Natural Preservatives for Homemade Lotion (An Experiment)

Natural preservatives that will help your homemade lotions and creams stay fresh longer

Have you ever felt confused and conflicted when you looked up information on preserving homemade lotions and creams? Me too. I want my products to be as wholesome and natural as possible, but also don’t want to create something that’s going to grow weird stuff in it, or worse – make a loved one sick. To get to the bottom of it all, I started an experiment last summer, in an attempt to try to figure out … Continue reading

Activated Charcoal Soap (Circling Taiwan Swirl)

Circling Taiwan Swirl Cold Process Soap - palm free with natural colorants

Have you heard of the Soap Challenge Club? It’s a monthly challenge that you can join to learn new techniques and have fun with your soap making. (Plus, you can win some pretty great prizes!) I’ve been following Amy Warden’s Great Cakes Soapworks blog for a few months now and loved seeing how everyone interpreted the challenge in their own creative ways, and finally couldn’t resist joining in myself.   This month’s project was the Circling Taiwan … Continue reading

DIY Rose & Chamomile Gift Set

DIY Rose & Chamomile Gift Set - recipes for bath salts, lip balm and whipped hand cream

This DIY Rose & Chamomile Gift Set would make the perfect handmade gift for the rose-lover in your life! It’s composed of: Rose & Chamomile Bath Salts Whipped Rose & Chamomile Hand Cream Rose & Chamomile Lip Balm The steps listed below are given in the most efficient order so that all three projects should only take a couple of hours to make, from start to finish! (Some of the links in this DIY tutorial are affiliate links. If … Continue reading

Rosehip & Ginseng Face Cream Recipe

Rosehip & Ginseng Face Cream Recipe for Mature or Dry Skin

This luxurious face cream features jojoba oil infused with rose petals and helichrysum (immortelle) flowers, along with rosehip seed oil, shea butter and panax ginseng extract. It was designed especially for skin that’s mature and/or on the dry side.   Ginseng Extract is a wonderful item that I discovered a few months ago, while browsing around Bramble Berry’s site. I did a little research and found some pretty impressive studies on its wrinkle fighting and anti-aging … Continue reading

My Big Book of Projects Using Common Herbs & Flowers (Print Version!)

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  Last January, I asked for your help in deciding which eBook topic I should write about next. The answer was pretty clear, as you can see by the screenshot below! In that very same month, an amazing thing happened. I received an email from a publishing company (Page Street Publishing) asking if I was interested in writing a book for traditional print. Not just any book, but a book that would be filled to the … Continue reading

Pineapple Sage Sugar Scrub

Pineapple Sage Sugar Scrub Recipe 700

Every spring, I plant one or more pineapple sage plants in my garden. All summer long, I look forward to the flowers blooming since I have a million ideas for experimenting with them running through my head. In late late summer, they start blooming, I start trying out some ideas and then… cold weather and heavy frosts come along and my plants perish. By that time, I feel like it’s too late to start posting about pineapple sage, so I tuck my … Continue reading

Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup

Ginger & Lemon Balm Syrup for Cold & Flu

Herbal syrups are one of the easiest (and tastiest) things you can make for your natural medicine cabinet. Basically, they’re composed of a strong herbal tea, mixed with at least an equal measure of raw honey. (The high amount of honey helps preserve it longer than a normal herbal tea would last.) Because they’re so delicious, patient compliance with taking herbal syrups is high, especially when it comes to trying to treat kids and picky husbands! … Continue reading