DIY Eczema Cream with Colloidal Oatmeal

This DIY eczema cream recipe features: colloidal oatmeal – soothing, protective and anti-inflammatory  (source, source, source) shea butter – emollient, anti-inflammatory  (source) sunflower oil – shown to repair skin barrier, improves hydration (source, source) Eczema is a miserable condition that causes skin to be intensely itchy and inflamed. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the […]

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Energizing Shower Steamers to Wake You Up

Energize your mornings with these DIY aromatherapy shower steamers (also called shower bombs) featuring natural ingredients & essential oils to wake you up. 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 […]

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Green Gold Lotion Bars (+ printable labels)

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 […]

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Grapefruit & Sweet Orange Hand Cream Recipe

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 […]

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Nourishing Rose Hand Cream {2 Versions}

Recently, a nurse I know asked if I could make her a hand cream. Because she has to wash her hands so frequently, they’d gotten really dry and cracked. She requested a rose or honeysuckle fragrance, but since it’s hard to naturally capture the scent of honeysuckle, I went with rose. Below are two versions […]

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Chamomile “Almost” Castile Soap

Traditional castile soap 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 […]

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How to Make Your Own Lip Balm Recipes

A Complete Guide to Make Your Own Lip Balm Recipes – Learn about which oils, butters, herbs & essential oils to use to design your own custom lip balms from scratch! If you look closely at the homemade lip balm recipes that I’ve shared to date, you’ll note that they have similar ratios of oils, beeswax, […]

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Blogging About Your Hobby (FAQs series)

A few years back, I wrote a blog post about Selling Handmade Products, where I covered some of the most frequently asked questions I received on the topic. In it, I mentioned that I’d personally stopped selling handmade items because blogging was more profitable and less labor intensive, which resulted in a lot of emails […]

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Flower Garden Bath Soak Blend

This beautiful soak, filled with colorful flowers and a pretty floral scent, is reminiscent of a walk through a flower garden on a lovely spring day. You can use any combination of dried flowers that you like. For this batch shown, I used cornflower, rose and calendula. (You can also find this recipe in my […]

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10 Things to Make With Calendula Flowers

Have an abundance of dried calendula flowers or a bountiful crop of the blossoms from your garden and aren’t quite sure what to do with them all? Calendula flowers are traditionally used for their following properties: skin soothing antiseptic healing anti-inflammatory These 10 projects using calendula flowers are both useful and pretty! A few notes before […]

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Sore Muscles Soak with Epsom Salt & Herbs

This bath helps relax tense, sore muscles, yet doesn’t leave you smelling of a medicinal vapor rub. The aroma will soothe frayed nerves, but won’t lull you to sleep. It’s useful to relieve soreness and aches and pains. It also smells fantastic and is just the thing to use next time you feel a little […]

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Pumpkin Spice Soap (with Spiced Latte Layer)

This fall favorite soap is made with real pumpkin puree and features a spiced layer that’s deliciously scented with coffee, cinnamon and clove essential oils, and highlighted by two contrasting pencil lines made of cocoa powder. It’s a brand new addition to my Soapmaking Success e-course, but was so well received by local friends and […]

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List of Equipment You Need to Make Soap at Home

Before you can begin making soap at home, you need to gather some specific pieces of essential equipment. Below, I’ve assembled a list of must-have tools for soapmaking, followed by a couple of extras that are also useful to have on hand. Note: If you want to print this article out, scroll down and look […]

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15+ Pretty Silicone Molds for Making Handmade Soap

After my new book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, came out, I started getting a lot of questions asking where I bought the variety of molds used to make the soaps in the book. So this week, I rounded up a list of 15+ soap molds that I’ve personally purchased, used, and found to be both […]

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Apple Cider Honey Caramels Recipe

These honey caramels were inspired by a jug of freshly pressed apple cider from our local orchard. I loosely based them on a family favorite honey cream caramels recipe, but instead of using heavy cream, I used half as much apple cider. They were so delicious that they were eaten up within 24 hours! If […]

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How to Make Apple Cider Soap

This soap recipe was inspired by a trip to my local apple orchard on a beautiful fall day. It features freshly pressed apple cider (unsweetened apple juice could work well too), along with the subtle warm spicy scent of essential oils. While the scent of the apple cider won’t make it through to the final […]

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St John’s Wort Oil & Salve for Tired Muscles

St. John’s wort is a pretty yellow flowering plant that’s considered a noxious weed in several states, but is well-loved by herbalists! Besides using it for tinctures and liniments (like THIS RECIPE), it’s also wonderful to infuse into oil for salves and lotions. Today, I’m going to share an herbal salve recipe that’s great for […]

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Rose Plantain & Yarrow Itch Remedy

This vinegar based liniment, or rub, can help relieve some of the pesky itchiness that chiggers and mosquitoes can inflict. Roses are included for their anti-inflammatory properties, plantain for its skin-soothing benefits and yarrow for its antiseptic action. Vinegar and witch hazel act as the solvents that extract and carry the benefits onto your skin. […]

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Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) Oil & Salve

This echinacea salve is made from the leaves & flowers of purple coneflower (Echinacea pupurea). It’s simple to make & handy to keep in your first aid kit or backpack while hiking and camping. In his excellent book, Making Plant Medicine, herbalist Richo Cech mentions that a salve made with dried echinacea flowers and leaves is […]

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