Today’s recipe is a perfect lip care duo of maple lip scrub and maple coconut lip balm. I’ve been making a lot of maple syrup flavoured cooking dishes, desserts, and even bath products the last few months because Victor is obsessed with it (I will totally admit I am too). We buy this amazing Quebec brand of maple syrup that comes in a can and just add it everything that sounds good. So of course I had to make him something maple for Valentine’s Day. Not to mention homemade chap stick is wonderful for your lips, and very simple to make even though it does require a variety of ingredients. I am religious with my balm in the Winter so it’s nice to know I can spend 30minutes and make enough of both to last me and my friends the whole season.
Maple Lip Scrub
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons maple syrup
(you can do 1 teaspoon honey and 1 maple syrup)
2 drops coconut or sweet almond oil
For the lip scrub I start with this base and scale up depending on how many I’m making, as well you can adjust how dry the scrub is. It’s very sweet and 100% edible so you can even lick it off your lips if you want!
Maple Coconut Lip Balm
*makes 10 in tubes
12g virgin coconut oil
7g raw cocoa butter
19g sweet almond oil
1g Vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons maple syrub
Few drops of coconut lip flavor oil
(base recipe by Humblebee&Me)
Melt all ingredients in a double boiler until completely melted and pour into containers.
I like to add the mica after I pour a few regular ones out so I can have both. The mica adds a bit of sparkle on your lip and color to the balm.
If the mixture starts to become hard to pour, remelt it. You may need to do this more than once if the mixture is cooling quickly in between pouring.
Buy deodorized cocoa butter if you don’t want the lip balm to smell like dark chocolate. Even with flavor oil the cocoa butter smell is very strong.
For lip balm containers, you can easy find them online in bulk (mine are from New Directions). Or you can also use any small plastic pot, easy to find in the cosmetic area of a drug/dollar store. I also make custom lip balms in cupcake containers that originally had candy in them that are just the perfect size for lip blam and super cute so you can pretty creative. For gifting I am using cute glass boxes with foam roses on top that I found and filled with a bit of pink confiti.
For today’s recipe I wanted to share one of my favourite essential oils in two different ways with lime Dead Sea salt scrub and lime coconut bath salts. Bath salts in general are great presents and they happen to be one of the easiest, cheapest and most customizable bath goodies that you can make so I love them. Not to mention lime is great for boosting your mood and good for the skin so it’s the perfect essential oil for a morning shower or a bath after long day. Dead Sea Salt is also refreshing and filled with minerals so it’s one of the best salts to use in the bath. Where the whipped sugar scrub that I shared yesterday is more geared towards people who take baths, today’s salt scrub is more of a shower product. I have ever seen my boyfriend take a bath so I like to make it for him to enjoy in the shower and then the bath salts for bath lovers I know.
Lime Dead Sea Salt Scrub
1 cup dead sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
*or any other type of oil
1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
12 drops Lime Essential oil
Lime soap dye
For the scrub you simply combine all ingredients together and place in a jar or container. I used a hand blender to combine mine together as the Dead Sea salt I bought was coarse and the blender helps make the granules finer. If you don’t like a greasy texture you may want to start with 1/3 cup oil and go up from there to find a texture you like that is not too oily. Also don’t worry is the oil sets on the bottom of the container just give it a good shake before using.
Lime and Coconut Bath Salts
1 part Dead Sea Salt
1 part Epsom Salt
a few drops of Lime Essential oil
a few drops of Coconut Fragrance oil
Bath Salts are easy, just combine your salt of choice with an essential or fragrance oil, and dye (if you want). Then place in a jar and you are ready to go. I made mine layered for a nice visual effect with green Dead Sea salt that smells of lime and white coconut Epsom salts.
For a lot of my homemade bath treats I try and recycle containers and repurpose them. Glass jars you have around the house are perfect for bath salts and scrubs. These glass jars were actually yogurt containers that after a quick cleaning turn into a perfect 1 or 2 bath portion of bath salts. To finished them off I used silver candy wrappers (tin foil works great as well) and wrapped a piece of thin jewelry wire around the top to secure them so nothing spills and a pink bow to finish it off.