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All Natural Homemade Goodies

I had said in a previous blog that I would share more ways you can use some of the ingredients I used for the sunspot face serum, so here goes!  
I found a recipe online for these lotion bars which are lotion, NOT soap! They are just the right amount of creamy for me, but you can adjust the recipe to make it creamier or harder.  The idea is, when you rub them against your warm skin they melt just enough to condition and protect your skin.  

I got my recipe out and all the things I would need in advance so I wouldn't be running around trying to find things at the last minute.
For this recipe I used 100% filtered beeswax, shea butter, organic coconut oil, and lavendar essential oil for fragrance, although you dont have to add fragrance but if you decide you want to you can choose any essential oil you prefer or just pure vanilla extract which I may try next time.
I bought two solid blocks of beeswax here: 

What I would do different next time is buy beeswax pastilles by the pound like these: 

because it was a tough job trying to chop up the beeswax to the right amount.  Alternately you can melt more then you need, pour off the excess for reuse in a can that you can heat it up in later, it just really makes it difficult to judge measurement.   Also be aware that beeswax burns very HOT!!  Make sure you have pot holders and your work area protected from splashes. 

As you can see, I was able to use my muffin pan for molds for lack of anthing better. It worked out great and if I had some pretty cupcake liners I would have tried them out.  I put all ingredients except for the lavendar essential oil into an old coffee pot, you can use a glass bowl over a pot of water with a few inches of water.

It took probably about 15 or 20 minutes, stirring to help melt the ingredients, for the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter to melt together.  This is the shea butter I bought a pound of so I would have it on hand for other creations:            

Once everything was melted, I put about 15 drops of lavendar oil in and stirred to blend.  I then poured directly into my muffin pan and had enough for all twelve spots.  I put them in the fridge for about 15 minutes because I was super anxious to see if they would slide out easily and if they were actually going to be good! They came out like a charm!

If you would like the recipe please let me know.  If you are interested in purchasing any, they are $3.00 each and last forever (well a very long time!).  I wrapped them each in plastic wrap and then tissue papper, but I'm sure I can come up with more creative ways to contain them now that I know how great they are!

Thank you for checking them out and stay tuned for my next project!  I am very anxious to make all natural beeswax candles as they burn longer, cleaner, and actually clean the air!  



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