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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?

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..

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