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I love using olive oil on my babies' (and mine sometimes) skin<br>
However I hate that it is oily and runs all over if I'm not careful.<br><br>
So I was wondering if there is anyway to solidify it a little? I was thinking to try mixing it with beeswax but well I'm really not sure if that would work. I would like it to be a little creamy if possible.<br><br>
I don't really want to add too much as we all have super-sensitive skin around here and it seems like everything irritates someone.<br><br>
Any suggestions?
 

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Maybe coconut oil? At room temp, it's rather soft, but it ought to blend well enough and thicken the olive oil.
 

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i have tried thickening oils with coconut oil, but it's just has too low of a melt point that your mix would be mostly coconut oil.<br><br>
i'd say that short of an actual emulsion with water, emulsifier, preservative....your best bet is beeswax. try a 1 part wax to 6-8 parts (or more) olive oil. this would give you a nice "vaseline" like consistency. using beeswax would also yield you the highest olive oil content in you final product.
 

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refrigerate it!
 

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You could play around with it a bit.<br><br>
Try using some mango butter and beezwax...like 4 parts oo to one part beezwax and one part butter.<br><br>
Melt down and mix.<br><br>
If that isn't what you would like you can always melt them down again and add more of one or the other.
 

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Beeswax would work, but I don't like the afterfeel of it. I prefer to use soy wax flakes instead. You can add that, and as a PP mentioned, adding shea or mango or cocoa (mango and cocoa are very, very hard and will give you a great balm consistency when mixed with oils) butters will do ya!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Beeswax would work, but I don't like the afterfeel of it. I prefer to use soy wax flakes instead.</div>
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Oh yeah, you can use soy or calendula wax. They can be a little harder to find than beezwax but nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So if you haven't purchased the beezwax they are good alternatives.
 

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I didn't know there was calendula wax <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I bought some great tiny tush stuff from a lady who makes it (LaRee) and the stuff is great. (its olive oil infused with herbs and beeswax) I'm using it as a lotion on my babes with great results. One day perhaps I'll come across calendula wax and give this a shot (and surely save $$)<br><br>
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I just made a balm with beeswax yesterday. I love how it smells like honey and works so well to help the skin stay soft.<br><br>
Shea and cocoa butter is also pretty hard at room temp. I have to chisel it out of the container! Both work well in a balm.<br><br>
Tip: use a jar you don't want to keep when melting beeswax, like a spaghetti sauce jar.... it's awful to try to get it out of a nice measuring cup.
 

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Tip: use a jar you don't want to keep when melting beeswax, like a spaghetti sauce jar.... it's awful to try to get it out of a nice measuring cup.</div>
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Use glass pyrex measuring cups and super hot water it should just melt off. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Use glass pyrex measuring cups and super hot water it should just melt off. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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In theory, that makes sense. But in my experience even after a run through the dishwasher a film sticks to the inside of both my pyrex and my braun handheld mixer's plastic cup. I use empty jars that I have no attachment to now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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i use pyrex measuring cups all the time to make lip balm and salve. you have to pour the balm while still fairly liquid and once it is poured wipe it with papertowels. that should get most of the residual and then you can use hot soapy water to get the rest.<br><br>
are you only melting the beeswax in it or are you adding your oil to the cup after the beeswax is melted? if you're only melting the beeswax in it and letting that cool before wiping it out then all you would have to do is stick it back in your pan of water and let it melt and then wipe it out with a papertowel. HTH!
 
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