DIY Homemade Beauty – Pink Grapefruit Solid Salt Scrub Cubes Recipe

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I’ve had such great success making and selling my handmade solid sugar scrub cubes, that I finally got around to taking a customer suggestion to make them as solid salt scrub cubes. However, if you want to use something other than ordinary table salt, these are a little trickier than the sugar scrub cubes and will crumble if you don’t make the a few recipe adjustments.
Beauty DIY - Handmade Pink Grapefruit Scented Solid Salt Scrub Cubes with Epsom Salts, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Mango Butter
Since I was making a few adjustments anyway, I made these salt scrub cubes extra moisturizing so that they feel more like a traditional salt scrub but in solid form. They are perfect for getting your feet ready for sandal season or just giving your body an all over exfoliating and moisturizing treatment. I used Epsom salts for this recipe, however if your budget allows, you can use dead sea salts for all or part of the salt.

Homemade Pink Grapefruit Solid Salt Scrub Cubes

Ingredients:
16 oz. Epsom Salt
2 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil

Instructions:
You can use a loaf pan to make these or even a square baking pan – whatever you have handy. Simply line your molds with plastic wrap or food service film taping the film at the top of the mold. (Alternately you can use decorative silicone molds for this. These offer so many sizes and options. You can also make these as bars rather than cubes.)
Start by weighing out your melt and pour soap base using a scale, then heat in the microwave or a double boiler until about half melted through. Next, you’ll weigh out your shea and cocoa butters and add them to your soap base. Continue heating to complete the melting process. Once melted, remove from your heat source and stir. Then measure out the jojoba oil and fragrance using a Tablespoon measurement and stir into the melted butter and soap base. In a separate bowl, weigh out the Epsom salts. If using a pigment for color, cut in a pinch of color using a butter knife or spatula. Now pour the Epsom salts into the butter/soap mixture and mix well. Finally, scoop the salt scrub into your mold and level with a spatula, then place in the refrigerator until solidified.
Once your scrub has solidified, gently remove the scrub from the molds by lifting it out of the mold with the plastic wrap from the top edges of the plastic wrap or simply push out of your silicone mold. If you used a loaf mold, you can use a Chef’s knife to cut the solid salt scrub into cubes. Place the salt scrub cubes in an airtight container until use.
To use these salt scrub cubes, simply crush one or two cubes in your wet hands and slather over your body. Rinse, then pat dry.
If you prefer to use natural, organic ingredients in your recipes, then I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs. They supply a variety of certified organic soapmaking and bath and body ingredients for the highest quality projects. If you’d like to try out my solid sugar scrub cubes recipe you can find it here.

DIY Mango Shimmer Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

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DIY Mango Lip Butter Recipe - DIY Handmade Washi Tape Decorated Lip Balm Pots - Shimmer Tinted Mango Lip Balm Recipe - Super Cute Gift Idea
In love with lip balm? Then make your own! Lip balms are ridiculously easy to make and are perfect as Christmas stocking stuffers, small gifts, or party and wedding favors! My recipe for DIY Mango Shimmer Tinted Lip Butter is a snap to make and decorating the lip balm pots makes this project entirely customizable and even more fun! My friend Meagan came over on Saturday to help me with this diy beauty project.
DIY Mango Lip Butter Recipe - A Fun Beauty Project for Crafting Your Own Mango Red Tinted Lip Balm with Shimmer - Great as Gifts and for Spa Parties
DIY Mango Tinted Shimmer Lip Balm Recipe
Ingredients:
1/4 oz. (by weight) organic cocoa butter
1/4 oz. (by weight) mango butter
1/4 oz. (by weight) refined or organic raw shea butter
2 level Tablespoons grated beeswax or beeswax pellets (or carnauba wax for a vegan alternative)
5mL mango flavor oil– measured out with a graduated plastic pipette
pinch of lip safe Diamond Dust mica powder(to suit)
pinch of oil soluble red iron oxide(to suit)

Instructions:
If you’re making these for yourself, have at it! However, if you are making these to sell, please take proper cosmetic safe measures and use sterilized equipment, gloves and a hair net. Start by measuring out your beeswax with an accurate tablespoon measure and place in a glass bowl or measuring cup. Then weigh out each of your butters and combine into the container with your beeswax. Melt on reduced power in your microwave until fully melted and stir. Now add your mango flavor oil (or lip safe mango fragrance oil) to the melted lip balm mixture and stir well. Follow by adding a pinch of red iron oxide and mica powder for shimmer and stir until thoroughly incorporated.

Making Mango Lip Balm

Using a pipette, fill your lip balm pots with your melted lip balm. If the mixture solidifies before you’re done, you can always reheat the lip balm in the microwave. If you’re using tubes, you can stand them up in a small dish filled with Epsom salts to keep them from tipping over.

Freshly poured shimmer red lip balm in lip balm pots

Once your pots are filled, cap tightly and allow to cool. You can expedite this process by placing your filled and capped lip balm pots in the refrigerator until solid. It won’t take long!

Decorating Mini Lip Balm Pots with Washi Tape - Great Gift Idea
Once the lip balms solidified, Meagan and I decorated the lip balm pots with Japanese Washi Tape.

DIY Washi Tape Craft Project - Washi Tape Decorated Lip Balm Pots for Gifts and Favors

There are no rules for decorating your lip balm pots with washi tape. Keep it simple or go wild!

DIY Washi Tape Lip Balm Pot - All Tied Up in a Bow Lip Balm Pot

Megan covered her lip balm pots in their entirety with washi tape and got super creative. To use, she simply used an Exacto knifeto cut around the lip balm pot where the lid meets the base. This allowed her to keep her lip balms extra pretty, but still allowed them to be opened.

DIY Pretty Washi Tape Lip Balm Pots - Mango Red Shimmer Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

You can also simply use the washi tape to create a decorative seal for your lip balms and simply add a strip of tape around the lid and base or across the pot from top to bottom.

Having fun making homemade lip balms

Now that your lip balms are complete, all that’s left is to try them out for yourself! Add some for a light tint and shimmer and some extra luscious moisture! Or keep them sealed and gift for birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, or Christmas. These are perfect for stocking stuffer gifts! They also make great party and wedding favors since you can easily make multiple quantities at once!

For more lip balm recipes, click here. Alternately, for more washi tape craft project ideas, go here! Happy crafting!

 

Quick And Easy Natural Massage Melts

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By Mindy Schwartz (Reader submitted)

Ingredients:

3 ½ oz. of shea butter
3 ½ oz. of beeswax
2 oz. of jojoba oil
2 oz. of sweet almond oil
¼ tsp. of Vitamin E

Equipment:

Mold(s) of your choice
1 digital cooking thermometer
2 Pyrex glass measuring cups
1 small digital postal scale
1 set of measuring aluminum spoons
Wax paper for measuring on the scale
Plastic wrap to cover Pyrex cups

Directions:

Step 1: Gather all equipment onto a clean, sterile surface. Place a sheet of wax paper over the small digital postal scale to measure out the shea butter and beeswax base. Place base in a Pyrex cup and cover with plastic wrap. Melt ingredients, completely, in the microwave.

Step 2: While the base is melting, use the second Pyrex cup for your jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin E, and essential/fragrance oils (if used). Mix, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.

Step 3: Once the base has melted, mix thoroughly. Pour the Pyrex cup from step 2 into the base Pyrex cup, mix together, and pour into your mold(s). Set aside for a couple of hours to cool and set. When soft, transfer the melts to the fridge until they are really hard. They should just pop out of the molds easily. Massage into skin and let product become absorbed. Due to melting properties, keep unused portions out of direct sunlight and store in a cool place.

Note: If you plan on using essential and/or fragrance oils in your recipe, place a digital thermometer in the melted shea butter and beeswax base. Wait for the temperature to drop down to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything higher will burn off the fragrant oils. After the temperature has reached this point immediately dump your Pyrex cup from step 2 into the Pyrex cup with the base, mix quickly, and pour into your mold(s). Follow the rest of step 3 instructions.

Muscle Relief Essential Oil Blend

½ tsp. of Eucalyptus
½ tsp. of Peppermint (do not use if pregnant)
30 drops of Rosemary

Tropical Fragrance Oil Blend (Substitute shea butter with mango butter)

½ tsp of Heliotrope fragrance oil
¼ tsp of Coconut Milk fragrance oil
30-50 drops of Tahitian Vanilla fragrance oil

Mindy Schwartz is a writer for the handmade beauty industry, as well as, the owner of a handmade bath and body business called Grayson’s Apothecary of Beauty. For more information, go online to http://www.graysonsco.com

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