DIY Natural Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs

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This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

Does your dog’s breath kill trees from a hundred paces? Then perhaps consider this DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs.

Let me begin by stating I have a miniature dachshund. His name is Jasper. And like most dachshunds he has some of the worst breath ever. No, seriously. Ever. That said I’ve tried all kinds of things to freshen his breathe including all those silly tooth brushing bones and minty dog treats. And while they might help keep tarter and plaque at bay, they seem to do absolutely nothing for the state of his breath.

Over Christmas my brother told me about a tarter control and fresh breath gel for dogs that he had been using. Not only did it work great on his dogs, but it also had neem oil as one of the ingredients. As neem oil was one of my favorite discoveries of the past year I decided I had to try this out. But instead of buying a gel tarter control and breath freshener I decided to try making something similar with ingredients I already have in my stash of soapmaking ingredients.

I looked at two popular products when trying to decide which natural ingredients to use. Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Clean Teeth Gel is one such popular product. It’s made with Purified Water, Natural Derived Alcohol, Natural Mint, Glycerin, Natural Cleanser, Carbopol, Chlorophyllin, and Green Tea Leaf Extract. The other is Nutri-Vet’s Tartar-Defense Spray for Dogs which is made with Water, Grain Alcohol, Peppermint Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rosemary Oil, Thyme Oil, and Neem Oil.

This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

For my DIY fresh breath gel for dogs I sort of combined select ingredients from both of these products. I was leery about using grain alcohol – aka moonshine – and water in my recipe as this was basically an “edible” product and I wasn’t entirely sure what to use an emulsifier to keep the oil and glycerin mixed with the alcohol without using propylene glycol. (I also wasn’t entirely sure about rubbing alcohol on my dog’s teeth.) So instead I simply used natural vegetable glycerin as the main base. This still encourages dogs to lick their teeth like the commercial brands to help prevent tarter. But as my main concern was fresh breath and getting my dog not to run and hide when I went to rub it on his teeth, I chose to use glycerin which makes for a sweet alcohol free base that can be easily administered.

I also used neem oil for it’s awesome anti-bacterial properties and essential oils for their anti-bacterial and breath freshening properties. Additionally my DIY fresh breath gel for dogs also incorporates liquid grapefruit seed extract for its anti-oxidant properties – an ingredient that Nutri-Vet states on their product helps to reduce inflammation – and grapeseed oil. There are a few easy substitutions you can make, however, if you don’t have a product on hand or for specific properties you’re after. For example, you could easily sub the grape seed oil – an edible oil which I chose for the pleasant flavor – with coconut oil which is used in the oil pulling method to remineralize and strengthen teeth. (I used refined coconut oil as it has a lower melt point than unrefined coconut oil.) You could also easily play around with the essential oils to see which ones work best for your dog’s breath and/or his taste buds.

This DIY natural fresh breath gel for dogs really works at freshening breath and helping to prevent tarter on dog's teeth. Plus it's completely natural!

Fresh Breath Gel for Dogs Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.8 oz. vegetable glycerin
.1 oz. liquid grapefruit seed extract
.1 oz. grapeseed oil (or refined coconut oil, melted)
6 drops 100% pure neem oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops spearmint (or peppermint) essential oil

Instructions:

If you don’t have grapefruit seed extract you can substitute it with more of the grape seed oil or with refined coconut oil. You can also try using 4 drops rosemary eo, 4 drops peppermint eo and 2 drops thyme eo in lieu of 6 drops each of the rosemary and spearmint essential oils.

Using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the glycerin, grapefruit seed extract and grape seed oil into a small glass jar or bowl. Use a plastic transfer pipette or glass dropper to add the drops of neem oil and essential oils. (If your neem oil has solidified due to cold temperatures simply place the bottle into a bowl of hot water until it liquifies.) Mix with a utensil to combine.

Now use a funnel to combine in a 1 oz. amber glass bottle with a dropper. Shake well once more for final measure.

To use add a few drops of this fresh breath gel for dogs to your finger or a toothbrush and rub onto your dog’s teeth.

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DIY Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Recipe and Lash Conditioner

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Beauty DIY for Homemade DIY Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover and Lash Conditioner

Sometimes getting makeup off is a lot harder than it was putting it on. So I created a wonderful DIY waterproof eye makeup remover that not only removes eyeshadow, mascara and eyeliner, but also conditions lashes each and every time you use it! (Psst. It also works great at removing my waterproof intense pigmented lip color!)

To use this DIY waterproof eye makeup remover, simply apply a generous amount to closed lids, massage gently then wipe with a washcloth or a tissue. Repeat as needed until all traces of makeup is gone. You can also dab just a bit of this directly onto lashes before applying mascara to help keep them separated and clump free! Now for the recipe. Which incidentally is all natural. Yay!

DIY Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover and Lash Conditioner Recipe

DIY Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.25 oz. rosehip seed oil
.5 oz. grapeseed oil
.5 oz. apricot kernel oil
.25 oz. stearic acid
.15 oz. aloe vera gel
.1 oz. beeswax
.2 oz. shea butter

Directions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the stearic acid and beeswax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at reduced power in the microwave until melted. (Alternately you may use a double boiler.) Once melted weigh out and stir in the shea butter. Mix until shea butter melts completely. You can reheat the ingredients if needed.

Now weigh out the oils and stir into the melted ingredients. Mix well. Allow to thicken – you can speed this up by popping it in the fridge or freezer – then stir in the aloe vera gel.

Spoon into a 2 oz. glass or plastic container and then treat your lashes to some serious love as needed.

Maturing skin? Apply this product under and around eyes to help deter those fine lines and wrinkles that come with age.

For more of my natural skin care recipes and beauty DIY’s visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

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

Ingredients:

.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

Instructions:

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.

For more homemade skin care recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board. You can also keep up with all my new posts and recipes by following Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream Recipe with Natural Ingredients

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Does your eye area need a little extra love to help keep those pesky wrinkles away for as long as possible? Then be sure to try out this natural anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream recipe!

Anti-Aging Skin Care Recipe! Does your eye area need a little extra love to help keep those pesky wrinkles away for as long as possible? Then be sure to try out this natural anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream recipe! It's formulated using a combination of oils known to promote healing like rosehip seed oil, walnut oil, pumpkin seed oil and evening primrose! Plus it contains a liquid green tea extract renowned for it's antioxidant properties.

Formulated using a combination of natural carrier oils known to promote healing like rosehip seed oil, walnut oil, pumpkin seed oil and evening primrose, this natural anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream recipe also contains green tea extract which is renowned for it’s antioxidant properties.

Use this anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream around eyes under makeup during the day and then also around the eye area at night before bed. A little goes a long way!

In addition this anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream recipe is also wonderful for dry skin and eczema or as a night cream for your face if you have dry or maturing skin.

Natural Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.25 oz. beeswax
.3 oz. walnut oil
.3 oz. rosehip seed oil
.25 oz. pumpkin seed oil
.25 oz. shea butter
.25 oz. evening primrose oil
.5 ml vitamin E
.1 oz. liquid green tea extract

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for my anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream recipe.

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the shea butter and beeswax. Melt a double boiler then remove from heat. Now weigh out the walnut, rosehip, pumpkin, and evening primrose oil and stir into the melted shea butter and beeswax.

Using a graduated plastic transfer pipette measure out the vitamin E oil and stir into the cream.

Allow the natural green tea eye cream to cool completely and solidify to a creamy consistency – you can speed this up by popping it in the fridge for several hours – then weigh out the liquid green tea extract and stir into the cream.

Spoon the final product into a 2 oz. glass jar and seal. Store in a cool dry place.

For more natural anti-aging skin care recipes like this one, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

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All Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

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DIY All Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

I’ve been wanting to make an all natural homemade toothpaste recipe for quite some time but kept putting it off. This past weekend I changed that and now I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Not only did it help with sensitivity – I typically use Sensodyne ProNamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste – but it also visibly started to whiten my teeth after just a few uses. Including those horrid coffee and tea stains that mark my caffeine addiction.

So if you’ve been debating whipping up your own natural homemade toothpaste recipe, stop just thinking about and take action. You’ll be glad you did.

All Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe that helps to whiten teeth naturally!

Natural Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. aluminum free baking soda
.5 oz. bentonite clay
.25 oz. fine sea salt
1.3 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon benzoin powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum powder (or guar gum powder)
25 drops peppermint or clove essential oil

Instructions:

Begin by weighing out the baking soda, clay and sea salt using digital scale and combine in a glass bowl or small Pyrex measuring cup. Using measuring spoons, measure out and add the benzoin powder and the xanthan gum powder. Mix well with a fork.

Now weigh out the coconut oil in a separate container. Melt if needed. (In summer this typically stays between a solid and liquid while in winter it’s often rock hard.) Add the essential oil. (If you don’t have a dropper on your bottle you can measure out the drops using a glass dropper or a plastic transfer pipette.) I used clove oil in mine since it’s renowned to help with tooth aches.

Now slowly add the powder to the coconut oil mixing with a fork as you go until it forms a paste. Once the coconut oil has cooled if you find the paste is too hard during colder months, you can increase the amount of coconut oil to up to 1.5 oz. as needed.

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Pour or spoon the mixture into a 4 oz. glass jar with a lid and keep tightly closed when not in use. Keep stored in a cool, dry location.

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To use, simply apply the paste to your toothbrush as you would a commercial toothpaste and brush away!

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