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New & Improved Lip Balm

lipbalmAfter finding another recipe for lip balm, I decided to try it out and make two batches, one using lavender essential oil and the other using peppermint essential oil. I also bought some lip balm tubes for easier application and am just ecstatic with the results!

I love this lip balm! With the added ingredients of cocoa butter and vitamin E oil it is very moisturizing and leaves my lips feeling luxuriously soft. Both the peppermint and lavender smell equally wonderful. I use the lavender at night before bed and the peppermint during the day for a little pick-me-up.

Ingredients: sunflower oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, peppermint or lavender essential oil, vitamin E oil.

Shampoo Bar

shampoobar2I have been wanting to try a shampoo bar for a while now and finally found the time and ingredients to do so. Commercial shampoos are riddled with tons of unnecessary and harmful chemicals that make me squirm with unease every time I have to squeeze a little dime-sized drop into my palm. This shampoo bar, however, is made with all natural ingredients and leaves me with a clean, guilt-free feeling after each wash.

For those of you who are thinking, “Shampoo bar? How does that work?” let me just tell you it works wonderfully. All you do is rub the bar between your hands to create a nice lather, run your hands through your hair, scrub, and Ta-Da!

If you have never used a shampoo bar before though, it does leave your hair feeling different and a little weird if you’re not expecting it. That being said, use with an open mind and use for at least a week to get used to it before making any serious judgments.

Also be sure to use a conditioning agent afterward. I use an apple cider vinegar rinse (1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water). I keep a bottle of it in my shower and when I’m done shampooing I just squirt some of that in my hair and run it through with my fingers. I don’t rinse it out. Having vinegar in your hair smells a little strange at first, but as your hair dries the smell dissipates and leaves it feeling silky soft. I love the way my hair feels and love that I don’t have to worry about what crazy toxins are seeping into my scalp.

Next time I make this I think I will try using different essential oils for a different smell.

Ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut milk, rosemary and peppermint essential oils.

 

Java Mint Soap

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Need a morning boost? Try this beautiful soap made with coffee grounds, cinnamon, and the refreshing scent of peppermint essential oil. Use this as your morning cleanser and you’re bound to feel upbeat and wide-eyed. The cinnamon and coffee grounds act as natural exfoliants so that your skin feels happy and rejuvenated!

Ingredients: Olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, ground cinnamon, ground coffee beans, peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint & Cocoa Butter Lotion Bar

Peppermint & Cocoa Butter Lotion Bars

My first attempt at making any kind of lotion. It turned out very well if I do say so myself. If you like peppermint and chocolate you’ll love this scrumptious lotion. I, personally, have never cared much for the scent of peppermint, but it is mild enough and balanced out by the cocoa butter that I have been enjoying this lotion quite a lot. The cocoa butter is super moisturizing. Since it is a bar, application works best by rubbing it between the hands. However, I have used it all over just by running the bar along the skin.

Ingredients: cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil, peppermint oil.

*I have recently started using this on my face and I love it! The harsh winter weather was drying out my face and the store-bought face lotions I had on hand just weren’t cutting it. Since I have started using this on my face I haven’t had any problems with dryness. Cocoa butter works by forming a protective layer and helps skin retain it’s own moisture. What an improvement! I have also started applying it to my lips and am very pleased with their reduced dryness as well. Be aware not to use too much though, as it may leave your face greasy if applied in excess.

All-Natural Gentle Soap

Two olive oil soap bars on wood, stones, and surrounded by leaves

Do you have sensitive skin? This unscented soap is made of 100% olive oil and nothing else. It is very gentle on the skin while still leaving you squeaky clean. It may sound bland and unexciting, but it is a great soap that makes a nice lather. I started using it as my daily face wash and have noticed that my face stays much more moisturized, no more flaky skin, and breakouts have decreased significantly. I also grate this soap into flakes for use in my homemade laundry detergent. A perfect baby soap too!

Ingredients: olive oil

 

 

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap

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One of my favorite soaps. It has a nice lather and a very natural, subtle scent of oats and honey. Bits of oatmeal are dispersed throughout the soap for gentle exfoliation. Jojoba oil, beeswax, and honey all help with extra moisturizing.

Ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, jojoba oil, buttermilk, beeswax, honey, ground oatmeal.

Skin Soother Soap

home-made all natural Skin soother soapA delightful bar of soap, made with ylang ylang and ground nettle leaf. Ironically enough, as itchy as it sounds, ground nettle leaf makes for a deliciously soothing soap.

Ingredients: olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, ground nettle leaf, ylang ylang essential oil.

Lavender Flower Soap

Lavender soap, bars and a ball

This was my very first batch of soap and features one of my favorite flowers and scents, Lavender. The flower buds dispersed throughout serve as a lovely and calming exfoliant. My whole bedroom smelled like Lavender as these bars sat out curing. It was wonderful!

Ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, lavender flower buds, lavender essential oil.

 

Lavender Lip Balm

Lavender Lip Balm

I just ran out of my last stick of Chapstick, so it was time to make a replacement. Fortunately I already had all of the ingredients at hand so I was ready to go without any shopping and it was incredibly easy to make. Once again I make use of my favorite essential oil. Every time I apply some lip balm I smell the calming scent of lavender and a wave of relaxation washes over me.

Ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax, lavender essential oil.

Lime Sugar Body Scrub

Collection of soap, chapstick, and body scrub made by Bubbles

I made my first body scrub recently as a Christmas gift. The scent is very refreshing and your skin feels super smooth after just one use. Use it on your hands, feet, face, or take it in the shower with you and exfoliate the rest of your skin. There is soap in the mixture, so no need to wash afterwards. Just apply, scrub, rinse, and feel squeaky clean! A decadent way to wash your body and exfoliate your skin.

Ingredients: sugar, lime juice, lemon zest, Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap.