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DIY: Herbal Tattoo Balm


Homemade Tattoo Balm in glass jar

I’ve gotten a few tattoos in my day and always question the quality of those over-the-counter ointments I'm handed at the tattoo parlor. Of course, the artists are trying to keep us and our new art safe, but who needs petroleum products after that kind of skin trauma?

We all know that taking sweet care of your tattoo after getting inked helps improve the life and vibrancy of the artwork. Why not skip the pre-packaged stuff for some herbal infused oils and non-GMO vitamin e oil woven together with moisturizing botanical butters? This recipe is the best treat for your skin to protect that new piece!

Tattoo Balm Ingredients

Botanical Tattoo Balm Recipe


2 Tbsp organic refined shea or organic cocoa butter

1 Tbsp organic fair trade shea butter

1 Tbsp organic calendula infused oil

1 Tbsp organic plantain infused oil

1 Tbsp organic Oregon grape root infused oil (learn how to make your own!)

1 tsp non-GMO vitamin E oil

3  1oz glass jars


  1. Melt butters together in the top of a double boiler using a glass measuring cup or bowl.
  2. Stir in the herbal oils and allow to combine.
  3. Add in the vitamin E oil.
  4. Dry the bottom of the glass measuring cup and pour into containers.
  5. Allow to cool and then cap the jars.

Rub a light layer of the balm onto freshly inked skin throughout the day. Make sure not to leave on goopy layers so the skin can breathe.

Homemade Tattoo Balm top view




Topics: Natural Body Care Recipes, All Recipes


Written by Alieta on August 16, 2016

Alieta, blog contributor, is an Oregon native studying at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and pursuing a second degree in Computer Science at Oregon State University. She enjoys spending her free time hiking in the woods with her Labradoodle, Pepperoni, or enjoying the view from her garden with her cat and a bubbly beverage.