Year In Review: Top Pinterest Posts of 2018

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Last year was filled with SO many changes for me. Some good, some not so good. However they were all wonderful learning experiences. And while some things changed, a lot of things also stayed the same. Like your favorite posts from Soap Deli News! Here’s a look at the top Pinterest posts from Soap Deli News for 2018 – none of which were actually written in 2018. Enjoy!

Top pinterest posts from Soap Deli News blog for 2018. Best DIY crafts & project ideas, a must see furniture makeover, what is STILL my favorite DIY bathroom cleaner, a divine natural lavender body butter recipe and a must try soap-making tutorial!

I was sick for Christmas again this year. Looking back through my Facebook timeline, it seems to be a recurring theme. This year, however, was cake compared to two winters ago when I got shingles. Of course I had no idea that’s what it was at the time. I was living alone and a close look at my back is not an easy thing when it’s covered in tattoos. Around five days in I figured it out. So this year I’m feeling pretty lucky. I’m only dealing with what seems to be seasonal allergies gone awry.

Nonetheless, sick or not, I can only binge so many Netflix shows before I go insane. So while I’m *mostly* up to it, I figured I’d share with you a recap of my top Pinterest posts of 2018. Therefore, while I’m chugging down home remedies and tirelessly adding new flicks to my queue, you can discover a project to make in the new year!

Top Pinterest Posts of 2018

Best homemade shower cleaner recipe for a natural, non-toxic clean in your home. Simply mix equal parts of vinegar and Dawn together in a spray bottle and you're set for the cleanest bathroom ever! Top Pinterest posts in cleaning recipes. #cleaning #cleaningtips #cleaninghacks #tipsandtricks #bathroomcleaning #cleaners #nontoxic

#1 Homemade Shower Cleaner

Believe it or not, my #1 top Pinterest post was from WAY back in 2012. It’s a simple recipe for a Dawn and vinegar shower cleaner. This homemade shower cleaner recipe is super easy to make. And it’s the most effective method ridding your shower of hard water stains and soap scum with almost no effort. In fact, this bathroom cleaning recipe works so well, I still use it today. Learn how to make it here(Or shop Grove for eco-friendly cleaning concentrate essentials.)

Homemade whipped salt scrub recipe for natural skin care. Strawberry smoothie foaming salt scrub recipe. This homemade foaming salt scrub recipe looks amazing! Which is likely part of its allure. Crafted using natural strawberry powder for its beneficial skin care properties, this whipped foaming salt scrub recipe tackles cleansing and exfoliation in one simple step. Plus all the anti-aging skin care benefits of the naturally occuring vitamin C found in the strawberry powder used for this natural skin care recipe! Top Pinterest posts in natural beauty & skin care.

#2 Strawberry Smoothie Foaming Salt Scrub

This homemade foaming salt scrub recipe looks amazing! Which is likely part of its allure and how it made it to the #2 spot of my top Pinterest posts. Crafted using natural strawberry powder for its beneficial skin care properties, this whipped foaming salt scrub recipe tackles cleansing and exfoliation in one simple step. Plus all the anti-aging skin care benefits of the naturally occuring vitamin C found in the strawberry powder used for this natural skin care recipe! Learn how to make it here. (Explore more delish looking whipped foaming salt scrubs.)

Top Pinterest posts for natural beauty & skin care. DIY coffee under eye cream. A long time favorite beauty recipe on Soap Deli News, this natural coffee eye cream recipe comes in at #3 of my top Pinterest posts for the year. Created way back in 2013, this anti-aging DIY has over 72K reshares and continues to make the yearly top ten list. Formulated with coffee infused oil and a blend of plant based ingredients and essential oils, this eye cream helps to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles.

#3 Natural Coffee Under Eye Cream

A long time favorite beauty recipe on Soap Deli News, this natural coffee eye cream recipe comes in at #3 of my top Pinterest posts for the year. Created way back in 2013, this anti-aging DIY has over 72K reshares and continues to make the yearly top ten list. Formulated with coffee infused oil and a blend of plant based ingredients and essential oils, this eye cream helps to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles. Learn how to make it here. (Or shop for coffee infused skin care products.)

DIY Light Bulb Aquarium. I made these adorable DIY light bulb aquariums back in 2014 for kids' Christmas gifts that year. I was obsessed with all the marimo moss ball terrariums I found on Etsy at the time and really wanted to incorporate them into my own DIY project. These turned out to be super simple to make and were a huge hit as homemade gifts. I even made one for myself to keep in my office. While I bought my marimo moss balls online, I was able to find everything else at my local craft store. This project is a MUST for the new year because it's so simple. It's also a great make and take craft project idea.

#4 DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

I made these adorable DIY light bulb aquariums back in 2014 for kids’ Christmas gifts that year. I was obsessed with all the marimo moss ball terrariums I found on Etsy at the time and really wanted to incorporate them into my own DIY project. These turned out to be super simple to make and were a huge hit as homemade gifts. I even made one for myself to keep in my office. While I bought my marimo moss balls online, I was able to find everything else at my local craft store. This project is a MUST for the new year because it’s so simple. It’s also a great make and take craft project idea. Learn how to make them here. (Or buy them ready made.)

DIY black drawing salve. Black drawing salves are a wonderful home remedy for everything from bee stings and splinters to acne and boils. I first discovered black drawing salve when my son was around eight and developed a boil on this thigh. My grandmother recommended I buy a container of black salve from the pharmacist. I followed her instructions and it worked like a charm. Tracking down black salve locally these days can be a challenge however. So I created my own black drawing salve recipe with a bit of a twist and included green tea and honey in my recipe.

#5 Black Drawing Salve

I was pleased to see my black drawing salve recipe make a comeback this year. Black drawing salves are a wonderful home remedy for everything from bee stings and splinters to acne and boils. I first discovered black drawing salve when my son was around eight and developed a boil on this thigh. My grandmother recommended I buy a container of black salve from the pharmacist. I followed her instructions and it worked like a charm. Tracking down black salve locally these days can be a challenge however. So I created my own black drawing salve recipe with a bit of a twist and included green tea and honey in my recipe. Learn how to make my original black drawing salve recipe here. (Buy a ready made salve here.)

Lavender body butter recipe with lavender essential oil. Another skin care favorite from 2014, my non greasy lavender body butter recipe comes in at #6 on my list of top Pinterest posts of the year. Made with both lavender essential oil and neem oil, this homemade body butter does more than just moisturize dry skin! It can also help soothe itching and has some pain relieving properties.

#6 Lavender Body Butter

Another skin care favorite from 2014, my non greasy lavender body butter recipe comes in at #6 on my list of top Pinterest posts of the year. Made with both lavender essential oil and neem oil, this homemade body butter does more than just moisturize dry skin! It can also help soothe itching and has some pain relieving properties. Learn how to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Kitchen Table Makeover! Another win for 2018 was my kitchen table makeover from the summer prior. My BFF and I had a blast messing this table up. Then I spent the next few days giving it a bright and fun new look! While this table got left behind when my ex and I split, it's still one of my favorite projects that didn't involve soap. Best furniture makeover idea DIY.

#7 Kitchen Table Makeover

Another win for 2018 was my kitchen table makeover from the summer prior. My BFF and I had a blast messing this table up. Then I spent the next few days giving it a bright and fun new look! While this table got left behind when my ex and I split, it’s still one of my favorite projects that didn’t involve soap. Explore the process here. (Discover more kitchen home decor ideas.)

DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soap. One of my all time favorite top Pinterest posts is my goldfish in a bag soapmaking tutorial. Also from 2014, this was one project that it took me a few tries to get just right. However, the end result was entirely worth it. And, of course, I shared my tips and tricks that I used so you don't run into the same issues I did. So if you're looking for novelty gifts or kids party favors, then this soap tutorial needs to be at the top of your "to do list" for 2019 things to try. 

#8 Goldfish in a Bag Soap

One of my all time favorite top Pinterest posts is my goldfish in a bag soapmaking tutorial. Also from 2014, this was one project that it took me a few tries to get just right. However, the end result was entirely worth it. And, of course, I shared my tips and tricks that I used so you don’t run into the same issues I did. So if you’re looking for novelty gifts or kids party favors, then this soap tutorial needs to be at the top of your “to do list” for 2019 things to try. View the step-by-step tutorial. (Buy similar versions instead.)

What was your favorite top Pinterest post of 2018? Be sure to let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to sign up for my semi-weekly newsletter so you don’t miss all the new recipes and projects I have going on behind the scenes for the new year!

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Natural Beauty Tips for Women You’ve Probably Never Tried (But Should!)

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Beauty is more than just the way we look. It’s also about who we are. Keep reading to discover my collection of natural beauty tips that cover not only the physical aspects of ourselves, but also delve into how to be beautiful as we interact with others.

Natural beauty tips for women you've probably never tried, but should! Beauty is more than just the way we look. It's also about who we are. Discover my collection of natural beauty tips that cover not only the physical aspects of ourselves, but also delve into how to be beautiful as we interact with others.

How To Be Beautiful Inside & Out

Tips to Make Inner Beauty Shine

Beauty isn’t just skin deep. Beauty also comes from the inside. It’s your heart, your compassion, the help you offer your community. It’s lifting one another up or offering a simple kindness. With all the hate and violence currently taking place in the United States, I think it’s more important than ever to let your inner beauty shine through. That’s why, my first beauty tip for women is to lift other women up.

Recently I attended a local event in which some of the women attending did just that. I was in the women’s restroom (where it’s impossible not to end up when wine is involved) surrounded by a group of women somewhat older than myself. So, I asked, “How do you handle aging? Your body is changing constantly. Your hormones are out of control. And exactly why does no one prepare your for perimenopause like they do for puberty during adolescence?” They laughed. They also acknowledged that I was right. And they not only gave me the best advice, they made me feel included in my discovery of the ever so mysterious circumstances of aging.

This brings me to my second (of many) natural beauty tips. Because those women’s advice was to, no matter what, be confident. Because confidence is beautiful. Own your life, your body and everything about yourself. Take all the wonderful things about you and let them shine. Then use your confidence to speak up others, stand up for the underdog and to be kind to others.

Natural beauty tips for women you've probably never tried, but should! Beauty is more than just the way we look. It's also about who we are. Discover my collection of natural beauty tips that cover not only the physical aspects of ourselves, but also delve into how to be beautiful as we interact with others. You're going to love incorporating these natural beauty tips into you daily natural skin care routine! #skincare #beauty #beautytips #natural

Natural Beauty Tips for Skin, Hair & Health

Taking time out to care for your skin, hair and health not only helps you look better, it’s also a wonderful way to practice self care. Following of some of my own favorite natural beauty tips as well a few tips from several of my favorite fellow bloggers.

Tackle your adult acne with these natural beauty tips.

Adult acne can be a beast. And it’s not always easy to control. With hormones that are constantly changing throughout our lifetime, preventing acne can be a struggle. Before you see a dermatologist however – or decide to throw in the towel – I recommend trying probiotics. I know I’ve mentioned probiotics a lot lately, but it’s because they really do work! I take Lovebug’s Here’s the Skinny Daily Probiotic. It’s not only cleared up my skin, it also has significantly diminished hormone breakouts from perimenopause. This is the only brand of probiotics I take now.

Retinol serum from Kate Blanc Cosmetics. Natural acne treatment and anti-aging serum. Combined with Hyaluronic Acid and Jojoba Oil, Kate Blanc's Retinol Serum provides superior results with less irritation. It easily soak into your skin without leaving an oily greasy feeling.

Unfortunately, even if you do everything right, you can still end up with an acne break out. Stress, hormones – even sneaking in that junk food! – can lead to those occasional volcanic facial eruptions. I’ve found that organic neem oil works wonders at pulling whiteheads to the surface of those painful red bumps literally overnight. In addition, retinol is also another great acne treatment to help keep your skin clear. This retinol serum from Kate Blanc Cosmetics is specially formulated with hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil to fight both aging and acne. Bacuri butter works great too! Or give one of these natural acne remedies a try.

Of course, getting rid of acne isn’t the only blemish you have to contend with. When I get desperate to clear up that horrid giant pimple that won’t pop, sometimes I over treat it. Then I have a blob of dry skin or a scab left in its place which looks as bad as, if not worse than, the pimple did. Luckily my Allure beauty box arrived in the knick of time with a free sample of  Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. It quickly gets rid of the dry skin around those zits that didn’t want to heal. So you can spend less time picking your face and more time amazed by how great your skin looks.

Oral care natural beauty tips.

While not all of us have dental insurance, or can afford regular cleanings, there steps that you can take to help keep both your teeth and gums healthy. After all, who doesn’t want a beautiful smile? One of the easiest things you can do to promote oral health is to floss. Flossing your teeth everyday helps to prevent your gum line from receding. Something that is a concern for all of us as we age.

Brushing your teeth too hard can also lead to a receding gum line. However, something as simple as switching to an electric toothbrush can help if you’re guilty of being a bit overzealous when your brush. My boyfriend’s dentist recently advised that he he was brushing too hard which was causing his gum line to recede. So Greg bought us both Oral B electric toothbrushes like this one, which his dentist indicated could help remedy the problem.

In addition to daily flossing and brushing, I also switched to a fluoride free toothpaste. Studies have shown that excess consumption of fluoride can lead to brittle bone disease. As my local water is fluoridated, reducing my fluoride intake is even more important to me as I age. Women especially are at risk of losing bone density and strength after menopause. Therefore, in addition to taking supplements of vitamin D3 daily, I also filter my drinking water through my Brita pitcher. I’ve also switched to a fluoride free toothpaste.

I’ve used every kind of name brand toothpaste at some point. None of the big toothpaste brands, however, have worked as well as Jason Powersmile Whitening Paste. This natural toothpaste is fluoride free, SLS free and gluten free. I have sensitive teeth. However, I’ve had zero problems with sensitivity after switching to this toothpaste. Additionally, the plaque that likes to collect on my bottom teeth (both between teeth and along the gum line) has completely disappeared since using this toothpaste. My teeth literally look “dentist clean.” (And this was before the electric toothbrushes made their way into our bathroom.)

Natural beauty tips for hair care.

There’s nothing like a bad hair day to make a bad day even more stressful. Fighting with your hair can be the worst. But no one wants to get stuck putting one’s hair in a ponytail just to be done with it.

The texture and condition of my hair has changed a LOT since turning forty. Not only do I have stray gray hairs popping up here and there, my hair is also drier and more coarse than it was earlier in my life. Having grown up in the 80s, I did a lot of damage to my hair. From Sun In products, to straight up bleaching and crazy curly perms, I put my hair through some chaos. My hair’s been every color from a horrible brassy blonde to blue, black and pink. Once I finally grew my hair out in my late twenties, I vowed to never put it through that kind of abuse again.

Instead, I’ve started applying henna every few months. Made from completely natural plant botanicals, henna doesn’t JUST color hair. It also conditions your hair, adds shine and gives hair extra volume. Henna lasts about three months.  And it naturally fades out of your hair. So unlike chemical hair color, it doesn’t leave obvious roots. It’s also a much healthier hair color alternative. I always know when it’s time to apply more henna because my hair becomes difficult to manage at that point.

Not only does henna do a great job at conditioning my hair, I also love that it hides the few grays I have sneaking in. It works great for hair that’s less than 10% gray. However, if you have more than 10% gray you have to use a 2-step process for the color to hold. Light Mountain Natural Hair Color and Conditioner, which is the brand available at my local co-op, also offers henna hair color products that work for gray hair in addition to their regular henna hair color. And it’s not just available in red. You can also purchase various shades of brown, auburn and black.

Natural herbal hair conditioner from Night Blooming. HennaSooq's Henna Gloss Bar is the perfect all in one moisturizer, and conditioning Ayurvedic hair treatment. A henna gloss is a very easy to use henna product that will nourish the hair, strengthen, create vibrant shiny hair, promote hair growth, reduces itchy scalp, and will give your hair a touch of red color from the henna.

If henna sounds amazing, but you don’t want to add color, you can also purchase neutral henna hair coloring. This product offers all the benefits of henna without a noticeable color deposit. However, it’s not recommended for light hair. Alternately, you can also purchase Organic Zizyphus Spina Christi. This botanical hair care product conditions hair in a way similar to henna but without depositing ANY color, even on white hair. Like henna, you’ll find that this herbal conditioner provides body, aids with detangling and also conditions your scalp. For hair that needs extra conditioning, I highly recommend HennaSooq’s Henna Gloss Bar, which I’ve used in the past with wonderful results.

Before you try henna, you’ll need to be sure you haven’t processed your hair with chemical hair coloring or a perm in the past three months. Also be aware, that the processing time is somewhat consuming. While I’ve found I can easily use henna hair coloring at home without extra hands, processing time ranges from two to four hours depending on the depth of color you are looking for. Additionally, it will give your hair an herbal smell similar to spinach for several days afterward.

My favorite place to purchase henna is from Night Blooming on Etsy. She sells not only henna coloring and conditioner, but also essential oil blends, hair oils and rinses and other related natural hair care products. Or try moringa oil for a fabulous one-ingredient hot oil hair treatment.

Natural beauty tips to promote skin health and combat dry skin.

If you suffer from dry skin or eczema, then these natural beauty tips (and recipes!) will be perfect for you.

A few years back I struggled with several bouts of extremely dry skin and patches of eczema. Lotion and body butters helped initially, but then they would make my skin extra itchy. They also never really solved my dilemma. No matter how much lotion I used, at the end of the day, my skin was still dry and its condition never actually improved. Rather, the products I was using to treat my dry skin were only temporarily masking the issue.

I finally stumbled onto the perfect, natural dry skin remedy – hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is an exceptionally rich oil high in essential omega fatty acids and proteins. Produced from the oil of cold pressed seeds of the hemp plant, hemp seed oil provides the four essential fatty acids beneficial to the skin. (Linoleic acid, alpha-linoleic acid, gamma linolenic acid and stearidonic acid.) In fact, hemp seed oil has one of the highest contents of essential fatty acid contents topping out at 76%!

This non-greasy carrier oil absorbs quickly and easily when applied to skin without clogging pores. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties make it especially beneficial for irritated or eczema prone skin. My DIY dry skin body oil recipe with hemp seed oil, that I created a few years back, ended up being one of the best natural remedies I’ve tried to date.

Refrigeration, however, is recommended for hemp seed oil as it has a short shelf life. Therefore, when using this oil to make your own natural dry skin care products, you may want to consider adding an antioxidant to extend the shelf life.

Alternately, you can also try using hemp seed butter in its stead. Unlike hemp seed oil, hemp seed butter is shelf stable and has an extended shelf life of two years. It’s wonderfully moisturizing and is particularly beneficial for dry or damaged skin, eczema, psoriasis and mastalgia. Hemp seed butter is produced using the fatty fractions and unsaponifiables which are collected during the refining process and are then blended with hydrogenated vegetable oil to produce a butter-like material suitable for use on skin and hair.

Discover a collection of natural moisturizer recipes for your dry skin at Soap Deli News here.

Moisturizing Hemp Antioxidant Facial Serum (Diamond Serenity) for Dry Skin. This Hemp Antioxidant Facial Serum works for all skin types! It is light in consistency but contains deep moisturizing properties and is rich in nutrients, protein and antioxidants and is the ideal daytime moisturizer.

If making your own natural skin care products isn’t for you, then I highly recommend the natural skin care and beauty products from Diamond Hemp. All of the products available from Diamond Hemp are made in the USA using natural cold pressed hemp seed oil. They carry a full line of hemp care bath and body products that includes body butters, body scrubs, facial masks, facial serums and anti-aging creams.

Natural Anti Aging Antioxidant Cream with hemp oil. This Diamond Aloha antioxidant cream is made with organic antioxidants and pure hemp oil to help maintain a healthy youthful glow while fighting the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains neem oil, which I previously mentioned to help fight acne, as well as willow bark extract which contains anti-inflammatory salicin which is similar to acne fighting salicylic acid.

Their Diamond Aloha antioxidant cream is made with organic antioxidants and pure hemp oil to help maintain a healthy youthful glow while fighting the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains neem oil, which I previously mentioned to help fight acne, as well as willow bark extract which contains anti-inflammatory salicin which is similar to acne fighting salicylic acid.

In addition to natural skin care products, you can also promote skin health with beauty tools. My friend and fellow blogger, Cari of Everything Pretty, recommends dry brushing as one of her top natural beauty tips to promote healthy skin. Not only does dry brushing exfoliate skin and help to increase circulation, it also may help reduce acne breakouts. Cari also likes dry brushing because it just feels good. The massaging motion is a simple and easy way to sneak extra self care into her busy schedule and it gives her a boost of energy. You can check out all of Cari’s tips and benefits of dry brushing on her blog.

Natural beauty tips for face mask lovers.

If you love face masks then you’ve got to try these natural beauty tips from A Life Adjacent and Country Hill Cottage!

Natural beauty tips for face mask lovers. This DIY caffeine face mask from A Life Adjacent packs a serious punch against stubborn water retention. Thanks to natural ingredients like matcha & organic instant coffee, this mask has enough caffeine to get rid of a puffy face in an instant. Read on to learn how to make this fast-acting & de-bloating DIY coffee face mask!

Kim and Kyla of A Life Adjacent use caffeine as part of their morning skin care routine. By adding instant coffee and matcha powder to their face masks, they’ve found it works wonders at combating puffiness and bloating. This can sometimes happen when they overindulge on carbs. However, you may experience this if you had a bit too much to drink the night before. You can find the caffeine face mask recipe that Kim and Kyla use here. Not only does if fight that stubborn water retention, it’s made with natural ingredients you can find in your kitchen. (Or try this Awake Facial Mask from Wicked Soaps on Etsy!)

They also suggest using raw honey as a morning facial wash when your skin doesn’t feel dirty enough to use a real cleanser. Not only does it gently cleanse facial skin, it won’t dry it out like soap and other cleansers can. This is especially helpful when the air is cold and dry during the winter months.

Sisters Irena and Cyna of Country Hill Cottage, on the other hand, turn to papaya to revitalize dull and dry skin. Papayas are, of course, wonderful for your health both inside and out! These fruits are rich in vitamins A and C, a powerful antioxidant, and many minerals, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper and potassium. They also contain the enzyme papain, which is fabulous for skin. This gentle exfoliant helps unclog pores and restore skin’s elasticity. 

To get glowing skin for your face, you can prepare their quick and easy papaya face mask! Simply mash 1/2 fresh papaya (without seeds) and combine with 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil. Apply the mask to your face, then leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove and rinse your face. Pat dry for brighter, glowing skin.

Natural beauty tips for health and wellness.

You can also promote beautiful, healthy looking skin from the inside out. Kim and Kyla both add collagen powder to their morning coffee for better skin and hair. They love that it makes their coffee extra creamy. Not being able to taste it in the coffee is another big plus. (Especially for those of us who are picky about things like butter coffee and avocado toast.) Or you can also try collagen in this healthy Collagen Hot Cocoa Mix from Ginger Berry Organics.

What are some of your favorite natural beauty tips? I’d love to hear how you take care of your skin! So please feel free to share your ideas and beauty tips in the comments.

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Amazon Black Salve Recipe with Bacuri Butter, Buriti Oil & Volcanic Black Clay

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This post is sponsored by Paris Fragrances. All opinions are my own.

Are you curious about some of the products found within the Amazon Rainforest? Keep reading to discover the natural skin care benefits of bacuri butter, black clay and buriti oil. Sourced from the Brazilian Amazon Forest, learn how you can use these natural ingredients to create your own natural Amazon black salve recipe.

Amazon black drawing salve DIY. This natural holistic Amazon black salve recipe offers an exciting twist off traditional Amish black drawing salves. Crafted using bacuri butter, commonly used as by local natives as a natural remedy for snake and spider bites, this natural ingredient from the Brazilian Amazon Forest plays a key role in drawing out matter from insect bites, stings, boils and even acne.

If you really take the time to consider how much medicine has changed since our grandparents and great grandparents were children, you’ll see a huge shift. We’ve moved from treating illnesses with nutrition and natural remedies to synthetic drugs developed in labs. One only needs to listen to the grocery list of side effects on drug commercials to begin to question, are these treatments really better for us?

When I was a kid, black salve would remedy a boil. Iodine would heal a wound. We fought colds with fire cider and whiskey. In short, we worked with what nature gave us. While medical advances such as anesthesia have led to many improvements in patient care, it’s important to develop a healthy balance between the two.

Best black drawing salve recipe with bacuri butter and buriti oil. This natural holistic Amazon black salve recipe offers an exciting twist off traditional Amish black drawing salves. Crafted using bacuri butter, commonly used as by local natives as a natural remedy for snake and spider bites, this natural ingredient from the Brazilian Amazon Forest plays a key role in drawing out matter from insect bites, stings, boils and even acne.

Natural Skin Care Ingredients from The Brazilian Amazon Forest

Recently, Paris Fragrances has facilitated my discovery of many beneficial skin care ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon Forest. Sustainably harvested for the fruits and other plant materials that grow there, the Brazilian Amazon Forest’s rich biodiversity is home to a number of indigenous remedies and medicinal plants.

Home to products such as Brazilian nut oil, bacuri butter, tucuma butter and cocoa butter that are native to the Brazilian Amazon Forest, these ingredients make wonderful additions to natural skin care products and home remedies. Further, as the commercial sale of these ingredients produces more income for those who reside in the region than both non-sustainable timber and cattle pasture combined, their use supports keeping the Amazon Rainforest intact.

I love shopping for these specialty ingredients from Paris Fragrances. Not only are the prices and quality of their products amazing, but they carry natural ingredients I can’t find elsewhere. I’ve also really enjoyed learning about so many new ingredients. However, coming up with new ways to use these sustainable products in my natural skin care recipes has definitely been the most rewarding part.

Best black drawing salve recipe with bacuri butter and buriti oil. This natural holistic Amazon black salve recipe offers an exciting twist off traditional Amish black drawing salves. Crafted using bacuri butter, commonly used as by local natives as a natural remedy for snake and spider bites, this natural ingredient from the Brazilian Amazon Forest plays a key role in drawing out matter from insect bites, stings, boils and even acne.

About My Amazon Black Drawing Salve Recipe

My Amazon black salve recipe offers an exciting twist off the traditional Amish black drawing salves. It’s similar to an Amish black drawing salve in that it contains activated charcoal. However, it also contains three ingredients found specifically in Brazil. These ingredients are volcanic black clay, buriti oil and bacuri butter.

Bacuri butter, which has been historically used by Brazilian natives as a natural remedy for snake and spider bites, plays a key role in drawing out matter from skin. This makes it an effective remedy for insect bites, stings, boils and even acne. While buriti oil, which is bountiful in vitamin A, promotes skin health to hasten the healing process.

Brazilian volcanic mud black clay, like bacuri butter, also works at pulling or drawing out moisture from skin. Naturally rich in silica, magnesium, calcium and iron, this clay is especially effective against acne and other problematic skin conditions. The black clay available from Paris Fragrances originates from the slow and millenarian erosion of rocks. This results in a diversity of minerals that are part of its natural composition. The clay is then sustainably extracted in the region of Minas Gerais in the South of Brazil. This is where the largest deposit of kaolin clay can be found, caused as a result of the erosion and sedimentation of rocks in the Serra do Mar.

Amazon black drawing salve DIY. This natural holistic Amazon black salve recipe offers an exciting twist off traditional Amish black drawing salves. Crafted using bacuri butter, commonly used as by local natives as a natural remedy for snake and spider bites, this natural ingredient from the Brazilian Amazon Forest plays a key role in drawing out matter from insect bites, stings, boils and even acne.

Natural Amazon Black Salve Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.75 oz. buriti oil
.5 oz. activated charcoal
.25 oz. bacuri butter
.25 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. black clay
12 drops rosemary essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for my Amazon black salve recipe.

Begin by weighing out the buriti oil, bacuri butter and beeswax into a small glass, heat safe measuring cup. Slowly heat using the double method until all of the beeswax has melted.

In the meantime, weigh out the activated charcoal and black clay into a separate container.

Best black drawing salve recipe with bacuri butter and buriti oil. This natural holistic Amazon black salve recipe offers an exciting twist off traditional Amish black drawing salves. Crafted using bacuri butter, commonly used as by local natives as a natural remedy for snake and spider bites, this natural ingredient from the Brazilian Amazon Forest plays a key role in drawing out matter from insect bites, stings, boils and even acne.

Once the beeswax, butter and oil mixture has completely liquefied, remove from heat. Add twelve drops each of both rosemary and lavender essential oil, then stir to combine.

Now add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients. Slowly fold them into the salve, then mix well to evenly combine the charcoal and clay throughout the salve.

Finally, pour the salve into your containers of choice. (I used 1 oz. metal tins, then decorated the lids with 1″ round stickers.)

Best black drawing salve recipe with bacuri butter and buriti oil. This natural holistic Amazon black salve recipe offers an exciting twist off traditional Amish black drawing salves. Crafted using bacuri butter, commonly used as by local natives as a natural remedy for snake and spider bites, this natural ingredient from the Brazilian Amazon Forest plays a key role in drawing out matter from insect bites, stings, boils and even acne.

Once your salve solidifies it’s ready for use! Use your Amazon black salve recipe as a spot treatment for acne, insects bites, bee stings, splinters, minor infections and boils.

(It’s important to note that my Amazon black salve recipe may stain fabrics it comes into contact with. Therefore, for use, it’s advised you cover the salve with a bandage after it’s applied to the affected area.)

Best black drawing salve recipe with bacuri butter and buriti oil. This natural holistic Amazon black salve recipe offers an exciting twist off traditional Amish black drawing salves. Crafted using bacuri butter, commonly used as by local natives as a natural remedy for snake and spider bites, this natural ingredient from the Brazilian Amazon Forest plays a key role in drawing out matter from insect bites, stings, boils and even acne.

More Natural Skin Care Recipes

If you enjoyed my Amazon black salve recipe, then give one of these other Brazilian Amazon Forest inspired skin care recipes a try! You can purchase all of the Brazilian Amazon Forest body butters and carrier oils you need for these recipes from Paris Fragrances.

Bacuri butter as a natural home remedy and anti-aging skin care ingredient for your holistic beauty and natural skin care recipes. Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

Have you used any of the natural products from Paris Fragrances? I’ve love to hear what you’ve made! So be sure to share your creations in the comments.

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Easy Halloween Solid Lotion Bar Recipe for BFF & Coworker Gifts

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As the weather cools off and spirits skirt through the city, it’s time to reevaluate our skin care needs for the new season. This easy Halloween solid lotion bar recipe offers the perfect spook-tacular mix of fun and function for fall. You can even make your DIY lotion bars glitter-tastic for a fabulous handmade gift idea everyone will love!

Easy Halloween Solid Lotion Bar Recipe with Bacuri Butter for BFF & Coworker Gifts. As the weather cools off and spirits skirt unnoticed through the city, it's time to reevaluate our skin care needs for the new season. This easy Halloween solid lotion bar recipe offers the perfect spook-tacular mix of fun and function for fall. #halloween #skincare #diy #bacuributter #diygifts #lotionbar

Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids!

Adulting sucks. At the same time, it’s can also be pretty amazing. As adults, we can steal our kid’s stash of Halloween candy and it’s somehow justified. Bully for us. And when else, other than Halloween, is it socially acceptable to wear the equivalent of a swimsuit for a night out on the town? (Which actually happened once. Some dude froze his butt off as Michael Phelps in nothing but speedos and goggles one year.)

Point being, just because we’re all grown up doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun. Halloween is kind of the perfect time of year for that. I can’t think of a better way to spend a holiday filled with mystery than visiting my favorite haunts with my friends.

My friends are some of the best people out there. Not only do they help me through the struggles and chaos life seems intent on throwing our way, we also share some amazing moments together. So what better way to remind your friends (and co-workers) that, they too, are an important piece of your life than with a simple handmade Halloween gift.

Easy Halloween Solid Lotion Bar Recipe for BFF & Coworker Gifts. As the weather cools off and spirits skirt through the city, it's time to reevaluate our skin care needs for the new season. This easy Halloween solid lotion bar recipe offers the perfect spook-tacular mix of fun and function for fall. Make your DIY lotion bars glitter-tastic for a fabulous handmade gift idea everyone will love!

Inside My Halloween Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

These easy Halloween solid lotion bars are not only cute, they’re also super practical. If you have dry hands in the winter, then you know how important it is to have a quality hand cream on hand 24/7. (Especially if you’re washing your hands 20x a day to fend off those monstrous cold & flu germs.) These lotion bars are perfect for moisturizing and protecting your dry skin.

They don’t stop there, however. I also scented my Halloween solid lotion bars with a calming blend of cedarwood and lavender essential oils. So you can keep calm and carry on no what your work day throws at you.

As with some of my more recent skin care recipes, my Halloween solid lotion bar recipe utilizes bacuri butter as one of three primary ingredients. This is what will give your Halloween shaped lotion bars their dark color. Additionally, it also ensures a fast absorption rate. After all, no one wants greasy fingerprints on their keyboard.

I’ve also included beeswax to solidify the bar and to protect skin. While buriti oil – a carrier oil rich in fatty acids as well as vitamins C, E and pro-vitamin A – helps to rebuild, moisturize and hydrate skin cells. Additionally, buriti oil also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promotes healing (bye-bye cracked knuckles!) and protects skin from free radicals while also increasing skin’s elasticity.

The glitter? Well, that’s just the icing on the cake. I used eco-friendly, biodegradable cosmetic glitter so it’s safe for the environment. You can choose to add just a dash of glitter to the tops of your lotion bars. Or, include glitter in the melted ingredients when you make my Halloween solid bar lotion recipe for an easy way to add some sparkle to your skin. (Don’t worry! While the color of this lotion bar is brown, it goes on clear!)

Bacuri Butter Halloween Solid Lotion Bar Recipe for BFF & Coworker Gifts. As the weather cools off and spirits skirt through the city, it's time to reevaluate our skin care needs for the new season. This easy Halloween solid lotion bar recipe offers the perfect spook-tacular mix of fun and function for fall. Make your DIY lotion bars glitter-tastic for a fabulous handmade gift idea everyone will love!

Halloween Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2 oz. bacuri butter
2 oz. beeswax pastilles
2.25 oz. buriti oil
.15 oz. cedarwood essential oil
.1 oz. lavender essential oil
biodegradable glitter, to suit

Instructions:

As with the majority of my skin care recipes, you will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients. In addition, you will also need a Halloween silicone mold of your choice. (I used this one.) My Halloween solid lotion bar recipe made four lotion bars – one each of a pumpkin, a bat, a skull and a ghost.

Easy Bacuri Butter Halloween Solid Lotion Bar Recipe with Buriti Oil for BFF & Coworker Gifts. As the weather cools off and spirits skirt unnoticed through the city, it's time to reevaluate our skin care needs for the new season. This easy Halloween solid lotion bar recipe offers the perfect spook-tacular mix of fun and function for fall. #halloween #skincare #diy #bacuributter #diygifts #lotionbar #giftsforteens

Begin by weighing out the bacuri butter, beeswax and buriti oil. Combine in a heat proof Pyrex measuring cup or similar. Gently heat until the beeswax and bacuri butter have melted using either the double boiler method or in your microwave at 30% power.

Once melted, remove from heat. Then weigh out the essential oils and stir into the lotion bar ingredients you just melted.

Quick & Easy DIY Glitter Halloween Lotion Bars. As the weather cools off and spirits skirt unnoticed through the city, it's time to reevaluate our skin care needs for the new season. This easy Halloween solid lotion bar recipe offers the perfect spook-tacular mix of fun and function for fall. #halloween #skincare #diy #bacuributter #diygifts #lotionbar #giftsforteens

Next, lightly dust the inside of your mold with bio-glitter. (I used this purple fuschia glitter.) If desired, you can also stir some glitter into your melted ingredients. (You’ll just need to wait a little longer before pouring to allow the lotion to hit that point just before it starts to solidify, then stir again prior to pouring into your mold. Otherwise all of the glitter just sinks the bottom.)

Quick & Easy DIY Halloween Lotion Bars with eco-friendly biodegradable glitter. As the weather cools off and spirits skirt unnoticed through the city, it's time to reevaluate our skin care needs for the new season. This easy Halloween solid lotion bar recipe offers the perfect spook-tacular mix of fun and function for fall. #halloween #skincare #diy #bacuributter #diygifts #lotionbar #giftsforteens

Now pour your ingredients into your mold. (I recommend placing your mold on a cutting board prior to pouring. This way, you can easily transfer your mold to the refrigerator for faster cooling times.)

Once your Halloween solid lotion bars have fully solidified, pop them out of the mold then package as desired. These look great in glassine bags or in PET plastic amber jars. I used a 4 oz. amber jar from SKS Bottle & Packaging for the small pumpkin and sugar skull solid bars. The bat, however, needed the 8 oz. sized jar

I  then added Halloween stickers to the lids of my containers to decorate them. Although, washi tape would be super cute too! You could use it either on the lid or around the diameter of the jar. I also thought about making an emulsified sugar scrub or foaming bath butter, filling the jar with it, then nestling a solid lotion bar on top. Tell me what you think!

Halloween Inspired Skin Care Recipes. Learn how to make your own DIY Halloween grease paint makeup and more! #halloween

More Halloween Inspired Skin Care Recipes

If you enjoyed my easy Halloween solid lotion bar recipe, then may also like some of my other Halloween inspired recipes.

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Bath Bomb Recipe

Alternately, you may also be interested in my other bacuri butter skin care recipes which you can find here. Also be sure to check out some of my favorite handmade Halloween bath & body products on Etsy.

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The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside

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This post is sponsored by Bubbly Belle. All opinions are my own.

Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside – and a chance to win something even better!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Remember when you were a kid and you begged your mother to buy X brand of cereal JUST for the prize hidden inside? Or, even though the debate of whether or not Cracker Jacks actually tasted great, you suffered through them anyway just for that tiny little reward at the bottom of the box. (And why was it a miniature paper comic 90% of the time?)

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Lucky for you, you can bring back those fond childhood memories. And, you don’t have to eat anything you don’t want to.

Where the joy of most bath bombs is short lived, the bath bombs from Bubbly Belle are not. Sure they perform the same as most bath bombs. They fizz and spin and tint your bath a beautiful array of colors. Although, once the water show is over, you’re rewarded with a prize inside!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Just like those days of old. (Er, years past.) This time however, you’re actually get a prize with real value. Tucked inside every Bubbly Belle bath bomb is a beautiful ring. So you have something to show for your money even after the bath bomb is gone.

I had the chance to try three different bath bombs from Bubbly Belle. While I wasn’t sure about some of the fragrances, once they were in the tub the scents were perfect! I also love that their bath bombs don’t stain the tub. But seriously, my favorite part has to be the rings.

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Every bath bomb from Bubbly Belle comes with a ring inside. Each ring is valued at $15 or more and are custom designed specifically for Bubbly Belle customers. Additionally, the rings must pass multiple quality assurance tests, including fluorescence and allergy tests, so you know you’re getting a quality product. You even get to choose your ring size!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

There’s a code with the ring hidden inside each bath bomb your receive from Bubbly Belle. This code will tell you the value of your ring. You’ll also be entered to win a $100, $1000 or $10,000 ring!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Afterwards, there’s also a second chance to play, in which I won the opportunity to purchase a bath bomb for just $1!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

If you’re ready to dive into some self care, or you’re looking for a unique gift idea, look no further than Bubbly Belle bath bombs! Visit Bubbly Belle now to take advantage of a special limited time offer and enter for your chance to win!

Don’t forget to come back and share your experience with Bubbly Belle bath bombs! I’d love to hear about your experience – and find out what you won!

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