I don't get too wrapped up in the consumerism of the day as I can generally count the gifts I exchange on one hand. This year is a little different as we will be catching up with parts of the family who usually celebrate the day in many different cities around the world. This will be the first time in 8 years that we have all been together. I don't want to be buying 'stuff' for the sake of it as I find it a waste of effort and money. I want the gifts to be useful and thoughtful and homemade as much as possible.
My little mouse and I tried out a recipe for lip balm I think you might like. This will make great gifts as these are easy to make and easy to transport. (We also managed a bit of 'killing two birds..." as this will also be used as part of little mouse's school project).
We followed a recipe that intrigued me a couple of years ago from SouleMama. At the time, my head was still in a 'this would be way too hard' mindset. I can't believe I waited to long to give it a go.
The ingredients are pretty straight forward and all I needed to get hold of was the beeswax. This I easily tracked down at the Stirling Farmer's Market.
We measured all of the ingredients and made a double boiler using a glass bowl and a saucepan.
The coconut oil, beeswax and honey were all melted together.
Once melted, the peppermint drops were added. We didn't add any lipstick for colour as we were looking for something fairly neutral.
I picked up the tin from a shop in Berlin after I had planned to do something similar last year but I just never seemed to get around to it.
Once the mix cooled and hardened, we thought we would all a peppermint leaf to the top.
This was so much fun to make and the finished product is wonderful. It feels so lovely on your lips.