If you were to walk along the shops in Bali, no doubt you’d come across a natural skincare shop called Utama Spice.
It’s one those stores where you walk in and end up covering yourself in samples, smelling and testing everything!
Each product is almost impossibly simple, made with just a handful of natural ingredients, as if to say this is all you need!
I find that kind of simplicity so elegant.
One day, I wrote an email to Utama Spice, just to say hello, I love what you do!
I had no idea that I’d soon be invited into their main headquarters in Bali, learning first hand how they make their products!
And now I get to share their balm recipe with you.
I met with Ria, the daughter of Melanie Templer who founded Utama Spice back in the late 80’s. Ria was born and raised in Bali, and learned first hand her mother’s work.
She taught me how to make their basic balm recipe, which is the base for making lip balms, perfume balms and skin salves that their customers love so much.
And now you can experience it too!
As Ria cooked up this recipe, she was chatting with me about growing up, seeing her mother in the kitchen making soaps and lotions with fresh ingredients, as if she were making food. It’s how she cared for her family and taught her daughter.
Her mother eventually created Utama Spice to preserve these traditional remedies and at the same time, support local farmers to grow and preserve medical plants and knowledge.
And Ria followed in her mother’s footsteps to continue growing Utama Spice. She told me that for her, using natural skincare is all she’s ever known, and I’m inspired the way she works to share this with others.
Utama Spice have shared with you the recipe to make their popular balm, which you can use in so many different ways! Thank you so much to this beautiful family, doing amazing work.
I hope you make this recipe and love it as much as I do!
What Ria did was she poured the basic balm into different containers, and then treated each with different essential oils to create different products. It’s brilliant!
Ria’s floral perfume was a blend of: 12 drops lavender, 12 drops rose geranium and 12 drops bergamot
For inspiration on flavours, check out Utama Spice’s Lip Balms
For inspiration on blends, check out this circulation stimulating blend by Utama Spice.
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