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1  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.  
2  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.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Dill Pickle Salt Scrub & Lip Gloss on: April 01, 2009 11:10:14 AM
I know my Craftster buddies will get a giggle out of this. This recipe was made especially for April 1st, wink wink.  Wink

These dill-iciously scented recipes will be sure to thrill pickle lovers.  All natural Dill Seed Essential Oil and Cucumber Seed Oil create an aroma reminiscent of that favorite deli treat, the Dill Pickle.  Add a little brine to your bath and body routine by exfoliating the skin with this sea green, pickle scented Salt Scrub.  Pucker up with the matching Lip Gloss, colored a cheerful shade of green, and scented with a mouthwatering blend of Dill and Cucumber.

Important Note: Recipes using Dill Seed Essential Oil should not be used by pregnant women.

Dill Pickle Salt Scrub
Makes about 4 ounces

1/2 cup Sea Salt, Fine
1 teaspoon Parsley Powder
1 ounce Cucumber Seed Oil
1/2 ounce Grape Seed Oil
30 Drops Dill Seed Essential Oil

In a small mixing bowl, combine Salt, Oils, and Parsley Powder.  Mix well, making sure to break up any clumps in the salt.  Next, add the Dill Seed Essential Oil, mix again, and carefully spoon the mixture into jars.

Usage & Packaging
Show off the lovely green color of the Dill Pickle Scrub by packaging it in PET Plastic Jars.  To use, simply massage the Pickly scented scrub all over your body in a gentle, circular motion.  Be careful if you are in the shower or tub, as the oils in the recipe can create a slippery situation.  Rinse the scrub, and follow with your regular shower or bath routine.

Dill Pickle Lip Gloss
Makes 4 1/3 oz. Roll-On Bottles

2 teaspoons Glycerin
1/4 ounce Grape Seed Oil
1/4 ounce Cucumber Seed Oil
10 drops Dill Seed Essential Oil
1 - 2 drops Liquid FD&C Blue #1
2 - 4 drops Liquid FD&C Yellow #5

In a small paper cup, mix the Glycerin and Liquid Dyes together, to create a lovely shade of green.  In a second cup, mix together the Grapeseed Oil, Cucumber Seed Oil, and Dill Seed Essential Oils.  Carefully Pour the Glycerin Mixture evenly between four 1/3 oz. Roll-On Bottles.  Next, pour the Oil mixture between the four bottles.  Cap the bottles, then shake well.  The mixture inside the bottles will separate, creating a lovely, two layered appearance.

Usage & Packaging
Apply Dill Pickle Lip Gloss directly to your lips whenever they are in need of a fresh dose of Dill.  The 1/3 oz. Roll-On Bottles used in this recipe are the ideal container for this type of gloss.  They are also available in a 1 oz. size.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Rose Bud Bath Melts (With Recipe!) on: February 02, 2009 07:49:43 AM

I've been working on some Valentine's themed recipes over at The Natural Beauty Workshop Blog, and wanted to share my favorite with my Craftster friends! These Bath Melts are sort of decadent due to the use of Rose Essential Oil, but you can create a much more affordable version by subbing Rose Fragrance Oil.

Rose Bud Bath Melts
Makes between 8 - 10 melts

1 teaspoon Jojoba Esters MP70
1/4 teaspoon Red Jojoba Wax Beads (optional)
1 ounce Babassu Oil
1 ounce Coconut Oil
1 ounce Passionfruit (Maracuja) Oil
1 tablespoon Fine Colloidal Oatmeal (sifted)
8 - 10 Pink Rose Buds
1/2 teaspoon - 1 teaspoon Rose Otto Essential Oil*
8 - 10 Small Foil Cups

Begin by covering a baking sheet or platter with wax paper or parchment paper, then set it aside.  In a double boiler, gently heat the Jojoba Esters (and optionally, the Red Jojoba Wax Beads) until fully melted.  Next, add the Babassu and Coconut Oils and heat until they are fully melted as well.  Add the Colloidal Oatmeal to the hot mixture.  This works best if it is sifted through a fine mesh strainer or flour sifter as it is added.  Stir the mixture well, then remove it from heat.  Add the Passionfruit Oil, and the Essential Oil and stir well.  Carefully pour the mixture into the foil cups.  If you fill the cups completely you should have enough for about 8 melts, but I recommend leaving a 1/4 inch or so of space in each cup.  If you do this, you should have enough for about 10 cups.  Allow the Melts to cool for about 5 - 10 minutes.  The Melts should thicken as they cool, leaving a firm layer on the top.  The time that this will take will vary depending on your room temperature.  After this layer forms, carefully place on Rose Bud in each cup.  Allow the Melts to set for another hour or two before attempting to move them.  If your Melts are especially poky at setting up, try popping them in the fridge for ten to fifteen minutes.

Usage & Packaging
Rose Bud Bath Melts should be used one at a time.  Simply unwrap the melt and pop it into a warm bath.  The Essential Oil will fill the bathroom with its wonderful aroma while the moisturizing oils begin to melt in the bath water.  These Bath Melts look beautiful when packaged in small candy or gift boxes.  Check out your local craft supply or baking shop for small boxes.  Ribbons, stickers, and even fresh flowers can be used to enhance the presentation of your melts, especially when giving them as a romantic gift!

Happy Valentine's Day, Craftsters!
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Coco-Lime Bath Tub Cookies! (With Recipe) on: November 03, 2008 08:17:57 AM
I love all things Mexican. Artwork, food, the whole kit and caboodle. I was drooling over Mexican Wedding Cookies when I thought up this recipe. Enjoy!

Inspired by the traditional baked good, Mexican Wedding Cookies, the following recipe will add a delightful, fizzy twist to your next bath.  This all natural recipe is full of skin loving ingredients.  Rice Bran Powder is known to help soother and balance skin.  Mango Butter and Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil add moisturizing properties to the bath, while Coconut Milk softens and conditions the skin.  

Coco-Lime Bath Cookies

3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Rice Bran Powder (coarse or fine)
1 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Coconut Milk Powder (for mixture)
1/2 cup Coconut Milk Powder (for topping)
1 tbs. Cocoa Powder
2 oz. Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil
2 oz. Mango Butter
5 tsp. Lime Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid

Warm the Mango Butter and Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil in a double boiler or a hot water bath until completely melted.  Remove the Mango Butter and Coconut Oil from the heat, allowing it to cool slightly, but not to harden.  Next, line a small baking sheet with waxed paper and set it to the side.  In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the Brown Sugar, Rice Bran Powder, Coconut Milk Powder, Cornstarch, and Cocoa Powder.  Stir the ingredients well, making sure to break up any clumps in the powders or sugars.  Since these ingredients can be a little clumpy by nature, you may want to grind the mixture in a blender or food processor to achieve a totally even consistency.  However, a few small clumps will not damage the cookies, so if that is totally optional.  In a second mixing bowl, combine the Baking Soda and Citric Acid.  Again, make sure to work out any clumps in the mixture.  Next, combine the two bowls of dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the Lime Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil to the melted Coconut Oil and Mango Butter than pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.  Begin stirring and kneading the mixture immediately.  You must work quickly at this point to get the cookies formed and placed onto the baking sheet.  Using your hands, form tablespoon sized balls of the mixture.  Roll the balls in the Coconut Milk Powder, covering them completely.  Place the balls onto the baking sheet then press them down gently, flattening the top.  They should be similar in shape to a gingersnap or sugar cookie.  Continue shaping cookies with the remaining mixture.  Allow the cookies to harden for a full 24 hours before attempting to remove them from the baking sheet.  After 24 hours the cookies should be hard enough to be handled and packaged.

Usage & Packaging
Coco-Lime Bath Cookies should be stored in a tightly sealed bag or container.  Moisture or humidity can cause the cookies to fizz or "flower" prematurely.  These cookies look adorable in our Cello Bags or 1/2 lb. Tin Tie Bags.  To use the Cookies, simply drop one or two into a warm bath.  They will fizz and bubble, filling the bath with the delightful aroma of Lime and Coconut.  

NOTE: Lime Essential Oil is a photo-sensitizer. If you use real Essential Oil in this recipe these cookies should be used in the evening to give your skin plenty of time before being exposed to sunlight.

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Blissful Body Mousse (With Recipe!) on: August 11, 2008 06:31:56 AM
This mousse has been really popular on my blog, and seeing as it is also one of my personal favorites I thought it would be nice to share on Craftster. This is a variation of classic Whipped Shea Butter.

5 Ounces Shea Butter, Crushed and Refined
3 Ounces Peach Kernel Oil
3 Ounces Safflower Oil, High Linoleic
1 Ounce Jojoba Esters, 70 (MP70)
1 Teaspoon Cornstarch

Essential Oil Blend
15 drops Bourbon Vanilla Absolute
25 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
5 Drops Ylang Ylang Extra Essential Oil

In a double boiler, melt and heat the Shea Butter to approximately 175 Degrees Fahrenheit.  Hold the melted Shea Butter at this temperature for at least twenty minutes before adding the Jojoba Esters.  Holding the melted Shea Butter at this heat for twenty minutes will allow tiny crystals in the butter to fully melt, allowing a smooth, even texture to form when the butter has cooled.  As soon as the Jojoba Esters have melted remove the mixture from heat.  Depending on your double boiler you may have to transfer the mixture to a bowl.  Next, add the Peach Kernel and Safflower Oils, and the Cornstarch.  Stir the mixture well then begin to whip it.  I recommend using a hand or stand mixer for this step, as the whipping process can take a fairly long time.  Whip the mixture for 5 - 10 minutes then add the Essential Oil Blend.  Continue to whip the mixture for another 5 - 10 minutes.  As the mixture cools it will thicken, and firm up.  The finished mixture can be spooned or piped into containers.  Within a few hours, the Mousse should set and become stiff.

Packaging and Usage
The Blissful Body Mousse looks fabulous packed in Flat PET Jars.  It can also be stored in Flat or Dome Cream Jars.  This recipe will fill about 20 ounces of volume.  It should fill about five 4 Ounce Jars or ten 2 Ounce Jars.

NOTE: Shea Butter can sometimes be frustrating to work with due to its tendency to crystallize when heated and cooled. This gives the butter a gritty texture. Perfect tempering can avoid this, but if you prefer to make a more fool-proof butter try subbing Mango Butter, Illipe Butter, or Ultra Refined (deodorized) Cocoa Butter for the Shea Butter in this recipe.

Feel free to visit my blog for more recipes.  Grin

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Sweet Dream Bed Time Sachets on: April 17, 2008 12:36:40 PM

I created these aromatherapy dream pillows because my hubby has been having a hard time sleeping.  It's filled with an herbal blend of Lavender Buds, Chamomile Flowers, Calendula Petals, and Spearmint Leaves and and a blend of Petitgrain, Chamomile, Lavender, and Mandarin Essential Oils, so it smells very nice!  A PDF recipe for the filling and a sewing pattern can be downloaded on my blog:

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Candy Cane Sugar Scrub on: March 31, 2008 09:03:26 AM

This creamy, multi-colored scrub is made with Shealoe Butter, White Sugar, Jojoba Wax Beads, and a little Beeswax.  I made mine in Candy Cane colors, with  Peppermint Essential Oil, but it's very easy to modify.  Just change the color of beads and the fragrance to make a custom version. 

You can use a pastry bag, or a ziplock bag with a hole cut in the corner to pipe the scrub into your jars, making stripes or other cool patterns.

Basically, you melt the Beeswax, add the Shealoe, and then stir in the fragrance, beads, and sugar. You can find complete instructions on my blog:
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Rainbow Salt Scrubs on: January 29, 2008 08:10:12 AM
I've been making a ton of these bright colored slat scrubs lately and wanted to share.

They look adorable in a clear plastic jar, very reminiscent of slushies.  Grin
It is basically a combination of Salt, Oil, Polysorbate 20, and Jojoba Wax Beads, but I posted a complete recipe on my blog:

One thing to note: Adding Polysorbate 20 or a liquid soap to this recipe is important. Otherwise the beads tend to stick to your skin after scrubbing. Pretty, but pesky!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Ocean Mineral Bath on: January 17, 2008 09:56:30 AM
I made this sea-inspired recipe during the summer. It has Coral Calcium, Sea Salt, and Kelp Powder. I made two batches, one that I scented with a Sea Moss fragrance oil, the other with a blend of Petitgrain, Mandarin and Spearmint essential oils. Here's my pretty picture.

I posted the recipe on my blog. Feel free to make some of your own!
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