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PostHeaderIcon Homemade Halloween Costumes

Hello Idea Queen readers! It’s that time of year again and I am SUPER excited…Halloween is coming! I absolutely ADORE this time of year!

We may not do a whole lot of decorating, but lots of stuff is going on around our house. Pumpkins are being carved, pies are being cooked, and most importantly, the costumes are being planned. Every year my daughter comes up with the BEST ideas for costumes. Together we usually put together something really fantastic that is deserving of loads of pictures.


Homemade Costumes of Halloweens Past

Around here we feel making costumes is much more fun than buying them. Here’s a rundown of our best costume ideas over the years, most of which are handmade comepletely or made without spending loads of moolah on a complete costume.

Devil and Zombie Cheerleader

You ain’t taking this dead cheerleader back to hell so easy! Mask and pitchfork for the devil was purchased at the store, but the rest of the clothes are just regular old clothes. He still wears them even a year later. Pompoms for the zombie cheerleader were purchased off ebay for a whole $3, and the rest is normal clothing. It’s the makeup we had fun with on that costume.

Punk Rock Star

Her original idea for this year was “Hannah Montana”, but I talked her out of it. Instead, we decided on a punk rock star because the makeup would be a lot more fun. It was! She looked fantastic and most importantly, UNIQUE! I spent a little more on the shirt that I usually do, but she wore it for a good 2 years after using it as part of her costume. She also had striped tights that were purchased for less than $5.


This is the year my son had an obession with Garfield. Do you think we could even FIND a costume? Heck no! So we made one out of a pillow, oversized orange shirt, black spray paint, and wooden/foam mask. The tail was made from basic orange fabric and stuffed. He loved it!

Dead Bride

One of my all time favorites was the dead bride. Dress was made from an uber cheap fabric I found at Walmart (About a $1 per yard is all it was I think), with dollar store cobwebs over her head. We got a little crazy with the makeup this year but I think we made her look good and dead. 😉

Batman and Princess

Poof! You are now a super hero! While both of these weren’t the most unique or cheapest costumes, the kids enjoyed playing their parts. Plus the picture was absolutely ADORABLE so I couldn’t pass up the chance to post it. You can tell we’ve always loved playing with the make up.

Other Costume Ideas

This year we have plans for a she-devil, and boy is still undecided. I suggested “Dead Kenny” from South Park, but got rejected. I hear my 13-yr old cousin has plans for that particular idea this year, which I can’t waite to see how it turns out. For the first time ever, the adults are planning on dressing up too, but our costume ideas aren’t set in stone yet. I’m thinking a basic witch, but we’ll see what I can find for accessories between now and Halloween. Cat in the Hat is also being considered, as are characters from the boy’s Xbox games.

My daughter’s running theme of “dead” or “evil” has made these costumes extra spectacular. It’s so easy to take a basic costume idea and turn it into a “dead” or “zombie” version, as my daughter demonstrated with the dead bride and zombie cheerleader. With all the things you can do with a homemade halloween costume, I don’t know why anyone would want to buy them!

PostHeaderIcon 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:

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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 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!

PostHeaderIcon 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


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 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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PostHeaderIcon Ingredients to Make Lip Gloss

If you read our post on free lip balm recipes, you noticed there was one main sites for places to buy ingredients to make lip gloss we suggested; Mountain Rose Herbs .

Ingredients to Make Lip Gloss

From the recipes there are a few main ingredients to make lip gloss that you’ll need (and may not already have):

Carrier Oils
From the lip balm recipes, it’s pretty easy to spot the carrier oils. Those are the main ingredients and oils are that not essential oils. Examples would be vegetable oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil. At Moutain Rose Herbs, carrier oils have their own category. On Kalyx, you’ll have to do a little digging (might I suggest the “search” function here – easier anyway since we’re on a hunt for specific ingredients).

A little beeswax goes a long way, so be sure your buying the least amount possible. A pound is a LOT. When most recipes call for 1/4 – 1/2 oz of beeswax, it’s unlikely you’ll run out soon. On both our recommended sites you’ll need to use the search function here to find a listing of type and quanity listings.

Essential Oils
Skys the limit here, the choice is yours! Some of the more popular oils would include peppermint, vanilla, or almond. Since both of these sites focus on herbs, they have a huge easy-to-find selection of essential oils for you to use in your ingredients to make lip gloss.

Depending on the type of lip gloss you plan to make, you might also need:

Cocoa butter
Often used for a more creamy lip gloss, and not too hard to find on either of our suggested sites. Just do a simple search if need be.

Vitamin E oil
Added to give the lip gloss a little more “purpose”. In other words, makes your lips soft when used. Great for lip gloss used for chapped lips.


May be used instead of carrier oil. It IS possible to make natural lip gloss using glicerine, especially if you use organic brands from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Additional Tips for Making Lip Gloss

When making lip gloss for the first time and starting from scratch with supplies, it’s best to pick just one recipe and stick to it. The main reason is to keep your costs down since not all recipes include the same ingredients. It may be you’ll need a few of the optional ingredients or may not be. Since most places don’t sell lip balm size quantities, your going to end up with enough supplies to make 10 or more. Pick a recipe first, then decide what you need to buy.

Have fun!

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PostHeaderIcon Free Lip Gloss Recipes

Homemade lip gloss recipes aren’t as complicated as you may think. With the right ingredients (see below for supply resources) and a little time, you can make free lip gloss for yourself or as gifts.

Each of the free lip gloss recipes listed below are from our collection, and haven’t been tested out by us personally. They also do not have an author, so we weren’t able to give them proper credit. If you have used any of these free lip gloss recipes, please be sure to leave your comments and tell us what you think!

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Free Lip Gloss Recipes

Basic Lip Gloss Formula
1/4 cup vegetable or nut oil
1/4 ounce beeswax
1 teaspoon honey or glycerine (humectants)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Essential Oil.

Heat the oil and beeswax in a double boiler (or microwave) until the beeswax is melted.
Remove from heat and whip with an electric beater until creamy.
Add the honey or glycerine and approx 5 drops flavoring oil; whip some more.
Add more flavoring if desired.
Store in small glass jars, small tupperware bowls, decorative tins or film containers.
Try different oils on your lips to choose the best one for your skin and taste preference.
If the Balm is too hard (waxy), add more oil to your mixture.
If it is too soft, add more wax.

You can add a few drops of beet juice for a beautiful & natural red color. But instead of going to that trouble, you can just shave off a little of your lip stick for that beautiful (not natural) color. Don’t use food coloring, it may contain alcohol base.

Never use extracts found in cooking sections of the grocery stores as they contain alcohol. Use safe essential oils. The good part about them is they have thousands of great flavors. Comfrey, Rosemary, Tea Tree or Camphor Oils are excellent for healing effects.

How do you know if it’s time to throw away your gloss? If it changes color, odor, or texture, though, throw it away.

Basic Beeswax Lip Gloss
1/2 ounce beeswax beads, refined
4 ounces sweet almond oil
2 teaspoons essential oil or food flavoring oil

Put the 4 ounces of sweet almond oil in measuring cup, add beeswax beads and melt in microwave.
Stir with spoon, and when cooled a bit, add essential or flavoring oil. Pour into jars or containers

Chocolate Lip Gloss
1 1/2 tsp grated cocoa butter
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/8 tsp vitamin E oil
1/4 tsp grated chocolate or 3 small chocolate chips
In a double boiler or microwave heat the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E oiluntil melted. Stir in the chocolate chips and keep stirring until melted and well blended Pour into small container and allow to cool before using

Cranberry Lip Gloss
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
10 fresh cranberries
1 teaspoon honey
1 drop of vitamin E oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave for a couple of minutes or until the mixture just begins to boil. (Bowl may also be heated in a pan of water on a stovetop).
Stir well and gently crush the berries.
Cool mixture for five minutes and then strain through a fine sieve to remove all the fruit pieces. Stir again and set aside to cool completely.
When cool, transfer into a small portable plastic container or tin.

Honey Lip Balm
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. beeswax
1/2 tsp. cocoa butter
1/2 tsp. honey
3 drops essential oil
1 vitamin E capsule

Measure oil, beeswax and cocoa butter into a glass or enamel pan. Melt over low heat. A hotplate works well and reduces the risk of overheating the oils.
Stir the mixture often until the wax is melted. Remove from heat and stir in the honey and essential oil. Pinch open the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into the mixture. Stir well. Pour the mixture into containers.

Vanilla Lip Gloss
1 tablespoon grates beeswax
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Slowly heat beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil until melted. Stir in the vanilla extract then cool

Supplies for Free Lip Gloss Recipes

Not all of the free lip balm recipes above have supplies which are easy to find. Luckily here online you can find just about anything if you have the time to search. Idea Queen has made it even easier by finding a great store with great prices for many of the ingredients you see above.

One main shop has basically anything you’d ever need for making your own lip gloss or balm. This shop is Mountain Rose Herbs. To make any of the free lip gloss recipes above, be sure to click the banner below to check out their supplies.

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