Mindful Holiday Traditions: A DIY Recipe for Self Care

© Amy Galper - New York Institute of Aromatherapy

By Valerie Hutterer | Beauty
Posted Dec 21, 2016

This season, in addition to our Magnifeco Holiday Gift Guide, we want to share more mindful ways to celebrate the holidays and asked some of our favorite people for their holiday traditions. Today,  Amy Galper shares her recipe for an organic, winter skin-saving Lotion Bar.

Amy Galper, B.A., M.A., Dipl. AT, the pioneering educator behind the New York Institue of Aromatherapy (NYIOA). As a Certified Aromatherapist since 2001, she is a passionate advocate, entrepreneur, formulator and consultant in organic beauty and wellness. It’s a journey that began long before the pursuit of wellness was common, and led her to a vast knowledge of essential oils and their applications as a way to connect to the body through the senses. As an entrepreneur, Amy applied her mind-body vision to the world of beauty, developing an award winning, yoga-inspired line of body care products called Buddha Nose, one of the first organic brands to create national awareness of the need for toxin-free beauty and body care products. Amy has also built a vibrant consultancy practice, offering her expertise—in ingredient research and sourcing, product formulation, wellness event planning, USDA Certification and more—to a number of beauty and wellness brands.

I love making botanical beauty gifts for the holidays! One of my favorite recipes is a lotion bar. A lotion bar is basically a big lip balm for the body, something you can rub on rough dry winter skin patches and feel soothed and comforted.

Kitchen Tools you will need:
Double Boiler, or a small pot that can fit a glass bowl.
Metal or glass stirrer, or a wooden popsicle stick
Muffin tin
Muffin paper liners (unbleached)
Parchment paper (unbleached)
2 small glass measuring cups
Paper towel

Ingredients
2.5 Ounces Certified Organic Beeswax Pastilles
2 Ounces Certified Organic Shea butter (either raw or naturally refined and deodorized works!)
1 Ounce Certified Organic Raw Coconut oil
3 fl. Ounces Calendula infused Certified Organic Olive Oil
1 tsp. Sea Buckthorn Oil ( cold pressed)
10 drops of Nutmeg essential oil
10 drops of Cardamon essential oil
10 drops of Ginger essential oil
10 drops of Patchouli essential oil
1 Ounce of dried calendula flowers

Makes about 9 one ounce bars

Before you begin, measure out all of your essential oils in a little glass measuring cup, stir together with a popcilcle stick and set aside.

Step One: Put an inch of water in the bottom pot of the double boiler and turn the heat on low.
Step Two: Thoroughly clean the upper pot, making sure it is completely dry,, and place onto of the bottom piece. if using a glass bowl, fit the glass bowl in the pot making sure lips of the bowl rest on the rim of the pot so the bottom of the bel does does not touch the water below it.
Step Three: Pour Beeswax Pastilles into pot (or bowl) and allow to melt thoroughly
Step Four: After Beeswax is completely melted add in the Shea Butter.
Step Five: Thoroughly mix beeswax and shea butter with metal/glass rod, or popsicle stick so all is well incorporated.
Step Six: Add Coconut Oil, and keep stirring.
Step Seven: While beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter and melting together , mix together your Calendula herbal Oil and Seabuckthorn Oil in a small glass measuring cup, and line your muffin tins with paper muffin cups.
Step Eight: Slowly drizzle in the Calendula and Seabuckthorn blend of oils into the melted beeswax, shea butter and coconut mixture. You will notice that the beeswax may slightly clump as you are doing this, so keep stirring until everything is really well incorporated.
Step Nine: Carefully remove pot, or bowl, from heat, and make sure to wipe down all outside areas with paper towel for emote every drop of water, along the rim and outside areas.
Step Ten: Pour in your essential oil blend, and stir well.
Step Eleven: Tear out a sheet of parchment paper and place your lined muffin tin on top of it.
Step Twelve: Carefully fill each muffin cup with the warm mixture.
Step Thirteen: Sprinkle dried calendal flowers on the tops and place another sheet of parchment paper over the tin and let cool for about 1 hour.

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