Tattoo Balm

Trying something new this week.

Last Friday I got a new tattoo to honor my best friend who passed away from Colon cancer.  I wanted something totally special for her as she was my oldest and dearest friend.  I chose a trio of daffodils as her birthday was in March and she passed away in March and she has 3 beautiful children.

Daffodil tattoo

Of course I then needed something to protect my new ink!  The artist just recommended a “white lotion” which told me absolutely nothing!  I started researching and so many different things are used depending on your artists favorites.  Way confusing!  I wanted something healthy for my skin but also soothing and anti-inflammatory.  Some of the obvious choices were coconut oil, tea tree oil and aloe vera but I found those can actually “pull” the ink from your new tattoo!  ARGH!  I don’t want to ruin it before I actually heal it up!

Finally decided on a mixture of Sunflower and Apricot Kernel oils with Calendula and Chamomile steeped in.  I then added a touch of beeswax to thicken the mixture.  Sunflower oil is very light in texture and naturally emollient and also rich in vitamins A, C and D and healthy carotenoids and waxes which form a protective barrier on the skin. The nourishing properties of apricot kernel seed oil have an anti-inflammatory effect and may soothe minor skin conditions such as eczema as well as being rich in gamma linoleic acid which helps skin to maintain moisture balance.  I infused my oils for the salve with calendula, which is healing and anti-inflammatory; and chamomile, which is soothing and itch relieving.  As I said I added a touch of purified beeswax to thicken but you may not know that beeswax is anti-inflammatory too!

Tattoo Balm Prototype

I’m using the balm 3 times a day right now but I feel the area starting to feel tight I always add a little more often.  I like the portable container-much easier to cart to work and the bathroom without carrying much.  I just skip it in  my pocket and off I go!  I’m also excited as it is all natural.  Maybe I’m on to something?  I wonder if it would make a good cuticle balm?  Time to show those a little love too!

2 weeks post tattoo using my tattoo balm!

2 weeks post tattoo using my tattoo balm!

Really happy with how it’s healing!  Wish I had help taking the second pic but still happy with the healing!

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2 Responses to Tattoo Balm

  1. I love it 🙂 I treat all my tattoos with hand made lotions. Usually I just use whipped coconut oil, but I think I will try something like this with my next one I have planned 🙂 Your artist did a beautiful job and what a great way to commemorate a friend ^_^

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