4 Recipes + A Sneak Peek

I’ve spent much of the last 12 months brainstorming, measuring, mixing, testing, perfecting, writing and photographing hundreds of recipe ideas for my new print book and other ebooks that will be available this year.   Below, is a behind-the-scenes photo I snapped of my dining room area in the midst of one such crafting/photography session. (If only I had a self-cleaning house!) :) I’ve had such a great time making all sorts of pretty and useful … Continue reading

Cinnamon Tea for Soothing Sore Throats

Ingredients for Cinnamon Tea for Soothing Sore Throats

Recently I had the good fortune to view the inside of Rosalee de la Forêt’s upcoming book, Alchemy of Herbs. As expected, it’s absolutely wonderful, filled with all sorts of helpful herbal information and beautiful photos. This is definitely a volume for your home library that you’ll refer to time and time again!   I’m so excited to be able to share a recipe directly from the book today, for a lovely cinnamon tea that helps soothe sore throats. … Continue reading

Chocolate Massage Truffles for Pain Relief

Herbal Massage Truffles for Pain Relief

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 of the things I never knew beeswax could do! I can already tell it’s going to be an oft-used resource for my … Continue reading

Rose Clay Soap Recipe

Rose Clay Heart Soap

This natural soap recipe features rose clay, powdered milk (optional) and cocoa butter. The overlapping ingredient list and heart shapes coordinate nicely with the rose milk bath bombs in my previous post. (Found HERE, if you missed it!) The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day present a wonderful opportunity to find and stock up on a variety of inexpensive heart shaped molds at your local grocery and craft stores. The silicone mold shown in this rose clay soap … Continue reading

Natural Rose Milk Bath Bombs

How to Make Rose Bath Bombs

Today, I’m sharing a special recipe from my new Natural Bath Bombs eBook. 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 luxurious skin-softening bath!   Rose Milk Bath Bombs … Continue reading

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

Cocoa Butter & Coffee Scrub Cubes

Cocoa Butter & Coffee Scrub Cubes

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 butter away as the cube exfoliates, leaving a thin layer behind to help seal in moisture. Your skin will be left … Continue reading