I love simple pleasures, especially over the holiday. Homemade eggnog, grated nutmeg, christmas winter-scene surround, and good cheer with good friends. It’s how I like it, simple. Only this year, without realizing what I was getting myself into, I got an idea to make christmas gifts.
It came about when I made a lip balm for someone complaining about chapped lips. From there, it spawned into a full scale production of christmas holiday craft making.
In the excitement of it all, I was remiss in calculating the time it would take to complete this project. It required that I become part chemist, part lab rat, in-house graphic designer, printing press, product packaging, quality control, and gift wrap. I soon realized, that if there was going to be any eggnoggin’ this holiday season, I’d have to think like an elf, and move it! [puts eggnog glass aside]
I ordered the bottles and dispensers early, and they arrived the first week of December. I adapted the kitchen into a daytime laboratory, I turned the dining room table into my workshop, and I turned myself into an elf.
The motivation was my immediate success with the lip balm. It amazed me how easy it was to make, and how incredible the results were. With the enthusiasm of an elf, I hoped for the best and put my hands to work. Usually first-time homemade things are, well, you know, ten points for the effort, but this was a success, right off the bat. I was hooked – it’s all about the simple pleasures!
Most lip balms on the market contain synthetic ingredients. Even the all-natural companies like the one with bees in the name, can use some synthetic ingredients, and they’re not always listed. Most balms don’t repair chafed and dry lips, and the only relief you get is from regular application.
Leonbience Natural Lip Balm soothes right away, you can feel it moisten your lips after just one application. It heals and hydrates, and the ingredients are all completely edible food-grade, and organic.
The Chocolate Lip Balm is luscious. It’s like wearing Belgian Callebaut on your lips. Pure raw cocoa butter and pure cacao powder are added to the original recipe. The addictive action of applying it, activates a waft from lips to nose, that’s rather habit forming.
From there I went on to making a foaming hand wash from concentrated liquid castile soap; it’s an important ingredient in many organic and natural cleansers. It’s made from saponified vegetable oils, like olive and coconut. The mod blue foaming dispensers turn any liquid soap into a frothy, lathering spume. The newly formulated signature scent Citrus Elixir awakens your senses.
At this point, the laboratory resembled a starter-kit apothecary, stocked with the essential oils, glycerins, and unguents, fit for an apprentice chemist. The only thing missing was a lab coat and the eggnog.
If you’re interested in comparing the cost of making your own, this organic Leonbience Natural Foaming Hand Wash costs about 78 cents for the ingredients. Heck, the dispenser costs more! Store-bought organic hand wash comes in between $4.00 and $12.00. Great news if you’re looking to try making your own.
For my next preparation, I sought to liberate one of my neurosis: clean countertops. I love clean, not necessarily tidy, but chemical and germ-free clean. I ‘m concerned when food accidentally misses a plate, or trundles off the cutting board onto a countertop that I just sprayed with chemical cleaner – oh yum!
Commercial spray cleaners, and disposable disinfectant wipes, leave invisible chemical residues that you can’t see and wouldn’t necessarily want to ingest.
Leonbience Natural All Purpose Disinfectant Spray has a mild and clean citrus scent that evaporates quickly. Three simple ingredients, and it uses oil to remove oil, imagine that? The oil-based liquid castile soap, combined with the powerful disinfecting, grease-lifting quality of grapefruit and lemon essential oils, gently cleanses and leaves surfaces clean and chemical free.
And lastly, my super active dog’s paws were suffering from a long summer and fall season of ball and frisbee play. His pads were cracking and rough.
This body salve is completely edible. The ingredients are almost identical to the lip balm. Why? Because coconut oil is a miracle oil.
Leonbience Natural Salve repairs as it soothes, it moisturizes as it disinfects, it eliminates body, foot, and underarm odour. It relieves burns, and can cure and kill the dreaded toenail fungus.
After only three doggie spaw-like treatments, his pads and paws were miraculously smooth.
To top it off, a bundle of chocolate bark – ’cause ain’t nobody gonna celebrate christmas without some chocolate, right?
Four easy, yet time consuming, (think fun!) varieties made with semisweet chocolate, adding combinations of caramel, pecans, pretzels, peanuts, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and shortbread.
They were a big hit. Two bags disappeared from the workshop. Since elves have diplomatic immunity, no questions were asked, and no investigation required. [clears throat]
I purchased the bottles and dispensers online from a really great Canadian company out in British Columbia. The gift bags and decals are from the dollar store. I designed the labels on photoshop, and printed them on inkjet printable stickers (not as easy as the package claims – think fun! ).
All and all, it was a lot of fun to make, and it gave me a great sense of satisfaction. I’ve recently made a shampoo. So far, so good! It leaves my hair shiny and soft, and it smells great. I also prepared a body wash that lathers up like sea foam.
My latest preparation is a pillow and mattress spray, that transforms your bedroom into a spa environment, that relaxes your senses and lulls you to sleep. I’ll blog about them once the lab rat is satisfied with the results. The shampoo scent is Geranium Blossom, and it smells like the morning sun.
Time to get back to simple pleasures. Pours fresh glass of eggnog and retreats to winter scene.
If you want to go au natural in your environment, it’s easier than you think, costs less than you expected, and will benefit your home, health, and the environment.
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