Day 41 – Balms and lotions

After last weeks plans to make lip balm went awry, my friend came over today and we decided to finally give it a try. When I was researching how to make the lip balms, I realised that we could also make lotion bars (a solid bar of lotion that melts into the skin, nourishing the skin without the plastic container of a shop-bought type) with the same ingredients, so today was a two new things for one kind of day.

There were quite a few different recipes for lip balms, but I decided to go with the one I found here using beeswax, coconut and jojoba oil, and cocoa butter. I also attempted to mix some old red lipstick in to try and make a tinted version. Once we’d acquired all the ingredients, and pots to put them in, it was actually incredibly easy to make: we only needed to melt everything together in a double boiler and add a bit of lemon and vanilla essential oil. We used little pipettes to fill the pots, and I’ve never felt more like a mad, moisturised, scientist in my life.

Et voilà!

It was only the quantities that changed for the lotion bars (I followed the recipe here), the method was exactly the same. We split the mixture in half and added lemon and thyme to one half, and lavender oil to the other. I used a muffin tray without any liners in, but they popped out of the other side really easily.

They smelled divine.

We had so much fun making these, and just creating something in my own kitchen that feels and smells so nice was really satisfying. I will absolutely make these again, as there are so many different variations you can create, they’re made from natural ingredients, and you know exactly what is in each one. Plus, I think they’ll make really nice little presents, so family and friends reading this, act surprised if you get one!

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