Homemade Body Wash with Honey + Coconut Oil I’m on a mission to detox my beauty products and replace them with natural, DIY alternatives. Whipping up a homemade body scrub is an addicting starting point because soon you’re thinking, what about the stuff I use everyday? The first two I tackled were biggies – deodorant and toothpaste – and now I’m on a roll! Next up – a homemade body wash with 2 of my favorite ingredients, honey and coconut oil. I made this originally as a potential homemade shampoo, and it might have worked if I hadn’t (accidentally) used coconut oil instead of coconut milk. Thinking about starting your own beauty detox? What are those 4 ingredients? Coconut oil My coco-nuttiness is well established now (see our 10 favorite coconut oil beauty recipes). Raw honey I was reading not long ago about the incredible healing powers of honey. Liquid Castile soap I’m already cleaning everything from dishes to toilets with Castile soap . Essential oils My essential oil collection is getting out of control. DIY Body Wash Ingredients
DIY Shampoo Bars I’m sure you’ve heard of the no-poo method of shampooing – wash with baking soda and water, rinse with apple cider vinegar. I’ve heard that for some people it takes an adjustment period where their hair is greasy, but I tried it for a month and it worked perfectly, right from the start. But, oh, I admit it. I really missed suds. I make my own soap, so I checked to see if Handmade Soap: Recipes for Crafting Soap at Home had any shampoo recipes and sure enough, they had a few for shampoo bars. I made a few adjustments because of sensitivities and made a nice, lathery, sudsy shampoo bar. stimulates circulation to the scalpis anti-bacterialmakes hair shinyhelps to stop hair lossstimulates hair growthtreats dandruffsoothes itchy scalpdarkens hairand is good for all hair types Here are my ingredients for the shampoo bar: For specifics on how to make soap, see my post Basic Soap Making. This post contains affiliate links.
Homemade Soap Recipes Looking for homemade soap recipes? Well then....you've come to the right place! There are so many wonderful ingredients involved in soap making and I seem to have a desire to try them all! Since I'm pretty sure you would too, I'm posting each successful soap recipe I create so that you can try them for yourself. This page will serve as a hub for recipes suitable for cold process, room temperate and hot process soap making methods (many designs may not be possible for use with the hot process method but the base recipes should all work just fine). Below you will find a varied selection of soaps, each with a link to the recipe and corresponding instructions. If you prefer to completely create your own look, try the Basic Soap Recipes page for another long list of recipes to try. Each homemade soap recipe on my site produces approximately 10 - 110 to 150 gram bars. Soap Recipes List Calculation for Soap Mold Volume Not sure how much soap will fit in your mold? 6" x 6" x 2.25" x .40 = 32.4 ounces
Blue Chamomile Face Cream - Updated Version I’ve had a quite a few requests asking how to make Blue Chamomile Face Cream without the sodium borate. I finally got around to experimenting and must say that I LOVE this new version made with stearic acid (a natural thickener) even more so than the original! Before starting, make sure to sterilize all utensils, bowls, beaters, and jars – I use the sanitize cycle on my dishwasher. Because this cream contains herbally infused water and no chemical preservatives, the shelf life will be much shorter compared to store-bought creams. Store this cream in the refrigerator between uses to help extend shelf life a bit. First you’ll want to gather some of the following herbs to create an infusion, remembering you can substitute ingredients or change the amounts or use dry/fresh depending on what you have on hand. lavender budsplantaincalendula flowerscomfrey leaveslemon balm leaveschamomilerose petalsviolet leaves Place these items in a mason jar and pour simmering hot distilled water over them.
Pure Coconut Oil Soap I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this, but, my husband is rad. Totally rad. I love him dearly. He is good at so many different things, and one of them happens to be soap making. Last week, like crazy fools, we declined some free baby-sitting because we instead wanted to stay home and make soap and watch a video on a fermentation workshop. That is my idea of a rockin’ Friday night! Anyhow… what I am good at is finding really awesome soap recipes, (since I have not branched out enough to write my own), and I really wanted to make this recipe, and my sweet DH was happy to help. Super-what??? Super-fatting, for those new to soap-making, is adding extra oil to the recipe that is in excess of what the lye can bind to, so that extra oil is not converted. By super-fatting the coconut oil in this soap, you end up with a dreamy, thick, foamy-lathering soap that has all of the bells and whistles of coconut oil. Pure Coconut Oil Soap *76 degrees melting point. Tools: Method: Test your soap.
20 something allergies and counting…down – DIY Healing Skin Balm DIY Healing Skin Balm Beautiful snow and cold temperatures spell trouble for ultra dry and sensitive skin. This skin balm has proven itself time and time again to sooth dry, itchy skin, heal scars, prevent wound infection (even from cat bites teeming with bacteria), and save little noses from chapping and soreness during the cold and flu season. The bars are made from the most skin nourishing ingredients available and all are from sustainable sources. I avoided the use of oils because they do not hydrate well enough for our skin during the cold winter months. DIY Healing Skin Balm Benefits eczemadermatitisstretch marksdry skinaging skindiaper rashwound healingscarschapped, sun- or wind-damaged skincracked and rough heels, knees, and elbowscontains natural cancer-preventative agentslight SPF sunscreenincreased collagen productiongood for those with chemical sensitivities Beef Tallow How to Render Beef Tallow Shea Butter Cocoa Butter Ingredients Instructions Sources FAQ Vintage Tradition
10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Laundry Detergent Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs. If you like what you see, please SUBSCRIBE and be sure to check out OUR BOOK. I have spent HOURS on the this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of laundry detergent, and like dishwasher detergent, it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade laundry detergent! Cleaning Power 1. It’s an either/or. This may also be why powder detergents are supposed to be more effective than liquid. Conclusion: Borax is fine, but if you’re having trouble getting things CLEAN (which is not the same as WHITE), replacing borax with washing soda will make it more powerful. 2. Purex powder is almost 50% salt. Conclusion: If it works for you, great. 3. Not even Arm and Hammer. Conclusion: Like salt, and borax, if you’re having trouble getting something clean, eliminate the baking soda and replace with washing soda. 4. Grate up that Ivory (SUPER FINE so it dissolves well) or whatever you have around. 5. B. Now, Let’s Talk Whites 6. 7.
Make Your Own Tinted Lip Gloss Once in a while I get this urge to get my craft on. Ya’ know what I mean? But I don’t need cutesy stuff for my house, and I’m not so much into knitting and crocheting ’cause I ain’t no good at it. But making tinted lip gloss and hard lotion bars, yeah, that will do it for me. More importantly, though, I like to make some of my own personal care items because I like knowing that I’m using quality ingredients on my skin. So my lips need moisture once in a while, and my vanity likes a little color. Tinted Lip Goss Ingredients Alkanet Root is a blue-flowered plant whose roots have been used as a red dye since antiquity. Olive Oil has been used since ancient times to soothe and moisturize dry skin. Cocoa Butter is solid at room temperature but melts at body temperature. Beeswax is the emulsifying agent in this recipe and also helps to hydrate your lips. Essential Oil – any essential oil may used; I like sweet orange since it goes so well with the cocoa butter. Tinted Lip Gloss Ingredients
How To Make Pure Coconut Oil SoapMommypotamus Amazing Lather? Check! Simple ingredients? When it comes to soap, this is probably the easiest recipe you’ll ever make. Traditionally, soaps are made from 5-7 oils blended to balance cleansing/moisturizing/and lathering properties. Fortunately, there’s a way to simplify things without skimping on the end product – it’s called “superfatting.” The best part? How To Adapt This Recipe To Make Laundry Soap Normally it is not advised to make soap with under 4% superfat due to the fact that it can be excessively drying and even burn skin if some of the lye remains unconverted, but for laundry soap it’s perfect! I’ve found that using a 1% superfatted recipe yields a very cleansing bar with no extra oil. Here’s the full scoop on making your own laundry detergent using just the laundry soap recipe below and one other ingredient. “I washed a couple loads of laundry today- and it worked so well! Click here to get the laundry detergent recipe Now, About The One Rule You Can’t Break Ingredients Equipment: