Salves are also known as ointments and balms. Ointments are usually more soft in texture than a salve or balm, using less beeswax. The texture is up to you and what you prefer. I like my salves a little softer so I don't have to dig them out of the container with my fingernails. If you are not happy with your texture add more beeswax for a harder texture and more oil for a softer texture. I find that 1 ounce of beeswax per 1 cup of oil is what works best for me.
Herbal Salve How To
Melt the beeswax over very low heat. Stir occasionally and keep a close watch to make sure it does not get over heated. You don't want to burn your oil.
Remove from heat. If adding essential oils (which I think you should) wait a minute or two to cool slightly. Add enough essential oil so that your salve smells strong but not over powering, I find a teaspoon or two per 3 cups is sufficient. Stir thoroughly.
Pour into containers and let sit until cooled and hardened. Cap, label and store in a dark, cool location. They should last for several months up to years if they are stored in a cool, dark location. The salve is no longer good when it loses it's color and smells "off".
Where to Get Ingredients
My favorite go to places for high quality herbs are Mountain Rose Herbs and Bulk Herb Store. Mountain Rose Herbs also carries high quality carrier oils, beeswax and essential oil. Bulk Apothecary is also a good source for purchasing oils and beeswax. I haven't tried their essential oils or herbs but they do carry some. Costco is the most cost effective choice for purchasing olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil, this is the place where I purchase mine.
*I am not affiliated with any of these companies, just sharing what I use and has worked for me.