Essential Oils

“How many people had to die before we realized that smoking actually causes cancer?” Anyone who has ever glanced at a lotion or shampoo bottle has probably noticed a mystifying array of multi-syllabic chemicals. We assume they’re safe enough to put on our bodies – but how much do we really know about the products we slather on each day? Consumer health advocates and some researchers have for years warned that at least some of those are unsafe. And they are trying to connect the dots between these intimately used products and some worrying and unexplained disease trends – particularly in women.

“Cancer, infertility, allergies, ADHD, autism, thyroid issues are on the rise, and people can’t figure out why,” Known or suspected carcinogens like formaldehyde – found in some keratin hair treatments, body soap and nail polish – and coal tar – found in some hair dyes and shampoo – are of top concern in beauty products. So are heavy metals, like lead found in lipsticks and clay-based products, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals like parabens and phthalates, among others. Women use an average of 12 products a day – nearly 200 chemicals – according to a 2004 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit environment and health advocacy group. Data on real-world chemical exposure is limited, and most safety assessments look at one chemical and one source at a time. But we are not using just one product.

Our daily exposure can greatly outweigh what one company claim is a low dose in their product, which is why we should be concerned. So here are some natural haircare products for you to try at home so you have one less thing to worry about every day for you and your family.

Hair Care

Shampoo

Baking Soda Cleanse & Rinse (clean off chemical residues from other products)

Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 3 cups water (this will make enough for several washings). Store in a plastic or glass container. Use to wash out old products

After this rinse with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (or regular white vinegar for a lighter smell).

Shake and apply to your scalp, scrubbing it in. After you’ve scrubbed your scalp with the baking soda, use 1 Tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water for a lighter mixture.

Tip: It might take two weeks or more for your hair to “settle in” to being washed with baking soda and vinegar. The reason is because right now, your commercial shampoo (and daily washing) strips your scalp of natural oils. When you go natural, your hair might feel greasy or thick as your body adjusts. Stick it out! It’s also best not to wash your hair every day, whether you’re using natural shampoo or not. Washing every other day will help keep your hair and scalp healthy.

Shampoo Recipes with castile soap

Shampoo with castile soap

  • 1/4 cup water (can substitute the water for coconut milk).
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil (for dry hair, OPTIONAL).
  • 10-15 drops of essential oils

1. Mix together all the ingredients in a storage container. You can use an old shampoo bottle, foaming soap dispenser, or a mason jar.

2. After getting hair wet, apply a quarter-size amount to the hair and lather in. This shampoo is thinner than the typical shampoo, but it does lather up a ton! After shampooing follow with all-natural conditioner.

3. This shampoo will last for a month when stored in an airtight container.

Basic Shampoo Recipe

  • 7 tbsps castile liquid soap
  • 6 teaspoons coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil

1. Mix together all the ingredients in a storage container. You can use an old shampoo bottle, foaming soap dispenser, or a mason jar.
2. After getting hair wet, apply a quarter-size amount to the hair and lather in.
3. This shampoo will last for a month when stored in an airtight container.

Use apple cider vinegar diluted for after rinse if hair is greasy. Add fenugreek powder for detangling

Honey Shampoo

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 10 drops vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops essential oil (lavender, rosemary or geranium)

1. Mix the coconut milk and castile soap together in a small bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, stir together the olive oil and honey. Make sure it is well combined.
3. Add the oil and honey to the coconut milk and castile soap. Stir well.
4. Drop-in vitamin E oil and essential oils. Stir well.
5. This shampoo will last for a month when stored in an airtight container.

Use apple cider vinegar diluted for after rinse if hair is greasy

Conditioners

Essential oil conditioner

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera
  • 15-20 drops essential oil of choice

1. In a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil together. You can make your own double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water.
2. After the cocoa butter and coconut oil are melted together, remove from the heat. Let cool for 5 minutes and then add in the jojoba oil, aloe vera, and essential oils.
3. Stir well and pour into a storage container.
4. After washing hair with shampoo, add about a teaspoon of the conditioner to the scalp and massage in. Allow the mixture to sit on the hair for 2-3 minutes and then rinse out.

Coconut Milk Conditioner

Coconut milk is great for both your hair and skin. This conditioner recipe uses a combination of coconut oil and coconut milk, along with lavender essential oil. The coconut oil helps cleanse the hair follicles, and its fatty acids restore lost moisture to your hair. The lavender essential oil boosts hair growth and adds an antibacterial layer on the scalp. This conditioner also takes care of dandruff and other scalp infections.

  • Coconut milk (rich in essential vitamins) – 3 tablespoons
  • Extra-virgin coconut oil (moisturizes hair) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lavender essential oil (antibacterial, boosts hair growth) – 15 drops
  • Distilled water – 3 tablespoons

Use blender to combine. Lasts 3 weeks.

Essential Oil Nourishing Conditioner

Not only do they smell great, but essential oils can also deal with most hair troubles, without leaving any product build up on your scalp. This conditioner uses the best of the best essential oils to make your hair healthier, give it a nice sheen and boost your hair growth. It also has apple cider vinegar that helps normalize your scalp’s pH and nourish your hair with essential nutrients. The glycerin in the conditioner works as a humectant to absorb moisture from the air and lock it into your hair.

  • Lemon essential oil (antibacterial) – 2 drops
  • Lavender essential oil (boosts hair growth) – 2 drops
  • Carrot seed essential oil (softens hair) – 2 drops
  • Tea tree essential oil (antifungal) – 1 drop
  • Rosemary essential oil (prevents hair loss) – 3 drops
  • Vegetable glycerin (humectant) – ½ teaspoon
  • Distilled water – 4 tablespoons
  • Raw apple cider vinegar (normalizes pH of the scalp) – 4 tablespoons

Whisk it up and spray this mixture onto your hair when damp. Leave it in or rinse it out. Lasts 3-4 months

Gelatin Conditioner for limp damaged hair

Just like eggs, gelatin helps fill the keratin gaps in your hair shafts and makes it stronger. However, gelatin has an advantage over eggs, as its proteins are small enough to bind with the hair easily.
This hair conditioner also has coconut oil that moisturizes your hair and also forms an antibacterial layer over it. The tea tree and rosemary essential oils used have anti-microbial and anti-hair fall properties respectively.

  • 1 tbsp Gelatin crystals (gives a protein boost)
  • 2 tsp Coconut oil (moisturizes hair)
  • 10 drops Tea tree essential oil (antimicrobial)
  • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil (prevents hair loss)
  • 1 cup Distilled water
  • Pump bottle

1. Set a bowl inside a pot of hot water on medium heat.
2. Pour ½ cup of distilled water into the glass bowl.
3. Dissolve the gelatin crystals in the warm water by stirring as it heats up
4. Add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and use a blender to mix it well. Let the blend cool down a bit.
5. Add 10 drops each of tea tree and rosemary essential oils.
6. Add ½ cup of distilled water to dilute and blend again using a motorized blender.
7. Pour the blend into a pump bottle to store using funnel if required.
8. Use it once or twice every week to strengthen your hair and give it a healthy shine. The shelf life is 3 to 4 months when stored in a dry and cool place.

Conditioner for dry/damaged hair (themiracleofessentialoils.com)

  • ¼ cup of aloe vera gel
  • 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp of coconut oil
  • ¼ cup of distilled water or rose hydrosol
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus
  • 5 drops of geranium

1. In a glass bowl, combine only the aloe vera gel and essential oils. Mix for about 5 minutes to create an emulsion.
2. Now add in the coconut oil and mix again.
3. Next add the apple cider vinegar and distilled water and stir to create a smooth mixture.
4. Using your funnel, pour your now-ready conditioner into a dispensing bottle for easy application.

HOW TO USE

  • After washing your hair with a gentle sulfate-free shampoo (or your own DIY shampoo), proceed to apply your essential oil conditioner all over your hair.
  • Allow the essential oil conditioner to work its magic for at least 5 minutes.
  • Now rinse off the conditioner and repeat one more time if needed.

Aloe Vera Leave-in Conditioner (single serving)

  • 2 tbsps Aloe vera gel (nourishes hair)
  • ½ tbsp Vegetable glycerin (humectant)
  • 2 tbsps Distilled water
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil (boosts hair growth)
  • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil (prevents hair fall)

Store in dark glass bottle. Use as a leave in conditioner also afterwards for frizzy hair. Lasts 2 wks in fridge
Aloe vera is another natural conditioner that can give you thick and lustrous hair. Rich in essential minerals and nutrients, it replenishes your hair and restores its natural sheen. Aloe vera also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which help clear up any yeast infection on the scalp. This recipe also uses glycerin that works as a humectant to seal moisture into your hair. We also added rosemary and lavender essential oils, which not only prevent hair loss and boost hair growth but also give the conditioner a refreshing fragrance.

Leave-in Conditioner for dry hair

  • 1/4 cup coconut water or filtered water
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera or coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp vegetable glycerin or jojoba oil
  • 10 drops essential oil
  • 4-ounce glass spray bottle

1. Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
2. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.
3. Using a funnel, transfer the liquid to a spray bottle.
4. Shake well before each use.
5. Spray conditioner generously over the hair and then style like normal. Avoid roots if you are prone to greasy or oily hair.

Leave-in Conditioner for Oily scalp

  • 1 tbsp Raw apple cider vinegar (restores scalp pH, make hair soft & cleanses)
  • ½ cup Distilled water
  • 7 drops Lemon essential oil (antibacterial & controls oil excretion)
  • Spray bottle

1. Whisk it up and spray this mixture onto your hair when damp
2. Spray conditioner generously over the hair and then style like normal. Avoid roots if you are prone to greasy or oily hair.
NB: The strong vinegar smell will dissipate as your hair dries.

Leave-in Conditioner for Hair growth

  • 1/8 cup coconut milk
  • 1/8 cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp melted shea butter
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4-ounce glass spray bottle

1. Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
2. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.
3. Using a funnel, transfer the liquid to a spray bottle.
4. Shake well before each use.
5. Spray conditioner generously over the hair and then style like normal. Avoid roots if you are prone to greasy or oily hair.
NB: If shea butter rehardens, you may need to warm before spraying.

DIY Hair Masks

COCONUT HAIR MASK (DRY HAIR)

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • Add all of your ingredients to a small bowl.
  • Whisk together until everything is well combined.

HONEY HAIR MASK (DAMAGED HAIR)

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • Add all of your ingredients to a small bowl.
  • Smash and stir with a fork until well combined.

AVOCADO HAIR MASK (OILY HAIR)

  • 1 egg (white only)
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • Separate the whites from the yolk and add the white into a blender.
  • Cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop the green fruit into the blender.
  • Add mayonnaise and lemon essential oil to the blend. Blend on high until smooth. Add a little water if needed to make smooth.

DEEP CONDITIONING COCONUT OIL HAIR MASK

These amounts can vary depending how long or thick your hair is.

  • Melt the coconut oil until liquid. Add the honey to the melting coconut oil. If it’s cool in your home, you might try popping the honey in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up. Next add the apple cider vinegar.
  • Mix the ingredients well. If it separates a little bit, that’s perfectly fine. Just give it a swirl or two as you apply it to make sure you are getting an even amount of each ingredient.
  • The best way to apply the mask it use a hair colouring brush or a natural pastry brush. Section your hair into four equal parts, then part your hair in half inch sections. Apply the coconut oil hair mask starting at the roots and move up to the tips of your hair. Once you get a section done, massage your hair with your finger tips to really get it in. Pile your hair into a bun and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then wash with a mild and natural shampoo.
  • If your hair is very dry, leave the mask on longer. Better yet, wrap your hair in a towel or use a shower cap and leave the mask on for an hour or more, then rinse. Style as usual.

DIY HAIR DETANGLER SPRAY

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 2 teaspoon jojoba or fractionated coconut oil
  • 15- 30 drops essential oilof choice
  • Add all the ingredients together in a glass spray bottle.
  • Shake until all ingredients are well combined and mixed.
  • Spray liberally into wet or dry hair before brushing.

HEAT PROTECTANT SPRAY FOR DRY HAIR

  • 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  • 2 teaspoons conditioner of choice
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 10 drops essential oils
  • Add all ingredients to a spray bottle.
  • Secure spray nozzle and shake well to combine all ingredients.
  • Spray on damp hair before blow-drying. Mist hair lightly a second time before heat styling.

HEAT PROTECTANT SPRAY FOR OILY HAIR

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
  • 1 teaspoon conditioner
  • 5 drops essential oil
  • Add all the ingredients to a spray bottle.
  • Secure the spray nozzle and shake well to combine all ingredients.
  • Shake before each use.
  • Spray on damp hair before blow-drying. Mist hair lightly a second time before heat styling.

HAIR SPRAY

  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons white sugar (adjust if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon 80 proof alcohol
  • 10 drops essential oil
  • Bring the water to a boil over high heat and then add in the sugar.
  • Stir the sugar water until all the sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool.
  • Once cooled, add in the alcohol and essential oils.
  • Transfer to a glass spray bottle for storage.

Oil blends for hair spray

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 4 drops wild orange
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 4 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops cedarwood

How to choose the best essential oils for your type of hair?

  • Oily hair: Bergamot, Lemon, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Bay Leaf (Laurel)
  • Hair loss: Cedarwood, Lemon, Bay St Thomas, Spikenard, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Rosemary Cineole
  • Dandruff and itchy scalp: Geranium, Bay Leaf (Laurel), Palmarosa, Tea Tree, Cade, Bay St Thomas, Patchouli
  • Dull hair: Ylang-Ylang and Geranium
  • Thin hair or hair lacking volume: Rosewood and Lemongrass
  • Frizzy hair: Ylang-Ylang
  • Natural or Coloured Blonde hair: Chamomile

HAIR SERUM

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon dried nettle
  • 2 tablespoon aloe vera
  • 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil 
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil 
  • 3 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • Glassor stainless steel spray bottle
  • Bring the water to a boil, add nettle, and remove from the heat.
  • Steep for 5-10 minutes and then strain the water. Discard the nettle.
  • Pour the nettle water into the spray bottle using a funnel.
  • Allow to cool and then add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months.

You can apply the serum to wet or dry hair.  Apply as often as needed.  Spray the serum all over the hair, starting with the roots and working your way down to the ends. Allow the serum to soak into the hair and then style hair like normal, no need to rinse out. You can also use the serum at night time before going to bed.

DRY SHAMPOO POWDER FOR DARK HAIR

  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 5 drops of essential oil (lavender to thicken, rosemary for oily, melaleuca for itchy scalp, cedarwood masculine scent or peppermint for refreshing)

DRY SHAMPOO POWDER FOR LIGHT HAIR

  • 1/4 cup (60g) arrowroot powder
  • 1-2 (5-10g) teaspoon cocoa powder(you can omit this if you have very light or white hair)
  • 5 drops of essential oil of choice
  • Add arrowroot powder, cocoa powder, and essential oils to a bowl and mix well.
  • Depending on the colour of your hair will determine how much cocoa powder you will need.
  • Start with less and add more until you reach the desired colour.
  • Transfer to an airtight container for storage.

Application – a little goes a long way. Best applied using a make up brush and applied to hair sections starting at the roots. Let sit for 3 mins before brushing. Style as normal.

SHAMPOO SPRAY

SOAP MAKING TIPS

Melt and pour soap

Melt and pour soap is the easiest method of making homemade soap. Because the soap base has already been made and prepared for you, you do not have to worry about working with lye, like you would with cold or hot process soap. It is fast and easy to prepare for both children and adults alike. All you have to do is melt the premade base, customize it with your favourite colours, herbs, seeds, honey, rind or essential oils and pour into a mould. Once you get the hang of the process, you can experiment with advanced techniques like layers and swirls. Melt and pour bases can be used for body soap and shampoo but they are not recommended for conditioner bars. I have provided wonderful alternative recipes that do not use melt and pour.

Cold process soap is made by combining oils and sodium hydroxide lye. That causes a chemical reaction called saponification. Melt and pour soap has already gone through that process. That means you don’t have to handle lye, you can focus on the design, and you don’t have to cure the soap – it’s ready to use as soon as it’s cool and hard.

A double boiler

There is no need to go out and buy a double boiler. A double boiler is nothing more than a glass bowl inside a pot of boiling water. Ensure the water does not get into the bowl at any time. A glass bowl or jug in a microwave can be used in 30 second stints as an alternative once you get used to working with soap as long as you do not boil the soap/butters. It must be dissolved slowly.

Soap moulds

You need to use a mould that can withstand higher temperatures, so it doesn’t melt when you pour in hot soap. You also want it to be flexible so it’s easy to unmould the bars. Silicone and plastic moulds are best for melt and pour. Silicon moulds are the easiest to work with when making soap. An important tip is to spray the moulds with rubbing alcohol to prevent air bubbles before and sometimes on top of the soap after if bubbles appear on the top. Try not to move the moulds for at least 2 hrs when poured and if you are in a rush, place the soup into the fridge or freezer to harden quicker. They will sweat a little when they are taken out again so make sure to let them ‘breathe’ for an hour or so before storing them in an airtight container.

Colourants

There are plenty of options for colouring melt and pour soap. Micas and colour blocks are easy to use and they look great in the finished bars. Natural colourants such as turmeric or saffron can also be used. It is not recommended to use options like food colouring or crayons because they haven’t been tested or approved for use in soap. They tend to morph, fade, or bleed.

Melt and Pour Shampoo Bar

  • 1 lbs Melt & Pour Soap Base of choice (goats milk, glycerine, castile, hemp, sulphate free)
  • 1-2 tbsps Butter of choice (mango, cocoa, shea butter)
  • 2 tsp Humectant Oil of choice (olive oil, castor oil or 1 tsp of each)
  • 2 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 25 – 30 drops of essential oil of choice (e.g. any combination of Ylang-Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Frankincense, Wild orange, Lemongrass or Tea tree)
  • Small Spray Bottle with Rubbing Alcohol
  • A microwave or double boiler (glass bowl inside a pot of hot water)
    Soap Mould

1. Cut your Melt & Pour Soap Base and let it melt gently using a double boiler or in 30-second bursts in a microwave until almost melted, not boiling.
2. Remove from heat and add butter, oil, and your essential oils blend.
3. When melted fully, pour the mixture into a soap mould. Pro Tip: Spray with rubbing alcohol to prevent air bubbles.
4. Let cool for several hours, then gently remove your shampoo bars from the mould.

Conditioning Bar for very dry hair, skin or beard bar

  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup mango butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 teaspoons carrier oil (castor, jojoba, panthenol, hemp)
  • 10 drops vitamin E oil
  • 20 drops essential oils, optional
  • A microwave or double boiler (glass bowl inside a pot of hot water)
    Soap mould

1. Melt shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, coconut oil, and beeswax using a double boiler or in 30 second bursts in a microwave until almost melted, not boiling.
2. Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
3. Add in a carrier oil, vitamin E oil, and essential oils.
4. Pour mixture into silicone moulds.
5. Allow the moulds to harden completely and then pop the conditioner bars out.
6. Store in a glass container with an airtight lid.

Conditioner Soap Bar (4-6 bars)

  • 7.2 oz Behentrimonium and cetearyl alcohol – BTMS
  • 4 oz Butter of choice
  • 3.2 oz Oil of choice
  • 0.3 oz Beeswax
  • 0.3 oz Panthenol
  • 40 drops essential oil of choice
  • Digital kitchen scales
  • A microwave or double boiler (glass bowl inside a pot of hot water)

1. Measure out all ingredients on a kitchen scale and add into a double broiler, except for the essential oils and panthenol.
2. Alternatively melt ingredients in a glass bowl in 30 second bursts in a microwave until almost melted, not boiling.
3. When melted remove from heat and add essential oils and panthenol, then pour into moulds.
4. Let cool then pop out and cut in half- depending on what mould you are using.
5. This recipe is a total of 15 oz and makes each bar almost 2 oz each.

Lemon cedarwood beard oil

  • 2 parts Fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 part Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 part Jojoba Oil
  • 5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 5 drops Lemongrass essential oil

1. Mix 2 parts fractioned coconut oil, 1part sweet almond oil, 1part jojoba oil, 5 drops cedarwood, and 5 drops lemongrass to a glass dropper bottle.
2. Shake well, and it is ready for use.
3. Massage a few drops into the beard to soften it.

Skin Care

Every day, the average woman applies 515 synthetic chemicals to her body. Products like shampoos, hairsprays, body lotions, deodorants, makeup, and even perfumes contain these harmful chemicals. Linked to a large number of health problems, they cause everything from skin irritation and allergic reactions to cancer and issues having children. There is a lot of concerning research regarding these chemicals, but companies continue to use these dangerous toxins because they are cheap and there are often no laws restricting them (yet).

The best way to protect yourself is to become informed and DIY your own products where possible using natural ingredients. Here are seven dangerous chemicals that are hidden in popular skincare products and how you can identify safer alternatives.

1. Parabens

Parabens are cheap preservatives used in a wide range of cosmetic products. They prevent bacteria, mould, fungus, and even parasites from growing. Almost 60% of all cosmetic products contain parabens.

Best Alternatives: Vitamin E, rosemary extract, fermented radish root, grapefruit seed extract, sodium benzoate, and antioxidant oils such as almond, avocado, and hemp seed oil.

2. Fragrance

Fragrances (or perfume) are in nearly 50% of all cosmetic products. These blends of aromatics, which give beauty products their trademark scents, are often chemical cocktails.

 Best Alternatives: fragrance-free or unscented products and high-quality essential oils

3. Phthalates

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make products more liquid and less dry. You can find these in products like nail polish, detergents, toys, shampoos, creams, and moisturizers. 

Best Alternatives: Avoid products with fragrance, use products in glass containers.

4. Triclosan

Triclosan (also known as Microban) is another chemical commonly used as a preservative in skincare products. Any skincare product that claims to have anti-bacterial properties likely includes triclosan.

 Best Alternatives: Essential oils such as thyme, rosemary, lavender, and citrus.

5. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

SLS is one of the most common ingredients used in shampoos, soaps, body washes, and just about anything that creates a thick foam. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is in up to 90% of skincare products.

 Best Alternatives: SLS-free formulations, foam-free natural products, coco-glucoside, decyl glucoside, saponified carrier oils or castile soaps (such as coconut, olive oil, and sunflower oils).

6. Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol (also known as PG) is an ingredient in a variety of liquid skincare products, as well as in antifreeze, brake fluid, and paints. PG may allow harmful chemicals to seep further into your skin and bloodstream than they could otherwise do on their own.

Best Alternatives: Vegetable glycerin.

7. Petroleum & Mineral Oils (Petrochemicals)

Used in skincare products for a variety of reasons, petrochemicals have been linked to major health concerns.

 Best Alternatives: Natural moisturizers such as vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, raw honey, and shea butter.

Body Butter

  • Place the butters in a double boiler to soften (not melt) or microwave for 1-2 mins
  • Turn your mixer on medium and begin breaking up the butter. Continue to mix until it softens.
  • Add the oils to the mixing bowl and use a spatula to mix in the coconut oil slightly.
  • Turn the mixer on low and mix in the coconut oil. Gradually begin to increase the speed and mix for about 1 minute until the butter and coconut oil are combined.
  • Use a spoon to transfer the butter into jars. To use, place a small amount of butter on dry skin and rub in to absorb. Store this butter in a cool, dry place. If you live in a very hot climate, you may want to store the butter in the fridge to prevent melting. Enjoy!

Turmeric Body Butter

Serves: 20 oz. butter

  • Three 8 oz. Jars
  • 16 oz. Shea Butter
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • 3 oz. Coconut Oil
  • 3 mL Ginger Essential Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Arrowroot Powder
  •  Place shea butter in a double boiler to soften (not melt) or microwave for 1-2 mins
  •  Turn your mixer on medium and begin breaking up the butter. Continue to mix until it softens.
  •  Add 3 ounces of melted coconut oil to the mixing bowl and 1 tsp of turmeric powder. Use a spatula to mix in the coconut oil slightly.
  •  Turn the mixer on low and mix in the coconut oil. Gradually begin to increase the speed and mix for about 1 minute until the butter and coconut oil are combined.
  •  Add 3 mL of ginger essential oil and 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder. Use a spatula to gently fold in the powder. Then, use the mixer to whip the butter for about another minute to fully incorporate all the ingredients.
  •  Use a spoon to transfer the butter into jars. To use, place a small amount of butter on dry skin and rub in to absorb. Store this butter in a cool, dry place. If you live in a very hot climate, you may want to store the butter in the fridge to prevent melting. Enjoy!

Other oils combinations you could try for this recipe are as follows:

  • Magnesium Body Butter – Get the benefits of magnesium with this therapeutic version
  • Vanilla Mint Chocolate Massage Butter – Add vanilla & mint oils to keep romance alive
  • Lavender Mint Herbal Body Butter – Add Marshmallow root and calendula flowers to make an extra nourishing skin butter
  • Orange Blossom Body Butter – Add some citrus and woody oils to wake up your senses
  • Christmas Body Butter – Add to the base recipe 10 drops each of frankincense and myrrh essential oils plus 1 teaspoon gold mica powder

Skin moisturising massage bars

  • Pink Rose Petals
  • 6.4 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 4.8 oz. White Beeswax
  • 4.8 oz. Cocoa Butter Wafers
  • 4 mL Vanilla Select Fragrance Oil
  • Digital kitchen scales

1. In a heat-safe container, add 4.8 ounces of white beeswax and 6.4 ounces of sweet almond oil. Melt in the microwave using 60 second bursts.
2. Add 4.8 ounces of cocoa butter wafers to the hot wax and oil mixture. Stir until the cocoa butter melts. If there are small pieces that won’t melt, place the container back in the microwave and heat using 10 second bursts.
3. Add 4 mL of Vanilla Select Fragrance Oil and stir in thoroughly.
4. Place a small pinch of rose petals into each mould cavity. Use a spoon to cover the petals with a bit of the oil mixture (this helps the petals stay in place). Allow to cool and harden for about 1 minute.
5. Carefully pour the remaining oil mixture into each cavity. Place the mould in the freezer so it cools quickly. That helps prevent crystallization.
6. Remove from the freezer after 30-60 minutes and enjoy!

Anti-Aging Face Cream

  • ¼ cup almond oil.
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil.
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax.
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil.
  • ½ cup melted shea butter.
  • Essential oils of choice (optional).

1. Place shea butter, wax and almond/coconut oils in a glass bowl.
2. Set the glass bowl over a pot of boiling water to create a double boiler. Melt all ingredients together.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
4. Add in essential oils and vitamin E oils.
5. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Face moisturising cream

  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops sandalwood oil
  • 5 drops yarrow pom oil

1. Place shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil in a glass bowl.
2. Set the glass bowl over a pot of boiling water to create a double boiler. Melt all ingredients together.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
4. Add in essential oils.
5. Store in an airtight container.

Face cream (Romanian)

  • 1 teaspoon beeswax – melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon mango butter
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil

1. Place wax in a glass bowl.
2. Set the glass bowl over a pot of boiled water to create a double boiler. Melt the wax first, then the coconut, grapeseed and mango butter. Leave it for 10 mins to cool.
3. Mix gel and vitamin oil together separately. Add to the cooled mix.
4. Add in 5 drops of chosen essential oil.
5. Store in a glass airtight container.

Magnesium lotion

  • 1/2 cup magnesium flakes
  • 1/8 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons beeswax
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

1. Place the magnesium flakes in a small bowl and pour boiling water over the top of them. Stir until the flakes are dissolved. Set aside.
2. Melt the coconut oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool slightly.
3. Add the lavender essential oil and magnesium to the melted coconut oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter.
4. Whip the lotion using an immersion blender or a small hand mixer. Store in a glass mason jar with an airtight lid.

NB: a DIY double boiler can be made by placing a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Or to make clean up even easier you can place the ingredients straight into the jar that you are going to store it in and place the jar into a pot of simmering water to melt the ingredients. You can also use a crockpot to melt the ingredients.

Boosts immune system, sleep, digestion, depression, low blood pressure, inflammation, cramps and restless legs syndrome, morning sickness.

Body Lotion

  • 3 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil or any other carrier oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 20 drops essential oils (reduce to 10 for children)
  • Filtered or Distilled or Rose water (if needed)

1. Add shea butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax into a glass bowl.
2. Place the glass bowl over a pot of boiling water to melt all the ingredients.
3. Remove the bowl from the heat and allow it to cool slightly. You don’t want it to cool long, as it will harden.
4. Add the fractionated coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and essential oils to the glass bowl.
5. Mix all the ingredients using an immersion blender. Add water if needed.
6. Pour the lotion into a pumpable container.

Aftersun lotion

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup pure aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Double boiler
  • Hand Mixer

1. Add the coconut oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter to a double boiler. Melt over medium heat.
2. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool. It will harden slightly but shouldn’t be firm. This will take a few hours. You can put the bowl in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
3. Add in the aloe vera gel slowly while mixing with a hand mixer.
4. Add in essential oil and continue to mix until aloe vera gel is completely mixed into the oils and wax.
5. Store in an airtight container.

Anti-aging serums

Face serum for normal skin

  • 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
  • 3-5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 5 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 4 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

Face serum for dry skin

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3-5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 5 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil

Face serum for oil skin

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 3-5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops rose essential oil

Face serum or acne prone skin

  • 2 tablespoons argan oil
  • 3-5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

Face serum for sensitive skin

  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 3-5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 5 drops rose essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil

1. Choose which serum recipe you plan to make.
2. Add all the ingredients to a glass dropper bottle and tighten the lid.
3. Shake well before each use to make sure all ingredients are well combined.

Under eye dark circles serum

  • 4 drops frankincense
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 3 drops roman chamomile
  • 3 drops rose
  • 2 drops cypress
  • 2 drops lemon
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • 10ml roller bottle

1. Add all the essential oils to a 10mL glass roller bottle.
2. Top off with your favorite carrier oil.
3. Shake well before each use.
4. Apply under the eyes twice daily for best results.

Puffy Eye Serum

  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops of lemon oil
  • 1/2-ounce rosehip oil
  • 1/2-ounce pure aloe vera gel
  • 5 ml bottle with rollerball

1. Combine the oils with the aloe vera gel in the bottle.
2. Shake well and apply under the eyes at night before going to bed.
3. Blend in with your finger.

Natural eye cream

  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops essential oils (Best oils for wrinkles, fine lines, and bags under the eyes are frankincense, rose, lavender, cypress, and Roman chamomile.)

1. Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
2. Transfer to an airtight container for storage

Herbal Lip Balm

  • 2 Tbsp beeswax
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa butter
  • 1 Tbsp shea butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp herb infused oil (see instructions below)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil or oil of choice *optional*

1. In a double boiler (or I like to use a large glass measuring cup in a saucepan with water), add beeswax and cocoa butter, stirring until melted.
2. Add shea and coconut oil and stir until melted.
3. Remove from heat and add herb infused oil and essential oil.
4. Add any colouring like beet root powder, alkanet root powder, hibiscus powder if preferred
5. Pour into lip balm tubes and allow to cool – to avoid the hole in your lip balm, try to almost overfill containers.

Directions for making infused oil:

Option 1: cover fresh or dried herbs in oil (olive, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil). Make sure they are covered in the oil, place lid on the jar and let sit in a window for 2-3 weeks. Strain and keep oil in a cool, dark place.
Option 2 (faster): Place oil in a saucepan with herbs (enough to cover). Turn burner on LOW. You do not want to fry your herbs, just to speed the process of the herbs releasing their oils and goodness. When oil is hot, turn off and remove from burner. Let sit for 24 hours, then strain herbs. Keep oil in a cool, dark place.

Herbs to Use: (Information from the Herbal Academy of New England).

Use any combination of the herbs below (or if you only have one, that’s ok too).
1. Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory herb, helping any irritated skin to calm and be soothed.
2. Calendula is highly recommended because it is a powerful wound and tissue healer. This will speed up the healing of any cracks or splits. It also soothes the pain associated with cracked lips.
3. Hyssop is another option. I started growing some in your garden last year. It is beautiful and smells great (it’s in the mint family). It is also an anti-inflammatory and healing herb.
4. Yarrow is a healing herb (making it great to have around the house). It is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and helps dull the pain of sore lips.
5. Lavender is well known for its calming and soothing effects. But it is also anti-bacterial and an antiseptic. So, don’t feel that it’s not enough. Lavender, along with the shea butter is a great combination.

Essential oil precautions

Although essential oils are usually safe for daily use, there are precautions you should adhere to. Test for allergies first, before using any oil. Simply dab a bit on the inside of your wrist and wait for any reaction. Additionally, avoid putting essential oils in your eyes. That means when using essential oils under your eyes, stay away from the lash area. Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oil to the skin. Never use undiluted essential oils on your skin, as they may cause irritation. And of course, if you are pregnant or nursing, avoid using essential oils.

Body Care

Hand wash

½ cup distilled water
½ cup castile soap
1 tbsp sweet almond oil (any oil)
15 drops tea tree
5-10 drops lavender

1. Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container or pump bottle

Foaming hand soap

  • 8-ounce foaming soap dispenser
  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 10-15 drops essential oil (lavender, wild orange, lemon, DoTerra on guard)

Add essential oil and castile soap to a foaming soap dispenser and top off with water. This makes an all-natural, gentle, foaming hand soap.

Body Wash

  • ½ cup rosewater
  • 1/3 cup witch hazel
  • 2tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 1-2 tbsp oil (almond or olive) – optional for moisturizing

1. Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container or pump bottle

Shower gel

This recipe can easily be adjusted for the amount that you want to make. It will last up to six months at room temperature.

  • 1 cup castile soap
  • 1 cup pure aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops vitamin E oil
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  • 15-30 drops essential oils (see oil blends below)

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a medium-size mixing bowl. Stir until well combined; use an immersion blender to make it easier to get the gel to incorporate with the liquid soap.
2. Transfer the mixture to an empty shower gel container or a mason jar.

Baby Wash

  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 1 tbsp glycerin
  • 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 10-ounce foaming soap container

1. Add all the ingredients to the foaming soap container and top off with water.
2. Shake before each use to combine the ingredients.

Face Wash

  • ¼ cup castile soap liquid
  • 2 tbsp distilled water
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil or jojoba oil
  • Pump bottle

1. Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container.

Face Wash for Sensitive skin

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed, not melted) (Find coconut oil here)
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey (We get ours from a local Amish community, but I like this brand too!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
2. Transfer to an airtight container for storage.
3. Massage a dime-size amount of the cleanser into the face and rinse off with warm water.

Face Wash for Oily Skin

  • 1/4 cup castile soap (this is the kind I use)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil (this is the kind I use)
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil

1. Pour the ingredients into a foaming soap container.
2. Shake well before each use.

Face Wash for Dry Skin

  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 drops myrrh essential oil (Get essential oils here.)
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil

1. Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
2. Store in an airtight container.
3. Use a dime-size amount per face washing. Massage into the face and rinse off with warm water.

Face Wash for Acne prone skin

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (find it here)
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap (this is the kind I use)
  • 3 drops melaleuca essential oil (Get essential oils here.)
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drops lavender essential oil

1. Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
2. Transfer to an airtight container for storage.
3. Dab a cotton ball or cotton cloth into the mixture and rub onto the face. Let it sit for 30 seconds and then rinse off.
4. Apple cider vinegar can dry out the skin, so use this one only when having a breakout.

Face Wash for anti aging skin

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed, not melted) (Find coconut oil here)
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil (this is the kind I use)
  • 1/2 teaspoon castile soap (this is the kind I use)
  • 4 drops rose essential oil (Get essential oils here.)
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

1. Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
2. Store in an airtight container.
3. Use a dime-size amount per face washing. Massage into the face and rinse off with warm water.

Bubble Bath

  • 1 cup castile soap
  • 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel, OPTIONAL
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil, OPTIONAL

1. Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container.
2. Pour 1/4 cup into a warm bath under the stream of water.
3. Lasts 2 months

Milk Bath

  • 2 cups powdered whole milk
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 cup Epsom Salt (optional)

1. Add all of the ingredients into a bowl, except the essential oil. Stir to combine.
2. Drop-in essential oils and mix with dry ingredients. (see blends below)
3. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the mixture into a warm bath. Soak and enjoy it!
4. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

OIL BLENDS

RELAX
Lavender + Roman Chamomile
+ Geranium

UPLIFT
Grapefruit + Wild Orange
+ Lemon

SOOTHING
Peppermint + Bergamont
+ Wintergreen

RESPIRATORY
Eucalyptus + Siberian Fir
+ Lime

CITRUS
5 drops lemon
5 drops grapefruit
5 drops lime

FLORAL
5 drops lavender
5 drops patchouli
5 drops chamomile

FRESH
5 drops lemon
5 drops rosemary
5 drops cypress

MINTY
5 drops spearmint (or peppermint)
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops wintergreen

Customizing Melt and Pour Soap

The easiest way to make soap is the melt and pour method. And it’s really a great way for any beginner to start. There are a lot of natural melt and pour soap bases to choose from including glycerin, Castile, goat milk, shea, hemp, sulphate free and more! Of course, we would encourage you to make glycerin soap base yourself.

Essential oils, herbs, and other ingredients can be added to melt and pour soap bases for unique combinations and inspiring aromas. Plus, you can customize your melt and pour soap using silicone moulds to make fun shapes.

Herbal mint hand soap Body Soap Recipe (makes 4 bars)

  • ½ cup dried peppermint or spearmint leaf
  • 1 lb melt and pour soap
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops spearmint essential oil
  • glass Pyrex measuring cup
  • small saucepan or microwave
  • silicone moulds
  • Add soap to a glass Pyrex measuring cup, and place in a small saucepan of water on low heat or place in the microwave for one minute at a time until melted but not boiling. Try to avoid stirring too much as it can cause bubbles.
  • Once the soap is melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for a minute or two.
  • Crush dried mint and add to soap, stirring gently.
  • Add in essential oils and stir to combine.
  • Pour into a soap mould.
  • Allow it to completely hardened and then pop the soap out of the mould.

Body Soap Recipe (makes 4 bars)

  • 1 lb melt and pour soap base of your choice
  • 50 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Silicone soap mould
  • Cut the soap base into small chunks and place them into a double boiler.
  • Melt over medium heat stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  • Once it is completely melted; remove from heat.
  • Add in dried lavender, honey, and lavender essential oil. Mix together.
  • Pour into a soap mould.
  • Allow it to completely hardened and then pop the soap out of the mould.

Here are some oil blends to adapt this recipe.

CALMING RELAXING
Lavender
Roman Chamomile
Clary Sage

CITRUS BLISS
Wild Orange
Bergamot
Lemon

SENSITIVE SKIN
Lavender
Frankincense
Sandalwood

SOOTHING
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Siberian Fir

EARTHY
Sandalwood
Cedarwood
Bergamot

You can also add in other dry ingredients as follows: Dried flowers, oatmeal, coffee grinds, oatmeal, zest, dried chamomile, rose petals. Some are exfoliating.

Fizzing Bath Salts

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup coarse pink salt
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil
  • 30 drops essential oils
  • Natural colouring (optional)

1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
2. Slowly add in the fractionated coconut oil and essential oils stirring about halfway through.
3. If using colour, add 1-2 drops at a time and stir into the mixture.
4. Store in an airtight container or glass mason jar
5. Add 1/4 cup of the bath salts to a very warm bath.

Here are some alternative oil blends for bath salts.

CALMING
12 drops lavender
8 drops Roman Chamomile
6 drops vetiver
4 drops frankincense

UPLIFTING
12 drops wild orange
10 drops tangerine
8 drops lemon

SINUS RELIEF
15 drops eucalyptus
12 drops peppermint
2 drops lemon

MUSCLE DISCOMFORT
12 drops copaiba
8 drops frankincense
6 drops peppermint
4 drops wintergreen

Homemade deodorant

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons mango butter
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 5 drops vitamin E oil
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • Essential oils of choice, check out my favorite blends above
  • Deodorant container
  1. Melt coconut oil, mango butter, and beeswax in a double boiler. I make my own by placing a glass bowl over a pot of water.
  2. Remove from heat and add in vitamin E oil, arrowroot powder, and essential oils.
  3. Store in a glass mason jar with an airtight lid or pour it into an empty deodorant container.
  4. Once the mixture sets up and becomes solid it is ready to use. This will take about an hour in the refrigerator.

Spray Deodorant

  • 3 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • 2 teaspoons magnesium oil
  • 15 drops essential oils
  1. Using a funnel, add witch hazel and magnesium oil to a glass spray bottle.
  2. Add in essential oils of choice.
  3. Put on the bottle cap and shake well

Apply to underarms.

Here are some alternative oil blends for bath salts.

DEODORANT FOR MEN

FRESH
10 drops cypress
10 drops eucalyptus
10 drops peppermint

WOODSY
10 drops sandalwood
10 drops cedarwood
10 drops lemongrass

ODOR BUSTER
10 drops lemon
10 drops rosemary
10 drops citronella

DEODORANT FOR WOMEN

FLORAL
10 drops lavender
10 drops rose
10 drops jasmine

CITRUS
10 drops wild orange
10 drops bergamot
10 drops lemon

SENSITIVE SKIN
5 drops lavender
5 drops Roman chamomile
3 drops frankincense

Health Care

Bug Bite Oil

  • 10ml roller bottle
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Basil essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Roman Chamomile essential oil
  • Bergamont essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Add 5 drops of each essential oil to the 10mL glass roller bottle.
  • Top the roller bottle off with fractionated coconut oil.
  • Secure roller bottle cap and shake well.
  • Roll onto the area of concern as needed.

Anti-itch cream

  • 2 tablespoons beeswax (you can use pellets or bars)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoonscoconut oil
  • 25 drops of essential oil(basil, peppermint, tea tree, chamomile, bergamot (not in summer), eucalyptus)
  • Lip balm tubes(this recipe will fill about 12 tubes)
  • Place all the ingredients (except the essential oils) in a double boiler.  If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one by putting a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water.
  • Melt all the ingredients together, stirring often.
  • Once all the ingredients are melted together, remove from the heat, add essential oils, and mix well.  Work fast as the mixture will harden quickly after being removed from the heat.
  • With a small funnel, pipette, or old medicine dropper fill the lip balm containers with the mixture.
  • Let tubes sit at room temperature for a few hours until cooled and wholly hardened before capping them.

Natural Antibiotic

  • Raw organic honey
  • Organic cinnamon powder / cinnamon bark oil

Digestive issues

  • Celery juice

Anti parasite/worms

  • Honey and crushed cloves mixed
  • Wormwood
  • Black walnut

Abscesses and Boils

Blend 1
– 1 drop lavender
– 1 drop Roman chamomile
– 1 drop tea tree

Blend 2

– 1 drop tea tree
– 1 drop lavender
– 1 drop myrrh

ROLLER BOTTLE DILUTION CHART

This chart is based on using a 10mL roller bottle.

Newborn-6 months: 1-2 drops

6 months- 2 years: 1-3 drops

2 -5 years: 2-5 drops

5-12 years: 5-10 drops

13 and up: 15-20 drops

Food and Drink Recipes

Kombucha (Gut health)

  • 4 green tea tea bags per litre of water
  • kombucha mother/culture
  • 3 tablespoons of organic honey/sugar per litre or less depending on how sweet you want it.
  • We boil the tea, add honey and let cool in saucepan.
  • When cool, we add it to the 4 litre glass jar with tap in it (kmart sell these).
  • Cover with a tea towel and elastic band on to the top so the mix can still breathe
  • We keep it on the kitchen counter for a week. Taste it…you can keep it for another few days to get the correct taste you like.
  • Then we strain it as it comes from the tap into some dark bottles and place in the fridge and drink that week if you can. It’s much nicer cold and we give it to the kids in shot glasses every dinner time.

Elderberry cordial (Vitamin a,b,c)

  • 2/3 cup dried elderberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsps fresh/dried ginger
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops clove oil
  • 2 drops wild orange oil
  • 1 cup raw honey
  1. Add water, elderberries and ginger to a medium saucepan
  2. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 mins
  3. Remove from heat and let cool
  4. Mash elderberries with a spoon to get all flesh out of them before straining liquid into a mason jar
  5. Add oils and honey
  6. Store in the fridge in an airtight container

NB: You can give the leftover berries to your chickens or farm animals, so they also get the tonic effect and vitamin c boost.

Fruit sorbet (Vitamin c)

  • 8 ozs fruit (kiwi’s, strawberries and/or banana) peeled and cleaned
  • 4 tbsps raw honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 can coconut milk or thickened cream
  1. Peel and slice the kiwis and freeze on a tray for an hour
  2. Add to food processor or hand bender with remaining ingredients

NB: if you would like a fluffier composition, whip the cream first and then stir gently

  1. Blend until smooth and creamy
  2. Serve immediately or freeze in an airtight container.

Beetroot Hummus Dip

  • 2 medium beets
  • 1/4 cup plus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • divided 3/4 teaspoon salt,
  • divided 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 3 garlic cloves, mashed and minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Begin by cooking the beets. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wash the beets and then cut them into 1/2-inch cubes. Peel only if desired. Place them on a single layer in a baking pan, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir to mix.
  2. Bake the beets for 30 to 40 minutes or until they are tender. Stir once during cooking. The beets can be cooked up to three days in advance if desired.
  3. Now for the hummus. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the liquid.
  4. Place all the remaining ingredients, including the beets but excluding the reserved chickpea liquid, in a food processor.
  5. With the food processor running, slowly add the reserved chickpea liquid until the mixture is smooth. You may or may not use all of the reserved liquid.
  6. Taste the hummus and add additional salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.

Hummus with a twist Dip

  • Hummus
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Tahini
  • Olive Oil

Cleaning Products

The Benefits of Using Natural Cleaning Products

 The benefit of using safer cleaning products is that you’re not exposing your children, your pets, and yourself to the chemicals that can disrupt multiple systems throughout the body and have potentially negative health effects.

  • Many of the chemicals utilized in traditional cleaning products are known to have a biological effect on the body, impacting the hormone, endocrine, respiratory, and immune systems. They can be inflammatory, and/or affect your genes, and/or predispose you to cancer. (Christian Gonzalez, N.D., a naturopathic doctor and non-toxic living expert).
  • Respiratory issues are particularly major—so much so that a 20-year studyfound that the prolonged use of certain cleaning products can be as harmful as smoking 20 cigarettes per day. It’s already known that cleaning product fumes may trigger attacks in people with asthma, but they can also induce the development of asthma and other respiratory problems in otherwise healthy individuals.
  • Children are far more vulnerable to chemical toxicity, as their bodies are still forming and growing. There are a growing number of childhood illnesses that trace their origin to chemical irritants. Pets are also at risk; when they walk through a freshly-washed floor that’s been cleaned with chemicals, they’re likely getting the liquid on their paws and they lick their paws.

 

We are exposed to an overwhelming number of chemicals/ toxins every day which enter our body via ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin. We are further adding to this toxic burden through the regular use of cleaning products and detergents. The chemicals from these products enter the blood stream and require detoxification by the liver for removal. This places extra stress on the liver and supporting organs, to filter out the toxins. The majority of these toxins are fat-soluble and can be stored in fat or muscle tissue for years. The occasional exposure to these chemicals may not have a profound effect, however long-term repetitive exposure increases the risk of toxicity and adverse health outcomes. A medical colleague of Dr Sandra Cabot who specialised in autopsy, told her that the most common chemical toxin found in cadavers was detergent.

 

The average household will have approximately 250-300 chemicals in the form of cleaning products, garden products, handyman products or detergents. Some of these chemicals have such severe acute toxicity, they necessitate treatment in the emergency department for chemical burns or accidental ingestion. In Australia, there are poor government regulations to control which chemicals (or how many) are put into these products.

  • Disinfectants: Often contain ethanol, formaldehyde, chlorine and ammonia and can cause organ damage and depression.
  • Multipurpose cleaning products: Linked to dermatitis, rashes and chemical burns.
  • Carpet cleaners: Can cause loss of appetite and dizziness in the short-term, and liver and central nervous system (CNS) damage in the long-term. Perchloroethylene, often found in carpet cleaners is a known human carcinogen.
  • Air fresheners: Purposefully sprayed into a confined space, the aerosolised particles enter the blood stream quickly through the lungs and can cause nerve deadening and release chemicals inside the body that can damage the heart muscle. They can also cause allergic lung reactions.
  • Chemical perfumes: The contents of a parfum or fragrance in any commercial product including the fire-retardant materials in your sofas and in your clothes do not have to be included on the ingredients label. Therefore, it is free license to manufacturers to add whichever chemicals they like. Avoid products which have these labels on the ingredients. A recent U.S. study revealed that many of the top-selling commercially scented cleaning products – including air fresheners, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, disinfectants, dish detergents, all-purpose cleaners, soaps, hand sanitizers, lotions, deodorants, and shampoos – emit more than 100 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including some that are classified as toxic or hazardous by federal laws. Even products advertised as “green,” “natural,” or “organic” emitted as many hazardous chemicals as standard ones

Floor cleaner 

  • 7 liters hot water
  • 2 tbsp castile soap
  • 5 drops pine/tea tree or essential oil of choice

Gentle cleanser with soap

 Gentle cleanser for any household surface

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 2 tbsp castile soap
  • 15 drops essential oil (lavender, mint, tea tree, orange)
  • Spray bottle

All-purpose cleaner with vinegar

You can use it on the counters, bathroom vanities, kitchen surfaces, floors, and even mirrors; it doesn’t streak!

  • 16-ounce glass spray bottle
  • 8-ounces vinegar
  • 20-25 drops lemon essential oil
  • Distilled water
  1. Add essential oil and vinegar to a glass spray bottle and top off with water.

All-in-one purpose cleaner

 Use it in the bathroom, on your kitchen counters, on your walls, and on your appliances for a thorough, all-natural clean! 

  1. Add the borax, washing soda, and castile soapto the glass bottle.
  2. Pour two cups of hot water into the bottle and shake well to incorporate the ingredients.
  3. After mixing, remove the top and add the essential oils to the spray bottle. Replace the top, then shake lightly again.
  4. This spray is perfect for cleaning up greasy smears and smudges. The washing soda cuts through tough grease, and the essential oils will add a beautiful shine.

 Toilet bowl cleaner

  1. Add essential oils and vinegar to spray bottle and top off with water.
  2. Spray in the toilet and let the mixture sit for a few minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with baking soda and then scrub with a toilet brush.
  4. This takes away that nasty ring, leaves a sparkling bowl, and eliminates odours.
  5. Try these DIY toilet cleaning bombsfor hands-off cleaning!

DIY toilet cleaning bombs

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • 1 tablespoon liquid soap
  • 30 drops essential oils (lemon or wild orange)
  • Bath bomb moulds or silicone moulds
  • Spray bottle
  1. Mix the baking soda and citric acid together in a mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. Add essential oils in the bowl and mix well.
  3. Pour the liquid soap into a spray bottle and mist the powder mixture with it. You want to get the mixture wet enough that it holds together when you squeeze it together, but not soaked.
  4. Press the mixture into a small bath bomb or silicon mould.
  5. Allow the mixture to completely dry overnight or until harden.
  6. Pop the toilet cleaning bomb out of the mould and store in an airtight container or bag.

7 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Mould in a Shower

1. Clean Mould in the Shower with Pure Vinegar

Vinegar contains a mild acid, which makes it a fantastic option for all sorts of cleaning tasks. It cleans silver and other metals, it works on dirty clothes, and it’s an excellent choice when you want to kill mould and mildew.

Clean Mould with Vinegar

  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • Cleaning cloth or sponge
  • 1 small scrub brush or old toothbrush
  • 1 spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Fill the spray bottle with vinegar. Wearing the gloves, spray the affected area with the vinegar solution until it is damp but not saturated. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe the area clean.
  • The mould should lift away. For stubborn mould, spray it until damp, allow it to sit, and then scrub the area with the brush. Wipe the scrubbed spots clean.

2. Clean Mould with Vinegar and Baking Soda

If pure vinegar doesn’t get rid of your mould in the bathroom, you can add baking soda to clean your tub. Baking soda, also called bicarbonate of soda, reacts with the vinegar and produces an energetic cleaning action. Cleaning mould with vinegar and baking soda is ideal for all types of surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen, basement, and on your deck outside. Even if you don’t have a mould problem, vinegar and baking soda are an ideal cleaning solution.

Vinegar and Baking Soda Solution

  • 1 spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • Scrub pad or brush
  • 3 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup of water
  • Fill the spray bottle with vinegar. Combine the water and baking soda into a thick paste, and paint it on all mouldy spots. Spray the paste with vinegar and scrub until the mould is gone.
  • Rinse and dry the tile and grout. You can use this DIY shower sprayto clean your sinks and toilet bowl and get mould off, as well!

3. Knock Out your Shower Mould with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an antifungal agent and cuts right through your mould problem. Peroxide attacks mould and bubbles it away – you can apply peroxide to clean mould in the bathroom if vinegar doesn’t do the job. This recipe shows you how to get rid of black mould in shower tiles and curtains safely and efficiently with peroxide.

Remove Mould with Hydrogen Peroxide

  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 part hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 parts water
  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • Cleaning pad
  • Combine water and peroxide in the spray bottle. Spray the solution on affected spots, and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub the places with the pad, rinse, and dry. Wear old clothes when using peroxide, as peroxide spills can stain.
  • If you recently replaced the grout in your tile, you may have leftover residue on your tiles. Cleaning grout hazeis easy with this peroxide and water recipe. Wipe the solution on the tiles to remove grout haze and leave your tiles shining again.

4. Clean your Shower Tiles with Vinegar and Dish Soap

Dish soap is another versatile cleaning product you can use on all kinds of grime and toxic mould. When you combine it with vinegar, it gets even more powerful. This recipe is especially useful because it incorporates tea tree oil – it not only is tops at removing mould but also leaves your shower doors and tiles smelling fresh.

Vinegar and Dish Soap Recipe

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp liquid dish soap (‘Dawn’ soap recommended)
  • 15 drops tea tree or other essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • Scrubbing pad
  • Mix the water, vinegar, and oil in the spray bottle. Apply the solution to all areas that need cleaning. Let it sit for at least five minutes, and then scrub, rinse with hot water, and dry.
  • To keep your shower mould-free, spray your shower walls and shower curtain with the solution every day. This recipe can also be effective as a house wash solution to rid your home of mould and grime.

5. Clean Mould in Shower Grout Naturally with Borax

Borax is a step up from vinegar or peroxide. If you need to know how to clean your shower head or clothes, look no further than Borax. It cuts through grease and dirt with ease, and it makes a superior bathroom-mould cleaning solution, too.

Borax Mould Cleaner

  • 1 pair of rubber gloves
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 cup Borax
  • Mix the water and Borax in the spray bottle. Spray any mould, and let it sit. You don’t have to rinse Borax off, so it keeps working for a long time.
  • Use the solution as an after-shower spray to prevent mould growth.

6. Step up Your Mould Cleaning with Bleach

Sometimes you need to bring out the potent agents to get rid of mould. When your mould shrugs off vinegar, peroxide, or Borax, you can turn to bleach. Bleach is a strong disinfectant. It’s so powerful that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends cleaning flooded homes with it for mould remediation. You can harness that power for shower mould removal.

Mould Cleaning with Bleach

  • 1 part bleach
  • 2 parts water
  • Spray bottle
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Respirator
  • Scrub pad or brush
  • Don all safety gear. Mix the bleach and water and add it to the bottle. Spray the bleach solution on mould stains, let it sit for a few minutes, and scrub. Rinse the area and dry it.
  • Bleach produces toxic fumes, so make sure that your bathroom has adequate ventilation. Turn on the exhaust fan and open all windows. If you are not sure if your bathroom has sufficient ventilation, use the respirator.

7. Big Guns – Beat Your Mould with Bleach and Baking Soda

As a last resort before reaching for the commercial cleaners, consider trying bleach and baking soda. Baking soda cleans, and bleach disinfects – the two cleaning products combine to make the best homemade grout cleaner you’ll find and will stop mould growing on tiles. Always make sure that the bathroom is well-ventilated and that the bathroom fan is running when you use this product. Wear old clothes and all safety gear, including the respirator if needed.

Bleach and Baking Soda Solution to Get Rid of Mould

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup bleach
  • Paintbrush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Respirator
  • Safety glasses
  • Plastic wrap
  • Pour the baking soda into a container and add the bleach by drops until you have a thick paste. Use the paintbrush to apply the paste to all grout and porous surfaces that need cleaning and cover each painted spot with the plastic wrap.
  • Wait for a few hours, remove the plastic wrap, and clean off the dried paste. Repeat if needed.
  • Nobody enjoys having to clean mildew from shower tiles, but a shower free of black mould is vital to your family’s safety. With help from this guide, you can win your next struggle with mould and enjoy a clean bathroom.

Furniture Polish Cream

  • 1 cup jojoba oil
  • 4 tbsp beeswax pellets
  • 4 drops eucalyptus essential oilx
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • Pint-sized glass jar
  • Bamboo skewer
  • A couple of clean, soft cloths
  • Place the jojoba oil and beeswax pellets in your pint-sized mason jar. Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water, then place the mason jar in the pan. Put the saucepan on your stove over low heat, and stir the mixture using a bamboo skewer until the mixture has melted completely.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, and carefully remove the jar. Add the eucalyptus and lemon essential oils, and mix thoroughly with the skewer.
  • Let the mixture cool for an hour or two on your counter, then transfer it to an airtight container for storage.

Using Your Homemade Furniture Polish

Before polishing your furniture, make sure it is clean of any dirt, grime, or dust. You don’t want to accidentally trap dust and dirt in your furniture’s finish! When you’re ready, use a soft cloth to apply a small amount of polish to the surfaces of your wooden furniture. Buff the polish to a shine with another clean, soft cloth.

Stain Removers

Fabrics and Upholstery

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Toothpaste, not the gel kind

1. Apply a small amount of your stain remover of choice from above onto the marker stain using a clean cloth. Dab the stain rather than scrubbing the stain to prevent it from going deeper into the fabric.
2. Repeat until the stain disappears.

Wood Furniture

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Toothpaste, not the gel kind

1. Apply a small amount of your stain remover of choice onto the marker stain.
2. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes and then remove with a wet cloth.
3. Repeat until the stain disappears.

Furniture polish

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 10 drops wild orange

Add ingredients to a mason jar and mix well. Add a dime-size amount to a cloth and rub on furniture to remove smudges and dust. It adds a nice, shiny, protective layer.

Stains on WALLS

  • 1 tablespoon castile soap
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 gallon warm water
  • Lemon essential oil, optional

1. Apply a small amount of your stain remover of choice onto the marker stain using a clean cloth.
2. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes and then remove with a wet cloth.
3. Repeat until the stain disappears.

DO YOU HAVE HARD WATER?

Here some useful info about how to find out if you do and whether it’s best to use castile soap or sal suds as your natural soap element for cleaning.

The Test to see if you have hard water or not…

Fill a clear glass with tap water.
Squirt in some true soap, such as Castile Liquid Soap.
If the soap turns cloudy as it enters the water, you have hard water. If the soap swirls around but stays pretty much clear, you don’t.

The reaction of castile soap with the minerals in the water leaves behind an insoluble film that’s commonly called “soap scum”. Soap scum is not actually soap that remains, but a precipitate of minerals. If you do not have hard water, castile soap is ideal.

If you have hard water – use sal suds in place of castile soap. This is our biodegradable household cleaner which doesn’t react with hard water. It rinses cleanly and leave surfaces sparkling. No more film on the tub or towels! For it’s multitude of uses, see the Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet.

Remedies if you have hard water:

If you have hard water, there are a couple ways you’ll see the effects.

Laundry: Hard water doesn’t rinse the soap off as well.

Remedy: Add ½ to 1 cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle.

Shiny bathroom surfaces: Hard water leaves soap scum (ring around the tub).

Remedy: Wipe surfaces dry, and clean once or twice a week with a 50% vinegar spray. 50% water

Hair: Hard water can make hair stiff and a little tacky feeling.

Remedy: Use a slightly acidic rinse after you wash your hair with soap such as 50% apple cider vinegar solution, or a couple capfuls of the Dr. Bronner’s Hair Rinse diluted in a cup of water.

Dishwashing Liquid with Castile Soap

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Liquid Castile Soap (use sal suds if you have hard water)
  • 1 tbsp Washing Soda – to thicken the soap
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil, lemon or lavender oil (optional)
  • 16-ounce spray bottle (reuse an old one)

Add essential oil and castile soap to spray bottle and top off with water. You can add 1 tablespoon to a sink of warm water or spray one time on each dish to wash individually.

Dishwasher tablets (Makes 3 ice cube trays)

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • ½ cup sodium percarbonate (oxygen bleach)
  • ¼ cup citric acid
  • 20 drops essential oil (lemon, lime, grapefruit, DoTerra on guard)
  • 2 tbsps water (only if you plan on filling ice cube trays)
  • 3 ice cube trays

1. Add washing soda, sodium percarbonate and citric acid to bowl
2. Add citrus essential oil/s, then mix and use spoon or spatula to break up any clumps
3. Spray water into mixture, stirring as you add the water. Don’t add the water too quickly or the washing soda and citric acid will fizz and react too much – slower is better
4. Stop adding the water once the mixture is the consistency of slightly damp sand. The mixture should clump together when you squeeze it but fall apart if you drop the clump into the bowl. If it’s too wet, don’t worry, you can add more washing soda to dry it out. If it’s not wet enough, spritz it with a little more water.
5. Scoop the mixture into the ice-cube tray and scrape off excess. Use the back of a spoon and your fingers to firmly press the mixture into the mould
6. Leave the tablets to dehydrate completely and harden. This will take 2-3 days until the powder has hardened in the trays. Any excess powder can be kept in an airtight container and shaken every week or so to stop it hardening. Use this loose powder while you are waiting for the cubes to dry.
7. When they’re completely dry, pop them out of the mould and put them into an airtight container

Laundry soap (powder)

  • 1 laundry soap bar (Castile, Fels Naptha, Zote, Sunlight, Vetiver)
  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 1 cup bicarb soda or sodium percarbonate (Oxy bleach)
  • 20-30 drops essential oil (optional – Oils of lavender, tea tree, lemon or orange)

1. Finely grate the soap bar using a cheese grater.
2. Add the shredded soap bar, washing soda, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl.
3. Stir until well combined
4. Add in essential oils.
5. Store in an airtight container.

Use 2 tablespoons per load. This soap is safe to use in high-efficiency washers. Store in a half-gallon glass mason jar and keep a tablespoon measuring spoon in the container to make it easy to measure.

Fabric Softener

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1 laundry soap bar (Castile, Fels Naptha, Zote, Sunlight, Vetiver)
  • 50 drops essential oils
  • 18 litres water

1. Add 10 litres of water to your bucket, stir in washing soda and borax.
2. Shred soap bar with a cheese grater.
3. Melt soap shreds in 1 cup of water over medium heat. Stir often.
4. Add melted soap to a standard size bucket and stir well.
5. Add essential oils of choice.
6. Add remaining water
7. Let sit overnight and then shake well.
NB: Shake well before each use. Funnel liquid into a large container. Use 1/4 cup per load.

Easy Fabric Softener

  • 2 litres white vinegar
  • 15 – 20 drops essential oil (citrus oils for a pick-me-up, peppermint for an invigorating minty scent or lavender for a relaxing scent or sensitive skin)

1. Shake well before each use and add during the start of the rinse cycle.
Top-Loading Washers
2. Use a ½ cup for small or average loads and ⅔ cup for large loads.
Front loading Washers
3. Use ¼ cup for small or average loads and ⅓ cup for large loads.

Dryer Sheets

  • Cut some cotton cloth like old t shirts into small 5-inch squares. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil to your cloth and throw it into the dryer with your laundry. You can use these cotton dryer sheets for 2 or 3 loads, each time adding 3 more drops of your favourite essential oil. Wash the cloth after a few uses and experiment with a new fragrance.

Note: These homemade dryer sheets do not soften laundry they are mainly for adding scent and reducing static. To soften clothes, use a homemade fabric softener recipe.

  • A ball of aluminium foil in the dryer does wonders for decreasing static! It turns into a nice smooth ball and can be left in the dryer for many loads.
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp castile soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 30 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drops orange oil
  • Spray bottle 16 ounce

Carpet Cleaning Solution

You can make a homemade carpet cleaning solution if you are using a carpet cleaning machine.

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • 10 drops lavender essential oils (optional)
  • warm water

1. Add the ingredients (everything but the water) to the bottom of the carpet cleaner.
2. Top off with warm water.
3. Use as directed.
NOTES: It is always suggested to test a small area of carpet before doing a large area. I suggest doing this in a corner or in a closet, if possible.
Toothpaste

  • 1 drop castile liquid soap
  • 1 drop peppermint oil
  • Dollop coconut oil
  • A dropper

Add these onto your toothbrush directly using a dropper and brush teeth as normal

Simple Hand Sanitiser Gel

  • ¼ cup Aloe Vera gel
  • 20 drops Essential oil
  • Pump bottle

1. Store it in a dark glass container.
2. For essential oil, you may choose lavender, geranium, rosemary or tea-tree. They are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-microbial.
To make a spray version, don’t add aloe vera – just witch hazel, distilled water and essential oil.

Hand Sanitiser Gel

  • 2/3 cup witch hazel (more gentle) or rubbing alcohol (60% or above)
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel (or Glycerin as a substitute)
  • 15 drops Essential oils
  • 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil (optional)
  • Empty gel container

1. Add all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Stir them together until everything is well combined.
2. Using a small funnel, transfer the mixture into an empty container. You can save an old hand sanitizer gel container or buy empty ones on amazon.

Hand Sanitizer Spray

  • 2 tablespoon witch hazel (more gentle) or rubbing alcohol (60% or above)
  • 15 drops DoTerra On guard essential oil blend or 3 drops each of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary.
  • 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil (optional)
  • 2-ounce glass spray bottle

1. Add all the ingredients to the spray bottle.
2. Top off with water.
3. Shake well before each use.
4. Spray on hands and rub together. Or spray on a surface and wipe.

Detoxifying Foot Bath Recipe

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil (fractionated coconut, sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or jojoba oil)
  • 10-15 drops essential oil

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium-size mixing bowl.
2. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
3. Pour into 2 gallons of warm water.

You can soak feet in the bathtub or by using a small tub or container just large enough for your feet. Fill the tub with very warm water and add 1/2 cup of detoxifying foot bath to the water. Stir to mix. Soak feet for 20-30 minutes, pat dry and apply moisturiser.

The Ingredients

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Apple cider vinegar can help regulate the skin’s pH levels as well as improve skin texture and appearance. ACV has anti-fungal properties and can help with toe fungus and discoloured toenails. It is a great component for the detangler spray and can improve scalp health, strengthen hair and enhance shine. It is loaded with vitamins B and C, both of which are needed for hair health.

White VINEGAR

Vinegar is great for cleaning because of its high acidity level.  It can remove sticky build up, dissolve soap scum, get rid of rings left by hard water, and cut grease.  Vinegar can also kill salmonella and E.coli, two bacteria you’ll want to kill.

BAKING SODA

Baking soda is great for absorbing odor  and removing stains, making it a go-to for your natural cleaning.  Baking Soda is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for effective removal.

SEA SALT AND EPSOM SALT

Salts can be added to a warm bath to help with skin irritations, muscle aches, and to detox the body. The minerals found in salts will absorb through the skin and get into your body to help with these things.  Soaking in warm water alone can help to relax muscles and loosen joints.

COCOA BUTTER

You may notice that I like to sneak this ingredient into almost all my DIY products, and that is probably why I am tempted to eat things like my homemade lip balm and body butter.  This stuff is amazing for the skin, hair, and can be used to make delicious chocolates. Cocoa butter is extremely moisturizing for the skin and works well at conditioning the hair.  It provides shine, protects against split ends, and softens hair.

COCONUT OIL

It is no secret that coconut oil can be used for basically everything. It is a known superfood and found in many natural beauty products.  Coconut oil is very beneficial to the hair and can add moisture, strengthen hair, and protect against split ends. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties making it great for protecting the scalp against infections and lice.  It is also effective for nourishing the hair and removing build-up.

JOJOBA OIL

Jojoba oil is often used as a natural remedy for dandruff because of its moisturizing properties.  Using jojoba can also prevent hair loss and help hair to thicken.  If you have oily hair, you can eliminate this from the conditioner and try adding in a few drops of lemon instead.

ALOE VERA

Some people use plain aloe for a hair conditioner, which works fantastic, especially as a hair conditioning treatment.  You can apply aloe to the hair and allow it to soak for 2-4 hours or overnight and then rinse the hair in the morning to heal damaged hair.  Aloe can reduce dandruff by repairing dead skin cells on the scalp and leave your hair fuller and shinier.

CASTILE SOAP

Castile soap is a very concentrated, vegetable-based soap.  It is typically made out of olive oil or coconut oil. It has natural antibacterial properties that can help kill infections on the skin, and it is known to help with skin imperfections, like acne. Castile soap is a gentle soap that can be used on sensitive skin, and it is very good for the face. You can buy scented or unscented castile soap, I prefer unscented, so I can scent it how I want with my essential oils.

GLYCERIN

Glycerin is a vegetable-based, odorless, clear liquid.  It will add thickness to the baby wash that will allow it to lather up better.  Glycerin is a natural moisturizer and will allow your baby’s skin to stay smooth and soft.

FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL

Fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is a very light oil that has many benefits for the body.  FCO is different from regular coconut oil because it stays liquid.  It prevents oxidation, making it effective for extending the shelf life in natural products. You can also use sweet almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil in this recipe.  Using a carrier oil will add extra moisture to the baby wash.

PURE ALOE VERA GEL

Aloe vera gel has so many wonderful benefits for the skin. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties, making it great for cleansing and protecting the skin. Studies have shown that aloe can help heal damaged skin and wounds because it improves blood circulation.  Aloe can improve collagen production and prevent cell death around a wound. Using aloe will keep the skin moist, which will keep it protected. It is best to use aloe vera gel, rather than aloe vera liquid. The liquid is more intended for internal use.  Whereas, the gel is known to be better for skin and will allow the shower gel to have a thicker consistency.

VITAMIN E OIL

Using vitamin E oil in your shower gel will help to heal dry, cracked skin, and reduce skin itching. Vitamin E oil can be very helpful for someone that suffers from eczema, psoriasis, or other skin conditions. If you use vitamin E oil on a scar, it can lessen the appearance over time! Vitamin E oil is incredible for hair and skin. It will leave hair soft and promote a beautiful shine. It too will add moisturizing properties and protect hair from split ends.

MELT AND POUR SOAP BASE

Melt and pour soap bases make a great option for easy soap making. It is as easy as it sounds! You literally melt the base and pour it into the mould.  Once it is melted, you have the option of adding in more ingredients that can benefit your hair. And this makes it very easy to customize your shampoo bar the way you want.

BEESWAX

Beeswax is another one of those ingredients that you will want to have on hand when you start making your own skincare products. Not only does it have amazing benefits for the skin, but it also helps to thicken and give homemade lotion the correct consistency.

With it’s antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, this ingredient can be very helpful for sunburned, chapped, or dry skin. It forms a protective wall by sealing moisture in the skin without clogging up the pores.

OLIVE OIL

Olive oil can add a lot of moisture to dry damaged hair, protect against split ends, and leave the scalp healthy. This is a great shampoo add-in, especially if you suffer from dandruff or extremely dry hair.

SWEET ALMOND OIL

This oil has a slightly sweet and nutty aroma. This oil can cause skin irritation to anyone with a nut allergy; it can be replaced with jojoba oil or avocado oil if needed. It has a medium consistency and is known for its moisturizing properties. Sweet almond oil is loaded with vitamin E and vitamin A keeping the hair healthy and moisturized.

CASTILE SOAP OR SAL SUDS?

Situations to use Castile:
– Body – Head to toe.
– Animals – Any Castile soap scent on my dog. Baby Unscented on my cat.
– Pest Control – Only Castile soap has this ability to eliminate insects
– Washing bedding

Situations to use Sal Suds:
– Dishes
– Cars
– Laundry – except bedding

Castile soap is primarily designed for the body. The blend of oils (coconut, olive, palm, jojoba, and hemp) are designed to be the most nourishing to our skin. Because it is such a beautifully simple soap, it also cleans many other things amazingly well, whether it’s your dog, your sinks, or your floors. You can find details of all these uses on this Castile Soap Dilutions Cheat Sheet. Because Castile soap is a true soap, it reacts with the minerals contained in hard water (add castile soap to your water, If it goes cloudy, it is hard water and will leave a film on your dishes etc. Better to use sal suds in this case)

 

Essential Oils

BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SKIN

Calming – Lavender + Roman Chamomile

Clear Skin – Frankincense + Lavender + Melaleuca

Citrus Bliss – Wild orange + Lemon + Lime

Gentle – Ylang ylang + Geranium + Fennel

Oily – Tea Tree, Roman Chamomile, Lemon, Lavender, Geranium

Dry – Myrrh, Frankincense, Peppermint

BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HAIR

Rosemary – Rosemary essential oil is the top oil for hair growth and thickness. It helps to treat dry hair, as well as overly oily hair and can help prevent split ends.

LavenderStudies have shown that lavender produces more hair follicles to help thicken and strengthen hair.  Lavender has a beautiful floral scent that can promote calmness and reduce stress; stress can be the biggest reason for hair loss.

Peppermint– This essential oil is known for the cooling effect it has on the skin when used topically and for its refreshing minty scent.  Peppermint is also great for the hair as it promotes hair growth and thickness.

Sandalwood – Sandalwood s nourishing to the hair and can stimulate hair growth, help against dandruff, and promote a healthy scalp.

Bergamot– Bergamot has been very successful at promoting hair growth when massaged into the scalp.  With cleansing and purifying properties, it is also effective at keeping the scalp healthy.

Lemongrass – This essential oil has a citrusy yet woodsy smell making it a perfect scent for men or women.  I make a beard oil with lemongrass that my husband loves, and he is pretty picky about having products with manly smells! Lemongrass is great for the hair and can help to strengthen and thicken.

Clary Sage – Adding clary sage to the conditioner will help with hair growth by strengthening the hair and preventing split ends.

Wild Orange – refreshing and uplifting aroma of wild orange. Wild orange is amazing for supporting the mood, the immune system, and can benefit the hair.

Melaleuca – Melaleuca promotes a healthy, clean-looking scalp. It can be used to help with a dry, itchy scalp and protect against lice.

Roman Chamomile – Roman chamomile is a delicate essential oil that is sensitive enough to use on young children.  It can help to soften the hair while adding shine.  I love using this oil on my kid’s hair.

Ylang Ylang – The floral smell of ylang ylang can make a perfect addition to your detangler.  It has many benefits for the hair and smells lovely paired with lavender.

Rosemary – Rosemary essential oil is the top oil for hair growth and thickness. It helps to treat dry hair as well as overly oily hair and can help prevent split ends.

Juniper Berry – The fruity scent of juniper berry is perfect for a kids detangler spray.  Some of its benefits include helping with oily hair and strengthening brittle strands.

Lemon – Great for greasy hair and hair growth lemon is another good one to add to this spray.  Lemon helps stimulate circulation in the scalp for increased hair growth.

Nettle – This oil protects against hair loss and promotes hair to grow and thicken

Jojoba Often used as a natural remedy for dandruff due to it’s moisturizing properties. Prevents hair loss

BEST OILS FOR ITCHING

Basil – This oil is amazing at relieving itch! If you only have basil, mix it with a little coconut oil and apply it to the bug bite and you will see how well it helps to stop the itch.

Peppermint – All bugs seem to hate peppermint, which makes it great for bug repellent, plus it is very soothing for the skin, making it great for relieving bug bite itch.

Tea Tree– Also known as melaleuca, this oil is great for all skin irritations.

Roman Chamomile– This oil is gentle enough for sensitive skin and wonderful to cool and soothe skin.

Bergamont– Be careful using this one during the summertime, as it is photosensitive. Do not use on skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight.)

Eucalyptus– Similar to peppermint, this oil helps to cool and soothe the skin from irritations.

Best Oils for Laundry

Lavender – Lavender is a very calming, relaxing essential oil, with a lovely floral smell. This one is my favorite for laundry soap.

Wild Orange – Invigorating, uplifting, and cleansing; wild orange is perfect for your laundry soap.  It adds a fresh scent to your clean clothes.

Melalueca – Melaleuca is a purifying and cleansing essential oil.  If you ever forgot to put wet laundry straight in the dryer when it is done, add 2-3 drops to the wet clothes and add to the dryer.

Peppermint – If you like a fresh, minty scent, then this will be your oil.  Peppermint makes a wonderful scent for your homemade laundry soap.

Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is a great oil to add to your laundry soap during times of sickness.  The oil will freshen clothes and kill germs.

Lemongrass – This citrus oil has an earthy smell and makes a great scent, especially for men.

Roman Chamomile – Another calming essential oil and great for kids.  Roman chamomile adds a beautiful floral scent.

Cedarwood – Another one for the men in your life.  Cedarwood has a woodsy scent that most men enjoy and it has cleansing properties making it great for your soap.

Patchouli – Either you love it or hate it.  I am a patchouli lover and am obsessed with the scent.  This is another favorite of mine for laundry.

Jasmine – If you want to smell like a bed of flowers all day, then add jasmine to your laundry soap.  Jasmine is very calming and can help with stress and anxious feelings.

Best Oils for Infections

Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-microbial oils

  • lavender
  • geranium
  • rosemary or
  • tea-tree

Oil Blends

Citrus

  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops grapefruit
  • 5 drops lime

Floral

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops patchouli
  • 5 drops chamomile

Fresh

  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops cypress

Minty

  • 5 drops spearmint (or peppermint)
  • 5 drops eucalyptus
  • 5 drops wintergreen

Immune Support

Respiratory Blend

Calming Blend

Energy Blend

Laundry Soap Blends

CITRUS BURST

  • 20 drops wild orange
  • 15 drops lemon
  • 10 drops lime
  • 5 drops grapefruit

FLORAL SENSATION

  • 20 drops lavender
  • 15 drops jasmine
  • 10 drops patchouli
  • 5 drops clary sage

GENTLE FOR BABY

  • 25 drops lavender
  • 10 drops roman chamomile

ODOR CONTROL

  • 20 drops eucalyptus
  • 15 drops melaleuca
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 5 drops peppermint

Natural Cleaning Blends

These essential oils have powerful cleansing and purifying properties

  • Lemon
  • Wild Orange
  • Lime
  • Melaleuca

Fresh and Calming Blend

Lavender – a great for soothing skin irritations, burns, bumps, and rashes.

Wild orange – a powerful cleansing and purifying agent and works well in body wash or shower gel.

SHAMPOO BEST SCENT FOR MEN

  • 6 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 4 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil

SHAMPOO BEST SCENT FOR CHILDREN

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops roman chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops wild orange essential oil

SHAMPOO FRAGRANT

  • 6 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

SHAMPOO BLEND FOR HAIR LOSS

  • 6 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Shampoo Blends

HEALTHY HAIR

  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint

BEST BLEND FOR MEN

  • Sandalwood
  • Bergamot
  • Lemongrass

BEST BLEND FOR WOMEN

  • Lavender
  • Clary sage
  • Wild orange
  • Lime

BEST BLEND FOR CHILDREN

  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile

Kids Oil Blends

Prepare a roller ball 10 ml bottle and near fill with fractionated coconut oil and add

Focus

  • 3 -5 drops Rosemary
  • 3 -5 drops Peppermint
  • 3 -5 drops Wild orange
  • 3 -5 drops Frankincense

Separation or anxiety

  • 3 -5 drops Lavender
  • 3 -5 drops Bergamot
  • 3 -5 drops Vetiver
  • 3 -5 drops Cypress

Courage

  • 3 -5 drops Wild Orange
  • 3 -5 drops Cinnamon
  • 3 -5 drops Patchouli
  • 3 -5 drops Spearmint

Stress

  • 3 -5 drops Copaiba
  • 3 -5 drops Lavender
  • 3 -5 drops Lemon
  • 3 -5 drops Lime

Mood

  • 3 -5 drops Wild Orange
  • 3 -5 drops Lemon
  • 3 -5 drops Lime

Herbs for Body Soap Recipes

Lavender

Hands down, lavender is just about the best soap making herb. It’s light and clean scent is popular for a reason and it provides a sense of comfort. It is antibacterial and can help to heal wounds. Lavender is also well known for its relaxing properties and uses as a natural sleep aid. Use it whole in your herbal soap for a gentle exfoliating property or powdered for even gentler action

Chamomile

Chamomile is soft and fragrant. It’s a gentle healing herb and is very soothing. It can also help to remove bacteria on the skin, although not as well as lavender.

Calendula

Often called pot marigold, calendula is not in the marigold family, but is in the aster family. Calendula is very healing and can help to remove redness from the skin. Many herbs turn dark after a few weeks in the soap, but calendula herbal soap will hold its colour very well for a long time.

Lemon Balm

When it’s dried, lemon balm loses some of its lemony scent, but it still works very well in soap. Lemon balm is thought to be antiviral and can help to kill germs when you wash with it. It provides a dark green colour and a bit rougher exfoliation than lavender or chamomile, while not abrading the skin.

Marshmallow Root

One of the most soothing herbs for herbal soap is marshmallow root. When powdered and used in making soap, the soap becomes soothing and softens the skin very well. Its demulcent action helps to provide moisture for overworked hands. (Find organic marshmallow root powder here.)

Comfrey

Comfrey root, dried and ground into a powder, is added to soap to help heal the skin. It is very effective for acne and poison ivy rash, while not being too harsh. It will not dry the skin out but will help to heal the skin. You can also use the leaf, although the root has more healing properties.

Mint

Almost all of the mints are antibacterial, making them a great choice for soap making. There are several different types of mint, some having more of the characteristic minty smell than others like peppermint and spearmint, chocolate mint and grapefruit mint.

Rosemary

Perhaps one of the most useful herbs in herbal soap making is rosemary. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. It is also full of antioxidants. Rosemary Oil Extract, or ROE, is sold as a preservative for soap and other body care products. I like to powder my rosemary since the leaves are pointy like pine needles.

Rose

Rose petals are very soft and they can lend a softening property to soap making. Using rose petals in herbal soap can not only soften the skin but also provides gentle exfoliation. Rose petals contain a lot of Vitamin C, which is also beneficial to the skin.

Oatmeal

One more ingredient, oatmeal, is used extensively in herbal soap making. While it is not an herb, it is worth a mention. Oatmeal provides exfoliation while soothing and softening the skin. You can use rolled or old-fashioned oats, whole or ground oats, or you can make oat “milk” by soaking the oats in water and then draining the liquid. Use the liquid as your water portion in making soap.

Natural Candles

16oz Organic Beeswax– either white or yellow beeswax, I like this brand here.
1/2-3/4 cup Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil
Organic Hemp Wickthat are beeswax coated + Wick Sustainer Tabs. I used this bundle here.
4lb Pouring Pot. I used this one here.
Mason Jars – I use various sizes from a variety pack.
Glue gun – I use this one here.
Wooden Stick – either a dowel, popsicle stick, pencil (anything narrow and longer than the opening of your jar).

  • Glue the wick sustainer tab in the center of you mason jar.
  • Place your dowel, popsicle stick, pencil (or something similar) across the top of your jar. I found with this particular wick I am using, it sticks very well to itself making it easy to wind around the dowel several times and let stay. If that doesn’t work, simply tie it.
  • Melt the beeswax and coconut oil together in a double boiler
  • Carefully pour the mixture into your mason jar and let harden. If the candles cool too quickly the wax might crack. To resolve this issue place your jars in a preheated oven at 150F.
  • Once they have hardened you can add your own embellishments. I tied the rim of my candle jars  with a hemp string and made a bow. These can be perfect for gifts and the holidays!

Why BeeSwax?

Beeswax candles are naturally scented with the aroma of honey. This is highly desirable for those who suffer with asthma or are allergic to sensitive smells. Pure beeswax candles emit little, if any, smoke when they burn – keeping your home cleaner and more comfortable. Besides the smoke, these candles burn with little or no wax drip making them last longer!

Yellow Beeswax

is filtered for purity while the natural colour and aromas of honey are preserved.

White Beeswax

is filtered for purity and the colour is removed by a natural carbon filtration to discolour the beeswax but still preserve the aroma. There are no additives or chemicals of any kind used in this process.

Recent studies suggest that burning beeswax candles can actually purify the air by releasing negative ions removing impurities from the air we breathe.

Why Cocunut Oil?

Coconut oil is obtained via a natural process. Coconut wax burns slowly and cleanly, and throws scent extremely well. It, unfortunately, has been overlooked by the candle industry because it is more expensive per pound.

Clean Up

Wax can be quite difficult to remove from your dishes. A tip for clean up is to bring water to a boil, and put your utensils in the water. Use an old rag to wipe away the melted wax. Of course, be careful! Use tongs to remove your utensils from the hot water. To clean the bowl, preheat your oven to 200F, then turn it off and place the bowl inside. When the wax is completely melted it is easy to wipe away with an old rag too. After that, you can scrub with soap and water per usual.

Suppliers

Aurora Cleaning Supplies

1/5 Bungaleen Court, Dandenong South, Vic 3175
+03 9768 2669
https://www.auroracleaning.com.au/

N-essentials

N-essentials Pty Ltd
Unit 2, 1A Southpark Close
Keysborough VIC 3173
AUSTRALIA
+61 3 9077 7796
Email info@n-essentials.com.au
Website https://n-essentials.com.au/

Unique health products online

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Kunda Park
Sunshine Coast QLD 4556
1800 787 904
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Terra Madre

5 Kevin Ave
Ferntree Gully
VIC 3156
Phone 1300 049 522
Email https://www.terramadre.com.au/

Heirloom Body Care

Candle & soap raw ingredients
UNIT 9, 28 COOMBES DRIVE
PENRITH NSW 2750
AUSTRALIA
PHONE (02) 4722 2123
Email heirloom@heirloombodycare.com.au
Website https://heirloombodycare.com.au/

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Sources of recipes
Website: https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/all-naturalconditioningfurniturepolish/
https://www.ouroilyhouse.com/

ROLLER BOTTLE DILUTION CHART

This chart is based on using a 10mL roller bottle.
Newborn-6 months: 1-2 drops
6 months- 2 years: 1-3 drops
2 -5 years: 2-5 drops
5-12 years: 5-10 drops
13 and up: 15-20 drops

Ingredients for Soap Making without Lye

The major raw material required to make your soap without lye is the soap base. This raw material comes in a block and there are different types of blocks that you can get. Some of these blocks contain aloe vera, olive oil and some have goat’s milk. These soap bases are designed to suit different types of skin so you might need to consider this factor. When you acquire your soap base, there are other supplies that are required in making your soap which include the following.

Large Pyrex Bowl

Moulds – If you use a bread mould pan, then you will also need a parchment paper to prevent the soap from sticking to the surfaces of the pan.

Herbs and Essential Oils

There are different types of herbs and essential oils and these help to give your soap different fragrances and qualities. The following are oil combinations that can work well for you and you must consider them in making soap since they substitute lye.

Liquid

On top of any of these ingredients, you will also need some liquid that will help to prevent the soap from burning when you are melting it. Water can work well but the following liquids which include kombucha, coffee, green tea, coconut milk infused herbs and floral hydrosol can do better. When you have gathered all the ingredients, then you are ready to begin the soap making process.

How to Make Soap without Lye

The process of making soap is easy since there are few steps that you should follow. You must begin by grating eight ounces of soap or equivalence of two regular bars. You can use either a cheese graterfood processor or a salad shooter to create smaller particles that are manageable when heating them.

After grating the soap, you then pour the liquid on top of it and start heating it at low temperature. To avoid burning, you must constantly stir the contents and the cooking process can take between 15 minutes and one hour. This will also help to prevent the soap from becoming lumpy.

After adding the ingredients that do not include lye, heat the contents to the desired level. You then pour the liquid soap into a mould and allow it to cool and dry at the same time. Drying the soap can take up to several days and when it is dry, you can then cut it into different shapes.

If you use more liquid, the soap is likely to take a longer period to dry. The other thing is that you must keep your soap dry to extend its lifespan. After using the soap, make sure you dry it so that you can use it for a long time.

Substitutes to Avoid

Many people may be interested in experimenting with other ingredients when making soap at home but there are certain substitutions that do not work as expected. For instance, alcohol does not work in soap making so do not be tempted by the sweet smell it produces.

Alcohol causes your soap to seize or become just an unmanageable lump and there is nothing much you can do. In the same vein, milk does not work as a substitute for soap making. No matter what type of milk you choose, it does not work so try natural ingredients.

Conclusion

Lye is a basic ingredient that is used in making soap but it is possible to do away with it. It is easier to make soap without lye as long as you obtain the soap base first. This is the major raw material that you will require for making your soap. There different types of substitutes for lye and these come in the form of various combinations of natural ingredients.

The major advantage of natural ingredients is that they are eco-friendly and they do not pose any harm to your skin. With the right ingredients, you can make different types of soap at home and the process is simple.