how to make a natural tattoo salve

How to Make a Natural Tattoo Salve.

These days, tattoos are quite popular, but if you’re a natural skincare lover you may struggle to find a natural tattoo salve to treat yours. Although there are some natural brands available, they may not fit your requirements (or budget). If you’re going to invest in a tattoo or get one to commemorate a special occasion, you want to be sure you can care for it properly. Of course, tattoo salves are a must, although they don’t need to be expensive to be effective. In this recipe of the month, we’ll show you how to make a natural tattoo salve that both you and your tattoo artist will love.


To make this natural tattoo salve, you’ll need:

  • 13.6g Babassu Oil
  • 2g Shea Butter
  • 2g Castor Oil
  • 2g Berry Wax
  • 0.2g Pomegranate Seed Oil
  • 0.1g Tea Tree Oil
  • 0.1g Vitamin E (tocopherol)
Properties of the Ingredients

Here we’ll take a look at the natural properties of the ingredients.

Babassu Oil

Babassu oil is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, which give it both soothing and protective properties. Furthermore, it is very moisturising, which makes it perfect for applying to tattooed skin that needs some tender loving care. Also, babassu oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, meaning that it can help reduce redness and keep skin from getting infected. 

Shea Butter

Shea butter has a reputation for moisturising and softening skin, which is exactly what tattooed skin needs during its recovery time. This butter helps soothe, condition, and tone skin allowing tattoos to recover better and become more uniform with your skin. The fatty acids in shea butter make it wonderfully nourishing for the skin and give it the vitamins it needs to heal and treat inflammation.

Castor Oil

Castor oil has a high concentration of ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid ideal for moisturising and skin conditioning. In addition, this oil can also help to promote faster wound healing by reducing skin dryness and stimulating tissue growth. On top of that, this oil possesses impressive anti-inflammatory properties and antimicrobial properties, which make it ideal for treating tattooed skin and keeping it healthy. 

Berry Wax

Berry wax is a soft, natural wax which has a pale, white colour and is extracted from the skin of berries on the Rhus verniciflua tree. This wax works well in cosmetic products, specifically salves, because it has a low melting point but also provides a good texture. Moreover, berry wax provides a nice skin feel, which is important for a tattoo salve as it’s something you’ll be applying regularly until the tattoo has healed. 

Pomegranate Seed Oil

This fruity oil offers a nice punch of Vitamin C, a nutrient which is crucial to skin health and repair. Pomegranate seed oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-ageing properties which are put to good use in a tattoo salve. These properties help reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and any signs of ageing the skin might experience after tattooing.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree oil is well-known for its antimicrobial properties, which is why it is commonly used in acne treatments. Coupled with its anti-inflammatory properties, this oil can help treat skin that may be suffering from irritation by reducing redness and fighting bacteria. Also, tea tree oil can aid wound healing and reduce scars, leaving you with smoother skin once your tattoo has healed.

Vitamin E (tocopherol)

This form of vitamin E is regularly used in skincare products for its skin-loving properties. Vitamin E has a high concentration of antioxidants which help fight off free radicals and repair cell damage. This particular form of Vitamin E can better withstand environmental stressors and provides a longer shelf life to cosmetic products.

Crafting Your Natural Tattoo Salve

First, to make 20 grams of this natural tattoo salve, you’ll need to heat the Babassu oil, shea butter, castor oil, and berry wax together. The maximum temperature you should heat the ingredients to is 75°C. Then, ensure that the ingredients are completely melted and wait for them to cool down to approximately 50°C. Once the melted ingredients have reached the right temperature, add the pomegranate seed oil, tea tree essential oil, and Vitamin E (tocopherol). After that, stir the ingredients and leave them to set, then follow the instructions provided by your tattoo artist when applying the salve.

The Takeaway

In conclusion, tattoos can help memories last forever, but it’s vital to care for them to ensure they stay beautiful. If you make this natural tattoo salve at home, please do let us know how it worked for you! Those looking to craft safe and natural skincare at home will appreciate the current discount on WapoBeauty’s Traditional Soapmaking eBook. Anyone searching for guided learning, find out more about WapoBeauty’s Complete Facial Skincare Online Course for Beginners and discover how to make professional, safe, and stable natural beauty products. Join the ranks of students who found this class valuable and rewarding

About Our Blogger

Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni.

2 responses

    1. yes Lynnie, you can replace berry wax for any other type of wax, but you need to evaluate the consistency and reformulate accordingly.

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