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Burts Bees Lip Balm Homemade DIY Copycat Recipe

Burts Bees Lip Balm Homemade DIY Copycat Recipe
I absolutely LOVE Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and I recreated the perfect copycat recipe from scratch! History of Lip Balms Our ancestors didn’t have the luxury of owning many beauty products. From what I have researched it looks like when they got chapped lips they used goose or duck fat, vaseline, and in a pioneer memoir there was even mention of someone using ear wax (ewww!). Chapstick itself wasn’t invented until the early 1880’s by Dr. Making Homemade Burt’s Bees Lip Balm from Scratch I wanted to try to make my own lip balm from scratch. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is my ultimate favorite – in fact if I had to go on the show “Survivor” it would probably be one of things I would choose to bring. I turned the tube around and read through the ingredients: Beeswax, Sunflower oil, Vitamin E, Lanolin, Peppermint and Rosemary. I got right to work looking for and ordering up some of these natural items like Beeswax and Lanolin. I never realized how extremely easy it is to make chapstick! Then voila! Related:  Green cleans

To burn or not to burn…Oil burners and diffusers | Ok, I’m going to cut to the chase on this one. If you want the full therapeutic benefit from your oils, don’t use them in an oil burner. These typically operate by placing the oil in a ceramic dish (or even metal tray), with or without water and using a candle or some other heat source underneath to vaporize the oils into the surrounding room. Yes I know. They look great. I even had one myself many years ago. However, the heat from the candle will actually damage your oils. If you’re only interested in the ‘nice smell’ from an oil in a room, then Ok, use an oil burner. The same goes with incense sticks. Diffusers There are a number of different diffusers. Cold-Air Diffusers or Nebulizers These operate on the principle of “atomization”, whereby the oils is forced through a pinhole by a stream of air at high pressure. Because the oil is forced through at high velocity, it is also energised, with the levels of oxygen carried by the molecules actually increased. Ultrasonic Diffusers Cheers

{free printables} Looking for the perfect cleaning resource? Check out my book, The Organically Clean Home! Clean Mama everyday life. simplified. free printables Below you’ll find FREE printables for your personal use – I hope you enjoy them! Every month I give away a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar – get February’s calendar here. Want to try your hand at Make-Ahead Menu Planning? Want to jot down all those cleaning recipes? Looking for a cuter way to track your homekeeping? 4 FREE Seasonal Cleaning Checklists Company coming and house a mess? Curious what all those laundry symbols mean? Need to drink more water? 2 Cleaning Checklists for Kids Cleaning With Natural Cleaners Round-Up – 55 Recipes! Looming project? How Long Should I Keep It For (paperwork reminder sheet) File It….paperwork brainstorming page 5 FREE Checkbook Registers Kids’ Routines Checklists Quick Clean Ups Homemade Cleaning Recipes Printable DIY Homemade Cleaning Recipes – Labels 3 To Do Lists to Jumpstart Your Productivity Medical Exam Tracker

Point of Interest! Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Its Frugal Friday! This recipe is so stinking frugal, so easy its crazy, and you have to try it! It takes about 2 minutes, costs about $0.65 to make, and should last about 100 loads. That’s not even a penny a load! Talk about saving money! Homemade Dishwasher Detergent 2 cups Borax 2 cups washing soda 4 packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-aid (or you can use citric acid) Mix all ingredients together and keep in some kind of container. or just an empty detergent box you have.To use: Place 1 Tbs in the pre-wash (open cup) and 1 Tbs in the main wash (closed cup). The original recipe says to use white vinegar for the rinse aid, but when I did this it made all my dishes smell like vinegar which isn’t too pleasant. Since the holidays are coming up around the corner I will share my frugal Christmas ideas on Fridays. I party here…

Cleaning With Castile Soap – 11 Simple Recipes I’ve shared a free printable for Cleaning With Baking Soda, a free printable for Cleaning With Vinegar, a free printable for cleaning with Borax , a free printable for cleaning with lemons and today I have 11 simple cleaning recipes that use castile soap. Castile soap is an all natural, vegetable based product made primarily of coconut and olive oils. My favorite is brand is Dr. Bronner’s and I love the citrus version. Grab the FREE printable here and if you prefer black + white go here to grab that version. Put it in your cleaning binder or just pin it and reference it as needed – happy {castile soap} cleaning! What’s your favorite way to clean with castile soap?

Make a toner! Lavender & Chamomile Toner30% witch hazel hydrosol25% lavender hydrosol (or another hydrosol of your choice)25% water10% aloe vera liquid2% sodium lactate (supposed to be good for acne prone skin and a humectant)3% honeyquat2% panthenol2% cromoist (or another hydrolyzed protein like soy or wheat...I just like oat protein!)0.5% extract (I use chamomile)0.5% preservative (I use Germall Plus) Heat and hold the witch hazel, hydrosol, water, and aloe vera in a heat proof container in a double boiler for about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Mix the powdered extract with some of the warm water before adding to the mixture. When it cools down below 45C, I add the sodium lactate, panthenol, cromoist, and preservative. When it has cooled, pour into a bottle, then use as you would with any toner. What are all these ingredients, why are you using them, and what can you modify for your skin type? Witch hazel hydrosol - This is witch hazel, a great astringent. Aloe vera liquid - I love aloe vera.

Home Remedies for Headaches and Wildcrafting Wednesday Instead of reaching for over the counter medication, you may want to give these home remedies for headaches a try the next time you have an aching head. What causes headaches? Mayo Clinic explains that headaches are classified as primary and secondary: A primary headache is caused by dysfunction or overactivity of pain-sensitive features in your head. Secondary headaches are a symptom of a disease that causes pain in the head. They note that there are several lifestyle factors that may trigger headaches, including: Alcohol, particularly red wine Certain foods, such as processed meats that contain nitrates Changes in sleep or lack of sleep Poor posture Skipped meals Stress Dehydration The following headache remedies are based on the book Home Remedies: What Works and Earth Clinic – Headache Remedies. Headache Remedy #1 – Drink a Glass of Water Sometime headaches (and muscle aches) are caused by simple dehydration. Headache Remedy #2 – Apply Ice or Heat Headache Remedy #3 – Take a nap

Homemade Fabric Softener Crystals Recipe { 2 Simple Ingredients!} Did you know you can make your own Homemade Fabric Softener Crystals like the ones Purex makes? All you need is 2 ingredients too – Epsom salts and your favorite essential oils. If you have ever used those fabric softener crystals in the store you will know one little container of these will cost you upwards of $5.00-$6.00 depending on the size. First I turned over a container of Purex crystals to read what was inside of them. Sodium Chloride, PEG Distearate, Bentonite, Sodium Silicate, Fragrance, Silica, Liquitint Red ST, Liquitint Blue HP. Okay – so Sodium Chloride is salt. Epsom salts + essential oils for fragrance are all you really need! Just take your Epsom salts, and pour them into a bowl. Then add about 40 drops of your favorite essential oils. I use DoTerra Essential oils because they are therapeutic pure grade. My favorite scent for my homemade fabric softener crystals is a combination of 20 drops of Lavendar and 20 drops of Lime. And Voila! Thoughts?

Making a toner for your skin type - the basic recipe One of the first recipes I posted when I started this blog was a detailed post about toners. I've learned a lot since then, so let's update that recipe with all the stuff we've learned about hydrosols, extracts, water soluble oils, and so on! For a toner, you will want to stick to all water soluble ingredients because we don't want to add an emulsifier. Why? Because a lot of the emulsifiers are sticky, and we want something that is easily sprayable (yes, I like a spray bottle for ease of use) and we don't want any stickiness on our skin! FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: Is toner suitable for all skin types? For oily skin, the answer is quite clearly yes! If you have acne prone skin, you can add some salicylic acid and anti-bacterial ingredients, and get moisturizing without oils. For rosacea prone skin, it's a fantastic way to add anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants, as well as a little allantoin to act as a barrier ingredient. 3% to 5% humectants 3 to 5% film formers and cationic quaternary polymers

Practical Household Uses For SaltOne Good Thing by Jillee A couple of weeks ago I found this great pair of black Calvin Klein jeans at Costco that I have absolutely fallen in love with! They are, most importantly, COMFORTABLE, they fit great, are the right length (ie. long enough!), and they are a nice dark black color! I know that sounds strange, but not all black-colored fabric is created equal. For that reason I have been hesitant to wash them because the other day when I went to wipe some dog hair off my pants with a damp washcloth there was black dye on the washcloth! I just KNOW that once I wash them they aren’t going to be that nice, dark black color anymore. Since I was so impressed with many of these, I figured you would be too, so I decided to compile a list of my favorites to share with you. Starting with……..How To SET The Color In New Clothes and Towels. Salt is used commonly in the textile industry, but works at home too. In the Kitchen Crispier fried potatoes – Soak potatoes in salt water for several hours before you use them.

Wendyl Nissen's "No Nasty Chemicals" Philosophy Older Wendyl Nissen's "No Nasty Chemicals" Philosophy by Alexa Hotz Issue 92 · Happier at Home · October 1, 2013 Newer Issue 92 · Happier at Home · October 1, 2013 Share on email When we're not decanting our own cleaning concoctions into glass jars, we're on the search for the most safe-to-use, effective, and sweet smelling cleaning products out there. Add this to the list: Wendyl Nissen's Green Goddess line of solutions that are simple in structure (castile soap, baking soda, essential oils) and humble in packaging. Above: Wendyl's Antibacterial Spray keeps germs at bay with orange, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils. Above L: Patchouli Laundry Powder includes a mixture of castile soap with patchouli, ylang ylang, and frankincense essential oils and is suitable for those prone to skin allergies; $12.50 NZD. Above: The Spray Glass Cleaner is made from vinegar, water, and essential oil, and the Rose Spray Cleaner will "leave your home smelling like roses"; $10.50 NZD each. By Julie Carlson

Formulating for dry skin: Toners continued... As we saw in this post and this post, the pH of our skin care products is absolutely vital, and more so for facial products. When we're creating a cleanser, toner, or any other non-lotiony product, we have to make sure we are testing our pH and ensuring that it will be in the right range for our skin - about 6 and below, although the addition of things like AHAs, lactic acid, Multifruit BSC, and other acids will bring our pH lower, which we've learned is a good thing. Click here for part one of the toners post...or for more information on why I'm choosing each ingredient. I don't tend to use a moisturizer as an oily person, and I tend to load my toner up with all kinds of crazy things - the dry skinned person might want to save the expensive stuff for your moisturizer. Toners don't have to be astringent - they can be, but it's not essential. You can be quite minimalist with your toner - some hydrosols, a humectant, maybe an extract - or really extravagant, or somewhere in between.

Homemade Laundry Soap!! Sick of buying laundry soap?? Me too. This stuff is awesome because it is way stronger then the store bought laundry soap. Here is what you need: 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle 1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot) 2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle. (this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better) You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store. **Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it is not over powering. Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha soap just like cheese. about 2 gallons worth of detergent . Linked to: