Earth Aroma Balm

Earth Balm Recipe

We rediscovered this recipe while sorting through boxes of Mountain Rose history. Handwritten notes, catalog artwork, photos, and other keepsakes from throughout the decades inspired us to revisit old favorites. Herbalist, gardener, and Mountain Rose President, Julie Bailey created this gorgeous solid perfume and it has become a classic that we just love. Easy to keep in your bag or pocket, enjoy a dab of this sensual aroma on your wrists and décolletage before heading out for an enchanted evening.

Earth Aroma Balm

Balm Base

1 ½ cup organic almond oil

1/2 cup organic grapeseed oil

1 tsp Vitamin E oil

½ cup beeswax pastilles


Organic Essential Oil Blend

Clary Sage – 20 drops

Sweet Marjoram – 20 drops

Vetiver – 20 drops

Juniper – 10 drops

Lavender – 10 drops 

* Mix essential oils together in a glass bottle and roll between the palms of your hands to combine. Set aside.


Using a double boiler, gently warm carrier oils over medium heat.  Add the beeswax and stir together until completely melted to liquid, but do not boil! Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. Immediately pour into 1oz containers and screw lids on tight. Makes 14.

Earth Aroma Balm

19 Responses to “Earth Aroma Balm”

  1. avatar Jackie says:

    Hello Mountain Rose! Thanks for another great recipe.

    Do you happen to know the approximate weight of 1/2 c beeswax pastilles, the amount needed for this recipe? This balm sounds lovely and I’d love to make a batch, but I have the bigger beeswax cakes on hand instead of pastilles.

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Jackie~Thank you for the question! 2 Tablespoons of beeswax is about 1 ounce; since 1/2 cup has 8 Tablespoons, it would be about 4 ounces. I hope this helps and good luck! ~Kori

  2. avatar Maribel rivera says:

    How can I purchase from this site

  3. avatar Colleen says:

    It sounds lovely. Will you be selling it?

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Colleen~Thanks so much for reading the blog. We are not planning to sell this, which is just one of the many reasons we are happy to share it with all of our wonderful readers. Feel free to make it and enjoy :) ~Kori

  4. avatar Kim says:

    Is that one and a half cups almond oil, or one half cup? It seems that if it makes 14 one ounce containers, an extra cup would make too much and not set up well.

    • avatar Erin says:

      Hi Kim,
      The recipe is correct. The total amount of oil is 2 cups which is 16 oz of oil. Mixed with 1/2 cup of beeswax, this will set up very nicely, but you can always reheat and add more wax or oil if needed to reach the desired consistency.

      I hope that helps!

  5. avatar Gabriel Kingsley says:

    Patchouli would be a great one to use too!!

  6. avatar Liz says:

    This looks like a great recipe. I just ordered some beeswax pastilles from your store and I can’t wait to get melting :)

  7. avatar lindsey says:

    Is this balm only used for a fragrance and how can I make it thicker???

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Lindsey~Thank you for reading our blog! You could certainly use the balm as a salve or lip balm, if you’d like. If you’d like to make it thicker, you can adjust the amount of beeswax (add more) as this will help it to set up harder. I hope this helps and thanks again! ~Kori

  8. avatar Yvonne says:

    Can I replace grape seed oil with olive oil? Will this make any difference in quality or consistency?


    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Yvonne~Thank you for your question. You are welcome to make substitutions with the oils and it shouldn’t affect the quality or consistency–just the constituents! Good luck ~Kori

  9. avatar Colette says:

    Does this set up quite oily? I’m curious as most recipes I’ve come across ask for 1.1 ratios. Eg. 15g wax, 15g oils

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Colette~Thank you for your question. Actually, this balm does not set up oily. You may see in the photo, that it is quite firm. Of course, it does start to “melt” as soon as you rub it on your skin. You can certainly add more beeswax if you want a balm that is even firmer. Good luck! ~Kori

  10. avatar Beth says:

    Is there something I could use instead of the beeswax to make a vegan version?

    Thank you!

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