Raspberry Lemonade Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

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This raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap recipe takes just 10 minutes to make, making it quick, easy, and inexpensive craft.

This raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap recipe takes just 10 minutes to make, making it quick, easy, and inexpensive craft. Plus learn about melt and pour soapmaking additives you can use to create your own custom melt and pour soap recipes! #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #meltandpoursoap #diy #crafts #soapcrafting

Rebecca’s soap recipes always amaze me. I love how she adds so many unique ingredients to her bars to make new recipes. She definitely has a talent.

Over a decade ago, I wanted to make handmade soap. My kids were babies, and I didn’t have a lot of room for supplies. I didn’t want to use lye since my kids could interrupt me at any time, so I decided to try making melt and pour soap.

Also called glycerin soap, melt and pour soap is a great alternative to making handmade soap. It’s relatively inexpensive to make and doesn’t take as long to make or cure. You can also add several ingredients to it to make a custom bar of soap.

I’ve used Rebecca’s handmade soap, and it’s amazing for the skin as well as being beautiful. Melt and pour soap is probably better suited to a hand soap because it’s not as moisturizing as traditional soap, but it can be used on the body.

Melt and pour soap gives you a chance to be creative. There are many molds that you can use to make different shapes. You can make animal soaps, flower soaps, or a basic rectangle bar.  You can also add several different additives to make your bar unique.

Melt and Pour Additives

You can add most of the same additives to melt and pour soap that you can to traditional soap, but you can not add anything that has any water. Unlike with traditional soap, you cannot add any fruit or vegetables or fruit powders because they can grow mold.

You can add:

As a general rule, you want to add 1 tablespoon per pound of soap. You can also mix two or more of these additives together for even more combinations, just make sure that you adjust the amount so that you’re adding 1 tablespoon.

Some heavy additives may sink to the bottom. You can buy what is called a suspension base. This helps keep additives suspended evenly throughout the bar.

If you don’t have a suspension base, you can still add things to your soap. I wait until the soap starts to form a scum on the top, quickly add it and stir, and then pour.

Other Ways to Customize Melt and Pour Soap

You can add carrier oils or nut butters to your melt and pour soap, too. Again, you can add 1 tablespoon per pound of soap base. These help the soap be more moisturizing for your skin. I generally add shea butter, but you can also add a liquid carrier oil.

I also use infused oils in my soaps so I can have the benefits of whatever I infused it with without adding it to the soap. I like to infuse oils with chamomile for my eczema, so I will add that for the skin benefits of chamomile and benefits of the oil that I used to infuse it with.

For color, it’s best to use soap colorants. You can use food coloring, but I find that the color fades and will be uneven within a few days of pouring the soap. If you’re making it for yourself, you may not care. If you’re selling it, it’s best to leave it natural or use a proper soap colorant.

You can add the color and stir before you pour for all over color. You can also make designs by adding a drop or two after you pour and using a toothpick to swirl the color.

You can also add mica for some shimmer.

To scent your soap, use either a fragrance oil or an essential oil. You can add 1-1.5 teaspoons per pound of soap. It’s best to start with about half of a teaspoon and add more as needed.  Some scents are very strong and don’t need much added. For this soap, I used half each of a fragrance oil and essential oil.

This raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap recipe takes just 10 minutes to make, making it quick, easy, and inexpensive craft. Plus learn about melt and pour soapmaking additives you can use to create your own custom melt and pour soap recipes! #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #meltandpoursoap #diy #crafts #soapcrafting

Raspberry Lemonade Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

1 pound melt and pour soap base
1/2 teaspoon lemon essential oil
1/2 teaspoon raspberry fragrance oil
1 tablespoon shea butter
Rubbing alcohol (optional)

Directions:

Step #1

To make this raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap recipe, you’ll begin by cutting the soap base into 1 inch cubes.

Step #2

Place the soap cubes in a heat safe container.  I use a Pyrex measuring cup. Microwave on high at 30 second intervals, stirring at each interval, until the soap is completely melted.

Step #3

Add the shea butter and stir until melted. I don’t heat the shea butter in the microwave because it can get grainy when heated. It should melt quickly.

Step #4

Add soap colorant until you get the desired color.

Step #5

Let the soap cool slightly until it is no longer steaming. Adding the essential oil and fragrance oil too soon can cause them to burn off. I generally wait until a scum forms on the top to add them and then stir well.

Step #6

Pour into your mold.

Step #7

Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles. This is optional. If you don’t mind bubbles on the bottom of your soap, you can skip this step.

Step #8

Let the raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap cool completely before you try to remove it from the mold. If the soap doesn’t pop out of the mold, place it in the freezer for 10 minutes and try again. If you leave the soap in for too long, it can sweat. Let it sit on a cooking rack for a few days. If you wrap it too soon, it can sweat.

You can use your raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap immediately after you unmold it. It does last longer if you let it cure for a few days, but you don’t have to wait like you do with traditional soaps.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial for making raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap and learned how to make your own custom bar of melt and pour soap!

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Aloe Vera Soap Recipe with Neem Oil

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If you commonly turn to aloe vera to soothe and moisturize your skin, then add this soap recipe to your weekend to do list now! Formulated using natural ingredients, my cold process aloe vera soap recipe uses aloe vera gel in place of water for its natural skin care benefits.

Aloe Vera Soap Recipe with Neem Oil! If you commonly turn to aloe vera to soothe and moisturize your skin, then add this soap recipe to your weekend to do list now! Formulated using natural ingredients, my cold process aloe vera soap recipe uses aloe vera gel in place of the water for its natural skin care properties. #aloevera #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #palmfree #vegan #diy #crafts #neemoil

If you read my recipe for making aloe vera bath melts, then you’ll recall that in Ayurvedic medicine aloe vera is used to tackle skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. Additionally, in part due to its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera also helps to promote healing, moisturize and soothe dry skin and can even aid in the prevention of acne.

Like aloe, neem oil, is also prized for its anti-inflammatory properties. When used in natural skin care products, neem oil addresses skin conditions such as eczema, acne, ringworm, cold sores, psoriasis, warts, infected burn wounds and slow-healing skin ulcers. It has also been shown to help control various skin infections.

While the natural nutty garlic like scent of neem oil is not typically one someone might enjoy, the amount of neem oil used in my aloe vera soap recipe is easily masked with the inclusion of either an essential oil or a fragrance oil in the recipe.

Aloe Vera Soap Recipe with Neem Oil! If you commonly turn to aloe vera to soothe and moisturize your skin, then add this soap recipe to your weekend to do list now! Formulated using natural ingredients, my cold process aloe vera soap recipe uses aloe vera gel in place of the water for its natural skin care properties. #aloevera #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #palmfree #vegan #diy #crafts #neemoil

Aloe Vera Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4 oz. refined coconut oil (25%)
1.6 oz. neem oil (10%)
4.8 oz. pomace olive oil (30%)
3.2 oz. safflower oil (20%)
1.6 oz. (fractionated) shea nut oil (10%)

5.25 oz. aloe vera gel
2.2 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

.5 oz. essential oil (or 1 oz. fragrance oil) of choice
1 teaspoon apple moss green mica, optional

Soap Notes:

Safety first! Before you begin make sure to take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. This includes wearing eye protection and gloves. Additionally, you should use only heat safe containers. None of your containers or your utensils should be aluminum.

My aloe vera soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method. If you’ve never made cold process soap, you can learn how it’s made via my cold process soapmaking tutorial. If you’ve never made cold process soap or worked with lye, I don’t recommend my aloe vera soap recipe as your first recipe. Instead, start with a beginner’s soap recipe like this one.

I specifically used this apple moss green mica powder from Brambleberry in my aloe vera soap recipe. However, you can use any cold process soap stable mica powder of your choice based on the color you’d like you soap to be. For the scent, I used a rose quartz fragrance oil also from Brambleberry, which does cause some acceleration in cold process soap.

I superfatted the oils in my aloe vera soap recipe at 6%. The additional fat from the aloe vera gel is not included in that total. This recipe yields six hard, skin conditioning aloe vera soap bars when using this rectangle silicone mold.

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the aloe vera gel into a heat safe container. (I recommend starting with chilled aloe vera gel.) Then, in a separate container, weigh out the lye. Pour the lye into the aloe vera gel and mix well. Keep mixing until all of the lye has dissolved, then set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a stainless steel pot or heat safe container. Heat on the stove top or at reduced power in a microwave or crock pot until melted. Remove from heat, then set aside to cool. When both the aloe-lye mixture and the soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

If you are using mica powder to color your soap, measure out the mica powder and mix into the cooled oils using an immersion blender. Then weigh the essential or fragrance oil and stir into the oils as well. (As the fragrance oil I used accelerates trace, I chose to add the fragrance oil prior to adding the aloe-lye mixture. However, you can add your chosen fragrance or essential oil at light trace if desired.)

Now pour the aloe-lye into the soapmaking oils and mix with an immersion blender until you reach trace.

Aloe Vera Soap Recipe with Neem Oil! If you commonly turn to aloe vera to soothe and moisturize your skin, then add this soap recipe to your weekend to do list now! Formulated using natural ingredients, my cold process aloe vera soap recipe uses aloe vera gel in place of the water for its natural skin care properties. #aloevera #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #palmfree #vegan #diy #crafts #neemoil

Once your soap has traced, pour the soap batter into the cavities of your silicone mold. Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your aloe vera soap bars should be ready to unmold the next day. If not, give them another day before unmolding.

Once you’ve unmolded your soap bars, set them aside in a dry location for a minimum of four weeks to cure. Then wrap and label as desired for personal use of gifting.

Homemade Calendula Soap! This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

More Natural Skin Care Recipes

If you love my aloe vera soap recipe then you may also enjoy these other natural skin care and homemade soap recipes.

Or discover more recipes for natural skin care products and homemade soaps by following my boards on Pinterest.

Want to Sell Your Homemade Products?

If you’d like to sell any of the homemade products you make from my natural skin care and soap recipes, you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your products. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, 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 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 handcrafted products.

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Naturally Clean Your Home Not Just Your Skin

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Sound amazing? It gets better! Sign up with Grove Collaborative and receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s Trio + Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges with your first order! (My friend Bambi and I ADORE the Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges!) They’re currently in gear for spring and are putting together some of the cleanest and greenest sets dedicated to making your home healthy and beautiful! I promise you will absolutely LOVE them! Learn more here.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. This natural plantain soap is perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover this recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

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Tinted Moisture Lip Whip Recipe for Healthy Looking Lips

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If your long lasting lipsticks are drying out your lips, give them a break already! My tinted moisture lip whip recipe smoothes, protects and nourishes lips on the days you don’t need a long lasting lipstick. So lips not only feel great, they look smoother and healthier reducing your chance of chapped lips from overuse of long wear lipsticks.

Tinted Moisture Lip Whip Recipe for Nourished Healthier Looking Lips! If your long lasting lipsticks are drying out your lips, give them a break already! My tinted moisture lip whip recipe smoothes, protects and nourishes lips on the days you don't need a long lasting lipstick. So lips not only feel great, they look smoother and healthier reducing your chance of chapped lips from overuse of long wear lipsticks.

I LOVE long lasting liquid matte lipsticks! They are perfect for evenings out because I don’t have to worry about my lipstick coming off an hour into drinks. Unfortunately my lips don’t love them quite as much. That staying power comes with a consequence – dry lips. So to keep my lips looking their best despite my liquid matte lipstick obsession, I created a tinted moisture whip lip recipe.

This tinted moisture lip whip recipe protects, smoothes and nourishes dry, thirsty lips while also adding healthy looking color. Use this moisture lip whip to keep lips in tip top shop in between those days you can’t live without all day lip coverage. You’ll find that your lips survive your long wearing lipstick better. And, if your lips are already chapped, you’ll notice smoother lips instantly!

Tinted Moisture Lip Whip Recipe for Nourished Healthier Looking Lips! If your long lasting lipsticks are drying out your lips, give them a break already! My tinted moisture lip whip recipe smoothes, protects and nourishes lips on the days you don't need a long lasting lipstick. So lips not only feel great, they look smoother and healthier reducing your chance of chapped lips from overuse of long wear lipsticks.

Tinted Moisture Lip Whip Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.3 oz. castor oil
.25 oz. kokum butter
.25 oz. candelilla wax
.25 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.25 oz. walnut oil (or other nourishing carrier oil)
.2 oz. dimethicone
5 drops vitamin E oil
1/2 teaspoon raspberry red mica powder (or lip safe mica color of choice)

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the kokum butter, candelilla wax and castor oil. Heat slowly at 30% power in the microwave in a heat safe container (I recommend using a small glass scientific beaker) or in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat.

Now weigh out the walnut oil and lanolin and stir into the melted butter, wax and oil mixture. Stir the ingredients until the lanolin melts. Then weigh out the dimethicone and mix into the moisture lip whip base.

Tinted Moisture Lip Whip Recipe for Nourished Healthier Looking Lips! If your long lasting lipsticks are drying out your lips, give them a break already! My tinted moisture lip whip recipe smoothes, protects and nourishes lips on the days you don't need a long lasting lipstick. So lips not only feel great, they look smoother and healthier reducing your chance of chapped lips from overuse of long wear lipsticks.

Next, add a few drops of vitamin E oil followed with a half teaspoon measurement of lip safe mica powder. Whisk the moisture lip whip with a fork to fully incorporate the mica powder, then pour into your container(s) of choice. My tinted moisture lip whip recipe works in both jars as well as lip balm tubes.

To use your moisture lip whip, simply apply to lips as desired. For extremely dry or chapped lips, apply a lip scrub beforehand to remove excess dry skin.

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try making your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own custom colored makeup sticks! 

More Beauty + Skin Care Recipes

If you enjoyed my tinted moisture lip whip recipe then you may also like some of these other beauty and skin care recipes.

Or discover more beauty and skin care recipes on my DIY Bath + Body Pinterest board. (Or explore all of my Pinterest boards for even more fantastic DIY ideas!)

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Do You Love Natural Cosmetics + Skin Care Products?

For natural cosmetics and skin care products, shop Real Purity. Real Purity products are made using organic plant-derived ingredients and wild botanicals. Their line of body-friendly products are suited even for even the most chemically sensitive skin. Learn more about Reap Purity here.

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Or, if you prefer a mix of eco-friendly lifestyle and beauty products, I highly recommend a Love Goodly subscription box. Their aim is to introduce you to stylish & cruelty-free lifestyle products at an affordable price. Discover wonderfully curated collections of healthy, eco-friendly and vegan beauty and skin care products with a bi-monthly subscription. Learn more here.

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to Buy or DIY

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Who says you blew it? There’s still plenty of time to snag some super awesome last minute Valentine’s Day gifts! Keep reading to learn how to save face by pulling off those last minute gift ideas in the knick of time with this collection of last minute Valentine’s Day gifts to buy or DIY!

Who says you blew it? There's still plenty of time to snag some super awesome last minute Valentine's Day gifts! Read on to learn how to save face by pulling off those last minute gift ideas in the knick of time with this collection of last minute Valentine's Day gifts you can buy or DIY! #valentinesday #valentinesdaygiftideas #valentinesdaygift #diy #lastminutegifts #crafts #shopping #gifts #giftideas #giftcards #giftsubscription

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Let’s face it. Shopping for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be daunting, not to mention time consuming. So it’s with good reason we keep putting it off and putting it off until – oh snap! And it’s the night before Valentine’s Day, the mall is closed and Amazon Prime two day shipping is a day too late.

And hey, you’ve been busy. I TOTALLY get that. Truly. Hopefully this year you still have a few days lead time before that countdown to the final hour. So it’s with high hopes that I offer you this collection of last minute Valentine’s Day gifts you can buy or DIY to help you save face.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to Buy

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Subscription beauty boxes are all the rage and with good reason. Women LOVE the combination of quality luxe beauty products and that element of surprise! So give her what she wants with a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription to Glossybox!

Subscription beauty boxes are all the rage and with good reason. Women LOVE the combination of quality luxe beauty products and that element of surprise! So give her what she wants with a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription to Glossybox! This is the perfect gift to all beauty lovers, delivering a monthly edit of 5 must-have beauty products every month.

Perfectly packaged in their signature pink box, the expert team at Glossybox curates every beauty box, vetting each brand to the highest quality standards and ensuring every product selection is the must-have beauty product. Give Glossybox now and your Valentine will receive an e-voucher via email for a gift that’s timely even when you’re down to the last minute.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Handmade IS better! So why not give the gift of handmade this Valentine's Day with a gift certificate to Etsy! A global marketplace for unique and creative goods, Etsy is home to a universe of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.

Handmade IS better! So why not give the gift of handmade this Valentine’s Day with a gift certificate to Etsy! A global marketplace for unique and creative goods, Etsy is home to a universe of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.

When you give a gift certificate to your Valentine, you have the option of delivering it electronically or printing it yourself! Then your lucky Valentine is able to purchase anything his or her heart desires!

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! For the budding bath and beauty DIY-er I highly recommend a gift subscription to The DIY Collectives! Dedicated to providing subscribers with products that foster self-sufficiency and promote environmental stewardship & sustainability, The DIY Collectives offers monthly DIY kits for making homemade soaps & cleansers, soaks & scrubs, face masks & toners, lotions & creams, tinctures & tonics and more!

For the budding bath and beauty DIY-er I highly recommend a gift subscription to The DIY Collectives! The DIY Collectives offers monthly bath & beauty DIY kits for making homemade soaps & cleansers, soaks & scrubs, lotions & creams and more! Further, they are dedicated to providing subscribers with products that foster self-sufficiency and promote environmental stewardship & sustainability. Save 10% off when you use coupon code: IHEARTU through 3/3/18 when you subscribe or give a gift subscription to The DIY Collectives.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Your Valentine will flip for a subscription to Grow and Make if he or she is into all encompassing DIY everything! Grow and Make strives to provide the best selection of high quality kits for DIY and crafting for everything from cheesemaking to soapmaking. Their goal is to help people simplify their lives and create their own distinctive, signature styles while being as sustainable as possible.

Your Valentine will flip for a subscription to Grow and Make if he or she is into all encompassing DIY everything! Grow and Make strives to provide the best selection of high quality kits for DIY and crafting for everything from cheesemaking to soapmaking. Their goal is to help people simplify their lives while also being as sustainable as possible. Grow and Make sends out two DIY kits each month with a subscription. Or you also have the option of purchasing any of the kits you’d like individually.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Pop Shop America is full of fun wearables, handcrafted goods and totally good vibes. You will find lots of cool t-shirts, tank tops, dresses, jewelry from gorgeous materials like brass and sterling silver, beauty products, and home goods. They also offer totally giftable monthly subscription boxes for everything from handmade beauty and t-shirts to jewelry and DIY kits! 

And as if those last minute Valentine’s Day gifts weren’t enough, there’s also Pop Shop America! Pop Shop America is full of fun wearables, handcrafted goods and totally good vibes. You will find lots of cool t-shirts, tank tops, dresses, jewelry from gorgeous materials like brass and sterling silver, beauty products, and home goods. They also offer totally giftable monthly subscription boxes for everything from handmade beauty and t-shirts to jewelry and DIY kits!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to DIY

These DIY lavender bath salts from Lia Griffith make quick and easy last minute Valentine's Day gifts! The ingredients can be locally sourced at your local co-op or health food store. And there are even printable labels for gifting!

These DIY lavender bath salts from Lia Griffith make quick and easy last minute Valentine’s Day gifts! The ingredients can be locally sourced at your local co-op or health food store. And there are even printable bath salt labels to make gifting even easier!

These cocoa ginger lotion bars from The Natural Beauty Workshop are easy to make and gift as last minute Valentine's Day gifts. Simply combine the ingredients in a double boiler, melt and then pour into a mold of your choice.

Likewise, these cocoa ginger lotion bars from The Natural Beauty Workshop are also easy to make and gift as last minute Valentine’s Day gifts. Simply combine the ingredients in a double boiler, melt and then pour into a mold of your choice.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Learn how to make this easy DIY rose sugar scrub recipe for homemade Valentine's Day gifts or simply to pamper yourself throughout the year.

This natural rose sugar scrub is another easy homemade gift idea for Valentine’s Day. Made with dried rose petals and skin conditioning safflower oil, this rose sugar scrub combines just four simple yet luxurious ingredients that skin loves.

These Paleo Chocolate Bliss Bites via Lia Griffith are the perfect last minute Valentine's Day gift for the healthy foodie! Packed full of nutty goodness and sweetened with dates and agave nectar, these truffles not only hit the spot when the chocolate cravings come, they are like little nuggets of energy too!

These Paleo Chocolate Bliss Bites via Lia Griffith are the perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift for the healthy foodie! Packed full of nutty goodness and sweetened with dates and agave nectar, these truffles not only hit the spot when the chocolate cravings come, they are like little nuggets of energy too.

DIY Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means it can be worn in place of perfume while still caring for skin!

If your Valentine loves fragrances, then this scented DIY dry oil body spray is a must! Created with “dry” oils that won’t leave skin feeling greasy, the addition of a fragrance means this body spray can be worn in place of perfume while still caring for skin! Plus there are free printable labels to pull this last minute Valentine’s Day gift together with ease!

Flowers that never die make lovely last minute Valentine's Day gifts! Learn how to make these DIY Crepe Paper Rose Buds to gift as a bouquet to your Valentine at Lia Griffith blog!

Flowers that never die are also wonderful last minute Valentine’s Day gifts! Learn how to make these DIY Crepe Paper Rose Buds to gift as a bouquet to your Valentine at Lia Griffith blog!

Who says you blew it? There's still plenty of time to snag some super awesome last minute Valentine's Day gifts! Read on to learn how to save face by pulling off those last minute gift ideas in the knick of time with this collection of last minute Valentine's Day gifts you can buy or DIY!

For more last minute Valentine’s Day gifts, be sure to also check out this collection of Homemade Valentine Ideas for Galentines and my other collection of romantic DIY Valentine’s Day gifts. You may also enjoy my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts and Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (to Buy) Pinterest boards. Or browse my collection of Etsy favorites for Valentine’s Day.

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Natural Calendula Soap Recipe for Healthy Looking Skin After 40

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This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health like calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil. Natural shredded loofah is then added for gentle exfoliation to brighten and smooth skin. #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #calendula #handmade #diy #crafts #skincare #beauty #natural #naturalskincare #giftideas #coldprocessoap #palmfreesoap

I had the unfortunate realization today, while reading an article on another blog, that I am a mid-lifer. I mean, mid-lifers are my parents right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. My parents, who are in fact baby boomers, are well into retirement. Which I guess means I am old awesome.

I remember being in high school thinking that my parents were terribly old. That middle age was something you shrunk away from rather than revered. And I had this insane misguided notion that I would die by 28, tragically perhaps, like a rockstar stolen from life in her prime. And I would never. Ever. Grow old.

These days I’m thrilled that I’ve made it to 42. And that all my body parts appear to still be intact. However, my body and mind are having quite the disagreement over how old I REALLY am. And if you’re over 40, then you know exactly what I mean.

While I’m still put together physically speaking, mechanically not everything is running quite as smoothly as it once did. And of course nothing looks quite the same either. My skin especially requires constant upkeep that wasn’t required during my youth.

Not only is my skin drier throughout the year (not just in the winter,) but there are of course those devilish fine lines, wrinkles and the occasional age spots. And skin tags. Maybe. (I exfoliate those suckers off with a hefty dose of scrubs and Retinol.)

So in addition to moisturizing my skin on a regular basis, I also use a low cleansing homemade soap. So instead of stripped my skin like commercial bar soap, it nourishes and replenishes it instead. But being a soapmaker, I hate to use the same soap over and over again. So I mix it up with new recipes one after another. (I’m convinced each bar is somehow in silent competition with the other while I sleep. However I love something unique about each one. They are my children after all.)

My natural calendula soap is the latest to be added to this series of soap recipes. Formulated to be both low cleansing and gentle, my natural calendula soap recipe also has high skin conditioning properties so it’s perfect for maturing and/or dry skin. (Now my only problem is to remember where I left it. And how the heck did my car keys end up in the refrigerator?!)

Homemade Calendula Soap! This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

Calendula Skin Care Benefits

Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a popular herb that grows annually throughout most of the world. It is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its antimicrobial and antiviral effects which help to promote healing.

When used in skin care applications, calendula can not only soothes sore, inflamed and itchy skin, but it also speeds healing time for minor wounds. Additionally, calendula infused oil works wonders for dry, chapped skin.

Not only does it moisture and soothe dry skin, but it’s also helpful when used on many problematic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. (You can learn more about calendula here.)

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Natural Calendula Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

4 oz. refined coconut oil (25%)
6.4 oz. pomace olive oil (40%)
2.4 oz. safflower oil (15%)
1.6 oz. shea nut oil (10%)
1.6 oz. chia seed oil (10%)

4.8 fl. oz. calendula hydrosol
2.2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 Tablespoons calendula flower powder
2 Tablespoons shredded loofah
.5 oz. essential oil (or 1 oz. fragrance oil)

Instructions:

Before you begin, you’ll need to make sure you take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. This includes wearing eye protection and gloves as well as ensuring none of your containers or utensils are made from aluminum.

You will follow my cold process soapmaking tutorial in order to make this soap. (If you’ve never made homemade soap, I recommend starting with a beginner’s soap recipe which you can find here.)

My natural calendula soap recipe has a 30.5% water discount and 6% superfat. It will yield six homemade soap bars when using this rectangle silicone mold.

Begin my measuring out the calendula hydrosol in fluid ounces into a heat safe container. Then using a digital scale (I recommend this Bakers Math Scale) weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the hydrosol and stir until it has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a stainless steel pot or heat safe container. Heat on the stove top or at reduced power in a microwave or crock pot until melted. Remove from heat, then set aside to cool.

Once the lye-hydrosol and soapmaking oils reach about 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Measure out the calendula flower powder and shredded loofah, then mix them into the soapmaking oils using an immersion or stick blender.

Then slowly pour the lye-hydrosol into the soapmaking oils and mix with your stick blender until you reach a light trace.

Weigh out the essential oil (or fragrance oil) of your choice and add to the soap batter. Then continue mixing to fully incorporate the scent. Once you reach a medium trace, pour the soap batter into your soap mold.

Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your natural calendula soaps should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later.

Once you’ve unmolded your homemade soaps, set them aside in a cool location for a minimum of four weeks to cure. Then wrap and label as desired for personal use of gifting.

More Natural Skin Care Recipes

Use this natural herbal calendula balm recipe to help promote healing with the power of calendula when used on minor cuts, bruises & insect stings.

Did you enjoy my natural calendula soap recipe? Then you’ll also love my natural calendula herbal balm recipe. This natural skin care recipe promotes healing with the power of calendula when used on minor cuts, bruises & insect stings. Find the recipe here.

Homemade Calendula Soap! This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

Like my natural calendula soap recipe, my soothing moisture whip recipe is another great skin care product for nourishing and moisturizing dry or mature skin.

Crafted using natural ingredients, this ultra luxe moisturizer has a fluffy, cloud like texture that melts instantly into skin when applied. Skin soothing butters, aloe vera and witch hazel extract offer rich moisture that promotes skin health while a calming essential oil blend lends its aromatherapeutic properties. Get the recipe here.

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Naturally Clean Your Home Not Just Your Skin

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Right now you can receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s Trio + Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges when you sign up for the Grove Collaborative! They’re currently in gear for spring and are putting together some of the cleanest and greenest sets dedicated to making your home healthy and beautiful! I promise you will absolutely LOVE them! Learn more here.

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