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

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 properties! … 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

Basil Anti-Aging Face Cream Recipe by The Nerdy Farm Wife

This luscious DIY anti-aging face cream recipe contains fresh basil leaves, nourishing hempseed oil and skin softening mango (or shea) butter. 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 … 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

How to Make a Lotion for Leg Cramps & Growing Pains

Leg Cramp Lotion

This lotion recipe came about as a solution to the growing pains my kids develop from time to time. I infused oil with arnica, which is helpful for inflammation and joint pain, and comfrey leaf, which can be used to treat sprains, strains and other sore muscle woes. The magnesium oil part came into play after a talk with our naturopath. My son had been experiencing some back pain during a growth spurt (he’s 13 and already … Continue reading

Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Skin Cream

This all natural Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Skin Cream recipe features rose-infused aloe, rosehip seed oil, beeswax and shea butter.

Yesterday, I shared how to make an aloe and rose skin soothing gel that’s great for treating sunburn, rashes, bug bites, and more. (You can find that post HERE.) Today, we’re going to use some of that gel to make this deeply moisturizing face cream, that’s suitable for dry or mature skin. If you don’t have fresh rose petals handy to infuse the aloe, that’s okay – you can just use plain aloe instead. This … Continue reading