Vegan Solid Lotion Bar Recipe with Soothing Oat Butter & Lavender

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This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It’s the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

Because plantain is currently growing wild in abundance this time of year, I chose to include plantain infused olive oil in my vegan solid lotion bar recipe. Plantain not only helps with sunburns, but it is also beneficial for those with skin rashes and chapped skin as well as insect and spider bites. For eczema and psoriasis, the regular use of this herb in a salve or cream can also help in relation to those skin conditions.

What is plantain?

Plantain has the distinction of being a weed. However, plantain has historically been used not only as food but also as a healing herb in numerous cultures around the world. Native Americans traditionally used this plant to treat wounds and fevers as well as to draw out toxins from stings and bites.

There are two types of plantains and often you’ll find both while foraging as they do often grow together in the same area. The plantains with broad leaves are called Plantago major while the other narrow-leaved plantains are called P. lanceolata. Both have similar properties for medicinal and herbal usage, however many herbalists prefer the broadleaf plantain for its larger and softer, edible leaves.

Plantain Infused Olive Oil! Plantains have anti-inflammatory,analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this the plant is well suited at soothing insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

Plantains have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this plantain is well suited to sooth insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

When foraging for plantain leaves, you should choose an area where you know the plants have not been treated with chemicals. Choose unblemished slightly mature plantain leaves over new leaves as these will contain a higher concentration of potent phytochemicals that are beneficial for skin care applications. (Learn more about plantain here.)

Plantain Infused Olive Oil! Plantains have anti-inflammatory,analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this the plant is well suited at soothing insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

To make my vegan solid lotion bar recipe you will first need to infuse foraged and dried plantain leaves in olive oil. You can learn how to make an herbal oil infusion here.

If plantain is not readily available in your area or you are unsure if the plantain in your area has been chemically treated, you can purchase broad-leaf plantain at Mountain Rose Herbs for your infusions. Alternately, Mountain Rose Herbs also sells pre-made Plantain Herbal Oil. This small-batch Plantain Oil is solar infused in a window on site using certified organic Plantago major leaves, organic olive oil, and a touch of vitamin E oil.

Once your plantain infused oil is made, you are ready to create my soothing lavender & oat vegan solid lotion bar recipe.

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

Lavender & Oat Vegan Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. candelilla wax
2 oz. oat butter
2 oz. plantain infused olive oil
.05 oz. lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the candelilla wax and oat butter and combine in a double boiler. Heat until melted then remove from heat.

Next, weigh out the plantain infused olive oil and stir into the melted wax and butter. Follow with the lavender essential oil, weighing it first for the correct amount needed. Mix well.

Single serve ice cream cups can easily be recycled as molds for making homemade solid lotion bars! Click through to learn how to make your own soothing lavender and oat solid lotion bar recipe!

Evenly pour the melted lotion mixture into the mold of your choice. As I am not vegan, I used single serve ice cream containers for molds. However, this basic guest round silicone mold also works for similarly sized solid lotion bars.

Allow the lotion bars to fully harden, then gently remove from the molds.

My vegan solid lotion bar recipe yields 3-4 small lotion bars depending on the size of the mold you choose to use.

Notes on Substitutions:

If you do not wish to use oat butter, you can easily substitute another hydrogenated butter for the oat butter. (Learn about oat butter here.) Alternately, you can also substitute the oat butter with refined shea butter which will make a slightly harder lotion bar.

If you prefer to use a fragrance oil for your solid lotion bar, you can substitute the lavender essential oil with .1 oz. fragrance oil of your choice.

For colder climates or for use during winter, you can increase the plantain infused olive oil to 2.25 oz. to make your vegan solid lotion bars slightly softer. This will allow them to melt faster when applied to skin.

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

Once you’ve made your vegan solid lotion bars, you will need to package them to protect them from dirt, dust and other elements. I wrapped mine tightly in foodservice film then decorated them with washi tape and stickers I purchased at Target. You can then place them into 2 oz. metal tins to store them in after they’ve been opened for use.

To use, simply massage the lotion bar onto dry skin and massage in. Alternately, you can also use this lotion bar in the shower after bathing to help lock in extra moisture. Then rinse and pat dry.

Want to sell this product?

If you want to create products from my vegan solid lotion bar recipe to sell, 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.

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

If you like my lavender & oat vegan solid lotion bar recipe then you may also like some of my other vegan friendly moisturizer DIY’s including my Jackfruit & Kiwi moisturizing sugar scrub recipe, my summer blueberry sugar scrub recipe, my natural rose body balm recipe with tea seed oil, and my rose body butter recipe.

To discover more natural skin care recipes like this one, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. 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 weekend wrap up posts! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured!


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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.

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 only natural ingredients, this rose body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

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!


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DIY After Sun Moisturizers to Soothe Sunburned Skin

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Well, spring is here and it’s in full force. I got sunburned on my neck and collarbone yesterday simply driving the car with the windows down! Luckily I had sunscreen on my face but it was an important reminder that we should be applying sunscreen to our décolletage as well.

DIY After Sun Moisturizers to help soothe sunburned skin and promote healing.

Of course, there are times we do forgot sunscreen. Or we didn’t apply it often enough. Or it wasn’t strong enough. So here are three DIY After Sun Moisturizers to help soothe sunburned skin and promote healing.

3 DIY After Sun Moisturizers

Quench parched sunburned skin with this easy spray on silky after sun moisturizer recipe. Hemp and jojoba oils naturally moisturize skin without clogging pores while cyclomethicone helps give this after sun moisturizer a silky smooth feel that's not heavy or greasy.

This Silky After Sun Moisturizer Spray Recipe quenches sunburned skin with moisturizing hemp seed and jojoba oils. The addition of cyclomethicone adds a silky smooth feel that’s not heavy or greasy while also helping to protect skin from irritating clothing. It also contains natural vitamin E to promote healing while calming lavender and chamomile essential oils round off the finished product for an after sun moisturizer that’s sure to please. Learn to make it here.

This natural After Sun Skin Soother Cream Recipe is made from natural skin nourishing oils, shea butter, essential oils and aloe vera gel. It's perfect for replenishing those stubborn spots of dry skin or for soothing and speeding up the healing process after a sunburn.

My Sun + Skin Soother After Sun Cream Recipe is made from natural skin nourishing oils, shea butter, essential oils and aloe vera gel. It’s perfect for replenishing those stubborn spots of dry skin or for soothing and helping to promote healing after a sunburn. It’s made with Mountain Rose Herbs’ Restorative Skin Oil which is also lovely all on its own. The much revered and time-tested formula is well suited for mature skin, and perfect to use when running into problems with dry and other “leathery” or “lizardy” skin appearance. Learn to make this sun + skin after sun moisturizer here.

This natural burn relief spray recipe was created for a friend with breast cancer to help soothe the pain caused by radiation treatment and promote healing. However, you'll find this burn relief spray also works great on run of the mill sunburns.

My natural burn relief spray recipe is also a wonderful after sun moisturizer that you can spray on. It contains a special blend of natural ingredients to soothe the pain caused by sunburns. It’s ingredients include arnica infused oil and neem oil. Arnica, like neem oil, not only has analgesic (meaning it relieves pain) properties, but it also helps with inflammation. Learn to make it here.

What are your favorite ingredients to include in DIY after sun moisturizers? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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Cardamom & Spice Solid Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This cardamom and spice solid coffee sugar scrub recipe exfoliates with a combination of sugar, coffee and spices, while moisturizing with cocoa and mango butters. And, oh wow! The resulting solid coffee sugar scrub hearts smell amazing! Plus they're perfect for DIY Valentine's day gifts!

This cardamom & spice solid coffee sugar scrub recipe exfoliates with a combination of sugar, coffee and spices, while moisturizing skin with cocoa and mango butters. And, oh wow! The resulting solid coffee sugar scrub hearts smell amazing! Plus they’re perfect for DIY Valentine’s day gifts!

I used a fantastic spice gingerbread spice blend that I received in my December spice shipment from Raw Spice Bar. It contains ingredients like mace, green cardamom, star anise & black peppercorns to help get circulation going. (However, you can substitute with your own gingerbread spice blend.)

Raw Spice Bar is a monthly spice “box” that ships three fantastic, gourmet spices to your door monthly for just $6. Included with your spices are some really wonderful recipes that you can use your spices in. The gingerbread spice blend I used is from their December Norwegian Spice Box that also included Gravlax spices and winter herbs along with recipes for Nordic Gravlax with Caraway & Coriander, Potato Herb Gratin and Nordic Ginger Cookies. (You can sign up for the Raw Spice Bar monthly box here. Or simply visit their website to see all of their past spice offerings and view their recipes.)

This cardamom & spice solid coffee sugar scrub recipe exfoliates with a combination of sugar, coffee and spices, while moisturizing skin with cocoa and mango butters. And, oh wow! The resulting solid coffee sugar scrub hearts smell amazing! Plus they're perfect for DIY Valentine's day gifts!

Cardamom & Spice Solid Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. mango butter
3.25 oz. granulated white sugar
.25 oz. fresh ground coffee
.25 oz. gingerbread spice mix
.05 oz. – .1 oz Crafter’s Choice Cardamom True Sugar fragrance oil

Gingerbread Spice Mix Recipe:

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon ginger root powder
1 teaspoon allspice powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon clove powder
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
pinch ground black pepper

Tools & Supplies:

digital scale
Wilton Easy Flex Heart 24-Cavity Silicone Mold
utensils for stirring
cutting board
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
microwave

Instructions:

This Cardamom & Spice Solid Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe will yield seven solid coffee sugar scrubs.

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the cocoa and mango butters into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at reduced power in the microwave until the butters have melted. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

Now weigh out the sugar, spice mix and coffee and stir into the melted butters.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly then weigh out the fragrance oil and add to the mixture. Stir again until the ingredients and fragrance are thoroughly incorporated.

Next, place your heart mold onto a cutting board or small cookie sheet for easy transport.

Then pour the melted scrub mixture evenly into seven of the cavities of your heart silicone mold.

Using the cutting board for stability, transfer your mold to the refrigerator. Refrigerate your solid coffee sugar scrubs until they’ve completely solidified.

This cardamom & spice solid coffee sugar scrub recipe exfoliates with a combination of sugar, coffee and spices, while moisturizing skin with cocoa and mango butters. And, oh wow! The resulting solid coffee sugar scrub hearts smell amazing! Plus they're perfect for DIY Valentine's day gifts!

Finally, remove your solid coffee sugar scrubs from the mold cavities and package as desired.

This cardamom & spice solid coffee sugar scrub recipe exfoliates with a combination of sugar, coffee and spices, while moisturizing skin with cocoa and mango butters. And, oh wow! The resulting solid coffee sugar scrub hearts smell amazing! Plus they're perfect for DIY Valentine's day gifts!

To use these solid coffee sugar scrubs, simply massage one heart shaped scrub over damp skin after bathing paying extra attention to rough spots and problem areas.

Prefer bath melts? Simply omit the the sugar and coffee from this solid coffee sugar scrub recipe and add one to two bath melts to warm bath water as desired.

If you like my Cardamom & Spice Solid Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe, you may also like my Valentine’s Day heart jelly soap recipe and my DIY Conversation Heart Soaps. I also have a collection of 18 other DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas here. Or discover even more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas by following my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest.

For more of my homemade skin care recipes, soap recipes and other craft projects, be sure to follow my other boards on Pinterest as well. You can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Homemade Apple & Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

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Homemade Apple and Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

This luxurious homemade apple & pumpkin spice lotion recipe is perfect for the season! It contains rosehip seed oil prized for it’s healing, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties as well as skin nourishing coconut oil, shea and cocoa butters. You’ll also love the light warming sensation you get from the addition of cinnamon, clove and ginger essential oils in this homemade pumpkin spice lotion. Not only will you smell like yummy pumpkin pie spice with a touch of apple, but you’re skin will thank you too!

Homemade Apple and Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

Homemade Apple & Pumpkin Spice Lotion Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.25 oz. cocoa butter, refined
.25 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. stearic acid
1.9 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil, refined
.75 oz. grape seed oil
.75 oz. rosehip seed oil
.35 oz. shea butter, refined
.05 oz. Phenonip
10 drops vitamin E
.15 oz. Nature’s Garden Crisp & Candied fragrance oil
25 drops cinnamon essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
10 drops ginger essential oil
.25 oz. Cyclomethicone
.8 oz. aloe vera gel
.5 oz. distilled water
.1 oz. pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract

Instructions:

For this homemade pumpkin spice lotion recipe I used the Crisp & Candied fragrance oil from Nature’s Garden. I wasn’t overly fond of this scent in the beginning as it was overly sweet for me, but the addition of the cinnamon, clove and ginger essential oils gave it more of a spicy punch and I was really pleased with the resulting scent. As the focus of this homemade lotion recipe is on not only on its skin nourishing properties but also on the fragrance I highly recommend using refined ingredients so you get a true scent that’s not overpowered or masked by the natural scent of unrefined ingredients.

Should you wish to make this apple and pumpkin spice lotion recipe palm free, you may substitute the stearic acid (most commonly derived from palm sources) with beeswax bringing the total amount of beeswax used to .5 oz. and omit the stearic acid all together. (You can make this vegan by using emulsifying wax in place of the beeswax and/or stearic acid! You can also sub the beeswax with emulsifying wax if you don’t need the skin protection of beeswax.)

To create this apple and pumpkin spice lotion you’ll need to begin by weighing out the cocoa butter, beeswax, shea butter, stearic acid and coconut oil with a digital scale. Combine in a double boiler and heat until melted through then weigh out and add the rosehip seed and grape seed oils. Mix to combine then remove from heat.

Check the temperature of the melted ingredients and when they reach between 140°-155°F weigh out and add the Phenonip which you’ll need to prevent the growth of mold, bacteria and fungus. This is a necessary preservative as this lotion recipe contains water. (You can substitute the Phenonip with Optiphen, which is paraben free, but you’ll need to add it at around 120°F.) Mix into the lotion base.

Now weigh out and add the fragrance oil, essential oils and vitamin E and stir to combine.

Once the oils start to thicken to and turn a creamy color weigh out and add the Cyclomethicone, distilled water, aloe vera gel and vanilla extract. Whisk until thoroughly combined then pour into your container or containers of choice. Yields approximately 6 oz.

For more seasonal inspired homemade bath and body recipes be sure to check out and follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest. In addition you can also discover more of my recipes for homemade soaps, scrubs and more at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

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