If you’ve been following you know that I (Kara) have been experimenting with making my own cosmetics.  If you do not know the story, check out the following post.

Since that post I have been encouraged by friends asking for samples to try some of my stuff.  Mostly I make it for myself, but recently I’ve wondered if I could sell it to friends/family.  I don’t see this as a large venture, just to maybe make enough to pay for materials and time for myself to have good quality cosmetics.  So last week I spent a day making samples and held a combined cosmetic party and a 31 gifts party with a friend.

I made 2 types of lotions, lip balm, deodorant and sugar scrub to sell. I used a varieties of essential oils for each as well as had a few other options for people to order a scent they liked.  There are pictures to show some of the process of the creating.  I do not own a double boiler, so I made due with a pyrex bowl in my fondue pot.  It worked great.  I also use chopsticks (free ones) or skewers for stirring as washing the oily products out of the containers is not very fun.

Most ingredients for all recipes

Edible Lotion – I call this edible, due to the fact that all ingredients are potentially edible.  I would not eat beeswax, however I know that it is not processed, natural and safe.  I like this thick lotion, more like a body butter, but especially for in the kitchen or with babies as I do not feel that I have to wash my hands after applying if I just washed and need to cook. It is also so thick that after applying and washing, I do not have to reapply to still feel like my hands have good moisture.  I feel like that is an important quality since working with children I tended to wash my hands very frequently and in CO the lack of moisture in the air has to be made up somehow.

6 oz beeswax
3 c. oil
1T cocoa butter
vit. e
essential oil
whip until cool

Melt the beeswax is the first step in most recipes.

– This was a bit thick, I may still add a bit of coconut oil to help balance the thickness, especially in the winter when it is not 80 in the house and melting all my butters. . . But still my first and favorite.

Lip Balm

2 Tablespoons beeswax (about 1 oz)
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons shea butter – I didn’t have enough so added a bit of cocoa butter and it thickened up quite a bit, ok for summer though
12 lip balm containers
dropper – I also invested in a tray to pour in, so much easier and faster

Lip Balm


Finished lotions

  • 1 Tablespoon Emulsifying wax
    (more if you want it thicker)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup distilled Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Vegetable Glycerin
  • 10 to 20 drops Essential Oil

melted containers trying to sterilize


  • 1-1/2 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax beads
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp shea butter
  • 4 tsp clay (bentonite or other) – or arrowroot powder is what I used
  • 20-25 drops essential oil (tea tree, rosemary, lavender, lemon, bergamot, or a mixture of any listed) tea tree is my standard . . .
  • Empty, clean, sterilized deodorant container- beware of how you sterilize containers, I melted lotion containers. opps

Sugar Scrub

– 3 cups white sugar
– 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. good quality oil (I used olive oil, palm oil and coconut oil)
– 1 T. vitamin E
– 10 drops of yummy-scented essential oil per jar

I also made, but not for sale – toothpaste

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

3 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp baking soda (less if you have sensitive gums)
1Tbsp aloe gel
Pinch of salt
25 drops peppermint essential oil
2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)

I’ve been making homemade mouthwash, but have yet to perfect the measurements of the ingredients yet, however if you want to play with the ingredients here’s the list.

Mouth wash

  • Baking Soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • Aloe Gel
  • Water
  • Peppermint essential oil drops

So there you have it, if you are interested in purchasing and you live in Denver metro area great, call me or I did set up a new e-mail address karas.kosmetics@gmail.com. Prices vary from $3-6 depending on product and size.

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