Salve vs Lotion Bar

I started making salves and lotion bars a couple years ago and since then, they’ve become a staple in my beauty routine.

What is a Salve?

A salve is usually made with a beeswax and oil base. This makes it a thicker consistency than lotion which is usually uses water. The beeswax provides a protective wall which seals in moisture without clogging up pores. It also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial qualities.

What is a Lotion Bar?

A lotion bar is a solid form of lotion. It looks like a bar of soap, but acts as a lotion. It melts just enough with body heat which makes for easy application.

These lotion bars can be used for In-shower moisturizer where you run the lotion bar over your skin while you’re still in the shower which allows for deeper penetration since the skin pores are still open.

They can also be used as hair conditioner. Just run it through the ends of your hair after shampooing.

For Naluknit Salves and lotion bars, I use an herbal-infused oil where I steep herbs in a carrier oil for a few weeks. This allows the oil to take on the medicinal properties of the herbs and creates a great base for salves and lotion bars.

Here’s a list of the function of each herb in the salves and lotion bars:

Healing Skin Salve:

Lemon Balm: Antiviral and antiseptic. Calming and eases pain.

Lavender: Calming, soothes irritated skin and promotes wound healing

Coconut Oil: Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal.

Olive oil: Anti-inflammatory, reduces oxidative damage and promotes dermal reconstruction

Cayenne: Reduces joint and muscle pain & inflammation

Peppermint: Alleviates pain, improves blood circulation and relieves skin rashes

Pain Relief Salve:

Ginger: provides pain relief and reduces inflammation

Cinnamon: soothes dry skin, improves blood flow, prevents skin infections and assists with healing cuts

Cayenne: Contains a constituent called capsaicin which relieves joint/muscle pain. Reduces inflammation

Coconut Oil: Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal.

Olive oil: Anti-inflammatory, reduces oxidative damage and promotes dermal reconstruction

Peppermint: Relieves skin rashes

Dry skin salve:

Lavender: Wound healing potential and relaxing

Olive oil: Anti-inflammatory, reduces oxidative damage and promotes dermal reconstruction

Coconut Oil: Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal.

Healing Skin Lotion Bar:

Lavender: Wound healing potential and relaxing

Calendula: Facilitates wound healing. Promotes cell repair. Antiseptic.

Coconut Oil: Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal.

Shea butter: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties

Beeswax: provides a protective wall which seals in moisture without clogging up pores. It also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial qualities.

Pain Relief Lotion Bar:

Calendula: Facilitates wound healing. Promotes cell repair. Antiseptic.

Cinnamon: soothes dry skin, improves blood flow, prevents skin infections and assists with healing cuts

Cayenne: Contains a constituent called capsaicin which relieves joint/muscle pain. Reduces inflammation

Coconut Oil: Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal.

Shea butter: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties

Beeswax: provides a protective wall which seals in moisture without clogging up pores. It also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial qualities.

Lavender: Wound healing potential and relaxing

Peppermint: Relieves skin rashes

Dry Skin Lotion Bar:

Coconut Oil: Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal.

Cocoa butter: Creates barrier to keep moisture in and helps skin maintain elasticity and tone.

Beeswax: provides a protective wall which seals in moisture without clogging up pores. It also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial qualities.

Peppermint: Relieves skin rashes