|A variety of herbs still growing in our garden in October.|
The down side is that the pantry is small, and there really isn't room for my new enterprise. A table just inside our front entryway is piled high with containers of oils, beeswax, honey, essential oils, and tools. I bring what I need to the kitchen for each project, then pile it all back on the table, with no organization at all. The kitchen floor is spackled with cocoa butter and wax, which doesn't mop up. I need to use a straight-edge to scrape it up, and it never seems clean. I still haven't figured out how to clean the waxy residue off of the bowls, spatulas, sieves and mixers I use to make lotion and balm.
But, it's all worth it. I spent the better part of yesterday making a balm from beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, honey, vitamin E, glycerine, olive oil, and essential oils that will make a nice gift for a friend's baby shower this weekend. The wax makes it a barrier cream, to prevent baby rash, while all of the other ingredients are nourishing and soothing. It would also work well for gardeners, crafters, and anyone needing extra protection and moisturizing for hands, feet, elbows, etc. (It would be great for mosaic artists and those working with cement.) I am very pleased with the outcome. Here is a photo of the balm in the tins:
|Part of our squash/pumpkin crop.|
Well, that's the homestead report for October. The misty-rainy season is in full swing and the hard work is over. It's a good time to make art, soap, balm, lotion, and today I'm making bath bombs, and nursing a month-long cold.