Thursday, April 9, 2009


Last night I was working on something very special. Mountain Woman over at Red Pine Mountain is doing something very special for her 100th post. You'll have to go on over to read about it.

So here is what not to do....

I was making lotion bars and lip balms for Mountain Woman's very special "Operation Shoebox" package.

Let me begin by saying I get my beeswax to make my products from Mountain Rose Herbs. I love their quality. The beeswax is pure, filtered, cosmetic grade bees wax that comes from the Pacific Northwest. It is the best I have found very fragrant, clean, and perfectly filtered product without the debris and muddy color found in typical waxes.
The only problem is it comes in a block, and I am not sure the proper way to break it apart to weigh it, so I have been using a knife. It is very hard and solid! This IS NOT the best way I found out. I'm thinking of trying a cheese grater next time. I have tried the pastilles (much easier to weigh out) from other suppliers, but the quality just isn't the same.

3.2 oz, I'm half way there!
Uh oh....
The knife broke and slipped (doesn't my cut look like lips?). It goes down pretty deep, Chad wanted to take me to get a stitch or two, but I couldn't be bothered. We wrapped it up (using the gauze from the doggie first aid kit) and I continued on.

I made Peppermint & Tea Tree Lip Balms. Feels cool and refreshing. Helps prevent and heal dry chapped lips. Ingredients: Beeswax, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Shea Butter, Candellila Wax, Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Peppermint & Tea Tree Essential Oils.

And Lotion Bars. I LOVE these. They are pure and natural solid hand and body butters made with skin-loving ingredients. Lotion bars create a unique moisture barrier to help heal dry skin, and are perfect for those who are in the desert! When you rub the lotion bar between your hands, your body temperature melts a small amount and the natural plant oils are quickly absorbed to leave your skin feeling soft and silky.


Kathleen Coy said...

Ok, first of all I LOVE Mountain Rose Herbs! Everything I've ever gotten from them has been top notch!

Second, the best thing I have found for a deep cut is cayenne pepper. Seriously. It hurts like the dickens for a moment, but it stops the bleeding and heals a cut faster than anything I've ever tried! Rinse the cut under running water, then dry and add a good pinch of cayenne on top, then cover it up with a bandaid making sure the cut gets closed up. Both me and my hubby have had deep cuts heal almost completely within a few days doing this. Sounds crazy but it works!

And, I am going to have to check out your lip balms and lotion bars for sure! The lotion bar looks like it would be great to keep in your purse.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh Tara! That does look ouchy!
I agree with Kathleen...but save yourself the trouble of using your spices and maybe not getting the right strength...just go to the feed store and buy "Shriners Herbal Spray" also has Goldenseal and other healing herbs...good for horse and hound and human! I use it on Wa..though it does sting..what ever I spray it on heals very quickly.

I love thatyou are helping Moutain Woman with her excellent vison!

Train Wreck said...

Oh there is my bar lotion! I love it! Look at you! Move over Burt! Girl I wish we lived closer, we could get into all sorts of hobbies! ((hugs))

Ruth said...

Ouch! Sorry you hurt yourself! Maybe the beeswax would cut easier if you used some sort of heated instrument? Even if you ran the knife under hot water for a minute it might heat it up enough for the wax to melt a bit, making it easier to cut through.

Mountain Woman said...

Oh, I know our men and women in uniform are going to LOVE these lotion bars and lip balms. I'm just so very sorry you hurt yourself :(

I would never, ever be without your lotion bars and lip balms and if you're reading this and haven't tried them, you are missing out.

Thank you Tara from the bottom of my heart for helping me with this very special project.

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