This year I will begin selling beauty products that I have been making for myself, my friends, and my family. Learning to make all these products has been fun. Lip balm and lotion bars are easy, soap requires a bit more concentration. The problem with most lip balms, in my opinion, is that they don’t have enough wax. I find that most lip balms don’t stay on my lips and I eat it rather then wear it. Perhaps it’s cheaper to use less wax, perhaps it takes longer to go through a tub if it has more wax, and they sell less. I have found that mine last forever, and they don’t melt if you have them in a car on a hot day.
Soap is a little bit more like alchemy. I have been experimenting with wax and now honey in my soap. A batch like this is more soap than I use in a year and it’s so amazing to use natural ingredients, and to know what it is made from. Most soap you buy in the grocery store is not even soap, meaning it’s not made with lye and the saponification process. It’s basically detergent. This soap has water, lye, palm oil, castor oil, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, grape seed oil, bees wax, honey, and lavender oil. The lavender on top came from the community garden. Once you get all the tools your set, but watch out for the lye, the burns are no joke!