Homemade Gifts: Maple Lip Balm and Scrub

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maple lip blam an d maple lip scrubToday’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!

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Maple Coconut Lip Balm

*makes 10 in tubes

10g beeswax

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

Gold/Bronze Mica

(base recipe by Humblebee&Me)

Melt all ingredients in a double boiler until completely melted and pour into containers.

Tips:

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.

Packaging

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.

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Homemade Gifts: Lime Dead Sea Salt Bath & Scrub

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lime dead sea salt (8)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.

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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.

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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.

Recycle Packaging

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.

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Popsicle of the Week: Dulce De Leche

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This week’s popsicle of the week is Victor’s favourite sweet, dulce de leche. He is from Chile were dulce de leche is a very popular snack even though it an Argentinian. He will eat a whole bottle of it in a few days just by eating spoonful’s so I knew I had to make him popsiclse flavored after it. I searched the internet for a recipe as I didn’t know how to go about making a popsicle that wasn’t fruit based but I didn’t have much luck. There were a lot of dulce de leche and lemon popsicle recipes (gross) but finally I found one with just dulce de leche. However the recipe called for 10 ingredients so I knew straight away I wouldn’t be using it but it gave me an idea on how to make the popsicle creamy…cream! However it seems that all recipes still had yogurt as the base so I decided to be creative and use coconut Greek yogurt. In Chile they have a dessert that is very common made with dulce de leche and coconut so I knew the flavors would suit each other well and off I went! This recipe only has 3 ingredients and is for 5 popsicles molds.
EDIT: I made these before going on vacation and didn’t have a chance to take photos of the final results. When I made them again I didn’t do the swirl effect that the recipe shows.

What You’ll Need:

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  • Dulce de leche
    *in Montreal it’s easy to pick up in the grocery store section where you find peanut butter
    *if you cannot find go to a store that has South American products
  • Coconut Yogurt
    *Organic if you can find
  • Cream (15%)
  • Whisk
  • Bowls and spoons

Time:

5minutes to prep the mixture, 4 hours in the freezer

Steps:

  1. Add 1 cup of dulce de leche to a microwavable bowl. Put in microwave for 10 second intervals until creamy texture.
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  2. Take 1/4th cup of cream to a bowl and add in 1 cup of coconut yogurt. Mix with a whisk until smooth.
    *I added a few more tablespoons of cream to make it smoother after mixing
    *the coconut yogurt I use comes with shredded coconut, if you use a different brand I would suggest maybe adding in 2 tablespoon of finely shredded coconut
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  3. Then add in 80% of the dulce de leche and mix until incoperated.
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  4. Add in most of remaining dulce de leche to the mixutre but do not mix beyond a few turns.
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  5. Put into mold, and add the last spoonfuls of dulce de leche to the top of the mold.
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  6. Clean top and put on lid and stickers before putting in freezer for 4 hours.
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 Final Thoughts:

These were more an experiment the first time I made them and I didn’t even need to adjust the recipe at all or try again – they turned out great. The combination of the dulce de leche and the coconut flavour is amazing and they turned out very creamy. I loved the added cream, it does such a great job at removing the usually yogurt taste and made it seem more ice cream in flavour instead. What I would suggest is when mixing the yogurt with the cream, start with what I’ve used here but then add a tablespoon of cream at a time and taste afterwards each spoonful. You want to keep the coconut flavor but make it creamer. I think the only thing I would change would to be to add more of swirl effect or just mix the dulce de leche in completely. I think having just a little bit of it for me at least not as texturally pleasing as it could be. If you know anyone who loves dulce de leche, these are a great treat to make them and I am sure they will be over the moon! If you have any suggestions for my next recipe let me know in the comments.

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