Today’s recipe is a special feature from the new book The Beeswax Workshop by Chris Dalziel. It’s a fantastic book filled with 130+ recipes and ideas for using beeswax to make everything from candles, soaps and personal care products to surfboard wax, shoe polish and beeswax crayons. Reading through this book, I was amazed at all […]...read the full article.
These beautiful heart-shaped bath bombs are naturally colored with rose clay and scented with a relaxing blend of essential oils, while creamy cocoa butter and milk powder are added for their extra skin-loving benefits. To use, run a comfortably warm bath then drop a bath bomb into the water. Watch it fizz and enjoy a […]...read the full article.
These scrub cubes feature creamy cocoa butter combined with coffee grounds and brown sugar to gently polish away dull flaky skin. Use 1 or 2 cubes during your shower or bath, rubbing over rough areas of skin that need exfoliating. They’re especially effective on dry feet, knees and elbows. The heat from your skin will melt the […]...read the full article.
Today, I have the great pleasure of sharing this lovely lemon honey balm 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 […]...read the full article.
I created this lotion for a dear loved one who struggles with nervousness and anxiety, and has trouble relaxing and sleeping at night. It features four essential oils that help calm nerves and uplift the mood. I also incorporated a bit of magnesium oil into the recipe, since it’s such an important mineral to support […]...read the full article.
This easy DIY lip balm recipe features dried chamomile flowers, for their skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Castor oil was also added since it gives lip balm a wonderful longer lasting feel and slightly glossy look. If you don’t have any on hand though, you can use more chamomile-infused oil in its place. This lip balm […]...read the full article.
This is a hand salve that I made for my mom, an avid quilter. Originally, I wanted to make her a quilt block soap to match, but that proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated, so I haven’t gotten that part quite yet! (Fun fact: My mom helped me start the quilt in […]...read the full article.
Fresh cucumbers and mint leaves combine with Epsom salt to create this lightly scented and refreshing bath soak made from locally sourced ingredients. The salt helps to rapidly dry the fresh ingredients, capturing and preserving the natural green color for months. No fake colorants, food coloring or preservatives needed! (For more natural bath soak and bath bomb […]...read the full article.
These recipes for luxurious bath melts and rich body butter feature skin-loving calendula flowers and nourishing mango butter. They’re both perfect for using on skin that’s dry or in need of a little extra TLC. Calendula Bath Melts First up, are the bath melts. Bath melts are insanely easy to make. Even easier than lotion bars! […]...read the full article.
Confused about using natural preservatives in homemade lotion? I was too, so I ran an experiment to see if I really needed them, and which ones really work. 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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
This gentle unscented lotion is perfect for those with sensitive skin. I chose avocado oil and avocado butter for this recipe because of how useful they can be for smoothing rough skin. Avocado oil contains essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, has been studied in a cream for psoriasis (source) and is also a great choice […]...read the full article.
Lotion bars are of one of the best treatments around for repairing dry, calloused and sore hands! They also make great gifts for those who work or play hard with their hands. In our house, they’re invaluable for healing the damage that being a rock mason does to my husband’s hands. In this recipe, I combined 4 […]...read the full article.
Plantain is a beneficial green weed that commonly grows in yards and driveways. You can use the leaves to make a fantastic infused oil, that can be incorporated into salves, lotions, creams and soaps. It’s excellent at soothing any type of itchy or inflamed skin condition. Lavender essential oil adds a light fragrance and some of […]...read the full article.
This all-natural DIY elder leaf salve is easy to make and useful for treating bruises, strains, old injuries or wounds. Some links on this site are affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I earn a small commission for sending a customer their way. :) The idea for this elder leaf […]...read the full article.
Learn to make an all-natural witch hazel + herbal liniment can be used for varicose veins, muscle pains, strains and aches. This recipe comes from my new-favorite book, Heal Local by Dawn Combs. It’s a book centered around 20 homegrown or regionally sourced herbs that you can use to build a complete home apothecary. I […]...read the full article.
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, […]...read the full article.
This homemade deodorant is specially designed for women. It contains herbs that are used to promote lymph flow and prevent or treat issues with inflamed or cystic breast tissue. Instead of applying a chemical laden, potentially toxic-to-your-breasts product under your arms each day, try this healthy herbal alternative instead! To make this deodorant, you’ll first […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
This Rosehip & Honey Anti-Aging Eye Treatment is perfect for dabbing around your eyes, on laugh lines, or other wrinkle prone spots. I actually use it as a full face, neck, and hand cream, but since it tends to start out feeling slightly sticky on the skin – you’ll probably only want to apply it […]...read the full article.