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The Making of Goop

I spent the weekend making various goos.  I started out with rosemary mint hair conditioner and toothpaste.  The conditioner recipe is found here and the toothpaste is just a combination of coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils (peppermint, lemon, and orange).

I put the bulk of the toothpaste in a storage jar but put a small amount in a little container for daily use.  I hate, hate, hate regular toothpaste (don’t make me give you details or you’ll puke all over your keyboard) but am loving this homemade version!

Then I made some chapstick/lip balm.  I used this recipe and went with the lemon/orange/peppermint essential oils again.  It’s another hit and I’m pleased with it.

I wanted to make a hard lotion bar so started with this recipe and this one.  Then I remembered this one.  Now this is where I started getting a bit cocky.  I ended up using 75 grams beeswax, 250 grams cocoa butter, 100 grams shea butter, 75 grams avocado oil, 75 grams sweet almond oil, 10 capsules vitamin E (snip the capsules and squeeze the oil out), and some lemon & orange essential oils.  Having never made lotion bars before, I wasn’t completely sure if this would end up hard enough to be a bar, most especially in the heat of the summer.  Thinking about carrying gooey lotion bars around in my purse in July made me go the container route.  It turned out pretty hard and I think it would be good as a bar but not so sure it would hold up to that July heat terribly well.  I filled several small travel containers plus one big jar for keeping in the bathroom.  I love, love, love this stuff and will never, ever go back to storebought lotion.  I’ll tinker with ingredients, of course, to experiment but I am completely thrilled with this version.

(FYI:  The lotion wasn’t yet cooled & set up in the big jar below.)

For melting the wax and butters, I used a ramekin for the lip balm and a cleaned-out tomato juice can for the lotion with a rednecked double boiler.  They both worked well.

I got this beeswax from a local friend and am ga-ga over the smell.  I could sit & sniff this stuff all day long.  But grating/chopping it up for measuring/melting?  Not so much.  I tried a potato peeler.  No go.  I tried a chef’s knife.  No go — it worked but I was going to end up losing and eye and/or finger.  Finally, I settled on a cheap serrated knife.  It mostly worked but I had to work too hard at it.  I’ll have to think up the best way to do up our wax from our own harvest later this year.  I’ve gotta make it easier!

I wonder if the bees will try to eat me when I use the wax-containing goos this summer.

7 Responses to “The Making of Goop”

  1. Laurie February 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Hey – you use the same fancy labels that I do! With block wax, I’ve typically used a grater. It still requires elbow grease, but generally works fairly well.

    • Diane February 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      Ah, a grater. There’s something I didn’t think of. I’m thinking, once we harvest our beeswax this year, I might pour it into really shallow pans so it’s easily broken up. That’s what I do with my tallow. I need to do some searching to see what other beekeeps do.

      Good to know I’m not the only one who splurges on the high-end labels!

  2. Emily February 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Did you heat your utensils when trying to chop and hack and shred the wax?

    • Diane February 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      Newp. I thought about it but didn’t.

  3. Meghan @ Whole Natural Life February 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a terrible time cutting beeswax. I made some hard lotion bars before Christmas and trying to hack off part of my block of beeswax was a nightmare! I ended up cutting through it with our kitchen shears, but it was quite the struggle. I still have 3/4s of that block left – I’m not sure how I’ll tackle it next time!

    • Diane February 29, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Who knew beeswax was such tough stuff, right? I used it again the other day to make shampoo bars and just stuck with the serrated knife. Worked fairly well once I got down the sawing motion.

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