Difficulty: Beginners Time: 30 minutes Yields: 1 pot (150g)
Post-shave irritation is never a good thing, which is why a good aftershave balm is a must. This all-natural balm has the skin-healing and soothing benefits of the infused calendula oil, the anti-inflammatory properties of sandalwood essential oil and the cooling effect of peppermint essential oil, and the added coconut oil is an excellent moisturiser and conditioner, leaving your skin soft and calm.
You can either make your own calendula infused oil using this tutorial, or you can purchase it from Pure Nature. All the other ingredients, including the pretty aluminium pot are also available from Pure Nature.
Making a balm is fairly straight forward. You can either combine all the ingredients, except for the essential oils, in a Pyrex jug and heat it in the microwave until the beeswax has melted, or you can heat it gently on a low setting on the stove.
Once the all the ingredients have melted, let it sit and cool down a little, before adding the essential oil. If you add the essential oils too early, the heat will evaporate the volatile essential oils and reduce the effectiveness of the benefits. However, don’t let it cool down so that the liquid begins to harden, if it does, you will need to melt it again.
When you have added the essential oils, stir well to disperse the oils well into the mixture, and then pour it into your container. Leave the container open until the balm has completely cooled down and solidified before putting the lid on. This is to prevent condensation from forming on the lid.
This balm will make a great gift in combination with the shaving soap found here!
Difficulty: Beginners Time: 30 mins Yields: around 300 ml
Now that winter is here, our feet get stuck in socks and shoes all day and tend to get a bit stuffy and smelly. This foot butter is made with rich avocado oil and nourishing shea butter to give your feet a bit of well-deserved pampering, to which I’ve added peppermint essential oil, which will help revive and freshen up your feet and get rid of unpleasant odours. I prefer to use this butter at night, massaging and moisturising my feet with the whipped butter, before putting on some bed socks. This will give the nourishing and conditioning ingredients to soak and do its wonders overnight, leaving you with fresh and happy feet the next morning!
ONE: Weigh out and add the coconut oil and shea butter to a bowl. Don’t make the mistake of melting the oil and butter first. They need to be solid to be beaten fluffy. (I tried melting first and it doesn’t work!)
TWO: Using either a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix on high until the oil and butter has softened and blended together. I’m using my KitchenAid stand mixer for this and have set it to 9 (10 is the highest setting).
THREE: Next, add the avocado oil and peppermint essential oil. Keep mixing on high until the oil/butter mixture has become light and fluffy.
This next step is optional, and you can easily omit it if you want to keep it all natural.
FOUR: Add 1/4 teaspoon of mica, I’m using Shimmer Mica from Pure Nature here, and keep mixing until all the colour has been evenly dispersed throughout the whipped butter. You can add more if you like a deeper green colour, but keep in mind that the mica will also add sparkly shimmer to the butter.
FIVE: Scoop the whipped butter into containers. There is no need for preservatives in this whipped butter because it doesn’t contain any water-based ingredients and as such, doesn’t create an environment for mould or bacteria to grow.