Elderflower Magnesium Deodorant

Learn how to make an effective natural deodorant using magnesium hydroxide powder and flower-infused coconut oil. If you check out the label of your favorite natural deodorant, you’ll most likely notice magnesium hydroxide in the ingredients list. Magnesium hydroxide is a mineral used in natural deodorants to neutralize body odor and is the star of […]

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How to Make Pencil Lines in Melt & Pour Soap (+video)

Learn how to make charcoal pencil lines in melt and pour soap. (It’s easy!) Charcoal pencil lines are a design technique used to create a striking line of separation between layers of soap. While they might look tricky, they’re actually quite easy to make! (Want to make pencil lines in cold process soap instead? Check […]

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Lavender Cleansing Grains

These simple but effective facial cleansing grains feature rolled oats, dried lavender flowers, and a small amount of gentle clay. Cleansing grains are ultra simple blends of ground herbs, flowers, grains, and other goodies that are beneficial for your skin. This recipe highlights the soothing nature of oats along with the calming properties of lavender, […]

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Turmeric & Menthol Pain Salve

This salve recipe combines anti-inflammatory turmeric with pain relieving menthol to create an effective salve that can be rubbed into sore or achy joints, backs, feet, or wherever you have pain that’s relieved by a deep cooling sensation. Today I’m delighted to share a recipe that my daughter created! For many months, we’ve been working […]

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How to Make Mullein Salve (3 recipes)

In this article, you’ll learn how to make three herbal salves featuring mullein infused oil: Basic Mullein Salve – for dry, chapped, or cracked skin Mullein First Aid Salve – for minor scrapes, scratches Mullein Chest Rub – for respiratory support Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is an herbal weed you’ve likely seen growing on roadsides […]

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How to Resize a Soap Recipe to Fit Your Mold

Learn how to resize soap recipes to fit your soap mold; includes step by step details plus helpful screenshots. Most of my recipes are sized to fit a Crafter’s Choice 1501 silicone mold, or a homemade wooden version of similar size. What if you have a larger or smaller mold, but want to make one […]

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10 Natural Preservatives for Homemade Skin Care

In this article, you’ll learn about 10 natural and/or organic-approved preservatives to consider adding to your handmade products. For years I made my family lotions and creams with no preservatives since I automatically lumped those into the “harmful chemicals” category. What I didn’t realize is that there are quite a few nature-derived and organic compliant […]

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10 Things to Make with Chamomile

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is an easy to grow garden flower that’s often used in skin care products such as lotion, soap, salves, and other items for itchy, irritated, or sensitive skin. Internally, the tea is calming and promotes relaxation. Chamomile is so easy to start from seed, so if you have a garden spot, I […]

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Pansy Inspired Soap

This soap is made up of three simple layers, colored with purple clay and indigo, and scented with a floral essential oil blend. Feel free to change up the colorants and scent to put your own spin on the recipe! I first made this recipe back in spring of 2018, and recently realized that I’d […]

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Gardener’s Herbal Hand Cream

This moisturizing herbal hand cream is perfect for skin that’s rough, damaged, or dry from gardening, or working a lot with your hands. It’s rich and thick, but soaks in nicely after a minute, to protect and repair your skin. I especially love making this cream with weeds which have been gathered while prepping veggie […]

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Purple Dead Nettle Lotion Bars

A common garden weed + simple ingredients makes up these purple dead nettle lotion bars that are perfect for dry, chapped, or cracked hands and feet. Lotion bars are not only super easy to make, but they’re highly effective too! This lotion bar recipe features purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum), which is a common weed […]

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Warm Toes Lotion Bars for Cold Feet

If you tend to have cold feet, especially in the winter, then this lotion bar was created just for you! Coconut oil is first infused with two kitchen spices – ginger and cayenne powder – that promote warmth and circulation, plus calendula flowers are added for their skin-soothing properties. The infused oil is then mixed […]

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12 Herbal Powders to Use in Soap

Herbal powders are a convenient way to add nourishing components and label appeal to your handmade soaps! Instead of infusing herbs (and flowers) in oil or water for soap, you can stir small amounts of the finely powdered herbs into the: lye solution, warmed oils, or the soap batter at light trace. Some ground floral […]

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Charcoal Cedarwood & Pine Tar Soap

This forest-scented charcoal and pine tar soap lathers well and washes off cleanly. It’s a favorite with the guys in my family! Pine tar is a fantastic ingredient in soap, renowned for clearing tough-to-treat skin problems, but it can have a strong smell that’s off-putting to some. When a relative requested a pine tar soap […]

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How to Make & Use Orange Peel Powder for Soapmaking

Learn how to make your own orange peel powder and how to use it in cold process soap recipes. Do you or your family enjoy snacking on fresh oranges? If so, save some of those peels for your soapmaking projects! Orange peel powder adds: soft natural color label appeal loads of flavonoids (antioxidants) Depending on […]

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7 Winter Wellness Essential Oil Recipes

Explore these essential oil body care and clean home recipes to help support your health and immune system this winter. These recipes all feature blends from the Wellness Sampler Set, created by Plant Therapy. You can buy it at Amazon, or Plant Therapy’s website. What’s in the Wellness Sampler Set? The set contains 3 bottles […]

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Lotion Bars for Rock Climbers

These lotion bars were designed for climbers and other actives who want to retain the calluses on their hands, while still keeping their skin healed and protected. It’s my take after studying and trying out a few popular climbing bars (hard salves) on the market. Unlike traditional lotion bars, you won’t find butter (shea, mango) […]

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