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Beetroot Strawberry Lip Balm

Its going to be girls night-out tonight.. We all are  meeting after very long time.. Its going to be fun. However I was thinking what should I gift  them.. Well there are few things which I have bought, but I wanted to give something made by me. Then I thought of some colored lip balm.. Then after doing some research I got idea of using beetroot powder.

I did not have beetroot powder and I did not have time to search it in market. I thought of experimenting and decided to use beetroot juice.. After all I just needed its color. I could use some color from market, but I wanted this lip balm to be natural.

Beetroot always gives color to my hands when I boil it :), So beetroot was best choice. Thanks to Marie as she have mentioned in one of her post that beetroot is water soluble and  therefore she used glycerin to make lip gloss.

I also wanted nice fragrance, so I decided to give it strawberry flavor.. Girls love it.

Beetroot Strawberry Lip Balm

Beetroot Strawberry Lip Balm

Then I started with my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 beetroot (Medium size)
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 2 teaspoon glycerin
  • 4.5 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 Vitamin E capsules
  • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry essence

Boil beetroot and remove it’s skin. Then grind it to make paste.

Beetroot paste

Beetroot paste

I then added water to paste and filtered it.

Then boiled this colored water to make it little more concentrated. I heated on low flame for 5-8 minutes.

Then in double boiler I added glycerin and 3 teaspoons of beetroot juice. And mixed it well.

Once it was mixed properly I added beeswax and olive oil

Heated in double boiler till wax melted properly. I was stirring it continuously.. But beetroot-glycerin mixture was still not getting mixed properly.

Then I turned off burner and whipped it using blender. And result was as expected.. Finally it was mixed properly forming a uniform fluid. (sigh)

 

Beetroot-glycerin mixture mixed properly after blending

Beetroot-glycerin mixture mixed properly after blending

I added essence and vitamin E oil by breaking capsules.

Again mixed using blender and poured it in lip balm containers. I kept then as it is to cool down and solidify.

This has aroma of strawberry and color of beetroot.

When I tried it, it gives pink tint on lips with this amazing aroma of strawberry.. 🙂

 

I would love to hear feedback from you..


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Homemade Cocoa Lip Balm

Finally!!! after a week I got time to share one of my recipes. I believe 99.99% ladies love lip balm.. Let it be any season, girls need lip balm.

However the one we get in market mostly contains petroleum gel, which is not good for skin and it makes lips sticky and sometimes dark too.. After trying n number of balms I decided to make my own.

I found some recipes for lip balms without harmful chemicals. I wanted to make one with chocolate flavor. All lip balm recipes needed cocoa butter for making chocolate flavored lip balm (cocoa butter is not easily available in India as mentioned in my previous post ). But then I came across something called as “Oil Infusion”.

There are two ways of oil infusion:

  • Cold infusion (Requires at least one month of time)
  • Heat infusion (faster method)

I did not have patience to wait till one month so i decided to use second method. To make chocolate flavored infused oil, I heated olive oil with cocoa seeds on hot plate. It took 3-4 hours to get desired color and aroma.

Then I started with my actual recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. Beeswax – 1 tablespoon
  2. Olive oil (heat infused with cocoa seeds) – 4 tablespoons
  3. Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon (It is in Liquid form in India)
  4. Vitamin E capsules – 2
  5. Butterscotch essence – 1 teaspoon
  • Melt beeswax using double boiler method. Don’t heat too much, just melt it
  • Add oils and stir well.

Mix oils and beeswax

 

  • Turn off burner or remove mixing bowl from boiler and add vitamin E and butterscotch essence. Stir well.
  • Immediately pour this mixture in the containers in which you want to store lip balm.

Cocoa lip balm with infused oil

 

  • Let it cool for some time.. Your lip balm is ready to use.. 🙂

This lip balm gives some shine to lips (almost negligible color) and it is nourishing and moisturizing. And the aroma of cocoa and butterscotch is just lovely..

Let me know how it goes with you..


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Homemade Kokum Aloe Hydrating Body Cream

Kokum Aloe Hydrating Body Cream

Kokum Aloe Hydrating Body Cream

 

To make a good body cream, it is generally suggested to use Shea butter or cocoa butter.But unfortunately to get Shea butter or cocoa butter in India (specially Mumbai) is very difficult.

So the best alternative i found was Kokum butter.The best part of Kokum butter is, it is easy to find in any place in India and is cheap too. And the results of this cream is amazing 🙂

The only problem with Kokum butter is that it is harder and very oily, So should be used in appropriate proportion.

Benefits of Main Ingredients used:

  1. Kokum butter:
    1. Prevents dry skin and wrinkles
    2. Helps regenerate skin cells
    3. High oxidative stability Use kokum butter is soaps, balms, belly balms, foot care products and other emollient skin treatments.
    4. Quick absorption rate
    5. Excellent for sensitive skin
  1. Aloe vera gel:
    1. Minimize damaged tissues
    2. Relieve skin rashes
    3. Reduce annoying pimples

Recipe:

  1. 1 tablespoon beeswax
  2. 2 tablespoon Kokum butter
  3. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  5. 4-5 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  6. ½ cup distilled water
  7. 3 capsules of vitamin E
  8. 1 tablespoon corn flour (for better texture of cream)

Heat all oils and beeswax by double boiler method till beeswax and kokum butter are dissolved completely. Remove from boiler, add vitamin E, aloe vera gel and blend with blender. Then add distilled water and corn flour and blend again. Blend till you get desired texture of cream.

Note: If you want to make it more liquefied, then add more water or gel.