This recipe is a terrific way to use up extra homemade kombucha. (If you’re not sure what the heck “kombucha” is or how you’d go about making it, check out my friend Teri’s article to learn all about it.) Besides its possible health benefits, kombucha (a fermented tea drink) is reportedly great for your skin too. […]...read the full article.
While Honey & Dandelion Soap is one of the most popular cold process recipes on my blog, I’ve often gotten questions about how to make it using a crock pot (hot process) instead. Since dandelions are popping out like crazy around here (hooray!), I thought this would be a good time to make some up […]...read the full article.
This recipe uses common oils and canned goat’s milk from the grocery store to make a wonderfully creamy soap that costs around $1.50 per bar to make! (See below for the full price breakdown.) Click HERE for a hot process version of milk soap that you can make in your crock pot. Food grade lye […]...read the full article.
This recipe builds upon my milk soap making tutorial, which you can find HERE. With a few simple tweaks, you can turn a plain, unscented bar into a deliciously scented milk chocolate mint soap! To make this, you’ll need: 22 ounces olive oil (71%) 8 ounces coconut oil (26%) (if allergic to coconut oil, see […]...read the full article.
Old-fashioned pine tar soap has traditionally been used to help with psoriasis, eczema, and other skin afflictions. Some also use it for treating flaky scalp and dandruff. Its smoky campfire-like scent makes it a popular “manly” soap, but can be equally enjoyed by all. Because pine tar itself has a really strong aroma, I added […]...read the full article.
Today, I want to address another of the most frequently asked questions I get: “I found this great looking soap recipe on the internet, but it includes palm oil. How can I make it palm free?” (A related question I get is: “What’s wrong with using palm oil?” That’s something of a hot button topic […]...read the full article.
Today, I’m sharing a recipe from my Natural Soapmaking Ebook Collection. It’s a lovely, old-fashioned bar that’s simply scented with lavender essential oil and naturally colored with purple Brazilian clay. (You can buy purple clay HERE at Bramble Berry.) If you’d like a whiter soap, instead of the pale purple tint shown, just leave out […]...read the full article.
This week, I’ve been sharing some recipes using aloe vera and fresh roses. First, we made a skin soothing gel, then we turned that gel into a fabulous anti-aging skin cream, and today – we’re making soap! To make this, you’ll need a pint jar full of freshly picked rose petals. (If you don’t have […]...read the full article.
Forsythia are those ornamental flowering bushes that you see blooming everywhere this time of year (at least around these parts.) What some don’t know though, is that forsythia is also considered an edible flower, which is the main qualification I look for when creating new soaps and such. I figure if it’s safe to eat, it’s usually […]...read the full article.
This winter rose soap recipe came about one gray and gloomy day when I was sorting through my dried flower collection from last summer. Rose is such an uplifting flower and scent; you can’t help but be cheered up when working with it! I thought it would make the perfect February submission for my newest […]...read the full article.
Clays are one of my favorite additions to soap recipes. Not only do they add natural color, but I love how the resulting bars leave my skin feeling so clean and refreshed! Clay soap is especially helpful for itchy, inflamed skin conditions, like bug bites and summer heat rashes. It can also be used as […]...read the full article.
Lemon balm grows like crazy around my house (which is a good thing!), so, of course, I had to turn some of it into a soap! For further inspiration on ways to use this prolific plant, be sure to check out my post on 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm. This is a […]...read the full article.
This mint soap recipe is another personal favorite! The French green clay helps soothe skin irritations, while the peppermint essential oil energizes and refreshes the senses. I use fresh mint from my garden to make this, but you can also use dried. Any type of mint that you have on hand will work in this […]...read the full article.
Lemon balm is an easy to grow herb that not only attracts bees to the garden, but is also a great anti-viral with relaxing properties that are helpful for soothing frayed nerves and calming hyper children. Traditionally, it’s been used to gently treat colic and upset stomach in everyone from infants to elders. A leaf […]...read the full article.
This is a mild, unscented calendula soap bar that’s gentle enough to use on almost everyone from babies to grandmothers. (Always do a small patch test first though, to be sure.) It’s made with calendula infused oil and calendula tea. (Directions on how to make the oil can be found HERE and how to make […]...read the full article.
Cucumber soaps are one of my all-time favorites! The soothing properties of the cucumber and the drawing power of the French green clay makes this soap recipe especially helpful for acne, bug bites, and other itchy, inflamed skin conditions. Never made soap before? Read through my Soap Making 101 post to find out how to get started. […]...read the full article.
Not long after my children went on a gluten free diet, they came down with chicken pox. It sounds silly, but I couldn’t stop dwelling on the sad fact that I couldn’t use the traditional oatmeal baths and lotions and such that are so helpful for itchy skin afflictions. As soon as I learned how, […]...read the full article.