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Skin Soothing Salve


Yeppers. That is me. Me with crazy swollen eyelids while on my retreat in St. Lucia. I am not tired. Nor am I hungover. I just had really swollen eyes. Why?

One week prior- we had done the photo shoot for my book. Now- normally, I am picky about the make-up I use. For my weekly use of makeup (usually just for special occasions) I opt for the natural brands given the green light by the Cosmetic Database. The challenge withy my photo shoot is that my make-up collection literally consists of one eye shadow, one mascara, one blush and some lip gloss. I knew that I was in great hands with our make-up artist and even though she used mainly mineral based make-up, one day was still too much.

The next day I looked like I'd been up crying all night long. I had a two day break from the make-up and then had another made-up day. The damage was done.

My eyelids flared up like that kid at summer camp who got bit by a spider while she slept and couldn't open her eye in the morning (we all had that kid in our cabin right?)

By the time I got to St. Lucia, and added some sun and salt water to the mix- it was not good for business- literally.

Here's the thing about make-up- even 'natural' make-up. Often the product is fine and harmless when used in isolation. But what happens when you combine eye shadow with concealer and two more shades of eye shadow, throw on some eye-liner, mascara and the eventual eye-makeup remover? That's a massive unpredictable chemical cocktail sitting on the very sensitive membrane intended to protect your very import eyes.

That's why I prefer to sit on the edible side of beauty care. Always!

My first strategy is to reduce. Reduce the amount and quantity of whatever you use, then get the best and cleanest you can. Perhaps most importantly, whenever you can, make your own- from scratch.

Start with this amazing salve/facemask. I have been putting this over my eyes with AMAZING results for the last week. Also works great on dry elbows, cracked heals and anywhere really.

Just when you thought Irish moss couldn't get more amazing... it does!

Skin Soothing Salve

by Meghan Telpner

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0


Ingredients (1 cup)

Skin Soothing Salve

  • 1/4 cup prepared Irish Moss
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Oil


  • Blend all ingredients together until smooth
  • Transfer to glass mason jar
  • Store in a cool place for 2-3 weeks 


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10 Responses to “Skin Soothing Salve”

  1. Oooooh so glad you asked as this recipe was the subject of my blog for today and I am lovin' it!
  2. the easiest, breeziest natural beauty care recipe #beauty #natural
  3. bitt said…
    i feel for you, I can't use makeup either, even natural kind in heavy doses makes my eyes swell up. people tried to tell me that I'm not used to it, well I don't want to be use to that! love the salve idea. thanks.
  4. Beauty for the beast - more reasons why I looove Irish Moss! #natural
  5. SusanHenderson said…
    I am going to make this and wanted to know should it be kept in the fridge? Really love your site and will be reading more. Thank you
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Yep- best to keep it in the fridge (it's nice cool, anyway!) Thanks for the love, enjoy the salve!
  6. Ebony said…
    Hi! Can something be added so that its not necessary to refrigerate?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      I would keep this one in the refrigerator. You could try this recipe, which can be kept outside of the fridge (though it will last for longer if you keep it in):
  7. Jackie said…
    Hi, I saw a link to Amazon for the Irish moss. Do you have links to the other ingredients for this salve? There are so many choices out there I’m not sure which ones are good. Thank you.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hi Jackie! I'm a fan of Living Libations essential oils, and have my own aloe plant. For oils, I typically buy organic and cold pressed - more about oils can be found here:

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