Create Your Own Custom DIY Salves the Easy Way!

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Spark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

About Spark Naturals Essential Oils.

I recently discovered the company, Spark NaturalsSpark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

Unlike some essential oils companies, Spark Naturals is not an MLM company. However, they do offer the same products along with better pricing and availability as other similar essential oil companies.

Create your own custom DIY salves the easy way with Spark Naturals' base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. This salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own oils!

Easily create custom DIY salves with Spark Naturals!

I was especially excited by Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out by buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own essential oils!

To get you started, I recommend 12 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of base. You can try ginger essential oil with this base for a warming sore muscle salve! Or mix 12 drops of ginger essential oil with 1 oz. of one of their carrier oils for a simple sore muscle massage oil.

And Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is 100% natural. It’s made from 100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Vitamin E. That’s it! You can buy Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve online here. Or shop from their full line of pre-made salves here.

Sparks Naturals sells essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

In addition to the salves offered at Spark Naturals, they also sell essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

And, they also make it easy to get started with aromatherapy! Start shopping now and save up to 20% off their current sale products. You can also use coupon code: share15 for 15% off.

If you’re interested in homemade salve recipes that are a little more complex, you can find all of my salve recipes here. Make your own from scratch or use them as a springboard for inspiration for making your own custom DIY salves.

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Cracked Heel Repair Balm Recipe with Printable Labels

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This cracked heel repair balm recipe contains all natural ingredients that help to encourage healing 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!

This cracked heel repair balm recipe contains all natural ingredients that help to encourage healing 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!

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!

Cracked Heel Repair Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. beeswax
1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. sal butter
1 oz. refined coconut oil
.5 oz. 100% neem oil
.5 oz. safflower oil
.25 oz. lanolin
.1 oz. sea buckthorn oil
.1 oz. patchouli essential oil
.15 oz peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

You will need to use a digital scale for this project. My cracked heel repair balm recipe yields two 75 gram containers that smell like peppermint! The peppermint also lends its cooling properties to hot, tired feet. If you prefer to have the patchouli shine through instead, use .15 oz. of patchouli essential oil and .1 oz. of peppermint oil. The patchouli essential oil is included in my cracked heel repair balm recipe for its ability to not only speed healing, but also for its natural deodorizing and antifungal properties.

To make my cracked heel repair balm recipe, you’ll begin by weighing out the beeswax and cocoa butter and combine in a 4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. (Alternately you may use a double boiler.) Be careful when removing your container from the microwave as the glass will be hot. I recommend using a potholder or towel to protect your skin from the heat.

Next weigh out and stir in the sal butter, coconut oil, lanolin and neem oil. Stir until these ingredients have liquified completely. If needed, pop back into the microwave at 50% power just until melted.

Now weigh out and stir in the remaining ingredients.

White Styrene Twist Up Deodorant Tubes with White Screw Caps and Discs

You will now fill two 75 gram white styrene deodorant tubes with your cracked heel repair balm. To fill these deodorant tubes, first place the container upside down, with cap and disc insert in place and the base off. Fill the tubes with the now liquid cracked heel repair balm from the bottom, up to the plunger (the internal mechanism with three oblong holes that will move the product upward). Be sure not to fill above the plunger or the tube will not function properly.

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!

Once the cracked heel repair balm has solidified completely, snap the base back onto the bottom of the tube, then apply your labels. (Download the free printable labels for my cracked heel repair balm here.)

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!

To use, unscrew the cap and remove the disc. Then simply twist up to dispense product for use. Apply and massage in as desired.

You can find these awesome twist up deodorant tubes I used for my cracked heel repair balm recipe at SKS Bottle & Packaging here.

(Side note: In warmer climates and if transporting outside of a climate controlled environment, you’ll want to increase the beeswax in this recipe to 1.25 oz.)

Other skin care recipes you can use with these twist up tubes include my natural lavender and patchouli deodorant recipe, my cayenne pain relief salve recipe and my natural homemade deodorant recipe.

In addition, if you like my cracked heel repair balm recipe, you may also like my other foot care recipes for making a natural foot repair salve with neem oil and my natural rosemary and neem oil foot salve.

Need to make substitutions?

If you need to make substitutions do to allergies, you can substitute mango butter or kokum butter for the cocoa butter and refined shea butter for the coconut oil – though this will create a slightly harder product. You can also substitute the sal butter with refined shea butter.

Natural Homemade Heal and Protect Lanolin Foot Salve Recipe with Rosemary and Neem Oil

Why sea buckthorn oil?

Sea buckthorn oil is prized for its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. It can aid in healing burns, cuts, wounds, sunburn, rashes, and other types of skin damage. In addition, daily use of sea buckthorn oil has been shown to help slow down the signs of aging by nourishing the tissues in your skin and body.

Here are a few more of my natural skin care recipes that use sea buckthorn oil as an ingredient: Coconut Oil Facial Soap Recipe for Acne Prone Skin, Winter Mint Homemade Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe, Anti-Aging Natural Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe, Homemade Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe, Natural Handmilled Facial Soap Recipe, and Natural Heal and Protect Lanolin Foot Salve Recipe.

This healing neem butter recipe is wonderful for helping to heal minor (closed) wounds and abrasions as well as to help minimize scarring.

Why use neem oil?

Neem oil has been shown to offer significant healing properties when used in skin care. 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.

Used topically, neem oil helps to treat skin conditions such as 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.

For more natural skin care recipes that contain neem oil, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

DIY Homemade Lanolin Salve Recipe with Calendula, Neem Oil, and Rosewood Essential Oil - Excellent for Dry or Cracked Skin, Eczema and Psoriasis

Why use lanolin?

Because lanolin is very similar in composition to the oils secreted by our own skin, it is able to provide a protective moisture barrier when used in skin care products. It’s both an excellent moisturizer and a skin smoother. Lanolin is capable of not only penetrating the outer layers of our own skin while still allowing it to breathe, but it is also a humectant able to attract and absorb up to 300% water.

For more of my natural skin care recipes that contain lanolin, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

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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!

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Homemade Lanolin Skin Care Recipes

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Learn all about the benefits of lanolin and discover sixteen fantastic homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect and moisturize skin all winter long!

Learn about the benefits of lanolin and discover sixteen fantastic homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect and moisturize skin all winter long!

What is lanolin and what benefits can be gained from lanolin in skin care applications?

So, what is lanolin? Lanolin is a naturally occurring wax that is secreted by the glands of sheep and other wool bearing animals that helps them shed water from their coats. When sheep are sheared in order to use their wool for textiles such as yarn or felt, the wool is first run through rollers in order to extract the lanolin. Because lanolin is very similar in composition to the oils secreted by our own skin it’s able to provide a protective moisture barrier when used in skin care products. It acts as an excellent moisturizer and skin smoother as it’s capable of not only penetrating the outer layers of our own skin while still allowing it to breathe, but it is also a humectant able to attract and absorb up to 300% water.

According to Wikipedia lanolin is superior to both petroleum and glycerin with its emollient effects lasting for an eight hour period after the first application and up to 72 hours after a fifth day of consecutive use. Therefore this natural skin salve is perfect for severely dry and cracked skin, eczema and psoriasis. Convinced? Then check out my collection of sixteen homemade lanolin skin care recipes below to discover what are sure to become a few of your new favorites!

Homemade Neem Oil and Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe

Homemade lanolin skin care recipes to nurture and nourish skin through winter.

1. Healing Winter Body Balm Recipe (plus a snowflake label tutorial!)
2. Homemade Chocolate Orange Body Butter Recipe and Sugar Scrub Recipe
3. Cinnamon Sugar Homemade Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe
4. Vanilla & Fig Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe
5. Natural Rosemary & Neem Oil Foot Salve Recipe
6. Natural Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe
7. Natural Lanolin Shaving Soap Recipe
8. Handmade Natural Lanolin Salve Recipe

Learn all about the benefits of lanolin and discover sixteen fantastic homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect and moisturize skin all winter long!

9. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips Dupe
10. Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin
11. Bee Pollen Soap Recipe with Lanolin
12. Heal and Protect Winter Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin
13. Neem Oil and Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe with Lanolin
14. Lemon Verbena Body Butter Recipe with Lanolin
15. Non-greasy Lavender Body Butter Recipe with Lanolin
16. Vanilla & Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe with Lanolin

If you like these homemade lanolin skin care recipes, then you’ll also love my natural neem oil skin care recipes. (Found here.) Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest for even more fabulous natural homemade skin care recipes including homemade soap recipes, homemade salves, body butter and sugar scrub recipes! You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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18 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Learn how to make eighteen fabulous DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for anyone who appreciates a little pampering. Choose from this collection of homemade bath and beauty recipes that include homemade soap recipes, bath bon bons, solid sugar scrub bars and even lip balms in enticing fragrances and in both candy and heart shapes.

This heart shaped homemade solid lotion bar recipe makes a thoughtful DIY Valentine's Day gift idea!

18 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

1. DIY Valentine’s Day Solid Lotion Bars – This easy heart shaped solid lotion bar recipe will help you to create a lovely homemade Valentine’s Day gift for someone special in your life.

These heart shaped homemade soaps are perfect as DIY wedding favors or homemade Valentine's day gifts!

DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Soaps – Try this beginner cold process soap recipe to get you started in soapmaking with three inexpensive soapmaking oils that can be found at most grocery stores.

Learn how to make eighteen fabulous DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for anyone who appreciates a little pampering. Choose from this collection of homemade bath and beauty recipes that include homemade soap recipes, bath bon bons, solid sugar scrub bars and even lip balms in enticing fragrances and in both candy and heart shapes.

3. DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Bacon Soaps – This homemade bacon soap recipe makes a great DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea for men! Made with real bacon fat this homemade soap recipe yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

4. Handmilled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Homemade Soap Recipe – This homemade soap recipe for making DIY handmilled coffee and bourbon vanilla soap is a snap to create & makes a great DIY Valentine’s day gift for Dad.

5. DIY Valentine’s Day Easy Massage Oil Recipe – DIY this easy massage oil recipe for a sensual Valentine’s Day treat. It makes a romantic Valentine’s Day gift for couples who could use more time together.

6. Handmade Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Soap Recipe – Get a jump start on your homemade Valentine’s Day gifts with this cold process Silk & Rose Clay Facial Soap Recipe!

7. Patchouli Rose Melt and Pour Complexion Soap Recipe – This heart shaped patchouli rose scented complexion soap recipe is made using a melt & pour soap base. Activated charcoal and clay help to keep skin acne free.

8. DIY Homemade Tri-Color Lip Balm Recipe – This homemade lip balm recipe boasts three lip balms that come in a single container in three sheer Valentine tints & flavors for fun DIY Valentine’s Day gifts!

If you're on the hunt for a super sweet homemade Valentine's Day gift idea, this homemade chocolate truffle soap recipe is sure to delight.

9. Homemade Melt & Pour Chocolate Truffle Soap Recipe – If you’re on the hunt for a super sweet DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea, this homemade chocolate truffle soap recipe is sure to delight.

This no-lye homemade heart shaped soap makes a lovely DIY Valentine's Day gift! Natural ingredients moisturize skin to combat the drying effects of winter.

10.  Valentine’s Day Homemade Heart Shaped Soap Recipe – This no-lye homemade heart shaped soap makes a lovely DIY Valentine’s Day gift! Natural ingredients moisturize skin to combat the drying effects of winter.

Make these DIY Triple Butter Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts as a homemade Valentine's day gift for someone special!

11. DIY Triple Butter Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts – Make these DIY Triple Butter Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts as a DIY Valentine’s day gift for someone special!

Natural DIY Homemade Chocolate and Rose Hand and Body Cream Recipe - Luxurious Mother's Day Gift Idea

12. Natural Chocolate Rose Hand and Body Cream Recipe – Combine traditional chocolate and roses into a non-traditional DIY Valentine’s Day gift with this super decadent Natural Chocolate Rose Body Cream Recipe! Made with moisture intense coconut oil, this cream not only smells awesome but it’s a hundred percent natural.

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13. Chocolate Bon Bon Solid Salt Scrub Recipe – These homemade Chocolate Solid Salt Scrub Cube Bon Bons make a lovely DIY Valentine’s day gifts for her!

14. Organic Vegan Lip Tint Recipe for Valentine’s Day – Give your lips an extra bit of pizazz this Valentine’s Day with this organic vegan lip tint recipe! Also makes great DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for teens on your list!

15. Skin Loving Natural Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe – This skin loving natural homemade cold process soap recipe for dry skin had stamped with a shimmering heart makes a thoughtful DIY Valentine’s Day gift.

16. Natural Handmilled Lavender Sea Salt Soap Recipe – This easy heart-shaped Lavender Sea Salt Soap Recipe is perfect for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! Because its made by rebatching existing soaps, there’s no lye needed!

17. Custom Scented Dry Oil Body Spray Recipe – Get moisture and silky smooth skin with this dry oil body spray recipe that you can custom scent with your favorite fragrance! Makes a thoughtful DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea for fragrance, bath and body lovers!

18. Warming Chili & Chocolate Natural Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe – Heat things up this Valentine’s Day with this all natural, warming Chili & Chocolate Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe! It’s great for stiff muscles and aches and is formulated so it’s perfect for use in conjunction with a body massage.

For even more great DIY Valentine’s day gifts, be sure to follow my DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. Or, for more bath and beauty recipes you can make, follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here.


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