I got woken up way too early by a bored boyfriend but at least he brought me coffee with whipped cream and cinnamon, he’s good for that sort of thing. It motivated me to get up and make some Earl Grey lip balm since I’ve been in love with bergamot this past week. Here’s the recipe I used.
1 part beeswax
1 part coconut oil
1 part shea butter
a quarter part sunflower seed oil (preferably infused with black tea)
Bergamot essential oil for scent (if 1 part is 1 oz then use roughly 20 drops)
Vitamin E (if 1 part is 1 oz then use 1-2 drops)
My coffee oil turned out beautifully. Now its time for my next infusion projects to begin. Vanilla bean, Clove and Red Pepper. I think there is some vanilla clove scented things in my future. I’ve got so many more infusions to do… Calendula, Italian Herb and Garlic…
(Dill & Thyme)
Today I unbagged and bottled the herbs I’ve been drying for the past two weeks, these turned out great, extremely fragrant. I cannot wait to make chip dip.
All of my new herbs have sprouted.
This is the smoothest, softest and most wonderful feeling body butter I have ever used. My skin absolutely loves mango butter. I have a few available on my etsy page if you are lacking ingredients and time.
1.5 oz shea butter
1 oz mango butter
1 oz coconut oil
.5 oz – .8 oz jojoba oil (I eyeballed this one)
15 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
15-18 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops vitamin E
Combine first 4 ingredients in a double boiler and heat until melted, remove and cool in fridgerator for 30 minutes.
Remove from fridge, the mixture should still be liquid, add essential oils and vitamin E and return to fridge for another 20-40 minutes checking and stiring occasionally, as the mixture begins to become cloudy and solidify around the edges, remove from fridgerator and whip for 10 minutes until light and fluffy.
Place in storage container and chill for another 20-30 minutes. Remove from fridge, let it return to room temperature and enjoy.
Found another use for my coffee infused coconut oil. Then added in beeswax, unrefined cocoa butter, almond oil and honey.
I didn’t have the right ingredients the first time I tried to make my own tortillas so I adapted with what I had, I’ve made them like this ever since because I like the flavor of these. This is an approximate recipe, I generally add the sour cream and water together for the final result of 1 cup of liquid without being exact so it’s slightly different every time I make it. Sometimes I have no Lard and use shortening, sometimes I have neither and use vegetable oil and more butter. The herbs and the sour cream give this recipe a nice flavor and I’ve always been happy with the result.
Sour Cream Herbed Flour Tortillas
4 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tbs Lard or Vegetable Shortening
1/4 cup Herbed Butter, room temperature(I recommend Kerrygold herbed butter.)
1/2 cup Sour Cream
2/3 cup Water
Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl then add lard/shortening and butter until it’s the consistency of corn meal. Add Sour cream, water until the dough comes together. Kneed until smooth and elastic.
With a knife cut in half, then cut in half again and continue until you have 16-24 dough balls that are roughly the same size.
Cover the dough balls with a warm damp towel while you roll out the tortillas and cook them. Roll out dough ball as thin as you can or till about the size of a large sized store bought tortilla.
I use a really large skillet on medium high heat to cook the tortillas but you could use a flat griddle also. Place tortilla in pan and flip after 20-40 seconds. Tortillas should begin to bubble and will start to turn light golden brown. I generally don’t let them cook too much as I will be reheating them again when used. Remove from heat place in a warm folded towel or paper towels. Allow to cool completely then seal in air tight container.
I generally get into a rhythm where I roll out a tortilla as I am cooking one and I synchronize the pan flips and dough rolling flips until they are all made. I find that if I roll them out and let them sit they shrink up and are too thick so I roll them super thin and immediately add them to the hot pan.
I made these last night.
Grapefruit & Lavender Lip Balm
.5 oz Beeswax
.75 oz Coconut Oil
.25 oz Mango Butter
10 drops Jojoba Oil
1 drop Vitamin E
10 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
10 Drops Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil
Melt beeswax, mango butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, mix. Pour into lip balm containers quickly before cooling.