Category Archives: Fast and Simple Gifts

Her Valentine Berry Lip Gloss

Waiting for Finished Lip Balm to cool
Waiting for Finished Lip Balm to cool

Looking for one last bit of Valentine’s Day inspiration? Today I will be sharing the perfect lip gloss made just for her. Come join me for a sweet, creamy and lightly pink colored gloss!

Ingredients
Candelilla Wax
Carnauba Wax
Mango Butter
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Castor Oil
Shea Oil, Semi Solid
Macadamia Nut Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Ruby Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Slim Stick Lip Balm Tubes

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His Valentine’s Day Shower Tablets

Finished Shower Tablet
Finished Shower Tablet

Valentine’s Day is almost here and we are running out of time. Today I wanted to share a quick and easy gift that you can claim you slaved over for days when you were actually able to get them done in 30 minutes. Go ahead and exaggerate. I won’t tell.

These shower tablets are the perfect thing to freshen and perk him up in the morning without requiring a drastic change to his routine or an additional product to use. I don’t know about you but most men I know are 1 or 2 product guys. They like simple and easy.

Weighing Dry Ingrdients
Weighing Dry Ingredients

Shower tablets are perfect because you can just toss them onto the shower floor and continue with your routine as usual. The essential oils will be released as the tablet get wet, waking him up and preparing him for his day.

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Citric Acid
Cornstarch
Peppermint Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Distilled Water in a spray bottle
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Sweet and Sassy Punch Party Room Spray

I love this sassy skunk! Everyone likes to smell good!
I love this sassy skunk! Everyone likes to smell good!

It is a new year and I am loving it! While I didn’t exactly make resolutions, I did make some goals and some plans for the new year. In the spirit of fresh starts, I wanted to make a new room spray for my home. I wanted something fun, fresh, sweet and just a little sassy. Prepare to have your socks knocked off. This room spray is fast and simple. How simple you ask? Just two ingredients simple!

Remember that using this room spray over hard surface floors may make them slippery. When over a hard surface, spray lightly. It is better to spray again in 15 minutes if you want more scent than to create possibly hazardous floors. Just keep that in mind and you shall be fine!

Ingredients
Cyclomethicone
Punch Party Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Easy Breezy Room Sprays

Fragrance Samples!
It is easier than ever to make a room spray or body splash!

It is always nice to have plenty of stocking stuffers on hand but sometimes you only have so much time on hand to makes those stocking stuffers happen. Room and body sprays just happen to be ultra simple to make. I love how I can make 64 or more room sprays in less than 30 minutes. Let me share my little secret!

Remember that using this room spray over hard surface floors may make them slippery.  Just keep that in mind and you shall be fine!

Ingredients
Cyclomethicone
Wild Mint & Ivy Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Simply Peppermint Lip Balm

Gorgeous Label Designed By Our Graphics Department
Gorgeous Label Designed By Our Graphics Department

We have featured a number of peppermint flavored lip balms but when I went looking, I was shocked to discover that we didn’t have a simple peppermint lip balm. It has always been Cocoa Mint, Vanilla Mint and even Peppermint Toffee Bark! I was stunned to find that such a staple recipe was missing from our recipe collection. Today I want to remedy that.

Capped Lip Balm Tubes.
Capped Lip Balm Tubes.

While today I want the only flavor to be peppermint, I wanted to add little sweetener to the mix. I think the sweetener makes the peppermint more delightful and gives it some oomph to the peppermint taste.

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Shea Lip Solutions
Peppermint Essential Oil
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Equipment
Spoon
Lip Balm Tubes
Lip Balm Filling Tray
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
10.08 ounces Shea Lip Solutions
.05 ounces Peppermint Essential Oil
.1 ounces Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Grams
285 grams Shea Lip Solutions
1.42 grams Peppermint Essential Oil
2.84 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
97.5% Shea Lip Solutions
.5% Peppermint Essential Oil
1% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil

 

Melted Lip Solution
Melted Lip Solution

Heat the Shea Lip Solutions Base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Sugar Baby Flavor Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil. Stir well.

 

Using my highly technical temperature indicator to check to see if the lip balm is ready to be poured.
Adding Flavor

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are a simple and fast method of filling a lot of tubes at one time. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Filled Lip balm Tray
Filled Lip balm Tray

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of lip solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool and cap.

Cooled tray scraped off with a plastic putty knife.
Cooled tray scraped off with a plastic putty knife.

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! I think one will have a permanent home in my pocket this winter season. Happy holidays!

 

Taylor

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15 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Maya AngelouAs a little girl, I never could have imagined all the preparation that goes into Christmas. There are gifts to prepare, decorations waiting to be hung and gingerbread houses waiting to be made. While there are only 15 days left until Christmas and many preparations waiting to be made, I just wanted to remind you, dear reader, that there are many things that make the holidays special.

While gifts are often appreciated and enjoyed, sending a handwritten note can be just as special. See if you can share a hot drink with those important to you. As the temperatures drop, chatting over steaming mugs can be more special than anything else you can do. I personally have only a few gifts I remember as a little girl. But I do remember planning for Christmas breakfast. I remember my father walking over to the Christmas tree, reaching deep inside the branches and removing an errant kitten. I remember my mother bringing home a large box of oranges, their pebbly skins enticingly fragrant.

Some of my favorite quotes can be applied to family. In the movie “Lilo and Stitch” there is a line where they say “Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” My other favorite quote is by Maya Angelou and is a good reminder that the gifts of time and knowledge are the greatest things you can bestow on another individual. “I’ve learned that people forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people never forget how you made them feel.” That is a powerful statement and also very true.

If the impending holiday has you stressed and worried, don’t worry. As we say around here, fake it ’till you make it. If you need help making a lotion, lip balm or salve with the materials you have on hand, let us know. We would be glad to be of assistance.

Taylor

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Christmas Gift Baskets

Gift BasketI love Christmas. I love the snow, gingerbread cookies and most of all presents. I love giving and receiving gifts. I love the pretty paper and bows and ribbon. I love the look on the faces of the recipients when they open up a box and in my humble opinion, there is nothing better than something handmade because it tells them just how important they are to me.

Now some of you are probably rolling your eyes and saying, “That sounds great but it just isn’t practical because I have no time!” If I may, allow me to pause right there. We all wish we had at least one more hour in the day, especially when the holidays are fast approaching. But there are options that are fast, speedy and look stunning!

Let me share a few of my holiday favorites with you.

Room Sprays with the Spray Clear Emulsifier
Rhonda’s Lanolin Butter
Apple Pie Lip Balm
Apricot Liquid Soap

Check out our Quick Christmas Gift Ideas or Fast and Simple Gifts for more ideas and inspiration. We also have plenty of ready made lotions, lip balms, soaps and more! Don’t forget, we can also help you formulate with what you already have in your cupboard. Contact us or leave us a comment and we will help!

Taylor

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Mulled Apple Cider Lip Balm

Hot Apple Cider
Hot Apple Cider

Every family with children knows that kids can have some hilarious one liners and mixed up words.  I was definitely one of those children. I have always had an affinity for books and as a child some of my holiday favorites were Little Women, Hans Brinker and Eight Cousins. All of these books were written long ago and have different vocabulary than modern literature. I remember stopping my mother in the kitchen and asking her if we could make muled cider. That little question made her laugh until she had tears in her eyes. That was when I learned it was mulled not muled.

Collected Ingredients
Collected Ingredients

While it isn’t often my family made spiced apple cider, I love starting a pot of cider on the stove. I can then make my mother laugh about the silly things us kids used to say while we watch leaves swirl across the lawn and the pot of cider steam. I am hoping we will be able to make some mulled apple cider this Thanksgiving but I also wanted to send everyone home with this particular family memory. Today we are going to make a mulled apple cider lip balm! While the lip balm won’t be hot, it certainly will be just as spectacular!

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Green Apple Flavor Oil
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
285 grams Soy Lip Solutions
5.5 g Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.5 g Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 lbs Soy Lip Solutions
0.2 oz Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.02 oz Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
97.8% Soy Lip Solutions
2% Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.2% Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

 

Adding Flavors
Adding Flavors

Start with the lip solution base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite. You can even create your own! Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Green Apple Flavor Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil. Stir well.

Gently flooding the lip balm filling tray
Gently flooding the lip balm filling tray

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are a simple and fast method of filling a lot of tubes at one time. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Scraping Excess Off
Scraping Excess Off

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of lip solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool and cap.

Finished Lip Balm. YUM!
Finished Lip Balm. YUMMY!

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! I think one will have a permanent home in my pocket this winter season. Happy holidays!

Taylor

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Scented Wax Figurines – An Elegant Way to Scent Your Home

Finished Wax Figurines
Finished Wax Figurines Aren’t they cute?!

Yesterday I shared how to make wax tarts. They are so simple and easy to do. However not everyone can or is comfortable using wax melters. Dormitories and apartments often have a ban on candles and melters. Not to worry! You can still scent your living space using a wax figurine. They are such an elegant way to softly scent your home.

Weighing Soy Wax
Weighing Soy Wax

I really like scented wax figurines because they not only add fragrance but can also add decor. If the wax figures are not producing much scent, place them by a window or heater vent. They will release more fragrance. It is also important to remember to place these wax figures on a pedestal where they can’t damage your furniture. You can even recycle and reuse something like an old pickle jar to layer these cute little figurines in! It looks great and smells awesome.

Ingredients
Soy Wax
Carnauba Wax
Mineral Oil
Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
Mulberry Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Creating Your Own Wax Tart Melts!

Finished Wax Tarts
Finished Wax Tarts

Thanksgiving is almost here and I am so excited. For me, Thanksgiving is a sign of the holidays. It means that I will soon be living in a winter wonderland with music piping out of the old radio and a plethora of steaming tea, coffee or hot chocolate waiting to be drunk. Thanksgiving also means decorating for Christmas. My favorite part is decorating the tree. When I am finished, its branches have transformed from bare to bedecked grandeur. The tree is draped in garlands, dripping with tinsel and sparkling with lights. It is a sight to see.

Weighing Soy Wax
Weighing Soy Wax

I love decorating for the holidays. Traditionally I have tucked scented sachet cards into nooks and crannies to scent my home for the holidays. While it is fun and certainly works well, I have a beautiful wax melter that I have been wanting to use. This year I thought it would be fun to make wax tarts to use in my wax melter!

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

One thing I found during my testing is that there are hundreds of wax melters out there and not one is alike. They are as different and as unique as the humans that own them. They can be heated by a light bulb, tea light or heating element. They can heat from the top or from the bottom. Some wax melters can get very hot and others just stay warm. This wax tart recipe will melt in the cooler wax melters but rather than melting clear, it takes on a beautiful, slightly milky appearance.

Weighing Castor Oil
Weighing Castor Oil

Remember that wax melters can get hot and can present a fire hazard. They are not all that different from candles. They should be supervised and not left on when you are absent. Larger wax melters that are designed for large candles that heat from the bottom should be avoided. These can cause a wax bomb, leaving you with wax and glass everwhere. If you want to heat a large candle, I recommend a top heater. They are much safer. To read more about wax bombs, check out this blog post. Andee has great insight into the dos and don’ts of candles.

Ingredients
Soy Wax
Candelilla Wax
Castor Oil
Mineral Oil
Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Brown Sugar and Spice Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Creating A Simple and Yummy Apple Pie Lip Balm

A Slice Of Apple Pie On A Plate ,Close Up
Inspired By A Slice Of Apple Pie

Thanksgiving is in just three weeks and I am so excited. I have dug out recipes for family favorites such as soft, puffy rolls; tart cranberry jelly; sweet potato bake crusted with brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans; and of course the traditional pies such as pumpkin, pecan and apple. I promise that no one leaves my table without having found something that tickles their taste buds and fills their tummy.

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

This lip balm is inspired by the requisite apple pie that graces most Thanksgiving tables. I was looking for a flavor that had crisp green apples, sweet caramelized sugar and indulgent cinnamon. This lip balm is perfect! You  might swear you had a slice of pie right in front of you!

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
Green Apple Flavor Oil
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
285 g Soy Lip Solutions
1.4 g Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
2.8 g Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.3 g Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 oz Soy Lip Solutions
.05 oz Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
0.1 oz Green Apple Flavor Oil
.01 oz Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
98.4% Soy Lip Solutions
0.5% Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
1% Green Apple Flavor Oil
0.1% Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

 

Adding Flavor Oils
Adding Flavor Oils

Start with the lip solution base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite or make your own. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Green Apple Flavor Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil and Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil. Stir well.

Filling Lip Balm Tray
Filling Lip Balm Tray

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are simple and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Cooled Lip Balm
Cooled Lip Balm

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of Lip Solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! Happy holidays!

Taylor

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Simple Solid Perfume – Making Fragrance Alluring and Transportable

Gathered Ingredients
Gathered Ingredients

I just got my hands on the fabulous fragrance oil Just For You and I thought it would be great in a solid perfume. This fantastic fragrance reminds me of spring and fresh flowers. Making a solid perfume is an excellent way to enjoy your favorite fragrances. They are so simple to create and they are great for when you want to freshen up on the go. Just for You fragrance oil is a superb blend of  flourishing peonies, exquisite lilacs,  budding roses, delicate violets and alluring gardenia buds. Let’s gather up some supplies and I will share with you an easy way to make your own amazing solid perfumes to go. Are you ready?

 

Ingredients
Shea Butter Lip Solution
Beeswax
Fragrance Oil
Containers – Daisy Butter Pots
Equipment
Scale
Pipettes

 

Recipe:
1 – .63 lb jar Shea Butter Lip Solutions
1 oz Beeswax
1/2 oz Just for You Fragrance Oil

Directions:

Weighing out beeswax
Weighing out beeswax

After gathering all the ingredients together, weigh out 1 oz of Beeswax and add to the full jar of Shea Butter Lip Solutions. This jar will go into the microwave until melted; use short bursts of 20-30 seconds at a time in the microwave until beeswax and lip solutions are almost fully melted and can be stirred together. Once everything is liquid, add half of a one ounce bottle of Just for You Fragrance Oil. (If you will be using a different fragrance, please check appropriate usage rates that are allowed for that fragrance. Your safety is so important. If you need help calculating usage rates, please let us know! We are here to help!)

Stir until completely combined and using a pipette transfer the melted product into containers. I’m using the Daisey Pots. They are so cute that they are perfect for in your purse or even on your vanity. Your solid perfume can be applied directly to your pulse points. I love how a solid perfume keeps the scent close to my skin, giving it greater allure. What an easy way to enjoy your favorite fragrance!

Adding beeswax to lip solution
Adding beeswax to lip solution

As you may tell in the photos, I filled several pots. I have plenty to share! These samples will be going out in orders soon so if you would like to sample this new fragrance then let us know in the notes section of your next order. Hurry before they are all gone!

Enjoy!

Tonya

Adding fragrance to solution
Adding fragrance to solution
Filling daisy pots
Filling daisy pots
Cooling filled pots
Cooling filled pots
Finished samples
Finished samples
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