RECIPES  


Please note that when using shea butter, do not overheat as it may become grainy when it cools.


Lip Balms / Body Butters / Melt Bars

Here are some recipes you can try for yourself.  Use these as a guide only as the consistency of the final balm depends on the temperature.  Add more wax for a harder balm and more oils for a softer balm.

Lip Balm - Makes around 10g (1 x 10g pot or 2 x tubes)

Ingredients

5 grams liquid oil (eg sweet almond)

3 grams beeswax

2 grams butter (eg cocoa, shea)

6 drops flavour or essential oil (optional)

2 drops vitamin e (optional preservative)

2 x 4.5g lip balm tubes or 1 x 10g lip pot

Method

Place all of the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and heat on low until ingredients have melted.  Alternatively heat in a double boiler until melted.  Beeswax will be last to melt so I usually melt the others then take the bowl out of the microwave and swirl around until wax has melted.  This ensures the oils do not overheat.  DO NOT OVERHEAT OILS OR LEAVE UNATTENDED AS THEY MAY CAUSE A FIRE.

This basic recipe will make a honey smelling lip balm.  You can also add melted chocolate, spices, flavour oils or some essential oils like peppermint.  Not all essential oils are suitable for lip balm so please check first. These can be added now.  Also add Vitamin E now if using.

Use an eyedropper/pipette to pour into lip balm tubes or pots.  Use when set.

 

Body Butter - Makes around 1 x 100g pot (I know - the ingredients add up to 110g but somehow that extra 10g seems to disappear by the time it goes into the jar!)

Ingredients

35 grams shea or cocoa butter

30 grams sweet almond oil

25 grams coconut oil

20 grams beeswax

3ml essential or fragrance oil (optional)

20 drops (1ml) vitamin e (optional preservative)

1 x 100ml jar or 2 x 50ml Jar

Method

Place all of the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and heat on low until ingredients have melted.  Alternatively heat in a double boiler until melted.  Beeswax will be last to melt so I usually melt the others then take the bowl out of the microwave and swirl around until wax has melted.  This ensures the oils do not overheat.  DO NOT OVERHEAT OILS OR LEAVE UNATTENDED AS THEY MAY CAUSE A FIRE.

Add any essential or fragrance oils at this stage if using.  Mix well.  At this stage you can pour into the jar and set in the fridge or continue as below.  If continuing below hold off on the essential or fragrance oils until later.

Place bowl in freezer for around 3-5 minutes. 

The butter should now be partially set.  Use an electric beater or whisk (it is best not to use again for food) to mix together until the butter forms soft peaks. Mix in essential or fragrance oil and vitamin E if using.  Now spoon into jar and leave to set in the fridge.

Butter is ready to use when set.


Liquid Soap - Makes approximately 250ml of liquid soap.

Ingredients

125 grams finely chopped or grated cold pressed or melt and pour soap

125 grams water or floral water

8 ml essential or fragrance oil (Optional)

Jar or a bottle with a pump

Method

1.  Gently heat grated or chopped soap in a double boiler or in a microwave.

2.  Slowly add the water and stir.  You may wish to adjust the amount of water to get the consistency that you want.

3.  Cool slightly and add essential or fragrance oil.

4.  Pour into airtight jar or bottle.  Liquid soap wil be ready to use when it has cooled completely.

 

Melt and Pour Soap- Makes around 5 bars of soap

Ingredients

500 grams clear or white melt and pour soap

10 mls essential or fragrance oil

2 teaspoons clay or spices to colour

1 tablespoon botanicals Mould

Method

1.  Chop soap base up finely and place in the microwave or the top of a double boiler.

2.  Heat gently until all melted.  If using the microwave it is important to heat in small bursts so it does not overheat.

3. Once melted mix in oils, botanicals and colours.  Soap base will initally be very thin but if you wait for it to cool slightly it will thicken and your additives will be more evenly distributed.

4.  Leave to set for a few hours and then unmould and slice up.  If you have trouble unmoulding the soap, place in the freezer for a couple of hours and it should come out easier.

5.  Wrap soap thoroughly until you want to use it.

 

Potpourri -

Makes around 2 cups

Ingredients

3/4 cup rose petals

1/2 cup hibiscus petals

1/8 cup juniper berries

1/4 cup star anise

1/8 cup paeona root

1 cinnamon stick broken up

1/2 tbls calamus root powder (fixative)

Few drops of essential or fragrance oil if desired

Method

1.  Place all but the last two ingredients in a bowl and lightly mix together.  Add the calamus root powder (this is a fixative which helps hold all of the fragrances together) and if you like add a few drops of essential or fragrance oil.  Do not add too much as it may overpower the natural fragrance.

2.  Put into a glass airtight container and leave ideally for about 4 weeks, lightly turning over the ingredients every few days to help the fragrances mix together.

3.  When ready display in a nice bowl or put into cellophane or organza bags if giving as a gift.  You can also place it in an organza bag and hang it in your cupboard, drawer or car.