Tips & Tricks
Lip Balm Kit
TIP: If the tops of your lip balms look a little messy when you're done, no worries! Set a hairdryer on "low" and hold it about 6-10 inches away from your lip balm, waving it back and forth. The warm air will slowly begin to re-melt the very top of your lip balm. Leave it to cool, undisturbed, and your tops will look nice and clean in about 20 minutes!
TRICK: Wondering if you have enough flavor or color? Here's a little trick to help you find out! Before you begin, put a metal spoon in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. Once you have melted your wax mixture and added the amount of color and flavor you think is enough, take out the metal spoon and dip it in the wax mixture. It will immediately have a cool layer of the lip balm on it, and it will look and taste exactly like your finished balm will look/taste with that mxture! You can then add more color or flavor if you feel like it is necessary before pouring your lip balms into the tubes.
FUN: Sometimes your lips could use a little extra exfoliation, especially in the winter! Here's a recipe for a DIY lip scrub that is simple and fun to make.
- 1 heaping Tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil (if you can get organic, awesome!)
- 1.5-2 Tbsp white sugar (try to get regular, fine, white sugar–the smaller the granules, the better)
- 1/2 tsp honey
You’ll also need a small dish or jar (2 oz or less is fine) in which to warm your coconut oil.
- First, you’ll want to warm your coconut oil just slightly if the temperature of your house is under 76 degrees (the temperature at which coconut oil turns solid). You can do this using a double boiler or in the microwave. In either case, make sure you only get just melt the oil and that and it doesn’t get hot–which means just a few minutes on the double boiler or 10-15 seconds in the microwave. Once your coconut oil is warm, stir it a bit to make sure there are no hot pockets and that it is equally warm throughout the oil. If you accidentally heated the oil too much, or if your house is warm and the oil needs to solidify a bit, no worries–just stick it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
- Your coconut oil should be just around where its melting point is–this part doesn’t need to be an exact science. It needs to be liquid but not hot. So if it’s solid when you start, you’ll need to warm it, and if it’s really warm in your house when you start, you’ll need to cool it. Make sense? Basically, at the end of this process, your oil should be liquid–but cool enough that it wouldn’t feel uncomfortable if you stuck your finger in it. Why do we care so much about it not being too hot or too cool? Because we’re going to have to stir our sugar in, and we want it to be easily and evenly distributed throughout the oil without disintegrating.
- Once your oil is a comfortably tepid temperature, stir your honey in and stir well with a small fork. Once the honey is well incorporated, stir your white sugar into the mixture. Stir well. Put your lip scrub in a 2 oz jar and cover tightly. It should stay good for at least 1-2 weeks–in fact, it can stay good for several months if you make sure you take care to only use very clean hands when getting your scrub out of the container. Also, make sure that no water gets into your container!
- You can exfoliate your lips with this as frequently as you need–once a day is fine for this one–but make sure you always follow up with a good, moisture-rich lip balm.
Tip: If it is exceptionally warm in your home (warmer than 76 degrees), you’ll need to store this one in the fridge.
BONUS: For most lip scrubs, you need to wash or wipe off thoroughly before applying your moisturizer. But this one…well, let’s just say it’s quite tasty. I won’t tell anyone if you take a lick or two.
Groovy Lamp Lip Gloss Kit
TIPS: Make sure that ALL of the colored liquid has floated to the other side of the container when you turn it upside down--and be patient when you turn it back over to experience its "groovy" effects. You don't need to shake it--good things take time!
TRICKS: When you store your Groovy Lamp Lip Gloss, keep it upright. It will help preserve the groovy effect! If you store it on its side, sometimes the mineral colorant will stick to the sides of the applicator jar.
FUN: Using a flashlight (phone flashlights work best because of the flat surface, but you can probably use any flashlight), prepare your lip gloss by turning it upside down. Then, turn on your flashlight and turn your lip gloss over to create the groovy lamp effect. Hold your lip gloss directly over the light of the flashlight to create a true "lamp" effect. The result is a fun, extra-groovy experience!
Clay Mask Kit
TIP: Tie your hair back before starting! If you have one, a headband can also help any stray hairs from getting stuck in the clay.
TRICK: Add your liquid a drop or two at a time. You can always add more, but you can never take it out! You'll want your clay to be a mud-like consistency.
FUN: Pamper yourself in other ways while you wait for your clay to dry! Here is a recipe for a simple salt scrub for your hands.But before we begin, I also wanted to mention a few things of which to be aware…
If you have dry or sensitive skin, opt for sugar. Salt can be drying to the skin, so sugar is a gentler alternative.
Don’t exfoliate more than twice a week. Even though this is a gentle exfoliant, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Keep your exfoliating sessions to once or twice a week for best skin health. (Exception: I think using the sugar scrub more frequently on your hands and feet is okay; just don’t go crazy.)
Don’t ever exfoliate on broken skin. It’s not good for the skin, and you will NOT be happy with how it feels. Believe me.
Okay…now that we have all of that out of the way, on to the fun stuff!
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Approximately 1 cup of salt*
- 1/2 cup – 2/3 cup oil**
- 1 capsule Vitamin E
- 10-40 drops of lemon, grapefruit, lavender, or sandalwood EO (essential oil)
*Any salt will do–feel free to use plain ol’ table salt for the fine grain and affordability. See my variations for suggestions on “fancy salt” if you want something a little more luxurious & mineral-rich!
**There are so many good oils that you can use in scrubs–sunflower oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, and apricot kernel oil (among others). I used olive oil for this recipe, because it is a wonderfully nourishing oil and it is found in most pantries. However, I would suggest NOT using extra virgin olive oil for this scrub and opting for regular olive oil instead, simply because the scent for extra virgin olive oil is often too strong for many EOs. I also avoid mineral oil…it not only feels exceptionally greasy, but I’m also not a fan of rubbing a petroleum distillate on my skin.
Equipment You’ll Need:
- Measuring cup
- Clean, dry glass container that holds between 8-16 oz, depending on how much scrub you want to make.
1. Prepare your jar by making sure it is clean and dry. This step is really important! I like to use glass jars because plastic will absorb any of the EOs that you use…and depending on the type of plastic, those EOs could also eat away at the container. So I like to be on the safe side and just use glass. Plus, they’re usually prettier anyway.
2. Add your essential oil to your oil. The amount you add really depends on your oil; I used lemon EO, which is a very mild EO, for this scrub–so I used the higher end of my range. But if you’re using a more potent EO, you may find yourself using as few as 7-10 drops. Put in a few drops, mix, smell, and add more if necessary. You can always add more if it’s too weak, but you can never take out if it’s too strong. This is also a good time to add your vitamin E, an antioxidant which will help your oils from going rancid too quickly. Just prick the capsule with a pin and squirt the contents into your oil, mixing well.
3. Fill your clean jar just over halfway full with the salt of your choice. How much salt you need will depend on the size jar you are using–just eyeball it.
4. Next, pour your oil/EO mixture over your salt. See how it is staying at the top and not sinking down? You don’t want that, so you’ll need to stir it up as you pour. This is also helpful because you don’t want to put in so much oil that there’s a ton on top that doesn’t end up getting incorporated with the salt, so it’s good to just add a little at a time, mix, add a little more & mix again, etc.
5. Keep adding oils and stirring until you reach a consistency that isn’t breaking apart but also isn’t just dripping off the spoon like water. It should look something like this:
6. Once you’ve reached a consistency you like, jar it up and store it in a cool, dry place.
7. To use: with a clean, dry spoon, scoop some scrub out and rub it well between dry hands (or on arms or legs, if you’re about to shower). After you massage it into the skin well, rinse the scrub off with warm water and pat dry. You’ll love the soft feel it leaves behind on your skin! I keep a jar right by my kitchen sink to use after doing dishes.
Important: If you plan on keeping this in the shower or want to scoop out with your hands instead of a clean spoon, I recommend using some type of preservative in your scrub. Because this is an anhydrous–or water-free–product, it doesn’t technically need a preservative to stay safe & fresh; however, any chance of the introduction of water changes the equation. Things like yeast, mold, fungi, and bacterial infections are not things to mess with, so if there is any chance you might introduce water into your scrub, opt to put a preservative in. There are lots of choices out there–from traditional preservatives like Germall & Phenonip to paraben/formaldehyde-free preservatives like Optiphen to plant-derived preservatives like Leucidal Liquid. All have their pros and cons (and individual usage rates), so do your research and take this step seriously if you think water might come in contact with your scrub.
TIP: If the tops of your deodorants look a little messy when you're done, no worries! Set a hairdryer on "low" and hold it about 6-10 inches away from your deodorant, waving it back and forth. The warm air will slowly begin to re-melt the very top of your lip balm. Leave it to cool, undisturbed, and your tops will look nice and clean in about 20 minutes!
TRICKS: Want to have fun with adding your own unique "spin"? You can add things like shelf-stable probiotics in with your powder base to give your deodorant an extra healthy boost (we've used 1-2 capsules of an acidophilus blend). Likewise, if you'd like your deodorant to be extra absorbent, you can add an absorbing clay (like bentonite). Mix 1-2 tsp with your melted oil mixture and stir well before adding your powder blend.