FAQS: How to Create Your Own Shave Soap Recipe {dual lye}

To accompany my Calendula Shave Soap Recipe, I though it’d be helpful to write up some FAQS I’ve received about how to create your own shave soap recipe. This information is also useful to know if you want to make substitutions in an existing recipe you’ve found in a book or online and aren’t sure how to do so. If you have a question I didn’t answer here, let me know in the comments below! … Continue reading

Calendula Shave Soap Recipe {dual lye, palm free}

This calendula shave soap recipe was requested by newsletter subscriber Lianne, which was perfect timing since my husband also requested some new shave soap. :) It includes both sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide, plus has a high amount of stearic acid in order to produce a dense lather that’s perfect for shaving. Most shave soap recipes rely on soy wax or stearic acid flakes to meet the criteria for stearic acid amount, but I prefer … Continue reading

2 Gentle Homemade Lotion Recipes for Sensitive Skin

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I’d received several requests for gentle homemade lotion and soap recipes that would be suitable for extra sensitive skin, especially when it’s caused by cancer treatments. I shared some soap recipes in that article, and today will cover lotions. There are two different recipes options provided below, yielding two different types of lotions. (Remember, these are just my recipe suggestions, not to replace the advice of a … Continue reading

Mild Unscented Soap Recipes {for sensitive skin}

Mild Unscented Bar of Soap with 100% Natural Soap Stamp

A few months ago, I asked newsletter subscribers what they’d like to see me write about this year. (Not a subscriber yet? You can join us HERE.) Multiple readers asked for mild unscented soap and homemade lotion recipes that are extra gentle and can be made especially for loved ones that are going through cancer treatments. Since cancer treatments often cause skin to become more sensitive and fragile, it’s usually recommended that patients use mild … Continue reading

After Bath Sleepy Time Lotion Recipe {for kids, or all ages!}

After Bath Sleepy Time Lotion Recipe

This after bath sleepy time lotion recipe was requested by newsletter subscriber Bonnie who was seeking a simple non-greasy lotion or cream, not based on coconut oil, that could be used on a 2 1/2 year old after her bath. She also wanted it to be lightly scented with lavender or a blend of essential oils that would help calm, soothe and relax before bedtime. While I designed this lotion to be kid-safe, there’s no … Continue reading

How to Make Pencil Lines in Soap {+ 12 Natural Colorants Experiment}

How to Make Pencil Lines in Cold Process Soap

Pencil lines in soap are thin horizontal lines that are created by lightly dusting a powdered colorant over a layer of freshly poured cold process soap batter, before adding the next layer on top. They’re a fun and relatively easy way to add visual interest to your soap recipes. While micas or charcoal, or my personal favorite – cocoa powder, are more commonly used for making pencil lines, I decided to do a little experiment … Continue reading

Lotion Bar Sticks for Pain Relief {Arthritis and Achy Muscles}

Lotion Bar Sticks for Arthritis and Achy Muscles - This easy DIY recipe features a trio of herbs (cayenne, ginger and arnica flowers) that have been shown to help relieve pain, inflammation and arthritis.

This recipe was inspired by newsletter subscriber Bonnie, who was seeking a lotion bar in a deodorant stick container for achy muscles and arthritic pain. It features a trio of herbs: cayenne – contains capsaicin which has been shown to offer relief from arthritic and other types of pain ginger – traditionally used to warm, increases circulation and relieve pain when applied topically arnica flowers – traditionally used to treat swelling, bruising and arthritic joints … Continue reading