The Perfect Pairing for Seasonal Gift Giving

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Create the perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving by combining a bar of homemade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Keep reading to learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

Regardless of the season, if you have dry skin, then you probably avoid using products that irritate your condition. For me, that means using a homemade soap bar in the shower. I also keep homemade soaps by the sink, one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom, where they get used most often. Not only is washing my hands important for sanitary reasons (no one wants to accidentally ingest salmonella) but it can also prevent the spread of cold and flu germs.

Of course, washing your hands on a regular basis can leave them feeling tight and dry – especially as cold weather hits. So I formulated a Brazilian triple butter soap recipe to counteract the drying effects of hand washing. It’s also great as we move into the cold, dry air that’s common throughout fall and winter.

Help your soaps stay dry and last longer with soap dishes from Soap Bar Lounge. Their patented design allows for air flow around the soap as well as a way for your soap to drain - without the water ending up on the counter. So your soaps are able to dry between uses and last longer than they would otherwise. Pair a Soap Bar Lounge soap dish with a bar of homemade soap for a simple gift idea all year round.

To help my homemade soap bars last longer, I’ve started using soap dishes from Soap Bar Lounge. As you may know, when homemade soaps sit in a pool of water, or are unable to dry out between uses, they can become soft and mushy. When this happens, soap starts to disappear a lot faster with each use. The soap dishes from Soap Bar Lounge, however, prevent this from happening.

Their patented soap dish design allows for air flow around your homemade soaps as well as a way for your soap to drain. Even better, because there are no holes in the bottom of these dishes, you don’t have to worry about water draining onto your clean countertop. As a result, your soaps not only last longer, your countertop stays clean!

The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

I really love that Soap Bar Lounge soap dishes are made right here in the USA using high quality, glazed ceramic. This means they not only look great, but they’re also easy to clean. The modern design and range of colors ensures that your new soap dish not only functions as intended, but it also looks great wherever you decide to use it. The colors are also easy to incorporate into your seasonal or holiday decor.

For seasonal gift giving, simply pair a Soap Bar Lounge soap dish with a bar of homemade soap. This creates a simple, yet beautiful gift idea that’s perfect for housewarming gifts, hostess gifts and holiday gifts. And, to save you money, the soap dishes  from Soap Bar Lounge ship free anywhere within the United States. You can also purchase Soap Bar Lounge products wholesale to create instant gift options this holiday season for your small business or online shop.

Brazilian Triple Butter Homemade Soap Recipe. The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

My Brazilian triple butter soap recipe yields six bars of homemade soap. This means you’ll have extras to give as seasonal or holiday gifts. I paired my Brazilian triple butter soaps with soap dishes in carousel red and roca beige, then accented them with leather cord and journaling embellishments for a pretty, gift worthy presentation.

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.6 oz. Andiroba oil (10%)
1.6 oz. Castor oil (10%)
2.4 oz. Refined coconut oil (15%)
1.6 oz. Cupuaca butter (10%)
5.6 oz. Pomace olive oil (35%)
1.6 oz. Tucuma seed butter (10%)
1.6 oz. Ucuuba butter (10%)

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

1 oz. fragrance oil, optional

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow the basic cold process soapmaking method to craft these ultra conditioning, Brazilian triple butter soaps. You can find a refresher course on making homemade soap from scratch here. This means ZERO aluminum and heat safe containers and utensils. You’ll also need an immersion blender and a digital scale to weigh out ingredients. Additionally, you should also take safety measures to protect your eyes and skin when working with lye.

To make my Brazilian triple butter soap recipe, begin by measuring out 4.8 fluid oz. of distilled water into a heat safe container or pitcher. Then, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye, called for in the recipe, into a separate container. In a well, ventilated area, slowly pour the lye (granules or flakes) into the water. Then mix until all of the lye has dissolved and set aside.

Brazilian Triple Butter Homemade Soap Recipe. The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters into a large heat safe container or stainless steel pot. (I like to weigh out the solid  and semi-solid butters first, then follow with the liquid carrier oils.)

Brazilian Triple Butter Homemade Soap Recipe. The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

Heat the soapmaking butters and oils called for in my Brazilian triple butter soap recipe until they have melted. You can do this by heating the ingredients in a non-metal container at 30% power in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat in a stainless steel container.

Once the butters and oils have melted, set them aside to cool. When your soapmaking fats and lye-water have cooled to around 95°-100°F, you can start making the actual soap.

To do this, slowly pour the lye-water into the liquid oils and butters. Then use an immersion blender to combine the ingredients until you reach a light trace. At this point, you can weigh out and add your choice of fragrance oil, if desired, to the soap batter. As my boyfriend really wanted a more masculine scented soap, I scented my triple butter soap recipe with a sandalwood fragrance oil. Alternately, you can also use essential oils for a natural fragrance at a usage rate of up to .8 oz. by weight.

Mix the soap batter again to incorporate your fragrance into the soap. Then, once your soap reaches a medium trace, pour it into your mold. (I used this 6-cavity rectangle silicone mold.)

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Cover your soap with parchment paper or plastic wrap, then set aside overnight. You should be able to unmold your soap bars the next day. Once unmolded, set your soaps aside in a cool, dry location to cure for four to six weeks. (My soaps did a crazy partial gel so some of my ends are lighter than the rest of the bar.)

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Now wrap your homemade triple butter soaps as desired for personal use or gifting. You can wrap your soaps in fabric, burlap or paper to make them easy to gift. Then simply tie on cording or a ribbon.

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Finally, pair one or two bars of soap with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge as a finishing touch! Buy your favorite colors now! And don’t forget to come back and let me know how much you love your new soap dishes!

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Best Natural Sugar Scrub Recipe with Murumuru Butter for Dry, Maturing or Eczema Prone Skin

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I love sugar scrubs. Not only do they exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and promote smooth, glowing skin, they’re also incredibly easy to make. A gentler alternative to sea salt scrubs, this best natural sugar scrub recipe with murumuru butter is formulated to moisturize dry, maturing and eczema prone skin.

Best natural sugar scrub recipe with murumuru butter for dry skin. This natural homemade sugar scrub can be scented with your choice of natural essential oils blends to fit the season (hello, pumpkin spice!) or to serve as natural remedies to soothe muscle and joint pain. It gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells for smooth, glowing skin that feels moisturized. A great skin care choice for sensitive skin, eczema and even maturing skin. #essentialoils #sugarscrub #diy

Keeping It Natural with Essential Oils

Rather than use a fragrance oil for this sugar scrub recipe, I chose to scent mine with essential oils to keep this product entirely natural. With a variety essential oil blends on the market to choose from, including a fall inspired pumpkin spice essential oil blend, you can create, use and gift this best natural sugar scrub recipe year round.

As I have fibromyalgia, my favorite essential oil blend to use in my natural sugar scrub recipe is Spark Naturals Amend +. This potent warming essential oil blend is the perfect choice for athletes or for anyone suffering from acute muscle or joint pain. Formulated using a blend of Birch, Rosemary, Marjoram, Frankincense, Black Pepper, Peppermint, Basil, Cedarwood, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Roman Chamomile, and Sandalwood, this natural proprietary essential oil blend supports muscle and joint pain relief.

Natural Ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest

I’ve also been experimenting a lot lately with natural products and exotic ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon forest. Therefore, I chose to incorporate one such ingredient into this natural sugar scrub recipe. And for good reason. The quality and skin care benefits of these sustainably source ingredients has just been amazing. So, as it was when I first fell into soapmaking, I have become addicted to these new found beauty butters and carrier oils.

For this particular natural sugar scrub recipe, I chose to use murumuru butter.

Best natural sugar scrub recipe with murumuru butter for dry skin. This natural homemade sugar scrub can be scented with your choice of natural essential oils blends to fit the season (hello, pumpkin spice!) or to serve as natural remedies to soothe muscle and joint pain. It gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells for smooth, glowing skin that feels moisturized. A great skin care choice for sensitive skin, eczema and even maturing skin. #essentialoils #sugarscrub #diy

What Is Murumuru Butter?

Murumuru is a funny little word. It’s also a very hairy tree! The Astrocaryum murumuru tree is a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. One of the most dominant trees in the region, the murumuru tree yields nutritious edible fruits essential to the local food economy. In addition, the seeds and the wood from these trees also play an important economic role. Hammocks are constructed from the fibers of the murumuru tree, while the seed pods are used to make naturally colored black rings. The seeds themselves yield highly emollient and moisturizing murumuru butter which is commonly used to soften and protect hair.

Mumumuru butter is naturally glossy. It’s also film-forming. This gives this butter the ability to protect both skin and hair in a similar way as silicone. It is rich in lauric, myristic, and oleic acids, which makes murumuru butter less prone to rancidity. While this butter not only nourishes and strengthens hair, it also helps to maintain curls. As murumuru butter won’t clog pores, it’s also wonderful option for dry skin. Due to its amazing beauty benefits, murumuru butter is commonly found in commercial creams, lipsticks, soaps and deodorants at a usage rate of up to 8%.

Best natural sugar scrub recipe with murumuru butter for dry skin. This natural homemade sugar scrub can be scented with your choice of natural essential oils blends to fit the season (hello, pumpkin spice!) or to serve as natural remedies to soothe muscle and joint pain. It gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells for smooth, glowing skin that feels moisturized. A great skin care choice for sensitive skin, eczema and even maturing skin. #essentialoils #sugarscrub #diy

Natural Sugar Scrub Recipe with Murumuru Butter

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. unrefined murumuru butter
1.5 oz. organic virgin coconut oil
.5 oz. emulsifying wax
10 oz. white granulated sugar
2 mL essential oil or essential oil blend, of choice

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for this natural sugar scrub recipe. Begin by weighing out the murumuru butter, virgin coconut oil and emulsifying wax. Combine the ingredients in a double boiler, then gently heat until melted. Stir to combine. Then remove from heat.

(If you are allergic to coconut oil, or prefer not to use coconut oil for your own personal reasons, you may substitute it with another carrier oil of your choice. To learn more about the properties and benefits of carrier oils in skin care, I recommend the book, Carrier Oils: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Over 40 Carrier Oils in Bath and Beauty Recipes, by Cari Dunn.)

While the murumuru butter, coconut oil and emulsifying wax are melting, weigh out the granulated sugar. Set aside.

Allow the melted butter, oil and wax mixture to cool slightly. Then using a graduated transfer pipette, add 2 mL of your preferred essential oil, or essential oil blend, to the liquid ingredients. (Keep reading for easy essential oil blend recipes to try!) Stir well to combine.

Now combine the liquid ingredients for this natural sugar scrub recipe with the dry sugar. Using a fork, mix the wet and dry ingredients together until all of the sugar is evenly coated. Then spoon the sugar scrub evenly into thick walled PET amber jars of your choice. (I sourced my jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.) This natural sugar scrub recipe with murumuru butter yields enough product to fill the equivalent of three 4 oz. jars.   

Easy Seasonal Essential Oil Blend Recipes

For fall I love this natural pumpkin essential oil blend. Or, if you prefer to create your own pumpkin spice essential oil blend, simply combine 2 parts cinnamon essential oil, 2 parts ginger essential oil, 2 parts nutmeg essential oil, 1.5 parts clove essential oil and .5 parts cardamom essential oil.

In the winter, I enjoy using straight peppermint essential oil. However you can also blend equal parts spearmint and peppermint essential oils for a refreshing winter mint blend.

Or, easy essential oil blends for spring or summer include equal parts lavender and peppermint, equal parts lavender and lemon essential oils or equal parts lemongrass and peppermint essential oils. I also really love blending equal parts of lemongrass and basil essential oils as well as equal parts patchouli and peppermint.

If you’re new to essential oils, an easy way to get started is with the book, Essential Oils Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing. Or try the book, Aromatherapy for Beginners: The Complete Guide to Getting Started with Essential Oils, for over 150 essential oil recipe ideas and blends.

Best natural sugar scrub recipe with murumuru butter for dry skin. This natural homemade sugar scrub can be scented with your choice of natural essential oils blends to fit the season (hello, pumpkin spice!) or to serve as natural remedies to soothe muscle and joint pain. It gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells for smooth, glowing skin that feels moisturized. A great skin care choice for sensitive skin, eczema and even maturing skin. #essentialoils #sugarscrub #diy

If you prefer a fragrance oil over using essential oils, the pomegranate noir fragrance oil from Paris Fragrances is a great scent choice as it complements the natural fragrance of the unrefined virgin coconut oil. Simply use up to .15 oz. of this fragrance oil by weight in lieu of the 2 mL of essential oil called for in my natural sugar scrub recipe.

Natural Homemade Bacuri Butter & Murumuru Soap Recipe. This natural bacuri butter & murumuru soap recipe is the perfect soapmaking project for exploring new ways to use exotic ingredients in natural skin care recipes. Left unscented to allow the warm, natural earthy scent of bacuri butter to shine through, this handmade soap recipe is another must for your recipe file!

More Fabulous Natural Skin Care Recipes

If you enjoyed my natural sugar scrub recipe with murumuru butter, then be sure to check out these other natural skin care recipes that use exotic butters as key ingredients.

I love the new Amazon Rainforest Collection of natural skin care products from Angelina's Naturals. Her Everything Salve for Hives & Bug Bites is carefully crafted with a combination of bacuri and ucuuba butters along with a several other prized butters and carrier oils.

Shop for Natural Skin Care Products

If you’re interested in purchasing handmade skin care products online, be sure to shop from my curated collections of natural makeup, beauty and skin care as well as natural home remedies on Etsy.

I’m particularly impressed with the new Amazon Rainforest Collection of natural skin care products from Angelina’s Naturals. Her Everything Salve for Hives & Bug Bites is carefully crafted with a combination of bacuri and ucuuba butters along with a several other prized butters and carrier oils.

Natural leave-in murumuru hair conditioner from Naturista Skin Care. his organic hair conditioner is a perfect hair butter. You can use it as a "leave on" hair care to the hair ends or use it as a hair mask. It contains a very special non refined murumuru butter, that does miracles to frizzy or damaged hair. Almost all ingredients are organic and all of them are natural and vegan. The infusion of lemongrass and peppermint essential oils are not only very good for dandruff treatment, hair and scalp care, but also smells delightful.

I also like this handmade, natural leave-in murumuru hair conditioner from Naturista Skin Care.

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Homemade Apple Pie Soap Tutorial for Fall Gifts

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Learn how to craft your own melt and pour soaps for seasonal fall gifts with this instructional homemade apple pie soap tutorial from guest blogger, Amy Turner, of Just Soapin Around.

Homemade Apple Pie Soap Tutorial for Fall Gifts. Learn how to craft your own melt and pour soaps for seasonal fall gifts with this instructional homemade apple pie soap tutorial.

Both homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie have long been contenders for the most popular of fall pies. While both taste phenomenal, you may prefer to opt for pumpkin pie over apple as it’s the healthier choice. Luckily for you, with this homemade apple pie soap tutorial, you don’t have to choose. There aren’t any nutritional concerns where this homemade apple pie soap is concerned. So you can indulge in all the apple pie your heart desires, without worrying about sugar or calories.

Every Thanksgiving my grandmother would bake a fresh homemade apple pie. It’s one of my fondest memories of her. So I created this homemade apple pie soap in order to honor my grandmother and her memory.

Picture this. Running around kicking up leaves that have fallen from the trees after the colors have changed. Feeling the cool air against your face and suddenly you smell the aroma of your grandma’s baked apple pie. The scents of cinnamon, apple and a touch of vanilla with that warm flakey crust. Sounds amazing, right?

That is how I envisioned my homemade apple pie soap when I was in the process of creating it. What I ended up with is an amazing oatmeal glycerin soap that really looks like apple pie. Scented using an apple pie fragrance oil, this homemade melt and pour soap tutorial is perfect for fall. And it makes wonderful homemade holiday gifts too!

Homemade Apple Pie Soap Tutorial for Fall Gifts. Learn how to craft your own melt and pour soaps for seasonal fall gifts with this instructional homemade apple pie soap tutorial.

Homemade Apple Pie Soap Tutorial

Supplies & Materials:

2 lb. clear glycerin melt and pour soap base
additional clear melt & pour soap, as needed
2 lb. melt and pour oatmeal soap base
apple pie fragrance oil
8-cavity round silicone mold
6-cavity rectangle silicone mold
liquid soap colorants
crinkle cutter
containers & utensils for mixing

Instructions:

Step #1

Using a sharp knife, cut a 2lb. brick of melt and pour oatmeal soap base in half. Cut one pound of the oatmeal soap base halves into small squares. Then place eight soap squares into eight cavities of a silicone cupcake mold.

Step #2

Now cut the 2 lb. brick of the clear glycerin melt and pour soap base into chunks. Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup.

Then heat the soap base in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. (Alternately you can also use a double boiler.)

Step #3

Add 1 oz. of the apple pie fragrance oil and stir to combine. (Because apple pie fragrance oil contains vanilla, your soap will likely darken over time. To avoid this, you can add an equal amount of vanilla color stabilizer to your melted soap base when you add the fragrance.) Now separate the melted soap base into three containers.

Step #4

Add a few drops of yellow soap colorant to the first container of soap. Next, add a few drops of red to the second container of soap. This is then followed by a few drops each of both red and yellow soap colorant added to the third bowl. Stir the melted soap base in each of the containers to thoroughly incorporate the colorant throughout the melted soap base.

Step #5

Now slowly pour the first color of your melted soap over the oatmeal squares in your cupcake mold. (Take care to ensure the temperature of your soap is between 115°-120°F to avoid unintentionally melting the oatmeal soap squares.)

Spritz the top of the poured soap with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle or mister to remove any air bubbles. Then pop your mold in the refrigerator.

Once hardened, repeat with the remaining two colors, spraying each layer with rubbing alcohol before pouring the next layer.

Step #6

While the base of your homemade apple pie soaps are hardening, you can start working on the pie crust for your homemade apple pie soap. For this step you will use a rectangle silicone mold.

Cut the remaining half of the oatmeal soap base into chunks and heat until melted.

Next, pour a thin layer of the oatmeal melt and pour soap base into each cavity. Spritz the top of the melted soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then allow to cool.

Step #7

Once the oatmeal soap has hardened, remove it from the mold. Then cut each section of soap into four strips using a crinkle soap cutter. Set aside.

Step #8

Once your scented apple pie soaps have fully hardened in the mold, you can apply your oatmeal soap pie crust. Start by unmolding the apple pie soaps.

Step #9

Melt a small amount of clear melt and pour soap base in a heat safe container.

Then spread a thin layer of melted clear base onto your oatmeal soap strips. Apply four strips of soap to the tops of each homemade apple pie soap in a lattice pattern.

After you have applied all four soap strips to your apple pie soaps, cut off any excess.

Step #10

Put each of the homemade apple pie soaps back into the silicone mold.

Then spray the tops of each homemade apple pie soap with rubbing alcohol.

Next, pour a thin layer of the melted clear glycerin soap base on top of each pie. This gives your apple pie soaps a glazed look. (You may have to reheat or melt more of the clear soap base for this step.) Follow with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles, if needed.

Allow the soap to harden. Then take each homemade apple pie soap out of mold. Cut off any excess soap and smooth the edges as needed.

Your homemade apple pie soaps are now ready for gifting!

I recommend wrapping each bar of homemade apple pie soap tightly in foodservice film to store when not in use or prior to gifting. This will keep the soap from attracting moisture from the air.

I hope you enjoyed my homemade apple pie soap tutorial. If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to ask them in the comments. In the meantime be sure to follow me on Facebook for sneak peeks at new products and sales notifications.

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Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe for Savoring The Last of Summer

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This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! Plus discover 34 more homemade melt and pour soap recipes that you DIY as your next weekend craft project!

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Honeysuckle, A Childhood Favorite.

One of my favorite childhood memories is the smell – and taste! – of fresh honeysuckle. When I was growing up we had huge bushes of honeysuckle and boysenberries that grew alongside our property line. I would always pluck the flowers from those honeysuckle bushes when the blooms turned from white to yellow and suck out the nectar hidden inside. How wonderful it would be if we could simply bottle this amazing, sweet liquid to enjoy year round!

Here in Southwestern Virginia I’m accustomed to seeing Japanese honeysuckles throughout our region. It’s easy to find honeysuckle both in backyards as well as along the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the valley I reside in. While honeysuckles aren’t currently blooming in my neck of the woods, most honeysuckles will bloom not only in the spring, but also continue to bloom through summer into early fall.

However, you don’t have to wait for spring to come back around to get a taste of honeysuckle as we slip into fall. You can enjoy the sweet scent of honeysuckle year round by making your own homemade honeysuckle soap! My homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is crafted using a detergent free baby buttermilk soap base. Not only is this base gentle on skin, it’s one of the few melt and pour soap bases that I actually like. (Cold process soap is still my all time fave!)

To make this soap a little more interesting than just melting a base then adding color and fragrance, I created scrubby exfoliating embeds to bring in the colors of the honeysuckle leaves and vines. So, this melt and pour soap tutorial takes a little bit longer to make. However, it’s the perfect weekend project to craft with the kids. It also makes a great back to school gift for your child’s teacher.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

30 oz. detergent free baby buttermilk melt & pour soap base
.75 oz. wild honeysuckle fragrance oil
.2 oz. sea kelp powder (natural colorant)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (natural colorant)
1 teaspoon pumice powder
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon walnut shell powder
.1 oz. vitamin E oil, optional

Soap Notes:

I chose to create my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe using natural colorants. However, for brighter colors you can use liquid soap dye instead. Simply start with 1-2 drops of liquid colorant and mix, slowly adding more until you reach the desired color. (It is important to note that using too much of a soap colorant can stain your skin or tub.)

Alternately, you can also tint your honeysuckle soaps using cosmetic mica powders. Or try a combination of natural colorants with a pinch of similarly colored cosmetic micas to boost the natural color without going overboard.

In addition to the soapmaking ingredients called for in my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe, you’ll also need a rectangular silicone soap mold and a digital scale to weigh out the soap base, fragrance and sea kelp powder. You’ll also need heat safe containers for melting and mixing your soap base, along with utensils for stirring. Further, a cutting board to transport your soap is recommended but not required.

If you are a self confessed soapmaking addict, it’s possible you already have many of the materials required for my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe on hand. However, if you haven’t caught the soapmaking bug quite yet, you can easily make substitutions for this project to save money on supplies.

While I love my baker’s math scale for cold process soapmaking and beauty DIY’s, you can simply use a less expensive digital kitchen scale to save money. You can also substitute out the exfoliants in this recipe – the pumice, poppy seeds and walnut shell powder – for scrubby ingredients you already have on hand. Alternately, you can choose just one exfoliating option and triple the quantity called for.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Soapmaking Instructions:

You’ll begin by making what will be the soap embeds for my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe. To do this, start by weighing out 12 oz. of the baby buttermilk melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks, then place in a heat safe container. I recommend using a glass Pyrex measuring cup for this.

Heat the soap base in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. You’ll want to stir your soap base between heatings.

Now weigh out the sea kelp powder and stir into the melted base. Mix well, until all of the powder is evenly distributed throughout the soap.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Now use a measuring spoon to measure out the pumice powder, poppy seeds and walnut shell powder. Stir these ingredients into the melted soap base. Follow with .05 oz. of vitamin E oil and .25 oz. of the wild honeysuckle fragrance oil.

Now allow the soap base to cool somewhat. As the melt and pour soap base used for this project isn’t a suspending soap base, your additives are going to want to sink to the bottom of the soap. Therefore, by cooling the soap until a thin film starts to form on top, then mixing again, you keep them better mixed throughout the soap. (Alternately, you can use a suspension soap base for this step.)

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Place your soap mold onto a small cutting board. Once the soap has cooled down, but not solidified, remix then pour evenly into each of the six cavities of your silicone soap mold.  Spritz the tops of the soap with rubbing alcohol, if desired, to remove any air bubbles.

Now, using the cutting board to transport your soap, place the mold in the refrigerator until the soap has fully solidified.

Once your soap has hardened, remove the soap from the mold. Then cut the soap into square chunks and set aside.

Now weigh out 18 oz. more of the baby buttermilk soap base. Cut into chunks then combine in a heat safe container. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted.

Weigh out .05 oz. of the vitamin E oil and .5 oz. of the wild honeysuckle fragrance oil. Stir into the melted soap.

Now, using a measuring spoon, measure out the turmeric powder. Mix into the melted soap base until it is thoroughly incorporated and their are no clumps. Set aside.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Add an even amount of the green, exfoliating soap embeds to each of the mold’s cavities. Then, pour the yellow turmeric tinted soap base evenly into each of the mold’s cavities, over the green soap embeds.

Spritz the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles. Then transfer your homemade honeysuckle soaps to the refrigerator to cool.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Once the soap has cooled completely and hardened, remove your soaps from the mold. Then wrap your soaps tightly in foodservice film. Your homemade honeysuckle soaps are now ready for personal use or gifting!

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Unfortunately, I did not account for the sea mud soap embeds separating into the melted glycerin soap I poured around them in the mold. So essentially, I ended up with soap that, as it was cooling, looked like poop separating in a toilet bowl.

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The Best & Only Body Butter Recipe You’ll Ever Need (Without Shea Butter OR Coconut Oil!)

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This natural bacuri body butter recipe is the best and only body butter recipe you’ll ever need! Formulated to moisturize and nourish dry and maturing skin, this non-greasy bacuri body butter recipe is crafted using three simple ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon forest. Each of these unrefined, cold pressed ingredients possess unique anti-aging skin care properties. So skin looks and feels younger with every use.

This natural bacuri body butter recipe is the best and only body butter recipe you'll ever need! Formulated to moisturize and nourish dry and maturing skin, this non-greasy bacuri body butter recipe is crafted using three simple ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon forest that possess unique anti-aging skin care properties. So skin looks and feels younger with every use.

Let’s talk about aging.

I was looking at my hands the other day and I thought, OMG. I have crepey skin! I mean, I guess it was bound to happen at some point. No one has yet to figure out how to stop the aging process. (And if someone ever does, I’d like to go back ten years and push the hold button there.)

I’ll admit I’ve been freaking out about this aging thing. My thirties were fine. I’ve always looked younger than I really am anyway. However, my forties are a different story. And with everyone using filters on their facebook and instagram selfies, it feels like we’re supposed to look young regardless of how many years pass. It’s no wonder that being bombarded with these expectations of youth that we begin to feel insecure as we age.

My forties have been more challenging for me than any other decade. So if you’re rounding that bend, please know that you definitely are not alone. I feel like I’ve been spending an insane amount of money on beauty products to try to gain that filtered photo look. And I’m still wrangling with my own inner voice to age gracefully. Unfortunately, I still haven’t found a way to reconcile how I look with how I feel I should look.

I can’t be the only one determined to start a savings account to have my chin (waddle?) sucked out when I hit my mid-50s. Which, incidentally, is how you get those high, defined cheekbones as you age. It all just starts to slide downward and pool under you chin.

I don’t have the answers to boost my self-esteem or yours at the moment. However, I do think it’s important to address aging. Aging happens to everyone. Yet, I think we often feel alone in how we address our own aging process. We struggle with it inwardly instead of joking about it with our inner circle. We try to hide every wrinkle and erase every age spot instead of embracing the new beauty we are becoming. And we are beautiful.

We women, we create life. We bring joy, passion and heart to the world. We love deeply. We live with intent. So what if our tits hang past our bellies and our butts go flat. We are capable of creating magic.

Still, crepey skin straight up sucks. Magical or not. And as our hands seem to be the telltale sign of a woman’s true age, I of course made a recipe for that. Chuckle if you must; my BFF does. But this stuff is the absolute best and only body butter recipe you’ll ever need.

The Best & Only Body Butter Recipe You'll Ever Need (Without Shea Butter OR Coconut Oil!)

The best AND ONLY body butter recipe you’ll ever need.

The secret to this amazing bacuri body butter recipe lies somewhere deep within the heart of the Brazilian Amazon forest. Crafted using three simple ingredients found in Brazil, this natural bacuri body butter recipe is, by nature, a magical product for maturing skin.

Bacuri butter, tucuma butter and brazil nut oil come together in my bacuri body butter recipe to form a nourishing, non-greasy body butter. While I don’t have the answer to the mystery about how these plants came to have so many beneficial skin care properties, what I can say, is that these ingredients have the perfect properties to soothe, nourish and condition aging skin. So not only does skin look youthful, plump and healthy, it also feels that way.

About the ingredients in my bacuri body butter recipe.

What is bacuri butter?

Bacuri butter is the most magical of all beauty butters. A highly emollient and moisturizing butter, this product is derived from the seeds of the fruit that grow on the Bacuri tree. Found in Northern Brazil, where the bacuri fruit is harvested in the wild, this dark brown solid butter is extracted from the seeds through the cold-pressed processing method.

Bacuri butter is a semi-solid with a melting point similar to shea butter. Therefore it makes a suitable substitution for shea butter in any homemade body butter recipes. Unlike shea butter, however, bacuri butter offers more in the way of anti-aging skin care benefits.

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

Bacuri butter is suitable for all skin types, including oily and sensitive skin. It doesn’t feel greasy. Instead, bacuri butter leaves skin feeling velvety smooth upon application. When used in anti-aging skin care formulations, bacuri butter lends the finished product its firming, moisturizing, astringent and soothing skin care properties. Additionally, bacuri butter promotes cellular turnover vital for younger looking skin. It also helps to stabilize skin’s elastin and boost collagen production.

Because bacuri butter has a pleasant, moderately strong natural scent, I chose to leave my natural bacuri body butter recipe unscented. So the natural sweet and earthy scent of bacuri butter shines through. (Learn more about bacuri butter here.)

What is tucuma butter?

Another amazing product sourced from the Brazilian Amazon Forest is tucuma butter. The hard butter in my natural bacuri body butter recipe, tucuma butter comes from the seed of the native Tucuma palm tree. Similar in composition to another Brazilian butter called Murumuru Butter, this butter is also a great ingredient for anti-aging products due to its moisture binding properties and chemical makeup.

Tucuma butter has a natural gloss and is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants that help to combat the free radicals that lead to aging. It’s also rich in essential fatty acids which not only promote cell regeneration, but also help to protect and moisturize dry and maturing skin.

What is brazil nut oil?

Known as para-nut, castania and chestnuts of Brazil, brazil nuts are native to South America and are found primarily in the Brazilian Amazon forest. As the name implies, brazil nut oil is sourced from Brazil nuts and is prized for its emollient and moisturizing skin care properties.

Commonly used in the cosmetic industry as a key ingredient in anti-aging products, brazil nut oil also has anti-free radical and antioxidant properties. It contains 75% unsaturated fatty acids in addition to vitamins A and E. Brazil nut oil is also considered one of the best natural conditioners for damaged and dehydrated hair. (If you are allergic to tree nuts I recommend substituting the brazil nut oil with passion fruit oil in my bacuri body butter recipe.)

The Best & Only Body Butter Recipe You'll Ever Need (Without Shea Butter OR Coconut Oil!) This natural bacuri body butter recipe is formulated to moisturize and nourish dry and maturing skin. Crafted using three simple ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon forest, this natural body butter recipe is non-greasy and contains unique skin care properties that make it the perfect anti-aging body butter!

Natural Bacuri Body Butter Recipe

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Ingredients:

1.25 oz. unrefined  bacuri butter
1.5 oz. unrefined tucuma butter
.5 oz. unrefined brazil nut oil

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to make my natural bacuri body butter recipe. (I like this one as its both durable and suitable for a variety of skin care recipes including homemade soaps.)

Begin by weighing out each of the three ingredients and combine in a double boiler. Heat until melted, then mix well to combine.

Pour the melted body butter into two 2.3 oz. glass jars (like these from SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

The Best & Only Body Butter Recipe You'll Ever Need (Without Shea Butter OR Coconut Oil!) This natural bacuri body butter recipe is formulated to moisturize and nourish dry and maturing skin. Crafted using three simple ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon forest, this natural body butter recipe is non-greasy and contains unique skin care properties that make it the perfect anti-aging body butter!

Allow the bacuri body butter cool completely, then screw on the lids. Label as desired for personal use or gifting.

(It is important to note that this butter will only stay solid in a temperature controlled environment of 75°F or less. For warmer temps, I recommend adding .25 oz. of either beeswax or emulsifying wax and experiment from there for the perfect solution.)

If you like my natural bacuri body butter recipe, then also be sure to try my bacuri butter body balm recipe!

You can buy unrefined fair trade and sustainable ingredients for my bacuri body butter recipe online from Paris Fragrances.

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