It's been a while since I made any homemade cosmetics/toiletries using the stash of ingredients I bought a couple of months ago. I had every intention of making some things over the summer holidays, but as with many good intentions, they don't always materialise into action.
This week, however, inspired by Nina from Shalom Mama and her free ebook on Natural Gift Ideas, after downloading it, I couldn't wait to try out one of her recipes and it was probably one of the simplest recipes I've found yet.
I did deviate from the amounts used in Nina's recipe, as I wanted just one or two pots and not 8, to try it out, so I just used a teaspoon of coconut oil, a teaspoon of beeswax pellets and 5 or 6 drops of peppermint essential oil.
The coconut oil and beeswax were melted over a bain marie and then once taken off the heat, the essential oil was added to the mixture and then everything was mixed together before being poured into some little pots I had kept from some natural beauty product samples, and left to set. The whole process probably took just 10 minutes. Here's the result.
Two small pots of peppermint lip balm that feels wonderfully tingly on the lips. Couldn't be simpler. I'm seriously thinking of making some of these as gifts this Christmas.
I think my efforts must have spurred on LB too, as when I got up the following morning, she too had been busy making her own natural Grapefruit Lip Scrub, which looked very pretty and tasted pretty nice too.
She used a recipe from YouTube, not sure which one, but it included the following.
1 and a half tablespoons of Granulated sugar
1 tsp Coconut oil
Half a teaspoon of coarse sea salt
A few drops of red food colouring
3-4 drops Grapefruit essential oil
Mix together and put into a lidded container. Rub over lips to remove any dry skin.
This recipe made this small jar, plus a bit left over that we used for trying it out.