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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Rainforest Lip Butter (With Recipe!) on: March 17, 2011 08:22:45 AM
This is awesome! The question I have is: what kind of beeswax do you use? I am on the hunt for "cosmetic grade" beeswax and have come up with nothing! Is there a particular brand that should be used? Can you use the same stuff for batik and candles? Thanks!
Actually, there is a difference between industrial beeswax and cosmetic and food grade beeswax.  Industrial grade beeswax can sometimes contain a heavy load of pesticide or sometimes even unnatural additives.  It's meant for non-edible applications such as furniture polish, commercial lubes, etc.  Sometimes, this kind of beeswax is sold for general crafting in art or hobby shops.  The safest kind of beeswax you can buy is all natural or organic, but regular food/cosmetic grade beeswax is perfectly fine for lip balms, skin care etc.  Any skin care ingredient supplier you buy from should only be selling cosmetic/food grade beeswax.  As long as you go with a reputable supplier you are A-OK, just be wary of fly-by-night suppliers, as they may not be experienced enough to know what they are buying and selling. 

I'm too lazy to Google, can you get slider tins pretty much everywhere online? I've ordered from SpecialtyBottle before and been happy. I believe they're based out of Seattle so they're shipping is quick for me.

Slider Tins are available at quite a few sites.  We also offer them at From Nature With Love, where you can use your special Craftser Discount Code. Hint: look at my signature. Wink
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Neopolatin Ice Cream Scrub (With Recipe!) on: March 17, 2011 08:12:37 AM
I'm guessing most of them came from www.fromnaturewithl ove.com 
Yes, MareMare is right.  I am a writer and formulator for those guys, so all of the ingredients I use come from them.  To be fair, they are not the only source for such ingredients, but they are certainly MY favorite!

It looks really yummy! How is it for slightly sensitive skin?
Everyone's skin is different, so to be safe, I would recommend doing a small patch test somewhere inconspicuous before using this scrub all over the place.  You may also want to omit the Fragrance Oil if your skin is super sensitive.

What is dendrtitic salt? and can sugar be substituted for this salt?.   I 'm new to all this:)
Dendiritic Salt is a standard salt with a very fine grain.  You can also try fine grain sea salt, if the grain is very fine and the salt is very bright white.  I wouldn't substitute sugar, however, as the moisture in the Shealoe could dissolve it too quickly, and could result in some undesirable characters growing in your scrub. (Microbes, fungi, bacteria, etc.)

Thanks for the love, everybody! I'm glad you like the recipe!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Rainforest Lip Butter (With Recipe!) on: April 05, 2010 09:45:52 AM
Thanks for sharing this recipe!  The only ingredient that I am familiar with is the beeswax.  Can you tell me a little bit about the base oils and the butter?

I'd be happy to tell you about these ingredients. They are all sourced from rain forests, mostly in Brazil.  In addition to having great properties for skin care, the use of these ingredients help to encourage wild crafting, and harvesting from the rain forest.  This is a great way for the local people of the rain forests to make a living from the forests without clear cutting, or destroying the flora and fauna.  I'll tell you a little bit about each of the ingredients:

Maracuja Oil, (also known as Passion Fruit or Passion Flower Oil) is cold pressed from the plant's seeds, and packed with nutritive substances including Vitamin C, Essential Fatty Acids, and Calcium.  It has a very light texture, and is a great moisturizer.  It also has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for massage, or sensitive skin.

Acai Berry Oil is pressed from the "super fruit" Acai.  Like the fruit, this oil is packed with nutrients, including Vitamins B, C, and E. It is high in Essential Fatty Acids, Minerals, and Amino Acids.  It is highly moisturizing, and can help to improve the elasticity, texture, and appearance of the skin. It has natural anti-bacterial properties, as well as natural anti-inflammatory properties, and powerful antioxidants. It has a very light texture, and absorbs into the skin quickly, making it great for balms, lotions, serums, or massage oils.

Andiroba Oil is another soothing, anti-inflammatory Oil.  It has been used in the Amazon for generations to help heal chapped skin, soothe bug bites, and soothe muscle aches. It's highly moisturizing, and is a great choice for lotions, creams, body butters, or serums used to treat eczema, psoriasis, and chronic dry skin.

Cupuacu Butter is similar to Cocoa Butter, but it has a slightly softer and creamier texture.  It has a mild, fruity aroma, and is highly moisturizing.  Cupuacu is extra special because of its water absorption properties.  Like Lanolin, Cupuacu can help to stabilize emulsions, making it a great choice for lotions, creams, or conditioners.  It's packed with fatty acids and sterols, and is a great ingredient for mature skin, lip care, hair care, and skin care. Basically, Cupuacu rocks.

If anyone has more questions about these ingredients, or any others, please let me know. I love sharing.  Cheesy
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Rainforest Lip Butter (With Recipe!) on: April 05, 2010 09:24:36 AM
I am sooooo happy to see Emmy back!!! Where have you been??

Thanks for welcoming me back so warmly! I actually took some time off to visit Beijing, China for three months with my husband. We had a great time exploring, and are now back in the States, and back to work! 
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Featured Projects Quarter 1, 2010 on: April 05, 2010 09:22:38 AM
Thanks for featuring my Lip Butters!  Grin You guys are the best!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Rainforest Lip Butter (With Recipe!) on: March 15, 2010 11:15:28 AM
This creamy, moisturizing lip butter is made with some of the most beneficial skin care ingredients that the rainforest has to offer.  Rich Cupuacu Butter, nourishing Acai and Maracuja Oils are blended with natural Beeswax and Andiroba Oil to create a soft, conditioning lip treatment.  Mango Flavor Oil adds an exotic aroma to this recipe, but if you prefer an all natural balm, try using 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite Mint Essential Oil in its place.


Makes about 5 Ounces, enough to fill about 15 1/4 oz. Slider Tins.

1/2 ounce Maracuja (Passion Fruit) Oil
1/2 0unce Acai Berry Oil
1 ounce Andiroba Oil
2 ounces Cupuacu Butter
1 ounce Beeswax
1 teaspoon Mango Flavor Oil

In a double boiler, gently melt the Beeswax and Cupuacu Butters together.  Remove the mixture from heat, then add the Maracuja, Acai, and Andiroba Oils.  When these are mixed well, add the Flavor Oil and stir again.  If you like a very intense scent in your lip balm, add an extra teaspoon of Flavor Oil to the mixture.  Personally, I prefer how a hint of Mango Flavor Oil blends with the natural aroma of Cupuacu Butter.  Carefully pour the mixture into Lip Balm containers.  Be careful not to over-fill the slider tins, as they will not close properly if they too full.  Allow the Lip Balm to cool completely before moving them.

These look cute in 1/4 oz. slider tins, but you can also package them in any pot-type container.  They are a little bit too soft for tubes though.  
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Neopolatin Ice Cream Scrub (With Recipe!) on: August 10, 2009 11:58:46 AM
How long do you think it would last as shown, meaning the scent, colorant, etc.?

Shealoe Butter contains a small amount of Preservative, so if the scrub is left in the container, unopened, it should last for around 3 months. However, the Fragrance Oils that you use could turn the scrub's color early.  The Vanilla section would be particularly susceptible to browning.  If you can use a non-browning Vanilla FO, that will help keep the colors staying pretty longer.

Once the scrub is opened it shouldn't be handled directly. Use a clean spoon or popsicle stick to get it out of the jar.  Unless you add an additional preservative, you should use the scrub as quickly as you can once it is open and toss it if you think it might have become contaminated by water, handling, etc. 
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Neopolatin Ice Cream Scrub (With Recipe!) on: August 07, 2009 11:19:11 AM
Thanks! I love sharing things on Craftster - It is the most rewarding place to share or show off your work. It's a real treat to rub elbows with so many people that love handmade bath and body!
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Neopolatin Ice Cream Scrub (With Recipe!) on: August 07, 2009 07:24:32 AM
This exfoliating salt scrub is made with creamy Shealoe Butter, yummy scented Fragrance Oils, and super fine Dendritic Salt.  You can make this scrub in one solid color, or layer multiple colors for super cuteness!  This recipe could be varied easily to create all kinds of delicious ice cream parlor inspired creations, like Orange Cream, Banana Split, or Mint Chocolate!  Just switch out the Fragrance and the Color Additive to create your own unique Ice Cream Scrub.

Neopolatin Ice Cream Scrub

6 ounces Shealoe Butter
1 1/2 cups Dendritic Salt
1/2 teaspoon Milk Chocolate Fragrance Oil
1/2 teaspoon Strawberry Fragrance Oil
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Non-Browning Fragrance Oil
1 .15 cc scoop of FDA Red Mica
2 .15 cc scoops of Umber Oxide

In a large mixing bowl combine the Shealoe Butter and Dendritic Salt.  Shealoe is naturally soft, so you should be able to mix this without heating the Butter.  However, if it is necessary, you can heat the Butter gently by warming the container in hot water.  (Be careful not to let the water get inside the container though.) After the Butter and Salt are fully mixed, split the mixture into three parts in three seperate mixing bowls.  Add one Fragrance Oil to each bowl, thouroughly mixing each into the mixture.  Next, add two .15 cc scoops of Umber Oxide to the Milk Chocolate scented batch of salt, and mix well to combine.  Add 1 .15 cc scoop of FDA Red Mica to the Strawberry scented batch of salt next.  Leave the Vanilla scented batch uncolored.  Once the batches are fully mixed they can be spooned into jars.

Usage and Packaging
This fine grained salt scrub makes a great body polish, but should not be used on the face or other very delicate areas.  The Neoploatin Ice Cream Scrub looks adorable packaged in 2 oz. or 4 oz. PET Jars.  Like most handmade skin care products, this Scrub should be used up quickly, as it has not been formulated for long term storage.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Rose Bud Bath Melts (With Recipe!) on: August 04, 2009 02:07:35 PM
I actually haven't tried Jojoba Esters in a lip balm yet, but they might make a great addition. They are super hard but they melt very easily, which makes them an interesting ingredient all around. Smiley
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