I've fallen in love with lavender over and over again. I'm not sure if it is the healing aspect of it when my kids' skin their knees or the calming effect it has on me. Ainsleigh is asking for it all day long with every fall and bruise. Although I can barely make out her word "labindor" I know what she wants. She wants me to sit her on the counter and let her open the bottle and nurse her "wound".
For that reason and the description of this Lavender Body Powder in my recipe book - "a light, lovely, old-fashioned, floral-scented body powder. It’s especially wonderful to use on baby girls; it leaves behind a sweet, delicate, feminine aroma" - I've been anticipating making this powder. The most wonderful ingredients I purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs were for this recipe in particular: pink rose powder and lavender flowers.
I'm not sure if it was the arrowroot or cornstarch or white cosmetic clay as the base, but I've never seen or experienced such a fine, smooth powder. When I mixed all of the ingredients and swirled it around in the jar, it swirled like silk. I knew from the ingredients that this would be the most luxurious powder for my little twins. It is like a little treat for them every time I sprinkle it on them.
You can find may of these ingredients locally, some at a grocery store, or all of them at Mountain Rose Herbs along with the containers. Here's one of my favorites from [amazon_link id="1580176763" target="_blank" ]Organic Body Care Recipes[/amazon_link] from Stephanie Tourles.
Lavender Body Powder
1 cup arrowroot
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup white clay
1/2 cup lavender buds, finely powdered
1/2 cup rose petals, finely powdered
200 drops of lavender or geranium essential oil (I used roughly 60 drops of lavender oil)
RECOMMENDED FOR: all skin types
USE: as desired
PREP TIME: approximately 20 minutes, plus 3 days for fragrance to synergize
BLENDING TOOLS: large bowl and whisk or food processor, mortar and pestle
STORE IN: zip-seal plastic bag, wooden or cardboard box, tin, plastic or glass jar, or shaker container
YIELD: approximately 4 cups
Combine all ingredients except the essential oil in a large bowl or food processor. Stir slowly with a whisk or whirl in the food processor for 15 seconds until well blended. Using a mortar and pestle, combine the essential oil drop by drop with 6 or 7 tablespoons of the powder mix until the oil is absorbed. Add this oil mixture to the remaining powder and whisk the mixture slowly (to avoid making too much dust) or shake vigorously in a large container with a tight-fitting lid. If using a food processor, whirl for 15 seconds to blend.
Store the powder in an airtight storage container in a cool, dark place for 3 days to allow the scent of the essential oil and the flowers to permeate the mixture. Package the powder in smaller containers if desired.
No refrigeration is required, but for maximum fragrance and freshness, please use within one year.
APPLICATION TIPS: Apply as you would any body powder–by sprinkling or “puffing” over entire body or only certain areas.
I loved these glass jars I bought to hold homemade powder for years to come. But they needed some dressing up after reading that heavenly description about "old-fashioned" and "feminine". I thought using some of my husband's Nanny's feminine and old-fashioned quilt scraps would add the right touch.
Just a little strip and a double knot around the mouth of the jar and everyone in the family will know what is inside.
One jar for upstairs, one for down, and plenty for refills.
I'd like to sneak a bit of the lavender powder for me with a little powder puff when I get around to it. It is one of the richest, sweetest, yet delicate blends. So feminine.
We've also made some very tasty tangerine lip balm. This has very few ingredients and makes incredible, edible balm. My big girls know the twins aren't allowed to be unsupervised with a tin of it! Another recipe from [amazon_link id="1580176763" target="_blank" ]Stephanie Tourles[/amazon_link].
Honey Fruit-Flavored Lip Balm
7-8 teaspoons of jojoba or almond oil
2 teaspoons beeswax
1 teaspoon of raw honey
10 drops of essential oils lemon, orange, lime or tangerine
In a small saucepan over low heat or using a double boiler, warm the oil, beeswax and honey until the was is melted. Remove from heat and then add the essential oils and stir until all mixed in. Now, set the pan in a shallow ice water bath (cake pans are great for this) and with a spoon or whisk, stir fast for a minute until the honey is completely incorporated and the mixture looks like thick frosting. Spoon the mixture to your storage containers (we like using metal tins) and let it set for 2 hours.
It was incredible to watch the lip balm in its liquid state firm up in a matter of seconds once plunged in the ice bath. My girls and I were mesmerized! Thankfully we had to make a second batch so got to watch it all over again.
This recipe is definitely sticking around. We're excited to try new flavors in the future.
And last of all, our winter Protection Cream. Here is another recipe with just a handful of ingredients, including cocoa butter which smells divine. This cream is perfect for rough and dry hands, knuckles, knees and such. It works especially well after you've gotten out of the shower and are still damp.
You can find the full recipe here.
Now that I've given you plenty to do this weekend, I'm off for NYC today with my Caroline. We are both giddy over the whole trip. She's never taken a train or gone on a trip just with mama and I've never had the luxury to do it. I'm grateful for the few helping hands that are helping to make it all work.
And so I'll be back to this space on Monday. Remember to stop by Adirondack Patterns today and tomorrow to get 25% off one item in their beautiful shop. Enter "sleepytimegal" in the coupon code as you're about to check out.
Happy weekending to you all, friends!
the sleepy time gal