Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Avatar Awesome

I saw Avatar in 3D over the weekend and wow. It was a visual feast from the landscape to the native creatures. The story line was very interesting with some parallels from Earths past. You do have to pay attention in the few scenes with both humans and the natives understand the size difference. This movie had mechs, wild creatures, a love scene, nice looking aliens, an uprising, man vs nature, space travel, and a spiritual side. Overall not a bad movie at all.

Cons: I did have issues with the floating mountains. Sure maybe for some reason the rocks floated but could a floating rock have a waterfall from it? Also the mineral they were searching for was Unobtainium. Humorous but kind of a snap out of it moment for me in the movie.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Spreading the merrymint. Mint Lip Balm

Merrymint mint lip balm recipe (kind of like burt's bees)

makes about 12 -15 of the .15 oz tubes

  • A sauce pan you don't care about to melt things in.
  • Digital scale is really nice to have
  • Having a tube filling tray really helps.
  • Spatula
  • A place to fill the tubes that you can get lip balm all over. I used a cake pan.

1 oz beeswax (our wax was from a bee keeper)
0.5 oz virgin coconut oil (more like butter)
0.5 oz regular coconut oil (more like butter)
0.3 oz lanolin oil (helps to warm it)
0.8 oz sunflower oil
5 drops rosemary oil (high quality)
30 - 40 drops peppermint oil (medium quality)

optional: vitamin E oil.

Heat all on very low/melt heat.
When melted add the rosemary and peppermint drops.
Pour into tubes.

About the recipe: we started with a recipe off the internet and I used all virgin coconut oil first and found it was to strong of a coconut flavor. The regular coconut oil did not have as much aromatics and was also softer. We also went 50/50 on wax to coconut oils to get a softer stick. You can use 1.5 oz wax to get a harder stick if you like. We also found that our rosemary oil was very high quality and cut it in half.