How to Make Pencil Lines in Soap {+ 12 Natural Colorants Experiment}

How to Make Pencil Lines in Cold Process Soap

Pencil lines in soap are thin horizontal lines that are created by lightly dusting a powdered colorant over a layer of freshly poured cold process soap batter, before adding the next layer on top. They’re a fun and relatively easy way to add visual interest to your soap recipes. While micas or charcoal, or my personal favorite – cocoa powder, are more commonly used for making pencil lines, I decided to do a little experiment … Continue reading

Energizing Shower Steamers to Wake You Up

Energizing Shower Steamers with Essential Oils

This recipe was inspired by newsletter subscriber, Melody. She makes sinus bombs for the shower when her family has colds and also wanted to make some “wake up” bombs, but wasn’t sure which essential oils would go well in those. Shower bombs (also called shower steamers) are made similar to bath bombs, only you put them at the far corner of your shower so they slowly dissolve and release their aroma while you wash up. … Continue reading

Green Gold Lotion Bars (+ printable labels)

Green Gold Lotion Bars

A few weeks ago, I asked my newsletter subscribers for their input on projects that I can make and share throughout 2018. This recipe was inspired by Tree Lady Kay’s request for a lotion bar for some hardworking lawn maintenance men whose hands see all kinds of weather conditions, soil, water, concrete and more. In response, I created these lotion bars that feature plantain, a common leafy green weed that soothes damaged skin, and tamanu, … Continue reading

Grapefruit & Sweet Orange Hand Cream Recipe

This DIY Grapefruit and Sweet Orange Hand Cream Recipe features an uplifting blend of essential oils and ingredients to help moisturize and protect dry skin.

Starting this month, and going forward into 2018, my goal is to get back to the “mad scientist mode” I enjoyed when my blog was younger. I’ve spent so much time on projects outside of the blog, that I kind of forgot the whole reason I do what I do. I love making products that can help someone with a specific need or problem they might have. I mentioned all of this to my newsletter … Continue reading

Lemon Balm Bug Spray

lemon balm bug spray

I’ve tried a lot of homemade bug spray recipes. Some were just terrible. I remember taking one concoction camping and I’m pretty sure that I was attracting every mosquito in the county with that particular formula! On a weekly basis, readers write in to ask about homemade insect repellents, but until now, I hadn’t developed a recipe I felt comfortable recommending. This one works for me, my family and friends that tested it, at a … Continue reading

Rose Petal Remedy (Rose Oxymel)

Rose Oxymel Recipe

This week, I’ve been sharing a few ideas from my new eBook: Things To Do With Roses. Roses are not only edible, but are traditionally used for the following health benefits as well. They are: cooling astringent anti-inflammatory uplifting nervine (beneficial to the nervous system) emotion balancing helpful for PMS & menopausal symptoms   In the past, I’ve written about how you can make Rose Glycerite and Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy, but today I want … Continue reading

Lavender Face Cream Recipe (with Lilacs & Violets)

This rich Lavender Face Cream recipe is perfect for dry or mature skin.

I love making a variety of face and body creams for family members. This is my latest lavender face cream creation that I made my mom for Mother’s Day. (Per my usual trend though, I already gave it to her!) She loves lilacs, so I used those and fresh violet blossoms along with dried lavender to infuse the water portion of the cream. Unfortunately, lilacs are one of those flowers, along with gardenias, whose scent … Continue reading