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How to Make Skin Care Products

Healing Skin Balm

This simple balm is ideal for chapped hands or windburned skin.


  • Measuring cup
  • Double boiler
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Small jar with cover


  • Water
  • Powdered laundry starch
  • Glycerin
  • Bay rum
  • Cologne

Yield: About 1/2 cup

Measure 1/4 cup of cold water into the top of a double boiler; add 2 tablespoons of powdered laundry starch and 1/4 cup of glycerin and mix well. Heat over low heat, stirring continually, until slightly thickened; be careful not to let the mixture lump. Let cool slightly; then add 2 teaspoons of bay rum and 3 to 4 drops of your favorite cologne. Pour the mixture into a small jar and cover it tightly. Apply as needed.