Monthly Archives: April 2012

Passion

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For the past couple of months I have been dabbling around making homemade skin products. I was inspired by the beneficial results people have experienced by using them.

It’s the same feeling I get from doing people’s hair as I get from the positive results of the satisfaction of my homemade products. I guess you can call it passion. It’s what fulfills me, drives me, what gives me a sense of well-being. Passion.

For years I helped others do tasks and jobs and it took me a while to realize that if I pour that same energy into something I enjoy, which is helping others with something that personally benefits them and makes them feel good, then I get to experience that well- being from my passion.

Do what you love and you’ll love what you do. Do it with Passion.

Homemade Body Lotion with Sunscreen

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I wanted to make a body lotion which would be a cross between my hard lotion bars and body butter.  I love both products, but have been thinking about an in-between lotion that is softer than a lotion bar, but firmer than body butter.  With the summer months approaching, I definitely wanted to add titanium dioxide to a couple of them for sunscreen protection, especially in my citrus lotions since they are photo-sensitizing and you can burn easily.

I made a large batch but distributed them in separate containers with different essential oils.  I added the titanium dioxide last in the containers.  I made Lavender, Lavender-Lemongrass, Lemon-lime, and Orange.  I applied the Lemon Lime on myself to test it in the sun.  I did yard work for appx. 6 hours in the sun and I only got a slight color on my arms, but no burn.  I used my face sunscreen that I made (in a previous post) and it worked really well.  The Titanium Dioxide makes the lotion appear whiter (I used olive oil so there is a slight green tint).  I’m very pleased with the results!

Body Lotion

Body Lotion (the one on the right has Titanium Dioxide)

Homemade Cocoa-Nut Lotion Bars and Orange Cocoa Body Butter

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I was quite productive today!  I made a new lotion bar and I think I am going to like having it!  I decided to make a “nut” lotion bar.  Instead of using Shea Butter in my as in my other recipes, I used Cocoa Butter, unrefined Coconut Oil, Emu Oil, Macadamia Nut oil, Baobab Oil, Tamanu Oil and Vitamin E.

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And by popular demand, I made another batch of my Orange Cocoa Body Butter.  I have to admit, it is my least favorite thing to make as it takes hours from start to finish waiting for the oils to cool enough to whip.  If it wasn’t so darn good, I wouldn’t bother, but it is 2amaysing on your skin.  This batch is made out of Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil, Apricot Oil, Vitamin E and Orange Essential Oil.  It literally melts on your skin when you touch it.

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My skin is very happy today:)

Gift Sack Bag Ideas

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Gift Sack Bag Ideas

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I wanted to have sacks on hand for people who are taking home my homemade skin care products. I really didn’t need anything big but I wanted to make it look better than an average sack. I ended up purchasing lime green bags and white bags in various sizes from the craft store. I cut the tops down with my fun scissors to give them an “edgy” look. I used up some left over stickers and made some labels to put on them. My purpose was to provide a place for my mini-cards. I ordered mini cards with the corners already rounded. I didn’t want a lot of information on the card as I want to tell people in person all about my products they are interested in and the amazing oils that are in them. So I just made a fun design that I use on my labels and such to create a bigger design on the back of the cards. I punched a small hole in one end of the card so I could tie a string to the card, making it easier to identify in a wallet full of others.

Simple, but effective and so much fun!

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Lavender Mimosas

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Lavender Syrup

Lavender Simple Syrup

Easter Brunch…mimosas sound like fun!  I like regular mimosas with the standard champagne/sparkling wine and orange juice.  However, I wanted to make them special for easter.  I made some blended fruit puree out of frozen peaches, raspberries and organic cane sugar.  A couple of teaspoons in a glass of champagne was nice for a change, but I wanted something different.

I had purchased some lavender buds to make tea with and thought lavender mimosas would be fun to try. They actually turned out to be my favorite.  I heated a cup of water and dissolved a cup of organic sugar in the water.  Then I used a fillable tea bag with 2 spoonfuls of lavender and steeped it in the warm brew for about 10 minutes.  The result was a very simple lavender syrup.  I used a couple of spoonfuls in a glass of champagne and it turned out delightful.  However, more is not best when it comes to lavender.  You just want to bring a note of flavor to whatever you are making.  Enjoy!  I thought it was 2amaysing!

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Butter

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Oh my!  I made this just in time for Easter.  I got the recipe off of Mountain Rose Herb’s website and added some stevia to sweeten it up a bit.  I cannot put the dang stuff down!  I love the taste and I threw it together just guessing the amounts.  It will definitely be a regular one I make.

It’s so funny.  You can look in my purse and I have about 10 opened lip butters depending on my mood!  I have them by my bed stand, a few at my desk and more by my computer at work.  Ok, I’m obsessed.  Pretty funny coming from someone who use to hate lip balm because it made my lips chapped!  It’s amazing to experience and continue to experience the greatness of natural products.

I LOVE, LOVE my lip butters and lotion bars.  If you have any great recipes you would like to share, please do!

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Butter

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Butter