Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense

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Nourish dry skin and promote skin health with this natural plantain soap recipe with date sugar and frankincense.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. Perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade plantain soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover the recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

Last summer I made a wonderful plantain herbal oil infusion with dried wild harvested plantain leaves and olive oil. As I still had some of my plantain infused olive oil leftover from my last project for vegan solid lotion bars, I decided to put the rest of it to good use!

What’s the Story with Plantain?

Plantain is often times considered a weed. However, in actuality, this plant is a powerful medicinal herb with strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-microbial properties. As such plantain is commonly used as a topical home remedy to promote healing, soothe insect bites and reduce the appearance of scars. You can learn more about plantain here

My homemade plantain soap recipe produces a low cleansing, super nourishing soap with a wonderful lather that your entire family will love. Made with a few fun ingredients like date sugar and French green clay, this palm free soap is formulated specifically for dry skin and scented with frankincense essential oil.

Learn about the different types of frankincense essential oil here.

You will need to make your own plantain infused olive oil for this plantain soap recipe. If you aren’t able to harvest wild plantain in your area, you can purchase plantain leaves online. Alternately you can also purchase solar infused plantain herbal oil. I highly recommend shopping with Mountain Rose Herbs for quality organic options.

How to Make Herbal Infused Oils using both the solar infusion method and the quick method for heat infusing oils via Mountain Rose Herbs. Plus a fantastic palm free, natural plantain soap recipe made with plantain infused olive oil that's perfect for dry skin!

How to Make Plantain Infused Olive Oil

To make your plantain infused olive oil, you’ll first need to harvest and dry your plantain leaves. Once dry, fill a small mason jar three-fourths of the way full with plantain leaves. Then cover the leaves with olive oil. You want the oil to come about an inch higher than the plantain leaves. (You can use either pomace olive oil or virgin olive oil for this plantain soap recipe.)

Now place the mason jar in a sunny window for 2-3 weeks. You’ll also want to shake the herbal infusion at least once a day. After 2-3 weeks have passed, use cheesecloth or a mesh strainer to drain the oil from the plantain leaves. For a more detailed explanation on creating herbal infused oils, be sure to check out this blog post for making DIY herbal infused oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. You’ll also find a quick method for infusing herbs in oils using heat.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. Perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade plantain soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover the recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

Natural Plantain Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

6.4 oz. plantain infused olive oil (40%)
.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4 oz. refined coconut oil (25%)
.8 oz. refined shea butter (5%)
4 oz. safflower oil (25%)

4.8 fl. oz. distilled water
2.2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 Tablespoon French green clay
2 Tablespoons natural date sugar
.25 oz. frankincense essential oil

Instructions:

Before you begin, you’ll need to make sure you take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. This includes wearing eye protection and gloves as well as ensuring none of your containers or utensils are made from aluminum.

You will follow my cold process soapmaking tutorial in order to make this soap. (If you’ve never made homemade soap, I recommend starting with a beginner’s soap recipe which you can find here.)

My plantain soap recipe has a 30.5% water discount and 6% superfat. It will yield six homemade soap bars when using this rectangle silicone mold.

Begin my measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces into a heat safe container. Then using a digital scale (I recommend this Bakers Math Scale) weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water and stir until it has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a stainless steel pot or heat safe container. Heat on the stove top or at reduced power in a microwave or crock pot until melted. Remove from heat, then set aside to cool.

Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils reach about 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Measure out the French green clay and date sugar, then mix them into the soapmaking oils using an immersion or stick blender.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. Perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade plantain soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover the recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

Then slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with your stick blender until you reach a light trace.

Weigh out the frankincense essential oil and add to the soap batter. Then continue mixing to fully incorporate the scent. Once you reach a medium to heavy trace, pour the soap batter into your soap mold.

Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your plantain soaps should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later.

Once you’ve unmolded your homemade soaps, set them aside in a cool location for a minimum of four weeks to cure. These soaps do smell a little funky at first, but after curing the scent of the frankincense does come back out in the soap.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. Perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade plantain soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover the recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

Now all that’s left is to wrap and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

Want to Sell Your Homemade Soaps?

If you’re planning to sell your plantain soaps, you’ll need to label them according to FDA guidelines. The book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale instructs you in layman’s terms on how to properly label your homemade soaps for sale.

Love my plantain soap recipe with date sugar and frankincense? Then you may also like my other recent palm free soap recipes for making ginger mint soap and orange spice tea soap. Or check out my entire collection of both melt and pour and cold process homemade soap recipes here.

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Rose Body Butter Recipe – A Vegan Friendly Moisturizer DIY

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

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with natural vegan ingredients, this divine body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy. #diy #skincare #beauty #rosebutter #vegan #natural #recipe #naturalskincare #naturalbeauty #moisturizer #antiaging

Inspired by Nourish Organic’s Rejuvenating Rose Butter, my rose body butter recipe contains refined shea butter and coconut oil, rosehip seed and sunflower oil, and natural rose kaolin clay. I also added a touch of frankincense essential oil for a light scent and for frankincense’s valuable astringent properties when used in skin care applications.

Because frankincense can help to protect skin cells, it’s useful in preventing acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, and wrinkles. It’s also believed to help lift and tighten skin which can deter the signs of aging.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, my rose body butter recipe also absorbs quickly so you can get on with your day without leaving oily marks everywhere you go!

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

Which frankincense essential oil should I use?

There are four main types of frankincense. They are Boswellia Serrata, Boswellia FrereanaBoswellia Carteri and Boswellia Papyrifera. For this application, I’ll be discussing the differences between Boswellia Serrata, Boswellia Frereana, and Boswellia Carteri essential oils.

Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) essential oil is the oldest documented Frankincense and is believed to have been used in both Ayurvedic medicine and as the frankincense mentioned in the Bible. It contains high amounts of alpha thujene, alpha pinene, and limonene which give it strong antiseptic, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a sweeter and more delicate fragrance than the other frankincense varieties with top terpenic-pine notes and costs less as it yields a higher amount of essential oil.

Frankincense (Boswellia Frereana) essential oil, which is grown at a higher altitude, contains high amounts pinene, thujene, and cymene. These natural constituents yield strong anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain relieving) properties making it especially suitable for inflammation caused by arthritis, swelling, and allergies. This type of frankincense has strong citrus-lemon top notes with an earthy, resinous heart.

And finally, Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri) essential oil is the most well known of all the frankincense varieties. It has the smooth, richa aroma that people are most familiar with when they think of frankincense. Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri) essential oil contains high concentrations of alpha pinene, and other monoterpenes making it useful both in skin care and aromatherapy applications. When used in skin care applications it can help to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars. When inhaled it is particularly beneficial at fighting the effects from acute colds and asthma.

I used Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) essential oil for my rose body butter recipe, however, you can use whichever frankincense essential oil you prefer for this application.

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with natural vegan ingredients, this divine body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy. #diy #skincare #beauty #rosebutter #vegan #natural #recipe #naturalskincare #naturalbeauty #moisturizer #antiaging

Natural Rose Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. refined shea butter
.5 oz. refined coconut oil
.25 oz. rosehip seed oil
.25 oz. sunflower or sweet almond oil
.1 oz. arrowroot powder
.05 oz. rose kaolin clay
2 mL frankincense essential oil (of choice)
3-5 drops vitamin E oil

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the all of the ingredients for my rose body butter recipe except for the frankincense essential oil and the vitamin E oil. For the frankincense essential oil you’ll need to measure out the amount called for in the recipe with a graduated plastic transfer pipette.

Begin by weighing out the shea butter and coconut oil. Combine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or similar and heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Alternately, you can also use a double boiler.

Now weigh out the arrowroot powder and whisk into the melted shea butter and coconut oil.

Next, weigh the rosehip seed and sunflower oils and stir into the body butter mixture.

Add a few drops of Vitamin E followed by the frankincense essential oil.

Finally, weigh out and add the rose kaolin clay.

Mix well, then set the body butter in the refrigerator briefly. As the clay will want to sink to the bottom, you’ll need to cool the body butter down in order to evenly distribute the clay.

Once the body butter starts to thicken, remove it from the refrigerator and remix until the clay stays evenly distributed throughout the body butter and no longer sinks to the bottom.

Pour the body butter evenly into two 2 oz. straight sided amber glass jars with black phenolic lined caps. (I got mine from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.)

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

Once your natural rose body butter has completely solidified, screw on the caps and label as desired for personal use or gifting. You can find free printable labels for my natural rose body butter recipe here. Simply print the PDF onto a full size sticker or label sheet and cut out the labels.

To use, simply massage a small amount of the body butter onto your skin as desired and wait for it to absorb completely. I personally love this on my hands!

Substitutions?

If you are allergic to coconut oil then you may substitute the coconut oil with babassu oil. Babassu oil is very similar to coconut oil with just a slightly higher melting point. (Learn more about babassu oil here.)

It is also important to note that my rose body butter recipe yields a very soft body butter. If you live in a particularly warm climate in which coconut oil will not stay solidified for you, then I suggest adding a small amount of emulsifying wax to this recipe. I’d start with around .25 oz.

If you actually want your rose body butter to smell like roses, substitute the frankincense essential oil with 1 mL of rose absolute.

Want to sell this product?

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

To discover more of my homemade bath and body recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

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!

Anti-Aging Yogurt Face Mask Recipe

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This anti-aging yogurt face mask recipe is suitable for all skin types but it’s especially nice for those of us trying to fight the appearance of aging. Because yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells, the use of yogurt in a face mask can help to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as fight breakouts.

Anti Aging Skin Care Recipes! This anti-aging yogurt face mask recipe is suitable for all skin types but it's especially nice for those of us trying to fight the appearance of aging. Because yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells, the use of yogurt in a face mask can help to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as fight breakouts. #antiaging #antiwrinkle #diy #beauty #skincare #naturalbeauty #naturalskincare #facemask #yogurtfacemask

My anti-aging yogurt face mask recipe contains all natural ingredients that help to moisturize both aging and/or sensitive skin while also helping to prevent acne and premature aging. It can also help to calm irritated skin and reduce discoloration. Another plus? It’s incredibly easy to make!

And, because my yogurt face mask recipe is a dry mask, it has a much longer shelf life than a wet mask would.

Anti Aging Skin Care Recipes! This anti-aging yogurt face mask recipe is suitable for all skin types but it's especially nice for those of us trying to fight the appearance of aging. Because yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells, the use of yogurt in a face mask can help to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as fight breakouts. #antiaging #antiwrinkle #diy #beauty #skincare #naturalbeauty #naturalskincare #facemask #yogurtfacemask

Anti-Aging Yogurt Face Mask Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

 1 oz. bentonite clay (acne prone skin) or 1 oz. Rhassoul Clay (sensitive or dry skin)
.5 oz. yogurt powder
.5 oz. rose kaolin clay
.5 oz. marshmallow root powder
.25 oz. corn silk powder
1 Tablespoon calendula petals
1 mL (about 20 drops) frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the dry ingredients into a medium sized glass bowl or 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup.

Whisk dry ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.

Now, measure out the frankincense essential oil using a graduated plastic transfer pipette.

Add the essential oil to your yogurt mask mixture a drop at a time whisking as you go.

Once the essential oil has been evenly distributed throughout the mask you can package your yogurt face mask into the container(s) of your choice.

Anti Aging Skin Care Recipes! This anti-aging yogurt face mask recipe is suitable for all skin types but it's especially nice for those of us trying to fight the appearance of aging. Because yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells, the use of yogurt in a face mask can help to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as fight breakouts. #antiaging #antiwrinkle #diy #beauty #skincare #naturalbeauty #naturalskincare #facemask #yogurtfacemask

Pictured here are a 9 oz. clear straight sided glass jar with silver metal lug cap – this yogurt face mask recipe will fill this jar about halfway full – a 2.3 oz. clear glass thick wall cosmetic jar with black lined cap and a plastic test tube with a cork stopper.

To use simply combine about a Tablespoon of the dry face mask with enough milk, water, honey or a carrier oil of your choice to form a paste. Then apply to freshly cleansed skin avoiding the eye area. Leave on 3-5 minutes, then rinse and gently pat dry.

Follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer. (Right now I’m using Michael Todd’s Blue Green Algae Balancing Toner that I discovered via my Birchbox subscription and Body Merry’s Retinol Surge Moisturizer.)

Anti Aging Skin Care Recipes! This anti-aging yogurt face mask recipe is suitable for all skin types but it's especially nice for those of us trying to fight the appearance of aging. Because yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells, the use of yogurt in a face mask can help to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as fight breakouts. #antiaging #antiwrinkle #diy #beauty #skincare #naturalbeauty #naturalskincare #facemask #yogurtfacemask

If you’d like to make my yogurt face mask recipe to sell, then you’ll 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.

Don’t want to make your own? You can shop for artisan made yogurt face masks on Etsy here.

This foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

If you like my anti-aging yogurt face mask recipe, then you may also like my foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe. This foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

To discover more of my homemade bath and body recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.