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How to Make the Most Luxurious Vanilla Salve

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Vanilla Salve for dry skin

How to Make Vanilla Salve for Dry Skin

Homesteading and homemaking are rough on our hands all year round. But winter is especially difficult on our skin. The dry air sucks the moisture out of our skin, leaving it chapped and sore. This luxurious vanilla salve for dry skin is the perfect way to moisturize and heal your skin. It also has the most deliciously wonderful scent!

The recipe is super easy to make and this salve is great for keeping on your nightstand, next to the sink, or for giving to your loved ones! Make a batch in about 15 minutes and enjoy this nourishing vanilla hand salve for months to come.

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Vanilla Salve for dry skin

Make Vanilla Salve From Scratch

You only need 3 ingredients and a few minutes to make this amazing hand salve! If it was a long involved process I wouldn’t get around to making my own salves very often. But it is so easy that I don’t knoe why so few people make their own.

So let’s dive in and make some of the most deliciously sumptuous salve for dry skin that I’ve ever tried!

You will need oil, beeswax, and vanilla essential oil. Add some vitamin E oil to help heal dry skin if you like. I also enjoy the added scent and healing properties of cocoa butter, but these extras are not necessary if you don’t have them on hand.

I’ve used several different oils to create salves and they all work wonderfully. My suggestions for the best oils to use are coconut, olive, jojoba, grape seed, and sweet almond. Each oil has different properties but all work very well for homemade salves and ointments.

A double boiler or a pan with a small metal bowl are also needed to melt your beeswax and oil together.

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5 from 3 votes

Vanilla Salve

This sumptuously scented salve is perfect for healing dry skin and sealing in moisture!
Cook Time15 minutes
Keyword: salves and balms
Servings: 12 ounces
Author: Lisa Lombardo


  • Double boiler


  • 1 1/4 cup oil olive, sweet almond, coconut, jojoba, or grapeseed
  • 5 tbsps beeswax pellets
  • 2 tbsps cocoa butter optional
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil optional
  • 15 – 20 drops vanilla essential oil


  • Add 2 or 3 " of water to bottom pan of the double boiler. The water level should be lower than the bottom of the top pan of the double boiler. Place the top pan on the bottom pan and place on a medium-low burner.
  • Add the oil and beeswax to the top pan, making sure no drops of water get in the oil. If you are using cocoa butter, add it to the oil mixture now.
  • Gently stir the mixture until the beeswax melts completely. Turn the burner off.
  • Add the vanilla essential oil and vitamin E oil (if using) to the oil mixture.
  • Remove the top pan carefully and dry the bottom of the pan to prevent water from getting into oil mixture.
  • Pour the oil mixture into tins and allow to cool.
Vanilla Salve for dry skin

Vanilla Salve For Gift Giving!

This sumptuous salve makes a delightful gift for anyone who loves the scent of vanilla. Try pairing a tin of this vanilla hand salve with some handmade Vanilla Sugar Scrub, vanilla lip balm, or vanilla body spray for a luxurious spa gift.

Is peppermint more your style? Try making a Peppermint Bath & Body Gift Set!

Do you make your own salves and balms? Leave a comment!

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13 Comments on “How to Make the Most Luxurious Vanilla Salve

  1. Lisa,
    This recipe caught my eye. It looks really wonderful! I love the smell of vanilla, and sometimes it’s really hard to find a really good natural salve.

    I think I will try this. Curious what brand of vanilla EO you use? I see one linked in your ads from, but don’t know that brand. I actually just purchased some Balsam of Peru EO from RMO that I’ve heard is a cheaper substitute for Vanilla EO. I may give that a try and maybe try my double strength vanilla extract, just out of curiosity.

    Thanks for sharing this at the Homestead Blog Hop!


  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for hosting! This is what I featured the week of 1-27 to 1-31 on my blog. On Tuesday was my own recipe Cupid’s Lasagna. Tuesday was my Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding. And wrapping up Sweetheart Week was my very own Sweetheart Bark. Enjoy!

    1. Good idea, Suzan! I haven’t tried it and wondered if it would mix in with the oils. Sounds like it does! Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. Hi Michele!
      Thanks! I like making things from scratch. It reduces the amount of waste my family creates. And it saves a lot of money. 🙂

      Thanks for joining the party! Have a great week!

  3. 5 stars
    The salve looks so soothing! My hands would love it.
    You make it look so easy, I may have to try to make some.
    xo Lisa S

    1. Hi Lisa!
      It really is simple to make and you can customize the scent with different essential oils if you like. I love the scent of vanilla and this salve smells so wonderful. 🙂

      Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!

  4. 5 stars
    The salve looks so soothing! My hands would love it.
    You make it look so easy, I may have to try to make some.
    xo Lisa S

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