It is cold and raw outside and my hands, as they do every year, are suffering. I think I may have found the solution. It is simple, smells wonderful and involves a little bit of messing around in the kitchen – solid moisturiser bars.
I don’t know if you have a pinterest* account filled with wonderful recipes, tutorials and inspiring ideas. I certainly do. But I’m not always very good at actually doing anything with them. Often it is lack of time but many times it is because I’m off thinking about the next great idea. This year I’d really like to try and slow down a little and make more use of the many many ideas I already have at my fingertips.
With this in mind I had a look through my pinterest boards and remembered how excited I was to find a solid moisturiser recipe (is it a recipe if it isn’t edible?). I ordered some shea butter and looked out my beeswax and coconut oil and was all set to go.
It is such a simple recipe that I think it is okay to share it here, there is so little to it that I don’t think the source (Everyday Paleo) will mind.
1/2 cup coconut oil (I buy mine from a local whole foods shop)
1/2 cup shea butter (I found unrefined shea butter here)
2/3 cup beeswax (mine came from here)
Essential oils – around 20 drops
– Add coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to a large glass jar (or bowl)
– Place in a gently simmering pan of water
– Shake occasionally and wait for it to melt
– Add your choice of essential oils for frangrance (or leave as is, it will smell wonderful anyway)
– Pour into moulds (I used a muffin tin)
– Wait for the bars to cool and set
The children were fascinated by the process (if a little miffed to discover the contents of the muffin tin weren’t edible!) and have been enjoying using the moisturiser. I’m keeping it in a little cup next to the kitchen sink.
I think prettily wrapped bars will make lovely presents. I’m sure I’ll be making more.
*I know there is, quite rightly, such a lot of debate around pinterest. For that reason I sat on the sidelines for a long time and I only recently opened an account – I made the decision to open the account with a self-imposed rule that I wouldn’t pin anything that I couldn’t link directly back to the original source. Sometimes this means I don’t pin because the route back to the original source is too convoluted, and it often takes me a while to be able to pin what I am interested in because I have to search back a few stages – but I feel much more comfortable doing it this way (I have broken my rule a couple of times where I have felt the idea is so generic that I am not impinging on someone’s personal creativity). It still isn’t perfect but it feels right for me .