DIY Quilter’s Salve Recipe

Easy DIY Quilter's Salve Recipe

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 the background of the photo above before my daughter was born. She’s 17 now and my quilt still isn’t finished! … Continue reading

Cucumber Mint Bath Soak

Easy DIY Cucumber Mint Bath Soak

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 ideas, be sure to check out my Natural Bath Care Package!)   Ingredients for Cucumber Mint Bath Soak a few … Continue reading

Calendula Bath Melts & Body Butter Recipes

Calendula Whipped Body Butter Recipe

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. I was inspired to make these after creating a batch of annatto yarrow soap that was topped with calendula petals (recipe from Pure Soapmaking, see THIS POST). There was a ton of ingredients left over and I thought it would be fun … Continue reading

Natural Preservatives for Homemade Lotion {An Experiment}

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 wholesome and natural as possible, but also don’t want to create something that’s going to grow weird stuff in it, or … Continue reading

Lavender Plantain Lotion

This easy-to-make Lavender Plantain Lotion is a wonderful all-purpose moisturizer, that’s suitable for most skin types. 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 its own skin-soothing properties. Another option is to add lavender buds to the oil, while infusing plantain, for a faint lavender scent. You could also skip the lavender, and just make an unscented lotion, instead.

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 its own skin-soothing properties. Another option is to add lavender buds to the oil, while infusing plantain, for a faint lavender … Continue reading

DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women’s Health

Homemade DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women's Health

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 need to infuse coconut oil with herbs. Coconut oil is most often used because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. … 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

Rosehip & Honey Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

Rosehip & Honey Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

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 at night. When you wake up in the morning, it will have left your skin soft, smooth, and silky! It … Continue reading