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a rose by any other name


I’ve always made home-made lip balms and tints.
I actually forgot all about this, but my sister in law recently pointed it out to me after I presented her with one of my newer, from-scratch concoctions.
“Remember when you used to make the Chapstick & Leftover Lipstick’s for me”? OMG- yes!

I now know that lip balm is not that difficult to make, just some
lovely hard & soft oils and Beeswax,
melted together at the right proportions.
But back then, I had no idea and was just trying to get a little more bang for my buck.
Irregardless, I had a super-easy system for great lip product
re-furbs, that anyone can do.

When I was young, and didn’t have much money, I resented the fact that there
was so much lipstick left at the bottom of those $9.00 tubes when it was all ‘finished’. Back then, I preferred lipstick over the clear balm I favor now.

I would scrape out the leftover lipstick with a knife and put that into a
plastic medicine cup. Then I would scrape out my half used
Chapstick out of the container and add that to the medicine cup.
Microwave the contents until they were liquified, and stir it up well.
Pour it into the emptied Chapstick container, let it cool, and viola;
a full size moisturizing lip-tint in the perfect shade!
Rose Bud Mouth Beeswax Lip-Balm:
Apricot Kernel Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil,
Sunflower Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Vitamin E, Rose Flavor Oil & Lip Safe Mica Colorant

I adore Rose Lip Balm!
There’s something so luxurious about the scent of roses in a lip product.

I am spoiled by the lip balms that I make today,
and reach for them over anything else.
I don’t say that to boast, but the fact is that when you make them yourself,
you can tweak them to precisely how you like them best!

I love Coconut Oil in my balms. It’s got a delicious slickness that’s perfect for the lips,
and fights signs of weathering and aging.  Even straight out of the container,
Coconut Oil provides a protective barrier and feels great on chapped lips.


For my next batch, I’m going to be playing with some color.
Not full-on lipstick color, just some nice, sheer mica tints.
Reminds me of the good old days.

Did you ever make your own home-made bath & body
concoctions or cosmetics?

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soap-pie

Oh, me, oh my, I really want to make a soap pie!
It looks like a beautiful pie, but it’s soap, how cool its that?

A true, round soap-pie, that my family will want to eat, and then be sadly disappointed when they come to realize that it’s not ‘real’.
Then I will know, my job here is done. Muwahaha..

Of course, you have to get your confidence up to make a soap pie,
so I’ve been practicing:
Pumpkin Pie Bars:
Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Water, Pumpkin Puree, Sodium Hydroxide,
Avocado Oil, Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Sodium Lactate, Titanium Dioxide,
Fragrance Oil, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove & Oo La La Soap Glitter

And I have other questions. There’s the detail of cutting the thing. And packaging.
Will people want to use pie-slice shaped soap to wash with in the shower?
Does the pie slice ever even make it there?
Or just sit prettily on display for years to come?
I’ve considered these things, and still, I really need to try one.

I hear it time and time again, “I can’t use your soap, it’s too pretty!”,
to which I sincerely reply, “It’s ok, I’ll make you more!”

The thing is, hand-crafted soap can, indeed, be quite beautiful.
So beautiful in fact, that those of us who like to make it
refer to the photos as Soap Porn..and it can be addicting.

But I’m going to let you in on a little secret; beauty is not it’s best feature.

In my opinion,
(and I’d wager my precious supply funds
that my fellow soap-making friends would agree with me)
the best part of hand-crafted soap is the quality of the ingredients,
the luxurious feel of the soap as you use it, and the way your skin feels afterwards.

Try it once, and you will immediately feel the difference between it and commercial.
Hand-made soap is insanely popular on Etsy.
People are so impressively creative, you can find something to satisfy any taste.

So go ahead and do it, unwrap the pretty package.
Use The Soap!
I promise, it’s going to be more than ok 😉

sweet little thang

Forgive me, It’s been seven days since my last confession.
I’ve been sort of obsessed with sugar scrubs lately. Well, ok, completely obsessed.
I’ve been meaning to try a lip scrub, but have not had time to sit and formulate, so I started looking for a recipe online, just to get a quick fix.
Not surprisingly, I found a great one from The Soap Queen.
The recipe was simple, although I would not recommend mixing in your sugar while the butter and oils are hot enough to be liquid; I melted sugar that way. Also, when I tried to pour it into my pots, the sugar fell to the bottom of the mixture. I should have known better, emulsified sugar body scrubs are made in a similar way, with the addition of a few more ingredients.
No worries, though. I scooped the scrub out of my pots, all partially liquid, and waited for it to cool and solidify a bit. I added a bit more sugar, and then
glopped it back into my cute little pots.
Much better! The sugar stayed suspended, and upon standing, it all firmed up nicely. Similar to canned cake frosting. Yum.

Verdict: LOVE! My sweet & scrubby tendencies continue to grow deeper.
This is definitely something I’d make again. The scrub made my lips feel very soft and moisturized, without the application of additional lip balm.
The oils & butter used for this are extremely emollient, plus non- (or very low) comedogenic. The only exception to this is the coconut oil, which, at only a minute amount, is used to suspend the natural stevia sweetener.

Normally, I don’t use a sweetener in my lip balms, but I thought it would be nice for the lip-scrubs, since you really can’t avoid tasting them a bit,
and they taste really good!
I liked the sweetness so much, I may add the Stevia to my next batch of lip balms.
This may call for a larger variety of flavor oils.
I’d better get on that..

nicely aged monkey farts.

My Sea Salt soap, or ‘Spa Bar’ that is.
Although it’s got a funny name, I love this fragrance! It’s  juicy, fresh and summery.

After a nice afternoon at the beach you feel rejuvenated, energized, maybe even healthier; but why? One reason is that the sea salt you are swimming in is full of great minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium, and potassium, among others.
I poured these big, 6+ ounce, mineral-rich, sea salty bars back in May, so they are cured for two months as of right now. Salt soaps only get better with age,
so the longer they cure, the more divine they become.
I had never even heard of Salt Soap or Spa Bars before I started making soap at home. Now, it’s my favorite kind of soap. I love to make it and I love to use it.
My showers are longer these days, but I conserve in other areas, I swear that I do..
Salt soap makes you feel extra clean, it lasts and lasts, and as an added bonus, never gets gooey in the soap dish!
Ye old saltydog speaks the truth.

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