February 20, 2015
My sweater project has not gone as planned. As in, I haven't made nearly the progress I had hoped to by this point in the month.
But a successful re-stock (everything turned out lovely) of my handmade soap, lotion, and lip balm helps to ease my creative woes.
I made my lip balm, following my tried-and-true recipe. However, I divided the batch in two and made half peppermint, and the other half fennel.
I also tweaked my lotion recipe a bit, experimenting with more culinary-inspired essential oils.
1. I melted all of these together.
2. In a separate container I whisked 1/4 tsp of borax into 4 oz of water.
3. I poured the melted oils into the water mixture and whizzed with hand blender.
4. I added:
5. Whizzed it all again. Poured into sterilized jars.
6. Applied pretty labels. Download your own labels here. (I love these labels.)
I don't usually like lotion bars. They are awkward to store and are especially greasy. But winter calls for some intense skin care so I experimented a bit with the Shea Butter Lotion Bar recipe from Wellness Mama's Natural Beauty Guide (offered with the Ultimate DIY Bundle back in January).
I added frankinscence, rosemary and orange essential oils. I haven't used the tube yet, the one you see pictured above. I keep a small disc of the lotion bar (which I made by pouring half the recipe into one of my silicon muffin pan cups) above the kitchen sink. This is a great spot to remind me to care for my hands with frequent applications.
This is the soap recipe I used.
I was feeling quite inspired after whipping up this batch. And since I have been asked repeatedly (and repeatedly) by local friends to teach a class, I've decided to get it on the calendar for May. I've decided on a recipe and I'll start ordering the supplies, creating the handouts and "advertising" soon. Feels good to be inspired to teach.
Find links to all my soap making posts - instructions and recipes - on this page.
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