For my birthday this year, I decided that I wanted another tattoo. Something to represent my beautiful babies. Once I figured out what I wanted and made the appointment I knew the next step was to make my own all natural tattoo aftercare balm. In the past, I was told to use Bepanthen, a nappy rash ointment, but I have since found out that it isn’t good to use on fresh tattoos and it contains Petrolatum, a petrochemical. So after some research into what best ingredients to use in a tattoo aftercare balm, I settled on the following.
Calendula & Chamomile Tattoo Aftercare Balm
2 tablespoons Dried Chamomile Flowers
2 tablespoons Dried Calendula
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
2 tablespoons Beeswax pellets
1 small glass container (approx 400g) with separate lid
- Place calendula and chamomile flowers to the small glass container along with the olive oil.
- Put the container with no lid into a pot of water. Use the weakest burner on your stove at the lowest setting and leave the flowers to infuse into the oil for a couple of hours. Give it a stir once in a while. You will know it’s infusing when you can smell chamomile and calendula throughout the house!
- Strain the oil into a clean bowl. Clean out your glass container to make sure there are no flower particles left in it, then place the strained oil back in with the coconut oil and beeswax.
- Put it back on the burner until everything has melted.
- Take the glass container out of the pot. Set it aside to cool and set.
- Apply to tattoo!
I wanted a balm that included healing and calming ingredients so that it why I chose to include calendula and chamomile. Coconut oil is a great all rounder but I mainly included it for its antibacterial properties.
I left my tattoo uncovered and free from the balm for 24 hours to breathe and settle. Since then I have been using the balm, four days now, and my tattoo looks and feels great. It is healing nicely and the colour still looks superb. I am super happy with how this balm turned!
Do you have any tattoos? Or do you want to get one? Leave a comment below!