Lip Balm Recipe

by Kyrstie Barcak on April 17, 2014

Lip Balm Recipe

Over the last few months I have been having a great time tripping down memory lane and digging through my old Aromatherapy notes, books and my recipe logs. I have re-ignited an old passion that I let fizzle out – that for creating natural skin care products from beautiful plant based ingredients.

About ten years ago I was making my own skin care range.  I became very bitter and disillusioned towards the time I decided to stop selling them. I was fed up with the powerful media channels at the time that were pushing the notion of  “Natural” in the market and aggressively promoting products that were NOT natural products.  They were promoting products made to be shipped around the world, to hold up in various climate extremes and to sit on a shelf for (sometimes) years before making it to a bathroom cupboard.  It was exhausting trying to explain and educate people about my definition of natural skin care – that was no additives, organic where possible, and made entirely from plant based or naturally occurring ingredients. PHEW!  I got sick of the battle that I felt I was engaged in and shut up shop. I continued to create some basic items for myself but mostly packed up everything.

I can’t explain the joy I felt at unearthing a big dust covered box of cosmetic jars from the shed a couple of weeks ago, or finding my hand scrawled notes on tried, tested and loved recipe for one of my products. I missed it and didn’t even know it. I have re-purchased many of my staple ingredients and been back at the stove stirring my potions.

A few weeks ago I introduced you to my Honey Herb Body Bar Moisturiser and also a Gardeners Hand Scrub. They are newly created products that I had not made as part of my range previously.

This recipe is one from my archives. It is very similar to the product I used to make and sell. I made some minor modifications to it. It is not a difficult recipe, it is actually very simple to make. It will take you less than 20 minutes to create.

Ditch those balms filled with chemicals, colors, stabilisers, thickeners, emulsifiers and preservatives and start treating your lips with this gloriously silky soft balm. It has great staying power. I find that it lasts for a number of hours.

Lip Balm Recipe

Lip Balm Recipe

  • 15 grams beeswax
  • 15 grams cocoa butter
  • 5 grams shea butter
  • 10 grams macadamia oil
  • 7 drops spearmint essential oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil

  1. Fill a saucepan ⅓ full with water and set to a low simmer
  2. Add all of the ingredients except the essential oils to a mixing bowl that will sit on top of the saucepan without touching the water
  3. Gently heat and stir until the ingredients melt
  4. Remove from the heat as soon as they have melted
  5. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes
  6. Add the essential oils and stir (the mixture will be starting to thicken and harden
  7. Pot into a steralised jar


Have a fabulous Easter weekend. x





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Chocolate Coated Oranges

by Kyrstie Barcak on April 15, 2014

Chocolate coated oranges

Healthy but a little bit naughty. This is more of an idea for your Easter entertaining table than a recipe…..

If you follow A Fresh Legacy on Facebook you will know that I recently received a dehydrator.  For the past few months I have been putting all manner of fruits and vegetables and concoctions into it to determine the results. 

I have discovered with the dehydrator that it seems to intensify the flavor of the items that are dried. That makes this recipe all the more divine. The intense burst of orange is mellowed by the deep, dark flavor of the chocolate and depth of the Cointreau. 

I grew up in a country town renown for it’s citrus production. Chocolate coated oranges were sold at the local fruit store.  They were a fabulous treat. This recipe was intended to be trialed with some new-season mandarins that I spotted in my local fruit store but they did not dehydrate well. The skins became papery and dry but the insides refused to dry. I changed to oranges and had better results, however, they are not suitable to store for any period of time.

Due to the high moisture content of the oranges you will need to either dry them for a really long time (much longer than I instruct below), or dry them to a suitable texture and eat them all up in one sitting – which is what we did with absolutely no difficulty!

I do not recommend trying this recipe without a dehydrator (eg: in the oven at a low heat) as you would need to leave them cooking for a couple of days.)

Chocolate Coated Oranges
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A healthy Easter recipe idea made from dehydrated orange dipped in Cointreau flavored dark chocolate.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8

  • 8 Australian oranges
  • 125 grams good quality dark cooking chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon Cointreau liquor (optional)

  1. Cut off the skins of the oranges, removing as much pith (the white layer under the skin) as possible.
  2. Slice the peeled oranges into even sized slices and place on the dehydrator trays for 16- 18 hours at 125 degrees
  3. Remove from the dehydrator and cool
  4. Set a saucepan of water to a low simmer. * Use a bowl that sits on top of it without touching the water
  5. Add the chocolate to the bowl and melt over a low simmer stirring constantly
  6. Add the Cointreau and quickly dip each piece of orange into the melted chocolate to coat
  7. Place each dipped piece of orange onto a tray lined with baking paper
  8. Repeat until all slices of dehydrated orange have been dipped in the chocolate
  9. Place in the fridge to set
  10. Serve

These do not store well. They will re-hydrate if stored in the fridge so please eat and enjoy them in one sitting.

Perfect for Easter entertaining, but difficult to share….so if you don’t want to share them make yourself a cup of tea and savor the flavor.

Choc coated oranges

Have you tried dried oranges? 






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