Lush Inspired Massage Bar Recipe

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This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Inspired by Lush's Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this massage bar recipe is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, massaging organic Adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients to create your own massage bars at home! This specific massage bar recipe was inspired by Lush’s Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar. Made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, this Lush inspired massage bar recipe also includes massaging organic adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon leaf and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles. (Psst. These would also make a great homemade Mother’s Day gift! For more homemade Mother’s Day gift ideas, go here.)

Sensitive to some of the ingredients? Make a few simple substitutions. If you’re sensitive or allergic to shea butter, simply swap it out with sal butter. In addition, mango butter can be substituted for cocoa butter. And for those who find cinnamon leaf essential oil irritating, try either chili seed or fresh ginger essential oil instead!

This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Inspired by Lush's Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this massage bar recipe is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, massaging organic Adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

Lush Inspired Massage Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.5 oz. cocoa butter OR mango butter
1 oz. shea butter OR sal butter
1 oz. organic adzuki beans
1 mL cinnamon leaf essential oil OR fresh ginger essential oil OR chili seed essential oil
1.5 mL peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the cocoa butter and shea (or sal) butter into a double boiler. Heat until melted then remove from heat.

Weigh out the adzuki beans and set aside.

Once the butter mixture begins cooling and starts to look cloudy, measure out the essential oils using graduated transfer pipettes and stir into the butter mixture. (If you prefer a fragrance oil over essential oils, use 2.5 mL of your favorite skin safe fragrance oil for a light scent or up to double for a stronger scent.)

Now pour the cooling butters evenly into two mold cavities of this Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold.

Evenly divide the adzuki beans into each of the two mold cavities you just poured the melted butters into and gently mix with a utensil.

Allow your massage bars to finish solidifying. You can speed up this process by popping the mold into your fridge.

This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Inspired by Lush's Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this massage bar recipe is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, massaging organic Adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

Once your massage bars have fully solidified, simply remove from the mold cavities and package or use immediately.

As this Lush inspired massage bar recipe creates a massage bar that easily melts on body contact, you will need to keep your massage bars stored in a temperature controlled location away from heat.

To use, simply massage the bars onto your skin.

For more homemade skin care recipes that contain sal butter, go here. You can also find even more homemade skin care recipes on my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. Or simply follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Sal Butter Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This natural sal butter sugar scrub recipe is perfect for those looking for a skin nourishing scrub but are sensitive or allergic to shea butter. It also contains healing neem oil and is naturally colored and scented.

This natural sal butter sugar scrub recipe creates a natural, nourishing scrub suited for those sensitive to or allergic to shea butter. It also contains healing neem oil and coconut oil and is naturally colored and scented.

I scented my sal butter sugar scrub recipe with lemongrass essential oil for its fresh, energizing fragrance and used a pinch of turmeric to give my scrub a lovely yellow tint.

Why sal butter?

Apparently, as I’ve discovered, people with latex allergies and sensitivities are often also allergic to shea butter. Sal butter makes a wonderful substitution. Like shea butter, sal butter is a superb moisturizer and is believed to help with various skin disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. It can also help to reduce skin inflammation. And unlike shea, it stays smooth and creamy, never grainy.

Why neem oil?

Neem oil is a carrier oil that I’ve found to have significant healing properties and many applications for use in both skin care and hair care products. Used both medicinally and cosmetically for hundreds of years, neem oil is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and possesses moisturizing and regenerative properties. In addition it also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing) properties and contains both vitamin E and essential fatty acids.

First used in India in 2000-4000BC, neem oil is a key herb used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. Neem oil is commonly used topically to treat rheumatism, eczema, ringworm, athlete’s foot, cold sores, psoriasis, warts, chronic syphilitic sores, infected burn wounds, and slow-healing skin ulcers. It has also been show to help control various skin infections including scabies and candida.

Natural Sal Butter Sugar Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. sal butter
1.5 oz. refined coconut oil
1 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. neem oil
10.25 oz. granulated white sugar
.05 oz. – .1 oz.  lemongrass essential oil to suit (or .15 oz. fragrance oil)
pinch of turmeric to suit

 Instructions:

Using a digital scale begin by weighing out the cocoa butter and sal butter. Heat in either a double boiler or in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup at reduced power in a microwave until melted.

Next, weigh out the coconut oil and stir into the melted butters until it melts.

Weigh out and stir in the neem oil and essential oil.

Weigh the sugar, then slowly pour the sugar into the melted oil and butters, mixing with a fork as you go, until all the sugar is completely incorporated. Add a pinch of turmeric, if desired, for color. Mix well until the color evens out.

Now simply scoop your sugar scrub into your container(s) of choice. (Mine is pictured in a an 8 oz. plastic (BPA free) low profile jar. My sal butter sugar scrub recipe will fill approximately three of these if the recipe is doubled.)

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!

For even more skin care recipes that contain sal butter be sure to check out my foaming salt scrub recipe, my pink salt and sal butter soap recipe, and my simple two-ingredient body butter recipe. For recipes that contain neem oil, view my neem oil recipe archive here. For more sugar scrub recipes, go here.

Discover even more homemade skin care recipes on my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Pink Salt and Sal Butter Soap Recipe

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This homemade pink salt and sal butter soap recipe contains a high percentage of skin conditioning sal butter and mineral rich pink Himalayan salt that promotes healing aids in detoxing and nourishing skin.

This homemade pink salt and sal butter soap recipe contains a high percentage of skin conditioning sal butter and mineral rich pink Himalayan salt that promotes healing and aids in detoxing and nourishing skin.

As people with latex allergies and sensitivities are often also allergic to shea butter, I wanted to create an alternative to a homemade shea butter soap. Sal butter, like shea butter, is a superb moisturizer and is believed to help with various skin disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. It can also help to reduce skin inflammation.

Sal butter makes up 11.11% of this sal butter soap recipe. Coconut oil was used at 30.56%. I used a higher percentage of sal butter and a 10% superfat in my homemade pink salt and sal butter soap recipe to counteract both the higher percentage of coconut oil used (for lather) as well as to add moisturizing properties to the soap. The pink Himalayan salt, used at 22.22% of this soap recipe, aids skin in eliminating toxins, balancing the body’s pH, and increasing circulation.

In addition, my pink salt and sal butter soap recipe is palm free. (Learn more about the use of palm oil in soapmaking and discover more of my palm free homemade soap recipes here.)

This pink salt and sal butter soap recipe contains skin conditioning sal butter and mineral rich pink Himalayan salt to detox, promote healing and nourish skin.

Pink Salt and Sal Butter Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. sal butter
4.5 oz. safflower oil
5.5 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
1 oz. castor oil
5 oz. olive oil

5.9 oz. distilled water
2.4 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

1 oz. fragrance oil, of choice
4 oz. pink Himalayan salt

This pink salt and sal butter soap recipe contains skin conditioning sal butter and mineral rich pink Himalayan salt to detox, promote healing and nourish skin.

Instructions:

My pink salt and sal butter soap recipe is half the size of my usual homemade soap recipes. I used this 6-cavity silicone soap mold for this recipe. This soap recipe will require two of these silicone molds and will yield approximately seven bars of soap. If you prefer to use the DIY wooden loaf soap mold I typically use for my recipes, simply double the recipe’s ingredients and run it back through a lye calculator. (Amounts and percentages are pictured above in my screenshot from SoapCalc so you can re-size this soap recipe as needed.) Should you choose not to include salt when you make this soap, then you will likely want to either reduce the % of water used in the recipe to about 30% and/or add .25 oz. of sodium lactate to the recipe for a harder bar.

You will need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking method instructions when making this homemade soap. This soapmaking tutorial also contains information on how to resize a soap recipe as well as how to determine the amount of soap needed for your mold. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe to get you started.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and sal butter using your digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all the oils have melted, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to 90°F to 100°F you’re ready to make soap. (If you’re using a fragrance oil known to accelerate trace, then you will want to soap at a cooler temperature.)

Slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace, then weigh out and add the pink Himalayan salt and fragrance oil. (I used a lemon verbena fragrance oil for my pink salt and sal butter soap recipe since it’s so spring-y!) Use the stick blender to thoroughly combine the new additions with your soap batter and continue mixing until the soap reaches a medium to full trace. Now pour your soap into your mold(s) or mold cavities.

If you want your soap to gel, cover and insulate your soap. (I mixed my soap at cooler temps and lightly covered my soap mold with plastic wrap. My soap did not gel.)

Wait 24 hours, then unmold your soap. If your soap did not gel or is still soft, you may need to wait 2-3 days to cleanly unmold your soap from the silicone mold(s). Or, you can freeze your soap to remove it from the mold early if needed. Your soap should harden up in a few days.

If you used a loaf mold, you can now cut your soap into bars. If you used the 6-cavity silicone soap molds, your soap bars only need to cure as no cutting is needed unless you want to make smaller guest sized soaps.

Allow your soaps to cure 4-6 weeks before use. Then package and label as desired. If you are planning to sell your pink salt and sal butter soaps, be sure to include the weight of your soaps on each bar and avoid making any medical claims about your soaps to meet FDA guidelines.

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.

If you like my pink salt and sal butter soap recipe, then you may also like my luxury double butter soap recipe. My luxury double butter soap recipe contains high percentages of both cocoa and shea butters making it perfect for anyone who suffers from dry skin. The recipe comes in both palm and palm free versions. You can find both of my luxury double butter soap recipes here.

Want to learn how to create your own custom cold process soap recipes using a lye calculator? See my tutorial on creating cold process soap recipes using a lye calculator here.

For more of my homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking and DIY Bath and Body boards on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new homemade soap, bath and beauty recipes by following me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Foaming Salt Scrub Recipe

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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!

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!

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!

Foaming Salt Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6 oz. Crafter’s Choice basic white soap base
. 8 oz. safflower oil
.25 oz. sal butter
.7 oz coarse pink Himalayan salt
1.75 oz. fine dead sea salt
2.15 oz. Epsom salt
.15 oz. fragrance oil, of choice

Instructions:

You will need to use a basic melt and pour soap base for my foaming salt scrub recipe. I specifically used the Crafter’s Choice basic white soap base. I can’t say that this will turn out the same using other soap bases, however, if you use an all natural soap base you’re likely to get a hard bar of soap rather than a salt scrub as the chemical composition of the soap bases is so different.

Using a digital scale begin by weighing out the soap base. Cut into chunks using a Chef’s knife and heat in either a double boiler or in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings, until melted.

Now weigh out the sal butter and melt. Stir the melted sal butter into the melted soap base.

Follow with safflower oil and the fragrance oil. (I used a cayenne caramel fragrance oil for my foaming salt scrub recipe.) Weigh out the amounts needed and stir into the melted ingredients until thoroughly incorporated.

Finally add your salts. Weigh out each of the salts and mix into the melted foaming salt scrub recipe ingredients until the mixture starts to solidify.

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!

Pour/scoop your foaming salt scrub into an 8 oz. plastic (BPA free) low profile jar and top with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt if desired. (Or fill individual favor jars for party or wedding favors.) Allow the foaming salt scrub to completely set up. It will appear solid but will give when you scoop it out or press your finger into it. Now screw on your lid and label or decorate your container to suit. (I decorated my container with a strip of Love Kitchen Translucent Washi Sticker Tape I purchased from Happy Zakka Life on Etsy.

To use simply scoop out the desired amount and massage onto wet skin in the tub or shower. Your foaming salt scrub will have a light lather. Rinse off completely then pat dry.

If you like my foaming salt scrub recipe then you may also like my ginger lime salt scrub recipe as well as my solid sugar scrub cubes recipe. Or, for even more easy skin care recipes, be sure to try out my collection of simple homemade skin care recipes for creating your own natural salve, homemade body butter and exfoliating sugar scrub. These three skin care recipes all share one ingredient in common and each have only two ingredients each!

For even more homemade skin care recipes you can follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram so you never miss a recipe.


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Simple Homemade Skin Care Recipes

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Discover three simple homemade skin care recipes that all share one common ingredient and only use two ingredients per recipe!

Discover three simple homemade skin care recipes that all share one common ingredient and only use two ingredients per recipe!

Natural skin care care products don’t have to be hard to make or contain a lot of ingredients. If you’re looking to get started in making your own simple homemade skin care recipes but don’t have a lot of money to invest up front, just want to try something new or are looking for starter recipes that you can customize later, these skin care recipes are perfect! Following are three simple homemade skin recipes for creating your own natural salve, homemade body butter and exfoliating sugar scrub.

Discover three simple homemade skin care recipes that all share one common ingredient and only use two ingredients per recipe!

The one common ingredient in all three of these recipes is Shea Moisture Massage Oil. This massage oil is extremely versatile allowing it to be used in many products as well as a stand alone product. It also will give your finished products a wonderful scent. For my simple homemade skin care recipes I specifically used the Shea Moisture Omega 3, 6, 9 Rescue Bath, Body & Massage Oil that I bought locally at our Ulta store. However, Target stores also carry this brand. You can also buy the Shea Moisture products online.

Choose from other variations of their massage oils that best fit your skin care needs. These include Shea Moisture’s Contouring, Firming & Smoothing Superfruit Complex Massage Oil, their Avocado Anti-Aging & Ultra-Moisturizing Olive & Green Tea Bath, Body & Massage Oil, their Purifying & Uplifting Lemongrass & Ginger Bath, Body & Massage Oil, and their Anti-Aging & Softening Argan Oil & Raw Shea Butter Bath, Body & Massage Oil among others.

Other ingredients you’ll need to make all three of these simple homemade skin care recipes are beeswax, white granulated sugar and sal butter. Sal Butter, also known as shorea butter, is a creamy moisturizing butter that’s rich in fatty acids and can help to reduce the development of wrinkles as well as offer some relief from skin issues such eczema, acne and psoriasis.

This natural homemade salve recipe is one of three simple homemade skin care recipes that all share one common ingredient and only use two ingredients per recipe!

Simple Homemade Salve Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.75 oz. Shea Moisture Bath, Body & Massage Oil, of choice
.5 oz. cosmetic beeswax

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the beeswax. Melt in a double boiler or at reduced power in the microwave then weigh out the massage oil and stir into the melted beeswax. Add additional heat if needed and stir until fully melted. Pour into a glass jar or tin and allow to cool completely.

This natural homemade salve recipe is one of three simple homemade skin care recipes that all share one common ingredient and only use two ingredients per recipe!

For more skin protection, add .15 oz. of lanolin to this simple homemade salve recipe. (Learn more about lanolin here.) Alternately, add .1 oz. of sal butter or shea butter to create a slightly softer salve with more skin conditioning properties.

This natural homemade sugar scrub recipe is one of three simple homemade skin care recipes that all share one common ingredient and only use two ingredients per recipe!

Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6.15 oz. granulated white sugar
2.5 oz. Shea Moisture Bath, Body & Massage Oil, of choice

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the sugar into a large glass bowl. Then weigh out the oil and mix into the sugar until fully combined. Spoon into an 8 oz. plastic or glass container of your choice.

Mix up this simple homemade sugar scrub recipe by adding additional ingredients for exfoliation such as a Tablespoon of corn silk powder or red quinoa grains or adzuki beans. You can also add .25 oz. of either sal butter or shea butter to this recipe.

This natural homemade body butter recipe is one of three simple homemade skin care recipes that all share one common ingredient and only use two ingredients per recipe!

Simple Homemade Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.5 oz.-.75 oz. Shea Moisture Bath, Body & Massage Oil, of choice
3 oz. sal butter

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the sal butter. Heat until melted in a double boiler or at reduced heat in the microwave. Remove from heat.

Now weigh out the massage oil and stir into the melted sal butter. Pour into a 4 oz. glass jar or similar container and allow to solidify completely. (This can take a day or more at room temperatures so I recommend speeding up the process by placing it in your refrigerator.)

Optional ingredients to add to your body butter are .1 oz. of lanolin for it’s skin protecting properties or .1 oz. of neem oil for it’s healing properties. (Learn more about neem oil here.)

Discover three simple homemade skin care recipes that all share one common ingredient and only use two ingredients per recipe!

To discover even more simple homemade skin care recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram to keep up with all of my new blog posts and recipes.


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