One of my friends took the initiative to start a monthly meet up among for us to teach each other new skills. This week we had our first night where our fearless leader Karen, taught us how to make home made lip balms and aftershaves.
We met up at Julies house, where her husband took on the roll of being the super star host - providing us with an enormous spread of cheese, crackers, olives, hummus, and mulled cider that while we had planned on ordering pizza, we were full from all the snacks. We didn't waste much time and got down to business.
Karen first described the process before we ventured out into the garage to start experimenting. I had a hard time visualizing the process and was a bit wary of the instructions to just mix it all, I am a precise measurer. But regardless Julie and I decided to create our first batch of lip balm together.
After mixing all of our ingredients we placed our bottle in the hot water to melt. When it was described, I wasn't picturing the logical use of hot water in a pan, I was envisioning holding a jar over a flame. I was grateful that we weren't roughing it for this project.
After roughly 4 -5 minutes everything melted, the next step is to pour it into lip balm containers. Karen brought both little metal tins as well as traditional plastic tubes. The tins are far easier to pour so that was our first choice.
After our first success, we were quick to make more. In the end, a good variety of lip balms were created. We traded many of our extras so we all left with several different kinds. Some of the scents I left with were chocolate & mint, rose petal, clove & vanilla, lavender & chamomile and several others that I'm not entirely sure of their combination. It was fun hanging out with some friends & meeting some new people and definitely learning such an easy skill that I know I never would have tried on my own.