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Solid Perfume Sticks- so good!

Published November 6, 2013 by rumbl3

I finally got around to making my own solid perfume sticks. They turned out awesome!

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What you will need:

  1. Glass measuring cup
  2. Pipette (plastic eye dropper)
  3. Beeswax
  4. Carrier Oil (grape seed, almond, or olive) I used a light olive oil
  5. Essential or fragrance oils work with this ( I used Patchouli and Orange)
  6. Containers (I used empty chap stick tubes)
  7. Double boiler ( I used a canning ring upside down in pan of water and then placed my glass measuring cup on top of that)

The recipe is:

Equal parts Beeswax and carrier oil (olive, almond, grape seed) I used a light olive oil

30-40 drops of Essential or Fragrance oil, depending on how strong of scent you want

For your double boiler- only add 1/2 the height of water to your glass (using a 2c. measuring glass, only allow water to go to the 1c. mark). When water starts boiling, you do NOT want the water to splash back into your Beeswax.

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Melt down the Beeswax. When it becomes clear, remove glass from water and add your carrier oil.

When thoroughly blended, add in your Essential or Fragrance Oils.

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Using your pipette or eye dropper- fill your container and let cool for at least an hour before capping.

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They turned out awesome!

Try it- it was easy, quick, moderately cheap and it makes a great girlfriend gift!

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Easy craft, great gift!

Published August 8, 2013 by rumbl3

I have spent the last few months hitting a bunch of do-it-yourself craft sites. Bath salts, sugar scrubs, astringents… there are recipes for all of it.

I placed an order at my favorite e-shop http://www.BulkApothecary.com  for lip balm tubes, jars and sliding-top tins.

I picked 3 lip balm recipes to start with. The first is as follows:

1/2 oz. Beeswax pellets

1 tsp. honey

4 oz. olive oil

15-20 drops Peppermint extract

  • It calls for a double boiler so I put a canning jar ring in the bottom of a pan of boiling water. In my 2-cup glass measuring cup I added the Beeswax and put in the boiling water.
  • Make sure the water level does NOT exceed the halfway mark on your cup or it will splash back into it.
  • It will take a few minutes to melt down the Beeswax beads.
  • Then add the honey and olive oil. Stir well- 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the extract and stir well.

When the mixture looks clear, smooth and totally mixed, I remove my glass measuring cup. With a little pipette (plastic eye dropper), I fill it and empty into my containers.

Gotta do it quick or the Beeswax will start setting again.

With the recipe above I was able to get 14   1/4 oz. jars filled, and 8  .15oz tubes filled.

My comments on this recipe: It is very smooth/moist on my lips. I don’t feel as if my lips are encased in wax like Chapstick does. I was expecting minty balm like Carmex but it isn’t minty at all.

I will try this one again and repost results after substituting Peppermint Oil in place of Peppermint extract.

THIS RECIPE: A-