Simple body product recipes

Rose Petal Lip Balm

 

It is hard not to want to make all your recipes with rose petals now that they are in bloom in everyone’s garden. After enjoying my rose and olive castile soap I decided to put rose petal infused olive oil in a lip balm recipe. I have read that shea butter and raspberry seed oil have nice sun protection factor or SPF so it seemed like a good idea to include it into my recipe but I still recommend wearing a nice floppy hat on a hot sunny day.

Here is my recipe…. I made it on the soft side because my daughter said she prefers a softer balm.

Rose Petal Lip Balm

22 grams beeswax

16 grams cocoa butter

16 grams aloe butter

20 grams of shea butter

12 grams of raspberry seed oil

6 grams of apricot kernel oil

4 grams or less vitamin E oil

20 grams of rose petal infused olive oil

This is a very simple and straight forward recipe after you have made your rose petal infused oil. First measure all of your ingredients on your scale. I like to weigh everything in grams. Melt the beeswax in pourable Pyrex large glass measuring cup set in a double boiler. I poured in some of the liquid oils at this point.

I set the measuring cup on a metal trivet in the bottom of my large pot of boiling water. If you have a microwave please use it in short intervals only as you do not want to overheat the beeswax. Heat one minute, stir, heat 40 seconds, etc.

After the beeswax is melted, add the cocoa butter and aloe butter and the last of the liquid oils except for the vitamin E oil. I stir in the shea butter last. Add your vitamin E oil at the very end so it doesn’t evaporate out. Stir well. Quickly pour your melted mixture into what ever containers you like. I happened to have some oval tubes. I also have this handy dandy lip balm holder that saves a lot of time and energy. But if you don’t have one just use a large elastic band to keep your tubes upright as you are filling them.

 

I really had fun making up these pretty labels on Publisher. I then sent them to my local printer to have them done up on some sticky label paper.

Next time I would like to use SKS packaging’s small cardboard tubes.

See link below to marvel at them.

https://www.sks-bottle.com/340c/fin8x.html

I thought I would leave this batch unflavoured because I find the flavouring often makes your lips chapped, which is not what I am going for. I thought it might be fun to infuse the batch with a single strand of a real vanilla bean. It smells wonderful but I should have infused the oils longer because I can’t taste the vanilla at all. I also decided not to add any sweetener like honey because I have trouble mixing it into the melted butters and oils. But please do experiment.

These lip balms are pure moisture. The oils and butters feel like you have rose petals kissing your lips.

Enjoy.

(How to clean up afterwards)

I suggest that you heat the glass Pyrex glass up again on the stove and then wipe it out with a paper towel to get the greasy parts off. I  then add a splash of white vinegar and let it sit for a bit before washing with hot soapy water.

 

 

 

Simple body product recipes

Tattoo & Body Balm Recipe

My whole family has tattoos. There are fishbones dancing around my husband’s freckled arm, jellyfish tentacles snaking down my youngest’s arm and a tiny wave and black ink whale on my other daughter’s body. So of course I had to make up a natural recipe to keep their skin pliable and moisturized and also to buff up the ink to keep it sharp looking.

I decided to use one of my favourite oils for moisturizing… apricot kernel oil. I also decided to try a new one, raspberry seed oil that is high in sun protection factor or SPF. To add a bit more SPF value I put in a heaping tablespoon of fragrant green tea botanical extract.

I used to make an eczema salve I called ugly butter that was high in shea butter that was well loved. It also had kukui nut oil in it which is quite pricey so I quit making it but I decided to take the high shea butter part of the beloved ugly butter recipe and go from there. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to put beeswax in a tattoo balm recipe as it would add a layer of waxiness. But after reading up on the plethora of information on the internet, I agree that it is a preferable ingredient to use instead of anything petroleum based.

Beeswax is great for trapping moisture into the skin, and these three high quality butters; aloe, mango and shea butter are wonderful additions to this balm to keep the skin firm.

Remember to sample a bit of this salve on your body first. Each person’s skin will react to anything, even Lavender essential oil can cause allergies in some people. I don’t add any preservatives because I make these in very small batches. These should last at least six months or longer if you keep them in the refridgerator.

 

Tattoo & Body Balm

112 grams beeswax

100 grams shea butter

70 grams aloe butter

56 grams mango butter

100 grams apricot kernel oil

96 grams raspberry seed oil

dollop of vit e oil

6-10 grams of Helichrysum oil in jojoba oil

few drops of lavender essential oil ( I used single Bulgarian, my favourite)

a heaping tablespoon of green tea botanical extract stirred in well at the end.

Botanical Name: Camellia sinensis

Directions: In a glass double boiler melt the beeswax and mango butter.

After the beeswax is completely melted, slowly pour in the liquid oils and then then stir in the shea butter. When everything is melted put a dollop of vitamin e oil and stir well. Sprinkle in the heaping tablespoon of green tea powder. Oh it smells so sweet! Stir in the essential oils at the very end so they don’t evaporate completely out of your balm. Pour into your containers of choice.

Let cool before putting on the lids. That’s it, you’re done. Time to make dinner or water the garden.

I first tried to make this like a whipped butter. If you want to make a whipped butter please look up my whipped butter recipe, the ones with the Go Go’s album cover on it. The mistake I made in this batch was that I didn’t melt the beeswax enough so I remelted everything, growing weary of waiting for it to cool down and then to whip etc. so I just poured it into my tins like a regular salve recipe which worked out just fine. Sometimes it is tricky to work with a lot of shea butter, as it can get grainy, but this recipe glides across the skin wonderfully, so if you are trying this recipe, you can go either way, it is up to you. I am always in a rush, too many things on my to do list so waiting around for a whipped balm in the freezer is not what I am always inspired to do.

My family loves this balm and I admit I saved a bit for my hands after doing a pile of dishes that we always seem to have clogging up the counters.

 

Happy balming everyone.

Even if I don’t have a tattoo if I listen to this song when I am driving down the winding roads of Gabriola, dodging wild turkeys, baby deer on bouncing legs, and seniors cycling by in all their fancy bicycling gear, I feel pretty cool, even without a tattoo. And I feel like I almost, just might get a tattoo. At least I have a balm for it now.

Click the link below for Youtube playing The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J2QdDbelmY