I've been low on lip balms and moisturizers, but having the ingredients to make some have been putting off buying anything. For the last couple months I've been using a tube of cocoa butter and a bottle of minimally processed coconut oil for everything, lips, face, hands and body. I really like carrying around the tube of cocoa butter as it is like a chap stick tube but a little bigger, but I use it like lotion. It is firm until I rub it between my hands and it melts and softens just enough. I wanted to make something like it but add some other moisturizers and some therapeutic essential oils. I followed a simple recipe, 1 part coconut oil, 1 part beeswax and 1 part cocoa butter. I added various essential oils to different tubes, some for dry skin, some for oily. Some with essential oils for sun baked skin and some with bug repellent oils for summer. My favorite essential oils combination's for myself are lavender peppermint, tangerine peppermint and lavender sandalwood.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this much lip balm and moisturizers. I'll save enough for myself to get through till next year at this time. I've put the majority in the fridge, as I haven't used any preservatives other than essential oils, I'm guessing they'll only keep 6 months or so at room temperature before going rancid.
I also made, mouthwash, deodorant and a refreshing facial spritzer. Next on the list is soap, which we are low on. I've got some comfrey root soaking in oil to make a healing balm with.
Finished scarf. First time I've knitted something I was proud enough of to give as a gift. I'm knitting a miniature scarf for Avery with the rest of the yarn from her hat.
It didn't occur to me to make sure the thermometer went low enough when I was shopping for thermometers this fall. Well, looks like it won't get colder than twenty below here this winter.
Happy dark winter days everyone!