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December 04, 2013 80 Comments

Naked Salve!

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...who said carrier oil couldn't be fun?
 
I've really been meaning to do this for a long time, make CW Naked Salve!  Free from the chains that bind, free to be whatever I need it to be, free to stand on its own merit and bust out of the stereotypical carrier oil standard... First of all, a quick rundown on carrier oil and why EO users love it and need it. A carrier oil is the vegetable oil from the fatty part of a plant, namely the nut seed or kernel and each carrier oil has its own therapeutic benefits.  CW Naked Salve has more than a few! Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils and faithful EO users have their favorites.  My preference is coconut oil, an organic, hand processed coconut oil with lots of benefits and nutrients all it's own.  Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer as well as antibacterial.  Added olive oil has of anti-oxidants, including hydroxytyrosol and, anti-inflammatory properties, beeswax seals in moisture as well as the essential oils used topically.  The benefits of coconut and olive oils, beeswax, and vitamin e support the healing properties of pure essentials while protecting the skin from sensitivities, a most winning combination. Many of you have made the original Camp Wander All Purpose Healing Salve, it's a workhorse of a salve, isn't it? Well, CW Naked Salve is simply All Purpose Healing Salve without the EOs making it very versatile and emollient carrier oil.
Naked Salve _________________________________ 1 cup coconut oil 1 cup organic olive oil 4 tablespoons organic beeswax pastilles 1/2 teaspoon non gmo, Kosher vitamin e oil 1/2 teaspoon organic rosehip seed oil (optional) A large recipe like this fills approximately five - 4 oz glass jam jars.  If you want less, adjust the recipe.  If you would like to fill more small jars than large, adjust accordingly.  It's nice to have a few small jars to take with you.  The top photo shows 1/4 oz jars in the front row and 1 oz jars in the back.  
On low heat, melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm bath, stirring with a knife every few minutes until melted.  You don't have to babysit the melt, an occasional stir will do! The melting process will take at least 20 min, you want a slow melt. Pour into jars of your choice and let cool. Put a paper towel over the jars while cooling and wait to cover with lids until completely cooled down.  Shelf life is approximately 12 months if stored cool and dark.
Use your new Naked Salve as you would a carrier oil ~ scoop out the amount you need with a swipe of a finger. Place it in the palm of your hand and add your EOs, apply topically.
As a bonus, I'm sharing one of my favorite salve blend recipes - Airway!  This gentle workhorse is one for the whole family to use and love all year long.
Single Use:
2 drops CW Airway Essential Oil
1/4 teaspoon CW Naked Salve
Blend together in your hands - rub on the back of your neck, on your throat and lightly under your nose.  Make sure you cup your hands over your mouth and nose and deeply inhale too!
Naked Salve
Author: Camp Wander
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons organic beeswax pastilles
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosehip seed oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. A large recipe like this will fill FIVE - 4 oz glass jam jars. If you want less, adjust the recipe. If you would like to fill more small jars than large, adjust accordingly. It's nice to have a few small jars to take with you. The top photo shows 1/4oz in the front row and 1oz glass jars in the back. Note: glass isn't necessary when your salve is NAKED :)
  2. On low heat, melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm bath, stirring with a knife every few minutes until melted. You don't have to babysit the melt, an occasional stir will do! The melting process will take at least 20 min, you want a slow melt.
  3. Pour into jars of your choice and let cool.
  4. Put a paper towel over the jars while cooling and wait to cover with lids until completely cooled down. Shelf life is approximately 4 months.
  5. Use your new Naked Salve as you would a carrier oil ~ scoop out the amount you need with a swipe of a finger.
  6. Place it the palm of your hand and add your EOs, apply topically.
  The CW Shop offers CW Naked Salve to those that don't have the time or the motivation to make it themselves. Rest assured my salves are made with only the purest ingredients including organic, hand processed coconut, organic oil olive, beeswax, non-GMO vitamin e and the purest essential oils that my family and myself use every day.  I like to say that my salves are so pure they're edible because they are, but topical use is suggested.

 

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80 Responses

Susie Q
Susie Q

May 10, 2017

Wonderful stuff! Can’t wait to try it. I like to use a chopstick to stir with, then I can just toss it…gets the bubbles out of the sides of the jar, etc. I just grab a couple of extra when we have sushi, etc.
Or buy a bulk bag of them.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Absolutely Debra. Per 4oz jar, I would add 90 drops. If you using smaller jars you can adjust accordingly.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

1.7 ounces by my postal scale Candace. Hope that helps! Happy salve making :)

Candace Bierly
Candace Bierly

May 10, 2017

Rebecca, can you weigh the 4 Tablespoons of beeswax you use and tell me what that is in ounces? I rendered local beeswax and mine is in a huge block! Thanks, I love the salve and have given it away as gifts to all my Pilates studio clients and they want more!

Colleen
Colleen

May 10, 2017

Oh no now I will have to place another order because I don’t have black pepper EO, oh well thats how it goes :) Thanks for sharing this recipe I will for sure be using it living in Wisc.

Debra
Debra

May 10, 2017

Sounds wonderful. I have never used EO’s and am wondering whether the black pepper EO can be added to the salve mixture before putting it into jars. I am thinking stocking stuffers, small gifts, etc.

Amy
Amy

May 10, 2017

When it cools, it’s more solid than liquid, though it will be somewhat soft. It’s easier to add the EOs in before it cools. One thing I do when I’m making salve is to add the EOs to the container I’m putting them in before I add the coconut oil/beeswax melted mixture to them. When the hot stuff goes in, it mixes the EOs for you so no additional stirring is necessary.

And you can always gently re-melt any salve you have if you want to add EOs to it – just be sure to use the double-boiler method and NOT the microwave. :)

Hope this helps answer your questions. :)

Loretta Rendon
Loretta Rendon

May 10, 2017

Rebecca,
When this salve cools is it soft consistency? Also once cooled can I mix n match EOs in the salve and mix it in? Would the consistency be good to do that? I think this is easier and can keep some handy for whatever the ailment. Thanks in advance

Loretta Rendon

Beth Montalvo
Beth Montalvo

May 10, 2017

Hmmm I live in Florida so I don’t really deal with too much cold…but if it helps circulation and tingling in the hands I will try it. Does it help with pain?

ta ho
ta ho

May 10, 2017

I was going to ask this same question, so thanks so much Rebecca, not just for this, but for all your fabulous info. that you share with us. Warmest regards for the upcoming holiday season. Tania (in ‘warm’ Australia!).

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Great idea!

Justy
Justy

May 10, 2017

Just curious if the olive oil and coconut oil mix stains your clothes when you use the salve? I made a back rub salve with only olive oil and my sheets are permanently stained now so I’m hesitant to make salves again.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Juliette, I’ve never tried making my salve with almond oil. If you try it, let us know how it turns out :)

Juliette Pellegrino
Juliette Pellegrino

May 10, 2017

This is fantastic! Do you think I could sub sweet almond oil for the olive oil? I’m wondering if the consistency would be about the same.

Geunita
Geunita

May 10, 2017

I recently made the salve and then added the EOs for the healing salve and some for the dream salve to half of the recipe each. Mine did not have a very pleasant smell even after the EOs so I remelted it and doubled the amount of EOs I put in each container. It smells better, but still has that smell that I think is the olive oil. Is it 90 drops per 4 oz container? Thank you for the help.
Geunita

Juliette Pellegrino
Juliette Pellegrino

May 10, 2017

Wonderful! I’m going to try it! Thank you!

Stephanie Cottrell
Stephanie Cottrell

May 10, 2017

I have made mine with sweet almond oil, and the consistency is a little different, but pretty much the same!

Tina L Roman
Tina L Roman

May 10, 2017

I found your site a few days ago, and all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!! This was so easy to make. I halved the recipe and stored in a glass jar I had on hand.. Used some with a drop of eucalyptus oil on the bottom of my son’s feet to help quiet a cough so he could sleep. Last night re-melted another 2T on low heat, and added eucalyptus and peppermint to make a vaporub that worked like a charm. My nose was feeling raw this morning from sniffles of an allergy, and a teeny amount of the naked salve on my nose and surrounding area immediately soothed the rawness.

My hubby keeps giving me funny faces at all of my experiments, and my DSD keeps asking if there’s anything I don’t make. I tell her if I can find a way to make it just as good at home, there’s no reason to buy the store bought stuff!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Cinnamon works great but there’s a danger of it getting in the eyes if it’s on the fingers. Black Pepper is safest in that regard.

Cassie Chadwick
Cassie Chadwick

May 10, 2017

Any thoughts of a different essential oil that would work instead of black pepper? I don’t have any on hand and would love to make this up for my husband before the storm hits the eat coast

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Yep! You can order them from www.aromatools.com – 1oz glass jars :)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Make up Naked Salve and add 90 drops per 4oz jar. OR, he can tip the bottle on each finger “neat” (like dabbing perfume) and massage in, I use it neat on occasion too!

Gryeyes
Gryeyes

May 10, 2017

I want to make some Warm salve for my son. He is a snow plower and want to make some so he could have in his truck out on the cold long nights. He doesn’t have the time to mix them. I was wondering if I could make them into a mix like the “Dream salve”? How many black pepper drops to how much oil mixture.?

Dee dee
Dee dee

May 10, 2017

Hello Rebecca. Can you tell me where to get the jars from the photo? I would like to purchase some to make my own salve. Thank you.

Carissa Bohley
Carissa Bohley

May 10, 2017

I am making a basket of beauty products found here and on One Good Thing by Jillee and I am trying to go with a lavender theme. How many drops of lavender essential oil should I use and should I add other oils too? I have never used SO before so I can use any advice you can give. Thanks so my much!

Denisemarr
Denisemarr

May 10, 2017

I have a few questions, this is my first time making a salve or using essential oils of any kind. I tried to half the recipe and it is quite greasy – is that normal? Also, is there any way you could use a lotion as a carrier oil? By using a few drops of the EO in a dab of lotion would it work the same way? Also, I am not a fan of the black pepper oil aroma, could I add another just for the scent? Last question (for now anyway) – is there anyway to turn this salve into a lotion or body butter? I would appreciate any and all help. I really want to learn more about EO’s and start using them on a regular basis =)

Carolyn Rafael
Carolyn Rafael

May 10, 2017

is this the rest of the varicose veins recipe. thanks

Becca
Becca

May 10, 2017

Black Pepper is also in her arthritis pain relief mix: http://www.campwander.blogspot.com/2013/12/arthritis-pain-relief-blend.html

In addition to the oils she mentions though I find the following helpful for pain relief: wintergreen (has similar anti-inflammatory effect as aspirin),peppermint (think menthol), fennel, lavender, and chamomile (muscle relaxer). I have also heard that Balsam Fir is a good one for pain but haven’t tried it yet. I have fibromyalgia so I’ve had personal experience using these! Hope this helps!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

That’s a cute idea :)

Unknown
Unknown

May 10, 2017

I was wondering about cinnamon. I was actually curious if the black pepper and cinnamon would jive (I know they do in chai tea). I was thinking of using your black pepper recipe and putting part of a cinnamon stick on top for extra scent and decoration.

Terri Kivett Walker
Terri Kivett Walker

May 10, 2017

How does coconut Oil differ from coconut butter

Denisemarr
Denisemarr

May 10, 2017

Rebecca thank you so much for your advice. I really want to try the warming properties of the black pepper oil, I am thinking or mixing it with vanilla (for the scent). I am very excited about learning to use different EO’s and I am so happy that I found yours and your sister’s blog!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!!!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

You can certainly use a natural lotion as a carrier if you prefer. You can always substitute your own choice of EOs, everyone has different preferences I just post what is working for me and my family please feel free to make any adjustments to suit yours :)

There are many recipes out there for natural lotions and creams – I would spend some time researching what sounds suitable for you and your family.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I think you might be better off just using coconut oil for your carrier oil, it’s a very good all on it’s own :)

Eve S
Eve S

May 10, 2017

What can you use in place of Beeswax? Have allergies to Beeswax & Almonds or any nut.
Coconut is OK
Thanks.

shannon
shannon

May 10, 2017

I was just applying the healing salve (from my very first batch!) to my poor raw-from-constantly-blowing nose, and wondered if I added Respire to the naked salve and applied to my nose and surrounding area, if that might help with my congestion? How many drops would it take to a bit of salve? I’m happy with my first batch of salve, but will definitely use different coconut oil next time to make it a bit creamier. :)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Absolutely! Organic coconut oil is anti-microbial, Naked Salve would be excellent. You might even add a drop of pure Frankincense to the application along with the Salve if you have it.

Josette Silva
Josette Silva

May 10, 2017

Would you recommend this for a babies circumcision instead of petroleum jelly?

Desiree
Desiree

May 10, 2017

if I wanted to add an eo blend how many drops would you recommend starting off with per jar?

Lori
Lori

May 10, 2017

Would Apricot Kernel Oil be a good substitute for Olive Oil? It’s not that I don’t like using EVOO in my salves and whatnot, I just have some Apricot available and want to try something different.

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Kristin
Kristin

May 10, 2017

Just made a 1/4 batch. Love how fast this is to make. Thanks so much for sharing!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Yes! After it cools you can whip it with a hand mixer for a frothier consistency. If you live in a warm climate it may soften and melt back into a liquid state however.

Tina
Tina

May 10, 2017

I love the salve. I have been using it for over a year and has done wonders for my feet and hands.
I was wondering if there was a way to make it with a whipped consistency? I have done it once but can’t remember what I did.
Thank you so much

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Katie
Katie

May 10, 2017

For someone who is allergic to black pepper, a substitute is a must. For some reason, I never thought of cinnamon.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

It all depends on the protocol but a general rule of thumb is 10 drops per ounce of salve. Exception would be Dream Salve and some pain relief protocols. It’s always best to start conservative, you can always increase the EOs if needed but not so easy to decrease :)

Robin
Robin

May 10, 2017

You can gently tap jar on countertop to “burp” out the bubbles.

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Denise
Denise

May 10, 2017

Thanks for your awesome, full of information articles and website! ;) I wish I’d had this salve recipe a long time ago. I’ve got the driest/roughest hands ever because I’m washing them constantly from working outdoors. I’m going to make a batch of this today, and I’ll make some for teacher gifts too. ;)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Measure the coconut oil solid :)

sheri
sheri

May 10, 2017

Do you melt the coconut oil fist to get 1 cup.Recipe sounds awesome with the black pepper oil. Especially now with our super cold temps.

shelly
shelly

May 10, 2017

Wow, just found this site so excited to try this .just started using oils love them , where do you go to find the older recipes

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Linda Harvey
Linda Harvey

May 10, 2017

I am making the naked salve for the first time and would like to make one small 4 oz. jar with the black pepper EO and understand that 90 drops need to be used. Is there a measurement equivalent to 90 drops. Tablespoons, maybe? I anticipate my losing count or being interrupted on the middle of counting to 90.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Approximately 40 drops for the 2 oz and 90 for the 4 oz :)

Karen W.
Karen W.

May 10, 2017

I’d like to make a warming salve container for an elderly friend-how many drops of Black Pepper would you use for either a 2 oz. or 4 oz. jar?

Thank you!

Shauna
Shauna

May 10, 2017

I’m hoping that you still check in here. I’ve made the naked salve but it’s fairly solid. I’m curious how you got yours to look more creamy in the photo?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

You might need to turn up the heat slightly :)

ciphun
ciphun

May 10, 2017

I’m wondering if I am doing something wrong. I have the coconut oil and the EVOO (1 cup each) in a mason jar and in the middle of a pot with 3 inches of water. I set it as instructed to a low temperature to allow this to warm up slowly. The coconut oil and the olive oil have melted together, but the beeswax seems to not be breaking down at all. I’ve stirred several times and now this is going on towards an hour… do I need to heat the stove up a bit more? I’m using a glass top stove (if that matters).

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Melody
Melody

May 10, 2017

20 drops= 1 tsp.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I like to use 23 to 25 drops of Black Pepper per 1 oz jar.

Mysie
Mysie

May 10, 2017

If you wanted to make a whole batch of this (with the black pepper oil) for stocking stuffers, how many drops total of the pepper would you need?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Hi Kathy – try making a 1/2 batch and experiment with organic raw – unrefined shea butter.

Kathy Green
Kathy Green

May 10, 2017

I am hoping you can help, I really want to make this salve to use for the arthritis blend, however, I am allergic to beeswax. Can you suggest and alternative that will help the salve set, other than beeswax? Thank you in advance.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Shauna, you could try adding less beeswax.

Trizzy
Trizzy

May 10, 2017

Brilliant. Thank you for the fast response. As soon as my beeswax is delivered I can get started and I’ll be sure to drop in and let you know how it went. P.S. I’m just new to making my own homemade balms, salves, EO blends etc and this site is fabulous. One of the most helpful and easiest to navigate I’ve come across. Other sites you get lost in the fancy fonts and once you sift through the overload of information you can’t actually remember what you were there for or if you even care anymore :)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I like it! I’ve found that a combination of olive and hemp works better than hemp oil. Let me know what you think :)

Trizzy
Trizzy

May 10, 2017

Hi, can’t wait to try this recipe. Was interested in what you think if I were to change the olive oil with hemp oil?

Cindy
Cindy

May 10, 2017

Hi Karen.
I asked this question previously andvRebeccacadvised 1/2 tsp per one ounce. Love Camp Wander and the recipes and information! This is tge first site I come to for whatever ails me. Also a lot of times I scroll,through all the comments as intend to find other useful information there too ?.
Cindy

Karen H
Karen H

May 10, 2017

Hi, Rebecca! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this salve! And all your salves frankly. They are wonderful and I’m anxious to try even more of them!

I do have a question for you though. I notice that in this recipe you provide for the Naked Salve, there is no mention of Rosehip Seed Oil. But on the jars of some of the salves you sell in your shop, it includes the Rosehip. Is it maybe a new addition since you wrote this post? However, since I love the pre-made salves I have ordered from you, I’d like to add the Rosehip to my Naked Salve, as well. Can you please tell me how much to add in the recipe above? Or maybe you feel it isn’t a necessary addition?

Thank you so much for all you do and for your generosity in helping so many!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Naked Salve is an essential oil free salve base that you can add your choice of oils to – the salve base acts as a carrier to help dilute pure EOs and protect the skin from sensitivities.

Angela
Angela

May 10, 2017

Hello,

This may be a stupid question but what is the used for specifically? Is it meant to be used like a lotion or just on certain spots on your body? I would love to try this recipe I’m just confused as to what the main purpose is.

Thank you!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

All my best to you during this healing process. Onward :)

Trizzy
Trizzy

May 10, 2017

I diffuse essential oils regularly and have always been a fan of EO but after getting very sick for 5 years due to silicone poisoning from the Mirena IUD I turned to alternative naturopathy remedies to help with my detox and healing. So here I am and I agree I think the salves will benefit me greatly, not to mention my children :) I think I’m going to try your suggestion half and half of olive oil/hemp oil and then experiment with another batch but replacing olive oil and making half and half of Camellia oil/hemp oil. Right, I’m sure you are very busy so I’ll stop annoying you. For now lol :)

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

You’re in for a great surprise! Essential oils supported in this pure salve base takes them to whole new level and the convenience is pretty nice too. Share them with your friends, they’re user friendly and everyone loves their jar of many uses. Spread Joy!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Just stir it in after melting the other ingredients :) Happy gifting!

Suzie
Suzie

May 10, 2017

When do i add the vitamin e, or is this optional? I didn’t find it in the directions. I can’t wait to make some and try it. I may have to give it for Christmas gifts at work.

Thank you

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