Sunday, December 11, 2011

Body scrub and Lip Balm

In the search for handmade Christmas gifts, I've come across quite a few recipes for natural body projects. Here are a couple I've used myself and have fallen immediately in love with:

Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Scrub

1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. white sugar
1/2 C. light olive oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix the 2 sugars together in a small bowl, blend in the oil and then add the vanilla extract. This will fit in a 1/2 pint jelly jar. I use about a teaspoon of scrub, and my hands are soft and smell delicious!

Lip Balm / Cuticle Cream

1 oz beeswax
1 oz olive oil
3-5 drops essential oil

Clean, empty soup can
Popsicle stick for stirring
2 clean, empty Altoid tins

Get a small sauce pan and put about 1 inch of water in the bottom of it. Chop up the beeswax and put it in a clean, empty soup can. Place the soup can into the pan of water and use it as a double boiler to melt the wax. Add the olive and essential oils in, mixing with a popsicle stick until the wax is melted and completely combined with the oils. Pour the melted mixture into 2 Altoids tins. This makes 2 ounces of product, enough to fill 2 empty Altoids tins.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

To Die For

Stumbled upon this incredible recipe awhile back. As I type this, there's one in the oven baking to crispy and chewy goodness. This whole-wheat-chocolate-chip-cast-iron-skillet-cookie is rustic, hearty and delicious. Plus, whole wheat is healthy, right? This cookie, like the two before it, won't last long in our house.