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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

DIY With Coconut Oil

So as I promised I will give you step by step on how to make your own natural goodies with coconut oil. Below I put links on where you can get containers for each DIY project as well as the essential oils, beeswax and shea butter.

 This recipe makes about 1/2 cup or 4oz. You can easily double this depending on how much you need for you and/or your family. This makes a very soft balm which makes the application easy, if you prefer something more firm you can easily add more beeswax. I have found that 2oz jars (I have attached a link on where to get them below) are the most convenient size, they fit in any purse, backpack and even a diaper bag. But if you have an empty jar around the house feel free to use that.
 1/4 cup coconut oil
 1/8 cup shea butter
 4 tsp. beeswax granules 
 12 drops citronella essential oil
 8 drops rosemary essential oil
 8 drops cedar wood essential oil
 8 drops lemongrass essential oil
 8 drops eucalyptus or tee tree essential oil
 Jar(s) for finished balm
 Metal Whisk
 Metal Spoon
 Double Boiler
 Bring the water in your double boiler to a boil and then lower the heat to medium-low. Now add your coconut oil and shea butter and let the two melt while whisking together. Add the beeswax and whisk in the granules in to the coconut oil and shea butter mixture, until it is completely melted.
 Remove the pan from the heat, let the liquid cool for about 5 minutes and then whisk in the essential oils. Make sure you whisk it well to ensure everything is combined. Poor the liquid into your jar(s), let cool uncovered at room temperature before putting the cap on.

 A lotion bar is not intended on being used in the shower, you can but that's not how its normally used. You just rub the bar until its warm and then apply it on your skin like a lotion. I have found keeping then in tins is convenient and also a great way to dress them up to give as gifts.
 Coconut Oil (1 part)
 Pure Beeswax (1 part)
 Essential Oils (optional)
 Lotion Mold
 Heat coconut oil and beeswax together in a saucepan over low heat. Because the beeswax takes a while to melt down it helps if you break it up into small chunks. Once the coconut oil and beeswax are melted you can add in whatever scents you prefer in the form of your essential oils. 
 Pour the melted mixture into lotion bar molds, let them sit out until cool. If you need to speed the process up a bit you can put them in the refrigerator. After they are cool you can pop out the molds and place them inside the tins, and they are ready to use.

 This sunscreen is somewhat but not completely waterproof, so you should still reapply after swimming or even after sweating a lot. Also a VERY important note...make sure you do not inhale the Zinc Oxide
 1/2 cup almond oil, can also use olive oil
 1/4 cup coconut oil
 1/4 cup beeswax
 2 tbsp zinc oxide
 1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
 2 tbsp shea butter (optional)
 Essential oils for fragrance (optional) 
 Glass jar
 Plastic container to keep sunscreen in
 Metal spoon
 Combine all ingredients except for the zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. You can use a mason jar or even an old pickle jar. Fill the saucepan with a few inches of water and place over medium heat. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place it in the saucepan filled with water. As the water heats the ingredients in the jar will start to melt, shake or stir occasionally. When all ingredients are completely melted add the zinc oxide, stir in well and then pour into whatever container you will be using. It does not pump very well in a lotion pump though. As it begins to cool make sure you really mix it up to make sure the zinc oxide is really mixed in. You use this as you would normal sunscreen, it is best if used within 6 months.

For Lotion Bar Molds Click HERE

For Lotion Bar Tins Click HERE

For Bug Repellent Jars Click HERE

For Sunscreen Tube Click HERE

Essential Oils Click HERE

Shea Butter Click HERE

Beeswax Click HERE

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