It is so easy to make your own lip balm ,why buy some low grade products with synthetic ingredients? The real luxury is to make your own product and put in everything best. For our lip balm, we used: 1 part beeswax for 1.5 parts sweet almond oil, and 0. 5 part shea butter.
We use shea butter for an extra moisturizing and nourishing ingredient but if you don't have any you could just use 2 parts sweet almond oil.
If you like a softer finish, use 3 parts of oil, but I personally find it a bit too oily. Melt everything in a double boiler, make sure all the beeswax has dissolved in the oil. Turn of the heat, then add a few drops of essential oils. I would use 15-20 drops for this quantity of ingredients. The blend will start to harden fast, thus pour it immediately and as fast as you can in the little containers. For this step, I use a Gongdaobei for tea.
Let it sit in a cool and dry place, and within 30 minutes it should be fine, reaching its final texture and color!Continue reading
After days of engaging in wanton gluttony, holiday revelers are slowly emerging from their food comas, eager to purge their bodies of that last chocolate bonbon and that second and unnecessary helping of turkey.
To help you along, here are a few of the best book releases from 2014 meant to offer readers tips on how to eat clean, nourish the body and begin the new year with a fresh start.
Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide by editors of Martha Stewart Living
Over 160 pages, the editors of the Martha Stewart Living empire offer a variety of recipes that are meant to do everything from replenish, restore, reenergize and relax. Mostly a plant-based cookbook, recipes include roasted mushroom tartines with avocado; spinach and white bean dip; as well as wild salmon, asparagus and Shiitakes in parchment. Recipes emphasize clean eating, whole, unprocessed foods. The book includes a menu plan for a 3 to 21-day cleanse.
Retail price $26 USD
10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days! by JJ Smith
It’s the bestselling book in Amazon’s Detox and Cleansing category and was also a New York Times bestseller in 2014. Designed to ‘jumpstart’ weight loss, the book provides step-by-step instructions on how to undergo a 10-day juice fast packed with leafy greens and fruits. The book includes a shopping list, recipes and detailed instructions on how to follow the diet.
Retail price $15.99
Zero Belly Diet: Lost up to 16 lbs in 14 days, by David Zinczenko
Release date: December 30, 2014
In his latest book, Zinczenko, author of the New York Times bestselling series ‘Eat This, Not That!’ takes a genetic approach to dieting in his latest book and explains how some foods actually ‘turn on’ our fat genes, causing weight gain. The book identifies nine power foods that can help turn off the switch and offers tips on how to lose excess belly fat, which increases the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Retail price $26
The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast by Mark Hyman
Also a New York Times bestseller this year, Dr. Hyman’s approach to weight loss is to keep the body's insulin levels low. The book claims to teach readers how to ‘reprogram’ their metabolism, shut off fat-storing genes, and control appetite. Meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists are included, as is advice on supplements and exercise.
Retail price $28
Relax with a warm rose candle massage. The massage candle melts into a warm sumptuous massage oil. This warm oil of natural butters can then be drizzled over the skin for a wonderful massage treatment to melt away tension and delicately nourish skin. The scent of the rose will embark you on a romantic journey in Paris…
Let yourself be charmed by this 90 min massage alone or in duo. Enjoy a complimentary cupcake by The Lollipop Bakery at the end of the massage!
670 rmb | 90 min.
1140rmb for 2, side by side | 90 min.
At Kocoon spa Taiyue Suites. Offer limited in time from February 1st - 28th, cannot be combined
with promotions and discounts. Available in Gift Certificates.