Curative Beauty

Sophie’s Winter Lip Balm

I am a lip balm addict! I have gone through more Burt’s Bees than anyone on the planet. The only problem with my Burt’s Bees is that I have a hard time digesting the fact that one small tube is almost $3.00 in some places. So, I moved on to buying the lip balm from my favorite soap company, Wash Your Mouth Out Soap Company.

While collecting all of my supplies for holiday soap making, I noticed some inexpensive cosmetic-making supplies. So I figured, why not try to make my own and see what happens? At the least, it would be something I could do with my daughter and they would make great Christmas gift add-ons, right?

For $0.12 a tube, I purchased 20 lip balm tubes and a 1lb bag of white beeswax pastilles for under $9.00. You only use a tablespoon or two for a recipe for 20 tubes, so that 1lb bag will last me forever! I also purchases a 0.5oz bottle of peppermint essential oil , some plastic pipettes, a bottle of sweet almond oil, and some labels to gussy up the tubes. I already had some vitamin E supplements in my cabinet, so a quick trip to the store to buy a jar of coconut oil and cocoa butter and I was ready to go!

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The initial investment (about $40.00) seems a little steep, but I figure that for a long while the only purchase I will have to make will be for more tubes, pipettes, and labels (if they are for gifts). By my estimation, each tube of homemade lip balm costs me less than a dollar, AND I get to have a fun time with my daughter!

So, here was my process:

Place 2Tbs of sweet almond oil, 1Tbs of coconut oil, and 1Tbs plus 1tsp of beeswax (if you like a firmer balm, you can add up to double the beeswax), and 1Tbs of cocoa butter over low heat in a double boiler or you can use my method of hanging a glass measuring cup over the edge of a large pot filled with water.

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You want a slow melt, so this may take about 20 minutes or so.

Situate your tubes so you can be ready to pour.

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When the mixture is melted and appears homogenous, add 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil and the contents of 3-4 vitamin E capsules. Stir and use the pipette to fill each tube.

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Let dry, cap, label, and enjoy!

 

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Homemade Soaps

Who knew that soap making is so much fun!  We did not attempt the cold-process method (yet) out of fear of working with lye but instead opted for the melt and pour method. So far, we have tried goats milk, olive oil, and shea butter and experimented with various recipes and scents such as dried lavender, oatmeal and honey, apple cinnamon, orange blossom and lemon zest, and red rose and thyme.  As soon as we receive our supplies, we are going to try our hands at a shampoo and shaving bar, body lotion, and lip balm too!

If you would like to try your hand at making soap at home and you are trying to be conscious of ingredients, I highly recommend finding a natural, vegetable-based melt and pour such as these:

http://www.brambleberry.com/MP-bases-C217.aspx

http://www.bulkapothecary.com/soap-making/melt-and-pour-soap-bases/goat-milk-sfic-all-natural-glycerin-melt-and-pour-soap-base/

http://www.bulkapothecary.com/soap-making/melt-and-pour-soap-bases/castile-sfic-all-natural-glycerin-melt-and-pour-soap-base/

http://www.bulkapothecary.com/soap-making/melt-and-pour-soap-bases/olive-oil-sfic-all-natural-glycerin-melt-and-pour-soap-base/

 

Here is a photo of the Goats Milk Oatmeal Honey, Olive Oil Orange Blossom and Lemon Zest, and Lavender.

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Each of the following recipes is for One 4oz bar of soap.

Goats Milk Oatmeal and Honey Soap:  This soap is great for winter skin, as it exfoliates, moisturizes, and nourishes.

  • Place 4 oz of melt and pour goats milk soap in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup and heat in 30 second increments until the soap is melted. (Most of the soaps come in either one big segmented block which is very easy to cut or in pre-cut 1oz cubes.)
  • Add 1/4 tsp of vitamin E oil (I used the contents of 4 gel caps)
  • Place 1/8 cup of rolled or steel-cut oats in a blender until finely chopped then add to the melt
  • Add 1 tsp honey
  • If you would like to add fragrance, add up to 5 drops of honey almond fragrance oil or 1 tsp sweet almond oil
  • Pour into the mold of your choice and allow to completely dry before removing

 

Lavender Olive Oil Soap: This soap has a beautiful fragrance that will calm and refresh.

  • Place 4 oz of melt and pour olive oil soap in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup and heat in 30 second increments until the soap is melted. (Most of the soaps come in either one big segmented block which is very easy to cut or in pre-cut 1oz cubes.)
  • Add about 2 Tbs of dried lavender to the melt ( recommend chopping it in a food processor or high-speed blender, because large pieces will scratch!)
  • Add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil, depending on how strong you like the fragrance
  • Pour into the mold of your choice and allow to completely dry before removing

Olive Oil Orange Blossom and Lemon Zest: This citrus-y soap is invigorating and refreshing. Great for a morning shower!

  • Place 4 oz of melt and pour olive oil soap in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup and heat in 30 second increments until the soap is melted. (Most of the soaps come in either one big segmented block which is very easy to cut or in pre-cut 1oz cubes.)
  • Add 2 tsp of dried orange blossom
  • Add 1tsp of lemon zest
  • Add a few drops of lemon essential oil, if you like a strong lemon fragrance
  • Pour into the mold of your choice and allow to completely dry before removing

 

Other great resources for finding essential oils, bases, supplies, dried herbs, fragrances, and colors are:

Bulk Apothecary

Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies

San Francisco Herb Company

New Directions Aromatics

 

 

 

 

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