You make me hot

You make me soooo hot and steamy. “You” would be the flu. Yup, our house is riddled with influenza.

I slept a lot yesterday and today but I’m feeling better. Hopefully my flu shot will nip this in the bud and instead of a week of misery I’ll just have the one day. The kids weren’t so lucky. Being old enough to choose “no” has consequences, as they learned this year. “They” would be my son.

I did get up today and make lip balm. You read that right. I couldn’t find lip balm from my orthodontist, which are my preferred “chapsticks”. Honestly I don’t know where he gets them but they are really great. I love what I made and it’s working miracles on my lips, but his lip balms never melt in the car or your pocket, they give me 2-3 free every visit, and so on. Still, I didn’t have time to hunt for something that was clearly not going to be found. My lips were cracked, raw, and peeling from 12 solid hours of feverish sleep, and the resulting dehydration. I also did not want to add Carmex to that hot mess. So I perused my favorite DIY sites until I found ideas and wrote out a recipe.

My recipe called for cardamom oil, which I didn’t have. No worries. I happen to have two jars of cardamom in my spice cabinet due to a miscommunication between J and me.Into a shallow metal bowl, I measured olive oil and 1 tablespoon cardamom. It went on top of a pot filled with 2″ of water-a modified double boiler, essentially. I kept this at the warm setting for about an hour then set it to cool.

Then, into the double boiler went the coconut oil and shea butter, and set on warm again for about a half hour. Simmering shea butter and/or coconut oil after you melt it for at least 20 minutes insures that the results will never be gritty, even if they should unfortunately melt and solidify again in the future (say, in a hot car). Then I added beeswax and shredded cocoa butter. After the beeswax melted I pulled it from the heat and added the strained cardamom oil. I strained it through a coffee filter, which took quite a while. Having the essential oil might be necessary or I might need to consider using allspice next time. We have whole allspice on hand and coarsely ground it would be easy to strain and still pleasantly aromatic.

Finally, as the oils were cooling I quickly stirred in the contents of one vitamin E capsule as a preservative and for healing,  and approximately 1/2 tsp honey for its healing and humectant properties.

It made enough to fill four chapsticks or two carmex containers, for point of reference. Pictures are lacking because, well, I was sick and not actually planning to blog today. Silly past me.

The result is a creamy lip balm that goes on a little thick, which is exactly what I needed today. It’s heavier than my orthodontist’s chopsticks, which is great. I didn’t need light and silky, I needed the iron fist of lip balms.

Tomorrow I hope to make clay shaving soap, shaving cream, coffee body scrub, and hair conditioner. I have two orders to fill!

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Author: scseery

Soap, bath and beauty, jams and jellies, and unique upcycled gifts. That's what I make and talk about here. A lot.

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