Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe

(I ordered the supplies I needed from Bramble Berry.)

1 part shea butter
1 part avocado oil
1 part beeswax
vitamin E oil
  • Use a double boiler (one small pot floating in a bigger pot of water) to slowly melt the shea butter and beeswax.
  • Stir in the avocado oil and vitamin E. I used about a teaspoon of vitamin E for every cup of the other ingredients.
  • Pour into some pretty molds.
  • At this step, I added a few drops of vanilla extract to some for a delicious scent. I really like the ones that didn’t have it, too, though. They smell of honey because of the beeswax!
  • Allow to cool.
  • Pop out carefully and enjoy!
  • http://www.smockityfrocks.com/2010/01/homemade-lotion-bar-tutorial.html

All Natural Lip Balm

Cocoa Lip Balm Recipe
If you are a chocolate lover like me, then you will end up making this lip balm often.
  • Beeswax 3 oz
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4 oz
  • Vitamin E capsule 1
  • Cocoa ½ teaspoon
  • In a double boiler melt the beeswax.
  • Once you see transparent liquid, add extra virgin oil and Vitamin E oil capsule ingredients to the beeswax.
  • Stir the ingredients well and heat the mixture.
  • Remove it from the boiler and let the mixture cool at room temperature for about 5 to 7 minutes. Then add cocoa to it, stir well and your lip balm can now be transferred to the container.
Jojoba Oil Lip Balm Recipe
With this recipe, you will be able to make the best lip balm, which will suffice for a month. Click to read on facial skin care.
  • Jojoba Oil 2¼ teaspoons
  • Beeswax 2 teaspoons
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil 1 teaspoon
  • Container (small) 1
  • In a microwaveable bowl place the jojoba oil and beeswax together and let the ingredients microwave for about 3 to 4 minutes, till the ingredients are well blended.
  • Remove the bowl from the microwave and add grapefruit essential oil to it and stir well.
  • Then you can remove the mixture in the container and let it cool for about 20 to 30 minutes and your lip balm is ready to be used.

Aromatherapy Bath Salt Recipes

The following aromatherapy bath salt recipes begin with the same salt base:
  • 2 cup Epsom salt
  • 2 cups Dead Sea salt
Because these salts aid in skin hydration, they are naturally moisturizing and softening so no oils are needed. However, you may add one to two tablespoons of a good quality natural plant oil such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, or olive oil. Do not use baby oil, which is a petroleum based product that coats and seals the skin, negating the healing benefits of the salt bath. To make the following recipes, add the recommended essential oils to the salt base and blend well. You may use a cosmetic or soap dye or food coloring to add color to your salts, if you wish, but take care not to overdo it to avoid staining skin.

To use, add about a cup of bath salts to warm bath water, mixing to dissolve and disperse the salts. Soak for 15 – 20 minutes for maximum benefit. This is a great time to enjoy a cup of herbal tea as well!

Relaxing Bedtime Bath
  • 7 drops lavender
  • 15 drops chamomile
  • 8 drops clary sage
Stress Buster Bath
  • 15 drops clary sage
  • 8 drops bergamot
  • 7 drops ylang ylang
Energizing Bath
  • 10 drops basil
  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops grapefruit
Skin Healing Bath
  • 5 drops basil
  • 15 drops chamomile
  • 5 drops lavender
Menstrual Cramp Relieving Bath
  • 10 drops ginger
  • 10 drops cinnamon
  • 10 drops peppermint
Store your aromatherapy bath salts in pretty glass containers with tight-fitting lids. Dollar stores are a great resource for inexpensive selections. You can often find lovely containers at antique stores, estate sales, and thrift shops as well. To keep it simple, recycle food jars, covering the lids with squares of cloth and securing them with ribbon bows. Be creative! Enjoy your homemade bath salts even when you aren't in the tub soaking in healing luxury.

Homemade Shampoo

1 c. Dr. Bronner’s organic castile liquid soap (we use Baby Mild for its versatility -works for baby and us!)
2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
3/4 Tbs. tea tree & Vit. E oil (or just one oil only, etc.)
1/4 c. water
1 (16 oz) spray bottle or other container for application

Combine together and store in a spray bottle. You can also add various fragrances to your desire, such as lavender, euycaliptus, etc. This shampoo will be more liquidy than your standard shampoo, but sprays on really well. Rubbing through your hair first works well to activate the suds and than scrubbing into scalp. Your hair will feel slightly more greasy than normal, but that is actually more natural anyway. Most modern shampoos actually dry out your hair, removing the natural oils. Plus it is two in one – shampoo & conditioner!

- Conditioner/Hair Gel – Coconut oil works splendidly as a natural gel/defrizzer in small quantities as well as a great leave in conditioner.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Recipe adapted from Green Clean by Linda Hunter

1 cup castile liquid soap (Dr. Bronner’s or Mountain Rose Herbs are good choices as they are organic and main ingredients are coconut oil & olive oil) OR Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
2 cups water
1/3 cup salt
1 cup baking soda or washing soda

Warm the salt and baking soda in water until mostly dissolved. Transfer to a one gallon container. Add your soap fill the rest of the jar with water, this giving you 1 gallon of detergent. Use 1/4 -1/2 cup per load, depending upon how dirty the load is. Add a tablespoon or two of vinegar to your wash during the rinse cycle. This works as an effective  fabric softener and disinfectant. Depending upon the hardness of your water, you may want to decrease the water quantity or increase the soap quantity.

Please note: do not add essential oils to your detergent. These oils will break down the fiber in your clothing. If you want a particular fragrance, try putting a few drops of essential oils on a rag and throwing it in the dryer. This will add fragrance but not transfer to your clothing.

Review: This recipe does clean very well, although I was not impressed by the cleaning job it did on my cloth diapers. Hard to give an exact price calculation on this one, but I figured this recipe makes enough detergent for 64 loads (at 1/4 cup per load) and with the ingredients costing no more than $4.00 (on the generous side), your total cost is most likely less than $0.06 per load.


Homemade All Natural Dishwasher Detergent!

1/2 cup Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds (a balanced biodegradable formulation of natural derived surfactants with natural fir pine needle oil)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice
3 drops tea tree oil
1/2 cup white vinegar

Combine all ingredients and store in a covered container. A glass quart jar with lid works perfectly. Use approximately 1 Tbsp per load. Try experimenting with the quantities of soap depending upon the hardness of your water.

This recipe makes enough detergent for approximately 12-15 loads, costing $0.05-0.06 per load.

Dishwashing Soap You can also use this recipe for dishwashing soap as well – simply dilute it with additional water. 3-4 cups of additional water should be about right. I add enough water to fill up a large 32 oz spray bottle and use that to spray down my dishes. You conserve a lot more soap by using a spray bottle!

One of my favorites...How to make a Lapbook

Creating a Home Management Notebook

DIY master organizer instructions and free printables on my homeschooling page. I also include how to set up your homeschooling binder and children's homeschooling binder. It's quite simple and will get you off to a good start for staying organized.

All Natural Deodorant

Homemade Toothpaste