homemade organic lip balm set

Okay, I promise that this is the last Valentine's Day related post. I think I am really just looking for excuses to make things now that I have my energy back after that exhausting pregnancy. Yay! It's over! ;)

Anyway, I made this cute lip balm set to share with family and friends this Valentine's Day! It was really fun and quite simple. I thought it would be cute to stick with the theme of the holiday and made peppermint lip balm and cinnamon lip gloss, naming them "Play it Cool" and "Keep it Hot." Hehe.

I followed Amanda's recipe on SouleMama for the peppermint lip balm. I left it untinted so that I could give it to the guys in my family, too. I love it and it got great reviews from everyone. Even better, I had everything except for the essential oil already in my house. Love that!

I bought the tins from Mountain Rose Herbs and the stickers from Paper Source. I also bought the book Organic Body Care that Amanda recommended. I can't wait to try some of the lotions and bath salts.

 

For my first batch of cinnamon lip gloss, I just subbed in cinnamon essential oil for the peppermint. It was nice but I wanted something a bit glossier with more color. I improvised a bit and made a couple different batches and settled on the following recipe. I LOVE it. I think you will, too. Enjoy!

Keep it Hot
Organic* Tinted Cinnamon Lip Gloss

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Beeswax (1/2 Fluid Ounce)
1/2 Tablespoon Raw Honey (Local is great if you can find it!)
10 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
1/2 Stick of Natural Lipstick, Chopped (I used Hemp Organics)

*I used all organic ingredients.

Place coconut oil, beeswax and honey in a double boiler or heatproof bowl and sit atop a saucepan of simmering water. Heat until melted, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat. Add cinnamon oil and lipstick. Stir until blended.

Place the pan or bowl in a larger bowl full of cold water. Stir quickly until the mixture begins to change in consistency and turn opaque. (If it starts to change consistency on it's own while stirring in your essential oil and lipstick, because it's cool in your kitchen, you can skip this step!)

Spoon mixture into containers, filling to the top, and smooth the surface of the balm with the back of a spoon. Place covers on, and let it sit to cool for a couple hours.

Fills approximately four 1/2 oz tins. Double or triple the recipe for gift-giving!

I packaged each set in a little muslin bag with my logo. I bought the custom logo stamp and drawstring bags from My Rubber Stamp on Etsy. Then I printed out the Valentines I designed for DBFA at a 50% scale for the tags.

I think this little Valentine's lip balm set turned out quite cute, don't you?

cranberry pistachio dark chocolate bark

Sheldon's birthday is this Saturday and for every holiday I get him truffles from his favorite chocolate shop a couple blocks away. I decided to step it up this year and make him some homemade chocolates, too. I thought I'd share this super easy recipe with you in case you have a loved one who might appreciate some homemade treats for Valentine's Day.

16 ounces dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pistachio nuts

Turn a baking sheet upside down and wrap it with tin foil. You'll use this to spread the melted chocolate on. Fill a small plastic bag with the pistachio nuts and hit them gently with a glass jar to turn them into coarse bits. Save for later.

Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and sit it over a saucepan of simmering water. The bowl should not be touching the water. Stir here and there until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Add the cranberries and gently fold them in.

Spread the chocolate and cranberry mixture on the foil covered baking sheet evenly to desired thickness. While the chocolate is still hot, sprinkle the pistachio bits and a bit of sea salt over the surface. Chill for about a half an hour in the fridge until cold and firm.

I like the look of simply breaking it into uneven pieces, but you could also cut with a sharp knife if you'd prefer even squares. Triangles could also be cute. Store in the fridge.

If you're giving the bark as a gifts, this batch would fill about 4-5 half pint mason jars. Fabric and a sweet tag complete the package.

And because this is MY BLOG and I do what I want, I'm going to indulge myself by getting all sentimental about the fabric. The last time I used it was in college when I sewed complicated things like hoodies, laughed like crazy, cried like crazy (literally. crazy.) and had some really awesome roommates (move back to Baltimore, you jerks!). I got out my old laptop and found this picture. See the fabric on the shoulder?

Look at that confused little girl. Hot, though. Maybe I'll put this picture on my fridge as a reminder to NOT EAT (too much) CRANBERRY PISTACHIO DARK CHOCOLATE BARK. ;)

Sorry about all the caps. Happy Valentines Day! And happy birthday to my dear husband! I love you, Sheldon, you sexy thing.