Rosemary’s Perfect Cream

I love lotion and creams but I don’t really enjoy the fragrances that are out there. In my family we are trying to take out the artificial fragrances and preservatives that are just not needed. Now I know for lotion and cream that a preservative is necessary for long-term storage. This recipe that I got from Rosemary Gladstar is just for my family and I and because I know we will go through it I don’t feel we need a preservative. I am sure there are some of you out there that think I am crazy (and I might be, who knows). But I am going to trust in this recipe until I find out otherwise. If I were going to sell this then I would definitely use a preservative (so you can all take a sigh of relief and not send me e-mails screaming about mold). I know all about it. Trust me. Please.

I like how with this recipe they give you a range of beeswax to use. I stuck with a middle amount since this was my first time trying out this recipe. I am not into really watery lotions/creams. I like mine to have a bit of body to them. Also for this recipe I used what I had. When I am playing around and trying things out I try not to buy too many new ingredients and instead make them more my own. This recipe does allow you to do that rather easily. What makes this one tricky is getting the proper emulsification since you are trying to get oil and water to play nice with each other. So here’s the ingredients I used:

Beeswax and Coconut Oil Sweet Almond and Grapeseed Oil

Chamomile and Lavender Infused Water (seeped for about 10 hours today)

Plus tea tree and lavender essential oils

So I bet you are all wondering how it turned out. Well, I think rather well. I used my immersion blender for this (which in my opinion has far more power than a regular blender and is easier to clean as well). What do you think?

Total Product Ingredients:  Chamomile and Lavender Infused Water, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Beeswax, Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil

Popsicle Stick Bracelets

When surfing around on the internet I came across this great site called Dollar Store Crafts (check it out) and saw a tutorial for popsicle stick bracelets.  I thought they were so cute of course I had to try them out!
I went to the local Wal-Mart and got a box of 300 sticks for like $3.00.  I love cheap crafts btw.  I found I had to simmer them in water for about 30 min then let them sit in the hot water for another 30 before they became bendable without breaking.  I used canning jars as the mold and anchored each one with clothes pins.  Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before taking them out of the jar or else they will start to straighten out.  I sanded each one so they were all nice and smooth.  You can use a variety of things to decorate them.  I used paint, scrapbook paper, temporary tattoos and tissue paper to make mine all pretty.  I gave each one a couple of coats of glossy Mod Podge and let them dry.

 

 

Didn’t they turn out great?  I got a pretty good response at the farmer’s market today.  I am selling each one for $3.00 since they take a minimum of 2 days to complete.  I have had requests for smaller ones and I am going to try to work out how to curve them more without breaking.

 

 

 

I can’t wait to make some more.  If you are patient then these are a great fun and cheap craft to do, or if you don’t want to make them I can sell you one or two of course 🙂

Farmers Market

I am now selling my soap every Sunday at the Somerset, WI Farmer’s Market from 8-12.  It is such a nice little market.  All the vendor’s are great.  We all stand around in our bare feet, and it is located in a campground which gives us great traffic.  I had a lot of interest and I cannot wait to go back this week.  Here’s the soaps I am selling this week:

Crabby but Clean Soap
Patriotic Soap with Star Embeds
Rubber Ducky Soap
Lemon Tea Soap with Lemon Peel for Exfoliation
Bug Soap (big hit with the kids last week)
Pink Power Soap
Hard Rock Soap

On Sunday I will take pics of our set up and the other things we are selling.  Anyone else selling their wares at a market this year?  How are sales going for you?