I started off making salves by one day just diving right in and making a dandelion salve. Which means that I had to pick a bunch of dandelions, dry them out, soak them in oil, and THEN put the salve together. Not the best place to start if you want to dip your toes into the whole skincare DIY, but an excellent place if you want to jump right on in.
Dandelion salve is simple and makes your skin look, and feel, amazing. At first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to use this salve for. Maybe a hand lotion? Feet? Body? I knew that dandelions are amazing for your skin, but I wasn’t sure of the best place to apply.
I’ve been using dandelion salve, intermittently, for just under a year, slathering it onto my hands and, at times, under my eyes. As a long-time lover of Estee Lauder products, especially the night repair line, I’ve slathered expensive creams and serums onto my face for years. Yes, my skin looks amazing. Yes, it feels even better. And, yes, my bank account cries every time I run out.
As I was put on a budget by my fiance, and already blowing through that, this time when I ran out of my eye cream I decided to use some dandelion salve to ‘get me through’. I had only been using the dandelion salve in the morning every so often and saving the ‘good stuff’ for night (the best time for products since your skin repairs itself at night). From there, I got hooked and now use it day and night under my eyes and use a very lught amount on my neck and face (because it’s made with a lot of coconut and olive oil I don’t want a thick layer on my still acne-prone skin).
I started this as a type of experiment to see if it would give my skin some added benefits and save me a bit of money (it only costs about 5$ to make and a jam jar of it can last a year!). My skin feels, and looks, better than it has been and I’m sure it’ll only get better as time rolls on.
This great article talks of the benefits of dandelions for your skin AND had had a tincture recipe I’m excited to try.
Don’t feel like making your own dandelion concoctions? Try these:
Dandelion and kale mask by Freeman
Blemish Clearing Cleanser by Juice Beauty
Skin Brightening Moisturizer by The Balm
My Dandelion Salve:
What you will need:
First things first: go out and pick an intense amount of dandelions. WASH THEM. This is a part that I forgot about when I first made this salve last year and ended up with dirt floating in my finished salve. Not to worry, I just used a coffee filter and filtered out my concoction…but it was time-consuming and I’m sure I didn’t get everything out.
One the flower heads have been rinsed off/washed, lay them out to dry for 1-2 days.
Once dry, fill up a mason jar with the flowers and then cover with olive oil. Leave on the windowsill, in the sun, for 2 weeks.
After the olive oil and flowers have been left out for the 2 weeks (I end up forgetting and leaving mine for 3!), open it up and pour your mixture into a bowl. If you did not dry properly there is a high risk that your flowers will go rancid.
I highly suggest filtering your dandelion oil even though you’ve washed it. Dirt can still cling to the flowers..
Melt 1 cup of coconut oil to every 1/4 cup of dandelion olive oil. If you’re a serum type of gal, use 1 cup to every 1/2 cup for a more liquid consistency.
Leave in the fridge for a quicker set or leave out for 24-48 hours until it solidifies.