a change of pace…nice smells for the win
Some days, things just don’t turn out as expected.
Looks? = very average. Texture? = really average. Taste? = quite good, actually.
Much improved with topping of latest obsession (sweet black bean spread)… recipe? Yeah, not bothering with that – unless you like gummy banana cake? Yeah, thought not. I always eat my mistakes though… unless they are REALLY bad… then Boosty gets them.
I’m trying to use up my over-stocked kitchen. I have problems with food hoarding and jar-filling. I have sworn myself to using up what we have before I purchase more… mainly for economical reasons…. and space issues. Lack of appropriate ingredients sometimes results in gummy cakes for breakfast. Oh well.
I am getting through a lot of stuff though… the top shelf of my jar-army has been defeated.
I’m off food-cooking now. Time for some non-food related creativity. Today I’m having a play with essential oils… I find that most store-bought perfumes effect my skin (not in a good way). Solid perfumes are the way to go for sensitive skin, particularly those that are vegetable oil/beeswax based. The fact that you can create whatever scents you like and get way more bang for your buck is also a bonus. Experimenting with scent is quite similar to cooking actually, different combinations coming together to create a sensory experience. I’m a big fan of those musky, woody smells (Read: Hippie Smells; Viper always teases me about my fondness for patchouli)… I do however like the freshness that citrus brings to such scents… a little lift for those “heavier” woody tones. Anyway, you can use whatever essential oils YOU like… or just use one, up to you.
DIY Solid Perfume:
- 2T grated beeswax
- 1T coconut oil (measurement taken while oil was in a solid form… see picture below) If you don’t like the smell of unrefined coconut oil, use the refined, odourless variety.
- Essential oils of choice*
- Small container – re use old make up containers/lip balm tins/tiny jars etc
- In a double boiler, gently melt beeswax and coconut oil.
- Take off heat.
- Add in your essential oils… you need to work kind of quickly here as the mix will start to go solid as it cools.
- Pour carefully into your chosen container. It will solidify once at room temperature.
Great for chucking in your bag for little “boosts” of scent throughout the day.. rub on your wrists/neck/whatever.
I’m sure we need to add a bit of visual art to our “sensory” theme here today.
Artwork courtesy of Misty.
Critique by Boosty. I think she likes it? Or maybe she just wants to escape out the gate from her small tormentor.