Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe

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This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Made using natural chamomile infused olive oil, this homemade chamomile balm recipe is perfect for hands, feet, body and even lips! (Use only lip safe fragrances or flavor oils if using on lips.) If you’re sensitive to fragrances you can leave your balm unscented. Or use cocoa, ginger and espresso for a fantastic fragrance that’s just as divine as this balm itself. (I have to admit I’m a sucker for all three of these things.)

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Once you’ve created you own homemade chamomile balm, package it in sustainable, eco-friendly brown paperboard jars. Then top each container with cute bee sticker embellishment for a thoughtful homemade gift idea. These are perfect as homemade stocking stuffers, DIY wedding favors or even as part of a handmade gift basket. Here’s the recipe…

 This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. chamomile infused olive oil (or other infused carrier oil of choice)
.5 oz. shea butter
.25 oz. mango butter
.25 oz. beeswax
25 drops cocoa absolute
15 drops fresh ginger essential oil
12 drops espresso fragrance oil

Instructions:

You’ll need to begin by making the chamomile infused olive oil. (Alternately you can use any other “liquid at room temperature” carrier oil of your choice.) I made mine by filling a mason jar with organic chamomile flowers – and few lavender blossoms just because – then covering the chamomile completely with olive oil. I set it in a cabinet for a several months, shaking occasionally.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

However, you do not need to wait months for your chamomile infused oil to be ready. (I was saving mine for the perfect recipe!) Your chamomile infused oil should be ready for use within about two weeks. Or, to speed up the process, you can simmer the chamomile flowers in olive oil on the stove, covered, for 30 to 60 minutes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

Once you’ve infused the olive oil with chamomile, you must now strain it for use. You can do this by either using cheesecloth or a coffee filter. I chose to use a coffee filter to keep my chamomile infused olive oil free of any plant material for a clear oil.

You can easily strain it by inserting the cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter onto a mason jar then using a canning ring to hold either the cheesecloth or coffee filter in place.

Once you’ve strained your chamomile infused olive oil, it’s now ready to incorporate into your homemade chamomile balm recipe.

How to make a simple homemade chamomile balm recipe.

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax and mango butter. Heat until melted in a double boiler or at 50% power in the microwave.

Now weigh out the shea butter and stir into the melted beeswax and mango butter. Heat again so the shea butter melts completely.

Next, weigh out the chamomile infused olive oil. Stir into the melted beeswax and butters.

If you would like to scent your chamomile balm recipe, use a dropper or plastic transfer pipette to add the cocoa absolute, ginger essential oil and espresso fragrance oil.

I found my cocoa absolute at my local co-op. However I had to purchase the ginger essential oil online. The espresso fragrance oil is the same one I had left over and on hand from my homemade orange and espresso soap recipe here.

The amounts listed within this chamomile balm recipe for the cocoa absolute, ginger eo and espresso fo will give your homemade chamomile balm a light scent of gently spiced mocha espresso. For a stronger fragrance, increase the amounts of each ingredient slightly until you’ve achieved your desired scent strength. (Be sure to stay within use guidelines for the essential oil and fragrance oil!)

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Mix these ingredients so they are fully incorporated into the base of your chamomile balm then pour into your containers.

For my homemade chamomile balm recipe I used eco-friendly 1/2 ounce brown paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging. I was able to fill six containers, each with .3 oz. of my homemade chamomile balm.

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Once the chamomile balm solidifies, place the lid on each of the containers.

I then decorated the lids of my homemade chamomile balm with Jolee’s Boutique’s Bee Dimensional Embellishment Stickers.

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Your homemade chamomile balm is now ready for use or for gifting! If you are selling your homemade chamomile balm, label accordingly with and INCI ingredient listing, your DBA or business name, and contact information.

If you like my homemade chamomile balm recipe you may also enjoy the best selling book, Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive, by Petra Ahnert. This book provides a multitude of exciting uses for beeswax including beauty and skin care recipes, homemade soaps and candles and even scented beeswax ornaments that are simply perfect for the upcoming holidays! You can learn more about this book here.

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DIY Ideas for Homemade Soap Labels

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DIY Ideas for Homemade Soap LabelsOne of the most difficult things for me about soapmaking isn’t coming up with new recipes or ideas, it’s coming up with a design for the actual labels that go on the resulting soaps. So I thought I’d share just a few ideas for inspiration to help you with your own homemade soap labels whether you’re crafting handmade soaps to sell or to give as handmade gifts.

I created the side wrap labels for my handmade activated charcoal facial soap (pictured above) in Open Office, which is a free open source program similar to Word. First, I measured out my soap bar to figure out what size my labels needed to be then created two columns with these size guidelines in Open Office. (Don’t forget to create padding between the two columns to compensate for the width of your soap.) In the left column I typed out the ingredient list, weight and company information. I then copied and pasted this information down the entire left side of the column. Then, in the right hand column I typed in the soap name using a decorative font.

Then I placed a frame in center of the name and left it blank so I could adhere a “Handmade with Love” sticker inside the empty frame once printed. I purchased these particular stickers from Cute Tape, however you can create your own Kraft stickers and labels with Kraft sticker paper from World Label. Alternately, you could also insert a picture or drawing here in lieu of a frame.

Also, if you are creating frame around the label with an existing frame or picture, you will need to wrap the frame in the background and then arrange it by sending it to the back. Once I had my design in place for the front side of the label, I then copied and pasted the soap name and frame down the entire right side of the column so that it lined up with the ingredient list on the left. I then printed them onto a full page white sticker sheet.

Too much of a challenge? You can download the soap labels like the ones pictured above here, then use a PDF converter to edit the text with your own information.

Printable Mountain Range Soap LabelUsing the same basic concept I also created this Mountain Man Detox Soap Label using my own drawing I scanned into the computer in place of the frame.

Creating Custom Soap Labels

Like the previous soap label, the ingredients, weight and business info wrap around onto the back of the soap so just the soap name and image appear on the front. Alternately, you could also place the company name on the front above the picture with the type of soap below the picture. You can use a black and white image and either leave it black and white or color it in with markers by hand for a more homemade look. Or you can simply use a color image and print the labels out in color. You can download my Mountain Range Soap Labels in black and white here. Or download in color here. You will have to use a PDF converter to edit and customize the labels.

Ideas for Wrapping and Labeling Homemade Soaps - Cigar Band Soap Label

Another simple way to label your soaps is with a cigar band label. These labels can be wide or thin. And as the only labeling requirement for true soap (created from primarily fats and an alkali) is the weight, you can make these a minimalist as you like. Rather than make a perfectly straight rectangle shaped cigar label for my Handmade Summer Festival Soap, I included some clip art I purchased for this soap label to give it some shape and dress it up a bit.

Handmade Soap Packaging Idea - Homemade Soap Wrapped in Kraft Paper with a Sticker Cigar Band Soap LabelYou can use images in any number of ways on these cigar band labels. However, the smaller your label, the small and simpler the image for your soap label should be. Here, I wrapped the soap first in Kraft paper and then applied a cigar band soap label that was printed onto sticker paper.

Handmade Cork Wrapped Soaps from Bodhi Basics - Homemade Soap Labeling and Packaging IdeaFor more ideas, I suggest window shopping! There are so many amazing handmade soap artisans online, that’s it’s easy to browse products from other companies to help inspire your next soap label or packaging design! For example, Bodhi Basics (pictured above) wraps her lovely natural, organic soaps with paper cigar band labels printed on Kraft paper with a piece of cork tucked inside.

Black Licorice Halloween Soap from Daily ReposeWhile Daily Repose dresses up her simple Kraft paper labels from her handmade soap line with a lacy paper doily edge and ribbon. I also love how she decorated her seasonal soaps for Halloween with little accents like the skull featured on this black licorice scented soap (above.)

Sandalwood and Vanilla Scented Soap from Sunshine GardenSunshine Garden wraps her soaps in what appears to be waxed paper or parchment. Then wraps with a cigar band label made from decorative papers. A round sticker label with her company name, fragrance and weight.

What are some of your favorite ways to wrap your own homemade soaps whether to sell or to gift?


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DIY Custom Printable Jam Labels

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Free Custom Printable Jam Labels - DIY Personalized Labels from the Jam LabelizerIf you’re looking for a simple way to label your jars of jam – although these could work on bars of soap as well – then you definitely need to check out the Jam Labelizer. This brilliant website allows you to choose from several styles of labels and colors, customize completely with your own information, choose the size of your label based on the size of the jar, and either print your labels or save as a jpeg.

Customizable DIY Jam Labels - These are great for crafting homemade wedding favors and more!There are quite a few label designs to choose from that are completely free to print. However, if you choose a premium design – such as this one that allows you to include your own image – there’s a small $5 membership fee that gives you access to all of the designs to print as few or as many as you’d like. Additionally, for those that brew their own handcrafted beers, there’s also a Beer Labelizer! Whether you’re into preserves, beer, or soaps these labels are perfect for customizing products to sell or to gift as holiday, party or homemade wedding favors.

Use the Jam Labelizer to Create Custom Printable Soap LabelsAbove is an example of using the Jam Labelizer used for custom soap labels. What would use the Jam Labelizer for? Your favorite preserves or something else entirely?


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DIY Washi Tape Jars for Your Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes

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DIY Washi Tape Jars for Your Homemade Bath and Beauty RecipesLooking for a clever way to store and gift your homemade bath and beauty recipes? Upcycle old jars and give them a personal touch with washi tape. It’s so incredibly easy to do, especially if you have nice amber jars left over from handmade soap and cosmetic products you’ve made. However, this will work on any smooth walled jars, so create a collection for a nice display or a homemade spa gift basket. The jar I made, used to have a sample of a body safe fragrance oil inside!

To make your own jars, simply wrap two to four layers of washi tape around the jar in rows. Start at the top of the jar and work your way day with a strip of washi tape wrapped one below the other. As different washi tapes have differing transparencies, you may need to wrap your strip of washi tape around your jar several times for each row so you can’t see any writing that you may be disguising underneath. Use a strip of washi tape that has labels on it, to write the name of the beauty treatment you plan to store inside. I bough these lovely patterned washi tapes from Cute Tape. I really enjoy the selection and the free shipping for larger orders.

Once you’ve decorated your jar or jars, it’s time to fill them up! This jar is perfect for housing my homemade argan oil infused bath melts and solid sugar scrub cubes as well as tiny guest flower shaped glycerin soaps. You could also fill it with a natural green tea & mint body scrub, peppermint scented bath salts, my natural sore muscle salt scrub, vanilla & patchouli scented bath salts, natural lavender & calendula milk bath, or an organic salt soak.

For more great homemade bath & body recipes, check out some of my other posts on Soap Deli News and be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest! And don’t forget to follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’ so you never miss a post!


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How to Make Handmade Stamps

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How to Make Handmade Stamps - DIY Stamp TutorialI’ve been wanting to try making my own stamps for a while, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I finally got around to it. I think I made it harder than it really was in my head, so I kept putting it off. In the end it wasn’t really difficult, though it did give me a new found appreciation for the artisans that make handmade stamps for a living. I don’t think I’d be able to match their craftsmanship especially on the much smaller stamps, which my hands have a harder time of maneuvering because of the fibro. My son on the other hand dove into trying out a more intricate design.

How to Make Stamps - Stamp Making Book - Making An Impression

In preparation for this project I purchased the book, Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps, by Geninne Zlatkis. Not only was this book rated one of the best craft and hobby books of 2012 by Amazon, but I really loved the designs and projects inside. It also provided some very easy and straight forward instructions to making your own hand carved stamps for the first time. And it has some pretty nice templates that you can use to create your own stamps. I also purchased a Speedball Linoleum Cutter Assortment because I wanted the option of different carving tips and two Speedball 4-Inch-by- 6-Inch Speedy-Carve Carving Blocks which can easily be cut in half and used. However, if you’re not quite sure if stamping is right for you, you can buy a Speedball Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit for right around $10 with free shipping. It includes Includes one sheet of rubber, a wooden handle, one cutter tip, one gouge tip, tracing paper and instructions.

How to make hand carved stampsI was stubborn and chose to not use tracing paper since I wasn’t at the point where I wanted to try lettering. Instead, I drew my design right onto the rubber block. I did take some advice from the book, however, and stamped the top of the rubber block with a colored ink pad so I had a better idea of what I was removing when I cut and what I was leaving behind. The rubber blocks were very easy to cut with the rubber blocks I purchased and the tools so there wasn’t much effort like there is if you’re carving wooden blocks for printmaking.

Hand Carved Stamp DIY - Handmade Flower StampMy son chose to cut his rubber block in half and made two stamps. He etched his first stamp with a flower rather than making deeper cuts into the rubber. This allowed for a more detailed look, but you had to be careful not to press the stamp too hard onto the paper or the image would smear.

Handmade Stamp Making Tutorial

Hand Carved Stamp Making TutorialHe also made a ghost in a doorway stamp. He liked the idea of leaving the edges of the stamp intact rather than removing the rubber around the image.

DIY Hand Carved Stamps - How to Make Homemade StampsI knew I wanted to use my hand carved stamps on surfaces other than just plain paper, so I purchased a Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad in black along with some Glassine Wax Paper Bags which I’ve been using to wrap soaps and purchases from my shop in. The StazOn ink works on virtually every surface without rubbing off making it perfect for waxed paper bags. You just have to be sure to allow the ink to dry thoroughly. I bought the black which was really dark and vivid.

Handmade Soap Packaging - Use a Glassine Bag, Baker's Twine and Hand Carved Custom DIY Stamp

I folded over a 5″ x 7″ glassine bag that I stamped with my hand carved butterfly design to package a bar of soap. Then I wrapped washi tape around the top edges and tied it closed with a bit of Baker’s Twine. The bags can be used in a number of ways and would make really great handmade favor bags for parties and weddings. Or use your own hand stamped bags to wrap your small handmade gifts and soaps in for Mother’s Day or to dress up simple gift tags!

Don’t feel limited by the rubber blocks for making stamps though. You can also use rubber erasers or wine corks to create your own handmade stamps. And definitely don’t feel limited by paper and envelopes! You can also use your freshly carved rubber stamps to decorate your cold process soaps!


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