Natural Patchouli & Fir Needle Homemade Hand Cream Recipe

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Patchouli and Fir Scented Homemade Hand Cream Recipe

This richly moisturizing homemade hand cream recipe is naturally scented with patchouli and fir needle essential oils and contains skin conditioning safflower and evening primrose oils plus a touch of agave syrup! Don’t reserve this amazing homemade hand cream for hands alone though! Also try it on feet or anywhere skin needs a little extra love! It’s great for eczema too.

Natural Homemade Hand Cream Recipe with Patchouli and Fir Needle Essential Oils

Patchouli & Fir Needle Homemade Hand Cream Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


.25 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
.35 oz. safflower oil
.75 oz. evening primrose oil
.25 oz. shea butter
.1 oz. stearic acid
.1 oz. light agave syrup
15 drops fir needle essential oil
9 drops patchouli essential oil


Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter and stearic acid then melt either at reduced power in the microwave or in a double boiler.

Once melted, weigh out the shea butter and coconut oil and stir in. Gently heat again if needed if shea butter and coconut oil don’t melt fully after stirring.

Now weigh out the safflower and evening primrose oils and agave syrup and stir into the cream mixture. Follow with the essential oils mixing well, then pour into a 2 oz. glass jar or tin of choice and allow to set up fully before use.

To use simply apply to skin as desired and massage in.

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DIY Natural Chocolate Rose Hand and Body Cream Recipe

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Natural DIY Homemade Chocolate and Rose Hand and Body Cream Recipe - Luxurious Mother's Day Gift Idea

I know, here I am talking about chocolates and roses and Valentine’s Day has already come and gone. But I’m not talking about those chocolate and roses. Instead I’m talking about a heavenly chocolate and rose scented hand and body cream made with moisture intense coconut oil! Not only does it smell fabulous, but it’s a hundred percent natural. I also think it’d make a faboo homemade Mother’s Day gift in the near future. Read on for how to make it!

Natural Chocolate & Rose Body Cream Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


1.5 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
1 oz. argan oil
.75 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. walnut oil
.25 oz. castor oil
20 drops cocoa absolute
10 drops rose essential oil (or a blend works too!)


Weigh out the beeswax using a digital kitchen scale and melt either in the microwave (in a glass pyrex measuring cup) or a double boiler. Next, weigh out the remaining oils in a separate container then stir into the melted beeswax until all ingredients have melted. Add the cocoa absolute and rosewood essential oil and stir. Allow to set up almost all of the way, then mix well to incorporate the cocoa absolute back into the cream. (It sinks to the bottom when the oils are still liquid.) Finally, spoon into a 4 oz. container or evenly into two 2 oz. containers of your choice. Use as desired on hands, feet or body.

Don’t want to use walnut oil? Oils with intense healing properties like evening primrose oil, pumpkin seed oil and rosehip seed oil make great substitutes. You can also use tamanu oil – one of my favorites! – however, as it has a strong natural scent it may affect the smell of the final product slightly.

For a slightly thicker cream, try adding 1 oz. of shea butter or .5 oz. of one of the following: cocoa, kokum or illipe butter.

This is also great on lips or even as a hair mask in a pinch.

For more great homemade bath, body and skin care recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. And if you’re already thinking ahead to Mother’s Day, then be sure to follow my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest as well. I’ll be adding lots of new DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas in the coming months!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Birch Box’s New Limited Edition Superwoman Beauty Collection

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Cleopatra TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe Hand Cream - Natural Beauty and Skin Care Hand Cream with a Fabulous Light Grapefruit and Cucumber Fragrance - Perfect for a Mother's Day GiftRecently I decided to give Birch Box a try. Based out of New York City this amazing company is perfect for anyone who loves trying out new bath and beauty products. I’d been wanting to try a sample box subscription for some time, but so many of them were out of my price range or required paying for three months or more up front. Birch Box is different. For $10 a month, billed monthly, you received a fabulous box of beauty, grooming and lifestyle samples each and every month. Samples include fragrances, skin care and bath products, cosmetics, even teas and snacks! What has me really excited about this sample program is that it includes high end brands I ordinarily wouldn’t have the chance to try due to budget restrictions. It also offers the chance to try “green” brands that are just launching.

I haven’t received my first sample beauty box yet – it’s set to arrive on Thursday – but I did order the limited edition From the Garden box they offered. It’s sold out now, but you can buy the products that were included within the box individually. My favorites from the box were the Tocca Crema da Mano Luxe, the Lafco Little Luxuries Candle Tin and L’occitane’s Thé Vert & Bigarade fragrance.

I received the Cleopatra Tocca Hand Cream (pictured above) which is a fragrant blend of grapefruit and cucumber. I immediately fell in love with the fragrance. It’s lightly scented, but smells quite lovely – crisp and fresh. What I really liked about this hand cream was that it absorbed quickly and left my hands feeling soft and smooth – almost silky in the way baby powder makes skin feel to the touch. It’s made with a combination of moisturizing oils including avocado and coconut oil, and also contains shea butter and chamomile extract. Tocca offers this cream in five signature fragrances – Cleopatra (as mentioned), Stella (blood orange), Giulietta (pink tulip and green apple), Bianca (green tea and lemon), and Florence (bergamot and gardenia). I pretty much want to try them all. Plus I love the packaging. And with Mother’s Day coming up I think these would make an excellent Mother’s Day gift as well.

I did some looking around, and Birch Box pricing is pretty much dead on with other retailers who offer their products. Minus the extra benefits that come with shopping Birch Box which include free shipping, free samples and offers from their Bonus Shop, and their rewards program.

Mint Scented Lafco Candle Tin with Matches that Fit Neatly Into the LidOne of the other products I received in my limited edition From the Garden Birch Box was this Lafco Little Luxuries Candle Tin in Mint. My favorite thing about this container is the tin it comes in. While the fragrance I received was mint, it really did not smell so much like straight mint to me, rather more of combination of mint and pine. My boyfriend thought it smelled more like pine than anything else, which was fine by him, seeing as how he prefers a more masculine scented candle so this scent made a nice compromise. Made from soy wax, this small candle has a burn time of over thirty hours. But what really does it for me is how lovely the tin itself is. Not only is it pretty to look at, but the lid has an indention on top that hold a box of matches. I thought it wa pretty genius to pair the two together. This is one tin I’ll definitely be re-using and re-purposing once the candle is gone. I may even put another candle it since I’ve been dying to try my hand at candle making at some point.

L'OCCITANE La Collection de Grasse - Thé Vert & Bigarade FragranceI also really love the sample of L’occitane’s fragrance Thé Vert & Bigarade that I received. It’s part of their new line of fragrances, La Collection de Grasse, that was inspired by its namesake town in the south of France. The four fragrances within this line are Jasmine & Bergamote, Vanille & Narcisse, Magnolia & Mûre, and Thé Vert & Bigarade. Thé Vert & Bigarade is a blend of blossoming green floral notes with earthy wood notes that reminds me of tradition. It’s not overwhelmingly floral and is almost crisp in nature. For me, it’s what a “toilet water” should smell like. That beautiful, yet expensive perfume that you coveted from your grandmother’s dresser. Traditional in a way that is classy, sophisticated, understated and timeless.

Mother's Day Gift Idea - A Fabulous Limited Edition Beauty Birch Box -  The Superwoman CollectionWith the From the Garden Limited Edition Birch Box now sold out, Birch Box just introduced a new limited edition box for Mother’s Day. Named the Superwoman Collection, this new beauty collection includes $190 in products bargain priced at just $58 with free shipping. (Plus you can score some sweet extras with it at no charge from the Bonus Shop.) As this box had so many intriguing products I really wanted to try, I indulged and purchased one for myself. Though you could always buy one for you AND one for mom. This box includes the following full sized products: 29 Preserves I-Block Grape Seed Age Protecting™ Estate Collection Eye Shadow – a four shade collection of shimmery ivory, creamy pink, rich espresso brown, and a warm cinnamon infused with antiaging grape antioxidants, a Le Métier de Beauté Dualistic Eye Pencil, a Le Métier de Beauté Anamorphic Lash Waterproof Mascara, and rms beauty™ Living Luminizer. You also receive a travel size Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask and Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath & Shower along with a super cute Chambre de Sucre’s Macaron Limoge Trinket Box. In addition to shipping for free I was also able to choose a sample pack with two samples at no charge – I chose the Weleda Pomegranate Firming Night Cream & Archipelago Pomegranate Body Soap – and a free sample of Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara.

I can’t wait to receive to my first Birch Box shipment – I’ll be sure to fill you in on what’s hot and what’s just, well, not. And I’ll also be sure to give you feedback on the new Superwoman Collection! If you’re interested in trying Birch Box for yourself, you can sign up here. In addition to their sample box program, you can also shop for any of the full size products they carry. Birch Box products of the month always ship free no matter your order size. Other products ship free with a $50 order. Plus you earn points toward free products with every purchase! You can also gift a women’s subscription to Birch Box just for Mother’s Day for 3, 6 or 12 months!

Teroforma Whisky Stones® MAX - Great Gift Idea for Father's DayAlso, new to Birch Box are subscriptions for men. My boyfriend said he didn’t think he was really interested in a subscription for himself, but he did enjoy the purchase I made for him from the Men’s Birch Box Shop. I bought him the Teroforma Whisky Stones® MAX – as whiskey is his favorite drink – and a container of Mr. Natty Presents Frank’s Beard Elixir. I also chose the Birchbox Man Pick Two Sample Pac (Free with $25 purchase) which I received free with my purchase and I added the Birchbox Koozies (free with $30 purchase.) Plus it shipped free!

Father's Day Gift Idea - Wood Grain Beer Koozies with ZippersThe Birchbox Koozies, which I wasn’t expecting to be that great since they were a free product, are actually really cool. They look so much nicer in person and have that awesome wood grain motif that’s currently trending. They also have zippers on the back to zip the koozie snuggly around your beer or beverage.

Have you ever tried a sample program – either Birch Box  or another company? What was your take?