the oil with the active substances of the flowers. Let macerate for a minimum of 2 weeks. Then filter. What remains is about 450 ml of calendula oil. Tip: Don’t throw the flowers away, but use them for a moisturizing hand massage!

Preparation of the balm

For a small 30 ml jar (e.g. a mini jam jar)

- 25 ml of calendula oil

- 5 gr of beeswax

- 3 drops of essential oil of lavender

1. In a water bath and on low heat, put a pyrex with handle and, in it, melt the beeswax in the calendula oil stirring with a whisk.

2. When all the wax is melted, remove the Pyrex and let it cool for a few minutes.

3. Add the lavender essential oil and mix gently with p. e.g. a chopstick.

4. Pour everything into your small jar and let it cool completely before putting the lid on. This product can be stored for a minimum of 6 months at room temperature!



Lavender oil contains different components depending on the species, but most often we find linalyl acetate and linalool, geraniol, pinene, cineol, coumarin and ethylamyl ketone (the source of its refreshing smell).

It has antiseptic, bactericidal, disinfectant, calming, antispasmodic and carminative properties. This makes it a very good healing agent.

The marigold flower

Calendula officinalis has anti-inflammatory, anti-edematous, antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-tumor and immunomodulatory properties.


Beeswax is unique for its film-forming, moisturizing and protective qualities against environmental aggressions, for its skin and scalp cleansing properties and for its hair sheathing action.

Sweet almond oil

The main virtue of this oil is to make the skin soft. Sweet almond oil is very softening, nourishing and moisturizing. It softens and tones the skin. Thanks to these virtues, it prevents the drying of the skin. It is therefore recommended for very dry and irritated skin as well as for treating cracks. It is also suitable for skin prone to eczema or dermatitis. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. It is very effective against colds, dry coughs and bronchitis.

It is suitable for sensitive and delicate skin, so it can be applied to the skin of babies and young children.

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