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All Natural Lip Balm

All Natural Lip Balm
The week leading up to the new year wasn't exactly how I had pictured it. It was the last week of the boys winter break. I had envisioned walks around downtown looking at the lights, taking down the Christmas tree together, continuing our holiday baking marathon and maybe even a little post Christmas mall browsing. Thankfully, I had made a big batch of lip balm the week before Christmas to give as little handmade gifts to my girlfriends. This recipe is super simple. The recipe came from this blog last year and I tweaked it a bit and she grabbed it from this book where she had tweaked it a bit. Sweet Orange Lip Balm 8 Tablespoons Coconut Oil 3 Tablespoons Beeswax 1.5 Tablespoons Raw Honey 30 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (if you want color) 1/2 stick of natural lipstick (I like Jane Iredale and Josie Moran) Place oil, beeswax and honey in a double boiler (or heatproof bowl resting on top of a small saucepan of simmering water). Place the pan or bowl in a larger bowl full of cold water.

{macramé: square knot} string & hexnut bracelet By Kate on September 13, 2011 This bracelet has been inspired by this really wonderful “Braided Hex-nut Bracelet” tutorial which I pinned on Pinterest a while back. Two things I absolutely love about this project are: 1) It’s cheap as chips: I already had string in the cupboard and the brass hexnuts were 3p each from the hardware shop. 2) It’s my kind of jewellery: I’m not really a girly girl IYKWIM! The bracelet I made is a bit different to the ‘braided hex-nut bracelet’ and uses macrame instead, which is great, because I promised some tutorials a while back and felt a bit bad that I hadn’t written any yet! Full instructions after the jump! Square Knot Please note: I have used different colored cord in the tutorial so that it’s easier for you to figure out whats going on! 1. 2. 3. 4. This might seem a little tricky a first but I promise once you have done it a dozen times you’ll be sorted….! If you need a hand then leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

DIY Massage Bars » Humblebee & Me These bars are great. They come together in an instant, mold wonderfully into any shape you need, and melt right at body temperature. The beeswax and cocoa butter smell wonderful, and they do a great job of moisturizing your skin and slicking up a massage. They also store really well, assuming you’re not living in Australia during the summer. I find measuring cups make great molds for these bars; you can pour a centimeter or two of the molten mixture into the bottom of a cup (proportionate to the size of the cup). 1 part beeswax 1 part cocoa butter 1 part liquid oil Essential oils, as desiredMelt everything together.

Carried Away Triple Moisture Body Cream "I went into a Bath and Body Works shop with no particular lotion in mind, i just finally wanted to smell everything i could get my nose on and was hoping that one of the many lotions would stand out to me. This along with Pink Chiffon were the final winners of my sniff roulette game. The scent, carried away is described as how love sweeps you off your feet, i smell it as a scent that makes you feel like you just want to chillax after a morning bath. It has more of a fresh scent to it and I love it (If you are looking to buy the sea cotton island lotion as a fresh scent or as a lotion at all, you will have a horrid time with it.). Sugar Scrubs Recipes *December 13, 2012 Update: I have had many of you wanting the labels to download…Great News! They are now available and you can get them by clicking on this link: Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Labels You will notice that you have to Like my Face Book page to get it. As always I really appreciate the loyalty of my fans! Guess what? Sugar Scrubs are a great way to add some moisture and soften up winter-dry skin. I simply took two cups of white granulated Sugar and mixed in a 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup Almond Oil (Coconut Oil will work too). Once you have it all mixed together you will want to divide the scrub into two equal parts and in separate containers. Make a large funnel out of a piece of paper (a small one will not allow enough room for the sugar scrub to pass through it) and add a small amount into the jar. Then add a white layer so that they are about the same height and flatten it. You can buy Peppermint Essential Oils from my favorite DoTerra Rep here: Peppermint Essential Oil

Dry Shampoo I really don’t like washing my hair every day. It takes forever to dry my hair and I try not to use heating tools on it every day if I can avoid it. To give me hair a break and still freshen it up, I sometimes use dry shampoo between washes. It soaks up any oils that the hair follicles create at the roots, and gives it a bit of body too. Store bought dry shampoos can be expensive, with top brands being as much as $35, but you can make it at home very easily, for less than $2 a jar! It’s an easy way to cut back some time on your busy mornings, while still having fresh hair. Dry Shampoo for Light Hair 1/4 cup Cornstarch1/4 cup Baking Soda5-10 drops Essential Oil (e.g. Add the cornstarch and baking soda to a small bowl. Using a fork, mix it up well. I store it in the bathroom in a small jar, with an old makeup brush to apply it. Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair 1/4 cup Cornstarch1/4 cup Cocoa5-10 drops Essential Oil (e.g. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.

I ♥ mathematics {platonic solids garland} Oooh….it’s been I while since I last posted. We had a smashing Christmas and new year. Hope you all did too! My computer died just before Christmas and it’s taken my hubby and I a while to bring it back to life…which is why it’s been a bit quiet. I lost 3 months worth of work (new years resolution no.33 = backup files more regularly!). Now seems like a good time to thank all you lovely lot for visiting minieco over the last couple of years. In between posts I regulary use pinterest so do pop over and check it out if you haven’t already. There seems to be a bit of a Polyhedra craze going on at the moment. I have put together some templates for a ‘platonic solids‘ garland. Simply chop, score and glue together. Don’t forget to thread your cotton in whilst glueing the pieces together….I forgot! I’ll try to get a better photo of it in situ…our conservatory is really bright and sunny but the rest of the house is pretty dark (especially in this miserable weather).

Make my lemonade Making Bath Bombs | I’ve been making bath bombs for a long time. Once you get the hang of it, they are very easy to make. They make incredible gifts and cost a lot less than buying them from LUSH! Here is my simple recipe for you: 1 cup baking soda 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup citric acid (try your winemaking store for this) 1/4 cup thick sea salt (optional) 1/4 cup grated cocoa butter (optional) Extras: Food colouring, herbs, essential oils or fragrances. Witch Hazel in a small spray bottle. In a large bowl, combine baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid, cocoa butter and salt if using. Ice cube trays (to make mini bombs), pot pourri balls (clear balls with two parts to make a real ball), small plastic containers, various soap moulds… Lavender (using lavender essential oil, blue food colouring and lavender petals) Relaxation (using lavender and orange essential oils) Foot Bath Bomb (peppermint and/or tea tree essential oil, blue food colouring, peppermint leaves (use the herbs from a mint tea bag)