Natural Bath & Beauty

Conventional beauty products contain harmful chemicals and additives that are toxic to the body.  These natural beauty recipes are alternatives to popular products and contain beneficial ingredients for your skin.


I’m sure the winters here in North Carolina aren’t as brutal as say – Canada or Wisconsin (my home state!), but still the colder months have turned my skin into sandpaper!! This peppermint body butte recipe is heavenly and does wonders for my skin in these dry months.

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Peppermint Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa butter 
1/2 cup shea butter 
1/2 cup sweet almond oil 
1 tsp vitamin E oil
3 – 5 drops peppermint essential oils

Directions:

1. Place coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter in a medium sized pot over low heat. Stir to combine until it melts completely. Remove from heat.

2. Thoroughly mix in the sweet almond, vitamin E,  and peppermint oils.

3. Chill in your refrigerator for an hour or two. You want the mixture to firm up without getting too hard.

4. Once chilled, use a stand mixer (I love my kitchen aid with whip attachment) or hand mixer to mix until you get a decadent whipped consistency. Scoop into a jar or container. As long as you are using quality oils this homemade lotion should last for 6 – 12 months at room temperature. If your home is extra toasty it may melt but you can re-chill and whip it up again with no problem.

*NOTE: If you are making this whipped body butter for little bodies you may want to choose a different oil like lavender which is more highly recommended for small children.

As with all homemade beauty products, make sure you follow these simple safety guidelines.


These homemade heel balm sticks are great for dry and cracked heels during the winter – actually anytime. cracked-heel-balm

These “heel sticks” are lotion bars made in a deodorant tube which makes them perfect for rubbing on dry, cracked winter feet. My feet are loving them and have been softer than ever since I started making these! And the recipe is easy!

Here’s what you need:

◾1/3 heaping cup Beeswax Pellets

◾1/3 heaping cup Coconut Oil

◾1/3 heaping cup Shea Butter

◾15 drops each of Lavender and Peppermint essential oil

◾5 drops each of Wintergreen, Helichrysum and Clove essential oil

◾4 empty Deodorant Tubes

◾Honey is optional

Here’s how you make them:

Heat the Beeswax, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter in a double boiler. Or…if you don’t have a double boiler you can add the ingredients to a glass measuring cup and place the measuring cup in pot of boiling water.*Optional: You can add some honey to the recipe if you like. Caution, you have to be VERY CAREFUL that it gets thoroughly mixed with the other ingredients. Otherwise, you will end up with a sticky pocket of honey that doesn’t solidify in your lotion bars. I decided it was easier without, so now I mostly make them without honey to avoid the hassle. But it does add a bit of decadence to the recipe!

Once they are melted and mixed together, remove from heat and add your essential oils. Then pour the mixture in to empty deodorant tubes. It will fill about 4 tubes. Let them sit until the lotion has cooled and hardened. Then you are ready to enjoy!

These make great gifts also!  Just stick on a cute label and pair them with some bath salts and instant awesome gift.

Remember – These don’t have to be just for feet! Try adding any oils you love to make your own fabulous lotion bars. Some oils I love for amazing skin care are lavender , geranium and frankincense.

I love the deodorant tubes because it makes application easy and there’s no mess. But you can make them in anything you like…little jars or soap molds will work great too.


In keeping with the foot theme, here is a bath foot detox soak. Soak your feet at least once a week for optimal health benefits. treat-those-feet

BASIC FOOT DETOX: Big 1/2 gallon Mason jar , 1 cup of Epsom Salt, 1 cup of Sea Salt, 2 cups of Baking Soda, and several drops of Lavender essential oil….

Put the top on and shake!  Take 1/4 cup of the mixture….add it to a plastic dish pan filled with the hot/very warm water and soak  tired, aching feet!


Simple Salt Scrub big-salt-scrub

This is a very simple recipe, but gives fantastic results. It leaves the skin soft, refreshed and renewed. Use sea salt that doesn’t have rough, sharp edges. The texture of the sea salt should be fine and gentle to the touch, as you don’t want it to scratch your skin but gently exfoliating the dead skin cells.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup carrier oil such as apricot kernel, almond oil or grapeseed oil
  • Place the sea salt in a jar, add the oil and then add the essential oil. Stir all ingredients until well combined.
  • Store in a cool area.
  • To use, dampen your body and use your hands to massage the mixture into your skin. Avoid any wounded or scratched areas.
  • After massaging rinse with warm water. drops of essential oil of your choice

Plan on using 2 parts salt to 1 part oil. For example, you could make a salt scrub using 1 cup of salt, and 1/2 cup of oil. After that, you can add more salt if it is too wet, or more oil if it is too dry.


homemade-whipped-bodyWhipped Body Butter Base Recipe 

Making homemade body butter is really very easy and this wonderfully rich and soothing coconut oil based body butter. It is such a soothing and healing lotion.

Here is what you need:

You can also add essential oils if you would like. Just add 10-20 drops of your preferred oil (peppermint, lavender, etc…). 

Here is what you do:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar except the essential oils.
  • Place the mason jar in a medium-sized pot filled with water over medium high heat.
  •  Occasionally remove your jar and swoosh or swirl the mixture until all of the ingredients are melted together.
  • Once combined remove the mason jar and carefully pour the mixture into a bowl (add essential oils now).
  • This is where my super secret top-secret tip comes in. You can set the bowl aside and let it cool or you can stick the bowl in the freezer or outside if it’s really cold for about 10 -15 minutes, doing this not only lessons your cool time but it drastically reduces the time in which you will need to whip the mixture in order to create the butter consistency. I leave it in the freezer until it looks like it has a semi-solid film on the top.
  • Use a mixer (I use a handheld mixer with the whisk attachment) to whip for about 5-10 minutes until it is fluffy and at your desired consistency.

Place your body butter in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set then place it into storage containers of your choosing. I store my body butter on the other side of the bathroom as the shower because it begins to soften at about 78 degrees. I hope that you and anyone that you gift this soothing body butter enjoy it as much as I do!