Category Archives: Balms/Salves

Project List

My hobbies have grown so my project list needs categories now, here’s what I’ve got in the works, who knows what I will get to, I should have some free time in a few weeks.

 

Cold Process Soap Making

Idea: I made a lot of soap last year, I have  isolated my favorites and will be recreating some variation of them. All of my soap sold or was given away last year so I only have the newer two that I made in November that were curing at the time I ran out.

  1. Charcoal soap split (Lavender/Rosemary Soap, Cedar/Bergamot)
  2. Breton Sea Salt Bar
  3. Coconut Milk split scent ( hawaiian jasmine, sandalwood)
  4. Beer Soap (new soap type)

Other Soap

  1. Shaving Cream (will run out soon)
  2. Laundry and Dish Soap ( will run out soon)

Lip Balm

This is meant to be as a set for holiday presents but it didn’t happen. I will be infusing the black tea into the oils.

  1. Black Tea & Lavender
  2. Black Tea & Peppermint
  3. Black Tea & Bergamot

Lotion/Conditioner

I might make these with Black Tea Infused Oil as well.

  1. Apple/Sage Conditioner
  2. Apple/Sage Lotion

Sewing

I’m an extreme beginner, I still cant sew a straight line or understand some terms and instructions. The seam ripper is my best friend and I keep stabbing myself with pins and burning myself on the iron… but I have determination.

  1. Skirt
  2. Purse
  3. Backpack
  4. Jean Quilt
  5. Tri-Fold Wallet

Paper Projects

  1. Handmade Paper with Botanical Imbeds
  2. Hardcover hand made blank journal

Cooking

  1. El Pollo Loco Chicken ( pineapple and lime glaze)
  2. Teriyaki Tofu ( I can’t get it right!! Eventually…)
  3. Corn Tortillas

 


Solid Perfume and Lip Balm Lockets

 

I came across some lockets from a steampunk jewelry making collection at a craft store and I got the idea to make solid perfume with an all purpose balm recipe of mine. Since a little goes a long way reduced the recipe down to an amount suited for personal use.

The Recipe

.75 oz Coconut Oil

.125 oz Candelilla Wax

.075 oz Cocoa Butter

.625 Avocado Oil(or Sweet Almond, or jojoba, etc)

2 drops Vitamin E

Melt all ingredients together except the Vitamin E. Add that after everything else is melted and mixed and you’ve removed your mix from the heat. Then you can adapt from here to tailor it to be a hand or lip balm in this case I am making a solid perfume and a lip balm.


The Solid Perfume

Use the base recipe above, once everything is mixed together add the following.

2-3 .15cc scoops of Purple Mica

2 drops perfume oil (I used and Alice in Wonderland themed scent from Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs called Rocking-horse-fly)

Make sure you are using a locket that has been cleaned well and wiped down with alcohol. Be prepared with containers or other lockets for the excess you can use. seashells or bottle caps, be creative.

 

The Lip Balm

The base recipe is the same essentially. Doubled the recipe from above which filled the locket and 4 lip balm tubes. However I did replace sweet almond oil with avocado oil in the recipe. Everything for lip balm must be checked to see that it is lip safe.

For colorant, I used a lip safe shimmering Merlot Mica (I didn’t measure, just kept testing it on the back of a spoon as I added)

1-3 drops lips safe essential oil Use essential oils are very powerful so double check the safety for lip balm use and you wouldn’t want to add more than a few drops.

 

 

 


Playing With Lip Balm Colors

I got a colored mica sampler with some lip safe options in it a while back. I made a huge mess with some iron oxides and ended up trying a few colors before I ran out of clean measuring cups.

Here’s the recipe I used for the lip balm. The recipe as a whole filled about 8 bottle caps.

.35 oz Coconut Oil

.25 oz Candelilla Wax

.15 Cocoa Butter

.125 Avocado Oil

4 Drops Vitamin E

I used three .15 CC scoops of a Merlot mica, two .15 CC scoops of a pink mica and one scoop for a third pink gold mica. I did not get to a brick red and an orange shimmer mica mix… those are for next time.


Fall Crafting Begins

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I have a few friends who really like Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs scents so I ordered some small samplers to experiment with. I’ve also got a sampler of Silk Amino Acids so I will be trying out some new lotions. I decided on the following combinations.

Test #1

Base lotion: Distilled Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Emusifying Wax, Argan Oil, Cocoa Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E and Oat Extract, Preservative

Scents: Antikythera Mechanism & Belladonna

Test #2

Base Lotion: Distilled Water, Emulsifying wax, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Silk Amino Acids, Preservative

Scents & Extracts:

Jack fragrance with Oat Extract

Twilight fragrance with Evening Primrose Extract

Miskatonic University with Sea Buckthorn Extract

 

Balms & Cooking

I gave flavored Lip Balm a go, let the reviews help me decide and I ended up with Passionfruit Rose. I am always too timid to add colorant to lip balm, I should have made it a more bold pink. These are for my holiday giveaways.

 

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Next up on my list was a repeat of my lavender balm.

 

I also made a big pot of Carrot Ginger Soup to bring to work and share with my coworkers… but then I ate it all… oops. Must plan to make double next time?

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Lavender Balm

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Great for rough dry skin, eczema or diaper rash. This one was a special request for a baby. This could also be used as a lip balm so grab a small container or two for a few bonus lip balms.

Lavender Balm

1.5 oz beeswax or candelilla wax

2 oz Coconut Oil

4 oz Avocado Oil

1 oz Shea Butter

20 drops Lavender

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Alkanet Root, Beet Root Powder Lip Balm Colorant

Beet root powder is water soluble not oil soluble. Having said this I hope it will help someone not make the simple mistake I did of adding it to a water free lip balm.. it clumped and sank to the bottom even though some of it mixed in… then I reheated and mixed more… same result, thrice for the sake of science!… same result, it wasn’t blending evenly and would sink as the balm was cooling… Here is the result of that.. top and bottom.

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So to properly get a good mixture I would have to use a bit of water (or vegetable glycerin?) and emulsify it. which isn’t on my agenda until after I experiment with the Alkanet root. I need to read about this a little bit more and come up with a recipe before I try this one again because I think I like this color the best, in the mean time…

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Alkanet Root on the other hand is oil soluble. What I bought was not a powder so I put it in the blender for a few minutes until it was finer particulate and then poured roughtly 1 1/2 tablespoons in  roughly 1/2 cup of sunflower oil.

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It turned red immediately but I let it sit for a few days, shaking it up occasionally and then strain it.

After two days I mixed some into one of my already made balms and got this. It’s a beautiful rosie pink that was even and did not sink or clump.

 

 

 


Coffee & Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

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Found another use for my coffee infused coconut oil. Then added in beeswax, unrefined cocoa butter, almond oil and honey.