Uses for Witch Hazel Extract for Skin Health (Plus ten recipes to make right now!)

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Witch hazel extract has been used for centuries as a home remedy to soothe everything from swelling and sores to infections and natural skin care. Keep reading to learn more about the powerful herbal properties of this flowering shrub as well as some of my favorite recipes and uses for witch hazel extract.

Uses for Witch Hazel Extract for Skin Health (Plus ten recipes to make right now!) Pull your witch hazel out of the medicine cabinet for these natural home remedies + skin care recipes! Learn more about the powerful herbal properties of this flowering shrub as well discover some of my favorite recipes and uses for witch hazel extract. #witchhazel #herbalism #homeremedy #naturalremedy #remedies #skincare #diy #folkmedicine

Uses for Witch Hazel Extract

Witch hazel has a long history of use in North America. The Native Americans originally used both the leaves and bark from witch hazel as a natural folk remedy. Since then, we’ve discovered that witch hazel contains tannins making it useful in both traditional medicine and herbalism.

These tannins are what make witch hazel an astringent – and an effective anti-acne treatment. In addition, witch hazel also helps to reduce inflammation, draw skin together (which is why it’s such a great skin toner!) and slow bleeding.

Recently my dog, Jasper, had some issues with his ears, which is common for dachshunds. With money being incredibly tight right now, I wanted to avoid the vet if possible. While I have no issues with going into debt for my darling little stinker (more on that here) I prefer to avoid it if there are other remedies that are both safe and effective.

Choosing the right brand of witch hazel however is just as important as choosing the right essential oils. Not all witch hazel is created equal. Some varieties of witch hazel have additional ingredients you may not want for every application. While others sting or burn when applied. Because of this, I use Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract.

Mountain Rose Herbs witch hazel extract has double distilled. Unlike most commercial witch hazel brands that have only been distilled once, their witch hazel only contains 14% alcohol. As a result their witch hazel contains 86% organic witch hazel extract. This makes their witch hazel more potent and soothing. Additionally, it neither stings nor smells like alcohol.

I applied a Mountain Rose herbs Witch Hazel Extract to Jasper’s affected ear twice a day using a cotton ball to gently clean his ear and remove excess wax. Not only did he stopped scratching almost immediately after application, but his ear was almost completely back to a healthy pink after a week of use.

(If you have a dog you may also want to check out my other natural remedies for dogs. These recipes include a natural flea repelling dry shampoo, a dog paw balm, a natural fresh breath gel and my natural dog shampoo with neem oil for troubled skin. Or for tough pet odors I love the Petbiotics line of products including their No Bath Probiotic Pet Spray and their Red Algae Infused Pet Wipes which I purchase from Thrive Market.)  

Common Uses for Witch Hazel Extract

With a long history of medicinal use throughout the world, it’s no wonder witch hazel has since become a staple in today’s households. There are many uses for witch hazel for health and skin care in your home.

Applied topically witch hazel extract soothes and promotes healing of skin. It is able to help remedy the following skin issues:

  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Insect Bites
  • Minor Bruises
  • Varicose Veins
  • Minor Wounds and Infections
  • Varicose Veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Acne
  • Diaper rash
  • Stretch Marks
  • Razor Burn
  • Minor Burns and Sunburns
  • Dandruff

Additionally, as it’s naturally deodorizing, witch hazel is effective both as a natural deodorant as well as for deodorizing tough pet odors in your home. For these applications, simply use your witch hazel extract in a spray bottle with up to 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of witch hazel as desired.

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Best DIY Odor Neutralizing Spray! This 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray DIY tackles tough odors your pets - and teenage boys - leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells. #cleaning #odorneutralizer #homemaking #homemade #lifestyle #lifehack #living #pets #parenting

Or try out my recipe for making your own odor neutralizing spray to use on tough odors throughout your home. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil or essential oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil! Don't let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin's unpredictability with this homemade facial toner recipe! This homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin's PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Uses for Witch Hazel in Skin Care Recipes

Part of the fun of using witch hazel however is using it as an ingredient in your own natural skin care recipes. Following you’ll discover some of my favorite uses for witch hazel through a collection of my favorite witch hazel skin care recipes.

DIY Moisture Whipped Body Butter for Dry Skin! This soothing moisture whip recipe is an absolute dream for dry, parched skin. Crafted using natural ingredients, this ultra luxe moisturizer has a fluffy, cloud like texture 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. #moisturewhip #bodybutter #whippedbodybutter #skincare #beauty #naturalskincare #diy #naturalbeauty #moisturizer #essentialoils

You can discover even more wonderful homemade skin care recipes by following my boards on Pinterest. Or learn how to make your own DIY bath and beauty recipes with an all inclusive DIY kit from The DIY Collectives.

Shop for Natural Skin Care Products

If you aren’t yet ready to dive into making your own natural skin care products, there are several great companies that I recommend. They are Real PurityThe Green LifeSpark Naturals and LOVEGOODLY. And then of course there are hundreds of amazing bath and beauty artisans on Etsy.

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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

Hunting for more affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home? Check out Grove Collaborative! I recently became a Grove Collaborative member and have been super impressed with not just their natural products selections and prices, but their A+ service and shipping times as well. And I love how the products they sell help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products.

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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Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin for Dry, Chapped Lips

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Don’t let chapped lips ruin your day! My peppermint lip balm recipe is crafted using only natural ingredients that work in tandem to promote skin health.

Best Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe! This natural peppermint lip balm recipe is crafted using only natural ingredients that work in tandem to promote skin health. You'll love how the velvety smooth glide of this lip balm almost as much as its ability to soothe, moisturize and protect dry or chapped lips. While super awesome lip balm tubes with hooked caps mean you always have that protection at your fingertips wherever the day takes you. #diy #lipbalm #lipbalmrecipe #natural

You’ll love the velvety smooth glide of this lip balm almost as much as its ability to soothe, moisturize and protect dry or chapped lips. While a super awesome lip balm tube with a hooked cap means you always have that protection at your fingertips wherever the day takes you.

DIY Peppermint Lip Balm! Don't let chapped lips ruin your day! My peppermint lip balm recipe is crafted using only natural ingredients that work in tandem to promote skin health. You'll love how the velvety smooth glide of this lip balm almost as much as its ability to soothe, moisturize and protect dry or chapped lips. While a super awesome lip balm tube with a hooked cap means you always have that protection at your fingertips wherever the day takes you. #diy #lipbalm #lipbalmrecipe #natural

Don’t Let Winter Wreak Havoc on Your Lips!

If you’re like me, then you’ve already suffered through a bout of crazy dry, chapped lips this winter. Whether it was the dry winter air, the bitter arctic cold snap we had or just that new long lasting matte lipstick that wrecked them, the solution to regaining your lip health is as simple as a weekend DIY.

My natural peppermint lip balm recipe balm is formulated with beeswax and lanolin to not only lock in moisture, but to also protect lips from the elements and further damage. With that protection, lips are able to heal faster so you’re back to being your usual gorgeous self in no time!

DIY Peppermint Lip Balm! You’ll love the velvety smooth glide of this best peppermint lip balm recipe almost as much as its ability to soothe, moisturize and protect dry or chapped lips. While a super awesome lip balm tube with a hooked cap means you always have that protection at your fingertips wherever the day takes you. These are great for DIY party favors and Valentine’s Day gift for your child’s classroom too! #lipbalm #diy #partyfavors

Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.75 oz. sweet almond oil
.6 oz. beeswax pastilles
.25 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
5 mL peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax and sweet almond oil. Combine in a small scientific glass beaker.

Heat the ingredients either a double boiler or a microwave at 30% power until melted. Once melted, carefully remove the beaker from heat. (Your beaker will be hot!)

Now weigh out and stir in the lanolin. Continue stirring until the lanolin has fully melted.

Then, using a graduated transfer pipette, add 5 mL of peppermint essential oil.

DIY Peppermint Lip Balm! Don't let chapped lips ruin your day! My peppermint lip balm recipe is crafted using only natural ingredients that work in tandem to promote skin health. You'll love how the velvety smooth glide of this lip balm almost as much as its ability to soothe, moisturize and protect dry or chapped lips. While a super awesome lip balm tube with a hooked cap means you always have that protection at your fingertips wherever the day takes you. #diy #lipbalm #lipbalmrecipe #natural

Carefully pour the melted peppermint lip balm into ten .15 oz. lip balm tubes. I used the natural polypro lip balm tubes with hook caps from SKS Bottle & Packaging. (They also are available in white.)

Allow your peppermint lip balms to cool and fully harden, then snap on the hook caps. Label if desired for personal use or gifting, then hook them onto your keychain, belt loop or lanyard so your lip balm is always within easy reach!

Mix It Up with a Pop of Color!

You don’t have to make a plain jane peppermint lip balm if it’s color you crave. You can also add a pop of color!

Simply make my peppermint lip balm recipe as called for in the instructions above adding in a bit of lip safe mica as desired before you pour your lip balm into tubes. Alternately, you can also infuse the sweet almond oil with alkanet root powder or beet root powder for a punch of color.

This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Create your own in custom colors for your own personal style or give my own fun and flattering tinted lip balm recipe a try as is for a beautiful look perfect for parties or everyday wear.

Not yet ready to wing it yourself? Then give one of my other tinted lip balm recipes a try. These lip balm recipes include my merlot tinted lip balm recipe, my natural tinted lip balm recipe, my tinted lip plumping lip balm recipe, my plant based vegan tinted lip balm recipe, my chocolate ginger agave lip butter recipe,  my tinted lemon ginger lip balm recipe, my tri-color lip balm recipe and my holiday red tinted lip balm recipe.

Want to Sell Your Peppermint Lip Balms?

If you’d like to create products from my peppermint lip balm recipe to sell, then 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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The Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY

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If you’re as big of a fan of whipped sugar scrubs as I am, then you must check out this collection of the best whipped sugar scrubs to buy or DIY!

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs! Get your sugar fix with one (or all!) of the 17 best whipped sugar scrubs to buy or DIY! One of my favorite in-shower treats is an emulsified whipped sugar scrub. Simply nothing beats the cloud-like airness of a whipped sugar scrub combined my favorite fragrance, exfoliating sugar and skin nourishing ingredients. (Pictured: Toasted Coconut Whipped Sugar Scrub via Sunbasil Soap)

Whipped sugar scrubs are one of my favorite in-shower treats! Because I tend to have dry skin in the winter, I prefer whipped sugar scrubs that are made from a combination of emulsified butters and oils rather than a foaming bath butter. However, nothing beats the cloud-like airness of a whipped sugar scrub combined my favorite fragrance, exfoliating sugar and skin nourishing ingredients.

Get your sugar fix now with one (or all!) of the 17 best whipped sugar scrubs below! (You’ll find my favorites that you can buy first, followed by my favorite whipped sugar scrubs to DIY.)

The Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Vanilla Rose Whipped Sugar Scrub via Dose Bath & Body Co. Scrub away to reveal the smoothest skin EVER with our VANILLA ROSE Whipped Sugar Scrub. This delicious scrub gently lathers + foams as it exfoliates to leave behind a luxurious feel.

Vanilla Rose Whipped Sugar Scrub via Dose Bath + Body Co.

Scrub away to reveal the smoothest skin ever with Vanilla Rose Whipped Sugar Scrub. This delicious scrub gently lathers and foams as it exfoliates to leave behind a luxurious feel. Handmade and hand whipped with organic sugar cane, kaolin clay and skin loving oils, this whipped sugar scrub is suitable for even the most sensitive skin! Buy it here.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Organic Cedar & Rose Clay Whipped Sugar Scrub via Nouvelle Terre! Made without chemicals, this gentle and nourishing, exfoliating whipped sugar scrub intoxicates the senses and spirit into believing you've stepped into a cedar forest bathed in meadow blooms, flowers, and light.

Cedar & Rose Clay Whipped Sugar Scrub via Nouvelle Terre

Made without chemicals, this gentle and nourishing, exfoliating whipped sugar scrub with rose clay intoxicates the senses and spirit into believing you’ve stepped into a cedar forest bathed in meadow blooms, flowers, and light. Buy it here.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Toasted Coconut Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe via Sunbasil Soap! Scented with a comforting blend of warm coconuts and vanilla, this creamy, dreamy whipped sugar scrub soap is served in a jar loaded with natural ingredients to clean and soothe your skin. Sugar is also added for a natural and gentle way to exfoliate your skin.

Toasted Coconut Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe via Sunbasil Soap

Scented with a comforting blend of warm coconuts and vanilla, this creamy, dreamy whipped sugar scrub soap is served in a jar loaded with natural ingredients to clean and soothe your skin. Sugar is also added for a natural and gentle way to exfoliate your skin. Buy it here.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Palisade Peach Whipped Sugar Scrub via Leebrick Candle Co. This sugar scrub is the perfect mix of fluffy and creamy. Loaded with natural skin loving ingredients that clean and replenish moisture while removing dry dead skin, this scrub comes topped with a small soap leaf.

Palisade Peach Whipped Sugar Scrub via Leebrick Candle Co.

This peach scented sugar scrub is the perfect mix of fluffy and creamy. Loaded with natural skin loving ingredients that clean and replenish moisture while removing dry dead skin, this scrub comes topped with a small soap leaf. Buy it here.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! White Tea & Ginger Whipped Sugar Scrub via L'apothicaire Plush! Made from scratch, this whipped sugar scrub is thoughtfully crafted using shea and mango butters, French green clay, organic oils, aloe and vitamin E.

White Tea & Ginger Whipped Sugar Scrub via L’apothicaire Plush

Made from scratch, this whipped sugar scrub is thoughtfully crafted using shea and mango butters, French green clay, organic oils, aloe and vitamin E to name a few. It is then scented with an aromatic blend of refreshing white tea and spicy ginger. Buy it here.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Floral Soul Emulsified Whipped Sugar Scrub via Sweet Nature's Beauty! This emulsified floral whipped sugar scrub is so dreamy! Made with all natural ingredients straight from the earth, use this sugar scrub on your hands and body with nature right at your fingertips. Made using dried calendula flowers, lavender buds, and rose petals combined with a floral, citrusy, yet rich and erotic aroma of the healing essential oils.

Floral Soul Whipped Sugar Scrub via Sweet Nature’s Beauty

This emulsified floral whipped sugar scrub is so dreamy! Made with all natural ingredients straight from the earth, use this sugar scrub on your hands and body with nature right at your fingertips. Made using dried calendula flowers, lavender buds, and rose petals combined with a floral, citrusy, yet rich and erotic aroma of the healing essential oils. Buy it here.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Prima Donna Whipped Sugar Scrub via Mod Bath and Body! Exfoliating is important, but it can be fun too! This whipped sugar scrub is gentle but effective at scrubbing away dead skin, cleansing and moisturizing your skin all at the same time. With the perfect mixture of ingredients this scrub is sure to please. The sugar polishes your skin while the soap cleanses, it's pretty much a two in one product.

Prima Donna Whipped Sugar Scrub via Mod Bath and Body

Exfoliating is important, but it can be fun too! This whipped sugar scrub is gentle but effective at scrubbing away dead skin, cleansing and moisturizing your skin all at the same time. With the perfect mixture of ingredients this scrub is sure to please. The sugar polishes your skin while the soap cleanses, it’s pretty much a two in one product. Buy it here.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Mermaid Kisses Whipped Sugar Scrub via The Scentress! When refreshing ocean mist, sugary sweetness, and feminine florals combine, you get this mermaid kissed whipped sugar scrub! This delicious smelling watermelon candy whipped sugar scrub cleans and polishes your skin!

Mermaid Kisses Whipped Sugar Scrub via The Scentress

When refreshing ocean mist, sugary sweetness, and feminine florals combine, you get this delightful mermaid kissed whipped sugar scrub! This delicious smelling whipped sugar scrub is scented like watermelon candy and cleans and polishes your skin. Buy it here.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Spiced Sugar Whipped Sugar Scrub via Bliss Bath and Body! This cleansing whipped sugar scrub with shea butter is thick and fluffy and soapy and sugary and cosmic! It comes loaded with tons of white, golden and brown sugar, fresh ground spice, glycerin, coconut oil and argan oil and then is topped with sweet candy sprinkles and a wee puff of golden glitzy mica!

Spiced Sugar Whipped Sugar Scrub via Bliss Bath and Body

This cleansing whipped sugar scrub with shea butter is thick and fluffy and soapy and sugary and cosmic! It comes loaded with tons of white, golden and brown sugar, fresh ground spice, glycerin, coconut oil and argan oil and then is topped with sweet candy sprinkles and a wee puff of golden glitzy mica! Buy it here.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Mermaid Whipped Sugar Scrub via Carla's Bath and Body! This mermaid inspired foaming whipped sugar scrub is a wonderful treat for yourself or a special little mermaid lover. This moisturizing scrub gently exfoliates and cleanses skin and is topped with a seashell soap, body safe glitter and star sprinkles.

Mermaid Whipped Sugar Scrub via Carla’s Bath and Body

This mermaid inspired foaming whipped sugar scrub is a wonderful treat for yourself or a special little mermaid lover. This moisturizing scrub gently exfoliates and cleanses skin and is topped with a seashell soap, body safe glitter and star sprinkles. Buy it here.

Making Your Own Whipped Sugar Scrubs

Now that you’ve tried – and fallen head over heels for – the awesomeness that is the whipped sugar scrub, why not try your hand at making your own?

I’ve found that a lot of the simple recipes that whipped sugar scrubs call for include coconut oil. It’s important to note, that while coconut oil does have some amazing skin care properties, it also rates pretty high on the comedogenic chart. What this means is that it’s likely to clog pores in most people which in turn can lead to acne.

Additionally, I find that straight up coconut oil irritates my dry skin. If this has been your experience as well, you can easily substitute the coconut oil in any of these whipped sugar scrub recipes with babassu oil.

While coconut oil rates a 4 on the comedogenic chart, babassu oil is a low-comedogenic oil with a rating of only 2 – meaning it won’t clog pores for most people. It also works as a mild moisturizer that calms and soothes all skin types, whether you’re acne prone or suffer from skin conditions like eczema or dry skin.

What are the Other Skin Care Benefits Babassu Oil?

Babassu oil has many of the same properties to regular coconut oil. Like coconut oil, babassu oil is semi-solid at room temperature with a melting point around body temperature – slightly higher than coconut oils own 76°F melt point. A great substitute for those with coconut allergies, this mild moisturizer also won’t leave skin feeling oily or greasy and it works great in hair too.

In addition babassu oil contains a high amount of skin beneficial fatty acids including lauric, stearic, myristic, palmitic and oleic acid. It’s also rich in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, and has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a wonderful choice for an itchy scalp or dry skin and hair. (Learn more about using babassu oil for hair care here.)

You can learn more about common carrier oils and where they rank on the comedogenic chart at the Holistic Health Herbalist here. Also be sure to check out my other skin care recipes that contain babassu oil here.

The Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to DIY

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Learn how to make this super luxe, non-greasy emulsified whipped sugar scrub for a bath time treat or homemade gifts! Crafted using natural ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil, this homemade whipped sugar scrub recipe is about to become your new favorite!

Exfoliating Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News

Learn how to make this super luxe, non-greasy emulsified whipped sugar scrub for a bath time treat or homemade gifts! Crafted using natural ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil, this homemade whipped sugar scrub recipe is about to become your new favorite! Get the recipe.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe via The Kitchen McCabe! This easy coconut oil based whipped sugar scrub recipe boasts the light citrusy scent of real grapefruit juice blended with peppermint essential oil.

Grapefruit Mint Whipped Sugar Scrub via The Kitchen McCabe

This easy coconut oil based whipped sugar scrub recipe boasts the light citrusy scent of real grapefruit juice blended with peppermint essential oil. Get the recipe.

Lemon Poppyseed Emulsified Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe via Humblebee & Me! Made using emulsifying wax for a non-greasy whipped sugar scrub, this recipe also contains 5-fold lemon essential oil, shea butter and safflower oil for a combination that's hard to resist! Discover this DIY and more of the best whipped sugar scrubs you can buy or DIY now at Soap Deli News blog.

Lemon Poppyseed Whipped Sugar Scrub via Humblebee & Me

Made using emulsifying wax for a non-greasy whipped sugar scrub, this recipe also contains 5-fold lemon essential oil, shea butter and safflower oil for a combination that’s hard to resist! Get the recipe.

Best Whipped Sugar Scrubs to Buy or DIY! Moisturizing Vanilla Whipped Sugar Scrub via Wildly Organic! You can craft this simple whipped sugar scrub recipe with organic coconut sugar, shea butter, avocado and coconut oil using products from Wildly Organic in just 5 minutes!

Moisturizing Vanilla Whipped Sugar Scrub via Wildly Organic

You can craft this simple whipped sugar scrub recipe with organic coconut sugar, shea butter, avocado and coconut oil using products from Wildly Organic in just 5 minutes! Get the recipe.

This mint green tea whipped sugar scrub recipe via Mom Makes Joy is crafted using a foaming bath butter, sugar and tea for the easiest 3-ingredient whipped sugar scrub ever! Discover this DIY and more of the best whipped sugar scrubs you can buy or DIY now at Soap Deli News blog.

Mint Green Tea Whipped Sugar Scrub via Mom Makes Joy

This mint green tea whipped sugar scrub recipe is crafted using Stephensons foaming bath butter (as previously mentioned in this article,) sugar and tea for the easiest 3-ingredient whipped sugar scrub ever! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Smoothie Foaming Salt Scrub Recipe! Learn how to make this easy spring inspired strawberry smoothie foaming whipped salt scrub recipe! It's made with real strawberry powder which is rich in polyphenols and Vitamin C and has natural skin soothing properties.

Strawberry Smoothie Whipped Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News

Ok, so this strawberry smoothie whipped scrub is actually salt scrub. However, you can easily make it into a whipped sugar scrub by substituting sugar for the salt. And, like the previously mentioned mint green tea whipped sugar scrub, this product is also made using a foaming bath butter base. (It’s also my most popular post of all of 2017.)

Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe via How Sweet Eats! Perfect for brownie lovers, this homemade sugar scrub is easily whipped and is crafted using brown sugar, coconut oil, almond oil and cocoa powder! Discover this DIY and more of the best whipped sugar scrubs you can buy or DIY now at Soap Deli News blog.

Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe via How Sweet Eats

Perfect for brownie lovers, this homemade sugar scrub from Jessica Merchant, the author of The Pretty Dish,  is easily whipped and is crafted using brown sugar, coconut oil, almond oil and cocoa powder! Get the recipe.

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Essential Oil Skin Care Recipes to Promote Skin Health

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Get started using essential oils in your own homemade skin care products with a classic essential oil kit from Mountain Rose Herbs. Mountain Rose Herbs offers high quality, organic essential oils that you can trust in all of your natural essential oil skin care recipes.

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Essential oils offer a variety of benefits when used in essential oil skin care recipes. From tackling dandruff or acne to their aromatherapeutic benefits, choosing the right essential oils can help promote skin health as well as work as in tandem with other natural ingredients to create the perfect home remedies.

Essential oils however can be expensive. And, as there are unfortunately a lot of fake essential oils on the market, you’ll find that not all essential oils are created equal. So where do you start?

Choosing Trusted Essential Oils

When I first starting making my own homemade soaps more than fifteen years ago, Mountain Rose Herbs was one of the first places I discovered to shop for natural, organic ingredients. To this day, it continues to be one of my favorite online shops for purchasing organic ingredients and products when quality is of the utmost importance.

Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for its uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture, sustainable business practices, and a steadfast focus on the pure aesthetics and freshness of botanical products. Their wide range of certified organic product offerings includes not only organic essential oils, but also bulk herbs and spices, loose leaf teas, and natural health and body care products.

Additionally, every aspect of product creation is carried out in accordance with strict quality control and organic handling procedures by employees who care. From fragrant and beyond-fresh organic herbs and spices, to soothing essential oils and delicious herbal teas, the quality and integrity of Mountain Rose Herbs is unparalleled.

Keep reading to learn more about the profile for each essential oil included in their classic essential oil kit. Plus discover four basic essential oil skin care recipes that are perfect for beginners!

Classic Essential Oil Kit from Mountain Rose Herbs! Use this essential oil kit to get started in aromatherapy or to craft your own homemade essential oil skin care recipes! Learn more plus discover a collection of simple skin care recipes with essential oils to get you started.

Classic Essential Oil Kit

Mountain Rose Herbs’ Classic Essential Oil Kit is perfect for beginners and features the world’s most renowned and popularly used essential oils in one convenient sampler. It is beautifully packaged with usage guidelines on the back of the liner tray and contains an extra bottle with a glass dropper for experimentation.

The Classic Essential Oil Kit from Mountain Rose Herbs contains one dram of each of the following eight certified organic essential oils:

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Essential Oil: Cool, clear, and exceptionally refreshing. Effective vapor rub and air disinfectant for colds and flu. Dilates nasal and bronchial passages. Mild stimulant and antiseptic. Beneficial analgesic for sore muscles. Blends will with peppermint, lemon, and lavender.

Organic Atlas Cedarwood(Cedrus atlantica) Essential Oil: Cedarwood has a long history as an incense and perfume. The wood was burned by the Greeks and Romans to fragrant the air. It’s aroma is woody and balsamic with rich dry overtones. Commonly used to scent men’s essential oil skin care recipes, this essential oil is also wonderful at repelling biting insects and moths.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) Essential Oil: Highly refreshing and relaxing oil that is clear to light green. Helps the body restore balance and harmony. Mildly sweet, fresh, and warm. Works well with the nervous system. Mild analgesic, sedative, astringent, and skin tonic. Blends well with Rose, Citrus, Rosemary, Lavender, and Basil.

Lavender Essential Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs!

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil: Fresh, floral aroma. Classic ingredient in soaps and perfumes. Helps alleviate stress, induce sleep, and overcome anxiety. Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, spasmodic, anti-depressant, and stimulates new cell growth. Excellent preventative against infections. Mild enough to use by the drop on cuts, scrapes, bruises, sprains, and insect bites. Blends well with many oils adding a smooth, sweet top note.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Essential Oil: Stimulating, refreshing, and bright. Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Used for indigestion and nausea. Excellent for some headaches, fever, colds, and flu. Soothing in steams or massage oils. Classic breath freshener. Blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Citrus, and Rose.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Essential Oil: Physical and mental stimulant. Blend with carrier oil for a soothing hair conditioner, invigorating massage oil, or bath oil. Effective preservative. Stimulates memory and mental faculties. Good for muscular sprains, arthritis, and rheumatism. Do not use if you have high blood pressure.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Essential Oil: Impressive and powerful oil with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Used for infections, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, and many other applications. Do not use on inflamed, broken, or sensitive skin.

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Essential Oil: Known as an uplifting oil. Orange oil is often found in household cleaners. Sweet orange oil contains about 90% limonene, which is in many household cleaners. Because of this sweet orange oil is used as a earth friendly alternative to many common household cleaners. It blends well with most other essential oils.

There are a great number of essential oil skin care recipes that you can make with this classic essential oil sampler. From shower steamers and melt and pour soaps to bath salts and lip balms, this essential oil kit will introduce you to an exciting new hobby that will enrich your life.

Essential Oil Skin Care Recipes! Get started using essential oils in your own homemade skin care products with a classic essential oil kit from Mountain Rose Herbs. Mountain Rose Herbs offers high quality, organic essential oils that you can trust in all of your natural skin care recipes.

Essential Oil Skin Care Recipes

Following are several essential oil skin care recipes that utilize essential oils from this classic kit.

Basic Bath Salt Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups coarse sea salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil (or other carrier oil)
1 teaspoon essential oil of choice

Instructions:

Measure out and combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl, then mix well. To use, simply add to warm running bath water as desired and enjoy. {Explore more homemade bath salt recipes here.}

Basic Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

2 oz. refined shea butter
2 oz. beeswax pastilles
2 oz. sweet almond oil (or other carrier oil)
.25 oz. lavender essential oil (or other essential oil of choice)

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the shea butter, beeswax and sweet almond oil. Combine in a double boiler and gently heat until melted.

Remove from heat then weigh out the essential oil and stir into the liquified ingredients. Mix well.

Next, pour the solid lotion bar mixture into a silicone cupcake mold or similar and allow the lotion bar(s) to solidify.

Once your lotion bar(s) harden, remove from the mold and apply to skin as desired. {Explore more homemade lotion recipes here.}

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Basic Body Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

6 oz. refined shea butter
.5 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. carrier oil of choice
.25 oz. essential oil of choice

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the shea butter, cocoa butter and carrier oil. Combine in a double boiler then heat until melted. Remove from heat, then weigh out and stir in the essential oil.

Pour into a sterilized container of your choice and allow to solidify completely prior to use. {Explore more homemade body butter recipes here.}

Basic Lip Balm Recipe

Ingredients:

.5 oz. refined shea butter
.5 oz. beeswax pastilles
.5 oz. carrier oil of choice
.05 oz. essential oil of choice

Instructions:

Weigh out the shea butter, beeswax and carrier oil and combine in a double boiler. Heat until melted, then remove from heat.

Next, weigh out the essential oil and stir into the melted ingredients. Then pour the lip balm into tins or pots of your choice. {Explore more homemade lip balm recipes here.}

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