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Berry good lip gloss!

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This was recipe number two for the brownie group I worked with. We had a spa night this week where we made homemade spa ideas for Mother’s Day… I highly doubt all of the mom’s will actually see the lip gloss…the girls really seemed to like it.
There were five or six girls in each group. Each recipe makes enough lip gloss for about 5or 6 small containers.
You need the following ingredients:
2 tablespoons of beeswax (I grated my beeswax so it melted faster)
8 candy melt chocolates (the circles of coloured chocolate)
4 teaspoons of virgin coconut oil
4 teaspoons of liquid coconut oil (I just added this because I have tonnes of it…I accidentally ordered a gallon on-line….long story)
8 teaspoons of Vaseline
Several drops of berry candy flavouring

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Start by adding the beeswax and candy melts to a shallow saucepan first because they take the longest to melt. It is fine to use one of your everyday saucepans, as there is nothing harmful, in fact, the only ingredient you can’t eat is the Vaseline.
Next, dump everything into the pot except for the candy flavouring.

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The girls were not impressed with the way it looked at this stage.
But, keep the heat low, and it will look like this in a couple minutes.

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Don’t forget to add the candy flavouring…and take a big sniff, it smells berry good!
Then, pour it into a shallow, small container. I used salad dressing containers, but you could also reuse old cosmetic containers, even lipstick tubes. I put the containers in the fridge to harden a little.

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Finally, all that’s left to do is add a label. I used mailing labels, and I just cut them down a little.

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Homemade Hand & Body Cream

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I tried making my own soaps, creams and cleaners for Christmas last year, which all turned out pretty well, but the one thing I have continued to make is the cream. I know it sounds a little crazy to make your own cream, but trust me, this cream is great for everything…it is a fantastic hand and body cream, I also use it on my face. I like the fact that I know every ingredient!
There are only three ingredients; Shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil.

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I use the whole container of shea butter, half of the container of coconut oil, and about 3-4 tablespoons of the almond oil. I have also added a fragrance in the past, but I think this cream has a nice smell without adding anything. Both the coconut oil and Shea butter are solid at room temperature, but melt at a very low temperature. I use the #2 setting on our stove top. You just have to warm them up to melt them.
The Shea butter is sort of crumbly out of the container, so I use a fork or knife to scoop it out into a pot. I would use an old pot that you don’t use for eating, but there is nothing in this cream that will seriously harm you. A lot of people use the coconut oil for cooking.

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The coconut oil is more the consistency of butter.

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And finally, add the almond oil. The almond oil is liquid at room temperature, so you just have to pour it in.
Basically from here you stir it as it melts, and once it has all melted, pour it into your containers. I just use a few plastic containers, although I have been keeping my eye out for a good source to buy glass ones.
What are the kids doing now? As you can see, I had help from my son with the stirring. Because it melts at such a low temperature, I let the kids help with the stirring.

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As you can see, today I put the containers out in the snow to cool. I will keep the unopened containers in the fridge until we need them. I wouldn’t keep them for longer than 2-3 months.
Enjoy!