Many moons ago, when I was a teenager, I first read about Vasalisa, a Russian peasant girl who encounters the witch, Baba Yaga, in the deep dark woods. Through her power of intuition and her ability her fears, Vasalisa completes three nearly impossible tasks the witch assigns her, such as sorting poppy seeds from sand. Because Vasalisa completes these tasks, the witch gives her respect in the form of sacred fire. The fire is placed within in a skull on a stick, and Vasalisa holds it high like a torch on her back through the forest, back to her home. I was so taken by this story--and the illustrations of Ivan Bilibin, a Russian illustrator (1876-1942)--that I later tattooed Vasalisa on my skin.
Everything about this skin balm is magical, and practical. The practical aspects are the emollient and healthy ingredients. We have as a base the olive oil, Vitamin E, beeswax sourced from a small apiary on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Then, to bring in the healthful qualities of certain herbs and plants, as well as their mystical attributes and associations with Vasalisa, we have birch and spruce essential oils, mugwort, patchouli, and poppy seed.
Vasalisa Skin Balm Salve can be applied liberally to your skin, and is safe to go on lips and around your eyes. It can be used like lotion, but unlike lotion, it won't make a mess.