Beauty

April 6, 2018 - Easy Homemade Lotion Recipe

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this lotion lately, so I decided to just post the recipe! For years, I’ve taught this recipe in all-day soapmaking classes (not that it’s a soap–it was a beauty add-on product we’d do at the end of the day) and I’ve also sold it, both in the...
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August 10, 2016 - Easy Homemade Liquid Soap Shampoo

Whenever I dig in to a major endeavor learning something new, it usually goes like this. First, it’s exciting and intimidating. I study and research whatever it is, then try it out, repeatedly, generally with mixed results. Then I get frustrated and impatient with the learning curve, and try again in fits and spurts. Then...
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August 29, 2012 - Sugar Scrub Cubes, Three Ways

I love sugar scrubs, and I’ve been interested in experimenting with sugar scrub cubes for awhile. I have my favorite sugar scrub in a jar recipe here. The only downside to sugar scrub in a jar is that it’s in a jar and has to be glopped out with a spoon. It separates over time...
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September 3, 2011 - Virtual Retreat: Homemade Beauty Products

This post is part of the Virtual Retreat series. If you can’t be there, you can be here! Making homemade beauty products is often a side addiction to the soap addiction (see how I warn you?). I’m still a relative novice at homemade beauty products, but I’ve been diving in lately and already have a...
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February 7, 2011 - Things to Do with Beeswax

Beeswax is produced by honeybee “worker” bees. They secrete it from glands on the underside of their abdomens then chew it up and mold it into the cells of the combs. That’s why they call them worker bees. It’s a big job for the beekeepers, too, who collect it from the hives and melt it...
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December 16, 2010 - Homemade Body Spray Recipe

Homemade body sprays are easy to make–keep the supplies on hand and you can make them any time you want, for yourself and for gifts! The best part is that you can make them however you like them, choosing your own favorite scent or combinations of scents. I’ve made homemade body sprays as simple as...
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November 5, 2010 - Chocolate Spa Soap

Chocolate is good for your skin in all kinds of ways. It’s full of antioxidants. It’s moisturizing, and the caffeine in chocolate stimulates your skin and gives it a healthy glow. (See my homemade Chocolate Cream Facial Mask.) For my latest in soap experimentation, I decided to swirl some chocolate right into bars of soap....
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May 12, 2010 - Chocolate Cream Facial Mask

Chocolate facial mask! What more could you want? Besides a brownie? The driving idea behind this facial mask is that cocoa contains antioxidants which can prevent or repair damage to the skin (and other parts of the body). Whether the antioxidants can truly be absorbed through the skin or not is up to debate. But...
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February 19, 2010 - Homemade Vanilla-Scented Body Mist

Snowed in for two weeks, I ran out of the one thing I didn’t think about when I was stocking up. My favorite vanilla-scented body mist spray. It’s one thing to be a farmer. It’s another thing to be a farmer who doesn’t smell good. I like to smell like cookies. I love my vanilla-scented...
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February 9, 2010 - Make Your Own Brown Sugar Scrub

Try a natural facial scrub! You’ll never want to go back to that stuff from the store. And when you make it yourself, you won’t just be saving money, you’ll be taking better care of your skin. Organic plant-based ingredients nourish and protect your skin naturally and give you the added benefit of knowing exactly...
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