DIY Holiday Gifts from the Captain

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jana blankenship in a leopard dress in a a field of ferns
Dear Friends, 
What a strange year it has been! It's hard to know what to say, but I want to shower you in thanks for all your continued support of Captain Blankenship this year. You truly allow our small business to keep sailing and we couldn't be more grateful. I wanted to share an update with you and also some DIY recipes we are making in our house this year. 

I have definitely taken solace in the rhythms of nature this year. On the land where me and my family live in New Paltz, New York, a pair of bald eagles built a nest and we eagerly await baby eagles (squeal!) in the spring. Nature is my North Star and please know that we are always looking for ways to improve our sustainability efforts at Captain Blankenship. From sustainable packaging to sourcing ingredients directly from farmers and charitable donations, our ears are always to the earth to find the best path forward.

This year saw the launch of our new Sea Shine Shampoo & Conditioner that were two years in the making. We are over the moon with how these products turned out and hope you are enjoying them. We are always excited to hear your thoughts.
We can't offer guaranteed shipping for the holidays, but it is never too late to give the gift of botanical treasure with a Captain Blankenship Gift Card. I also wanted to share some fun and easy DIY recipes and a solstice craft to enjoy. These make great gifts for you or your loved ones!

Heart shaped Lotion bars

Mama's Lotion Bars⁠

ingredients by weight⁠
-2oz cocoa butter⁠
-1oz shea butter* ⁠
-2oz coconut oil ⁠
-2oz beeswax (I like using pellets, but don't have too)⁠
optional: 1 tsp vitamin e (to increase shelf life)⁠

* you can also just use all cocoa or shea butter but I like the mix!⁠

Heat up a few inches of water in medium pot, when boiling turn to simmer. Put all ingredients in a heatproof spouted glass measuring cup or pyrex. Put measuring cup inside pot. Stir frequently with spoon until ingredients are fully melted. Remove cup from pot with mitts on. Let it cool for a few minutes. Pour liquid into mold. Wait for a few hours until fully solid and pop out of molds. ⁠

To use: with dry hands massage bar into body, face and lips. Should keep fresh for up to 6 months if no water touches it.

bath bombs diy


Turquoise Seas Bath Fizz⁠

-1/2 cup sea salt (or epsom salt or mix)⁠
-1/2 cup non-GMO citric acid⁠
-1/2 cup arrowroot powder (or non-gmo cornstarch) ⁠
-1 cup aluminum-free baking soda⁠
-3 tbsp melted coconut oil⁠
-1 tbsp jojoba oil (you could use almond, olive, sunflower or liquid carrier oil of choice) ⁠
-2 tsp spirulina (or more to reach desired color) ⁠
-15-20 drops sweet orange essential oil⁠
-5-10 drops vanilla absolute or peru balsam essential oil (or vanilla extract if you please)⁠
-witch hazel in small spray bottle ⁠
*you will need bath bomb molds

Mix all ingredients together in small bowl with fingers until you get a sandy consistency. Spray a few mists of witch hazel and quickly work liquid in with fingers. If you spray too much at once will start to fizz, which is fine. Spray slowly, you shouldn't need much witch hazel. You want to get a slightly wet sand consistency that will hope shape when you squeeze it. Once you get there, pack the "sand' into the molds and push down with fingers. Let the set overnight and then push gently on the backs of mold till the bath bombs pop out.⁠n
Elderberry syrup gummy bears

Elderberry Syrup & Elder-Bears

Elderberry Syrup Recipe⁠
Yield: approx. 16oz or 2 cups⁠

-3/4 cup dried elderberries⁠
-4 cups filtered water⁠
-1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick⁠
-1/4 tsp ground cloves⁠
-1-2 tbsp grated fresh ginger or 1-2 tsp ground ginger⁠
-Juice of 1 lemon⁠
-3/4 cup raw honey (or vegan sweetener of choice)

In medium pot, simmer water, elderberries, cinnamon, cloves and ginger for half hour. Let cool. Strain liquid into measuring cup or spouted bowl. Add lemon juice and honey or maple syrup. Stir and bottle. Should keep fresh in refrigerator for up to 1 month. ⁠

Instructions to turn into a gummy! You will need agar agar powder, lemon, honey, and 3 silicone gummy molds with droppers. Yield approx. 150 gummies. Store in fridge for up to one month.

Heat one cup of syrup in small saucepan. Add 1 tbsp agar agar powder. Add 1 tbsp honey or vegan sweetener stir until dissolved and starts to gel. Remove from heat and stir in juice of 1/2 lemon. Using eyedropper fill gummy molds.
You can reheat mixture if solidifies before you finish filling.
Put molds in fridge for at least 3-4 hours ( I left overnight). Pull out the molds and pop out the gummies. Put them in a airtight jar and store in fridge.
Be safe and well and sending love, light and hope to you and yours this holiday season!
xoxo Captain Jana
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