Lemon Honey Bee Balm

Lemon Honey Bee Balm Recipe made with lemon-peel infused oil

Today, I have the great pleasure of sharing this lovely recipe created by one of my favorite bloggers, JES from the Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth blog. It features: lemon-infused oil coconut oil beeswax and honey The directions are excerpted (with permission) from her wonderful new ebook that’s filled to the brim with creative ideas for using fruit peels! 100+ DIY Projects to Make With Fruit Scraps An Old Fashioned “Waste Not, Want Not” Recipe and Resource Book I love this … Continue reading

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

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

Behind the Scenes Bloopers for Basil Face Cream

ingredients for basil rose cream experiment

Do you ever get a wonderful idea for a lotion or a soap or some other homemade goodie that looks so perfect in your head, but when you actually make it, it turns out nothing like you wanted it to? I think we can all relate to that feeling of frustration! Several months ago, I sent out a reader survey and I saw quite a few mentions from those who wanted to see my failures … Continue reading

Basil Anti-Aging Face Cream

Make An Anti-Aging Face Cream Using Fresh Basil

A while back, I ran across a fascinating scientific study showing a test cream that contained basil extract demonstrated some pretty significant anti-aging effects when applied topically. The moment I finished reading through it, I knew I HAD to make an anti-aging basil face cream this summer and try it out myself. Definitely click over and read the study in full (you can find it HERE), but basically, the researchers dried and powdered basil, made … Continue reading

Lavender Shea Hand Cream & Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Whipped Lavender Shea Hand Cream & Body Butter

This luxurious hand and body cream features: shea butter, to moisturize and condition dry or damaged skin lavender flowers, for their soothing, anti-inflammatory properties skin nourishing sunflower oil and purple Brazilian clay, a natural colorant. It was inspired by the wonderful whipped body butter recipe, found over at the Soap Queen blog.   Lavender Shea Hand Cream & Whipped Body Butter Recipe Measurements are by weight. 7 oz (198 g) shea butter (I use refined … Continue reading