Tattoo Healing Balm: Homemade and Low-Impact

When I made the appointment to get my first tattoo done in April of this year, it seemed that every tattooed person I knew was quick to give me suggestions on how best to help heal it. The most common advice was ” use Aquaphor!”. It seems many tattoo artists recommend this.

But I have a problem with crude oil– it’s effect on the environment, and the health hazard possibilities it brings. Overall, I think it’s just gross.

Now, I could just go buy some body butter at a local health food store and that would probably be fine, but my sister already had bulk of all of these ingredients (listed below) for homemade salves so I was able to purchase them from her by the ounce. Amazon or Bulk Apothecary both sell bulk of these items as well -which come in plastic packaging but will make you a lot of body butter before you run out of any of them. 🙂

Here’s the recipe:


Tattoo Healing Balm:


-1/2 cup cocoa butter pellets

-1/2 cup shea butter pellets

-1/2 cup almond oil

-1/2 cup coconut oil


Using a double boiler (a glass bowl over a pot will work), bring about 2 inches of water to a boil in the pan and place all of the ingredients in the bowl over the pot. This will gently heat the ingredients through the glass. Heat and stir until all ingredients are melted together, then remove glass bowl and let it cool on a trivet. Once the bowl isn’t hot anymore, place it in the refrigerator for an hour or two. It will solidify into the consistency of chilled butter. Just transfer to a clean jar (I used an old salsa jar) and you’re done!


This balm really helped my tattoo heal well and keep its definition.


What do you use to heal your tattoos up well? Leave a comment below, and thanks for visiting! 🙂

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