How to make a Perfumed Locket

The Perfumed Locket The perfumed locket has been inspired by the artistry and beauty of Roxana Villa’s Botanical Perfume Lockets. Here’s what you’ll need: Equipment: ◻︎ Stainless steel double boiler ◻︎ Stainless steel fork or whisk ◻︎ Empty stainless steel, silver, or gold lockets (just don’t get old ones where material to make is unknown: […]

How to make Coffee Infused Oil

We’ve had a couple of recipes that used Coffee infused sesame or jojoba oil and a number of of people have asked for directions on how to make this heavenly infusion, so here it is! Supplies needed: Slightly ground coffee beans (Organic, if possible) Canning jar (size dependent on how much you want to make) […]

How to make Coffee Lip Balm!

Coffee Lip Balm Coffee, coffee, coffee! Loving the coffee infused jojoba oil so decided to use it in a delicious lip balm. Here’s what you’ll need: Equipment: ◻︎ Stainless steel double boiler ◻︎ Stainless steel fork or whisk ◻︎ For Lip Balm: 3 – 1 ounce cardboard tubes + 2 – 0.15 Lip balm tubes […]

How to make a Spicy Aftershave

Spicy Men’s Aftershave A ‘to die for‘ spicy aftershave! Based upon the much loved Bay Laurel aftershave by Rosemary Gladstar, I formulated the perfect blend of herbs to create a yummy spicy aftershave for men. This aftershave has a beautiful aroma with just the herbal infusion into the bay rum or vodka but you can […]

Body Balm – Vanilla Blue

Vanilla Blue Body Balm by Jade Shutes   What are body butters and balms? How are they different from salves? Both body butters and balms are made utilizing the base ingredients of butter (there are several kinds of butter: e.g. shea, cocoa, etc) and herbal or vegetable/nut/seed oils. Since body butters and balms (and salves) […]

Aromatic and Herbal Sugar Scrub for the Body

Beautiful day today. I have been meaning to catch up with our personal supply of aromatic products and today presented itself with time to create and play. Creating an aromatic and herbal sugar scrub Goal: to create an aromatic sugar scrub for the body using both plant material and essential oils in the sugar. First, […]

Organic Cacao Body Butter

What to do when you have very dry (an excess of vata) skin?  Body butters to the rescue. Body butters are not creams or lotions but rather a combination of emollient and nutrient rich ingredients that feed the skin valuable oil and in this case delicious organic cocoa to boot!  There are many ways to […]

Ginger/Lemon Salt scrubs and Spicy Breathing Space Salve

by Jade Shutes These are products I am donating to the Blue Lotus Yoga Studio in Raleigh in hopes of raising some money to donate to local charity.   Ginger Lemon Salt Scrub What you will need to make 4 jars of scrub: 3 cups of sea salt 1 1/2 cups Jojoba oil 30 drops […]

How to make your own Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract Making a fresh batch of vanilla extract can be a wonderful gift for the holidays.   There is so much to love about the orchid Vanilla. In a previous blog I wrote about how to make a vanilla bean jojoba infusion.  Now we turn to an alcohol extract which can be used in baking […]