Chamomile “Almost” Castile Soap

chamomile soaps

This is a great recipe for a beginner since it only contains two oils. Traditional castile is a gentle mild soap made with 100% olive oil, with a low creamy lather. By adding a small amount of castor oil to the recipe, we boost the bubbles while still retaining the mildness that makes castile perfect for those with super sensitive skin. I chose chamomile for this recipe because it calms and soothes rashes and other … Continue reading

Sunflower Soap Recipe

Sunflower Soaps Recipe

These cheerful little sunflower soaps are palm-free and naturally colored with lemon peel powder. I scented mine with a bright blend of mostly citrus essential oils, but feel free to use other scents in their place, or leave them completely unscented.   Because I have lots of sunflowers blooming now, I incorporated some into this batch. You don’t have to include the flowers in your soap, but if you’d like to, there are two ways to go about … Continue reading

How to Make A Simple Natural Homemade Soap

How to make an all natural simple organic soap recipe from scratch

This simple natural soap tutorial was created for those seeking an uncomplicated basic recipe, making it perfect for beginning soap makers and those with multiple skin sensitivities. It features: lots of olive oil, for its gentle, skin-conditioning properties coconut oil (or babassu oil – if allergic), to add hardness and bubbles castor oil, to help promote a better lather For this project, I used a small 4-inch silicone loaf mold that yields 4 bars of soap, so it’s … Continue reading

Chamomile Tea & Honey Shampoo Bar Recipe

Chamomile Tea & Honey Shampoo Bar Recipe

This shampoo bar recipe combines the simple goodness of chamomile tea with nourishing honey to create a wonderful lathering experience for your hair. While I made the batch shown using the hot process (crock pot) method, I’ve also included directions for those who’d like to make a cold process version.   Ingredients Needed Measurements of oils, lye and distilled water/tea are by weight. An accurate scale is required make soap.  10 oz (283 g) olive oil … Continue reading

Dandelion Scrub Bar Soap Recipe

Dandelion Scrub Bar Soap Recipe

Dandelion flowers, which are wonderful for treating rough, dry skin, are infused into skin-softening olive oil, then combined with bubbly coconut and nourishing sunflower oil to make this soap. It’s perfect for scrubbing away dirt and grime from hands, making it a wonderful gift for the gardener or farmer in your life! It can also be used as an all-over, gently exfoliating body bar. *If you own a copy of my book, 101 Easy Homemade Products … Continue reading

5 Homemade Products Using Flowers & Herbs From Your Garden

Five Homemade Products Using Flowers and Herbs From Your Garden

Today’s the day! To celebrate the release of my book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, I put together a little gift for you. I made a mini download that includes 5 brand new, bonus recipes that tie into the overarching theme of the book – things to make from the flowers and herbs that grow around you. Within its pages, you’ll find instructions to make: Rose Salt Scrub Cubes Cooling Calendula Gel Basil & Mint Liniment Pansy & … Continue reading

Activated Charcoal Soap (Circling Taiwan Swirl)

Circling Taiwan Swirl Cold Process Soap - palm free with natural colorants

Have you heard of the Soap Challenge Club? It’s a monthly challenge that you can join to learn new techniques and have fun with your soap making. (Plus, you can win some pretty great prizes!) I’ve been following Amy Warden’s Great Cakes Soapworks blog for a few months now and loved seeing how everyone interpreted the challenge in their own creative ways, and finally couldn’t resist joining in myself.   This month’s project was the Circling Taiwan … Continue reading