Archive | February, 2016

Tinted Lip Balm 100% natural

17 Feb

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Our little girls love Lip Balm – the brighter the colour & the more crazy the flavour the more they love it.

But on reading the label of a Lip Balm one of our girls received for her birthday, I knew I had to find an alternative they would like just as much just without the petroleum products, dyes & chemically derived flavours.

After much research I settled on using Organic Hibiscus flower powder & cacao powder to tint our homemade Lip Balm. We made a Hibiscus only balm which produced a nice pink/red colour & then we created a 50:50 mix of hibiscus & cacao powder to make a yummy chocolate nude version.

Instead of using artificial flavours we used sweet orange essential oil & the cacao powder to add a yummy favour to our lip balms, but you could use cinnamon or peppermint essential oils if you are more adventurous (our girls are not!).

The Lip Balms are made on a base of organic coconut, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter & beeswax. You can use candelilla wax for a vegan version but our girls prefer the slight sweetness that the beeswax imparts.

We have poured them into little round pots, but this recipe would work just as well with lip balm tubes.

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Naturally tinted Lip Balm a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 25grams coconut oil
  • 12grams sweet almond oil
  • 5grams cocoa butter
  • 12grams beeswax

Measure out all ingredients into a glass jar, place in a simmering pot of water to gently melt. Once your Lip Balm base has melted & mixed together you can add your tint.

To Make a Pink/Red Tint with Orange flavour

  • 3grams hibiscus powder
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil

Simply stir the powder & essential oil into your balm, mixing well before you pour it into your containers or tubes

To Make a Nude Brown Tint with a Chocolate Orange Flavour

  • 3grams cacao powder
  • 3 grams hibiscus powder
  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil

Simply stir the powder & essential oil into your balm, mixing well before you pour it into your containers or tubes

Enjoy & happy Lip Balm making

 

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Healthy Lemon Yoghurt Pound Cake

2 Feb

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Who doesn’t like a slice of pound cake with a cup of tea in the afternoon?

Heck as a Mum, I am grateful for anytime that I get to sit quietly & savour a cup of tea & a slice of cake!

In our house that usually means after the rugrats have gone to bed. That is if I have enough energy left after the craziness of the day 🙂

So bake this cake & hide it away until you can sit down & savour a bit of me time 🙂

It is lovely & decadent with a rich crumb, but the subtle lemon flavour with the slight tang from the greek yoghurt make this cake much lighter & more delicate than you would expect. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of earl grey tea – just saying 🙂

This cake yet again is super easy to make, do I bake any other way??

Healthy Lemon Pound Cake a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1 c greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 3 eggs
  • zest & juice of two lemons
  • 1 1/2 c spelt flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt

Pre-heat your oven to 170degrees.

In a food processor, mixer or thermomix mix the coconut sugar & butter until well creamed. Add in the yoghurt, eggs, lemon juice & zest mixing to combine. Add in the remaining ingredients & blend until just mixed. Pour into a well greased  or lined loaf pan.

Bake for 45 – 50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.

Enjoy

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