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Homemade Lotion Bars


Hello, everyone!  I’ve been away for a while, haven’t I.  Life has been busy, what can I say?  At any rate, I’m back with my most recent beauty adventure:  lotion bars.  I’ve been wanting to try them for quite a while, but I didn’t make it happen until a couple weeks ago.  The recipe is simple:

1 part coconut oil
1 part shea butter
1 part beeswax (I used the pastilles rather than chopping up a big bar)

I also added some essential oil to give it a nice smell.  Unfortunately, I didn’t measure, so I can’t tell you how much I used.  That’s something you can experiment with if you want to add it.  I’m not sure which link I used, but here are two others who have made it with the same basic recipe (Wellness Mama has alternative ingredients, if you’re interested):  Wellness Mama and Made On:  Skin Care Products.

What to do:

(1) Combine the ingredients over heat until they are all melted together.  I used a double-boiler to avoid scalding.  However, next time I need to use less ingredients (I used 9 ounces of each item) or my larger double-boiler–as you can see, I’m really close to the rim.

Lotion mix in double boiler

(2) Pour into molds.  I used silicone molds because I figured removal would be easier (it was easy).  Other bloggers I’ve looked at use regular muffin tins.  As you can see, the 9 oz. of each made a good bit, filling a little over 12 muffins’ worth of molds.

Lotion molds

(3) Remove from molds.  Store in an air-tight container.  Easy!

Lotion bars

My daughter and I have been using these for a couple weeks now, and we both are enjoying them.  What I love is that they aren’t watery like some lotions and they really moisturize.  Best of all:  no chemicals.  

Homemade Deodorant


Yesterday, I posted about a stain remover that works wonders on armpit stains, among other things.  I mentioned in one of the photo captions that I would be writing about a homemade deodorant that helps prevent those stains in the first place.  It is another item from OneGoodThingByJillee.com, and I have been using it for over a month.

I use the second recipe she lists in the blog entry:

2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/8 Cup Baking Soda
1/8 Cup Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch

However, I added 10 drops of tea tree oil to it.  Tea tree oil has antibiotic properties, and if you can cut down on bacteria, you can cut down on odor.  NOTE:  Tea tree oil can irritate sensitive skin, so use with caution.

This form of deodorant is NOT solid, nor is it sprayable liquid.  It is kind of a goopy mess, so I keep it in a kitchen storage container and just stick my fingers in like I would with old-fashioned styling gel.  If you want it more solid, you can keep in the fridge, and it will be solid enough to rub on.

If you try it, let me know what you think!

Update 7/23/14:  I’ve been using this for a year now, and I love it!  I did find that eventually the tea tree oil caused irritation, so I’m now making it without any oils, though I’ve thought about trying lavender.  The thing I like best is that I no longer get the smelly armpit stains–and I mean smelly.  My antiperspirant often failed, so sweat would mingle with the chemicals and leave a smell that is way worse than my own sweat.  I don’t have these anymore.  Yay!

Note:  For tips on how to get those kinds of stains out, you can look at my entry on a Dawn & peroxide stain remover, which I got from onegoodthingbyjillee.com (link in my post):  https://mycreativeside44.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/dawn-and-peroxide-stain-remover-for-laundry/

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup


I meant to post this a few weeks ago, but better late than never, right?

For a while, I have wanted to find a good chocolate syrup recipe, but the ones I’d see use honey, and I was worried they’d be too thick if I refrigerated them.  But a couple weeks ago, my friend had us over to dinner and she made homemade ice cream, homemade chocolate syrup, and homemade whipped cream.  Sooo yum!  Anyhow, when I got home, I searched for the recipe she used on-line.  I found one at penniesonaplatter.com.  I didn’t remember her using the pinch of salt, but I figured it was worth a try.  It was delicious!!!  I used a little less sugar than the original recipe (1-3/4 cups).  It is richer (to me) than store-bought syrup, and I can use less of it in my milk to make REALLY chocolaty milk (if you’ve seen my mug brownie entry, you know I take my chocolate seriously).  It is also terrific on ice cream.  I don’t think I’ll ever buy chocolate syrup again.

UPDATE 8-5-2013:  Yesterday, I wanted to make another batch, but I didn’t want to have to search my posts, so I just Googled a recipe.  The recipe said to use a small saucepan, so, not remembering how much it boils, I did.  Big mistake!  You need at least a 2-quart saucepan unless you want a big old mess on your range top.  Lesson learned and remembered for next time.  However, this recipe used even less sugar:  1-1/2 cups.  It is richer, in a dark chocolate sort of way.  So, if you like your chocolate dark, you may want to try that.

Homemade Magic Shell


So, I finally got around to trying the homemade “Magic Shellrecipe that I’ve seen over and over again on Pinterest.  You can find the recipe I used at Whipperberry.com (link goes right to the recipe).  I used 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips with the 2 Tbsp of coconut oil, and I loved it!

Things you should note:

  1. It takes longer to harden than I remember the original Magic Shell taking.
  2. The coconut oil does lend a coconut flavor to it.  I love coconut, so this is no problem for me.  I intend to experiment in the future to see if mint oil can make it mint-flavored and cover the coconut (mint was my favorite Magic Shell flavor).
  3. It is a bit thicker than the original Magic Shell.  Even when I put it on the ice cream hot (which melts the ice cream), it was pretty thick.
  4. It is super easy to make!  (Two ingredients in a double boiler–it doesn’t get much easier.)

The one thing I wasn’t sure of was if I could store it.  The recipe made more than we used, so I stuck it in a plastic container.  The result is that it does harden some while resting, but if I pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds and stir it, it is ready to go again.  At that point it is warm but not so hot that it melts your ice cream a lot.  Update:  It turns out that after a few days, it hardens completely and re-heating doesn’t work so well.  I’ll keep experimenting to see if I can figure out a fix for this problem.  I tried adding a little bit of water to the dried chocolate, which seemed to help a little, but not enough.   I’ll update again if I figure it out!

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The homemade magic shell after being stored. As you can see, it is a bit solidified at this point.