Simple Plantain Salve Recipe in Natural Cocoa Mint

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This simple plantain salve recipe is naturally scented with a lovely cocoa mint fragrance. Lovingly crafted with ingredients like roasted cocoa butter and plantain herbal oil, this natural herbal salve is a must for your herbal apothecary. Use this multi-functional, natural skin care product on eczema prone or dry skin, minor cuts and scratches or as a natural lip balm for seasonal winter skin care.

Simple plantain salve recipe for dry skin. This simple plantain salve recipe is naturally scented with a lovely cocoa mint fragrance. Lovingly crafted with ingredients like roasted cocoa butter and plantain herbal oil, this natural herbal salve is a must for your herbal apothecary. Use this multi-functional, natural skin care product on eczema prone or dry skin, minor cuts and scratches or as a natural lip balm for seasonal winter skin care. #skincare #natural #salve #diy

When I was a little girl I used to pick the leaves from weeds to make play salads for my parents. What I didn’t realize then was that those leaves I picked were actually edible! It wasn’t until many years later, long after I stopped making dirt pots and grass dolls, that I discovered that the weed I was so fond of, was actually an herb. That herb was plantain.

Plantain is a common broad-leaf herb commonly mistaken for a weed. This healthy, hardy plant can be found in backyards across North America and is nutritionally similar to dandelion leaves. Used medicinally by cultures around the world, plantain is a common herbal home remedy for both nutritional and topical skin care applications.

What is Plantain?

Plantain is a common broad-leaf herb commonly mistaken for a weed. This healthy, hardy plant can be found in backyards across North America and is nutritionally similar to dandelion leaves. Used medicinally by cultures around the world, plantain is a common herbal home remedy for both nutritional and topical skin care applications.

Nutritional Benefits of Plantain

Plantain leaves are best consumed while still young and tender. They have a nutty asparagus like taste that is delicious when pan fried or when added to salads. A naturally healthy herb, plantain leaves offer the following nutritional support (source):

  • Maintains healthy cholesterol levels
  • Can offer relief from irritable bowel syndrome
  • Calms irritation from constipation or diarrhea
  • Offers relief from hemorrhoids
  • Helps with indigestion and ulcers
  • Supports healthy kidneys and bladder function

You don’t have to eat plantain leaves to enjoy their nutritional benefits, however. You can also get herbal support through tinctures for cleansing & detox. Or enjoy a natural herbal tea made using organic dried plantain leaves.

Plantain Infused Olive Oil! Plantains have anti-inflammatory,analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this the plant is well suited at soothing insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

Skin Care Benefits of Plantain

In addition to nutritional support, plantain leaves are also lovely when infused in a carrier oil for topical skin care applications. There are a number of natural skin care products that would benefit from the inclusion of plantain herbal oil. These products include after sun moisturizers, burn relief balms, creams or lotions for eczema or dry skin, and anti-itch salves for insect and spider bites.

Dr. Christopher’s Stings and Bites, for example, is a top selling plantain ointment. It’s crafted with natural herb constituents like plantain leaf, extra virgin olive oil and beeswax to reduce and relieve the pain, swelling and itching caused by insect stings and bites.

Due to plantain’s herbal skin care properties, it’s often used as a key ingredient for the following topical skin care applications to promote skin health:

  • Minor burns and sunburns
  • Minor cuts, scratches and lesions
  • Rashes and skin inflammation
  • Psoriasis and eczema
  • Dry or chapped skin or lips

To learn more about medicinal plants and herbs, be sure to check out the book, Making Plant Medicine, by Richo Chec.

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Formulating An Herbal Plantain Salve Recipe

Mountain Rose Herbs has a new roasted cocoa butter available that I really wanted to try. So I was really pleased when it arrived at my doorstep last week. This stuff smells amazing. I love that it’s suited for both food and cosmetic use.

As it smells so wonderful, however, I really wanted to create a product that would highlight the natural scent of the roasted cocoa butter. I also knew I wanted something to create a natural skin care product that would be suitable for seasonal skin care and gift giving. Therefore, in the end, I opted for crafting a simple plantain salve recipe with a cocoa mint scent.

I love the simplicity of my natural plantain salve recipe. It’s formulated using just five simple ingredients – roasted cocoa butter, plantain herbal oil, beeswax, rosehip seed oil and peppermint essential oil. The cocoa mint scent, of course, is naturally derived from the inclusion of the organic peppermint essential oil and roasted cocoa butter.

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Roasted Cocoa Butter

The roasted cocoa butter wafers from Mountain Rose Herbs aren’t deodorized. Therefore they retain their natural cocoa scent. Expeller pressed from the roasted seeds of the cocoa tree, these cocoa butter wafers are naturally rich in vitamin E. They can be combined with cocoa powder to make chocolate, but also make a nice addition to recipes for lip balms, body butters, homemade soaps and salves.

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Plantain Herbal Oil

While plantain herbal oil is easy to make, you can also enjoy the convenience of buying pre-made plantain herbal oil. This is especially helpful if you’re wanting to make natural skin care products using plantain herbal oil right away. Or if plantain is out of season throughout the cold winter months.

I used plantain herbal oil from Mountain Rose Herbs for my simple plantain salve recipe. An emollient oil formulated using solar infused plantain olive oil and vitamin E, this herbal plantain oil is especially nourishing for dry hands and skin. Crafted with certified organic Plantago major leaves, this natural herbal oil is perfect for gardeners, wild harvesters, climbers – or anyone else who works with their hands frequently. I also like to use this herbal oil, as is, on my dog’s minor cuts and irritation for a simple and safe natural remedy for his skin.

Rosehip Seed Oil

As I have both maturing skin, as well as skin that tends to dry out more in the winter, I also used rosehip seed oil for my plantain salve recipe. While this may shorten the shelf life of your salve somewhat, I highly recommend this unique carrier oil for its essential fatty acids. Popular in natural anti-aging skin care recipes, rosehip seed oil offers marvelous hydration for dry skin and a quick absorption rate. It can also be used solo as a natural daily facial cleanser or hydrating oil.

Beeswax

A key ingredient in homemade salve recipes, beeswax gives this plantain salve recipe its thick, rich texture. It also acts as a natural skin protectant while still allowing skin to breathe. In addition to its skin protectant properties, beeswax is also a humectant (meaning it attracts water to hydrate skin) and helps to temporarily reduce and soothe itching.

The beeswax pastilles from Mountain Rose Herbs have a deep, golden color and aroma. Globally sourced from less-developed countries like South America and Africa, their beeswax helps sustain the local economy of these areas while using traditional (less-modern) processing techniques.

Peppermint Essential Oil

A sweet, candy-like scented peppermint, the organic peppermint oil from Mountain Rose Herbs helps bump my simple plantain salve recipe into peppermint patty like status. This naturally steam distilled, certified organic essential oil has a fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous fragrance with a vegetative back note. Perfect for all types of recipes including cleaning sprays, perfumes, aroma mists and natural skin care, this is a truly aromatic essential oil.

Peppermint essential oils is commonly included in natural skincare recipes and homemade salves and balms for topical pain relief, its anti-itch properties and the cooling sensation. It also supports circulation and can calm acne inflammation.

Ready to learn how to make a plantain salve? You’ll find my simple and easy plantain salve recipe below.

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Simple Plantain Salve Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. roasted cocoa butter
1 oz. plantain herbal oil
1 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. rosehip seed oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for my plantain salve recipe. In addition you’ll also need a one or two cup heat safe glass measuring cup (such as Pyrex) and a utensil to stir your salve. I typically use a fork. You’ll also need containers for your plantain herbal salve. I used 1 oz. metal tins with rolled edge covers.

Once you’ve gathered the ingredients and supplies you’ll need, you’re ready to begin.

Start by weighing out the roasted cocoa butter wafers and beeswax. Combine in a heat safe glass container. Then heat either on the stove top using the double boiler method or in your microwave at 30% power until halfway melted.

Next, weigh out the rosehip seed oil and the plantain herbal oil. Add these ingredients to the same container as the cocoa butter and beeswax. Continue gently heating the ingredients until all of the ingredients for the plantain salve recipe have completely melted.

Once melted, remove the plantain salve mixture from heat and stir to combine. Then stir in 20 drops of organic peppermint essential oils.

Now pour your plantain herbal salve evenly into five 1 oz. tins. Allow the salve to cool completely then pop on the lids and it’s ready to go.

To use, simply apply to affected area as desired and massage in. You can also keep my plantain salve tucked inside your purse to use a natural cocoa mint lip balm throughout the year.

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If desired, you can decorate the lids of your tins. I used nature stickers from Art By Sharell to decorate the lids of my plantain salve containers. However, washi tape also makes a fun addition and makes a simple, yet pretty package decorating idea.

Should you wish to sell the products you make from my plantain salve recipe, there is important information that you need to know if you live in the United States. Not only do you need to follow all FDA guidelines for labeling your products, you’ll also need to refrain from making any medical claims in regards to said product. It can all be very confusing. However, Marie Gale has a great book, titled Soap and Cosmetic Labeling, that can help steer you in the right direction.

Vegan plantain infused solid lotion bar recipe for dry skin. This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows! Natural skin care for eczema. Winter skin care products. Natural skin care products.

More Ways to Use Plantain Herbal Oil

If you love my simple plantain salve recipe as much as I do, then I encourage you to give these other natural skin care recipes a try. Each one is made using plantain herbal oil for nourishing natural skin care that you can make and gift.

For more great natural skin care and herbal salve recipes, as well as updates from Soap Deli News blog, be sure to follow me across all of your favorite social media platforms. You can find me on G+PinterestFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’ and Instagram.  Alternately, you can also subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.

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Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical Beauty Butter for Natural Skin Care Recipes

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Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

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I’ve been in a creative slump as of late. I’ve been short on supplies. More than that, however, I’ve just been using a lot of the same ingredients over and over in different ways for so long. It kind of becomes uninspiring. If you’re a creator, you’ve likely also hit a similar wall at some point in your own process. So you get what I mean.

In fact, a creative slump was one of the main reasons I stopped selling my homemade soaps on Etsy and at my local farmer’s market. That constant demand for the same exact products over and over. I rarely had a chance to formulate any new homemade soap recipes. Instead I was selling my product downtown five days a week and making soap in the evenings. Then somewhere between all of that there was social media, etsy listings and product shipping. So my creativity extended about as far as swapping out colorants and fragrance oils for the same boring homemade soap recipe.

Recently however I was introduced to an entirely new line of exotic butters and carrier oils by way of Paris Fragrances. Paris Fragrances carries a fantastic line of natural butters and vegetable carrier oils from the Brazilian Amazon Forest. All of these natural ingredients are unrefined, cold pressed and sustainably sourced from the Amazon region of Brazil. They’re also perfect for use in natural skin care and homemade soap recipes!

Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

The Most Magical of All Beauty Butters

With the rise in both artisan and natural skin care products, many of us are now familiar with exotic ingredients from locations like Africa. Shea butter, a natural ingredient used in everything from body butters to soaps, is a major part of Africa’s economy. Known as African Gold, shea butter offers valuable economic opportunities for women and girls.

However, there are lesser known butters from a different region of the world that also have their own unique properties and benefits when used in skin and hair care recipes. Bacuri butter, in particular, comes from the Brazilian Amazon Forest. A somewhat unattractive butter, this natural butter is a dark brown that resembles both the color and consistency of fudge. It also offers some rather amazing skin care benefits. After just one use, bacuri butter was instantly promoted to the most magical of all beauty butters in my natural beauty and skin care arsenal.

Some of my favorite properties of bacuri butter include the fast absorbency rate and its highly emollient and moisturizing properties. I also love bacuri butter’s rich natural color and its anti-fungal and anti-bacterical properties. It’s versatility, both as a natural home remedy and as a quality ingredient in skin care products, also makes it a must for my own home apothecary.

Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

What Is Bacuri Butter?

Bacuri butter is extracted from the seeds of the fruit that grows on the Bacuri tree. These trees are found in Northern Brazil, within the state of Para, where the fruit is harvested in the wild. The dark brown solid butter is then extracted from the seeds for use using the cold-pressed processing method. Bacuri butter has a pleasant, moderately strong natural scent. This natural fragrance is often described as earthy or mossy. However, for me bacuri butter smells sweet and earthy with nutty undertones.

Bacuri butter has a melting point of 95°F which is similar to that of shea butter. The melt point of unrefined shea butter ranges between 89 to 100°F making bacuri butter a suitable substitution in your beauty and body butter recipes. Suited for all skin types, including oily and sensitive skin, bacuri butter leaves skin feeling velvety smooth upon application. It also has firming, moisturizing, astringent, soothing and cell renewal properties when used in your choice of a variety of homemade skin care formulations.

Benefits of Bacuri Butter for Health & Beauty

Bacuri butter offers a number of natural beauty benefits for skin and hair when used in natural beauty recipes. Commonly used in a number of skin and hair applications, bacuri butter is also prized as a natural home remedy for a number of ailments.

Bacuri butter as a natural home remedy.

Traditionally, bacuri butter has been used by the local natives of Brazil as an effective home remedy against both snake and spider bites. It’s also been shown to be an effective  home remedy for treating earaches. Additionally, bacuri butter is also viewed as what is considered a miraculous, indigenous remedy against rheumatism and arthritis. You can also use bacuri butter as a natural insect repellent to protect against insect bites.

When utilized in natural remedies for skin issues, bacuri butter reduces inflammation and redness. It’s also effective at reducing rashes, acne, hyper-pigmentation and scarring. Therefore bacuri butter makes a great addition to natural salves and creams that target acne, rosacea, eczema, scars and stretch marks. It’s also a recommended ingredient for natural pain relief products to help ease muscle pain.

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Bacuri butter for natural beauty & skin care recipes.

Bacuri butter has many wonderful properties that make it an especially useful ingredient in skin and hair care applications. Part of this is due to it’s high methionine content. Methionine is an essential amino acid that plays a critical role in the metabolism and health of many species. It’s also a natural source of sulphur – an element crucial for healthy skin, hair and nails.

Due to this amino acid and it’s high tripalmitin (fatty acid) content, bacuri butter is able to help stabilize skin’s elastin and collagen production as well as promote hair and nail growth. Therefore bacuri butter makes a both a beautiful and effective addition to scar treatments and stretch mark creams, anti-aging products, hair masks, cuticle balms, body butters and hair conditioners.

About My Bacuri Butter Body Balm

I’ve been working on several natural skin care and homemade soap recipes formulated with bacuri butter – all of which I’ll be sharing over the coming weeks. In the meantime I wanted to share the first of those recipes with you for my natural bacuri butter body balm. My bacuri butter body balm recipe is formulate with just over one third bacuri butter. It also contains passion fruit oil – an unrefined vegetable carrier oil also from the Brazilian Amazon region.

Like bacuri butter, passion fruit oil oil also has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It’s rich in linoleic acid, which aids in the restoration of the lipid layer of the skin. This yields exquisite moisturizing and emollient properties that increase the silkiness of the skin. Soap and skin products that are formulated with passion fruit oil offer a relaxing and anti-stress sensation.

Other ingredients in my bacuri butter body balm recipe consist of jojoba oil (or fractionated coconut oil) and lanolin. The lanolin is added to my body balm recipe for additional skin protection and to help lock in moisture. Additionally, my bacuri butter body balm recipe also contains cera bellina wax, a hydrophilic derivative of beeswax that has the ability to convert oils to gels, and candelilla wax. There is no added fragrance in my bacuri butter body balm. Instead, this simple recipe allows the natural scent of the bacuri butter to shine through.

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Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. bacuri butter
1 oz. jojoba oil (or fractionated coconut oil)
1 oz. passion fruit oil
.25 oz. cera bellina wax
.25 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.1 oz. candelilla wax

Instructions:

Weigh out the ingredients.

To make my natural bacuri butter body balm recipe, you’ll need to use a digital scale to first weigh out all of the ingredients. Combine the ingredients in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or double boiler.

Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe. Bacuri butter works wonders as a natural home remedy and anti-aging skin care ingredient for your holistic beauty and natural skin care recipes. Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe.

Heat the ingredients.

Melt the ingredients for the bacuri butter body balm using the double boiler method. I recommend using a double boiler insert. Alternately you can also use a glass Pyrex measuring cup by resting the measuring cup on a canning lid in a pot of water.

Mix to combine.

Once all of the ingredients for your bacuri butter body balm have melted, remove the liquified body balm from heat. Then mix the ingredients thoroughly until well combine.

Pour into your containers.

Pour the bacuri butter body balm evenly into two 2.3 oz. glass jars (like these from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) Allow to cool then screw on the lids and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

Usage:

To use your natural bacuri butter body balm, simply massage onto skin as desired to moisturize and soothe skin.

Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe - a natural remedy for eczema, acne scars and other problematic skin conditions. Perfect for maturing, oily and even sensitive skin, bacuri butter is the most magical of beauty butters for your natural skin care recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

Other Ways to Use Bacuri Butter

Other than my bacuri butter body balm recipe, another great way to use bacuri butter is simply solo! When applied as is to skin, bacuri butter gives skin a light golden brown sheen. So it’s the perfect substitute for your body bronzer. Especially when your skin is craving a luxe moisturizer.

While bacuri butter can stain clothing, it absorbs quickly and easily. So not only does this butter not feel greasy after application, once absorbed, there’s no longer a risk of it staining clothing. And because a little dab will do you, bacuri butter is extremely cost effective when compared to beauty products that perform a similar beauty benefit. Additionally, bacuri butter also offers some SPF skin protection and works wonderfully as a natural after sun moisturizer.

In addition to direct skin application, bacuri butter is also well suited for hair care. It’s a great natural moisturizer for dark, curly or ethnic hair as it helps to protect hair against external agents.

You can buy pesticide free, fair trade and sustainable bacuri butter online from Paris Fragrances.

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Matcha All Over Moisture Stick Recipe (A Simple & Affordable Skin Care Solution)

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This budget friendly DIY for crafting your own organic matcha all over moisture stick is a simple and affordable skin care solution that really works! Homemade with just three natural ingredients, this moisturizing stick nourishes, conditions and protects skin all over your body – lips included!

DIY Matcha Moisturizing Stick! This budget friendly DIY for crafting your own matcha all over moisture stick recipe is a simple skin care solution that really works! Homemade with just three natural ingredients, this moisturizing stick nourishes, conditions and protects skin all over your body - lips included!

My dad recently made a trip to the hospital only to discover he had several clogged arteries. Two arteries were partially blocked, while a third was blocked completely. Lucky for him medicine is advancing.

The doctors were able to clear out the two partially blocked arteries at our local hospital without surgery. However, my dad is headed to UVA later this month to have the fully blocked artery handled. Roto-rooter style. Seriously. Apparently doctors are now able to clear out clogged arteries completely. So bypass surgery, for my dad at least, won’t be needed.

With my own set of health issues along with some recent weight gain, I thought it was time I scheduled a doctor visit as well. So yesterday I visited my physician to have my thyroid checked along with a panel of blood work to check my cholesterol and basically everything else.

As I’m already a few years into my forties, it seemed like a good idea regardless of the weight gain. I mean if there are changes I can make now to avoid being in my dad’s shoes when I’m 70, then I’m all for it.

Of course my doctor had questions for me. As he’d prescribed medication for anxiety the last time I’d been there, and I’d recently gone off that medication on my own, he got the mini life spiel. This included the divorce and of course my current financial struggles.

Being a single woman – especially a divorced single women – can be hard. We are often at a financial disadvantage. Men are often the breadwinners in a marriage. While this isn’t true in all cases, it was in mine.

Not only had I recently ventured into full time self-employment, but while married I racked up a bit of debt to furnish the house and so forth. So when my husband and I split I lost his share of  income. I not only had substantially more debt than I did going into the marriage, my expenses also tripled. After all, I needed a place to live.

I’m sure there are many of you who have gone through similar situations. Even if you’ve never been married, women’s wages still tend to be lower than men’s. And I can’t even imagine the staggering amount of student loan debt many of you have if nothing else.

As a DIY blogger my lack of disposable income of course becomes an issue. Gone are the days of wine induced online supply shopping. Instead I’ve been slowly using up my dwindling supply of bath and beauty ingredients.

My natural soap and skin care recipes have started to become simpler with a nod back to some of the more common ingredients used in skin care. And I’ve become more conscious that there is a need for quality, budget friendly recipes. This simple 3-ingredient matcha all over moisture stick recipe is just that.

DIY Matcha Moisturizing Stick! This budget friendly DIY for crafting your own matcha all over moisture stick recipe is a simple skin care solution that really works! Homemade with just three natural ingredients, this moisturizing stick nourishes, conditions and protects skin all over your body - lips included!

Simple & Affordable Natural Skin Care

Inspired by the MYMATCHA All-Over Moisture Stick from cocokind, my matcha all over stick recipe contains the same three ingredients as the original – organic virgin coconut oil, organic cosmetic beeswax and organic matcha green tea powder.

Packaged in eco-friendly, biodegradable paperboard push up tubes, my matcha all over moisture stick works great as a spot treatment for dry hands, feet and elbows. It can also be used as a moisturizing lip balm, an eyeshadow primer, an under eye balm and a dark circle corrector.

If you’re allergic to coconut oil, you can still make my matcha all over moisture stick recipe. Simply substitute the coconut oil with organic babassu oil. (For more information on making substitutions in your homemade natural skin care recipes, I recommend the book, Carrier Oils: A beginner’s guide to using over 40 carrier oils in bath and beauty recipes, by Cari Dunn.)

Following you’ll find my recipe for making your own natural matcha all over moisture stick. I hope you enjoy it as a much as I do. Don’t stop there however. Keep reading after the recipe to learn where you can buy the MYMATCHA All-Over Moisture Stick from cocokind at a discounted price.

I also share more natural skin care recipes that use just two, three and four simple ingredients to help you stay on budget at the end of this article.

DIY Matcha Moisturizing Stick! This budget friendly DIY for crafting your own matcha all over moisture stick recipe is a simple skin care solution that really works! Homemade with just three natural ingredients, this moisturizing stick nourishes, conditions and protects skin all over your body - lips included!

Matcha All Over Moisture Stick Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. organic virgin coconut oil
1 oz. organic cosmetic beeswax
.05 oz. organic matcha green tea powder

Instructions:

Weigh out the ingredients.

Using a digital scale weigh out the coconut oil, beeswax and matcha green tea powder.

Combine and melt the beeswax and coconut oil.

Combine the coconut oil and beeswax in a universal double boiler and heat until melted.

Mix in the matcha green tea powder.

Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the matcha green tea powder.

Pour into your containers.

Pour the liquid matcha all over moisture stick into your containers of choice.

If doubled, my recipe fills five biodegradable 1.5 oz. paperboard push up tubes. Alternately, you can also half my matcha all over moisture stick recipe and fill around six smaller .3 oz. paperboard tubes. Or simply use empty lip balm containers.

Label or decorate your packaging.

Once the ingredients for your matcha all over moisture stick have solidified, cap the product containers and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

I diagonally wrapped patterned washi tape around my paperboard push up tubes, then trimmed off the excess with an X-ACTO knife.

More Ways to Make This Recipe

In addition to the MYMATCHA All-Over Moisture Stick, cocokind also makes a TURMERIC Spot Treatment Stick and a MACABEET Tinted Moisture Stick.

Naturally fight acne and brighten skin.

The TURMERIC Spot Treatment Stick contains five simple ingredients that work together to fight acne and brighten skin.

To make your own homemade dupe of this product, simply substitute the coconut oil in my Matcha All Over Moisture Stick Recipe with organic sunflower oil. Then add .025 oz. each of organic turmeric root powder and organic ginger root powder in place of the matcha green tea powder. Finally, polish off this recipe with 2mL (measured with a graduated transfer pipette) or about 40 drops of organic tea tree oil.

Moisturize and add natural color to lips and cheeks.

The MACABEET Tinted Moisture Stick from cocokind is basically a natural tinted cheek and lip balm that revitalizes and moisturizes dry skin and lips with a pop of color.

To recreate the MACABEET Tinted Moisture Stick yourself, substitute the coconut oil in my Matcha All Over Moisture Stick Recipe with organic virgin olive oil. Then add .025 oz. of  organic maca root powder and .1 oz. (or more for deeper color) of organic beet root powder in place of the matcha green tea powder.

These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

How to Save When Buying Natural Products

Because I’m on a budget, I need to save money wherever possible. So I purchase all of my vitamins and natural supplements, organic pantry staples as well as my natural beauty and skin care products from Thrive Market.

By becoming a Thrive Market member, I’ve been able to save 25%-50% off my favorite healthy lifestyle products – including my dachshund’s Blue dog food! So I’m able to keep purchasing the products and supplements that keep my fibromyalgia under control without spending more money than I have to.

Similar to Costco, Thrive Market is a membership program. You pay a yearly fee, then enjoy discounts on natural health care products, organic foods and more at significant savings. To put it into perspective, I’ve saved over $1500 in the past year buying products from Thrive Market versus the grocery store. It’s a big difference that really enables me to stretch my budget further.

While I realize discount clubs are not for everyone, Thrive Market does offer a free 30-day trial to help you decide if they’re right for you. In addition, you’ll also receive 25% off your first order from Thrive Market when you join. There’s always free shipping on your orders of $49 or more with opportunities to receive free gifts with your orders throughout the year.

Thrive Market also carries a selection of cocokind products including their MYMATCHA All-Over Moisture Stick as well as theTURMERIC Spot Treatment and MACABEET Tinted Moisture Sticks. All for around 25% off MSRP. So if you’d like buy and try these natural skin care products rather than making my Matcha All Over Moisture Stick Recipe, then signing up for a free trial with Thrive Market is a great way to save money on these products.

DIY Matcha Body Butter Recipe! This smooth and ultra creamy DIY matcha body butter is a great way to moisturize dry and sunburned skin this summer! Made with natural antioxidant rich matcha green tea, this DIY matcha body butter is scented with lavender essential oil to help ease the pain associated with sunburns and promote healing.

More Simple Natural Skin Care Recipes

If you like my Matcha All Over Moisture Stick Recipe, then you may also enjoy my Matcha Body Butter Recipe and my Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe. Or try one of these budget friendly skin care recipes that use no more than four ingredients each.

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Homemade Callus Treatment Balm Recipe (Or how to avoid a traumatic foot care experience.)

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Before you fall down that foot care rabbit hole and are ushered into an unforgettable foot care mishap by slapping on a shiny new set of foot peeling shoes, you’re going to want to read this article. Then craft up your own batch of this homemade callus treatment balm recipe to naturally promote foot health and banish tough calluses for good.

Homemade callus treatment balm recipe! Before you fall down that foot care rabbit hole and are ushered into an unforgettable foot care mishap by slapping on a shiny new set of foot peeling shoes, you're going to want to read this article. Then craft up your own batch of this homemade callus treatment balm recipe to naturally promote foot health and banish tough calluses for good.

No one wants ugly feet. Especially not when summer weather hits. We want our feet to look as awesome as those new sandals we just bought this season. What we DON’T want, however, is a YouTube video of us on a bus peeling skin off our feet. (…and then eating it.)

The horror of that video has since inspired me to experiment with various foot care products. It’s the unforeseen consequences of these products that led to my development of a homemade callus treatment balm.

Women don’t want funky feet. They don’t want you to have them either.

We’ve all heard the negative comments about feet when the weather heats up. Socks and sneakers are replaced with sandals and we tend to see a lot of chunky yellowed calluses, fungus infested toenails and the like. Women especially, I think, enjoy the gossip. Perhaps to feel better about themselves. Or maybe just because they really are completely and totally grossed out.

I remember when I worked on the farmer’s market many years ago. I overheard all kinds of remarks about unfit feet. Typically men were the brunt of these insulting observations. I imagine it’s because men in general don’t care as much about what other people think. If they did they wouldn’t wear socks with sandals, right? (wink. wink.)

I think that we, as women, tend to be more conscious of our own foot health. Many of us were raised to put more into our appearance than men were as children. And for the most part, I don’t see a lot of women wearing sandals if they have funky feet. With the hundreds to thousands of foot care care products marketed to women everyday, the money we’re willing to spend on foot health becomes more evident.

From foot scrubs, sprays, masks and soaks to pumice stones, foot butters and even foot peeling shoes, I’m always discovering new products for foot care. There’s in fact an entire aisle dedicated to just foot care products at my local Ulta.

Foot peeling shoes fall into two categories – effective and completely disgusting.

One of the stranger foot care products I’ve tried are the Tony Moly Foot Peeling Shoes. This liquid foot care product contains lactic acid, salicylic acid and a blend of plant based extracts to remove keratin from your feet. Thickened keratin or calluses, which is medically referred to as hyperkeratosis, peels off of feet when this product is applied within four to six days.

Similar to, but less expensive than, other foot peeling masks on the market, Tony Moly has seen increased popularity with the rise of the Korean skin care and beauty trend.

I first tried Tony Moly’s magic changing foot peeling shoes last year. Freaked out by some of the reviews and photos of excessive peeling, I followed the directions on using this product to a T. I left the foot peeling shoes on for an hour and a half, then washed and dried my feet as indicated.

However, before I reached the four to six day peeling period, I exfoliated my feet daily with the Earth Therapeutics Diamond File to remove excess skin and minimize peeling as much as possible. (You know. Because I had places to go and people to see.)

The product performed okay. There was no vomit inducing horror show on my feet after use, which I was happy about. I simply couldn’t imagine my feet recovering from some of the images I’ve seen from use of this type of product. (Google at your own risk.) I’ve used the foot peeling shoes twice since then.

With the arrival of spring I thought I’d give these foot peeling shoes another try. The weather has gone from spring temperatures straight to middle of August heat a few times already. Wanting to avoid any criticism of my forty plus year old feet – feet do weird things after forty – I placed an order with Ulta and waited for my Tony Moly foot peeling shoes to arrive.

I used my Tony Moly Foot Peeling Shoes within the past week or so. I cut the foot peeling shoes open and stuck one onto each foot. Each shoe was then held closed with the provided stickers. While the shoes did their thing, I did mine. I worked on social media for my blog. I made lunch. I walked around in those shoes – though cautiously on the stairs since I have a habit of falling down them.

Decorate the amber glass jars for your homemade herbal salves and balms with washi tape or stickers for a personal touch when gift giving!

Then Jasper, my dachshund, decided he needed to go outside. Jasper is not one who’s often willing to wait for me to primp. He’s basically a spoiled child in dog form. If he doesn’t get his way he will yell (bark) at you until he does. And if you tick him off, well. Let’s just say he will pee in all the wrong places.

There was no way however that I was going to make it out of the house in those foot peeling shoes. Our side door exits onto gravel and grass and dirt. And Jasper is finicky about where he’ll lay his load. So I removed the foot peeling shoes. I wiped my feet off with a tea towel, slid on a pair of flip flops and off we went.

My day resumed as usual after that. Work and dinner. I caught up on the new season of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. I went to bed, got up, showered. That’s about when I realized I’d forgotten to wash off the residue from the foot peeling shoes. Oops.

A few days later the skin peeling commenced. It was the stuff of nightmarish google images – so totally gross. I would walk around the house leaving bits of dead skin everywhere. My roommate started having nightmares about her own feet peeling. So much in fact, she was peeling off dead skin in her dreams only to hit a road block that required scissors. Yes, scissors!

I alternated back and forth being using my diamond file and moisturizing – day in and day out. Until finally – FINALLY! – my feet started to resemble the feet of a normal human again. That’s when I decided to make a homemade callus treatment balm.

(And let me just say, this new guy I’ve been dating is on a whole new level of comfortable with me after this experience. Get your introduction here.)

Homemade Callus Treatment Balm Recipe! Before you fall down that foot care rabbit hole and are ushered into an unforgettable foot care mishap by slapping on a shiny new set of foot peeling shoes, you're going to want to read this article. Then craft up your own batch of this homemade callus treatment balm recipe to naturally promote foot health and banish tough calluses for good.

About my homemade callus treatment balm.

I formulated my homemade callus treatment balm using natural skin conditioning carrier oils like coconut oil and camelina seed oil. These oils were then combined with turmeric root powder and a blend of organic essential oils proven to minimize inflammation caused by calluses while also encouraging blood flow, fading discoloration and softening the build up of tough skin.

Essential oils such as tea tree oil and oregano essential oil also help to prevent and treat common fungal infections you get on your feet, including athlete’s foot, toenail fungus and fungus caused by candida.

Homemade callus treatment balm recipe! Before you fall down that foot care rabbit hole and are ushered into an unforgettable foot care mishap by slapping on a shiny new set of foot peeling shoes, you're going to want to read this article. Then craft up your own batch of this homemade callus treatment balm recipe to naturally promote foot health and banish tough calluses for good.

Homemade Callus Treatment Balm Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. refined coconut oil
1 oz. safflower oil
1 oz. natural beeswax pastilles
.75 oz. sunflower oil
.25 oz. camelina seed oil
.025 oz. turmeric root powder
12 drops tea tree essential oil
12 drops chamomile essential oil (3% dilution)
12 drops oregano essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Weigh out the ingredients.

Using a digital scale (I use this Baker’s Math Scale for all my bath, body and homemade soap recipes) weigh out the carrier oils, beeswax and turmeric root powder.

Melt the ingredients.

Combine the oils, beeswax and turmeric in a double boiler and gently heat until the beeswax has completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add the essential oils.

Using a graduated transfer pipette or dropper, add the essential oils to the melted homemade callus treatment balm ingredients. Stir to combine.

If desired you can omit the turmeric root powder and use turmeric essential oil in place of the lavender or chamomile essential oil.

Pour into containers.

Now pour your homemade callus treatment balm into clear or amber glass jars. Once cool, screw on the lids for each jar.

Decorate the amber glass jars for your homemade herbal salves and balms with washi tape or stickers for a personal touch when gift giving!

Decorate or label your jars.

I used two 2.3 oz. thick wall glass cosmetic jars for my homemade callus treatment balms, then decorated the outside of the jars with decorative washi tape. Washi tape and stickers are a fun way to give your balms a personalized homemade look for gifting.

Use your homemade callus treatment balm.

To use simply apply your homemade callus treatment balm after bathing or soaking feet, then exfoliating with a pumice smoothing stone or diamond file. (Note that this product may stain light colored clothing.) 

More natural foot care recipes.

If you’re a fan of my homemade callus treatment balm, then you may also want to try my other natural foot care recipes.

Pedi Foot Scrub Recipe with Coconut Oil! This super exfoliating pedi foot scrub recipe with coconut oil will leave your feet feeling like you just had a professional spa pedicure! Made with all natural ingredients, this pedi foot scrub exfoliates with fine sea salt and pumice. It then hydrates skin with shea butter and coconut oil for softer, smoother feet with every use!

Have you tried foot peeling shoes?

If you’ve tried foot peeling shoes, I’d love to hear your experience! I’d be delighted if you shared your story in the comments.

Keep in contact.

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This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.

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Natural Rose Body Balm Recipe with Tea Seed Oil

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This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires just 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using camellia tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

A while back I discovered (via Birchbox) and fell completely in love with Jurlique’s Rose Love Balm. It smells simply AMAZING and feels absolutely divine on skin. However, as I primarily used it as a hand cream, it got used up rather quickly.

When I received a recent purchase of organic Bulgarian rose floral wax, opened the container, closed my eyes and sniffed – I knew I’d found the perfect ingredient for making my own natural rose body balm!

Bulgarian rose floral wax is a wonderfully fragrant, semi-solid creamy wax derived from rose petals. This natural floral wax offers many of the same skin care benefits of Bulgarian roses including the moisturizing phospholipids. It makes a lovely addition to your own homemade creams, balms and lotions. And, because it's naturally scented, there's no need to add a separate fragrance to your products!

Bulgarian rose floral wax is a wonderfully fragrant, semi-solid creamy wax derived from rose petals. This natural floral wax offers many of the same skin care benefits of Bulgarian roses including the moisturizing phospholipids. It makes a lovely addition to your own homemade creams, balms and lotions. And, because it’s naturally scented, there’s no need to add a separate fragrance to your products!

As this rose wax is plant derived, it is suitable for vegan skin care recipes and products. However, keep in mind this is a very soft wax. It is sort of the consistency of warm butter. Therefore you may want to include harder waxes in conjunction with the rose wax in skin care recipes that contain a high percentage of liquid carrier oils.

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

In addition to the rose floral wax, I also chose to use camellia (tea) seed oil for my natural rose body balm recipe. Like fractionated coconut oil, camellia seed oil is liquid at room temperature and has a long shelf life. When used in skin care applications, camellia seed oil can help to improve both the tone and texture of skin as well as reduce the appearance of aging. Camellia seed oil is also wonderful for hydration and is quickly and easily absorbed so that skin feels silky smooth, not greasy.

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

Following is my three ingredient natural rose body balm recipe. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. Not only does it smell divine, but it’s super moisturizing and non-greasy once absorbed. Plus it can be used anywhere that your skin needs a little extra love. Hands, body, feet and even lips!

Also be sure to check out my free printable labels for this project for personal use or gifting after the recipe!

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

Natural Rose Body Balm Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. refined shea butter
.15 oz. Bulgarian rose floral wax
.5 oz. camellia (tea) seed oil

Instructions:

To make my natural rose body balm recipe, you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the shea butter into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup or similar.

Heat the shea butter in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Alternately, you can melt the shea butter in a double boiler.

Remove from heat. Weigh out the rose floral wax and stir into the melted shea butter until all of the wax has melted.

Now weigh out the camellia seed oil and stir into the melted shea butter and wax.

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

Pour the rose body balm into your container of choice. I recommend around a 4 oz. container. I used a 100 mL wide-mouth cosmetic style screw top jar from Infinity Jars which is around 3.38 oz. It filled the jar to the very very top.

Allow your rose body balm to cool completely and resolidify before screwing on the lid. You can place your rose body balm in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

Once your body balm has solidified it’s ready for personal use or gifting! Simply print out the PDF for my free printable labels here onto full size blank sticker paper. Then cut out and apply the tops of your containers.

If you want to sell the natural rose body balm you made, then you will need to label your product according to FDA guidelines. If you are unsure about labeling laws then I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with natural vegan ingredients, this body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy.

If you like my natural rose body balm recipe, then you may also like my rose body butter recipe. While this recipe doesn’t smell like roses, it is made with rose kaolin clay and is inspired by Nourish Organic’s Rejuvenating Rose Butter. It too is a vegan friendly moisturizer and is naturally scented with frankincense essential oilLearn to make it here.

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

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Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my weekly wrap up posts! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram and twitter posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured!

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