First project: moisturizer bars. I gently heated equal parts dandelion oil, beeswax, and shea butter until the solids melted together. Then I just poured the liquid into molds. I was hoping to use the little plastic Easter eggs I got a few weeks ago, but, even lined with plastic wrap, they didn’t really work. Canning jar lids lined with the wrap, though, worked perfectly. I may opt to add some essential oil next time, for the additional healing properties and to disguise the slightly funky smell of the shea butter. The mixture cools pretty quickly, though it stays soft. It melts nicely into the skin, too.
Since my Easter egg molds didn’t quite work for the moisturizer, I figured I’d press them into use elsewhere, so I made another batch of bath bombs, using more of the dandelion oil. I did yellow larger eggs scented with chocolate and orange, and them smaller blue ones for colds: eucalyptus, thyme,and Four Thieves blend. The eggs worked perfectly for molding the bombs, making them totally worth my approximately $3.50 investment. So here’s the day’s makings: .
Today is cold and rainy, so it seems like a good project day. I’ve done a bunch of cooking for the week (boring, I know) and then I made a batch of healing salve. This is 3.5 ounces of dandelion oil, .5 ounces of beeswax, and some lavender essential oil. The original recipe calls for something called tamanu oil, but I don’t have any, and a cursory look through the essential oils section of the store yesterday didn’t reveal any, so I stuck with lavender. Now, I think, it’s time for more cooking for the week! Woo!