I have been in the process of developing some new project ideas to do with my Horticultural Therapy clients. I have a new facility I have started at recently, in which the population I work with a lot of them live in group homes through out the City of Philadelphia.
I have notice they all seem to really appreciate having personal care items, since they do not always get access, or the have the money to shop for them. I made scented soaps with this group right before the holidays- it was a huge hit.
I have been introducing this group to videos on Youtube of how different food/plant products are grown and produced. We have learned about coffee and tea and most recently the history and production of the vanilla bean. This is great video from the McCormick Spice Co https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQl-oHeII6w on vanilla
To finish off our lesson on vanilla- we made our own vanilla flavored lip balms
The steps and recipe to do this were easier than I thought they would be- here is how we did it-
organic coconut oil unrefined
olive oil 16 oz bottle
real vanilla bean
3 gram size lip balm pots ( i ordered these of amazon) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TT70OME/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Small plastic syringes
first a few days before –
Pour oil into a wide mouth bottle add 1/4 real vanilla bean- scraping out the insides and placing it all in the bottle, letting it sit to ‘brew’ for a week. Add 2 tsp of real vanilla extract as well (not the fake stuff)
- Take all three ingredients – 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp of distilled oil mixture, 2 tbsp grated beeswax, mix them well in a cup
2. In the double boiler over low heat put the mixture in -stir continuously until all is melted and well blended
3. Take pot off the burner and use syringe to pull up the mixture and empty into the lip balm pots. Be sure to keep the pots on a flat heat safe surface. The balm will solidify with in 5-10 minutes and will be done and in a stable form once it turns from clear to cloudy
4. Let them cool completely before screwing the cap in place
5. Be sure to store as you would any other lip balm- away from extreme heat. ….
These make great gifts- each mixture fills approx 3-4 balm pots