How to Make an Easy Bug Repellent Recipe

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Natural Homemade Easy Bug Repellent Recipe - Effective and requires as few as TWO ingredients!

Do you need an easy mosquito repellent recipe to help combat biting insects this summer? This simple, yet effective natural homemade bug repellent recipe needs as few as two ingredients and won’t require you to buy a lot of expensive essential oils. Here’s what you’ll need and how to make it.

How to Make a Natural Easy Bug Repellent Recipe to Keep Mosquitoes and Other Biting Insects Away This Summer

Natural Homemade Bug Repellent Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.com

Ingredients:

2 oz. distilled water
2 oz. witch hazel
2.5 ml Bug Off Synergy Essential Oil Blend

Instructions:

If you don’t have witch hazel you can use all distilled water and vice versa. Simple combine all ingredients in a glass bottle with a fingertip mister and shake well. (Use a graduated plastic transfer pipette to measure out the essential oil.) To use simply shake before using then spray liberally onto skin and clothing.

To create a smaller batch simply use 12 drops of the essential oil blend per 1 ounce of liquid. For larger recipes, 20 drops is equal to 1 millimeter.

If you like this recipe, you may also like my natural homemade dry shampoo recipe. There are no food ingredients like you find in other homemade dry shampoo recipes that can attract bugs – no one wants those at a festival or out camping! – and the dry shampoo not only smells fantastic, but it also helps to repel biting insects as well! For more recipes like this one be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest and my DIY Bath and Body board for more health, beauty and skin care recipes.


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Homemade Rose Water Recipe

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DIY Natural Homemade Rosewater Recipe for Your DIY Beauty Recipes

With roses in full bloom now is a great time to start making your own natural homemade rose water recipe. Rose water is wonderful for all skin types which makes it well suited for incorporating into beauty and skin care recipes. Or you can simply use it as a fragrant mist for your home or a laundry freshener. There are many different ways to make rose water and in end it’s up to you to choose what works best for you based on the end result you’re looking for.

Simple DIY Homemade Rose Water Recipe for Your DIY Beauty and Skin Care Recipes and Home Linen Sprays

For my homemade rose water recipe I picked fresh rose buds and blooms that were free of insect damage and filled a 12 oz. mason jar with the petals. I then covered completely with distilled water and a teaspoon of vodka and tightly closed the container.

Like tea, you can either bring the water to a boil and pour over the rose petals – though you don’t want to heat the petals for too long as they’ll lose their fragrance – or “cold brew” your petals by leaving them in the jar for anywhere from two days to two weeks before straining the petals from the water with cheesecloth.

The vodka, as well, is optional. I chose to use a bit to help better preserve the rose water as I’ll be using this batch for a rose water toner.

Natural Homemade Rose and Lavender Floral Water DIY

In a second container, I combined white rose petals with dried lavender buds in distilled water only for a different fragrance. Keep in mind however, that lavender blossoms will turn the water slightly brown just as it does melt and pour soap, so you may not want to use this water as a linen spray.

Once you’ve made your own homemade rose water put it to use! Rose water on it’s own is a wonderful skin toner. Simply place it into a glass jar with a mister and spray on your face after you wash it and before applying moisturizer.

You can also use rose water to make homemade lotions and creams by substituting the water portion of the recipe with floral water. (Be sure to use a preservative for all of your lotion recipes that contain water to prevent bacterial growth, or refrigerate and use within several days!)

Alternately you can use the rose water in lieu of the water called for when making handmilled soaps!

Here are a few recipes you can try: Homemade Rose & Ylang Ylang Body Cream Recipe, Natural Night Cream Recipe, Handmilled Aloe Soap Balls Recipe, and a Sensuous Scented Sheet Spray Recipe. You can find even more beauty recipes via my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

Also be sure to check out these other recipe variations for homemade flower water to create your own perfect product!

Prefer to purchase your rose water instead? Mountain Rose Herbs has a fabulous collection of flower waters that includes calendula, rosemary, rose, basil, lemon verbena and more!


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Homemade White Bean Salad Recipe

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Homemade Lunch Recipe - Easy White Bean Salad in Mason Jars

Looking for a healthy, nutritious and crazy delicious lunch? This simple to make white bean salad bean recipe from Nature Box has got your number and it gives you yet another use for your fantastic collection of mason jars! Grab the recipe via the Nature Box blog here.

Interested in getting your favorite healthy snacks in the mail once a month? Try the Nature Box subscription program. I’ve been a member for several months now and am totally in love. Not only are the snacks delicious and cost conscious, but you get to choose what goes into your box each and every month so you always get the products you love! Each monthly box contains five snacks for $19.95 with free shipping. Add extra bags of your favorites for just an additional $3 each. Sign up here and get $10 off your first order.

Or if you prefer smaller snacks, give Graze a try. They send small boxes of snacks for just $6 twice monthly with free shipping – although you can choose to receive the boxes less often. Plus the first and 5th boxes are free! Visit Graze here to sign up and use friend code:THPXHL7MP to join. I also like that I can send one off boxes as gifts.

For more great food ideas and recipes, be sure to follow my Recipes board on Pinterest!


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Natural DIY Coffee Under Eye Cream Recipe for Puffy Eyes

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DIY Beauty Recipe for a Natural DIY Coffee Bean Under Eye Cream Recipe that helps to combat under eye puffiness, dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles!

In my last post I mentioned that I had recently purchased and tried 100% Pure Cosmetics’ Organic Coffee Bean Eye Cream made with Arabica Coffee Seed Oil and Green Arabica Coffee Seed Oil and as a result concocted my own coffee bean infused oil for creating my own version of a caffeinated eye cream that would help with those morning dark under eye circles, puffiness and even fine lines.

I strayed from the ingredients in 100% Pure Cosmetics product a bit – and looking back my next batch will definitely have some vitamin E in it – but I was rather pleased with the results of my own recipe which creates a smooth, rich cream that smells like delectable coffee. I also made sure to use natural ingredients known for their anti-inflammatory properties like shea butter, olive oil and lavender & chamomile essential oils, as well as jojoba and rosehip seed oil which have skin rejuvenating properties with evidence that they reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The end product is smooth and creamy and literally melts right into skin. A little goes a long way.

You can either make this recipe for one large container or pour the cream into smaller sized lip balm pots for gifting and sharing. If you like this recipe, you can also use the coffee infused oil you make for this recipe to create my other recipe for Handmade Coffee Lip Butter.

This Natural DIY Coffee Under Eye Cream Recipe is made using homemade coffee infused oil which can help with puffiness, fine lines and dark circles!

Natural Coffee Under Eye Cream Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1/2 oz. coffee infused oil (see below)
.25 oz. jojoba oil
.25 oz. rosehip seed oil
.75 oz. shea butter
.75 oz. cocoa butter
1/2 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml chamomile essential oil (1/2 ml if 3% dilution in jojoba or 4-5 drops if pure eo)
5 drops non-GMO vitamin E

To Make Coffee Infused Oil:

Coarsely ground 3 Tablespoons of whole (unflavored) coffee beans in a coffee grinder. Combined the grounds with 4 oz. by weight of olive oil over low heat for about 15 minutes, then strain the oil using either cheesecloth or a coffee filter in a pinch. As I didn’t have cheesecloth handy, I improvised by taping a coffee filter to the top of a cup then poured the coffee and oil into the filter. Once the majority of the oil dripped through I carefully removed the filter and then squeezed the rest of the oil out into the cup.

Instructions:

Using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the shea and cocoa butter into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave until melted, then weigh out the coffee infused oil, rosehip seed oil and the jojoba oil and stir into the melted butters.

Next, using a different 3ml Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipette for each essential oil, measure out and add the chamomile and lavender essential oils and mix into the other ingredients. Finally, add several drops of vitamin E if desired and pour into your container(s) of choice.

How to Make Homemade DIY Coffee Under Eye Cream for Dark Circles, Puffiness and Fine Lines

This recipe will yield approximately seven 10ml or 1/3 oz. lip balm pots or will fit into a 2 oz. container or jar.

Notes from the crafting kitchen: Keep in mind that this does take some time to thicken. I’ve had products like this take a day or two to thicken at room temps and up to several hours to thicken fully in the fridge.

Also, as I did go back and experiment with various coffee options, note that using pre-ground coffee beans vs. coffee beans you grind fresh as well as the intensity of the roast – light, medium or dark – will determine the final color of your oil. Pre-ground and darker roasts make a much darker oil than grinding the beans yourself and choosing a light roast. Also, straining with a coffee filter over all other methods produces a much lighter oil with fewer coffee grains sneaking through.

Also keep in mind that ingredients from different suppliers will yield slightly varying results. I do not recommend using olive oil from the grocery store, but rather olive oil sourced specifically from a company that sells olive oil for using in soapmaking and bath and beauty.

A Natural DIY Coffee Under Eye Cream Recipe to help with puffiness and dark circles as well as those pesky fine lines and wrinkles!

If you like this recipe also be sure to try my Natural Anti-Wrinkle Facial Serum Recipe for Dry, Mature Skin as well as my Natural Handmade Nourishing, Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye Cream Recipe. For more DIY beauty projects like this one, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Blog Lovin’.


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Holiday Gift Ideas for Men You Can Buy & DIY

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Men can be especially difficult to shop for especially if you’re looking for something handmade or want to make your own homemade gifts for the holidays. There’s the desire to create something unique and yet you don’t want him to think it’s the lamest gift ever. So I’ve compiled a few of my favorite handmade gifts for guys – and hopefully he’ll dig them too – that you can buy or DIY.

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas for Men That You Can Buy and DIY

Clockwise from top left/Buy it! : Handmade Wooden Six Pack Beer Carrier with Opener via Meriwether of Montana / Custom Screen Printed Amber Beer Bottles for Home Brew via Vital / Handmade Whiskey or Beer Tasting Flight & Sampling Board via JT Woodworks / Handmade Bottle Opener Crafted from a Reclaimed Skateboard via Genuine Woodworking

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas for Guys You Can DIY

Clockwise from top left/DIY it! : DIY Mustache Glass via No. 2 Pencil / DIY Gin Kit via Say Not Sweet Anne / Homemade DIY Spice Blends with Printable Labels via Naturally Ella / Homemade Beef Jerky via Hungry Mother Runner

Handmade Christmas Gift Guide for Men

Clockwise from top left/Buy it! : Orange Camera Hip Flask via RockYart / Handmade Eww de Toilet Bathroom Spray Deodorizer via Dippy Lulu / Natural Handmade Beard Oil Tonic & Comb Gift Set via Dr. K Soap Company / Handmade Book Lover’s Soy Candle via Frostbeard Studio

DIY Christmas Gifts for Men You Can Craft Yourself

Clockwise from top left/DIY it! : DIY Football Soap via Rustic Escentuals Crafting Library / DIY Leather Wallet via Oh, Sweet Joy! / DIY Leather Nook Cover via Lovely Indeed / DIY Madagascar Black Pepper Soap for Men via Soap Deli News

Unique Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

Clockwise from top left/Buy it! : Men’s Ultimate Collection 12 Month Birchbox Subscription via Birchbox / Outdoorsy Days 2014 Calendar via Hello Small World / Handmade Vinyl Record James Bond Clock via Funky Vinyl / Doctor Who TARDIS Zippo Lighter via Whimsey & Ink

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

Clockwise from top left/Buy it! : Leather Credit Card Holder via JooJoobs / Handmade Equine Collection Elk Bookends via Equine by Lauren Radvansky / Brown Sofa TV Tray via LipLap / Maple Bacon Sizzling Soy Candle via Folk

For more handmade and DIY homemade gift ideas for men be sure to check out my posts 32 DIY Gift Ideas for Dudes That Aren’t Duds and DIY Homemade Gift Ideas for Men along with my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas and DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts boards on Pinterest.


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