NEW: Making Balms & Salves Class Handout


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Learn about Making Balms & Salves, from the comfort of your own home, with the one & only Alice Duvernell. Balms & Salves have been used since the beginning of time, are very concentrated and renowned for their restorative properties. They are incredibly regenerating to the skin. Making your own Balms & Salves is very satisfying. Since they are not water-based products, they have the added benefit of not requiring any chemical preservatives (so they can be made with 100% natural ingredients). For this reason, they are also a logical starting place for cosmetic crafters.

With Alice, you’ll discover all the different ingredients that can be used to create a variety of soothing Balms & Salves. Because the key ingredients in balm crafting are the carrier oils, these handouts include 3-page list so you can learn more about each one. There are also several pages covering essential oils and their properties. Once you know the properties of your carrier oils, essential oils, and the required amount of wax to use, the possibilities are endless.

Four tried & true recipes are included & discussed in this handout ~ all with detailed instructions. The first is a Basic Body Balm, that serves as a great introduction to making balms. It’s comprised of multiple carrier oils, beeswax, antioxidants, and essential oils. The second is a Respiratory Salve that contains nine powerful essential oils, blended into a base of wax & carrier oil. The third is also a Salve, but with the addition of an herbal tincture. The fourth (BONUS RECIPE) is a Zinc Ointment that can be used by adults & is also safe to use on infants.

Summary of what’s in Alice’s “Making Balms & Salves” 23-Page Class Handout:

  • Page 1: Cover / Title Page
  • Page 2: Intro: What is a balm, salve, ointment, etc.
  • Page 3: Waxes (note: Alice’s recipes all contain Beeswax, but other waxes are discussed on this page)
  • Page 4: Equipment & Supplies (for all recipes, salve, zinc balm)
  • Page 5: Making Your First Balm – Alice’s Body Balm Recipe, Ingredients & Percentages (in ounces & grams)
  • Page 6: Alice’s  Making Your “First Balm” Instructions (Steps 1-13)
  • Page 7: Alice’s “First Balm” Instructions (Steps 14-17), Additional Notes, & Measurement Conversions
  • Page 8: Blank Recipe Worksheet (for you to photocopy for GMP)
  • Page 9: Making a Salve – Alice’s Recipe for a Respiratory Salve, Ingredients & Percentages (in ounces & grams)
  • Page 10: Alice’s Making Salves Instructions, Steps 1-12
  • Page 11: Additional Salve Misc: Usage Info, Warnings, & Using Herbal Tinctures – (recipe table w/percentages, ounces, & grams)
  • Page 12: Key Essential Oils in Alice’s Salve
  • Page 13: Tiger Balm Breakdown (for study purposes only)
  • Page 14: Making a Zinc Ointment – Alice’s Recipe, Ingredients & Percentages (in ounces & grams), and Instructions (Steps 1-4)
  • Page 15: Alice’s Making Zinc Ointment Instructions (Steps 5-17)
  • Page 16: Carrier Oils for Babies (discussing 7 types w/properties)
  • Page 17: Properties of Essential Oils for Babies (5 types w/properties)
  • Pages 18-20: Useful Carrier Oils for Making All Types of Balms – Alphabetical list, 25 types, with details/properties of each one, from Apricot Kernel Oil to Wheat Germ Oil.
  • Page 21: Other Essential Oils that haven’t been discussed yet (9 types, with properties & info)
  • Pages 22-23: Alice’s Recommended Supplier List: Where Alice buys her supplies. Herb & Raw Material Suppliers (5 online & 3 local to the Bay Area), 4 Online Container Suppliers.

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A Class Handout is the digital PDF version of the handout for the in-person classes we taught at The Nova Studio. After ordering this PDF-format digital handout, you will be directed to a page that contains links to your instant downloads. You’ll have easy access to all your active Class Handout links in one easy place from your My Account page (downloads expire after 10 days & 5 downloads – so be sure to save the docs to your computer before then).

They will save you a ton of time & energy by giving you accurate, tested recipes & formulas, clear instructions, recommended sources for where to buy supplies relevant to each topic, and any background and/or supporting information. It’s the next best thing to being in a class!

When you buy the handouts, you also have permission to make the products exactly as is (with or without changing them) and you may market/sell them to your customers using our recipes. The only thing you cannot do is sell, post or distribute the information, directions, or recipes in our handouts since they are protected by copyright laws as part of our exclusive intellectual property.

Purchasing these handouts does not include any additional consulting or email support. If you have questions or need consulting, we offer private lessons & phone consultations. If you teach classes and want help creating your own class handouts, please contact us to set up a private consult and we would be happy to assist you. Purchasing our handouts does not give you permission or license to use them as teaching materials.


With Class Handouts, you are granted instant access as soon as your transaction is complete (download links can be found on your My Account page – simply open the files & save them to your computer and you will have access to them forever). Since this is a digital product that you cannot return, we have a no refund policy. That said, we want you to be happy. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please Contact Us.


Alice headshotAlice Duvernell is an artist & gilder who moved to the Bay Area after living in the south of France for 8 years. There she started researching problematic & sensitive skin types & developed an interest in the amazing virtues of essential oils & hydrosols. Her interest in culture & her studies in anthropology led her to travel in South America where she expanded her passion & awareness in native medicinal plants. During her last journey to Brazil, she set up a laboratory where she shared with the locals her homemade techniques for making hydrosols & other cosmetics, using only native plants. Learn how to create herbal & facial products from Alice.


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