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Lavender Infused Aloe Vera Lotion

Heal and soothe skin damage with our lovely lavender infused aloe vera lotion. As you may know the aloe plant heals cracks, dryness, and other skin struggles. Though you may not know that adding lavender buds and essential oils to an aloe vera liquid creates the ultimate healing solution.

What You’ll Need:

1 oz Kukui Nut Oil
1 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
0.4 oz Jojoba Oil
1.2 oz Matcha Green Tea Butter
0.9 oz Stearic Acid
1.1 oz Emulsifying Wax
22 oz Aloe Vera Liquid
1 cup Dried Lavender Buds
0.2 oz Carrot Extract
0.2 oz Optiphen
1 mL Lavender Fine Essential Oil
1 mL Cedarwood Essential Oil

Hardware:

Scale
Large Jar (1)
Heat-Safe container (2)
Stainless Steel Whisk
Stick Blender
1 Cup Measuring Cup
Silicone Spatula
4 oz Bottles with Black Caps (5)

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at brambleberry.com! They will ship directly to you!**

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DIRECTIONS:

ALOE INFUSION PREP:

In a large enough jar weigh out 22 ounces of aloe vera liquid. Then add 1 cup of dried lavender buds to the aloe vera and stir until all the buds are completely submerged.  Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and set aside for one week.  We like to stir our mixture daily to ensure an even infusion.

 

EQUIPMENT PREP:

 Disinfect your utensils by dipping them in a 5% bleach water solution and allowing to dry. This includes mixing containers, your stick blender, and any spoons or spatulas that may come in contact with your lotion. Your products must be as free as possible of germs, bacteria, and microbes.

 

ONE: In a heat-safe container, combine the kukui nut oil, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, stearic acid
and emulsifying wax. Heat the container in the microwave in 30-second bursts until the waxes have fully
melted and the mixture is about 165° F.

 

TWO: Add your matcha green tea butter to your hot oil and wax mixture.
Then stir in the butter until completely dissolved.

THREE: Pour 16 ounces of the lavender infused aloe vera liquid into a second heat-safe container.
Heat in the microwave to about 160° F.

FOUR: Check the temperatures of both containers. Each should be about 140-150° F. Once they are at the
correct temperature, pour the oils and wax into the water and begin pulsing the stick blender. Blend the
mixture for 60-90 seconds, making sure the oil and water are fully emulsified. Be careful to “burp” your
stick blender by tamping it on the bottom of the container to release bubbles – you don’t want bubbles
trapped in your lotion.

FIVE: Continue stick blending until the temperature drops to about 130° F. Add the carrot extract, optiphen,
lavender fine essential oil, and the cedarwood essential oil and use the stick blender to blend for about 1-2 minutes more.

SIX: Carefully pour the lotion into bottles. Let the bottles sit overnight without a cap (otherwise condensation
can form inside the bottle). Once completely cooled, place the caps on the bottles and enjoy!

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Warm Flannel Lotion

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Still looking for a great holiday gift idea? Bases are on sale this month at Otion! We used Bramble Berry’s Shea Body Butter Base to make this amazing gift…plus, check out our creative wrapping idea below. 😉

What You’ll Need:

4 oz Shea Body Butter Base
.5 mL Warm Flannel FO
1 mL Oat Extract
(2) 2 oz Clear Bottle w/ Cap
Whisk
Easy Pour Container
Droppers

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

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Scoop out the shea body butter base into an easy pour container and heat in the microwave on 20 second bursts until the consistency has thinned. Be sure not to exceed 130 degrees.

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Add the fragrance oil and extract to the shea body butter base and mix in with a whisk until fully incorporated.

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Once the fragrance oil and extract have been added, pour into the bottles using a funnel.

Leave the caps off until the lotion has fully cooled.

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You can now pack up all your little goodies into a pair of slippers and tie a ribbon around them as the perfect gift!
The things we put in the slippers were: vapor rub, rice bag, eucalyptus shower fizzy, nose chap and a small lotion.

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DIY Vapor Rub

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With all the extra hustle and bustle of the holidays beginning, we expose ourselves to lots of new and unfamiliar germs. Sometimes we end up with a cold, left sitting at home trying hard to breath through our noses to no avail. With just a few natural ingredients, feel better with this handmade vapor rub!

What You’ll Need:

5 oz Coconut Oil
2 oz Cocoa Butter
1.5 oz Beeswax
3 mL Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1 mL Peppermint 1st Essential Oil
1 mL Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
1 mL Rosemary Essential Oil
0.5 mL Tea Tree Essential Oil
(2) 4  oz Jars

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

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In a small pyrex container, weigh out the coconut oil and cocoa butter and melt on short bursts until the cocoa butter is completely melted.

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Once the cocoa butter is completely liquid, add in the beeswax. If needed, put the container back in the microwave on short bursts until the beeswax is melted.

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After everything is melted and mixed together, let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes so it doesn’t damage the essential oils.

Once it has had time to cool, add in the essential oils and mix until fully incorporated.

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Pour the liquid into your choice of 4 oz jars and let cool before using.

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12 Blogs of Christmas Schedule:

November 17th Christmas Mint CP
November 21st Eucalyptus Shower Fizzy
November 28th Lavender Rice Bag
December 1st Christmas Bubble Bars
December 8th Snowman Melt & Pour
December 12th Nose Chap
December 15th White Chocolate Lip Icing & Lotion
December 19th Travel Lotion
December 23rd Otion Cookie Exchange

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Bridesmaid Pedicure Jar

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Brides, you want your wedding to be perfect…so you choose those closest to you to help you celebrate. But why not make the honor of being in the wedding a little more enticing? Spoil your potential bridesmaids and ask them to join your wedding party with these adorable pedicure jars. 🙂

What You’ll Need:

Glass Jar or Mason Jar w/ Lid
Pedicure Set
Epsom Salt
Nail Polish (we made our own with Plum Dusk Mica)
Small Lotion (we used our Shea Body Butter Base)

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We made our nail polish using our suspending nail polish base and plum dusk mica. We added 10 mini scoops of color and mixed until completely incorporated.

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The shea body butter base is great for feet because it is extremely moisturizing for dry areas.

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Fill the bottom of the jar about two inches full with epsom salt.

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Add the nail polish, lotion, toe separators, nail clippers, nail file etc. in the jar however you wish.

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On the computer create a cute label to ask your friend to be a bridesmaid. We decided on ‘Will you help me tie the knot?’. Print out on a waterproof label or regular paper. Cut to the size of the cap and adhere.

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Cap the jar and give to the ones you love the most!

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After Shave Lotion

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Beards and man-buns seem to be on trend and here to stay, but clean shaven is always a classic look. When dealing with such sensitive face skin it’s nice to have a product that protects from irritation and offers a boost of skin loving moisturizers. We’ve included just a hint of peppermint essential oil for that fresh and clean feeling too. So whether your shaving routine is just cleaning up around the edges, or if you’re going for a more clean shaven look, this thin after shave lotion will keep your skin happy.

What You’ll Need:

16 oz Distilled Water
1 oz Emulsifying Wax
1.5 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
0.9 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
0.1 oz Evening Primrose Extract
0.1 oz Oat Extract
0.2 oz Optiphen
0.1 oz Peppermint 1st EO

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

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In a medium pyrex bowl weigh out the oils and emulsifying wax. Once weighed out, heat in the microwave until the emulsifying wax is completely melted.

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While the oils and waxes are heating in the microwave, in a smaller pyrex bowl weigh out the distilled water.

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Once the oils and waxes are heated and melted, put the water in the microwave for about a minute. You want the water to be about 135 degrees F.

As the water is in the microwave, in a small container or mug weigh out the extracts, optiphen and essential oil. Set aside.

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When everything is heated, grab the stick blender and and put it in the oils. Pour the water down the shaft of the stick blender and blend into the oils.

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Once you think you are done blending, blend for 2 more minutes! This recipe is going to be a bit thinner then most lotion recipes, which makes it hard to tell when it gets fully emulsified.

Once it is all mixed together, add in the extracts, optiphen and essential oil. You will notice that the lotion consistency will get thinner again. Blend together for about 30 seconds then pour into lotion bottles.

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Leave the caps off the bottles for 24 hours so the lotion can get back to room temperature. Once the lotion is at room temperature you can cap the bottles are use after shaving!

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If you’re looking for a shaving cream to go with your aftershave, this tutorial is wonderful for that smooth shave!
http://otionsoap.com/shaving-cream-2/

If you are one of those men that take pride in your beard and mustache, then this tutorial is for you!
http://otionsoap.com/beard-oil-mustache-wax/

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Violet Lotion Bars

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Dry skin is never fun and can sometimes show up at the worst times when you don’t have lotion nearby. With these small lotion bars, you’ll never have to worry about finishing out the day with dry, scratchy skin. Just pop these in your bag or give them as gifts – they’re a simple and fun way to stay moisturized on the go. 🙂

What You’ll Need:

2 oz Sweet Almond Oil
0.5 oz Meadowfoam Oil
2 oz White Beeswax
2 oz Shea Butter
4 mL Violet FO
2 mL Cucumber Extract
1/4 tsp. Violaceous Violet
6 Push Tubes
Easy Pour Container

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

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In an easy pour container, weigh out the oils and the beeswax. Heat in the microwave until the beeswax is fully melted.

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Once the beeswax is melted, add in the shea butter. The heat from the oils and beeswax should melt the shea butter. If it doesn’t, pop it back in the microwave for a few seconds until it is fully melted. Be sure to do short bursts, as you don’t want the butter to crystallize.

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After the shea butter is completely melted, now you will add the fragrance oil, extract and color. Sometimes the color can clump, so just mix in until all the clumps are broken up.

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Once everything is mixed together, pour into the push tubes and let solidify completely.

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Did you know you can also make lotion bars using molds? This tutorial uses our milkyway guest sun & moon mold.
http://otionsoap.com/lovely-lotion-bars-2/

If you are the type that doesn’t like lotion bars, this super easy tutorial uses our basic lotion base with color and fragrance!
http://otionsoap.com/shimmer-lotion/

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