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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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! I think one will have a permanent home in my pocket this winter season. Happy holidays!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
1 – .63 lb jar Shea Butter Lip Solutions
1 oz Beeswax
1/2 oz Just for You Fragrance Oil
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!
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!
Spending time with my girlfriends is always a treat. Some days it reminds me of high school sleep overs with all the magazines, bubble gum and music. While the magazines have changed and the bubble gum has been replaced, Girls Night is still fun. During my last Girls Night, we got started talking about makeup and cosmetics. We discussed which brands we love, which things we would get if we could ignore the budget and how makeup is so different from even five years ago.
One product that came up during our discussion was facial oils. I must admit, the term facial oil was a bit of a mystery to me. So off I went to my local beauty supply store. It turns out facial oils are typically used once or twice a day after you cleanse your skin but before you apply your traditional moisturizer or foundation. I did get to try some while in the store and while I did find some that I really liked, I found many to be cost prohibitive. Today I wanted to make a own facial oil while staying true to the DIY craft and to a budget. Come join me!
Two days ago I told you about my lost recipe. I am so glad I found it but before I found that recipe, I tried desperately to recreate it from my memory. It was a great memory exercise and while I got impressively close, I still ended up with a very different product.
I wanted to share today’s recipe because it is amazing in its own right. Today’s recipe is perfect as a daily hand salve, cuticle cream and it even makes a spectacular body butter. Oo-la-la!
I am ultra happy with this recipe. I used a little on a scrape that I have on my arm. The skin is able to move and flex rather than breaking open on me. Yay! I plan on keeping a jar in my purse for the duration of winter!
Today I will be featuring the salve recipe that I told you all about yesterday. When I was first formulating this recipe, I really wanted to make something that would help the skin retain its moisture and yet would be ultra gentle to apply on the skin. I was thinking of something that would be solid in a jar yet pliable. This salve even doubles as a fabulous body butter.
One of the integral ingredients for this recipe is the High Melt Point Shea Butter. High Melt Point Shea Butter is what gives this recipe the wonderful creaminess and what keeps it solid in the jar. The Shea Butter also helps keep the salve on your skin, not on everything else!
I also used Rose Hip Oil. Rose Hip Oil is perfect in recipes that need just a little TLC. Whether you choose to use this on rough heels, dry elbows or even cuticles, you know you have Rose Hip on your team. I really like Rose Hip Oil because it does wonders for the skin all without feeling overly greasy or heavy.
Next I added some Meadowfoam Oil. Meadowfoam is spectacular at moisturizing the skin. By keeping the skin soft, it increases the elasticity of our skin. Meadowfoam is an awesome oil that I adore! It even adds a beautiful yellow color to the finished salve.
Finally I used Emu Oil. Emu Oil is an incredible exotic oil. It also has a long list of rumored benefits. While I do not know if any of these claims have been substantiated by scientific testing, it still is a great oil to use.
I love citrus scented lotions and soaps. There is just something about lemon scented things that turn a gloomy day into a cheerful one. I don’t think I can be sad when smelling or eating lemons! Last week, I was making lemonade and the rejuvenating scent of lemons got me thinking about making a lemon scented lotion for my purse.
I decided to use our Body Milk Base. The Body Milk is a great base product that is simple and easy to make into your own product. I adore the Body Milk because it is light weight and feels great. You can make a small 1 oz. jar and toss it into your handbag to take with you wherever you go. I also like using our 1 oz Cylinder Bottles with a pump. It dispenses small amounts of Body Milk and suddenly I feel pampered!
Pour 1 oz of fragrance into the gallon jug of Body Milk. Close the jug and shake well. I added a little of our Lemon Yellow colorant to make a soft yellow cream. Package the Body Milk into jars or bottles. So simple and easy to do.
I’m sending samples to the Shipping Department for you to try. Enjoy!
One of the newest fragrances in our catalog has our team worked up into a frenzy. We love it because there is nothing wrong with smelling like a working man. Meet Lumberjack! Lumberjack is a tempting scent with hints of woods, moss, musk and more. I think it is the perfect clean man scent and makes us ladies go weak in the knees.
Since I wanted to share a Lumberjack scented cream with you, I decided to mix the Lumberjack Fragrance Oil with a gallon of Head to Toe Cream.
Pour 1 oz of fragrance into the gallon bucket of Head to Toe Cream. Stir well. I added a little of our Ocean Blue colorant to make a soft green cream.
Transfer the mixed cream to a bag so you can pipe it into jars. Remember to cut a smaller hole at first. You can always cut a larger one if you need to do so. You can’t go back and make a smaller hole. Cap, label and enjoy!
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