Handmade Lotion Bars

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So, I’ve been staring at a computer screen for far too many hours this week so this post is short but sweet.

I made these lotion bars for Christmas presents last year and I was really happy with the way they turned out! The bars are solid at room temperature because of the coconut oil, but they spread on the skin with a little body heat. I’ve been using mine for dry hands and feet and chapped lips. The lotion is a bit greasy, so let it soak in before you start touching things.

I found all of the ingredients at Vita Health, but I’m sure there are cheaper places. Also, I made a big batch so I used a cup of each ingredient, adjust your ratios to suit your needs!

These ended up smelling like mint chocolates and if After Eights aren’t up your alley play around with different essential oils. Lavender would probably be divine.

I altered the recipe I found from here slightly.

Handmade Lotion Bars

Ingredients

1 part coconut oil
1 part shea butter
1 part beeswax
60 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a double boiler and bring water to a boil. I suggest cut the shea butter and beeswax  into smaller chunks so it melts faster.

2. Once everything has melted, take off heat and add essential oils.

3. Pour into whatever molds you’d like and set aside to cool. I used a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Enjoy the resulting silky smooth skin!

 

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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Cocktails, Recipes

Baileys3Baileys1Baileys2For the last two Christmases I’ve focused on giving handmade gifts instead of spending endless hours and countless dollars at a shopping mall. Because of this, gift giving was way more fun than gift-receiving this year – although maybe that’s because I’m finally becoming a mature adult (yeah right).

I was inspired to try making Baileys Irish Cream when a friend of mine recently made her own Paleo version for a party. As delicious as that version was I found a recipe from here that was a little more traditional, ie. something I thought my Mom might enjoy. The flavour is spot on and this recipe makes about a litre of Baileys, which is a steal considering how expensive it is at the Liquor Mart.

You can use a blender, food processor, or a whisk and a really strong arm to mix the ingredients together. You can keep the Baileys in the fridge for up to two months, but who are we kidding this tasty treat will be gone before the next snow storm.

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 cup half & half or heavy cream
1 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp chocolate syrup (I used hot chocolate powder instead)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp instant coffee

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor for 30 seconds. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy over ice, in coffee or mixed with milk!