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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Going Rogue Part #1 (lip gloss)

My husband hates it when I go off recipe and decide things like: "yes, cod is an acceptable substitute for halibut" or ask him questions such as, "what exactly is IN garam masala" while holding a spice grinder and the contents of our spice cabinet.

Well - since crafting is def. my domain in the house - I can substitute to my heart's content w/out comments or raised eyebrows. 

I just made gloss from the recipe below this morning, and its lovely...but please feel free to substitute and fudge a little on measurements (b/c I always do).

Sheer Lipgloss
2 1/2 tsp beeswax
2tsp coconut oil
2 1/8 tsp sweet almond oil
3/4 tsp avocado oil
flavor if desired (1/2 tsp)
lip safe mica/oxide or food coloring

Note:  You don't have to get fancy with the oils...and food grade olive oil, walnut oil, etc. can substitute for any or all of the oils above.  A simple olive oil and beeswax gloss would be just as moisturizing.  Also - some essential oils, such as rosemary, are edible - so if you don't have a lip safe flavoring, get creative (but not in a way that might make your or someone else's lips fall off). A tiny pinch of splenda ,to make the gloss sweet, never hurt either.

Instructions: melt beeswax w/coconut oil in the microwave (1 minute - 45 second intervals until it looks melted...keep an eye on it).  Once melted, add other oils and pop in the microwave for a few seconds if it starts solidifying (do this throughout - you don't want the mixture scalding...just liquid/melted).  Add flavoring, mica/oxide if you have it (the more you add, the darker the color will be) or one tiny drop of food coloring to give the gloss color in it container.  Stir - stir - stir.

Pour into containers.
My Gloss (a sheer "lip" shade w/gold mica)

p.s. part #2 will feature fizzing bath cubes - all ingrediants for which can probably be found at the grocery or drugstore

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