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natural homemade shaving cream clears up skin

Easy Natural Homemade Shaving Cream That Clears Up Your Skin

This amazing homemade shaving cream with natural lubricants and essential oils improves razor glide for a close, comfortable shave and will leave skin silky smooth and moisturized. Makes a perfect homemade gift for men and women alike. Oh, and don’t forget to make a jar for yourself ;-).

natural homemade shaving cream

Foto: flickr.com/photos/scottfeldstein/441061994

You will need

1/3 cup shea butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Sandalwood essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
5 drops Peppermint essential oil ( “ )
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil ( “ )
Large mouth jar or other container

Benefits of using Essential Oils for your skin

  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil has strong cleansing properties. Research has shown Melaleuca to be effective against acne.
  • Peppermint works great for toning the skin and prevents clogging of pores.
  • Sandalwood essential oils is great for softening the skin, relieve itching, and to clear complexion.

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients except for essential oils in double boiler (or glass bowl in a larger pot with about an inch of boiling water). Stir until melted.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and let sit 3 minutes.
  3. Add essential oils and stir until combined.
  4. Let shaving cream rest until hard (can be put in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process).
  5. Using hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy.
  6. Place in container of choice.

Tips for even better homemade shaving cream

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

 

all natural homemade bubble bath

Homemade Bubble Bath That Soothes Your Muscles and Relaxes Your Mind

Who doesn’t love a great bubble bath? Unfortunately, most commercial bubble baths are full of artificial chemicals and fragrances and can be irritating to your skin. Now, while this homemade bubble bath is not going to provide the big, lasting bubbles you get from synthetic ingredients, it is a great way to avoid chemicals while still enjoying the fun and relaxing elements of a bubble bath. This bubble bath is gentle on your skin and can be customized with your favorite essential oil. I love lavender for times when I need to stress down and relax and peppermint with wild orange for an energizing bath.

homemade bubble bath

Foto: flickr.com/photos/scottfeldstein/441061994

You will need

1 cup unscented castile soap
1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons water
15 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
Glass jar for storage

Recommended essential oils:

  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

Benefits of using Lavender Essential Oil for stress

Lavender is well known for its relaxing properties and this is being studies more and more. Read for instance this study where they investigated the effects of lavender oil on the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, and mood responses in humans after inhalation (See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017)

Directions

  1. Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour into glass container. To use, add 1/4-1/2 cup of bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.

Tips for the best homemade bubble bath

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

salt dough recipe

Easy Salt Dough Recipe – Christmas Ornaments That Smell Heavenly

Adding a personal touch to your presents has never been easier with these aromatherapy salt dough ornaments. These ornaments can be given as a wrapping accessory on a present and can then easily be transformed into an ornament for your friends and family to enjoy for many years to come. Use this salt dough recipe and add pure essential oils to the ornaments to create a new aromatic dimension. There are multiple ways to decorate, too. You can stamp on an image, paint it, or leave it plain. Either way, your friends and family will love and adore this homemade gift.

salt dough recipe

Foto: nordictouch.co.uk

You will need

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1.5 cups warm water
Drinking straw or toothpick
Cookie cutters
String
Your favorite essential oils (optional)
Stamps and paint (optional)

Recommended essential oils

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Douglas Fir

Note

Baking the ornament will turn the dough slightly brown and may “puff” up some of the ornaments. If you prefer, you can also air dry the ornaments for 2-3 days to help the ornaments remain white and flat.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (see Note above)
  2. Pour flour, salt, and warm water into large bowl.
  3. Knead until all ingredients are well combined and dough is smooth.
  4. If mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together.
  5. Roll out dough on floured surface until 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a hole in top of ornament for threading string.
  8. Place in oven until hard, approximately 1 hour or air dry for 2-3 days (see Note above)
  9. Once cooled, decorate with paint, string, or glitter. Add essential oils by placing two drops on the back side of each ornament and allow it to soak in.

Tips for an even better salt dough recipe

  • Add some decoration to your ornaments by stamping them
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

homemade hair wax

All Natural Homemade Hair Wax Made Easy – Look good and Smell good

Men and women through the ages have used styling products for the perfect hairdo. Unfortunately, today’s hair products can be expensive and are loaded with undesirable ingredients. This homemade hair wax is easy to make, economical, natural, and works great! The pure essential oils add a pleasing scent and is healthy for your hair and scalp. Great for that picture-perfect-do!

homemade hair wax

Foto: Library of Congress

Benefits of using Essential Oils for your hair

  • Rosemary essential oil can has some great benefits to your hair. Francesc Casadó Galcerá made so very interesting discoveries in his research on hair. He made a patent for a shampoo after his studies showed that a mixture of hops, rosemary, and swertia gave a
    • 22.4% increases in new hair growth
    • an increase in “rapid” hair growth
    • a decrease in hair loss after shampooing.
  • Peppermint essential oil is shown to actively promote hair growth and naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair. See for instance this interesting Pub Med research on peppermint oil for hair growth

You will need

.75 ounces beeswax
.5 ounce shea butter
.75 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil (optional, but recommended)
10 drops Rosemary essential oil (optional, but recommended)
Tin or glass jar with lid

Tip to get the most out of this homemade hair wax

  • For harder hair wax, use 1 ounce beeswax and .5 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  • For softer hair wax, use .75 ounces shea butter and 1 ounce Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in glass container.
  2. Place jar in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water.
  3. Stir ingredients until melted and thoroughly combined.
  4. Remove from heat and let rest for three minutes.
  5. Add essential oils and stir.
  6. Pour mixture in empty tin or glass jar with lid.
  7. Let hair wax rest 1-2 hours.

To use

Apply a small amount to fingers and style as desired. A little wax goes a long way

Tips

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

 

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Safe and Easy Homemade Play Doh Recipe – Let Your Kids Play Safely

Homemade Play Doh (playdough) with essential oils is a great way to promote creative play in children as well as teach them about colors and scents. In addition, the aroma from pure essential oils can help stimulate that part of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories.

homemade play doh

Foto: flickr.com/photos/jamieanne/15685305950

You will need:

4 cups flour
2 cups colored water
2 cup salt
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
5-10 drops essential oils (optional, but recommended)
Large sauce pan
Parchment paper
Spatula
Airtight container(s)
Food coloring (optional)

Recommended essential oils

  • Wild Orange (uplifting)
  • Peppermint (energizing)
  • Lavender (relaxing)

Directions

  1. With the stove off, combine all ingredients (apart from essential oils) in a large saucepan. Using a spatula, stir until well mixed.
  2. Once combined, continue to stir ingredients over medium heat until it forms a ball. Be careful not to overcook as it will result in dry play dough.
  3. Remove from pan and cool on parchment paper.
  4. Once cool, divide dough in half or thirds as desired. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil and 5-10 drops of food coloring (or as prefered) to each batch of dough. Knead until thoroughly combined.
  5. You’re done! Just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for months of fun.

Tips to make the best homemade play doh

  • Use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Synthetics or impure essential oils can give headaches and other reactions. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

 

natural lotion bars

Homemade Natural Lotion Bars – You Will Never Go Back

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t dealt with dry skin, especially in winter climates. I live in Utah and have the double challenge of cold and dry air to contend with. Made with beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and essential oils, these moisturizing natural lotion bars are and sure to nourish and soothe dry skin. Not only are they practical, but they are super cute and make awesome gifts. Just rub the bar on your skin and let your body’s natural heat melt the lotion. After one use, you won’t know how you lived without natural lotion bars!

 

Photo: flickr.com/photos/shalommama/10999862625

Ingredients

⅔ cup beeswax
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup cocoa butter
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
15 drops of essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
Silicone mold

Recommended essential oils

  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

Directions

  1. Measure all ingredients, except for essential oils, in large glass bowl or jar.
  2. Place jar in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water.
  3. Stir ingredients until combined.
  4. Once melted, remove from heat. Let rest 3 minutes.
  5. Add essential oils and stir.
  6. Pour mixture into silicone mold.
  7. Let mixture harden 2-3 hours. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in container until ready to use.
  8. Just rub the natural lotion bar on skin for extreme moisture.

Tips for making the best natural lotion bars

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out which brand we recommend.

 

Homemade bug spray with essential oils

Excellent Homemade Bug Spray with Essential Oils

Creating a homemade bug spray with essential oils is an excellent way to make sure you are protected against all the super annoying bugs out there and at the same time using something completely natural.

Most of bug sprays out there contain DEET and other toxins you absolutely do not want in your body. Be also aware that everything you put on your skin ends up in your blood stream and will be transportet around in your body. To use something naural is therefore the best you can do for yourself and your family.

Try this effective and great smelling bug spray.

Blend Recipe: Homemade Bug Spray with Essential Oils

Ingredients
13 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
6 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
3.5 ounces Distilled Water

Directions
To repel mosquitoes or other irritating insects, blend the above ingredients in a 4 ounce glass spray bottle until well mixed. Spray over exposed skin every time you go outdoors. Shake before each use.

 

Looking for information or need Essential Oils?

Learn more about Essential Oils here or

go here if you want to buy some oils.

Interested in working with Essential Oils?

Write us a line here and we will help you find out if this is something for you.

 

Homemade Natural Refreshing Lime Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer

Homemade Natural Hand Cleanser with Lime Essential Oil

Hand cleansers have become vastly popular the last few years with all the health threats popping up. But have you ever considered what these store bought cleansers contain. They often have an antibiotic compound called triclosan in which recent studies have shown to affect our hormones and contribute to  the creation of multi-resistant bacteria.

To avoid unwanted and unneeded ingredients, you can simply make your very own Natural Lime Essential Oil Hand cleanser right at home with just a few pure ingredients.

Ingredients

Water (preferably distilled)

2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel

12 drops Lavender Essential Oil

8 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil

5 drops Lemon Essential Oil

5 drops Lime Essential Oil

8-10 drops Vitamin E Oil (optional)

 

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a glass bottle or container.
  • Fill the remainder with distilled water.
  • Shake vigorously to mix (do this before each use).
  • Apply as needed, rubbing into your hands.

Let me know i the comment section below how well it works for you.

Read more about LIME essential oil here.

Looking for information or need Essential Oils?

Learn more about Essential Oils here or

go here if you want to buy some oils.

Interested in working with Essential Oils?

Write us a line here and we will help you find out if this is something for you.

 

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Clean Naturally with This Cheap and Easy Recipe

I have been on a quest to find a DIY natural, effective, safe, and cheap granite countertop cleaner that even my kids can use. I found tons of recipes and variations of recipes out there and put together my favorite conglomeration for an environmentally friendly granite cleaner recipe that will also clean many other surfaces in your home.

So, in my research I found out that stone surfaces do not do well with acidic cleaners (lemon juice, vinegar, etc). These ingredients can actually “etch” your countertops and traditional cleaning products like Windex can strip the sealant off your stone. There is always soap and water, or even just water, but this leaves your countertops looking streaky or dull.

So, what’s a girl to do besides buy the special granite cleaner at $7 a pop for a mere 12 ounces? Check out this inexpensive recipe for a clean, shiny, streak-free, granite countertop (and some):


Recipe

  • ¼ cup Rubbing Alcohol (70%)
  • 3 drops dishwashing liquid
    I recommend castile soap or an organic brand, but check the label for citric acid
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
    Lemon essential oil masks the alcohol smell and has great shining, cleansing, and purifying properties. Don’t worry, there is no citric acid in the essential oil, so I am not contradicting myself. Also, I only use pure essential oils.
  • Spray bottle
    I am not a big fan of plastic, so I recommend using glass

Place all the ingredients in the spray bottle, shake gently, and you are ready to go!

Here is what you can use this amazing cleanser for*:

  • granite countertops (of course)
  • mirrors
  • stainless steel
  • porcelain
  • fiberglass
  • plastic
  • laminate
  • cooktops
  • microwaves
  • doorknobs
  • toilet seats

I am sure the list can go on and on. Let us all know if you come up with other uses or tweaks for this recipe. Happy cleaning and be well! -Lynn & Jon

 

*Here’s my little disclaimer. I haven’t tried this out on ALL surfaces but have read of other’s success. Check with the manufacturer and test this on a small area if you are uncertain.