Wednesday, September 21, 2011
8:00 AM | Posted by Natalie | | Edit Post
When I made my first "homemade product" over a year ago. I was such a consumer. It wasn't quality if I didn't buy it right? I was just looking to be frugal. Wrong! Instead of frugal, I am making high quality products for pennies compared to store bought
Recently the make-my-own bug has bitten me. Renee over at FIMBY has been motivating me for several months now...and so after loving my laundry soap, then deodorant (will never buy Secret again), followed by my homemade soap which is curing right now awaiting my Mother's Day. I have yet again made something I will never go back to buying! My lips are in L.O.V.E.
I must give Renee the credit for the recipe. I am still learning, but the more I make my own, the more I am branching out to create my own.
I think the hardest part of making my own products is actually gathering the supplies. In this case most of my ingredients came from my local organic health store. Once I have them on hand, it takes no time at all to be reaping the benefits of my own goods.
A few of you have asked where I got my supplies, so I noted it for you. I am sure you could get it online too.
- 1/2 oz. (approx. 3 tsp.) grated or roughly chopped beeswax (local organic Co-operative)
- 1 oz. (approx. 6 tsp.) coconut oil (local organic Co-operative)
- 1 1/2 tsp. lanolin (Left over from Breast feeding my babes)
- 3/4 tsp. vitamin E (I had capsules in my cabinet and poked holes in them to add up)
- 2 tsp. hard honey (local organic Co-operative)
- 3/4 tsp. peppermint essential oil (local organic Co-operative)
Assemble what you need:
This actually takes the longest, the making is a breeze!
Grate the beeswax and melt with the coconut oil, Lanolin, and Vitamin E. It was the consistency of vegetable oil when melted completely.
Second add the Peppermint extract and Raw honey (some know it as hard honey). If you are buying it new for this purpose I would scrape the top and use for something else. Particles don't break down well.
Mixing the peppermint extract and Peppermint was tricky to incorporate. You have to be really fast. I started with a wooden dowel but quickly moved to a rubber spatula which worked so much better for me.
I did have to reheat some to pour it in. I do not prefer the tubes, as much as the round containers. It goes on so smooth and the peppermint is yummy and tingly.
The best part of making my own, is there is always plenty to share with others. I love being able to pass some on to family and friends to enjoy as well.
Try it for yourself and let me know how you like the recipe. If I can do this you you definitely can do this!
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