Category Archives: Fast and Simple Gifts

Carpet Freshener

Finished Carpet Freshener
Finished Carpet Freshener

I love the holidays. I love visiting with family and I love entertaining. Though at the end of it all, I am ready to go back to my peaceful evenings and moderately clean house. The dishes are easy to tackle and the tile is a cinch to mop. That just leaves the carpet. The dreaded carpet.

 

Carpet seems to just hold onto odors like nothing else. At the end of the holidays, my house no longer smells like my house. My house’s FengShui is off. It smells like cigarette smoke, the Christmas puppy and pans of blackened bacon. (Let’s just say I had some cooking mishaps over the holidays.) I would dearly love to fling the doors and windows open and air out the house. The only way that it happening is if I never want to be warm again until July. So what am I left with? What about a home made carpet freshener! Come join me for this simple and greatly appreciated home restorer.

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Lavender Buds
Equipment
Scale
Spoon
Pipettes
12 oz Shaker Bottles

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
567 grams Baking Soda
14 grams Lavender Buds
Recipe in Ounces
20 oz Baking Soda
0.5 oz Lavender Buds
Recipe in Percentages
97% Baking Soda
3% Lavender Buds
Preparing to make carpet freshener
Preparing to make carpet freshener

Weigh both ingredients into a plastic bag. Give the bag a good shake to mix the carpet freshener. Crush the buds a little to release their odor. This size recipe will fit into two of our 12 oz Shaker Bottles. Pour into shaker bottles and you are ready to go!

To use the carpet freshener, lightly sprinkle over an area you want to freshen. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Vacuum the carpet freshener up. It is that simple!

Weighing materials
Weighing materials

Please note that this is not a carpet cleaner. It is only to help minimize undesirable odors and add a light, desirable scent.

If lavender is not your thing, try different botanicals. Peppermint adds a wonderful scent!

Taylor

 

Ready to mix lavender and baking soda
Ready to mix lavender and baking soda

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Carpet Freshener in Shaker Bottles
Finished Carpet Freshener in Shaker Bottles
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Just for Him – Lime Lip Balm

Finished Lip Balm... YUM!
Finished Lip Balm… YUM!

I love lip balms and I have made a lot of them. Not all have turned out the way I wanted but I have learned from them. I have also learned that personal preference is KEY! What I like is not the same as what my friends and family like. They can be completely opposite. Today I wanted to make some especially for men. In general, men like things that are firm, long lasting and don’t feel… dare I say oily?

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

This lip balm is perfect for men. It is very stiff. This lip balm will definitely pass the pocket test. It feels creamy during application but after application it feels like it isn’t going anywhere. This particular good for people who tend to work with intense focus. I can’t wait to try this lip balm during my various outdoor activities this summer.

Ingredients
Soy Wax
Candelilla Wax
Almond Butter
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Castor Oil
Shea Oil, Semi Solid
Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
Lime Essential Oil, Expressed
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Big Lip Balm Tubes

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
24 g Soy Wax
30 g Candelilla Wax
54 g Almond Butter
20 g Deodorized Cocoa Butter
30 g Castor Oil
30 g Shea Oil
10 g Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
2 g Lime Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.85 oz Soy Wax
1.06 oz Candelilla Wax
1.90 oz Almond Butter
0.71 oz Deodorized Cocoa Butter
1.06 oz Castor Oil
1.06 oz Shea Oil
0.35 oz Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
0.07 oz Lime Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
12% Soy Wax
15% Candelilla Wax
27% Almond Butter
10% Deodorized Cocoa Butter
15% Castor Oil
15% Shea Oil
5% Conditioning Emulsifying Wax
1% Lime Essential Oil

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Lime Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat in bursts until everything is almost completely melted. Remove from the microwave and stir until everything has completely melted. Add the Lime Essential Oil. Stir well. Pipette into containers or use one of our nifty filling trays! Label and enjoy.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Notes: I really liked this lip balm for days/activities where my hands get really dirty and I don’t want to be digging through my bag or pocket for a lip balm. It is really durable and I felt that it was almost 4 hours later when I was ready to reapply. That might be a record for me. Quick! Call Guinness World Records!

Adding Lime Essential Oil to hot lip balm
Adding Lime Essential Oil to hot lip balm

Teasing aside, I think this is a really great lip balm. Ladies and gentleman, I think we have a winner. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself!

 

Taylor

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Just for Her – Light Hair Conditioner

Finished Conditioner
Finished Conditioner

As a woman, one of the first things I do when getting ready for a date is tackle my hair. It is unruly and baby fine which means I can have a constant frizz if the humidity is high enough. If you know someone who faces trouble with their hair, consider this hair conditioner. It may save her 30 minutes which means you can get on your date sooner. She is worth it and so is your date night.

Weighing Aloe Powder
Weighing Aloe Powder

It is light and won’t make the hair heavy or greasy and it is packed with hair loving goodness. Give her the gift of gorgeous, soft hair. She will love it!

Ingredients
Water
Meadowfoam Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Hydrovance
Ivy Extract
Comfrey Extract
Horsetail Extract
Aloe Powder
Liquid Silk
Liquid Germall Plus
Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
304 grams Water
12 grams Meadowfoam Oil
40 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
16 grams Hydrovance
4 grams Ivy Extract
4 grams Comfrey Extract
4 grams Horsetail Extract
1 gram Aloe Powder
12 grams Liquid Silk
2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
1 gram Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
24.69 oz Water
0.42 oz Meadowfoam Oil
1.41 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.56 oz Hydrovance
0.14 oz Ivy Extract
0.14 oz Comfrey Extract
0.14 oz Horsetail Extract
0.04 oz Aloe Powder
0.42 oz Liquid Silk
0.07 oz Liquid Germall Plus
0.04  oz Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
76% Water
3% Meadowfoam Oil
10% Conditioning Emulsifier
4% Hydrovance
1% Ivy Extract
1% Comfrey Extract
1% Horsetail Extract
0.25% Aloe Powder
3% Liquid Silk
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Water Soluble materials
Adding Water Soluble materials

Weigh everything except the preservative, extracts and fragrance oil into a microwave safe container. We highly recommend that you add weigh your water soluble materials first. This helps insure the aloe powder dissolves without having to chase down every little clump. Heat the material gently until everything is liquid.

Weighing Water
Weighing Water

Using an immersion blender, mix everything well. Allow the mixture to cool. (Check on it every once in a while during the cooling stage. We don’t want it to separate.) Once the mixture is below 120º F, add the Liquid Germall Plus, extracts and fragrance oil. Mix well. Pour the mixture into containers and enjoy!

Adding Meadowfoam Oil
Adding Meadowfoam Oil

Notes: I love using this conditioner on my hair. It keeps my hair soft and shiny without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. I also don’t have any fly-aways. Bonus! I feel like I could be in one of those fancy hair commercials. Cue the music please!

Adding Conditioning Emulsifier
Adding Conditioning Emulsifier

All joking aside, this is a wonderful conditioner. I feel it is perfect for those with fine to mid-weight hair. I don’t know that it would suit anyone with thicker hair. Anyone willing to volunteer?

Taylor

 

Adding Extracts
Adding Extracts

P.S. I kept the amount of fragrance really low. The shower is an enclosed space and can intensify scents. I also didn’t want something so intensely scented, it would double as a perfume. It is light and subtle. Just enough to be there. Only people really, really close would be able to smell it. This allows layering of scents without dictating which ones you can use.

Mixing Conditioner
Mixing Conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance and Preservative
Adding Fragrance and Preservative
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Just for Her – Too Sweet Massage Oil

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Finished Massage Oil

We all deal with great gobs of chaos and it gets stressful. It is wonderful to get little reminders to take 5 minutes and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  This is something Andee and I talked about the other day. We were talking about little rituals we do that are tiny but give us the ability to go back to the chaos. Andee’s favorite ritual is to make herself a hot drink. Mine is to rub a creams and lotions into my hands. It is perfect because I can do it while on the phone or doing other projects. So in honor of all those who find touch soothing, let’s make a massage oil!

Ingredients
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Shea Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
100 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
56 grams Shea Oil
43.5 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
0.5 grams Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
1.98 oz Shea Oil
1.53 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.02 oz Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
50% Fractionated Coconut Oil
28% Shea Oil
21.75% Macadamia Nut Oil
0.25% Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil

 

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Weighing Oils

Weigh everything into a mixing container. Stir well. Pour into bottles. Label and enjoy!

Taylor

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Fragrance Oil
Adding Fragrance Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stirring Massage Oil until clear
Stirring Massage Oil until clear
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Just for Her – Glossy Lip Balm

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

Valentine’s Day is next month and I am so not ready. Valentine’s is when my friends, gals and guys alike, ask for help making personalized products for their special someone. The problem is my thoughts are scattered! Come join me as I settle my thoughts so we can create the perfect gift baskets together!

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

I wanted to start with things for the gals and the first product I wanted to make is lip balm. Why lip balm you ask? Lip balms are great because they help create soft, kissable lips and give a soft, gorgeous shine. Heads up guys! By the end of this week, you can give a gift that will make her swoon.

The lip balm is perfect. It has a fun, flirty flavor, superb texture and amazing shine. You must try it. If you hurry, you might get one in your next order. I am sending over 200 samples to the shipping department!

I also wanted a hint of color in this lip balm and none on the lips. No color on their collars!

 

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

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
17 g Candelilla Wax
15 g Carnauba Wax
36 g Mango Butter
26 g Deodorized Cocoa Butter
36 g Castor Oil
40 g Shea Oil, Semi Solid
24g Macadamia Nut Oil
2g Vitamin E Acetate
4 g Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Ounces
0.60 oz Candelilla Wax
0.53 oz Carnauba Wax
1.27 oz Mango Butter
0.92 oz Deodorized Cocoa Butter
1.27 oz Castor Oil
1.41 oz Shea Oil, Semi Solid
0.85 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
0.07 oz Vitamin E Acetate
0.14 oz Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
8.5% Candelilla Wax
7.5% Carnauba Wax
18% Mango Butter
13% Deodorized Cocoa Butter
18% Castor Oil
20% Shea Oil, Semi Solid
12% Macadamia Nut Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
2% Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil
Q.S. Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Vitamin E Acetate, Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil and Ruby Lip Balm Color into a microwave safe container. Heat in short spurts until everything is almost melted. Stir the lip balm until the waxes have fully melted. This method helps prevent super heating your lip balm.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Once everything has melted, add the Vitamin E Acetate and Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oil. If you want the finished lip balm to have a pink color, add a little of the Ruby Lip Balm Color. (I ran out of toothpicks so I used the tip of a clean thermometer. I guess I need to create a shopping list!) If you want to see what it looks like, try the plate test!

Taylor

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

 

 

 

 

 

Melting Lip Balm
Melting Lip Balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fully melted lip balm
Fully melted lip balm

 

 

 

 

 

Testing texture and color
Testing texture and color

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color
Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color
Adding Ruby Lip Balm Color

 

 

 

 

 

Testing Color
Testing Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding more color
Adding more color

 

 

 

 

 

Testing color again
Testing color again
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Stocking Stuffers – Chocolate Bacon Lip Balm

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

I love stuffing Christmas stockings with all kinds of goodies. Candies, trinkets and even really good gag gifts. However there are some years I am just lacking inspiration. Let’s call it creators block. This year, let me help you avoid creators block. Today we will be making Chocolate Bacon Lip Balm. Not only is it funny, it is useful! Be careful. You may have family members begging for more!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Though the flavor combination may sound strange, it has a very loyal following. If you want to try this recipe but don’t want Chocolate Bacon, choose from our large selection of lip balm flavor oils. This lip balm recipe is perfect for showcasing your favorite flavors. It is rich, creamy, smooth and so easy to make. If you can use a cake mix, you can make lip balm!

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Cherry Seed Oil
Peach Kernel Oil
Cocoa Butter
Beeswax
Avocado Butter
Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
44 grams Castor Oil
20 grams Cherry Seed Oil
20 grams Peach Kernel Oil
30 grams Cocoa Butter
40 grams Beeswax
40 grams Avocado Butter
6 grams Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Recipe in Ounces
1.55 oz Castor Oil
0.71 oz Cherry Seed Oil
0.71 oz Peach Kernel Oil
1.06 oz Cocoa Butter
1.41 oz Beeswax
1.41 oz Avocado Butter
0.21 oz Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Recipe in Percentages
22% Castor Oil
10% Cherry Seed Oil
10% Peach Kernel Oil
15% Cocoa Butter
20% Beeswax
20% Avocado Butter
3% Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh all of the fixed oils into a microwave safe container. If you are using the Chocolate Bacon Wax, add that now. If you are using a liquid flavor oil, do not add it until all of the oils are fully liquid. Heat the oils gently. Use 30-60 second bursts. This prevents you from super heating your oils. Super heated oils take a while to cool and can cause burns. Your safety is of the utmost importance. Once everything is melted and you have add your flavor oil, stir well.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I like to use a filling tray because they are simple and fast. I am particulary fond of this method when I will be making 50 or more tubes of lip balm. 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.

Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax

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. This method is great if you are planning on only doing a few lip balm tubes at a time.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Now stick it into your stockings! Happy holidays!

Taylor

 

 

Weighing Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
Weighing Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax
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Honey Citrus Tea Lip Balm

LemonsThe weather has been bitter cold of late. I dread having to get the mail or go shopping for groceries. This is a bone deep cold that makes the joints ache and the teeth chatter. My problem is that I have grown bored of my regular repertoire of hot drinks. I am sick of hot chocolate, weary of coffee, disinterested in tea and horror of horrors, uninspired when it comes to Chai lattes. So I have turned to my last option, Honey Citrus Tea.

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

Honey Citrus Tea actually has no tea in it. It is a mix of fresh lemons, clover honey and hot water. It is wonderful for soothing throats and making one feel at home. Sometimes, I even add some cinnamon or ginger for a change. It really spices things up. Come join me for this cozy tasting lip balm.

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Honey Flavor Oil
Lemon USA Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
286 g Soy Lip Solutions
2.8 g Honey Flavor Oil
1.4 g Lemon USA Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 lbs Soy Lip Solutions
0.1 oz Honey Flavor Oil
0.05 oz Lemon USA Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
98.5% Soy Lip Solutions
1% Honey Flavor Oil
0.5% Lemon USA 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. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Honey Flavor Oil and Lemon Essential 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.

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.

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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Apple Pie Lip Balm

ApplePieThanksgiving is just around the corner and I am so excited for our Thanksgiving feast. Every family has something that just shines at the dinner table. Some families have glorious golden stuffing while others have the creamiest potatoes. My family specializes in pie. Pumpkin pie, banana cream pie, pecan pie, blueberry pie and apple pie. We can have pies taking up one entire table! My three favorites are classic pumpkin pie, caramelized pecan pie and crisp apple pie. Yum!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

This lip balm is inspired by my family’s apple pie. I’ll even see if I can share our recipe just in time for Thanksgiving. It is fabulous and have some secret ingredients that you may not expect but allow the bright flavor of fresh apples to shine through. In the mean time, let’s play around this making an apple pie lip balm!

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. 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

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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Sparkling Apple Juice Lip Balm

Sparkling Juice
Sparkling Juice

‘Tis the season of sparkling juices with fancy labels packaged in green wine bottles. I remember seeing these as a little girl while shopping with my mother. I loved the look of all of the beautiful bottles, expertly stacked to dizzying heights. I even remember the rare occasion when my parents would buy a bottle.  I remember thinking my little green Tupperware® cup had never held something that tasted so good. (To this day, sparkling juices taste better in Tupperware®.)

Lip Balm Solution
Lip Balm Solution

This lip balm is a lot of fun because you are not limited to just apple. Try making one with Black Cherry, Peach, Grape, Orange or even Blackberry Pomegranate Flavor Oils! Even add a little bit of cinnamon for a sparkling cider twist! Join me for a tasty lip balm!

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Champagne Flavor Oil
Green Apple Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
286 g Soy Lip Solutions
6 g Champagne Flavor Oil
3 g Green Apple Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 lbs Soy Lip Solutions
0.2 oz Champagne Flavor Oil
0.1 oz Green Apple Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
97.9% Soy Lip Solutions
2% Champagne Flavor Oil
1% Green Apple Flavor 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. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Green Apple Flavor Oil and Champagne Flavor Oil. Stir well.

Pouring Lip Solutions into filling tray
Pouring Lip Solutions into 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 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.

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! Happy holidays!

Taylor

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Spiced Apple Cider Lip Balm

Hot Apple Cider
Hot Apple Cider

We have had a bout of bitter cold weather. I am miserable. My joints ache and I feel as if I can never get warm enough. When the weather gets like this, my drink of choice is Spiced Apple Cider. It is homey, it is sweet and most importantly, it is hot. Today we get to make a lip balm that tastes just like spiced apple cider. Yum! Join me. We can giggle in the kitchen and have a great time.

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm
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

 

Collected Ingredients
Collected Ingredients

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. 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.

Adding Flavors
Adding Flavors

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.

Mixing Flavors into Lip Balm
Mixing Flavors into 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.) Allow the tubes to cool and cap.

Pouring into filling tray
Pouring into filling tray

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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