2 Gentle Homemade Lotion Recipes for Sensitive Skin

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I’d received several requests for gentle homemade lotion and soap recipes that would be suitable for extra sensitive skin, especially when it’s caused by cancer treatments. I shared some soap recipes in that article, and today will cover lotions. There are two different recipes options provided below, […]

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Mild Unscented Soap Recipes {for sensitive skin}

These mild unscented soap recipes are extra gentle and can be made especially for loved ones who have allergies, eczema, or are going through cancer treatments and have sensitive and more fragile skin. The goal here is to especially avoid irritants such as fragrances, overly cleansing ingredients, or scratchy exfoliants. Choose a Recipe: Extra Gentle […]

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7 Recipes & Remedies for Dry Chapped Lips

If you suffer from dry chapped lips, try these seven DIY recipes to help soothe, heal and protect. There are many oil, butter, herb and essential oil choices when it comes to making lip care products. If you’d like to further customize these recipes or swap out oils that you don’t have, be sure to […]

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Valentine Soap with Hearts Recipe

This tricolored soap was dreamed up by newsletter reader Patricia who wanted to make her friends a cute soap for Valentine’s Day. She requested a soap with three layers – chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, and wanted it to smell like strawberries and chocolate. While my version doesn’t smell like strawberries since I have family members […]

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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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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

Here are 10 creative ways to use calendula flowers for skin care and health! Calendula flowers are traditionally used for their beneficial properties: skin soothing antiseptic healing anti-inflammatory Calendula is sometimes confused with garden marigolds, so make sure you’re working with the right plant. Visit Unruly Gardening for a great article and visual chart showing […]

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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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