On home-made garden goodness

img_9036Round One of the lip balms: lemon/mint and lemon/lavender

Christmas, yet finances are tight:  how about making some home-made goodies?

Tom and I made an assortment of body care products last night.  Lip balms, hand balms, bath scrubs.  We infused a few of our herbs (rosemary, mint, lavender) but otherwise everything else was purchased and then made in our kitchen, mad-scientist style.  I am kind of a hand-balm, lip-balm fool, and Tom definitely leans metrosexual, that is if you can lean that way and live on a farm…so, this was an enjoyable exercise.  You can make all these things too; it’s actually pretty fun.  I like the fact that these things are all natural, all are even edible; no petroleum products or other unpronounceable chemicals here.

(And if you’re the recipient of these things and I am ruining your Christmas day surprise, well…still act surprised, okay?)

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11 responses to “On home-made garden goodness

  1. I am kind of a hand-balm, lip-balm fool, and Tom definitely leans metrosexual, that is if you can lean that way and live on a farm…so, this was an enjoyable exercise. You can make all these things too; it’s actually pretty fun.

  2. Well, the mail hasn’t come yet today, so maybe I will be surprised!
    😀

  3. So, do you have a catalog? Mailing list? Room for one more on your gift list?

  4. Ooh, be careful, that’s how businesses get started. 🙂

  5. Those look wonderful, how did you learn how to make the goodies? You have some lucky recipients out there!

  6. Cool gifts! Thanks for the encouraging words on my blog! I look forward to ‘digging’ into yours! Kris

  7. CC: you’re on my list!

    Pamela, you too. Hah!

    Rurality, I accept your wise counsel. But if it gets us a Game Cam, then maybe I would consider hanging out a shingle!

    Mangochild, the idea was all the husband’s. Although I was quite game, of course. The bath scrub is really great (it’s sugar, olive oil and essential oils: great for one’s dry skin).

    Hickchick: Hah, you’re quite welcome. It is a leap but it’s a fun one, lots of learning along the way.

  8. Ooooh…how about sharing your recipe? That picture alone makes me yearn for some of that lemony yellow goodness! 🙂
    It sounds like you had a great time…very cool that your husband digs it, too!!

  9. Hi Danni. My husband? It was his idea, and he just showed up with the ingredients one day! The lip balm is pretty easy: one part beeswax, two parts carrier oil (olive, vitamin E, coconut, grapeseed, or sunflower). Start by one tablespoon to two tablespoons. Shave the beeswax from the block. Put in a glass jar with the oil and warm up in a double boiler. Once melted and stirred up, add a couple of drops of essential oil of your choice, then pot them up. Yum!

  10. those look like fun to make and fun to use. 🙂

    happy happy new year to you – wishing you a bountiful 2009!

  11. Hiya how can i get my fingers on the lip balm recipe?!

    thanks!!!

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