Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lip Scrub Tutorial


I have three delicious lip scrub recipes for you! Each of my recipes are all-natural and made with extra fine castor sugar to sweetly exfoliate your lips to leave them polished and smooth! A little goes a long way and you don't need to over polish or scrub very hard! Use a lip polish a few times per week and lip balm several times a day, and your lips will stay in tip-top kissable condition.

 These recipes make the perfect DIY Holiday Gift! Make sure to visit Mountain Rose Herbs to order all your ingredients and glass containers. Visit them at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com.


Espresso Lip Polish
makes approx 1 ounce

1/2 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax 
2 teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Sweet Almond Oil
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Mango Butter
1 1/4 teaspoons espresso powder (I use Medaglia D'Oro)
2 teaspoons Superfine or Castor sugar
40 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil

1. Measure out the beeswax, sweet almond oil, and mango butter into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the beeswax and butter have fully melted.

2. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the espresso powder, sugar, and vitamin E oil. When the mixture starts to harden, simply stir again and spoon into a container with a lid and continue cooling at room temp. Massage a small amount of the scrub over moistened lips to exfoliate and moisturize. Tissue or rinse off.


Chocolate Mint Lip Scrub
Makes approx 1 ounce

1/2 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax 
2 teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Sweet Almond Oil
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Mango Butter
1 teaspoon Cocoa powder
2 teaspoons Superfine or Castor sugar
40 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil
10 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Spearmint Essential Oil

1. Measure out the beeswax, sweet almond oil, and mango butter into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the beeswax and butter have fully melted.

2. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the cocoa powder, sugar, vitamin E oil and spearmint essential oil. When the mixture starts to harden, simply stir again and spoon into a container with a lid and continue cooling at room temp. Massage a small amount of the scrub over moistened lips to exfoliate and moisturize. Tissue or rinse off.



Naked Lip Scrub
Makes approx 1 ounce

1/2 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax 
2 teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Refined Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Jojoba Oil
3 teaspoons Superfine or Castor sugar
40 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil

1. Measure out the beeswax, coconut oil, and Jojoba oil into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the beeswax and oils have fully melted.

2. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the sugar and vitamin E oil.  When the mixture starts to harden, simply stir again and spoon into a container with a lid and continue cooling at room temp. Massage a small amount of the scrub over moistened lips to exfoliate and moisturize. Tissue or rinse off.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve

My batches of Olive Oil Hand Salve for gift giving
I CREATED THIS POST IN 2012 AND DECIDED TO REPOST IT. If you are thinking about handcrafting your holiday gifts, this recipe is a great idea.  Enjoy!!! -Shannon

Every year I craft a handmade beauty product for my family and friends.  Last year I made Calendula Healing Salve and my friends and family truly loved it.  This year I made a bigger jar of my Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve.  I also bought some professional water & smear proof durable vinyl labels from Moo.com to apply to my four-ounce amber jars.  I ended up making a total of 20 four-ounce jars, but I think I might need more!! I am sharing the recipe with you, and due to popular demand, I have created the recipe using common U.S measurements instead of metric.  My recipe makes enough salve to fill 3 four-ounce amber jars. If you need more, you simply multiple the recipe.



The base of this salve uses three Organic oils.  I chose organic extra virgin olive oil, organic sweet almond oil and organic sunflower oil.  The best price I have found on the olive oil is at Costco. I got the sweet almond oil from Mountain Rose Herbs and the sunflower oil from Whole Foods. 

I thickened the salve with beeswax pastilles from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can order it HERE.

To help keep the oils fresh and avoid them turning rancid, I enlisted the herbal power of Rosemary Leaf Extract and Vitamin E Oil

I chose to lightly scent the salve with lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. 

Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve
(makes enough to fill three 4-ounce jars)

4 ounces Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 ounces Organic Sweet Almond Oil
2 ounce Organic Sunflower Seed Oil
3 ounces Beeswax Pastilles
80 drops Lavender Essential Oil
30 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
20 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
40 drops Rosemary Leaf Extract (antioxidant)
40 drops Vitamin E Oil (7500IU)

Combine the olive, almond and sunflower oils along with the beeswax in a large glass measuring cup that has been placed in a simmering water bath.  Heat until the wax and oils melt. Remove from heat and stir in the remainder of the ingredients. Carefully pour into the heat-safe glass jars. Cap and cool completely.

Photo of the oils and wax in the simmering water bath.

Carefully pour the hot mixture into the glass pots. I use an oven mitt when pouring the hot salve.

Notice the cracked middle? This is totally fine and happened to about 1/3 of my pots after they cool.  It does not affect the product at all. I am not for sure why this happens, but if it happens to you, don't worry about it at all!!!

I designed these vinyl product labels which fit perfectly on the four-ounce jars. I bought them from Moo.com. I really like that these labels will not smudge and are water proof.

I found some pretty green fabric and did a quick-sew little reusable gift bag and attached my personalized tag with draw string.


All snug in the gift bags and ready to be passed out to my family and friends for the holidays.


There is nothing that I enjoy more than sharing my herbal knowledge and handcrafted gifts with my family and friends!! I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful gifts from Mother Nature!! Green Blessings & Happy Holidays!!!

-Shannon