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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Epsom Salt Bath Bombs Recipe for Chronic Pain

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This Epsom salt bath bombs recipe is an easy and natural way to flush toxins from your body, reduce stress and ease muscle aches and pains. And, because an Epsom salt bath also helps to increase the body’s magnesium levels, you don’t have to be in pain to reap the benefits of this amazing salt.

Epsom Salt Bath Bombs Recipe for Chronic Pain! This Epsom salt bath bombs recipe is an easy and natural way to flush toxins from your body, reduce stress and ease muscle aches and pains. And, because an Epsom salt bath also helps to increase the body's magnesium levels, you don't have to be in pain to reap the benefits of this amazing salt. #epsomsalt #bathbombs #diy #chronicpain #health #wellness #painremedy

Recently I had the opportunity to give an app called Curable a test run. This app basically walks you through a series of articles and exercises, including meditation, with the idea that many of those suffering from chronic pain (such a fibromyalgia and migraines) are incorrectly receiving pain signals to their brain based on previous traumatic experiences – basically a pain response to fear, not an illness.

This theory in fact would explain why many chronic pain sufferers find that during periods of stress, their pain level increases. What Curable does is address pain through a mindbody approach and uses a combination of physical activities, meditation, writing and other exercises to address the pain response to fear. This works to then rewire how the brain thinks and can result in a drastic decrease in chronic daily pain.

Based on my own personal experiences with fibromyalgia, I’ve found that yes, the onset and even the intensity of my own pain can and does flare with stress. And practices such as meditation and other exercises to calm both my mind and body really can help to diminish that pain. Avoiding stress is another way.

Of course, as we all know, life happens. And avoiding stress isn’t always possible no matter how well we’ve trained our minds. This is where making Epsom salt bath bombs comes in! (Yay!)

Not only can creating something with your hands help to relieve everyday stressors (and it’s even more fun with a friend in tow.) But a long bath soaking in Epsom salts is a form of meditation in itself. Not to mention, just a twenty minute bath in Epsom salts will remove toxins and replenish magnesium levels – which are key in regulating and organizing many bodily functions as well as reducing pain levels and response.

Making Epsom salt bath bombs is a fun way to enjoy the benefits of Epsom salts. And because dry skin is typical of this time of year, I added some extra moisturizing butters to the recipe I’m sharing with you! (And just to ensure there’s no extra stress in the making of these darn things, I promise these are practically no fail!)

Keep reading to learn how to make my Epsom salt bath bombs recipe as well as to discover some of my other natural pain remedies.

Epsom Salt Bath Bombs Recipe for Chronic Pain! This Epsom salt bath bombs recipe is an easy and natural way to flush toxins from your body, reduce stress and ease muscle aches and pains. And, because an Epsom salt bath also helps to increase the body's magnesium levels, you don't have to be in pain to reap the benefits of this amazing salt. #epsomsalt #bathbombs #diy #chronicpain #health #wellness #painremedy

Epsom Salt Bath Bombs Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

10 oz. citric acid
16 oz. baking soda
8 oz. Epsom salt
2 oz. French green clay
2 oz. refined shea butter
2 oz. cocoa butter
.7 oz. sweet orange essential oil
.3 oz. peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the dry ingredients and combine in a large glass bowl or 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Mix together until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout. Set aside.

In a separate glass bowl or large container, weigh out and combine the cocoa and shea butters. Heat either in a double boiler or at 30% power in the microwave until melted. Once melted, remove from heat.

Now weigh and add the essential oils to the melted butters. Stir to incorporate.

Next, combine the dry and the liquid ingredients together, mixing well until all of the dry ingredients are coated and the consistency is like that of wet sand.

You’re now ready to pack your bath bomb molds!

To do this, pile each side of your bath bomb mold individually as high as possible without pressing the bath bomb ingredients into either side of the mold. Then, quickly and firmly press both sides of the bath bomb mold together. Twist gently to remove any excess. Some extra around the edges (like rings of a planet) are normal. Don’t twist too much or knock the sides off center of one another or the two halves will separate when unmolded.

Repeat with additional molds as needed until you’ve used all of the bath bomb mixture. (I was able to make four tennis ball shaped bath bombs and one golf ball shaped bath bomb with my Epsom salt bath bombs recipe.)

Set your Epsom salt bath bombs aside to dry overnight or up to two days depending on the humidity in your area. Then gently unmold each bath bomb, dusting off the excess around the bath bombs as needed. (This Epsom salt bath bomb recipe will work with silicone molds as well!)

Now simply wrap each of your Epsom salt bath bombs tightly in foodservice film until ready for use.

To use your Epsom salt bath bombs, simply drop a bath bomb into warm, running bath water. Enjoy the show, then slip in and relax! The shea and cocoa butters present in your new bath bombs will replenish moisture to dry skin, while the Epsom salt lends its own natural skin care benefits.

Marigold, Ginger & Citrus Bath Bombs with Epsom Salt via Buck Naked Soap Company! These hand-packed bath bombs are the ultimate in fizzy luxury! Each has been designed to create a mood and set the tone for an amazing bathing experience.

If you’re not quite ready to dive into making my Epsom salt bath bombs recipe yourself, you can purchase handmade bath bombs with Epsom salt from a number of amazing bath and beauty artisans on Etsy here. (Pictured is a Marigold Ginger & Citrus Bath Bomb with Epsom salt from Buck Naked Soap Company.)

Curious about the French green clay? You can learn more about French green clay and its properties when used in skin care here. (Plus there’s another great natural skin care recipe to try!)

More Natural Pain Remedy Options

Looking for other natural pain remedies? I highly recommend Genexa Arnica Advantage: Organic Pain Relief as a natural, non-habit forming homeopathic supplement. (You can find great products on natural homeopathic products like this one at Thrive Market which is where I shop for mine.)

This natural cayenne pain relief salve recipe is wonderful for treating pain caused by arthritis, sore muscles, stiffness and swelling. Plus there are free printable labels for your final product!

Alternately you may also want to consider one of my other topical pain relief remedies:

For more natural remedies be sure to follow my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care Pinterest board. Or follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board for more homemade skin care recipes.

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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.

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. #essentialoils #skincare #diy #recipes #beauty #naturalskincare #naturalbeauty #essentialoilrecipes #crafts #health

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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You can discover even more essential oil skin care recipes right here on Soap Deli News blog or by following my boards on Pinterest.

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Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Recipe

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This cranberry fig bath truffles recipe makes a lovely seasonal, homemade gift idea that’s sure to give you a new appreciation for this tiny tart fruit! Keep reading to learn how to make these giftable fragrant, fizzing bath truffles and discover some of my favorite food recipes for cranberries as well!

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I grew up with cranberry sauce (from a can) always being served at family holiday dinners. Not understanding at that point in my life how something that resembled Jello could come out of said can, I was never tempted to try it. And to date, I still have not. However, dried cranberries in salads or sweetened in desserts I do find appetizing. And of course cranberries immersed in cakes and breads make for a wonderful seasonal fresh baked fragrance that’s both tart, fruity and sweet.

Now that I’m a third way through my life (I plan to live forever though!) I have a better appreciation of many foods that I did not have in my teens and twenties. And, while I still won’t eat cranberry sauce out of a can, classic homemade cranberry sauce and even cranberry chutney can garner a thumbs up when paired with favorites like pork or scallops.

For the Love of Cranberry!

Holiday Inspired Cranberry Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe via Half Baked Harvest! Plus more cranberry delights and a gift worthy DIY for making homemade Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles for homemade holiday gifts! #cranberry #food #cranberrysauce #cranberryrecipes #recipes #diy #gifts #holidays #christmas

Some of my favorite cranberry recipes include this cranberry orange margarita recipe from Half Baked Harvest (one of my all time favorite food blogs!) along with some simply stunning cranberry wreath gingerbread cupcakes from Lauren Conrad, a dark chocolate cranberry bundt cake recipe from My Baking Addiction, and eggnog panna cotta with spiked cranberry sauce from Sprinkle Bakes.

However, before you start checking your pantry for the ingredients to one (or all) of these lustful cranberry concoctions, I want to first share an awesome recipe for making cranberry fig bath truffles! Similar to bath bombs (or bath fizzies) these homemade bath truffles are easy to make and work nicely with silicone molds. They also smell AMAZING! So much in fact that after I made these my house smelled like a blend of tart cranberries, sweet fig and subtle wood for days.

Additionally, my cranberry fig bath truffles are also great for gifting throughout the holiday season whether for a housewarming or hostess gift or even Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for family and friends. Following is the recipe.

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Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

5 oz. citric acid
8 oz. baking soda
4 oz. SLSA
2 oz. deodorized cocoa butter
1 oz. pink kaolin (or blush) clay
.4 oz. polysorbate 80 (optional)
.6 oz. cranberry fig fragrance oil
2 teaspoons sparkle pink mica

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale for my cranberry fig bath truffles recipe in order to weigh the ingredients. (I recommend this Baker’s Math Scale if you plan to make a lot of bath, body or soap recipes.) You will also need two Wilton Silicone Brownie Pop Molds which can be found both online as well as in most craft stores.

Begin by weighing out the cocoa butter in either a double boiler or a heat safe glass container such as a glass Pyrex measuring bowl. Heat the cocoa butter in your double boiler or in your container in the microwave at 40% power until melted.

Set aside to cool slightly.

Now weigh out the citric acid, baking soda, kaolin clay, and SLSA and combine in a large glass bowl. (I highly recommend wearing a dust mask for this step. Both the SLSA and the citric acid are finer particles that can be inhaled into the lungs and cause coughing as they are released into the air.)

Using a teaspoon measure, measure out the sparkle pink mica and add to the other dry ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly to combine.

Next, weigh out the fragrance oil (I used the cranberry fig fragrance oil from Symphony Scents) and polysorbate 80 and stir into the melted cocoa butter. (While the polysorbate 80 is optional, it is included to keep the oils in my cranberry fig bath truffles recipe from floating on top of your bath water as well as to prevent the mica from potentially staining your tub. If you choose not to use polysorbate 80, you can easily substitute it with your favorite carrier oil.)

Combine the dry ingredients with the scented cocoa butter and mix well.

You can now begin filling the cavities of your brownie pop molds. To do this, I recommend filling one cavity at a time.

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Loosely add the cranberry fig bath truffles mix to fill one cavity. Then pile more on top to form a mountain.

Next, firmly press the ingredients into the mold cavity. Resist pushing so hard that the cavity bows out on the sides, but enough that the mixture is firmly packed.

Proceed with filling all of the additional cavities of your molds until you have used all of the bath truffle mix. (You should get approximately 9-10 bath truffles from this recipe.)

Once you’ve filled the mold, set it aside in a safe, dry location.

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After one to two days, carefully unmold your cranberry fig bath truffles.

If desired, you can now add melt and pour soap “icing.”

To do this simply heat a small amount of white or clear melt and pour soap base of your choice in a small Pyrex measuring cup or glass scientific beaker until melted.

Mix in a small amount of unsweetened cocoa powder to suit for chocolate icing. Or use plain white melt and pour soap for white icing. Allow the soap to cool slightly.

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Once a thin film starts to appear on top of the soap, remix the soap then pour across the tops of your cranberry fig bath truffles. If desired, you can also sprinkle the tops of your bath truffles with a biodegradable cosmetic glitter of your choice before the soap fully cools and hardens.

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Once the soap has solidified, gently use a thin knife or utensil to remove your bath truffles from your work surface. Then package your bath truffles as desired for personal use or gifting.

To use, simply add to warm, running bath water and enjoy the bubbles and fizz!

Paint Your Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Instead!

Alternately, you can also paint your cranberry fig bath truffles. To do this simply combine a small amount of colored mica with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and mix well until there are no longer any clumps. (You may have to play with it a bit to reach the desired consistency.)

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Then, using a small craft paint brush, paint your bath truffles as desired in blocks of color or with designs of your own creation.

What If I Want to Sell My Bath Truffles?

If you plan to sell your cranberry fig bath truffles, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

It is important to note that, as this product contains SLSA, it is considered a foaming detergent bath product. Because of this labeling your bath truffles requires an additional caution to be printed on the label unless it states that the product is for adult use only. This is in addition to the ingredient list and directions for use and other information already required for cosmetic labeling. You can find more information on this at the FDA website here.

For more great homemade gift ideas, be sure to check out my post on DIY holiday gifts that look store bought at Soap Deli News blog here. Additionally, you can also discover more homemade gift ideas and recipes via my boards on Pinterest.

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