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Natural Face Cream Recipe

Making bath and body products is a passion to many, thus why we are lucky to have a reader share their natural face cream recipe!

Below you will find the details of this recipe, as well as a link to their blog for more information.

Angela’s Hand and Face Cream

1 oz beeswax (by weight)
4 oz almond oil (by volume) 
4 oz grapeseed oil 
2 tbs aloe 
4 tbs distilled water or rose water 
5 drop vitamin E oil 
15 drop lavender essential oil 
2 drops tea tree oil 
optional: a pinch of citric acid   

Melt beeswax and oil in pan or double boiler. Warm water and aloe in seperate pan to no hotter than 100 degrees. Add a pinch of citric acid, use gloves (optional). Pour oil mixture into blender (or bowl if you have a hand mixer) Let cool for a few minutes. Start blender or mixer and slowly pour in the water mixture. Blend until creamy making sure not to over do it. Add essential oils and vitmain E and quickly blend in. With a clean spatula, scoop into clean glass jars before it cools. This recipe should last about 6 months. Refrigerate to preserve longer. 

ENJOY!  

Learn about the chemicals in commercial bath and body products at http://avoidingchemicals.blogspot.com/ 

If you have your own natural face cream recipe to share (or any other recipes), please be sure to click on the “blogger” link at the top for details on how to submit your information.

Soap by 8yr Old Jillian

Rarely do we do a lot of self-promotion here, but this one I’ve just got to brag on. My daughter Jillian has been working SO hard on her soaps the past few weeks, and I believe she deserves this little nudge.

Over the weekend she was super excited to attend her first craft show over Thanksgiving weekend (she had a few soaps out among our candles) where she did in fact make a few sales. This was one happy little girl to make her first sale that wasn’t a family member! She’ll be going with us again to a craft show in December where I hope she’ll make even more sales.

Since finally “breaking out” and selling a few, she’s come up with some new soaps that I think are absolutely ADORABLE. Same molds as she’s been using, but this time with a new design. She calls them “tie-dye soaps”. (See picture below of the hearts)

She just did these tonight in two batches. The first was in blue/green in “Mystic Woods” scent. The second was in pink/blue (which looks mostly purple with a marbled look) in “Princess” scent. Both these scents have a nice perfume-like fragrance, and all the soap is currently Goats Milk (our favorite!)

We’re getting them up on her Etsy store a little at a time. I’m nudging her to make me more of her Almond Oatmeal soap as well (almond scent with real oatmeal mixed in), so hopefully we’ll have a few of those up by the end of the week. We also got her a “regular shaped” mold, so she can get creative with her designs. The kid is just bursting with ideas, and I couldn’t be more proud. :)

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Homemade Shampoo Recipes

If you’ve taken a peek at the list of ingredients of any store brand shampoo, chances are you noticed a whole lot of chemicals and additives. Who needs that? It’s just as easy to make your own homemade shampoo using the recipes listed before. It doesn’t need to be complicated, and several of these are very simple homemade shampoo recipes.

If you need supplies, be sure to see:

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

Chamomile Fields Shampoo
4 bags of Chamomile tea (or 1 handful of fresh Chamomile flowers)
4 tablespoons pure soap flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons glycerin

Let the tea bags steep in 1 1/2 cups of boiled water for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and with the remaining liquid add the soap flakes. Let stand until the soap softens. Stir in glycerin until mixture is well blended. Pour into a bottle. Keep in a dark, cool place.

Honey Egg Shampoo
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons liquid soap
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon wheat germ oil or almond oil
1 tablespoon rosewater or cologne

Place all the ingredients in a screw top jar, cover and shake well. Makes about 2/3 cup

Honey-Pollen Shampoo
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup glycerin
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1/4 cup orange flower water or cologne
2 tablespoons bee pollen
1 teaspoon liquid soap
1 tablespoon alcohol

Place the ingredients in a screw top jar, cover and shake well.

Herbal Shampoo
2 cups (473 ml) distilled water
1 tablespoon (15 ml) calendula(pot marigold)
2 teaspoons (10 ml)rosemary
1 tablespoon (15 ml) nettle
2 teaspoons (10 ml) orange peel
2 teaspoons (10 ml) comfrey
2 tablespoons (30 ml) chamomile
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) essential oil of lavender
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Jojoba oil (omit if hair is oily)
1/2 cup (118 ml) all-natural, gentle baby shampoo

Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add the herbs, cover, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain mixture into a medium-sized bowl, add the oils and stir vigorously. Add the shampoo and gently stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a labeled bottle and keep refrigerated to preserve the freshness. You may keep a small bottle in the shower with enough shampoo for about one week, if you wish. Use approximately 1 tablespoon per application. This shampoo will not produce mountains of billowy suds as it does not contain strong foaming agents. It cleans gently with minimal sudsing. Before use, lightly shake shampoo to mix the oil that may separate from the rest of the ingredients.

Where to Find Shampoo Ingredients

It might be rather difficult finding some of the ingredients listed above, such as some of the carrier oils and herbal ingredients. Mountain Rose Herbs and Kalyx.com Herbs & Foods are two sites that sell anything you could possibly need for making any of the simple homemade shampoo recipes on this page. If you get into making more than just shampoo, you’ll find these sites extremely useful for all kinds of homemade bath and body products.

Have fun!

Homemade Hair Conditioner Recipes

Looking to save a few bucks on hair conditioner or tired of all the chemicals in store brand versions? If so, here are a few homemade hair conditioner recipes you can try out at home.

Homemade Hair Conditioner Recipes

Honey Herbal Hair Conditioner
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup glycerin
1/4 cup sage, and 1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers

OR

1/2 cup nettle leaves and 1/4 cup rosemary leaves
1/2 cup witch hazel
1 tablespoon liquid lecithin

Place all the ingredients in a screw top jar. Shake well and let set for 1 hour. Strain to remove herbs, discard the herbs and pour the liquid back into the jar. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Honey-Milk Conditioner For Oily Hair
1/3 cup hot water
1/4 cup glycerin
2 tablespoons liquid lecithin
1/4 cup Sage
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder

Combine the hot water and sage, and let set for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid, and discard the sage. Add the remaining ingredients

Tropical Conditioner
1 avocado (peeled and mashed)
coconut milk

Combine mashed avacodo with some coconut milk. Mash together until its smooth and about as thick as shampoo. Comb it through the hair and let sit for 10 – 15 minutes, wash out.

Hair Conditioner Supplies

Some of the ingredients above may not be so easy to find in the stores. Luckily Mountain Rose Herbs and Kalyx.com Herbs & Foods are two sites that sell anything you could possibly need for making homemade hair conditioner. Check them both out and see if you can’t find the supplies for these recipes along with other supplies for homemade bath and body products.


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