November 18, 2013

province apothecary DIY lip & body balm workshop

province apothecary DIY body balm workshop

hello blushers! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was jam packed with lots of fun events, the first one being a DIY balm workshop with the adorably cheerful Julie of Province Apothecary.

A group of 12 women (including my mum!) gathered at the detox market to learn Julie’s tried and true ways of making hydrating and soothing lip and all-purpose balms. Having made a couple of lip balms myself already (here and here) I was curious to try out her recipe, and was especially excited to try my hand at making a body balm which I had never done before.

Julie took us through the various types of carrier oils (that would make up 80-90% of our products) and explained how they contained vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (EFA) to soften and improve the condition of the skin. Next we learned about essential oils and decided as a group which ones should go into our lip balm (final recipe at the bottom of this post).

After making our lip balms we then divided into pairs and got to work on creating unique body balm blends. My mum and I decided to make one that smelled like Christmas trees (ok it was me who really wanted it to smell like Christmas trees ) and would help soothe sore muscles.

Here’s what we came up with:

DIY province apothecary body balm workshop_2workshop holiday body balm recipe:

  • 0.7 oz organic beeswax
  • 8g shea butter
  • 40ml safflower oil
  • 20ml apricot kernal oil
  • 10ml each of hemp, avocado, and pumpkin oil
  • dollop of vitamin E
  • essential oils of lavender (5 drops) fir (3 drops), black spruce (2 drops), pine (2 drops), juniper (1 drop) *note: I would double the amount of essential oils next time as the scent of christmas trees wasn’t as strong as I’d hoped.

ingredient highlight:

  1. safflower oil – contains some of the highest levels of nutrients of any carrier oil and is helpful for treating acne and scars
  2. hemp oil – nature’s most perfectly balanced oil because it contains a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 EFA that moisturize the skin
  3. avocado oil – high in antioxidants and rich in omega-3 EFA this oil can penetrate the outer layers of the skin allowing it to be deeply absorbed. Great for eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin.
  4. pumpkin seed oil – encourages cell growth to maintain a youthful complexion
  5. fir essential oil – improves breathing and clarifies the mind
  6. black spruce essential oil – used in aromatherapy for muscle and joint pain
  7. juniper essential oil – effective decongestant, detoxifer and anti-septic

workshop lip balm recipe:

  • 1.8 oz organic beeswax
  • 100ml apriot kernal oil
  • 10ml rosehip oil
  • 20ml borage oil
  • 30ml pumpkin oil
  • 30ml avocado oil
  • essential oil (10 drops lime; 10 drops basil; 5 drops myrrh)

Join me tomorrow as I highlight my second event of the weekend – getting my makeup done by Rose-Marie Swift of rms beauty!

  • Bailey Blush ♡

    I love going to workshops like these, great DIY thanks for sharing! ✌

    • they’re so much fun! I always learn so much at my ‘cooking’ classes which I can then take home and play around with the recipe even more 🙂 Thanks for saying hello! xo

    • lifeinblush

      they’re so much fun! I always learn so much at my ‘cooking’ classes which I can then take home and play around with the recipe even more 🙂 Thanks for saying hello! xo

  • Mademoiselle nature

    really nice diy recipes:-)!!x

    • lifeinblush

      thank you!! I’ve been caught up in the holiday spirit lately (maybe the mall santa music is having an effect??) so I was very excited to create a special winter blend. Thanks for stopping by! xo

  • Margie

    Nothing in the world quite like using a product and knowing exactly what it contains (no synthetic chemicals for one!!).

    Love these detailed recipes.

    • lifeinblush

      in a sea of hidden chemicals and green-washed products I love that I can slather this all over my skin and not second guess what’s in it 🙂