Beauty of the Fae: Dryad's Bark-Skin Balm




The Dryad, a shy and beautiful tree-nymph of Greek mythology, confesses to suffer at times from her very dry bark-skin. Luckily, she's shared with us her recipe for a buttery balm that will soften dry, depleted skin with emollient and nourishing ingredients.


Our dryad likes to use tree sap in this blend, which is very sticky and difficult to gather. I suggest using honey instead, for its antibacterial and humectant properties.


Suitable for all skin, especially dry and dehydrated.


You will need:


½ cup shea butter

2 tablespoon avocado oil

1 tablespoon beeswax

1 ½ teaspoon honey

3 drops cedarwood essential oil

2 drops cinnamon essential oil


  1. In a double boiler over medium-low heat, begin to melt shea and beeswax. When mixture is softened and mostly melted, about 8 minutes, add honey and avocado oil, stirring to combine.

  2. Remove from heat and pour into a sealable glass jar. Add drops of essential oil and stir to disperse. Let cool for several hours until balm has solidified.

  3. Apply to dry, bark-like skin as needed. Store in a cool, dark cupboard out of direct sunlight.