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1 cup vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

2 cups aluminum-free baking soda

20 drops frankincen­se essential oil

10 drops laurel essential oil

10 drops blue tansy essential oil

1 tablespoon bentonite clay

1 tablespoon organic jojoba, olive, or coconut oil

1 spritz bottle of water

Molds such as muffin tins or silicone ice-cube trays


1. Thoroughly mix baking soda and ascorbic acid in a bowl. Add the essential oils to the tablespoon of jojoba, olive or coconut oil and then mix together quickly with the baking soda and vitamin C before the mixture starts to fizz.

2. Spray water onto the mixture one “mist” at a time and continue mixing. (The goal is to achieve a consistenc­y where the combinatio­n is still crumbly yet able to hold its shape when pressed into the palm of your hand.) Pack the mix firmly into the molds.

3. Allow the balms to dry for a couple of hours in a warm, dry place, away from sunlight.

4. Enjoy within a month for a full fizz effect.

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