Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner That Works Like Magic

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Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family’s muck and mayhem? I have the absolute perfect 3-ingredient recipe!

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If your husband is like my husband, he can’t stand the smell of cleaning vinegar. And he most definitely lets you know he HATES it. In my case the complaints were almost as bad as when men get sick. You know those complaints. They get a cold and you’d think they were dying.

While the smell of cleaning vinegar does dissipate, there’s absolutely no relief from a complaint about the smell regardless of the essential oils I use to freshen the scent. On the flip side of that, you want to use non-toxic cleaning products in your home. And in an effort to use more natural cleaning products, vinegar has always been your go to thing.

So what do you do when you A.) want save money by making your own natural cleaning products and B.) your husband threatens you with divorce if you use vinegar just one more time? The good news is, you can keep your husband. The better news is, you can make a homemade vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works like magic.

I’m talking this stuff took wine stains off my laminate countertop that were two weeks old kind of magic. Not only that, but it smells simply AMAZING. And the fragrance, just a single to-die-for essential oil, was personally approved by my husband. He actually came home and COMMENTED on how great the house smelled. I mean wow, right?

Not only does my vinegar free all purpose cleaner require the purchase of just TWO products, you’ll find that these products last a long time and have so many more uses than just cleaning countertops! Plus they’re eco-friendly!

Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

800 mL/27 oz. distilled water
20 mL/.67 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
20 mL/.67 oz. 5-fold lemon essential oil

Instructions:

Measuring all ingredients by volume, add the water to a 28 oz. spray bottle then follow with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and the essential oil. Gently turn the bottle to mix.

If you don’t like strong scents you can halve the amount of essential oil used. (The usage rate of both the essential oil and Sal Suds is approximately 2.4%.) The amount called for in the recipe was enough to get a strong lemon fragrance that made the whole house smell fantastic.

If desired you can print out labels for your vinegar free all purpose cleaner here.

(For the BEST price on Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, I purchase my Sal Suds from Thrive Market. Thrive Market offers wholesale prices on tons of natural, organic and eco-friendly products including food, vitamins, essential oils and household cleaning supplies. You can save 25% off your first purchase when you join risk free. Learn more here.)

How to Use Your Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner:

I used this specific vinegar free all purpose cleaner recipe to clean my bathroom and mirrors (without streaking,) to wipe down countertops and appliances as well as to mop my floor Swiffer style with an eco-friendly mop with reusable pads.

As this is a surfactant based cleaner, however, you’ll want to only use it on hard, sealed surfaces, painted or sealed (not waxed) wood or fabrics. For furniture and the like where you want to protect the finish, try this recipe using Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in place of the Sal Suds. You can also use Sal Suds on fabrics to wash clothing as well as to spot treat stains.

Zap Red Wine Stains on Rugs + Countertops!

I’ve use this recipe to successfully clean red wine out of an outdoor rug as well as to remove wine stains from my laminate kitchen countertops. To clean my rug, I sparingly sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the stain and then rubbed it in with a rag dipped in hot water until the stain disappeared. (However, it is important to mention you do need to make sure you get all of the suds out of your rug or carpet when spot cleaning so that it doesn’t attract more dirt. You can learn more about cleaning your carpets using Sal Suds here.)

For the countertop, I heavily sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the wine stain and let it set. I then wiped the countertop down an hour or so later to find that the stain had magically disappeared. For tougher stains, you can repeat this step or simply let the cleaner sit on the stain longer. (You’ll want to spray enough cleaner on your countertop stain so that it forms a small puddle for best results.)

For lighter everyday cleaning, Dr Bronner’s recommends one tablespoon of Sal Suds per quart of water. You can then add lemon or other citrus based essential oils as desired for scent. (Pssst. A combination of lemon and peppermint essential oils will also deter spiders.)

You should find that my vinegar free all purpose cleaner also works better than a combination of vinegar, water and essential oils. As vinegar is primarily a degreaser, it just doesn’t have a lot of actual cleaning power.

What Else Can You Use Sal Suds For?

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner is actually super versatile. And because most household cleaning uses call for so little of it, you’ll not only be surprised by how long it lasts, but also the savings from the products it replaces.

Wash + Spot Treat Laundry

To wash clothes in a top loading washer, use 2-3 Tablespoons of Sal Suds for a large load in place of your usual laundry detergent. For whites or extra funky smelling clothing, you can also add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle followed by one cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. (Don’t add them both during the wash cycle or they cancel each other out.) For front loading HE washers, simply halve these amounts.

Wash Dishes + Veggies

To make a veggie wash add one drop of Sal Suds to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the bowl, swish and rinse.

Or, to wash dishes, use a half teaspoon of Sal Suds in a sink of water. You can also use one drop of Sal Suds to wash a single pot.

Alternately you can create your own dish soap by combining 1/2 cup Sal Suds with 1/2 cup white vinegar,  1/2 cup warm distilled water, 1 tsp. citric acid (or lemon juice,) 2 tsp. kosher salt and 20 drops of essential oil.

Combine Sal Suds, vinegar and citric acid in a bowl and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the salt and warm water.

Once the bowl with the salt dissolves, stir in the mixture from the bowl with the Sal Suds. Add essentials oils then continuing stirring until the dish soap thickens. Then pour into a reusable dish soap container and use as you would regular dish soap.

Mop Floors + Clean Your Car

For mopping floors (using a mop and water bucket) as well as for washing cars, combine a half Tablespoon of Sal Suds to 3 gallons of hot water. Just be sure to add the Sal Suds to your bucket after you fill it with water.

Got it? Maybe? Don’t worry about trying to remember all of this. While I’d love you to bookmark this page for reference later on, the truth is, most of these recipes are on the back of the Sal Suds bottle for quick and easy reference. How nice is that?

Now not only can you enjoy a cleaner, healthier home, but you can also enjoy a happier husband!

For more eco-friendly household cleaning recipes and tips, be sure to check out my Lifestyle + Living Pinterest board. You can also follow me via all of your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

DIY Cactus Soap with Eco-Friendly Biodegradable Glitter

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Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift!

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it’s also safe for the environment and your skin.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own sparkly cactus soaps!

Why eco-friendly glitter?

Eco-friendly, biodegradable cosmetic glitter hasn’t been around long but now that it’s readily available it allows you to make a positive impact on the environment. Eco-friendly glitter is biodegradable, sustainable, compostable and environmentally safe. While traditional glitter not only hangs around in the environment, but also pollutes our water and has a negative effect on marine wildlife.

Made from the cellulose from eucalyptus trees, eco-friendly biodegradable glitter is body safe and therefore can be used in face painting, soapmaking, bath bombs and other skin care applications. You can learn more about biodegradable glitter at The Sparkle Party here.

Tools you’ll need.

My DIY cactus soap requires two silicone soap molds. You will need this Blush cactus silicone mold and this six cavity rectangle silicone soap mold to make these soaps.

You’ll also need 2 lbs. of a melt and pour soap base. I used three different Stephenson melt and pour soap bases for my DIY cactus soap. However, you can use the same base for each step if desired. You’ll just need to make sure it’s a clear melt and pour soap base so you can see the layers of eco-friendly glitter!

You may also find a spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) helpful in removing any air bubbles that may arise.

In addition, you will also need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients, a 4-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup, a potato peeler and a microwave or double boiler.

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

DIY Cactus Soap

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

Cactus Soap Embed Ingredients:

3 oz. Stephenson Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base
green soap colorant of choice, to suit
.1 oz. skin safe fragrance oil, of choice

Bottom Layer Soap Ingredients:

16 oz. Stephenson Aloe Melt and Pour Soap Base
blue soap colorant of choice, to suit
.45 oz. skin safe fragrance oil, of choice

Top Layer Soap Ingredients:

6.65 oz. Stephenson Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
eco-friendly biodegradable glitter in colors of choice, to suit
.2 oz. skin safe fragrance oil, of choice

Gold Accent Ingredients:

gold mica powder
isopropyl alcohol

Instructions:

You’ll begin by making the cactus soap embeds for your DIY cactus soap. To do this, use a digital scale to weigh out 3 oz. of Stephenson Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base. Cut the soap into chunks then combine in a 4-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the soap at 50% power in the microwave until melted.

Tip: If you want more color pop to your cactus soap embed, use a clear melt and pour soap base for this step.

Once the soap has melted, remove from heat and stir in your green soap colorant to suit. (I specifically used a jade green mica powder for this step. ) Mix well until the color is evenly distributed throughout. Then weigh out and stir in .1 oz. fragrance oil by weight. (I used a melon ball fragrance oil to scent my DIY cactus soap.)

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

Pour the melted green soap into all six of the cavities of your cactus silicone soap mold. Set aside.

While the cactus soap is cooling, you can make the bottom layer of blue soap in the rectangle soap mold.

To do this, weigh out 16 oz. of Stephenson Aloe Melt and Pour Soap Base. Cut into cubes and combine in a 4-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted.

Remove the melted soap from the microwave and add your blue soap colorant to suit. (I specifically used an electric blue mica powder for this step.) Mix well until the color is evenly distributed throughout. Then weigh out and stir in .45 oz. of fragrance oil by weight.

Evenly pour the blue soap into each of the six cavities of your rectangle silicone mold. Fill each cavity 3/4 of the way full. Then spritz the soap with alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Set the molded soap aside to re-harden.

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

Once both the blue soap and the green cactus soaps have hardened, you’re ready for the next step.

Spritz the tops of the blue rectangle soap bars in the rectangle silicone mold with alcohol. Then sprinkle a fine layer of eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter on top of the soap bars. I used a combination of fine and chunky glitters in several colors.

Remove the green cactus soap embeds from the cactus silicone mold.

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

Spritz the tops of the blue soaps again and then place each of the cactus soaps on top of the blue soap bars. Set aside.

Next, weigh out 6.65 oz. of Stephenson Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Cut into chunks and combine in a 4-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup. Add several pinches of glitter to suit, then weigh out and add .2 oz. of fragrance oil. Stir to combine.

Spritz the tops of the soaps in the rectangle mold with alcohol.

Now, with one finger pressing down on one of the cactus soaps, slowly pour the clear soap into the cavity of the mold that you are pressing down on the cactus soap of. Fill the cavity to the top of the mold with soap, then repeat the process with the remaining five cavities of your mold.

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

Spritz the tops of all of the soap bars with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then dust them with a fine layer of glitter. Set the soaps aside to harden.

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

Once your soaps have rehardened, you’re ready to paint on the gold accents. To do this, combine a small amount of gold mica powder with rubbing alcohol so it’s somewhere between fluid and a paste. Then, using a small paintbrush, paint the mica onto the tops and edges of the cacti as desired. Let dry.

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

Now remove each of your DIY cactus soaps from the rectangle silicone mold. Use a potato peeler to bevel the top edges on all six of your soaps.

All that’s left is to tightly wrap each of your cactus soaps in foodservice film to protect them from dirt and moisture. Your cactus soaps are now ready for personal use or gifting!

Mermaid Soap! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

If you enjoyed my melt and pour DIY cactus soap tutorial, then you may like some of my other melt and pour soap recipes. You can find my entire library of melt and pour soap recipes here. In addition you may also enjoy both my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board and my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board. Or simply follow all of my Pinterest boards here.

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Soap Wedding Favors – Buy Them or DIY Them!

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Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them!

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

So if you’re planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors.

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

If you’re brave enough to embark on making your own custom soap wedding favors for your wedding (or for someone else’s) then my soap wedding favor tutorial will guide you through the process! Within this blog post you’ll learn how to make natural mango & coconut milk soap soap wedding favors with labels!

Included within my soap wedding wedding favors tutorial are two recipes for making natural mango & coconut milk soap. There’s a luxury soap recipe as well as a budget soap recipe. Simply choose the version that works best for your budget.

These heart shaped homemade soaps are perfect as DIY wedding favors or homemade Valentine's day gifts!

However, if you find these recipes a bit intimidating, or if you’ve never made soap before, then you can also give my beginner’s soap recipe a try.

In addition to the soap recipes in my tutorial, I’ve also included step-by-step written instructions on how to create custom labels for your soap wedding favors. My custom label tutorial also includes screenshots of each step along with information for obtaining free software you can use. There are also links to beautiful wedding themed  clipart that’s available to customize your soap wedding favors even further.

If it all still seems a bit challenging, you can also find a label template to work with on Canva. Or you can design and have your labels printed through a 3rd party like StickerYou.  StickerYou offers not only wedding & event templates to create your own labels, but they will also professionally print and mail your pre-cut labels to you.

Ready to get started? Learn how to make your own soap wedding favors here.

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

Not quite sure about taking on yet another task with everything else going on? Following are some of my favorite handcrafted bath, body and soap wedding favors that you can buy!

Olive oil soap wedding favors from Olive Street Mercantile. Luxurious artisan soaps created in small batches with ethically sourced ingredients including essential oils, botanicals and clays. Eco friendly, gentle and palm oil free.

I love the labels on these olive oil soap wedding favors from Olive Street Mercantile. These luxurious artisan soaps created in small batches with ethically sourced ingredients including essential oils, botanicals and clays. They’re also eco-friendly, gentle and palm oil free. More here.

Rose cookie soap wedding favors from LolliLuscious. These handcrafted soaps are layered with delicate peony pink & shimmering pearl topped with a beautiful, blooming rose & delicate leaves.

These rose cookie soap wedding favors from LolliLuscious are perfect for warm weather months. These handcrafted soaps are layered with delicate peony pink & shimmering pearl topped with a beautiful, blooming rose & delicate leaves. More here.

Garden Butterfly Soap Wedding Favors from LolliLuscious. These artisan soaps are delicately created with perfectly pink rose buds nestled in green grass with a soft pink butterfly. They are available packaged in either a party-ready cello bag or pretty gift box.

LolliLuscious also sells these Garden Butterfly Soap Wedding Favors. These artisan soaps are delicately created with perfectly pink rose buds nestled in green grass with a soft pink butterfly.

Boxed Soap Wedding Favors from LolliLuscious

They are available packaged in either a party-ready cello bag or pretty gift box. More here.

Medium 2.3 oz. soap wedding favors from Rustic Joy Soap. These handmade artisan soaps are available in your choice of colors and scents.

I really like the simplicity of the labels on these medium 2.3 oz. soap wedding favors from Rustic Joy Soap. These handmade artisan soaps are available in your choice of colors and scents. More here.

These beautiful assorted soaps from Kopa Kauai are perfect for soap wedding favors. Choose from a mix of scents or get them all in your favorite fragrance choice.

These beautiful assorted soaps from Kopa Kauai are perfect for soap wedding favors. Choose from a mix of scents or get them all in your favorite fragrance choice. More here.

These cute bath salt and lip balm wedding favors from Little Flower Soap Co. come tucked into a natural muslin drawstring pouch.

Or set your sights on these super cute bath salt and lip balm wedding favors from Little Flower Soap Co. They come tucked into a natural muslin drawstring pouch. More here.

These homemade lemon honey lip scrubs from Solis & Mare make both great wedding favors AND bridesmaid favors.

Another non soap wedding favor idea are these homemade lemon honey lip scrubs from Solis & Mare. They make both great wedding favors AND bridesmaid favors. Plus the packaging is to die for! Learn more here.

These test tube bath salts from Shore Soaps are perfectly packaged for gifting as wedding or bridesmaid favors!

These test tube bath salts from Shore Soaps are also perfectly packaged for gifting as wedding or bridesmaid favors! Learn more here.

For more wedding favors you can buy or simply additional wedding inspiration, be sure to browse my Wedding Wishes board on Etsy here. Also be sure to visit my DIY Wedding Pinterest board here for wedding favor ideas you can buy or DIY as well as inspiration for planning your wedding.

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Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe

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This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Made using natural chamomile infused olive oil, this homemade chamomile balm recipe is perfect for hands, feet, body and even lips! (Use only lip safe fragrances or flavor oils if using on lips.) If you’re sensitive to fragrances you can leave your balm unscented. Or use cocoa, ginger and espresso for a fantastic fragrance that’s just as divine as this balm itself. (I have to admit I’m a sucker for all three of these things.)

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Once you’ve created you own homemade chamomile balm, package it in sustainable, eco-friendly brown paperboard jars. Then top each container with cute bee sticker embellishment for a thoughtful homemade gift idea. These are perfect as homemade stocking stuffers, DIY wedding favors or even as part of a handmade gift basket. Here’s the recipe…

 This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. chamomile infused olive oil (or other infused carrier oil of choice)
.5 oz. shea butter
.25 oz. mango butter
.25 oz. beeswax
25 drops cocoa absolute
15 drops fresh ginger essential oil
12 drops espresso fragrance oil

Instructions:

You’ll need to begin by making the chamomile infused olive oil. (Alternately you can use any other “liquid at room temperature” carrier oil of your choice.) I made mine by filling a mason jar with organic chamomile flowers – and few lavender blossoms just because – then covering the chamomile completely with olive oil. I set it in a cabinet for a several months, shaking occasionally.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

However, you do not need to wait months for your chamomile infused oil to be ready. (I was saving mine for the perfect recipe!) Your chamomile infused oil should be ready for use within about two weeks. Or, to speed up the process, you can simmer the chamomile flowers in olive oil on the stove, covered, for 30 to 60 minutes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

Once you’ve infused the olive oil with chamomile, you must now strain it for use. You can do this by either using cheesecloth or a coffee filter. I chose to use a coffee filter to keep my chamomile infused olive oil free of any plant material for a clear oil.

You can easily strain it by inserting the cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter onto a mason jar then using a canning ring to hold either the cheesecloth or coffee filter in place.

Once you’ve strained your chamomile infused olive oil, it’s now ready to incorporate into your homemade chamomile balm recipe.

How to make a simple homemade chamomile balm recipe.

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax and mango butter. Heat until melted in a double boiler or at 50% power in the microwave.

Now weigh out the shea butter and stir into the melted beeswax and mango butter. Heat again so the shea butter melts completely.

Next, weigh out the chamomile infused olive oil. Stir into the melted beeswax and butters.

If you would like to scent your chamomile balm recipe, use a dropper or plastic transfer pipette to add the cocoa absolute, ginger essential oil and espresso fragrance oil.

I found my cocoa absolute at my local co-op. However I had to purchase the ginger essential oil online. The espresso fragrance oil is the same one I had left over and on hand from my homemade orange and espresso soap recipe here.

The amounts listed within this chamomile balm recipe for the cocoa absolute, ginger eo and espresso fo will give your homemade chamomile balm a light scent of gently spiced mocha espresso. For a stronger fragrance, increase the amounts of each ingredient slightly until you’ve achieved your desired scent strength. (Be sure to stay within use guidelines for the essential oil and fragrance oil!)

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Mix these ingredients so they are fully incorporated into the base of your chamomile balm then pour into your containers.

For my homemade chamomile balm recipe I used eco-friendly 1/2 ounce brown paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging. I was able to fill six containers, each with .3 oz. of my homemade chamomile balm.

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Once the chamomile balm solidifies, place the lid on each of the containers.

I then decorated the lids of my homemade chamomile balm with Jolee’s Boutique’s Bee Dimensional Embellishment Stickers.

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Your homemade chamomile balm is now ready for use or for gifting! If you are selling your homemade chamomile balm, label accordingly with and INCI ingredient listing, your DBA or business name, and contact information.

If you like my homemade chamomile balm recipe you may also enjoy the best selling book, Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive, by Petra Ahnert. This book provides a multitude of exciting uses for beeswax including beauty and skin care recipes, homemade soaps and candles and even scented beeswax ornaments that are simply perfect for the upcoming holidays! You can learn more about this book here.

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How to Use Neem Oil for Plants as a Natural Pesticide

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How to Use Neem Oil as a Natural Non-Toxic Garden Pesticide

Do you need a non-toxic natural pesticide alternative for your home and garden? Learn how to use neem oil for plants as a natural non-toxic pesticide!

In addition to neem oil’s many medicinal uses – for which I’ve already created multiple recipes for soap, shampoo, salves and lip balm – you can also use neem oil for plants in your garden as a natural broad spectrum pesticide. Neem oil is extracted from the seed of the tropical neem tree and contains thee active ingredient, azadirachtin, which acts as an insecticide, fungicide, and miticide.

You can use neem oil for plants in the garden as a natural, non-toxic pesticide to help control slugs, snails, fruit flies, white flies, squash bugs, Colorado potato beetles, Mexican bean beetles, Japanese beetles, aphids small leaf eating caterpillars and other harmful insects.

In your home it works against fleas, ticks, ants, bed bugs, dust mites and cockroaches as well as scabies mites.

Simply combine between .5% and 2% of neem oil to warm water depending on severity of infestation. (So for every 16 oz. of water by weight, you’d want to use between .08 oz. and .32 oz. neem oil.) For the garden you can also include insecticidal soap or detergent at .01% – .02% of the water amount. Use the solution within a day or two and then make up a new solution to use as needed. If you have an existing infestation drench soil and leaves and apply once a week until infestation clears. As a preventative measure, use the neem oil at .5% dilution with warm water once a month.

Also be sure to check my natural homemade skin care recipes that contain neem oil: Natural Neem Oil & Rosemary Salve Recipe, Natural Homemade Neem Oil Cold Process Soap Recipe, Homemade Neem Cream Recipe, Natural Topical Anti-Fungal Toenail Treatment, Homemade Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe, Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo and my Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe.

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