Botanical Skin Care (200+ Herbal Beauty Recipes & More)

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Take your hobby to new levels through an exploration of botanical skin care. Discover 200+ herbal beauty recipes through an instructional course that will teach you basic skills for designing, producing and using homemade herbal skin care products.

Botanical skin care recipes and tutorials. How to design, produce and use homemade herbal skin care and natural body care products through the help of video and written tutorials. Natural skin care recipes for infused oils, salves, and creams to deodorant, soap, hair care products, and even some cosmetics, plus so much more. The Botanical Skin Care Course also provides plenty of recipes to inspire your skin care journey, as well as suggestions for their use.

Crafting Natural Skin Care Recipes

If you’re a regular reader of Soap Deli News, then you’re likely already a fan of making your own skin care and beauty products. Compared to my first soapmaking adventure, a lot has changed. These days it can seem like there are unlimited resources to help you on your journey. Everything from group forums and YouTube videos to free botanical skin care recipes on blogs. The challenge can be, however, finding reliable sources for those recipes. As well as help when you need it.

Perhaps you want to take your journey a step further. You may want to formulate your own unique skin care recipes. To do this however, you sometimes need more information than what’s readily available online or at the library.

It’s an awful feeling to invest your hard earned money into natural skin care ingredients and then have a recipe go bust. For some of us, it can sour the experience of creating moving forward. And that experience may prevent us from from otherwise falling in love with a craft we know we’d enjoy.

Botanical Skin Care Recipes for Glowing Skin from the Inside Out. This informative botanical skin care course also covers the internal use of herbs in teas, tinctures and foods, using an inside-out approach to skin care. You'll also learn how to craft topical herbal skin care products for glowing skin through the exploration of skin on both a cellular and functional level. This includes valuable information on anatomy and function, as well as nutrition and lifestyle tips will help you better understand the practices that influence the health of your skin.

The very first time I made attempted to make cold process soap, it was a complete failure. I spent my last bit of money on a jug of olive oil from the grocery store and a container of lye. There were no YouTube videos then. And blogs were still in their infancy. In fact, I’m mostly certain MySpace was still a thing. Still, I used a basic soap recipe on a blog with no photos and incomplete directions. I made the recipe as directed and it failed. All because one vital note was missing from the recipe – you need to WEIGH out the ingredients.

I later purchased a soapmaking book that clarified the soapmaking process. However, it took some time before I was ready to dive back into my second attempt. I was very much an introvert at that stage in my life, so that didn’t do me any favors. If you’re a dabbler, like I was – and pretty much still am as I’m always learning and experimenting – then you may be seeking something more to help you move onto that next step. Whatever that next step may be for you.

This is where The Herbal Academy comes in.

Botanical Skin Care. 200+ Herbal Beauty Recipes & More for Natural Beauty Inside and Out. Take your hobby to new levels through an exploration of botanical skin care. Discover 200+ herbal beauty recipes through an instructional course that will teach you basic skills for designing, producing and using homemade herbal skin care products.

New Botanical Skin Care Course

Enrollment just opened on The Herbal Academy’s new Botanical Skin Care Course. I’ve seen a preview of this course, and as with their other online courses, I’m super impressed.

Here’s an overview of the course so you know what to expect.

Described as a makers quest, this potentially life changing exploration of botanical skin care teaches you the many ways that herbs can benefit the skin both inside and out. This educational course will empower you to create your own botanical skin care recipes using natural herbs and other safe, nourishing non-toxic ingredients. With over 200 herbal recipes in the course, you’ll learn how to stock your herbal cupboard with an array of customized herbal preparations for skin so it looks healthier and more radiant.

Learn how to design, produce and use homemade herbal skin care and natural body care products through The Herbal Academy’s Botanical Skin Care Course. Detailed video and written tutorials guide you as you make botanical body care products, ranging from infused oils, salves, and creams to deodorant, soap, hair care products, and even some cosmetics, plus so much more. The Botanical Skin Care Course also provides plenty of recipes to inspire your skin care journey, as well as suggestions for their use.

This informative botanical skin care course also covers the internal use of herbs in teas, tinctures and foods, using an inside-out approach to skin care. You’ll also learn how to craft topical herbal skin care products for glowing skin through the exploration of skin on both a cellular and functional level. This includes valuable information on anatomy and function, as well as nutrition and lifestyle tips will help you better understand the practices that influence the health of your skin. While also giving you a robust foundation in skin health that you can expand on.

You will learn basic skills for designing, producing and using homemade herbal skin and body care products. Detailed video and written tutorials guide you as you make botanical body care products, ranging from infused oils, salves, and creams to deodorant, soap, hair care products, and even some cosmetics, plus so much more. The Botanical Skin Care Course also provides plenty of recipes to inspire your skin care journey, as well as suggestions for their use. (Sign up here now!)

Botanical Skin Care Course from The Herbal Academy. Described as a makers quest, this potentially life changing exploration of botanical skin care teaches you the many ways that herbs can benefit the skin both inside and out. This educational course will empower you to create your own botanical skin care recipes using natural herbs and other safe, nourishing non-toxic ingredients. With over 200 herbal recipes in the course, you’ll learn how to stock your herbal cupboard with an array of customized herbal preparations for skin so it looks healthier and more radiant.

Course Overview

Following is an outline of the Botanical Skin Care Course. It has me pretty excited, and I’m sure it’s easy to see why!

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE SKIN

Course Introduction; Anatomy of the Skin; Functions of the Skin

Take a trip down memory lane with a fascinating timeline of the history of skin care. You will then zoom in on the skin and discuss basic anatomy and structure, with an emphasis on the many functions of the skin.

UNIT 2: SKIN CARE FROM THE INSIDE

The Skin as an Eliminatory Organ; Nutrition for Healthy Skin; Digestive Health and the Skin; Skin Care in Ayurveda; Skin Care in Chinese Medicine

Discover the connections between the skin and other organ systems with a focus on supporting the skin through dietary and lifestyle interventions. You will gain an understanding of the fundamental importance of considering the individual as a whole and using an “inside-out” approach when addressing chronic skin conditions.

Botanical Skin Care Recipes for Glowing Skin from the Inside Out. This informative botanical skin care course also covers the internal use of herbs in teas, tinctures and foods, using an inside-out approach to skin care. You'll also learn how to craft topical herbal skin care products for glowing skin through the exploration of skin on both a cellular and functional level. This includes valuable information on anatomy and function, as well as nutrition and lifestyle tips will help you better understand the practices that influence the health of your skin.

UNIT 3: MAKING HERBAL BODY CARE PRODUCTS

Choosing Ingredients; Making Vinegars, Hydrosol, Oils, and Salves; Bath Products; Creams and Lotions; Herbal Gels; Herbal Soaps; Hair Care and Cosmetics

Build an understanding of the basic preparation methods you’ll need to create a range of herbal skin care products. You’ll be guided by both text and video tutorials and gain confidence in creating bath products, herb-infused vinegars and oils, salves, hydrosols, creams and other emulsions, gels, hair care products, and herbal soap.

Botanical skin care recipes and tutorials. How to design, produce and use homemade herbal skin care and natural body care products through the help of video and written tutorials. Natural skin care recipes for infused oils, salves, and creams to deodorant, soap, hair care products, and even some cosmetics, plus so much more. The Botanical Skin Care Course also provides plenty of recipes to inspire your skin care journey, as well as suggestions for their use.

UNIT 4: SKIN CARE FROM THE OUTSIDE

Foundations of Skin Support; Skin and Sun; Beyond Oily and Dry: Choosing Individual Herbs; Support for Chronic Conditions; External Care for Acute Skin Conditions; Conclusion

Dive deep into the fundamental concepts and specific herbal approaches for maintaining skin health and supporting acute skin conditions. You will receive plenty of recipes that apply the basic techniques from Unit 3, allowing you to create a range of products for different skin types and specific skin concerns. We’ll also cover herbal energetics as applied to skin conditions, and inspire you with ideas for your herbal first aid kit!

In addition to the course and materials available, you’ll also be able to discuss the materials and ask questions with fellow students and teachers in the student-only online community group.

Ready to get started? Early enrollment is open now. Visit The Herbal Academy to sign up for their Botanical Skin Care Course now. Early registration means big discounts, so don’t delay! The course officially opens on July 1st. Learn more now.

Botanical skin care recipes and tutorials. How to design, produce and use homemade herbal skin care and natural body care products through the help of video and written tutorials. Natural skin care recipes for infused oils, salves, and creams to deodorant, soap, hair care products, and even some cosmetics, plus so much more. The Botanical Skin Care Course also provides plenty of recipes to inspire your skin care journey, as well as suggestions for their use.

Interested in learning more? Explore The Herbal Academy’s other online herbalism courses here.

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Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema for Weeknight Dinners

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How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday. (It’s also a great way to use that overabundant supply of zucchini July through August when your garden is overflowing!)

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe. How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday.

Let’s Taco About Cooking

I’ll admit I’m not the best cook. I learned the basics (my mom taught me to bake, not cook) during my first marriage. I was going through an unfortunate bought of agoraphobia at the time. So I cooked meals from scratch, both from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine and recipes from the internet. My biggest success was surprisingly making pierogies from scratch. It took an hour and half to make, and I needed help flattening out the pasta, but damn. It was totally worth it. (At least once anyway.)

I made all my mashed potatoes like pierogi guts after that. Flavored with sauteed onions, garlic, sour cream and cheddar cheese. However, that was the one and only time, I ever tried making pasta. I vowed, that until I owned a pasta machine, it was entirely too much manual labor. (Not to mention the total time suck.)

Since then I’ve experimented with cooking primarily through meal delivery kits, such as Hello Fresh. While it’s not a realistic service for my budget every week, it does make a nice treat from time to time. I get to cook a dinner I know I can’t screw up. And I’ve actually learned some things along the way. Cooking tips and tricks that I’ve since incorporated into meals I actually made without a recipe.

Of course, meat is expensive, especially steak. So I recently tried a meatless Monday for dinner. It did not going over so well with Greg. After a ten hour day of manual labor, it just didn’t fill him up despite the high iron and protein content in farro and quinoa.

While in Kroger one day, I happened upon some flank steak. For the price it was ridiculously cheap compared to a ribeye or a filet. So I picked up close to 2 lb. (two meals for two people) for around $17.

Up to that point, I hadn’t cooked flank steak in over a decade. It’s often not available or I’m not the one cooking. So any meat selection, aside of an organic grass fed sirloin, I leave to the chef (ie. someone other than myself.) I was readily impressed, however, both with the flavor and tenderness of the cuts of flank steak. So I’ve purchased it a few times since then.

This latest go round I decided to make tacos with something other than ground beef. I combined a number of taco recipes I’ve tried over the years, including ones with shrimp, for this flank steak tacos recipe. In the end, I was pretty impressed with how my “winging it” turned out. Therefore I thought I’d share my flank steak tacos recipe with you, my readers, so you can enjoy it on your next taco Tuesday dinner night.

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe. How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday.

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

About 3/4 – 1 lb. flank steak
corn or flour tortillas
1 zucchini, chopped
1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 8 oz. package sliced baby bella mushrooms
salt and pepper, to taste
olive oil, as needed

Avocado Crema for Taco Topping

1 large avocado
1/3 Cup sour cream
1/3 Cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons lime juice
salt, to taste

Chili Lime Seasoning for Flank Steak Tacos

2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons lime juice

Directions for Making Flank Steak Tacos:

Begin by making the chili lime seasoning for this flank steak tacos recipe. To do this, measure out the spices and combine in a bowl with the the chopped garlic and lime juice.

Make delicious homemade steak tacos for family weeknight dinners with this tasty and delicious flank steak tacos recipe that you'll want to make every taco Tuesday! This chili lime taco seasoning is a blend of chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, garlic and lime.

Then rub the seasoning on both sides of the flank steak. Set aside.

Next prepare your vegetables. Heat a Tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute, mixing occasionally.

Taco night is a great way to use up extra zucchini from the garden. Learn how with this easy homemade flank steak tacos recipe and make something delicious for dinner!

Once the mushrooms are halfway cooked, add the zucchini and onion. (You can also add additional olive oil at this time if needed.) Once tender, add salt and pepper to taste, then transfer the vegetables to a bowl and cover.

This easy avocado crema recipe is the perfect topping for your taco Tuesday weeknight dinners. All you need is an avocado, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice and a dash of salt.

While the vegetables are cooking prepare the avocado crema. To do this, mash the avocado in with the sour cream, lime juice and chopped cilantro until creamy. Season with salt to taste, then set aside.

Make weeknight dinners that are easy and delicious with this homemade flank steak tacos recipe with chili lime seasoned steak, avocado crema and lots of delicious mushrooms and veggies from the garden.

Once the veggies are done cooking, add the flank steak to a pan with olive oil over medium high heat. Cook for 3 minutes on each side for a rare steak. Longer for medium-rare to medium.

Make weeknight dinners that are easy and delicious with this homemade flank steak tacos recipe with chili lime seasoned steak, avocado crema and lots of delicious mushrooms and veggies from the garden.

Greg actually prefers his steak more medium than rare. So after slicing the cooked flank steak against the grain, I threw the steak back into the pan for 2-3 more minutes to suit his taste.

Make weeknight dinners that are easy and delicious with this homemade flank steak tacos recipe with chili lime seasoned steak, avocado crema and lots of delicious mushrooms and veggies from the garden.

While the steak rest prepare the taco shells. I used yellow corn taco shells for my flank steak tacos recipe.

How to make flank steak tacos for weeknight dinners with corn tortilla shells.

To warm, heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat then add shells to the hot pan. Turn the shells frequently until warm and soft, and slightly charred in places.

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe. How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday.

Now simply assemble your flank steak tacos with the cooked steak, veggies and avocado crema. Add a squeeze of lime juice if desired. Then dig in!

I’d love to hear what you think of my flank steak tacos recipe! So if you make it, please share your reviews in the comments! In the meantime, you can add more weeknight dinner recipes to your recipe files, with my collection of delicious taco recipes below.

Healthy Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Lime Slaw for Easy Weeknight Dinners on Taco Tuesday. This easy shrimp tacos recipe with lime slaw is a delicious balance between creamy avocado, zesty and crunchy coleslaw, and protein-packed shrimp. It’s both beautifully colored and absolutely insanely good. Even better, it only takes about 30 minutes to make. So it’s perfect for weeknight dinners.

More Tacos Recipe Ideas for Taco Tuesdays

Want a healthier option for your taco Tuesdays? Try my easy, healthy shrimp tacos recipe with lime slaw via my guest post at The Nourished Life. This easy shrimp tacos recipe with lime slaw is a delicious balance between creamy avocado, zesty and crunchy coleslaw, and protein-packed shrimp. It’s both beautifully colored and absolutely insanely good. Even better, it only takes about 30 minutes to make. So it’s perfect for weeknight dinners.

Or try one of these other fantastic taco recipes.

For even more taco recipes as well as other weeknight dinner recipes and ideas, follow my Food Recipes Pinterest Board.

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Eucalyptus and Orange Essential Oil Blend for Health, Home & Beauty

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This natural aromatherapeutic eucalyptus & orange essential oil blend recipe doesn’t just smell wonderful. It actually can be used in a number of ways for health, home and beauty. Learn how to make a simple eco-friendly linen spray & deodorizer, surface sanitizer, smoothing hair shine spray & diffuser blend for stuffy noses. As well as how to add this essential oil blend to your homemade soap & natural skin care recipes. Keep reading to learn more!

This natural aromatherapeutic eucalyptus & orange essential oil blend recipe doesn’t just smell wonderful. It actually can be used in a number of ways for health, home and beauty. Learn how to make a simple eco-friendly linen spray & deodorizer, surface sanitizer, smoothing hair shine spray & diffuser blend for stuffy noses. As well as how to add this essential oil blend to your homemade soap & natural skin care recipes

Aromatherapeutic Essential Oil Blend

This is the same essential oil blend I used in my latest natural skin care recipe for a homemade coffee body scrub. And, because I love it SO much, I wanted to share a few other ways that you can use this natural essential oil blend recipe.

Whether you’re looking for new naturally scented skin care recipes to try or want an eco-friendly way to freshen your home, you’ll find this eucalyptus and orange essential oil blend has uses for all aspects of health, skin care and homemaking.

Multipurpose aromatherapeutic orange and eucalyptus essential oil blend recipe for homemade soap recipes and natural skin care products. Use this essential oil blend in you homemade beauty recipes such as melt and pour soaps, body butter and scrubs - even natural homemade deodorant for summer! I recommend .05% for leave on products and up to 2% for wash off products such as homemade soap recipes and body scrubs.

Eucalyptus and Orange Essential Oil Blend

To make, simply combine 3 parts eucalyptus essential oil with 2 parts peppermint essential oils, 2 parts orange essential oil, 1 part rosemary essential oil and 1 part tea tree essential oil in an amber glass bottle. Then shake to combine.

Here’s an easy breakdown to make a batch of this essential oil blend to use throughout the year, broken down into ounces and grams.

Eucalyptus and Orange Essential Oil Blend Recipe

.15 oz. / 4.25 g eucalyptus essential oil
.1 oz. / 2.8 g peppermint essential oil
.1 oz. / 2.8 g wild orange essential oil
.05 oz. / 1.41 g rosemary essential oil
.05 oz. /1.41 g tea tree essential oil

This natural aromatherapeutic eucalyptus & orange essential oil blend recipe doesn’t just smell wonderful. It actually can be used in a number of ways for health, home and beauty. Learn how to make a simple eco-friendly linen spray & deodorizer, surface sanitizer, smoothing hair shine spray & diffuser blend for stuffy noses. As well as how to add this essential oil blend to your homemade soap & natural skin care recipes.

Ways to use Your Eucalyptus and Orange Essential Oil Blend

For Homemade Beauty Recipes

You can then use this essential oil blend in you homemade beauty recipes such as melt and pour soaps, body butters and scrubs – even natural homemade deodorant for summer! I recommend .05% for leave on products and up to 2% for wash off products such as homemade soap recipes and body scrubs.

Or try swapping out this eucalyptus and orange essential oil blend in one of these natural beauty recipes.

For Natural Hair Care

I also love using this blend for natural hair care. Combine 12 drops of this essential oil blend with 1 oz. fractionated coconut oil. Then simply mist or smooth a few drops over hair for a healthy looking shine.

Do seasonal allergies leave you feeling worn out? Try this natural essential oil blend for seasonal allergies. This essential oil blend recipe has aromatherapeutic benefits that help energize and clear nasal passages. Say bye-bye to stuffy noses while enjoying its energizing fresh scent that helps put some of that pep back into your step. Simply use this aromatherapy essential oil blend in a diffuser or homemade shower steamers. Or try it on an essential oil diffuser necklace for on the go care.

For Seasonal Allergies & Colds

As this natural essential oil blend contains eucalyptus essential oil, I also found it worked wonders at opening up my nasal passages caused by seasonal allergies. Simply use this blend in an essential oil diffuser. Or, combine 24 drops of essential oil with 2 oz. of witch hazel in a spray bottle to mist onto your pillow before bed. (You can also use this as a spray deodorant!)

For Home Scents & Sanitizers

Alternately, I also found that this essential oil blend works beautifully as an odor neutralizing spray, sanitizer and air freshener in my home. Simply combine this blend in a spray bottle with either vodka or 99% isopropyl alcohol to deodorize and sanitize surfaces. It can also be used as a linen spray to freshen laundry. (Shake before each use.)

For Laundry Care

You can also add this essential oil blend directly to your wool dryer balls for freshly scented laundry that’s also eco-friendly.

How Much Essential Oil Should I Use?

Confused about how much essential oil to add to your recipes? Check out Mountain Rose Herbs’ new essential oil dilution calculator here. Or try their easy essential oil conversion calculator when you’re not sure how to make conversions from drops to larger units of measure. Plus get pro tips for using essential oils for home, health and beauty.

DIY ways to use essential oils in your home as well as for health and beauty. Learn how to make a simple eco-friendly linen spray & deodorizer, surface sanitizer, smoothing hair shine spray & diffuser blend for stuffy noses. As well as how to add this essential oil blend to your homemade soap & natural skin care recipes.

An Easy Way to Learn About Essential Oils

Ready to start your essential oil collection but aren’t sure where to start? Simply Earth offers a monthly essential oil recipe box that’s perfect for you! Each monthly box comes with four essential oils as well as additional ingredients and recipe cards. Use the essential oil recipe cards to craft simple essential oil recipes for health, home and beauty. Then store the index sized cards in a recipe box for future reference or to duplicate your favorite recipes.

There’s no monthly commitment to try Simply Earth. Buy a single box or individual essential oils when it fits your budget. Discover all the benefits of Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe boxes here. Or check out my reviews of past boxes from Simply Earth here.

Ready to explore new essential oils? Order this month’s box with right away! (Use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE to receive a FREE bonus box worth $40 with your first order. You’ll also get an e-coupon for $40 off your next box. Get yours now!)

Natural ways to use essential oils for home, health and beauty. Learn how to make a simple eco-friendly linen spray & deodorizer, surface sanitizer, smoothing hair shine spray & diffuser blend for stuffy noses. As well as how to add this essential oil blend to your homemade soap & natural skin care recipes.

Interested in learning even more? Explore more ways to use essential oils in your home as well as for health and beauty applications by visiting my essential oils & herbs board on Pinterest. And, of course, don’t forget to pin this post with my eucalyptus and orange essential oil blend recipe for later!

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Coffee Scrub Recipe for Natural Summer Skin Care & Homemade Gifts

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Made with a blend of aromatherapeutic essential oils, this homemade coffee scrub recipe resembles potted succulents and is the perfect treat for your natural summer skin care routine. Learn how to make this DIY beauty recipe today to naturally pamper your skin and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. Or make this natural body scrub to create unique homemade gifts for friends and family.

Coffee scrub recipe for cellulite. Learn how to make this potted succulent coffee scrub recipe for summer skin care. Made with a blend of aromatherapeutic essential oils, this potted succulent coffee scrub recipe is the perfect treat for your natural summer skin care routine. Learn how to make this DIY beauty recipe today to naturally pamper your skin and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. Or make this natural body scrub to create unique homemade gifts for friends and family.

Getting Around to Summer Skin Care

I am one of those people who lacks a green thumb. While I’m not a serial plant murderer, my thumb varies from shades of putrid yellow to brown. I never kill my plants right off the bat. Instead, I tend to slowly torture them to death through a series of overwatering and underwatering then back again. My succulents always suffer the most. I’ll typically keep them alive for a year or so before sending them into a downward spiral that leads to rotting roots and leaves.

Granted, I do consider myself an intelligent person. I honestly do grasp the concept of plant care. The problem, however, isn’t that I don’t know HOW to care for succulents. It’s that my anxiety gets the better of me.

Potted succulent coffee scrub DIY. A natural DIY summer skin care product for women over 30 for natural beauty. Made with a blend of aromatherapeutic essential oils, this potted succulent coffee scrub recipe is the perfect treat for your natural summer skin care routine. Learn how to make this DIY beauty recipe today to naturally pamper your skin and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. Or make this natural body scrub to create unique homemade gifts for friends and family.

Normally, I’m a mostly sane person. (I’m not sure anyone is completely sane all of the time, so I prefer not overvalue my own sanity.) Unfortunately, I’ve never been great at handling the emotional overload that comes with that monthly visit from Aunt Flo. She’s quite challenging, especially now that perimenopause has set in. So I find myself, at least once a month, trying to compartmentalize the emotional whirlwind and anxiety that accompanies the hormone changes she packs for every visit.

To cope, this sometimes means, the OCD gets the better of me. And so I water my succulents thinking they aren’t getting enough to drink. Then I do it again the next day. And the day after that. And when they start to suffer, it must be they need more water! Or I go entirely the other direction and forget about them for months on end. At which point, there’s nothing left to salvage.

Luckily our skin can be salvaged. (Visibly anyway.) And whether or not you have a green thumb, this potted succulent coffee scrub recipe is the perfect way to pamper skin you’ve neglected prior to shorts season.

Homemade gift ideas for natural beauty. Learn how to make this beautiful DIY potted succulent coffee scrub recipe for seasonal summer gifts or for your seasonal summer self care beauty regimen. Made with a blend of aromatherapeutic essential oils, this DIY beauty recipe pampers skin and reduces the visible appearance of cellulite for glowing skin. This natural coffee scrub recipe with coconut oil for cellulite makes a beautiful gift when paired with a homemade succulent soap.

 

Skin Care Benefits of Coffee Scrubs

Coffee scrubs are exactly what you think they’d be. A body scrub comprised of coffee as the primary exfoliant. Typically, additional ingredients are also added to meet your skin’s personalized needs. Seeing as I’m turning 44 this month, I like to customize my body scrubs in a way that targets aging. By choosing carrier oils and essential oils that address aging, in addition to coffee’s caffeine content, I’m able to attain a variety of skin care benefits from my coffee scrub recipe.

Like most body scrubs, coffee scrubs are a wonderful way to naturally exfoliate skin. Exfoliation, which helps to promote cellular turnover, leads to brighter, smoother looking skin. This helps to reduce the appearance of aging. (Bye bye, fine lines.) By adding carrier oils, such as coconut oil, to a coffee scrub recipe, it also moisturizes skin which generally leads to a more youthful appearance.

Additionally, you may have heard, that coffee scrubs can help you can annihilate your body’s cellulite like I did last year’s succulents. But does it really?

Beautiful succulent gift ideas for cactus and succulents lovers. Learn how to craft a natural beauty gift set for friends and family with these easy DIY bath and body recipes with essential oils for natural skin care. Make an easy succulent soap recipe to pair with the best ever homemade coffee scrub recipe for cellulite. Made with coconut oil, an aromatherapeutic essential oil blend with eucalyptus & orange as well as French green clay and Epsom salt, this natural skin care product is a treat!

Does a coffee scrub really help cellulite?

The one thing my homemade coffee scrub recipe cannot do is completely tackle cellulite. There is no magic remedy for reducing the amount of cellulite your body has. Much of cellulite is based on hereditary factors such as age, genetics, gender and ethnicity. However, both diet and activity level also play a role.

Nonetheless, by using a body scrub, such as a coffee scrub, you can diminish the appearance of cellulite. The massaging motion used when slathering on a scrub works much like dry brushing. It can help increase lymphatic drainage and it also increases body circulation. While the caffeine found in coffee assists in the dilation of blood vessels to tighten skin and aid in an overall firmer appearance.

Potted succulent coffee scrub recipe for natural summer skin care. Made with a blend of aromatherapeutic essential oils, this potted succulent coffee scrub recipe is the perfect treat for your natural summer skin care routine. Learn how to make this DIY beauty recipe today to naturally pamper your skin and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite while also targeting the signs of aging. A wonderful natural skin care product for women over 30 for glowing skin this summer.

Additional ingredients in my coffee scrub recipe.

I’ve seen coffee scrub recipes online that advice using cinnamon essential oil to further increase body circulation for cellulite reduction. However, as cinnamon oil is a known skin irritant, I strongly advise against its use. Instead, I’ve formulated my coffee scrub recipe using an aromatherapeutic blend of essential oils. These oils include both peppermint and eucalyptus, which can also aid in improving circulation without irritating sensitive skin.

In addition, I’ve also included Epsom salt in my potted succulent coffee scrub recipe. This salt, which is rich in magnesium, can help ease daily aches and pains that become commonplace as we age.

And, while I crafted this coffee scrub recipe with coconut oil, you can honestly use any carrier oil of your choosing. Hazelnut oil, for example, is great for massage. Alternately, I have another wonderful coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil – similar to Frank’s Original Coffee Body Scrub – that you can try here.

Potted succulent coffee scrub recipe for natural summer skin care. Made with a blend of aromatherapeutic essential oils, this potted succulent coffee scrub recipe is the perfect treat for your natural summer skin care routine. Learn how to make this DIY beauty recipe today to naturally pamper your skin and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite while also targeting the signs of aging. A wonderful natural skin care product for women over 30 for glowing skin this summer.

How to Make a Coffee Scrub Recipe

Ready to make a succulent themed summer coffee scrub recipe? Then let’s get started!

My potted succulent coffee scrub recipe is comprised of two parts. The actual coffee scrub recipe and a recipe for a simple succulent shaped soap that rests on top of the scrub. The coffee scrub is meant to be used after washing with the soap. When paired, the combination of these two natural summer skin care products make a beautiful presentation for homemade gifts.

The following recipes will yield four potted succulent coffee scrubs for seasonal gift giving. Should you not wish to make that many products at once, simply halve each of the recipes. It’s also important to note, that while I did use a small amount of cosmetic mica to add richer color and shimmer to my succulent soaps, you may omit the mica for all natural products.

Homemade coffee scrub recipe with coconut oil. Learn how to make a naturally exfoliating coffee scrub recipe for cellulite and stretch marks with this natural DIY beauty recipe for summer skin care. A simple DIY coffee scrub with a natural aromatherapeutic blend of essential oils that energize skin, increase circulation and tighten skin for glowing skin that looks younger! Moisturize and exfoliate your skin with this natural skin care product for women over 40. An energizing essential oil DIY.

Coffee Scrub Recipe with Coconut Oil

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

8.5 oz. ground coffee
5 oz. Epsom salt
6 oz. fractionated coconut oil
4 oz. French green clay, suitable for all skin types
.25 oz. essential oil blend, found below

Essential Oil Blend:

.15 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
.1 oz. peppermint essential oil
.1 oz. wild orange essential oil
.05 oz. rosemary essential oil
.05 oz. tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

Begin by making the essential oil blend. Simply weigh out each essential oil into a glass container. Mix to combine, then pour into an amber jar for use later.

Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the fractionated coconut oil (which is always liquid at room temperature) and .25 oz. of the essential oil blend. Combine in a glass bowl or a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Stir to combine, then set aside.

How to make a natural coffee scrub with an energizing essential oil blend, Epsom salt and French green clay.

In a separate container, weigh out and combine the ground coffee, Epsom salt and French green clay. Mix well to fully incorporate all the ingredients evenly throughout the mixture.

Pour the dry ingredients into the container with the coconut oil and essential oil blend. Mix with a fork to combine. Then spoon evenly into four 8 oz. thick walled PET amber jars. Set aside.

DIY succulent soap gift. Craft these easy homemade succulent soaps to pair with a natural essential oil coffee scrub recipe with coconut oil for beautiful handmade bath and beauty gifts for friends and family. This easy beginner soap recipe without lye is perfect for beginning soapmakers. Made with a succulent soap mold, this simple soap recipe is scented with an aromatherapeutic blend of natural essential oils for the perfect addition to your summer skin care routine for natural beauty.

Succulent Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

11 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
1/2 teaspoon French green clay
1 teaspoon 99% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
.1 oz. essential oil blend, found above
1/4 teaspoon apple moss green mica
additional mica for dusting, to suit

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Instructions:

Weigh out the clear glycerin soap base using a digital scale. Using a sharp knife, cut the soap into chunks and combine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or other heat safe container.

Heat the soap in a microwave in 30 second increments until all the soap has melted. Set aside.

In a separate container, measure out the French green clay and isopropyl alcohol. Combine in a small glass bowl or measuring cup. Stir well to combine. Then stir into the melted soap base.

If desired, measure out the apple green mica, then add to the soap base as well.

Now weigh out a portion of the essential oil blend you made previously and stir into the melted soap. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients evenly throughout the melted soap base.

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Next, place your succulent mold onto a cutting board.

If desired, dust the the inside cavities of the mold with skin safe, cosmetic mica powder. I like to sprinkle a small amount of mica powder into the mold then blow the excess out over the sink. For my succulent soaps, I used the same apple moss green mica I tinted the soap with along with a pink mica powder.

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Remix the melted soap base, then pour the melted base evenly into each of the four cavities of your succulent mold. If needed, spritz the tops of the soap with isopropyl alcohol (in a spray bottle) to remove any air bubbles.

Use the cutting board to transport the soap to the refrigerator.

Allow the soap to set in the fridge until the soap has fully cooled and solidified.

Then remove the succulent soaps from the mold.

Coffee scrub recipe for cellulite and stretch marks. How to make a coffee ground scrub recipe for your natural summer beauty regimen. Get beautiful glowing skin this summer with this homemade coffee scrub recipe with coconut oil. Suitable for both your face and body, this natural coffee sugar scrub recipe with coconut oil also contains Epsom salt, French green clay & a natural essential oil blend. A beauty DIY recipe to exfoliate skin & reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.

All that’s left now is to pair the containers of coffee scrubs you made previously with a bar of soap each.

To do this, simply wrap the succulent soaps tightly in foodservice film. Screw the lids onto the containers of coffee scrub. Then rest the succulent soap bars onto the lids of the coffee scrubs.

Potted succulent coffee scrub DIY. A natural DIY summer skin care product for women over 30 for natural beauty. Made with a blend of aromatherapeutic essential oils, this potted succulent coffee scrub recipe is the perfect treat for your natural summer skin care routine. Learn how to make this DIY beauty recipe today to naturally pamper your skin and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. Or make this natural body scrub to create unique homemade gifts for friends and family.

Tie the two natural skin care products together using pretty pink ribbon from the craft store. Your coffee scrub and succulent soap duo are now ready to give as homemade beauty gifts!

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned it, but if you’d like to sell the products you make using my homemade coffee scrub recipe and succulent soap tutorial there are some guidelines you’ll need to follow. In addition to your state and country’s laws, you’ll also need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your natural skin care products. I therefore recommend the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale. This industry praised book is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines (in the United States) for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products. (And avoid a visit and inspection from the FDA.)

Coffee scrub recipe for cellulite and stretch marks. How to make a coffee ground scrub recipe for your natural summer beauty regimen. Get beautiful glowing skin this summer with this homemade coffee scrub recipe with coconut oil. Suitable for both your face and body, this natural coffee sugar scrub recipe with coconut oil also contains Epsom salt, French green clay & a natural essential oil blend. A beauty DIY recipe to exfoliate skin & reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.

I hope you love my coffee scrub recipe with coconut oil as much as I do. If so, then make sure to pin my coffee scrub recipe for cellulite on Pinterest for homemade gift ideas down the road.

Also be sure to check out my other summer skin care recipes and homemade gift ideas below!

Aloe after sun lotion bar recipe with lavender essential oils for natural summer skin care. Natural sunburn remedy with aloe vera. Learn how to make an aloe after sun lotion moisturizer to soothe and hydrate sunburned skin with this natural plant based vegan aloe after sun lotion bar recipe. A simple effective sunburn treatment for natural beauty.

More Summer Skin Care Recipes

If you enjoyed my potted succulent coffee scrub recipe and succulent soap tutorial, then you should try these other homemade summer skin care recipes! Formulated for fun and function, these skin care products are made using a combination of natural ingredients including essential oils, body butters and carrier oils to nourish skin. Discover new ways to craft homemade beauty products for your natural skin care and beauty regimen now!

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Father’s Day Gifts from Kids (That Anyone Can DIY)

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There’s nothing better than giving the gift of handmade. Something you made with your own two hands for someone special in your life. However, it can be challenging to come up with gift ideas for men. Especially when you’re hunting for Father’s Day gifts from kids that they can either make themselves, or with a little help. Since dads, in particular, can be a challenge to craft for, I’ve put together a roundup of my favorite DIY Father’s Day gifts that just about anyone can DIY.

Father's Day gifts from kids. Give Dad the gift of handmade with gifts the kids can make themselves! These DIY Father's Day gifts from kids are perfect for just about any skill level!

I still remember the delight I felt when I first discovered fabric crayons. We were asked to bring in a white t-shirt to class so we could make Father’s Day gifts. We drew designs representing our families in crayons onto white paper. Then they were ironed onto the t-shirts we’d brought to class. Houses, rainbows, stick figures and dogs were common themes. And of course beautiful fluffy blue clouds and birds in the sky chasing through them. Far superior to the clay ashtrays of the previous year, these t-shirts allowed us to express our love for family through pictures. And besides, my parents didn’t smoke anyway.

Coming up with fresh new ideas for Father’s Day gifts from kids year after year however can be a challenge. So this year, I’ve put together a collection of Father’s Day gifts that anyone can DIY as a special gift for Dad. Grown ups included. So whether you’re five or forty five, or somewhere in between, you can create the perfect DIY Father’s Day gift. (Although younger kids may need a little extra help from Mom.)

DIY Father's Day Gift Idea - Homemade Six Pack of Treats for Dad

Father’s Day Gifts from Kids (to DIY)

One of my most popular Father’s Day gifts from kids comes from a project my son completed six years ago. He upcycled a soda carton and its empty bottles to make a custom six pack of his Dad’s favorite snacks. The bottles are filled with things like pistachio nuts, Skittles and M&M’s. While the carrier is painted with chalkboard board paint so a personalized message can be added to this Father’s Day gift from kids. Learn to make it here.

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra a light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life!

My suncatcher DIY has also been trending on Pinterest this month. It’s another great gift idea for Dad. Simply upcycled old CD’s and trace on images with marker that you can then fill in with paint. A motorcycle suncatcher – or another image of something representing Dad’s loves or hobbies – is perfect for his office or the patio door of his man cave.

DIY Father's Day gifts from kids. Tweens and teens will have a blast crafting these handmade candles for Dad. Scented with a leather fragrance oil, this candle making project makes another easy DIY Father's Day gift from the kids. And one they aren't embarrassed about being shown off to his friends and coworkers. (Plus, hello. Moms will love this gift idea too! Not only will his man cave no longer be tinged with the scent of man sweat and stout beer, he won't yell about you coming through during the game with the freshness of Febreeze.)

Tweens and teens will have a blast crafting these handmade candles for Dad. Scented with a leather fragrance oil, this candle making project makes another easy DIY Father’s Day gift from the kids. And one they aren’t embarrassed about being shown off to his friends and coworkers. (Plus, hello. Moms will love this gift idea too! Not only will his man cave no longer be tinged with the scent of man sweat and stout beer, he won’t yell about you coming through during the game with the freshness of Febreeze.)

DIY Father's Day gift ideas from kids. These DIY pasta planters from Handmade Charlotte are another great Father's Day gift idea. The perfect gift from kids of all ages, these planters are not only easy to make, they're the perfect gift when paired with Dad's favorite herbs for his famous chili or pizza recipes.

These DIY pasta planters from Handmade Charlotte are another great Father’s Day gift idea. The perfect gift from kids of all ages, these planters are not only easy to make, they’re the perfect gift when paired with Dad’s favorite herbs for his famous chili or pizza recipes. I also like this “Me and My Peeps” flower pot craft from Me and My Inklings.

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

Older kids will delight in making these DIY Star Wars inspired soaps for Dad. Plus they’ll learn a few soap making tricks. Like how to make their Millennium Falcon soaps look like painted metal. These fun Father’s Day gifts from the kids can be customized with Dad’s favorite cologne by simply using a fragrance oil dupe. Or use essential oils like pine or patchouli for a natural scent.

DIY Star Wars inspired galaxy soaps!

They can also further explore their creativity by making galaxy soaps if you’ve already taken them under your mother hen soap making wing. It’s just a matter of melting soap base and swirling in different colors.

This DIY soapmaking project creates soap that resembles pebbles in a stream! Scent them with a cool water fragrance oil for a fun homemade gift idea for a boyfriend or significant other!

Or combine a variety of soap shapes to make this Cool Water dupe scented soap DIY that resembles pebbles in a stream.

Other easy soap gift ideas for Dad this Father’s Day include this simple moisturizing body wash recipe and this DIY hand milled coffee & bourbon soap.

Handmade Father's Day gifts from the kids. Beard oil is another equally awesome handmade gift idea for Father's Day. Plus it's super easy. This recipe from Beauty Crafter uses volume measuring so you won't need a skill. Simply measure out the carrier oils with measuring spoons and add in drops of essential oil as called for in the recipe.

Beard oil is another equally awesome handmade gift idea for Father’s Day. Plus it’s super easy. This natural beard oil recipe from Beauty Crafter uses volume measuring so you won’t need a skill. Simply measure out the carrier oils with measuring spoons and add in drops of essential oil as called for in the recipe. If this isn’t quite what you were looking for, Mountain Rose Herbs has three additional beard oil recipes you can try.

Easy Father's Day gifts from the kids. I love this Father's Day gift idea for making faux wood burned signs. Because this project doesn't require a wood burning tool, this tutorial for a faux wood burned sign and wood slice coasters from Printable Crush is safe for all ages.

I also love this Father’s Day gift idea for making faux wood burned signs. Because this project doesn’t require a wood burning tool, this tutorial for a faux wood burned sign and wood slice coasters from Printable Crush is safe for all ages.

Free printables perfect for last minute Father's Day gifts. The kids can help shop for the ingredients and assemble these gifts at any age. Tried and True blog has a free popcorn printable for an easy popcorn Father's Day gift from kids. Plus more DIY Father's Day gift ideas from kids.

There are also a number of free printables that are perfect for last minute Father’s Day gifts. The kids can help shop for the ingredients and assemble these gifts at any age. Tried and True blog has a free popcorn printable for an easy popcorn Father’s Day gift from kids. She also has an easy idea for a DIY Father’s Day gift can with a printable label. Or consider the printable Father’s Day bottle tags from Skip to My Lou for Dad’s favorite soda, beer or hard cider.

Father's Day gifts from kids. If your kids love Legos, have them put their block building skills to good use with this DIY Father's Day gift from Laly Mom. Kids will love making this rad DIY pen holder for Dad's desk. Not only is it the perfect place for him to stash his pens, they can also add their favorite photo of a special memory together.

If your kids love Legos, have them put their block building skills to good use with this DIY Father’s Day gift from Laly Mom. Kids will love making this rad DIY pen holder for Dad’s desk. Not only is it the perfect place for him to stash his pens, they can also add their favorite photo of a special memory together.

These easy DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls and are super cute as homemade Father's Day gifts!

More Great Kid Made Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Need even more ideas for DIY Father’s Day gifts from kids? Keep reading to discover just a few of the Father’s Day gift ideas that I’ve compiled on my Father’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest board.

  • This shaving cream recipe from The Nourished Life contains witch hazel so it’s perfect for Dad’s sensitive skin.
  • A mechanic’s hand scrub is a great gift for the car hobbyist. This DIY from Everything Pretty is the perfect gift!
  • If Dad’s a gardener, then he’ll love this DIY garden tool bag from So Sew Easy filled with gardening tools.

What’s your favorite kid-made Father’s Day gift idea? Be sure to share your ideas for  Father’s Day gifts from kids in the comments. Then don’t forget to follow me across your favorite social media platforms. You can find me on Blog Lovin‘, facebooktwitter and instagram. Or sign up to receive my semi-weekly newsletter to stay in the loop.