Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mango Body Butter

Makes approx. 8 ozs.

2 ozs cocoa butter (weighed)
2 ozs natural shea butter
2 ozs mango butter (weighed)
1 teaspoon wheat germ oil
3 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
Mango fragrance oil (or any fragrance oil)
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E. (optional, as a preservative)


Add all the butter ingredients to a pan or double boiler on low until all the ingredients have liquefied. Continue to heat on low for another 20 minutes (do not boil). The continued heating will help prevent the butters from becoming grainy once solid. Add additional oils and let set to cool for a few hours. Before the mixture sets, stir or even whip, to incorporate. Spoon into jars or tins and label.

Note: This is a firmer body butter.
If you prefer a softer butter, the
consistency can be adjusted
by decreasing the amount of
cocoa butter. Or just adding a little more aloe gel.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sheer Lipstick

1 teaspoon beeswax or canuba wax.
½ tablespoon wheatgerm oil or grapeseed oil.
½ tablespoon castor oil or vitamin E oil.
Color Ingredients
1 teaspoon titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
4 teaspoon mica.

Grate the beeswax or canuba wax and melt it using a double boiler, or by placing the grated wax in a microwave for around three minutes. When the wax has melted fully, add the wheatgerm oil or grapeseed oil to it, along with the castor oil. Mix well and add the color ingredients to this mixture. Heat the mixture until it begins to thicken, then pour it into the lipstick tube or container, and allow it to cool.