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Monday, 17 August 2015

More with Honey

The bees are working hard at fighting the wasps right now and all of my hives have managed to put up stores for the winter and continue to stockpile the honey. We're feeding right now due to the low nectar flow and they are just sucking it back at an alarming rate in some colonies. What am I going to do with all that honey? Well, I'll be making some wonderful cosmetics and eating quite a bit of it as well of course!

Here is a lovely lip licker balm for those of you who love honey....

Honey Lick Gloss

5 ml  honey
10 ml jojoba
20 ml fractionated coconut oil (liquid)

Mix together well. Add to a roller ball container. Shake before using. Adding a few silver balls of shot help to mix it easily.

Using Color in Cosmetics

Recently I've been asked about what to use for coloring soap and cosmetics. Here is a simple way to understand the lingo of colorant application...

Colorant: Extensively used in cosmetic preparations most notably the food colors. FD&C means it can be used in food, drug or cosmetic applications. D&C before a color means it can only be used as a drug or cosmetic colorant. Avoid the use of toxic colorants not associated with the food and drug notation. I prefer to use natural ingredients such as cinnamon, coffee, turmeric and other spices as a colorant. Some clays and even chlorophyll are also used as colorant in my soap and cosmetic preparations.