Household

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.

CUSTOM SERVEWARE

Like anything in the household sometimes it's nice to have something homemade. In the past I have used glass paint and porcelain paint, but they can have an odor to them. Also, the consistency of the ones I have used has been very thick and difficult to maneuver especially for little hands. I heard about doing this using sharpies and we thought we would take a stab at it. 

You will need:

  • ceramic or porcelain of some kind. we used items we had around the house.
  •  sharpie markers

Begin by washing and drying your object, and plan what you want this to look like. I admit that I didn't give much thought to what these were going to look like. I wanted to just see how the sharpie would hold up during this process.

Once you have colored your chosen areas you are ready to bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I am not sure if this process is food safe, so we stayed away areas that touch the food. 

When the 30 minutes is up carefully pull out of oven and let cool someplace safe before you handle them. It should only take about 30 minute to cool. It's best to hand wash these, but we have tested them in the dishwasher and they have been fine. I imagine the dishwasher will wear down the drawing sooner than hand washing will. We shall see. Enjoy your new custom piece!

Note: Since making these, the one that had a lot of ink on it didn't hold up as well. I assume it's because there was a lot of marker over marker, which made it less stable. Washing by hand helps a lot too.