My $13 Herb Box.

Good evening guys!! I did this a few weeks ago but was super lazy about posting about it. I was really excited about the project and knew eventually I’d share so the day has finally come at long last. (Well a few weeks later lol)

A while back I was looking on Etsy at Wiccan herb boxes and I really loved the idea of having something to keep my herbs organized in a really tasteful way instead of just having a buttload of bottles askew on my dresser. I found one on Etsy that was around $80 for a glass top tea box with various herbs included and I showed my cousin / close friend Amy to see if she thought it was worth the price. Of course regardless of the price, someone put time and effort into it and deserves to put whatever price on it they wish, but Amy reminded me that I am a creative and capable person and I could make one myself for a lot cheaper. I was skeptical at first but I knew she was right so I decided to keep my eyes peeled for a suitable box.

I ended up going into Michael’s with my bestie Sahtera for some supplies for her wreath making business and I spotted a glass top tea box for only $13.99. Boom. I was ecstatic because I already had the herbs to fill it and didn’t need to spend any more than that and this one was bigger than the one on Etsy and even included a drawer.

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I also bought the two pendants you see on top of it but that’s irrelevant. (But also they were only $5 so get your butts to Michael’s!!).

ANYWAY, I had plans to paint the box but I really preferred the look of a dark wood stain, it just felt more natural for what I was trying to accomplish. While this box was meant to be for storing herbs, I still had an aesthetic in mind.

I didn’t have any wood stain so I had to get creative and spent days googling, pinteresting, and youtubing various DIY wood stain methods. The only one that would achieve the look I wanted with the supplies I already had on hand, was coffee grounds.

I literally took a spoonful of Folger’s Instant Coffee and added a few drops of warm water. I stirred it until the grounds had dissolved and I was left with a nearly black syrup-y liquid. I was extremely hesitant to use this because I was worried it would dry sticky, or mold, or spontaneously combust, you know the usual irrational fears we have when trying something new. I applied it with a paint brush and it actually dried quite quickly. I covered it with an acrylic clear coat to protect it and oh my gossssh, it looks gorgeous ya’ll.

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My essential oils and herb bottles fit perfectly inside and hell even my smudging sage fit!

So for $13 and a little time and love, I ended up with something I actually like better than the $80 version I thought was out of my area of creative expertise. Long story short, try the thing even if the thing seems daunting.

Blessed be!

DIY: Beeswax Lip Balm!

Another thing I whipped up this weekend, lip balm! It was my first time making it, in the past I’ve made a lot of body butters, body scrubs, lip scrubs, etc… But have never attempted Lip Balm, even though it’s ridiculously easy. Make some of your own with this easy little instructional, this is how I made mine but feel free to tweak your recipe to your liking 🙂 As long as you have beeswax, essential oils, and a carrier oil, it doesn’t matter!

Beeswax Lip Balm
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What you will need:
– Empty containers, preferably something you can get your finger into like the one I’ve used above. I’ve also made use of empty compacts for such a reason! This recipe should give you 4+ Lip balms.
– Beeswax
– Coconut Oil
– Hemp Oil
– Essential Oils of your preferred scent (I used Spearmint and Wintergreen)
– A microwave safe bowl (Unless you have a double boiler and prefer to do it that way)
– A small funnel for pouring your lip balm

Measurements:
On my first go my lip balm came out too wax-y and not nearly oily enough, the consistency you want is a solid that will melt slightly as you’re rubbing it. Here are the measurements I used.
– 2 table spoons of beeswax
– 2 table spoons of coconut oil
– 1 table spoon of hemp oil
– 5 drops of spearmint oil
– 5 drops of wintergreen oil

How to mix it:
– First you will want to melt your wax and coconut oil, to do this I put the wax in a microwave safe bowl and continuously microwaved it at 30 seconds each time, checking in between, until it was nearly melted. Then I added my 2 tbsp of Coconut Oil and continued to microwave at 30 second intervals until the entire mixture of wax and coconut oil was pure liquid, no chunks.
– Next I added my remaining oils (Hemp, Spearmint, Wintergreen) and stirred thoroughly
– Using my funnel, I poured the mixture into my containers, filling it to the brim
– Set them out to air dry and harden on the counter, this does not take very long, do not put them in the freezer as this will cause them to sweat and not harden properly.

Voila! Once they have hardened you’re free to use them! If you find the product is too soft or too hard, you can melt the product back down and add more oil or wax to counteract this. If the product is too solid, add more oil. If it’s too soft, add more wax. 🙂

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