Insect Repellent Body Butter Recipe

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Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Don’t let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which have been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

With incidents of Lyme disease becoming more common, protection against ticks in wooded and rural areas where ticks prosper is super important. The Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, causing the spread of the disease in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central United States. The western blacklegged tick spreads the disease on the Pacific Coast. (Find more information on the CDC website here.)

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil has been shown to be effective in preventing mosquito bites and is a common ingredient in some commercial mosquito repellents. According to WebMD, when applying a specific 30% lemon eucalyptus oil extract called Citriodiol three times daily you can also significantly decrease the number of tick attachments if you live in tick-infested area. (Learn what Citriodiol is here.) This extract is used in commercial products such as Mosi-guard and Repel Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

For my insect repellent body butter recipe, I use lemon eucalyptus essential oil at just under 5% – the maximum for a skin safe application.

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Insect Repellent Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.25 oz. emulsifying wax
2 oz. babassu oil
1 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. camellia (tea seed) oil
.1 oz. 100% neem oil
.1 oz. isopropyl myristate
.15 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil

 Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh the ingredients for my insect repellent body butter recipe. Additionally, substitutions can be made for this recipe. While I have not tested substitutions for this formula, these are my closest approximations that I believe would work.

Babassu oil and camellia oil were chosen not only for their benefits to skin, but also because they don’t feel oily or greasy when used in cosmetic applications. Babassu oil has a slightly higher melt point than regular coconut oil, however refined coconut oil can be substituted if desired. You will need to increase the amount of wax used, however, to compensate for the difference in the melt point. Fractionated coconut oil can be used in place of the camellia oil.

In addition, the shea butter can be subbed with sal butter or mango butter and the cocoa butter with another hard butter like kokum butter. The isopropyl myristate can be substituted with Cyclomethicone. Both of these products keep the end product from feeling greasy. Alternately, it can be omitted entirely.

This is a soft butter and may not remain in solid form in hot areas or outside of a temperature controlled environment. In this case I recommend increasing the emulsifying wax as needed – I chose to use emulsifying wax as it also keeps the insect repellent body butter from feeling greasy on skin as well – or substitute it with beeswax for an end product closer to a salve. You can also try 1/2 the amount of wax called for in the recipe with carnauba wax, which is vegan. In addition you can also keep my insect repellent body butter recipe as is and try adding .05 oz. of arrowroot powder.

To make this insect repellent body butter, begin by weighing out the emulsifying wax, babassu oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. Heat in the microwave at 40-50% power until melted or melt in a double boiler.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Weigh out the carrier oils and stir into the melted wax and butters.

Next weigh out the isopropyl myristate and stir into the insect repellent body butter mixture.

Now weigh out the lemon eucalyptus essential oil and mix into your melted product. Using a dropper, follow with the remaining essential oils. Mix well.

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Evenly pour the body butter into two 2.3 oz. clear glass thick wall cosmetic jars with black lined caps. (I got my jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.)

Allow to cool completely, then screw on the lids. You can place your insect repellent body butter in the fridge to speed up the cooling process. As this recipe yields a soft, velvety butter it may take 24-48 hours to fully solidify and reach its final consistency.

To use apply the insect repellent body butter to exposed areas of skin and massage in. This body butter smells really strong at first, but the scent will mellow after about 5-10 minutes. Reapply every few hours as needed to aid in repelling biting insects.

Love your locks with these leave in coffee hair conditioner & shine spray recipes! Formulated especially for dry or damaged hair, these recipes both utilize the power of camellia seed oil and babassu oil. Both of these oils have similar properties in hair and skincare as coconut oil making them especially suited for those sensitive to or allergic to coconut oil.

To learn more about babassu oil and camellia oil and for more recipes you can use these ingredients in, be sure to check out my Leave In Coffee Hair Conditioner & Shine Spray Recipes. You can also follow my boards on Pinterest for even more great skincare recipes and beauty DIY’s.

Organic lemongrass citronella insect repellent spray from Pure Palette. This natural insect and mosquito repellent spray contains a blend of lemongrass, lavender, cedarwood, eucalyptus, citronella, patchouli and catnip essential oils. It is 100% natural, hand blended in a small batches, DEET Free and has a wonderful fresh, clean scent. It repels mosquitoes and many other bugs including No See Um.

If you’re looking to buy a natural insect repellent you may like this organic lemongrass citronella insect repellent spray from Pure Palette. This natural insect and mosquito repellent spray contains a blend of lemongrass, lavender, cedarwood, eucalyptus, citronella, patchouli and catnip essential oils. It is 100% natural, hand blended in a small batches, DEET Free and has a wonderful fresh, clean scent. It repels mosquitoes and many other bugs including No See Um. You can buy it online here.

Pure Palette also sells hand poured citronella outdoor candles to help deter biting insects when you’re enjoying time outdoors on your patio or deck. I just bought three of these for an upcoming cookout I’m hosting in May. You can purchase them here.

You may also be interested in the organic insect repellent stick with lemon eucalyptus essential oil from SunnyBrae Buzz. It’s formulated with essential oils that are known to repel mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, and flies and also comes in three formulations – for babies 6 months to 23 months, for kids 2 years to 15 years and for ages 16 to adult. You can buy it online here.

Additionally, Turtle Moon Health also sells a non-greasy, natural insect repellent spray with lemon eucalyptus essential oil called Nature’s Cloak Mosquite & Tick Repellent. It’s non-staining and kid friendly! You can buy it online here.

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Truffle Buff Recipe for the Softest Skin Ever

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DIY this homemade truffle buff recipe for an exfoliating in the shower body butter scrub that leaves your skin extraordinarily soft!

Learn how to DIY this homemade truffle buff recipe for an exfoliating in the shower body butter scrub that leaves your skin extraordinarily soft!

This truffle buff recipe was created by Nadia Mansour, the former owner of a successful small business called, Ouish®, for which she created high end and all natural skincare products. Since then, however, Nadia has decided to take a break from the small business world and share her homemade skincare recipes instead on her new Facebook blog, The Nadia Effect. The Nadia Effect includes not only skincare recipes, but also DIY videos for making your own natural skincare products and even dessert recipes for baking up treats like her Hazelnut Mocha Cookies. I absolutely LOVE her page and my hope is that you’ll become a fan of hers  as well.

You’ll find Nadia’s truffle buff recipe below. It is, of course, re-printed with her permission.

DIY this homemade truffle buff recipe for an exfoliating in the shower body butter scrub that leaves your skin extraordinarily soft!

Homemade Truffle Buff Recipe

© Nadia Mansour

Ingredients:

15 oz. kokum butter
15 oz. shea butter
3 oz. rice, ground
3 oz. almonds, ground
3 oz. adzuki beans, ground
.78 oz. (2%) skin safe fragrance, of choice

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of your ingredients.

Begin by weighing out the kokum and shea butter. Combine in a double boiler and melt the butters over low heat.

Once the butters have melted, remove from heat and pour into a clean bowl. Set aside.

Next, weigh out the dry ingredients separately.

Using a food processor grind the rice, almonds and adzuki  beans, one at a time, to a medium/fine texture. Don’t over process these ingredients as they will act as your exfoliants.

Weigh out the fragrance oil you’ve chosen to use for this truffle buff recipe. (Need fragrance oil suggestions? One of the best selling fragrance oils Nadia used in her products was the Chicks Dig It Fragrance Oil from Just Scent.)

Now add the ground dry ingredients and fragrance oil to the melted butter mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly to combine then place in your refrigerator.

Every 5-10 minutes, take the bowl out of the fridge and give it a stir. Then pop the mixture back into the fridge and repeat the process. Be patient.

Keep repeating this process until the mixture starts to look opaque and most of the exfoliants start to suspend in the mixture. Once you get to that stage, work quickly and immediately pour the truffle buff  mixture into the cavities of a silicone mold of your choosing. (I recommend placing the mold on a cutting board before your fill them so they are easier to transport.)

Don’t worry if you waited too long to pour your truffle buff into the molds. If you realize it’s gone past the stage where it starts to turn opaque and the mixture has hardened, simply it into the microwave and melt it slightly. Re-mix and try again.

Once you’ve poured the melted truffle buff mixture into your mold, place the mold into your refrigerator until your bars have hardened.

Once hardened, simply remove your truffle buffs from the mold. Decorate the tops if desired. You can use regular dark chocolate to add an icing drizzle or even dark cocoa butter wafers.

Wrap your truffle buff bars in foodservice film and label as desired for gifting or until use.

Side Notes:

Nadia does not recommend adding colorants to her truffle buff recipe. Her experience has shown that they do not color the mixture well and are likely to leave color on your skin when used.

In addition, as this truffle buff recipe does not contain a preservative, it is essential that you follow proper storage guidelines. When the bar is not in use, keep it out of the shower and away from steam on an elevated plate, such as a soap dish, that will allow air to flow above and below the product. It needs to be kept dry between uses. However, if you’d like to use a preservative, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the preservative you choose. Even with a preservative, however, it is highly recommend that you still follow the previously mentioned storage guidelines.

How to Use:

Use your truffle buff in the shower with warm-hot water running on your skin by massaging the truffle buff bar over your body in circular motions. The warm-hot water, along with your body temperature, will help to melt the truffle buff bar as you use it. Once completed, gently wash off any residue and pat skin dry with a towel to reveal your softest ever skin.

This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Inspired by Lush's Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this massage bar recipe is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, massaging organic Adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

If you like Nadia’s Truffle Buff Recipe, then you may also like my Lush inspired Massage Bar Recipe inspired by Lush’s Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar. This massage bar is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, this Lush inspired massage bar recipe also includes massaging organic adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon leaf and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

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Homemade Lanolin Skin Care Recipes

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Learn all about the benefits of lanolin and discover sixteen fantastic homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect and moisturize skin all winter long!

Learn about the benefits of lanolin and discover sixteen fantastic homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect and moisturize skin all winter long!

What is lanolin and what benefits can be gained from lanolin in skin care applications?

So, what is lanolin? Lanolin is a naturally occurring wax that is secreted by the glands of sheep and other wool bearing animals that helps them shed water from their coats. When sheep are sheared in order to use their wool for textiles such as yarn or felt, the wool is first run through rollers in order to extract the lanolin. Because lanolin is very similar in composition to the oils secreted by our own skin it’s able to provide a protective moisture barrier when used in skin care products. It acts as an excellent moisturizer and skin smoother as it’s capable of not only penetrating the outer layers of our own skin while still allowing it to breathe, but it is also a humectant able to attract and absorb up to 300% water.

According to Wikipedia lanolin is superior to both petroleum and glycerin with its emollient effects lasting for an eight hour period after the first application and up to 72 hours after a fifth day of consecutive use. Therefore this natural skin salve is perfect for severely dry and cracked skin, eczema and psoriasis. Convinced? Then check out my collection of sixteen homemade lanolin skin care recipes below to discover what are sure to become a few of your new favorites!

Homemade Neem Oil and Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe

Homemade lanolin skin care recipes to nurture and nourish skin through winter.

1. Healing Winter Body Balm Recipe (plus a snowflake label tutorial!)
2. Homemade Chocolate Orange Body Butter Recipe and Sugar Scrub Recipe
3. Cinnamon Sugar Homemade Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe
4. Vanilla & Fig Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe
5. Natural Rosemary & Neem Oil Foot Salve Recipe
6. Natural Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe
7. Natural Lanolin Shaving Soap Recipe
8. Handmade Natural Lanolin Salve Recipe

Learn all about the benefits of lanolin and discover sixteen fantastic homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect and moisturize skin all winter long!

9. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips Dupe
10. Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin
11. Bee Pollen Soap Recipe with Lanolin
12. Heal and Protect Winter Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin
13. Neem Oil and Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe with Lanolin
14. Lemon Verbena Body Butter Recipe with Lanolin
15. Non-greasy Lavender Body Butter Recipe with Lanolin
16. Vanilla & Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe with Lanolin

If you like these homemade lanolin skin care recipes, then you’ll also love my natural neem oil skin care recipes. (Found here.) Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest for even more fabulous natural homemade skin care recipes including homemade soap recipes, homemade salves, body butter and sugar scrub recipes! You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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TV Series Inspired DIY Jalapeno Muscle Rub

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Orange is the New Black Netflix Original Series

If you’re a member of Netflix then you know that they’ve really stuck to their guns about creating their own Netflix Original TV Series. And everyone of these series, whether you loved them or hated them, have been brilliantly made, captivating and have even included some well known actors and actresses. Not only did Netflix Originals end up with fourteen Emmy nominations for 2013, but their new additions to film are really making statements and could further change how people choose to receive and pay for television as more and more people are giving up their overpriced cable and satellite tv subscriptions for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and boxes like the Roku player (I love mine!) that offer free movie channels like Crackle. Original series include House of Cards, Hemlock Grove and their newest series from the creator of Weeds, Orange is the New Black.

Personally I love Orange is the New Black although my boyfriend can’t stand to watch it. Orange is the New Black is both a comedic and heartbreaking series that takes place in a women’s prison and stars the character, Piper Chapman, as a regular woman who’s play it fast and dangerous past comes back to basically bite her in the rear. She lands herself in prison as a result of plea bargain in order to pay her debt to society.

DIY Jalapeno Muscle Rub Recipe Inspired by the Character, Piper, on Orange is the New BlackOne of the interesting facts about Piper is that she is a soapmaker in which she and her partner, who is married and about to have a baby, have just gotten their line of soaps accepted into Barney’s. Due to Piper’s arrest and incarceration however, their success and fame via Barney’s seems to have been put on hold. In an effort to make good on and insult Piper made during her first day in prison in which she insulted the prison food prepared by the head cook and fellow prisoner, Red, that led to her being starved out for over a week, Piper falls back on her bath and body diy knowledge to make a rub for Red’s sore back consisting of cocoa butter – that she traded for with a chunk of her hair to be used in another inmate’s weave – and jalapenos that were gifted to her by another inmate suffering from a crush. While Piper has to “manually” chew the jalapenos and spit them out to concoct her sore muscle rub – which I found inventive but also pretty much gross – it does win her meals in the cafeteria again. It’s that event that led to a DIY for this jalapeno rub on Free People’s Building 25 blog.

Lucky for you their version of the DIY Jalapeno Muscle Rub Recipe doesn’t involve chewing the jalapenos up first. Instead they combined cocoa butter and the seeds from a jalapeno. I suspect they didn’t use straight cocoa butter since cocoa butter is a solid at room temperature, and instead used a store bought cocoa butter “cream” that includes ingredients other the cocoa butter. If you’d like to make your own cocoa butter body butter that’s a spreadable semi-solid at room temperature, I recommend using one part cocoa butter, one part shea butter and one part carrier oil. Melt them together, then run the seeds through a food processor, stir them into the melted butter and allow to cool. As Piper used the whole pepper and not just the seeds, you could run the entire jalapeno pepper through a food processor and stir it into the butter.

While I suffer from body aches and pains regularly I’m still more than a little frightened to give this recipe a try. I am super sensitive to pepper heat in foods and the thought of this ending up in my eyes or on more delicate skin areas is enough to persuade me not to try this out. The burn of pepper isn’t easy to get rid of. There would also be variables as the intensity of the heat based on the proportions of pepper versus cocoa body butter used and the heat of the particular peppers used. I’ve found that the heat of some peppers, even of the same type, can vary in intensity.

Should you be daring enough to try out this recipe, please let me know how your jalapeno pepper rub turns out. In the meantime I recommend using essential oils of clove, black pepper, nutmeg, ginger and/or cinnamon to create a warming rub for aches and pains as 1-2% of your recipe. Or up to 3% if limited to a specific area of your body. Using avocado, carrot seed, coconut or argan oils for the oil in body butter will help to hydrate and moisturize if needed as we begin to head into cooler weather.


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