Aren’t these adorable? Wanna make some? Here’s the super simple way – don’t make it harder than it is!
- Get any kind of mold that you like. I used silicone flowers because 1.) they were cheap, 2.) they were delivered to my door via Amazon prime in 2 days and 3.) they’re flexible. You can use anything to make a mold, just make sure it can stand the heat. (metal, silicone, etc) You can even use little muffin wrappers in a muffin tin, super cute.
- Gather some beeswax, almond oil, coconut oil and essential oil. I don’t use anything but Young Living because you can’t prove to me there is anything else as pure and potent. Please don’t freak out about the type of beeswax you use; it can be pellets, pastilles, chunks..whatever, just get some. Same for the coconut oil and almond oil. Pick your favorite kind, after you’ve done your own research and find what you like. Organic? fine… cold pressed? Great. Refined? whatever you like. You’ll need equal parts of these three things. There are 15 spots in my molds, each about 1″ across. I will use about 2 T of everything to fill these.
- Get a glass dish of some kind, a mason jar works great. Use one you can dedicate to this so that you don’t have to clean it out each time. (It’s a pain, trust me.)
- Pot with water. This is going to be where you put your mason jar as a makeshift “double boiler” – this is so we don’t overheat and scald the oils.
- Fill the pot with water to submerge the mason jar. My water covered about half the mason jar.
- Add the mason jar, then add equal parts beeswax, coconut oil and almond oil. You can add Vitamin E here if you want. Don’t add essential oils yet.
- Let everything melt down. The almond oil is already liquid. The coconut oil will liquefy quickly, the beeswax is what you’re waiting on. It will take a bit – all in all, it will be completely clear when it’s ready. Don’t boil it, just melt it.
This is my favorite part: when the oils are clear, take out a drop and drop it on a plate or a piece of foil. Let it set up. Run your fingers over it and see if it’s the consistency you like. It should melt quickly, but not so quick that it makes a mess. The “equal parts” oils usually renders a harder, less melty product. At this point, I usually add a couple of teaspoons more of coconut and almond oil. I will test it again to see if I like the consistency. You can add several drops to your little tester area and pick it up once it’s set, try it out. If it’s nice, then go with that formula. If it’s too hard, add more almond or coconut oil.
- Once you find the consistency you like, pull it off the heat and give it a minute or two to cool just a bit. I check my temperature with a meat or candy thermometer and it never goes over 130* F, so I’m not crazy worried about my oils being affected. (Essential oils that get too hot lose their therapeutic qualities, and we don’t want that.)
- While it’s still liquid, add your essential oils. For my recipe, I used Tangerine (8 drops), Lime (8 drops) and Peppermint (4 drops). This makes a VERY MILD scented/flavored bar. If you want it stronger, add more oil. Do another tester and see if you like it. If you don’t, add more essential oil. (it’s pretty easy, guys!) When you get it how you want, pour it into the molds. If you’re using paper wrappers and a muffin tin, just fill the wrappers. Let them set up, about 15 minutes. (Or put them in the fridge!)
Pop them out, put them in a little bag and tie with raffia or a ribbon. Label with a “Made for you” label. Tons of freebie labels on Pinterest!
Here’s some I like: http://blog.worldlabel.com/2013/free-chalkboard-christmas-gift-labels-tags.html