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Monday, December 21, 2015

DIY Rose Moisturizer

There's nothing like the luxurious scent of rose to elevate a DIY spa recipe. I swear, I could sniff my bottle of rose essential oil all day long! The aroma is spellbinding. It's also widely believed to have mood-elevating qualities. 

This rose moisturizer is made up of all sorts of good stuff. Besides the rose essential oil, there's moisturizing shea butter, nutrient-rich avocado oil and vitamin E. To liven up the rose scent, I added some lemon essential oil. The lemon gives the rose a fresh, modern spin. 
Ingredients (fills one 4-ounce jar)
3/4 cup shea butter
2 tablespoons avocado oil 
20 drops rose essential oil*
5 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops vitamin E (optional)

Directions
1. Heat shea butter and avocado oil in microwave until just melted (about a minute). Do not overheat. 
2. Add essential oils and vitamin E to mixture while hot. Stir. 
3. Place in refrigerator until mixture is solid (about 30 minutes). 
4. Beat mixture with a hand or stand mixer until fluffy and white. 
5. Place in a glass jar with tight lid. 

*Like a lot of my favorite indulgences, rose essential oil is not recommended for pregnant women because it may stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area. I'll have to wait a little bit longer before I can use my rose moisturizer. 
Now let's talk about how to tint your glass jars to make them extra special. This is the same method I used to color my glass Christmas ornaments last year. It's quick. It's easy. And you only need a few things: glazing medium, food coloring, parchment or wax paper and a paper cup. 

If you're new to glazing medium, I recommend Americana brand. It works like a charm and it's more affordable than some other brands. 

I prefer this method to using glass paints, as I've had very mixed results with them. And if you're wondering if Mod Podge will work... Sort of. The end result looks similar, but the glass will have a sticky finish, so you'll need to follow up with a coat of clear finish. 

To color a 4 ounce glass jar, mix about 2 tablespoons of glazing medium with 2 or 3 drops of food coloring (I used red here) in a disposable paper cup. Swirl it around gently until blended. Then over a piece of wax or parchment paper, pour the mix on the outside of the jar. Rotate the jar while pouring and avoid getting the mixture on the screw threads. 

Set the glass, right side up, on the parchment paper and let dry. Move the jar around a few times so the mixture doesn't pool around the base of the jar. 

It should be dry in a couple of hours. 

The color is permanent, but it's not dishwasher safe. 





 
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