My name is Shannon and I am married and the mother of 2 boys. This is my journey and musings as a self proclaimed County Girl, living in town, or rather in the village. I try to live simple, with my motto as Back to Basics. Enjoy life and the little important things that make it worthwhile. Welcome to my world : )
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Why Not Skin Care Too
Back to Basics and living simple have always meant spending more time at home with family and friends and also within my community. It incorporates eating locally and in my case keeping backyard chickens. Once those became a part of my
everyday life, I also became interested in natural skin care products. I have always
been a lover of the brand Burt’s Bees. I love their lip balms and lotions. The
wheels started to turn in my head... why couldn't I make my own skin products. Just last week, at a craft show in my small village, I purchased some shea
butter bars. These were awesome for softening skin and seemed simple enough to
try and recreate. Thank you vendor...You were my Muse and inspiration this weekend.
Normally, I like to order my essential oils and all things
herbs and natural products from Mountain Rose Herb…at http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
They have a long line of products and I have never had a bad one or poor
service yet. Love them! Alas, in my spur of the moment decision to make my own
lotions, I had to find another option. I grabbed my mother and headed out to find a natural whole foods type
store that carried what I needed. As luck would have it we found Beeswax, Coco
Butter, Coconut Oil, Essential Oil (Sweet Orange scent) and also Vitamin E oil.
I am almost positive my mother thought my grocery list was a tad bit crazy but she is always a good sport and supports my ideas.
Once home, I assembled my ingredients and just kind of winged it recipe wise. I did not measure anything other than to keep everything in equal parts. In a double boiler, I added my beeswax. After that had melted
I added equal amounts of Coconut Oil and Coco Butter. All three ingredients in equal
parts.As they melted and incorporated I
turned off the heat to the double boilers. When the oils began to cool, I added
in a few drops of vitamin E oil and the essential oil to scent my lotion bars.Then to set the bars, I poured then into
silicone muffin baking “pans” molds, whatever they are technically called and
left my lotions to cool and set up.
The beeswax, coco butter and coconut oil are all naturally
hard materials and so they re-harden nicely. To use the lotion bars, the heat from your body will be enough
to soften them and distribute the natural goodness to your skin. You can rub
the bar directly onto your skin if you would like or as I do, rub it between
your hands to heat and then apply wherever you would like.
One thing to note about my experiment. Get your essential
oils from a good source. The ones I bought were ok enough but their scent was
not as good of a quality as the ones I am used to getting from Mountain Rose
Herb. The coco butter naturally smells like chocolate so my lotions bars still
smelled nice as well as felt silk smooth, but overall, I like the products I am
able to make from ingredients from my usual source better than those I obtained
from the grocery store.
My next attempt is to make a softer version of this lotion
that could be placed in a pump. I think to do this I would need to add in more
liquid oil such as olive oil and lessen the amount of beeswax. Ahhh, we shall
see. That experiment is for another weekend/another day. If you decide to try this out, I would love to
hear about your experience, please share. You can find me on both Twitter and
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