Best of 2016: Favorite Beauty and Skin Care Recipes

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These Beauty and Skin Care Recipes are some of my favorites! Learn how to make your own to enjoy yourself or to give as homemade gifts throughout the New Year!

2016 has ended and we’ve started a bright and shiny New Year. That means lots of new beauty and skin care recipes to look forward to! In the meantime, however, be sure to check out my favorite beauty and skin care recipes I developed in 2016. Then give them a try to treat yourself or to give as homemade gifts throughout the New Year! Here’s to 2017!

Favorite Beauty and Skin Care Recipes

This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

My Orange Coconut Coffee Scrub Recipe is probably my most favorite indulgence of 2016. inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub, this homemade coffee scrub recipe is scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom. Additionally it contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin.

For more beauty and skin care recipes like this one be sure to visit and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe with bentonite clay is made without irritating baking soda and it really works! Plus discover three other fantastic uses for this cream deodorant for whole body care!

2016 was the year I finally made the switch to an all natural aluminum free deodorant for good! And in doing so I gained health benefits as well. My natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is my favorite baking soda free deodorant recipe out of all the ones I’ve ever made. It contains natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil as well as detoxifying bentonite clay.

Not only does this natural deodorant recipe fight odor but it can be used for other skin care issues. Use it on feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in your shoes through the summer months in hot shoes or use it on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne. It also makes a great acne fighting face mask!

For more beauty and skin care recipes like this one check out my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care board on Pinterest.

Learn how to make your own fabulous DIY unicorn balm! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns - or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

My DIY unicorn balm was my most widely loved, shared and pinned post of 2016! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns – or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

If you have unicorn fever, be sure to give my Unicorn Lust Pinterest board a peek!

This sea salt face and body scrub recipe is loosely inspired by Lush's Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. Made using fine dead sea salt, this emulsified sea salt face and body scrub recipe has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin while dead sea salt lends its natural healing properties.

Lush fans will love my sea salt face and body scrub recipe! Loosely inspired by Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, this luxurious emulsified scrub is made with mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin and fine dead sea salt for its natural healing properties. It has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like Want to make it vegan? Try substituting the lanolin – which is found in Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub – with cupuacu butter.

If you like this recipe, then you may also like my recent recipe for making strawberry & chocolate fudge solid sugar scrub bars! Or discover more of my body scrub recipes here.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

As far as soaps go, my pine tar soap recipe is fairly basic but is big on benefits making it more than deserving of this favorites list. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I loved the way this soap felt on my skin and I also found it helped my dog’s flea dermatitis.

For more of my homemade soap recipes be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board.

This cracked heel repair balm recipe contains all natural ingredients that help to heal and protect cracked heels and feet. It's also great for hands, elbows, knees and lips - pretty much anywhere your skin needs some extra love!

If you’re prone to dry or cracked skin then this cracked heel repair balm recipe is sure to make your own favorites list! My cracked heel repair balm contains all natural ingredients that help to heal and protect cracked heels and feet. Plus, it’s also great for hands, elbows, knees and lips – pretty much anywhere your skin needs some extra love!

For similar skin care recipes check out this blog post with 16 homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect your skin all winter long.

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, my activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

You can find more face mask recipes on Soap Deli News blog here.

This foaming salt scrub recipe is super easy to make and can be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap!

My foaming salt scrub recipe makes showering all the more fun! Not only is this skin care recipe super easy to make but it can also be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap!

This homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is scented with a delightful lavender and orange fragrance and is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises.

My homemade lavender and orange scented magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises. I created this recipe for my grandmother who has been in out of the hospital a lot this past year and has endured quite a few nasty bruises from IV’s. Arnica has been traditionally used to treat bruises while magnesium is key to offering some relief from aches and pains.

If you like this recipe you may also like my non-greasy lavender body butter recipe, my simple 3-ingredient pain relief massage oil recipe, my chocolate lavender pain relief salve recipe and my homemade ginger salve recipe for sore muscles.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

My ultimate detox salt bar recipe is another one of my favorite skin care recipes. This homemade soap recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, you can find a tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch here.

This easy cream eyeshadow recipe requires just three ingredients and results in a beautiful and highly pigmented cream eyeshadow that glides on smooth and provides lasting results. This cream eyeshadow is also great for blending.

If you love customizing your own eyeshadow colors then this easy cream eyeshadow recipe is right up your alley! It requires just three ingredients to make your own beautiful and highly pigmented cream eyeshadows that offer both a smooth application and lasting results.

If you’re interested in eyeshadows and beauty products you can buy rather than DIY, be sure to check out my Bath & Beauty board on Pinterest.

Learn how to make this luxury double butter soap recipe with high percentages of both cocoa butter and shea butter that's perfect for dry winter skin.

And last, but certainly not least, is my luxury double butter soap recipe. This low cleansing homemade soap contains high percentages of both cocoa butter and shea butter that’s perfect for dry winter skin. There are both palm and palm free versions of this soap recipe.

You can find more of my palm free soap recipes here.

I hope you have as much fun recreating my beauty and skin care recipes as I had making them! Thank you all for your encouragement and readership throughout the past year. I hope to share even more with you in 2017!

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DIY New Year’s Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

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New Year's Beauty DIY - Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

Celebrate the New Year with lots of sparkle and shine by crafting your own DIY Gala Shimmer Sticks! These sparkling beauty sticks can be applied to your face, lips and body for a shimmering effect wherever you want! Keep them simple or “dress” them up with fragrance and even a hint of color!

Handmade DIY New Year Gala Shimmer Sticks

This beauty recipe was created using the DIY Shimmer Stick Kit from Wholesale Supplies Plus with a few additional fun ingredients. As I chose to add fragrance – and even color! – to mine, you’ll need a few additional ingredients in addition to the kit if you also wish to add a scent and/or color. I also created cute labels that you can print for your own shimmer sticks.

DIY Tinted Pink Champagne New Year's Gala Shimmer Stick

Pink Champagne New Year Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

Adapted from the Shimmer Stick Recipe at Wholesale Supplies Plus

Ingredients:

2 oz. Refined Shea Butter
2 oz. Smooth & Creamy Lotion Bar Additive
2 ml Pink Champagne Fragrance Oil
2 Tablespoons Iridescent Super Sparkle Glitter
Red Orange Oil Locking Mica Shimmer (to suit, optional)

Instructions:

In a double boiler melt the smooth and creamy lotion bar additive, then add the shea butter and continue to heat until all ingredients are fully melted. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a microwave. Simply melt the lotion bar additive in a glass Pyrex measuring cup at reduced power until it has melted about half way, then add the shea butter and continue heating at reduced power until fully melted. Carefully remove from heat source.

Using a plastic transfer pipette, measure out 2 ml of the fragrance oil and stir into the shimmer stick base. Then measure out the glitter and stir in as well. Allow to sit for several minutes, then stir again to thoroughly incorporate glitter, then pour evenly into four 1 oz. clear push up sticks.

To tint your shimmer sticks pink that won’t leave color behind, add 1/2 teaspoon to base and mix well before pouring. For a lightly tinted shimmer stick that gives just a hint of color to lips and cheeks, add 2 teaspoons. For richer lipstick like color use four teaspoons of red orange oil locking mica shimmer. (Note that if you plan to use shimmer sticks on lips, only use lip safe flavor fragrances.)

Allow product to cool at room temp as sharp temperature changes will cause the product to sink and crack in the middle.

DIY New Year's Gala Shimmer Sticks with Printable Labels

Once your shimmer sticks have cooled, screw on the lids and add your labels! For this project I decorated my shimmer stick containers with my Printable Gala Shimmer Stick Sticker Labels {download labels here} as well as Pink Cherry Blossom Snowflake and Peach & Gold Corner Japanese Washi Tapes from Cute Tape.


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Free Cover Photo for Your Facebook Profile

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Let everyone know that creativity takes more than just glue sticks and scissors with my free cover photo for your facebook page!
To use it on your own facebook page, simply right click on the image above and hit “save image as” to save to your own computer. Then simply upload it to your facebook page. Below is what it will look like on your facebook profile (or business) page once uploaded.
I hope everyone has a very happy New Year moving forward and that you and those around you will be brave enough to live a very creative life! And, for free wallpaper downloads for your computer and mobile, be sure to check out one of my favorite blogs, Pearl + Earl’s Good-Time Vintage Blog. And if you’re a blogger yourself, visit Misse Design for everything from wallpapers to social media icons!

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Shimmer Body Gel and Eyeshadow Beauty DIY

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Beauty DIY - Handmade Shimmer Eyeshadow and Sparkling Body Gel Tutorial - Make Your New Year's Shine with This Easy To Craft DIY Shimmer Gel Recipe
Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and the big trend to bring in the New Year is lots of sparkle and shimmer! Add some glimmer to your skin this easy two ingredient – all you need is aloe vera gel and mica shimmer powder – diy beauty project for making your own handmade shimmer eyeshadow and body gel! Just hop on over to Kanelstrand blog to read my guest post on how to make this two ingredient beauty diy that will last the whole night through! Or whip up some throughout the year to add some sparkle to your regular day or a little extra shine to your events! How will you be ringing in the New Year?

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DIY Cranberry Gummies Recipe – How to Make Candy Gummy Shapes

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DIY Gummy Shapes Recipe - Perfect for Toasting in the New Year
Love gummy worms and gummy bears? Then make your own gummy shapes with this easy diy gummies recipe! They’re perfect for soaking in vodka for that big New Year’s Eve party or for dropping in a glass of bubbly for that special New Year’s toast! Or cut them into heart shapes and drop a few in two glasses of wine for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with your sweetheart!
DIY Cranberry Gummy Shapes Recipe
Adapted from a recipe for homemade gumdrops on Mom on Timeout blog.
Ingredients:
1 Cup white sugar
3/4 Cup applesauce (I used Kroger brand regular applesauce)
1 3-oz. package of Cranberry Flavor Gelatin or flavor of choice (I used JELL-O brand)
1 package of unflavored gelatin  (I used one packet of Knox Gelatine)
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
 
Directions:
Coat a 9×9 square glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and place in the refrigerator. Next combine 1 Cup sugar, 3/4 Cup applesauce, 1/2 teaspoon lime juice, the whole package of flavored and unflavored gelatin in a saucepan. Allow to stand for one minute, then place on the stove top and set to medium heat. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil. Allow to boil for a full minute, then pour immediately into the cold baking dish and place in the refrigerator until it solidifies completely. This took about 1 1/2 hours in my fridge, but set up times can vary so don’t get carried away too soon!

How to make homemade gummy shapes - DIY Cranberry Gummies Recipe

Once your gummies have set up in the fridge, use a spatula to loosen the sides of the gummies then invert onto a sugar coated cutting board. Then dust the tops of the gummy sheet with white sugar. Using a knife or small cookie cutters, cut the gummies into desired shapes.

Homemade DIY Gummy Shapes - A Gummy Bear Alternative with a Bit of Moxie

Once your shapes are cut, dip the sides of each gummy shape into white sugar so the sides are coated and no longer sticky. Allow to dry completely if necessary then place in an airtight container until ready to use.

Looking for more fun ways to use flavored gelatin? Then be sure to check out the recipe blog, Jelly Test Shot Kitchen! Psst. You can also use unflavored gelatin to make homemade marshmallows! Grab the recipe for mocha coffee vanilla marshmallows here.


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