It’s not easy being a teen. I have no doubt I’d struggle if I was a teen now that social media is so pervasive in everyday life. Intense teen relationships that were once relatively private are often played out in public, and it’s hard to deal with the “always on” expectations of friends.
The past couple of weeks the 15yo and I have made the effort to spend time together without the intrusion of the internet. We’re both knitting together in the evenings. I realise it sounds very mundane but it’s actually a great way to keep our hands occupied and away from the internet devices. We’re both trying to make some handmade presents for Christmas this year, we can only knit one thing at a time, so we spent this morning making some simple homemade cosmetics using as few ingredients as we could get away with.
This is the kind of gift that a small child can make, and actually they’d probably love the feeling of squishing the oil and other ingredients together. We used organic ingredients because we’d rather use them where we have the option.
- 250g Raw Organic Coconut Oil (I used Viridian Brand)
- 200g Organic Sugar
- 50g Coarse Organic Sea Salt (I like using Oriel Sea Salt, a local producer)
- 1 Organic Vanilla Pod
Into a large bowl, weigh out the coconut oil, sugar and sea salt. Split the vanilla pod down the middle and using the flat end of the knife, scrape out the seeds into the bowl.
Take a fork and mix all the ingredients together until well combined and/or wearing rubber gloves, squish everything together into a paste. Decant into 1 large tub or smaller jars. 500g of this scrub should do quite a number of hand scrubs!
These are fantastic. You can see a couple of them have pink glitter in them. We were experimenting and used some edible pink glitter in the end of the mixture. Something we won’t do again. Pink glitter aside, the lotion bars are made using just 3 ingredients.
They are very stable in cool temperatures but don’t leave them by the radiator! To use in the bath, pop 1 into a mug of boiling water and stir until dissolved, then pour the mixture into a bath with hot running water. To use as a body lotion, hold in your hands for a couple of minutes until the oils start to release and simply rub in. I use small silicone moulds to make these little bars. The circular bars are about the size of a €2 coin in diameter and twice as thick. You can certainly make this mixture in bigger bars though. Silicone moulds are the way to go here.
Just to note on the beeswax options. You can pick up organic beeswax from your local certified beekeeper (let me know if you find somebody locally as I’ve found organic beeswax hard to source), you can buy it online in bar form or if happen to have a suitable hive source you can use the raw beeswax from there providing you don’t need it later on in the year. I couldn’t find a suitable source locally so used bars that I bought online.
200g Raw Organic Coconut Oil
100g Organic Beeswax
1 Organic Vanilla Pod
Fill a large saucepan partway with hot water. Put this on a low heat then sit a glass bowl on top of the saucepan, ensuring that the bottom doesn’t touch the water below (if it does then pour some water out). Put the coconut oil and beeswax into the glass bowl and allow to dissolve into oil. The beeswax takes longer than the coconut oil and this does take a while. Don’t worry!
Once the wax and oil have melted together, cut the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out the seeds using the flat side of the knife and stir them into the oil mixture. Allow to infuse for 2 minutes before carefully pouring the liquid oil CAUTION HOT into silicone moulds. Cooling time depends on the size of your silicone moulds. Mine were small and only took 2 hours. If you use larger cupcake sized moulds then expect to allow about 12 hours or overnight cooling before you pop them out.
Store the bars in a cool, dry spot, away from direct sunlight.
Disclosure: I was sent a 500g tub of Viridian Raw Organic Coconut Oil as a product sample. My opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.