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DIY Emulsifying Cleansing Balm with Blue Tansy Oil

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Learn to make a DIY emulsifying cleansing balm with blue tansy oil. This brilliantly blue cleansing balm recipe is a treat for your skin, helping to moisturize and soothe as it melts away makeup. It contains a natural emulsifier for effortless makeup removal. Plus, it’s inexpensive, all-natural, and easy to make in your kitchen, saving you money on expensive brand name cleansing balms.

DIY emulsifying cleansing balm

If you’re a skincare connoisseur, you likely know that cleansing balms and blue tansy oil are two of the hottest trends right now. So it only made sense to combine the two for this luxurious emulsifying cleansing balm recipe.

I’m all for splurging on a good, non-toxic beauty product when I feel it’s truly worth it – just not on a product that ends up in the bathroom sink. That’s why I prefer to make my own makeup removers, and to save the spending for products that really count.

But homemade doesn’t have to mean boring. All you need is a few natural ingredients to make a DIY emulsifying cleansing balm that looks and feels similar to an expensive store bought product.

I already have a simple cleansing balm, but this particular recipe contains a non-toxic emulsifier to truly emulsify your makeup. Blue tansy essential oil adds a beautiful colour and soothing properties, elevating this makeup remover to a spa-like experience.

Before we get into how to make this easy cleansing balm recipe, I’ll guide you through some of its benefits. And if you aren’t inclined to DIY, I recommend this multitasking blue tansy balm as a store bought alternative.

DIY cleansing balm with emulsifer

Many homemade cleansing balm recipes contain simple mixtures of oils and waxes. And there’s nothing wrong with this if you’re looking for an easy, no-frills DIY makeup remover. Oil and wax definitely work to emulsify and remove makeup. However, they tend to leave an oily residue behind.

When not followed by a second cleanser, this oily residue can lead to acne and other skin issues. This is why the oil cleansing method can cause problems for some people, which I go into more detail about in this post.

Homemade cleansing balm with emulsifier

This cleansing balm is different from most recipes. It quickly and easily melts away makeup, and after cleansing, it wipes off clean with minimal residue. This is made possible by one of my favourite naturally-derived emulsifiers, which I’ll reveal more about in a moment.

Benefits of blue tansy essential oil for skin

From this soothing facial oil to this opulent skin balm, blue tansy essential oil is everywhere. And for good reason – besides the gorgeous azure colour that it imparts to products, blue tansy oil has a multitude of skin benefits.

Of all the blue essential oils, such as yarrow, cypress, and chamomile, blue tansy is the bluest of all. This is because it has the highest concentration of the anti-inflammatory compound chamazulene.

Chamazulene is a potent antioxidant that helps scavenge free radicals and inhibit lipid peroxidation. It has also been shown to have anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic activity.

In theory, this means that blue tansy oil could help skin conditions linked to inflammation, such as rosacea, eczema, and acne, according to dermatologist Dr. Yoram Harth. However, the evidence is not yet conclusive.

Aside from its uses for skin, blue tansy essential oil also has aromatherapeutic benefits. Its bright, herbaceous scent helps lessen anxiety and promote a sense of calm. For this reason, using blue tansy products can help you relax while you care for your skin.

Some of the best skincare products with blue tansy oil:

Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil

Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil

Ingredients for DIY emulsifying cleansing balm

Blue tansy essential oil

A few drops of calming blue tansy oil adds a soothing aroma and turns this cleansing balm a beautiful shade of blue.

To be safe, I kept the concentration of blue tansy oil in this recipe low. If you have very sensitive skin, you may even wish to omit it completely.

You should always exercise caution when using skincare products that contain essential oils. All essential oils have the capacity to irritate skin, even those that are purported to be soothing. If irritation develops, always discontinue use and consult your doctor or dermatologist.

Always make sure to get your essential oils from reputable sources. I like this particular brand of blue tansy oil.

Homemade emulsifying cleansing balm with blue tansy oil

MCT oil (Capric/caprylic triglycerides)

You might know MCT oil as a ketogenic diet aid, but a lesser known fact is that it’s a great skincare oil, too.

MCT oil is derived from coconut or palm oil. However, MCT oil does not have the same comedogenic qualities as those oils. The fractionation process, which separates fatty acids, reduces MCT oil to only two fatty acids: capric acid and caprylic acid.

Not only does fractionation make MCT oil liquid at room temperature, but it also makes it tolerable to a wider range of skin types. That’s why capric/caprylic triglycerides are used in so many dermatologically-approved skincare products.

Capric and caprylic acid have antibacterial properties, so they’re unlikely to exacerbate acne. Yeast on the skin also won’t eat them, making topical MCT oil safe for those with fungal acne and issues like seborrheic dermatitis as well.

I like using MCT oil in DIY skincare products because it’s completely saturated. It lacks unsaturated fatty acids, meaning it has a very long shelf life. MCT oil also won’t oxidize in the presence of heat, which is important since I recommend removing this emulsifying cleansing balm with a hot, wet washcloth.

White beeswax

Beeswax is a great alternative to texture-enhancers such as petroleum and silicones, which can be problematic for some skin types.

In this recipe, beeswax helps emulsify while creating a smooth and velvety consistency. But aside from its thickening properties, it also helps moisturize and nourish skin.

Even if you have sensitive skin, beeswax can still work for you. I used triple-filtered white beeswax for this emulsifying cleansing balm, which is far less allergenic than regular yellow beeswax.

If you’re severely allergic to bee products or simple wish to avoid them for ethical reasons, candelilla wax or sunflower wax are good vegan alternatives.

Emulsifying DIY cleansing balm in glass jar

Olivem 1000

Olivem 1000 (also called olive emulsifying wax) is a PEG-free, naturally derived mild surfactant and emulsifier. True to its name, it’s made from olive lipids, and its high fatty acid content helps to nourish and condition the skin.

I like Olivem 1000 for many reasons, one being how simple it is to use. It’s made of waxy flakes that are easily melted and incorporated into a product, helping to thicken and enhance texture.

Olivem 1000 has a rich, silky skin feel, but it’s also very viscous. As a result, you’ll need a hot washcloth to remove the balm.

Vitamin E oil

Adding vitamin E is optional, but I chose to include it for its potent antioxidant properties.

Chamazulene is unstable and begins oxidizing when exposed to air. Over time, this process causes blue tansy oil to turn from bright blue to green. Vitamin E’s antioxidant capacity helps slow down this process.

Blue spirulina powder

To deepen this cleansing balm’s azure colour without adding too much essential oil, I opted to add blue spirulina powder.

I chose blue spirulina solely for its colour, but it turns out that the pigment responsible for its bright hue, phycocyanin, also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Emulsifying cleansing balm with blue tansy essential oil

How to make DIY emulsifying cleansing balm

For detailed instructions and ingredient measurements, please consult the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. In a small double boiler or Turkish coffee pot, begin by melting Olivem 1000 and your wax of choice on medium heat.
  2. Then, add the MCT oil. Once the mixture is completely liquified, turn off the heat.
  3. Whisk in the blue spirulina powder and let the balm cool for a few minutes.
  4. Add the vitamin E oil and blue tansy essential oil and whisk to incorporate.
  5. Pour the cleansing balm into a glass jar. (A Turkish coffee pot’s lip makes this easy.) Place the lid on the jar and leave the balm harden for about an hour, depending on your climate.

How to use your emulsifying cleansing balm

To use your balm, start with dry skin. Scoop out a generous amount with a clean cosmetic spoon. If using your fingers, make sure they are clean and dry, as introducing water into your balm can cause bacteria and mold to grow in the jar.

DIY emulsifying cleansing balm with spoon

Massage the cleansing balm into your skin with gentle, circular motions until your makeup is milky and emulsified.

This is also a great opportunity to give yourself a facial massage to encourage circulation and lymphatic drainage. You could even use a gua sha tool at this time, as the cleansing balm provides a slick surface for it to work.

To remove the balm, soak a washcloth in hot water and place it over your face for a few moments. Then, gently glide the cloth across your skin to remove all traces of makeup. You may need to repeat this step more than once. Be gentle and don’t tug, especially around the delicate eye area.

Once your skin looks visibly clean, follow it up with a second cleanser to remove any residue. I recommend a gentle one such as this ceramide cleanser or natural micellar water. You could even make your own micellar water with my DIY recipe.

Or, if you’re looking for a homemade cleanser that rinses clean with no residue, you might like my emulsifying cleansing oil recipe.

I recommend using this balm at night to remove makeup, not as a morning cleanse. In the morning, a gentle cleanser or splash of water is likely enough.

It’s important not to disrupt your skin’s moisture barrier any more than you need to. But even if you don’t wear makeup, this cleansing balm is a great way to nourish dry, sensitive skin while giving yourself a bit of extra self-care.

Yield: 1 jar of cleansing balm

DIY Emulsifying Cleansing Balm

Homemade cleansing balm with emulsifier

This DIY emulsifying cleansing balm recipe is a treat for your skin, helping to moisturize and soothe as it melts away makeup. It contains a natural emulsifier for for effortless makeup removal. Plus, blue tansy essential oil calms and soothes sensitive skin.

Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $8





    1. In a small double boiler (or a Turkish coffee pot in a water bath) begin by melting Olivem 1000 and your wax of choice on medium heat.
    2. Once the two have melted, add the MCT oil. The wax may re-solidify at this point, so whisk until any clumps have dissipated. Once the mixture is completely liquified, turn off the heat.
    3. Whisk in the blue spirulina powder and let the balm cool for a few minutes.
    4. Add the vitamin E oil and blue tansy essential oil and whisk to incorporate. If the mixture begins to harden, place it briefly over the lowest possible heat and mix until liquified. Only use low heat as to not damage the fragile essential oil.
    5. Pour the cleansing balm into your glass jar of choice. (A turkish coffee pot’s lip makes this easy.) Place the lid on the jar and leave the balm undisturbed to harden for about an hour, depending on your climate. You can also place it in the fridge to speed up the process.


This emulsifying cleansing balm can be stored at room temperature. No preservative is required since this recipe is free of water.

MCT oil has a very long shelf life of 2 years or more. However, blue tansy essential oil will begin to oxidize as soon as it’s exposed to air, changing the chamazulene from blue to a mossy green.

While I cannot find any information that suggests oxidized chamazulene is harmful, I recommend using your cleansing balm within a few months to be safe.

For a vegan option, you can substitute 1 tbsp of candelilla wax or sunflower wax for the 2 tbsp of beeswax, as both waxes are more dense.

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Thursday 20th of February 2020

Hi Kyla. Thanks for your reply. The balm is still very greasy, unlike the first time. Will adding some extra Mct oil reduce this? Thanks


Thursday 20th of February 2020

Hi Nina, I'm sorry to hear this. If the balm worked for you the first time, it's probably best to follow the original recipe. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful! I would like to help, but it's hard when I'm not there and can't see your measurements. At this point, you might be able to add more of the other ingredients (MCT oil and beeswax) to try to bring the balm closer to the original formula.


Sunday 16th of February 2020

Hi Kyla. The first batch I made was fantastic! The second and third proved problematic in emulsifying. Can I add a little more Olivem 1000? Thanks


Sunday 16th of February 2020

Hi Nina! I'm so glad to hear you liked the first batch, but I'm sorry that the next ones didn't emulsify as well. You can absolutely add more Olivem 1000. I wouldn't add too much more though as to not make it too greasy. Maybe 1/3 tsp or so. ? I would love your feedback, so please let me know how it goes!


Friday 4th of October 2019

it's such a beautiful color. I want to try this. Can you tell how long this lasts? and does this melt over a period? I mean can I make a larger quantity for longer?


Friday 4th of October 2019

Thanks, Lola! With daily use I estimate it would last about a month, maybe more. You can definitely double the recipe if you think you'll go through it quickly. With the stable MCT oil, it will keep for quite a while. Also, beeswax has a high melting point, so the cleansing balm won't melt. ☺️


Sunday 22nd of September 2019

How gorgeous, Kyla! Your skincare recipes are always very inventive. I still have blue tansy left from a hand cream recipe and can't wait to put it to good use again.


Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Thank you so much, Irena! Blue tansy in a hand cream is such a wonderful idea. My hands can get quite dry and sensitive in cooler weather so I'll be sure to give that a try. ☺️


Friday 20th of September 2019

This sounds lovely! And so pretty, too.


Saturday 21st of September 2019

Thanks so much, Michelle! ☺️