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DIY Holiday: Gift Wrapping and Body Butter Bars

11 Dec
DIY Holiday Gifts

Body butter bars are molded into the shape of candies, wrapped in shiny tissue paper, and packaged in a Christmas cracker

Sometimes the gift wrapping is better than the actual gift. . . sometimes. In this case I would say it is equally as good. A few week ago I hosted a natural beauty workshop where I showed the participants how to make body butter bars. This recipe is so simple and versatile that I thought I would share it with you and show you how to make it into great holiday gifts!

Body Butter Bars:

50 g beeswax

50 g cocoa butter

50 ml olive oil (can be substituted for any oil)

2-3 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)

10-15 drops of essential oils (I love lavender and vanilla)

1. In a double boiler melt beeswax and cocoa butter. Add olive oil and heat on low until mixture is liquid.

2. Take off of heat, add essential oils and whisk in vitamin E oil (optional)

3. Pour in ice cube trays or (molds of choice) and let harden for 30-60 minutes.

DIY Body Butter Bar, cocoa butter

These body butter bars are made using mini soap molds

For wrapping you will need:

– toilet paper rolls

– shiny wrapping paper

– tissue paper

– ribbon

– glue

Wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue paper

1. Cut, and glue wrapping paper around the toilet paper roll, cropping paper so that it is flush with the ends.

2. Next, cut tissue paper so that it is about double the length of the toilet paper roll. Roll paper lengthwise and insert into the toilet paper roll. You may wish to dab a little glue on the inside of the roll so that the tissue paper says in place.

3. Insert the body butter bars or other gifts into the roll. Fasten each end with ribbon, and voila! Gift wrap complete!

DIY gift wrapping, Body Butter

Body Butter, Candy, Lip Balm

Candy wrapped body butter and lip balm sticks are the perfect size to fit into the Christmas crackers

Tips: use a mini muffin tin as a mold to make round candy- shaped body butter disks. You can use the same body butter recipe to make lip balm sticks. Just use peppermint essential oil (instead of other fragrances) and pour into empty lip balm tubes.

Happy Holiday crafting! What DIY gifts are you making this year?

Winter DIY Survival Kit

23 Jan

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We have officially hit the middle of winter which means that I’m desperate for some remedies to get me through the next few months. Here are some of my homemade potions that will keep you hydrated and pampered all the way to spring.


Jasmine and Vanilla Whipped Body Cream

Jasmine and Vanilla Whipped Body Cream

  • 2 oz mango butter
  • 1.5 oz cocoa butter
  • 1.5 oz apricot kernel oil
  • 0.5 oz beeswax
  • 0.5 oz vegetable glycerin
  • 5 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 5 drops vanilla essential oil

Method: Using a double boiler, melt mango butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax together. Once melted, take off of heat, add apricot kernel oil, vegetable glycerine and essential oils. Let cool until a crust starts to form on top of the oil mixture (the oils must be partially solid before the next step). Using a standing or hand mixer, whip on high until it reaches a stiff peak (this may take up to 5-7 minutes). Scoop into sterile jars* and store in a cool spot.

*Sterilizing containers and utensils before making natural and preservative- free products helps reduce the growth of bacteria.

Before you slather on your newly made body cream, try this first:

Mix 1/4 cup coconut oil, 2-3 tsp sweet almond oil, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and a dash of ground cinnamon*. Use this heavenly- scented, energizing scrub in the shower and follow up with a generous amount of body butter.

*Cinnamon applied topically to the skin is known to stimulate blood flow, increase circulation and has antiseptic properties. For those with overly sensitive skin, skip the cinnamon or test before to ensure that your skin does not react.


Sweet Mint Lip Butter

Sweet Mint Lip Butter

  • 2 oz coconut oil
  • 1 oz beeswax
  • 1 oz sweet almond oil
  • 1 oz raw honey (note: liquid pasteurized honey does not substitute well)
  • 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3-4 drops of vitamin E oil

Method: Using a double boiler (I like to use a glass measuring cup over a small pot), melt coconut oil and beeswax together. Once melted, take off of heat, add sweet almond oil, vitamin E and and peppermint essential oil. Whisk in raw honey. Set bowl onto an ice pack or in a bowl of ice cubes* and whisk until mixture begins to cool (it will thicken and the colour will lighten). Once the mixture has cooled so that it is thick, but still pourable, pour into sterilized lip balm tins.

*The raw honey even when melted maintains a different consistency than the oil and beeswax mixture. In order to ensure the honey and oils do not separate in your lip balm container, cooling and whisking is necessary for a uniform consistency.

Before you slather on your newly made lip butter, try this first:

Mix 1/4 tsp of coconut oil with 1/4 tsp of sugar. Rub generously onto lips and wipe off with a tissue. Follow up with an ample amount of lip butter. Your lips will thank you. . . and so will your loved one(s)!

Now. . . only 60 more days until spring. . . but who’s counting.


Burt’s Beauty Review – Tinted Lip Balm

8 Nov

When it comes to lips, I am picky. I have high expectations in terms of quality, yet low tolerance for sticky textures, fragmented pigment or glossy finishes. Although I am not generally concerned with staying power, I want a product that distributes evenly and requires minimal touch-ups.

Luckily, Burts Bee’s Tinted Lip Balms have met my demands. They are ideal for a subtle office-look, leaving a naturally lightweight flush without melting off your lips after a few sips of coffee. I have the balm in Red Dahlia, a deeper burgundy-red, which can be worn all year round. The conditioning factor is unbelievable! There is no need to apply multiple layers since extreme colour is not the main goal of this product. Instead, this balm moisturizes effectively while leaving a soft, sweet flavour on your lips. Delicious!!

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

My favourite thing about this product – and most lip balms in general – is that there is no need to apply lip liner beforehand. This is especially convenient since your look naturally transitions with your makeup as it adjusts to light throughout the day, rather than struggling to maintain a polished look from dawn until dusk. My lips, in particular, have a naturally dark undertone, often finishing with a deepened effect of the colour displayed on the package. Again, this is perfect if you are trying to achieve a naturally conditioned lip with just a tint of colour.

Bare Lips

Lips in Red Dahlia

The packaging is a little deceiving. It seems like you’re getting a super size quantity, only to realize that the actual size of the stick is 1/3 of the exterior tube. The ingredients also claim to be 100% Natural, yet there has been recent controversy surrounding the Burt’s line of products. You may want to test the product to ensure it’s safe before applying to your own lips. Staying power is mediocre, like any balm, and the colour selection tends to be on the neutral side – but I guess that’s the whole point of going for “natural” as opposed to “naked”.

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance look that doesn’t require frequent touch-ups, this is an essential!

Burts Bees Tiger Lily Tinted Lip Balm

Has anyone else tried these items?
– Lina

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