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GET YOUR HAIR POMADE

We ran out of some hair stuff around the house, and naturally this provides a good excuse to ponder "I wonder what the homemade pomade would be like?"  It's best to start simple. There are a lot of recipes out there, but we wanted something simple and basic. We can always dress it up later.

You will need:

  • beeswax
  • coconut oil
  • essential oil, if you wish
  • saucepan, knife and cutting board
  • glass jar with lid
  • water

Gather your ingredients and your materials.

At most health food stores you can buy little blocks of beeswax, but of course we had this big block around the house.

The beeswax will need to be cut/shaved/grated into smaller bits. 

Recipe: one part beeswax and one part coconut oil. For this small jar we measured by weight and did one ounce of beeswax and one ounce of coconut oil. Then place items in the jar inside the saucepan. Fill the saucepan with water so the water is the same level as the substance in the jar. I didn't take a before picture, but the next one illustrates what it looks like when all the ingredients are melted.

This is our teeny cast iron. I could bore you right here right now about my affection for cast iron. Another time, friend. Once all the bits of wax are melted give it a mix. When cool to the touch, pull out and let firm up to room temperature. 

This is the time to add your essential oil to it. I would say 1-10 drops pending the strength of fragrance you want. We did not add any oil to ours. I personally LOVE the smell of beeswax.

There you go! A little goes a long way. On a cold day with a new flat surface it might take a moment to get your scoop out. If you find that you want it more malleable or shiny for your luscious locks, you could add more coconut oil to it. Then reheat it. Enjoy!

Note: This makes a great gift for the boys or men in your life who like their hair just so.

COCONUT BODY SCRUB

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Apologies for the delay in posts. The end of 2014 was filled with a few bumps in the road. One of them was the computer decided to die and talking sweetly to it to bring it back to life took some time. This set off a series of things that just didn't get done. I am beginning 2015 working on recovering from the items that need attention from 2014. So it goes.

Winter is here and any added moisture is a treat! A good friend of mine sent me some homemade coconut sugar scrub for the holidays, which was a such a welcomed treat. Thank you, friend. I went through that quite quickly. I was anxious for more, so I made some.

I am sure there are a lot of varieties out there, but here is what I did. 

Here is what you need:

  • one part coconut oil
  • one and half part sugar
  • essential oils, or extract
  • essential oil options: lime, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, clove
  • extract options: vanilla, lemon, almond, lime, peppermint
  • jar for storage

Melt the coconut oil until it's easy to mix. Add the sugar until it forms it's own clumps and begins to stick together. If you want it courser, add more sugar. If you want it creamier, add coconut oil. Then add your fragrance of choice. I used lime essential oil for my first batch. If you're making some for kiddos, use extract. This is especially helpful if you have kiddos who like to taste things. 

Once you have all items mixed up, place in a jar for safe keeping. 

coconut sugar scrub

I use about 1-2 Tablespoons per bath. I've also been keeping some by the sink to grab for a little to clean up. This is especially helpful when working on art, as the hand washing becomes a little obsessive (for me). 

As the story goes, this is also great for gifts!

coconut oil scrub