The Spa Deck – Rediscovering a Treasure of Spa Recipes

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The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck

I moved at the beginning of the year. However, I still had a lease on my old apartment until the end of February so not everything made it’s way over until recently. (We saved the furniture for last.) Anyhow, I rediscovered this deck of spa recipe cards with 50 spa recipes during the move.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.  It’s no longer in print, however, it is still possible to find used decks online and in bookstores.

Homemade Spa Recipes

Lavender + Tea Tree Blemish Remover Recipe via The Spa Deck

Some of my favorite spa recipes that stood out while shuffling back through the cards included this super useful recipe for making a lavender & tea tree blemish remover. This simple oil acne treatment uses a blend of antibacterial essential oils proven to help fight acne including tea tree, lemon, lavender and rosemary essential oils.

Natural Neroli Complexion Serum Recipe via The Spa Deck

Another favorite, especially for those with dry and/or aging skin, is this recipe for a neroli complexion serum. Neroli essential oil is commonly used to increase circulation and stimulates new cell growth and is suitable for all skin types.

Especially beneficial for dry, irritated or sensitive skin, neroli essential oil regulates oiliness and minimizes enlarged pores. It can also help to clear up acne especially in dry skin. While pricy, a little bit of this amazing essential oil goes a long way!

Homemade Calendula Cuticle Oil Recipe via The Spa Deck

And let’s not forget those cuticles! My cuticles are the worst! And because I have a bad habit of biting my nails when I’m especially stressed, my cuticles tend to rip and tear. This calendula cuticle oil recipe is made with calendula essential oil, but you can also purchase certified organic calendula oil that’s made from infusing organically grown calendula flowers in organic cold pressed olive oil.

The Spa Deck contains 50 spa recipes in all with everything from face masks to papaya body butter. So if you can get your hands on a used deck, I highly recommend it!

Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home!

Alternatively, you may also love the book, Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This recently released book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home.

This book includes recipes for fun skincare products like warming chai body oil, solid shimmering perfume, creamy marsala lip gloss and an anti-aging mocha mud mask. You can buy Hello Glow online here.

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Homemade Beauty Recipe Books

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Homemade Beauty - 150 all-natural skin, hair and body care recipes. From turning blueberries into a lush detoxifying mask to fresh lemongrass into a non-toxic bug repellent, Homemade Beauty takes the ubiquitous eat-local, farm-to-table concept and brings it to the beauty category.

Love crafting your own natural homemade beauty recipes? Then you’ll definitely want to give the book, Homemade Beauty, a look! This book is a beautifully packaged collection of 150 all-natural skin, hair and body care recipes. From turning blueberries into a lush detoxifying mask to fresh lemongrass into a non-toxic bug repellent, Homemade Beauty takes the ubiquitous eat-local, farm-to-table concept and brings it to the beauty category. Learn more about this homemade beauty recipe book here. Have to own it now? You can purchase the kindle version of this book and save! (If you don’t have a kindle you can simply download the free kindle app for most devices here.)

The Natural Beauty Solution - A step-by-step guide to replacing commercial beauty products with a 100% natural routine. It features two-dozen easy-to-follow, customizable recipes for natural skin care that are not only provide a healthy alternative to mass-produced products, but will also make your skin and hair look their best.

If you like the aforementioned homemade beauty recipe book, you may also enjoy the beauty recipe book, The Natural Beauty Solution. The Natural Beauty Solution by Mary Helen Leonard is a step-by-step guide to replacing commercial beauty products with a 100% natural routine. It features two-dozen easy-to-follow, customizable homemade beauty recipes for natural skin care that are not only provide a healthy alternative to mass-produced products, but will also make your skin and hair look their best.

Common skin disorders, such as eczema, psoriasis,and acne are often aggravated by the chemical ingredients contained within commercial cosmetics while chemical-based hair care can cause frizz, breakage, and scalp irritation. And in many cases over the counter “cures” can worsen common skin and hair care issues. This book teaches you how to overhaul your medicine cabinet and create simple natural recipes that are both quick and affordable, as well as troubleshoot natural beauty methods to fit your specific skin and hair type. Learn more about The Natural Beauty Solution here.

To explore even more homemade beauty recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You may also be interested in my collection of soapmaking books and tutorials here. Or simply follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebookTwitterG+ or Instagram to keep up with all of my new blog posts and homemade beauty recipe ideas.


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Soapmaking Books and Tutorials

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Must have soapmaking books and resources for learning how to make soap from scratch as well as a free online soapmaking tutorial.

Research, research, research is the best first step to getting started in soapmaking. But that research doesn’t have to expensive. In addition to online soapmaking tutorials, a collection of good soapmaking books can go a long way to providing more in depth information on the chemistry of soapmaking that will assist you moving forward to both more complex recipes as well as getting started creating your own custom homemade soap recipes.

Soapmaking Books

One of many helpful soapmaking books to get you started in modern soapmaking that won’t break your budget is Smart Soapmaking by Anne L. Watson. The kindle version of this soapmaking book is just $1.40! Not only does it contain a plethora of useful information on making cold process soap, it also contains both customary and metric measurements and a list of suppliers in FIVE countries, making it suitable for international soapmakers. In addition, after reading this book, Anne will personally answer questions you may have on soapmaking on her website.

Must have soapmaking books and resources for learning how to make soap from scratch as well as a free online soapmaking tutorial.

Other great soapmaking resources include the 2016 release Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola, The Everything Soapmaking Book by Alicia Grosso – You can read this book free if you sign up for an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Free 30-day trial – Soap Maker’s Workshop: The Art and Craft of Natural Homemade Soap by Robert S. McDaniel and Katherine J. McDaniel – this book comes with an instructional DVD, and the more traditional book, Milk Soapmaking also by Anne L. Watson, Ultimate Guide To Soap Making by Amanda McCarthy, The Soapmaker’s Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How by Susan Miller Cavitch that includes a great troubleshooting section and a chart that lists the properties of the most commonly used oils.

Must have soapmaking books and resources for learning how to make soap from scratch as well as a free online soapmaking tutorial.

Other books you may find of interest include The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century by Charlotte Denholtz – or read free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited –The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients by Mary Helen Leonard, Soap Queen Business Handbook by Anne-Marie Faiola for those interested in selling homemade soaps, Soap Queen Cold Process Soap and Soap Queen Lotions, Scrubs, Salts and More Projects by Anne-Marie Faiola – both also free to read with Amazon Kindle Unlimited – Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive by Petra Ahnert and Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive by Leeann Coleman and Jayne Barnes.

As with most books, the kindle versions of these books, if available, are significantly cheaper in most cases than the paper version. If you don’t have a kindle you can read kindle eBooks using the free Kindle Reading App on most devices.

You may also want to read my online soapmaking tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch here which includes links to other helpful resources, tools and charts as well as my article on how to create your own custom cold process soap recipe using a lye calculator here. Or discover a plethora of homemade soap recipes on my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board.


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New Natural Beauty Recipe Book from Shannon Buck

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DIY natural beauty book - 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty

Just released is the new natural beauty recipe book, 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beautyby Shannon Buck!

This new 4 1/2 star rated natural beauty book will teach you all that you need to know to make your own organic natural beauty products. Learn how to create homemade lotions and potions at home using natural and holistic ingredients like herbs and flowers. You’ll also be instructed on the properties of conditioning carrier oils and naturally moisturizing butters as well as aromatic floral extracts. Many of these natural beauty recipes are perfect for your overall health and include curative herbal extracts and therapeutic essential oils. This natural beauty book contains clear step by step photographs and instructions as well as expert tips and easy to follow natural beauty recipes.

You can buy 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty now in paperback here. Or save by purchasing the kindle version of this natural beauty book here. (Don’t own a kindle? Download the free kindle app. Or purchase the all new kindle paperwhite.)

If you like 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty by Shannon Buck, then also be sure to check out the collection of similar books by author, Rosemary Gladstar. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, a #1 best seller with a 5 star review, is among one of her many prized favorites. You may also enjoy Fifi M. Maacaron’s book, Natural Beauty Alchemy: Make Your Own Organic Cleansers, Creams, Serums, Shampoos, Balms, and More, in addition to Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman’s book, The Home Apothecary: Cold Spring Apothecary’s Cookbook of Hand-Crafted Remedies & Recipes for the Hair, Skin, Body, and Home.

To discover even more natural beauty recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’ or Tumblr as well as FacebookTwitter, G+ and Instagram for more great beauty book recommendations and natural skin care and homemade soap recipes.


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Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Homemade Soap Recipe

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Fifty shades of Grey Inspired Homemade Soap Recipe

With the just released Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer already making lots of fanfare in anticipation of the movie that’s scheduled to open on Valentine’s Day 2015, I thought this would be a perfect time to share a Fifty Shades of Grey inspired homemade soap recipe. Made using Wholesale Supplies Plus Fifty Shades fragrance oil, this homemade soap ends up with a wonderful unisex fragrance blend of tainted rose, wild geranium, bergamot and gold amber.

I used Australian Midnight Black Clay from New Directions Aromatics to create the shades of grey in this soap, although you could also use matte black oxide pigment powder. Layer shades of gray on part or all of this homemade soap to fit the look you’re after.

Fifty Shades Homemade Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

13.5 oz. pomace olive oil
6.6 oz. sustainable palm oil
13 oz. 76°F melt point coconut oil
2 oz. rice bran oil
1.5 oz. refined shea butter

5.1 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye
12 oz. distilled water

2 oz. Fifty Shades fragrance oil
Australian midnight black clay, to suit

Instructions:

This homemade soap recipe will fit into my DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Mold and  yield approximately 10 – 12 homemade soap bars depending on how thick they are cut. To make this homemade soap recipe follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Prepare and mix the lye-water using a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and shea butter and heat on the stove over medium heat in a stainless steel pot until melted. Remove from heat and all to cool.

Once the lye-water and oils have cooled to around 95°-100°F you can mix the two together using a stick blender. At light trace add the fragrance oil and mix along with the black clay.

If you want to layer the entire bar of soap in shades of gray, start by adding a small amount of black clay to soap and mix well until desired color is achieved and soap has reached trace. Pour your first layer into the prepared soap mold. Now add more black clay to the soap in the pot for the next shade darker, mix and pour the second layer. Continue until all the soap has been poured.

Cover and insulate the soap loaf for 24 hours, then unmold and cut into bars.

Not familiar with Fifty Shades of Grey? Read the book, Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, and discover what the fuss is all about before the movie release. It’s available for the kindle for just $5.99 – you can download Amazon’s free Kindle reading app to your computer, tablet, or smartphone if you don’t own a kindle – or you can buy it as a paperback or audiobook. or buy the entire Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle and get all three books at once.

For more of my homemade soap recipes and soapmaking tutorials visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You’ll also discover a plethora of homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s by following my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board.


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