DIY Quilter’s Salve Recipe

Learn how to make this DIY Quilter's Salve, perfect for the avid quilter in your life!

This is a hand salve that I made for my mom, an avid quilter. Originally, I wanted to make her a quilt block soap to match, but that proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated, so I haven’t gotten that part quite yet! (Fun fact: My mom helped me start the quilt in the background of the photo above before my daughter was born. She’s 17 now and my quilt still isn’t finished! … Continue reading

Cucumber Mint Bath Soak

Easy DIY Cucumber Mint Bath Soak

Fresh cucumbers and mint leaves combine with Epsom salt to create this lightly scented and refreshing bath soak made from locally sourced ingredients. The salt helps to rapidly dry the fresh ingredients, capturing and preserving the natural green color for months. No fake colorants or food coloring needed!   Ingredients a few slivers/slices of fresh (organic) cucumber peel about 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves, very lightly packed 1 cup Epsom salt optional: a tiny drop of peppermint essential oil … Continue reading

Dandelion Scrub Bar Soap Recipe

Dandelion Scrub Bar Soap Recipe

Dandelion flowers, which are wonderful for treating rough, dry skin, are infused into skin-softening olive oil, then combined with bubbly coconut and nourishing sunflower oil to make this soap. It’s perfect for scrubbing away dirt and grime from hands, making it a wonderful gift for the gardener or farmer in your life! It can also be used as an all-over, gently exfoliating body bar. *If you own a copy of my book, 101 Easy Homemade Products … Continue reading

Calendula Bath Melts & Body Butter Recipes

Calendula Whipped Body Butter Recipe

These recipes for luxurious bath melts and rich body butter feature skin-loving calendula flowers and nourishing mango butter. They’re both perfect for using on skin that’s dry or in need of a little extra TLC. I was inspired to make these after creating a batch of annatto yarrow soap that was topped with calendula petals (recipe from Pure Soapmaking, see THIS POST). There was a ton of ingredients left over and I thought it would be fun … Continue reading

Pure Soapmaking Book Review

Giveaway & Review of Pure Soapmaking Book

If you’ve been making, or thinking about making, soap for any length of time now, you’ve likely ran across Anne-Marie Faiola (aptly known as “The Soap Queen“) on the internet. One thing I particularly admire about Anne-Marie, besides the tons of free content and advice she generously shares, is that she’s one of the most upbeat and encouraging people around. I love supporting people that help make the world a more positive and better place, and … Continue reading

Aleppo Soap Recipe

Aleppo Soap features laurel berry fruit oil and can be useful for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, eczema & acne.

Aleppo Soap is an ancient Syrian soap recipe made from just olive oil, laurel berry fruit oil, water and lye. It’s reported to be beneficial for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and rashes. (For more information about the rich history of Aleppo soap, check out this article at Mother Nature Network.)   (This article contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you click on one and make a purchase, I earn a small commission for sending … Continue reading

5 Homemade Products Using Flowers & Herbs From Your Garden

Five Homemade Products Using Flowers and Herbs From Your Garden

Today’s the day! To celebrate the release of my book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, I put together a little gift for you. I made a mini download that includes 5 brand new, bonus recipes that tie into the overarching theme of the book – things to make from the flowers and herbs that grow around you. Within its pages, you’ll find instructions to make: Rose Salt Scrub Cubes Cooling Calendula Gel Basil & Mint Liniment Pansy & … Continue reading