Palm Free Olive and Babassu Soap Recipe

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This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin!

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it’s simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

My boyfriend, James, recently wanted me to teach him to make soap. Let me begin by saying, I’m kind of a crappy teacher. The whole “instructing” thing makes me nervous which in turn makes me impatient and, as such, I come off a wee bit snippy. This is one of the primary reasons I “teach” via my blog. My friends, however, understand my quirks so it’s different with them. However, we are also kind of bad in that we let the wine flow freely while we’re crafting. So, well, um. That’s why I’m always smiling in those photos that may or may not be on instagram. Ha ha.

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

James is wonderful, and super crazy smart, so I was able to rush through all of the explanations on the chemistry of this soap and not feel like a jerk. When we got to the part where he asked when he could actually USE the soap, however, is where things fell apart. He was rather miffed he had to wait four weeks. I told him that in the meantime he could just make me cookies. Luckily he stays super busy like me. Otherwise I’d have a constant soapmaking companion encouraging me to rush unmolding my soap loaves.

Anyhow, if you’ve never ever made cold process soap before, then you should first check out my tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch. You may even want to watch a few YouTube videos to give you a feel for the process, but it’s not necessary. Once you’re ready, here’s the recipe!

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Palm Free Olive and Babassu Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.4 oz. babassu oil
12.8 oz. olive oil
.8 oz. castor oil

4.8 oz. distilled water
2.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 teaspoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8th teaspoon ultramarine blue pigment powder, optional
1 oz. Sea Salt & Driftwood fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin.

For starters, or rather, here are some changes I would make a second time around… If you don’t let this soap recipe gel, it’s going to be soft for a bit and will take several days to unmold. I’d definitely either increase the sodium lactate to 1 Tablespoon and/or reduce the water as percent of the oil weight to 28%.

In addition, I have noted on the screenshot I took of my olive and babassu soap recipe (on SoapCalc) to use 1/4 teaspoon of pigment powder. I ended up using less as reflected in my recipe above. This gave my soap a nice baby blue color that I felt went will with the fragrance oil I chose.

The Sea Salt & Driftwood fragrance oil is a nice scent. James and I feel like it’s pretty unisex and it didn’t make me sneeze.

However, both the fragrance and the pigment powder are optional. The sugar is to help boost the bubbles a bit but you can omit it if you like.

You shouldn’t have any surprises with my olive and babassu soap recipe as indicated or with this specific fragrance oil even if you’re a beginner.

And then there’s the coarse sea salt on top…

This natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe is made using Australian black clay and fine sea salt for a luxurious spa like experience in the shower!

As my fragrance oil and color theme was kind of ocean-y, I figured I’d decorate the top with sea salt. I’ve done this many times in the past with cold process loaf soaps. For example, my natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe (pictured above.) However, it didn’t work so well for the type of mold I used this time and I had to get creative in the end. So you can either, a) omit the coarse sea salt on top for smooth, even bars or b) take your soap to art class. (I’ll tell you what I did to mine further down.)

I used this Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold for my olive and babassu soap recipe.

Instructions:

Taking all safety precautions you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking method to create my olive and babassu soap recipe.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water into a heat safe container.

Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the amount of lye needed.

Stir until the lye has dissolved completely, then set aside to cool.

Next, use your digital scale to weigh out the babassu, castor and olive oils. Heat in a non-aluminum pot over medium to medium-low heat on the stove until your ingredients have melted completely.

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Allow the lye-water and your soapmaking oils to cool to between 90°F-100°F.

Once your ingredients have cooled, use a measuring spoon to measure out the sodium lactate as well as the sugar then stir into your lye water.

If you are using a pigment powder to color your soap, measure out the pigment and stir into the melted oils with a stick blender.

Now pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Add your fragrance oil at this point if you have chosen to scent your soap and mix again.

Once your soap traces again, pour the soap batter into all six of the rectangle cavities of your silicone soap mold. (If you think you’ll need to move your soap, be sure to place the mold on a cutting board before you pour your soap for easy transfer.)

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Set your soap aside to complete the saponification process. You can check the soap 24-48 hours later to see if it’s ready to be unmolded. If it’s not, simply wait another day or two. There’s no rush. I mean, because James will tell you, you have to wait FOUR WEEKS too use it anyway and apparently that’s just INSANE. Ha!

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Once you’ve unmolded your soaps, set them aside in a cool, dry location to finish curing four to six weeks.

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Now, if you did a crazy experiment on the tops of your soap bars, it’s highly likely it can be fixed. My coarse salt on the tops of my bars kept falling off. And if I took the salt, off the soap just looked bizarre. So I improvised.

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

I simply sprinkled fine cosmetic glitter on top of my soap bars where the salt was. I then scented and tinted clear natural melt and pour soap base and drizzled over the tops of my bars, covering the salt. Not only does the salt now dissolve as you use the soap, but it kind of looks neat. Plus there’s no right or wrong way to do it. After all, they are YOUR art bars!

As a crafter and soapmaker, there are absolutely those days when an idea for a soap recipe you have in your head, does not execute the way you thought it would. This was one of those projects. However, with a little creativity, I was able to turn a #soapfail into a #soapsuccess! Learn how I turned my #soapfail around and find out how to make your own melt and pour tea tree and sea mud soaps!

Plus I screwed up way less on this soaping gaffe than I did when I made my tea tree and sea mud soap recipe. You won’t believe how horrendous this soap looked before the fix. (You can check out the before and after transformation here.)

If you liked my palm free olive and babassu soap recipe then be sure to check out my other cold process soap recipes here. In addition you can also find more of my homemade soap recipes on my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board as well my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.

Not ready to make my olive and babassu soap recipe? Try a homemade babassu soap sample set from Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy! Her babassu soaps are made using only babassu, castor, apricot kernel and jojoba oils. As they don’t contain any coconut, palm or olive oil, they are great for those with sensitivities. For more of my favorites on Etsy, check out my Etsy collections here.

Simple Natural Soapmaking by Jan Berry includes recipes for Blue Agave Soap, Wild Rosehips Soap, Double Mint Sage Soap and Dead Sea Mud Spa Bar. The recipes are in tune with today’s trends―such as vegan options, shampoo and shaving bars, seasonal soaps such as Pumpkin Spice Soap and soaps highlighting popular ingredients such as goat’s milk and sea salt―while still retaining a rustic, old-fashioned feel.

Also be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a new soapmaking book by Jan Berry in August! Jan, a fellow blogger, is the author of The Nerdy Farm Wife blog, as well as the book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home. Her new book, Simple Natural Soapmaking, will be released August 8th, and is available for pre-order now.

Sample recipes include Blue Agave Soap, Wild Rosehips Soap, Double Mint Sage Soap and Dead Sea Mud Spa Bar. The recipes are in tune with today’s trends―such as vegan options, shampoo and shaving bars, seasonal soaps such as Pumpkin Spice Soap and soaps highlighting popular ingredients such as goat’s milk and sea salt―while still retaining a rustic, old-fashioned feel.

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Coffee and Cocoa Soap Recipe

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This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it’s palm free!

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Since making homemade coffee soap in 2015, I’ve been dying to make another. My homemade coffee soap recipe was, and still is, one of my most favorite homemade soap recipes of all time. This time around I also wanted to add cocoa powder for a coffee and cocoa soap recipe. At the last minute, and probably because I was craving brownies at the time, I decided to add a whole egg to this recipe as well.

In the same year I formulated my coffee soap recipe, I also made my first egg soap! Also making my list of favorite soap recipes of all time, my homemade egg soap recipe calls for two egg yolks. So I figured I’d mix it up a bit this go round and simply used an entire egg!

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Why egg?

Well, eggs are believed to offer skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts. In cold process soap, egg yolks are treated as a fat. As such they help to give egg soap a rich, thick lather. Egg whites, on the other hand, contain no fat whatsoever. However, they do contain protein which has an astringent effect on skin.

Want to make your own? Here’s how!

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Coffee and Cocoa Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3 oz. babassu oil
1 oz. castor oil
2 oz. unrefined cocoa butter
2 oz. refined coconut oil
10 oz. olive oil
2 oz. safflower oil

6.6 oz. strong brewed coffee
2.7 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg, tempered
1 Tablespoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
1.25 oz. fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

For my original coffee and cocoa soap recipe, as stated previously, I had not intended on using egg. As it was a last minute addition, and this recipe has a high percentage of olive oil, you may want to reduce the amount of coffee (as percentage of oil weight) to 30% (6 oz.) Definitely do this if you are preventing your soaps from going through gel phase. Otherwise you will probably need an extra day or two to unmold these cleanly. It does firm up nice once unmolding though.

In addition, if you are using a fragrance oil – I did not – definitely reduce the amount of coffee. A hot fudge brownie fragrance oil would blend nicely with this soap as would a coffee or chocolate fragrance oil. Or perhaps chocolate cappuccino or chocolate cream cupcake?

Without a fragrance oil the chocolate smell really starts to come through after about a week. It smells a little weird until then, but don’t worry. It’ll smell fantastic regardless of whether or not you choose to use a fragrance.

To make my coffee that is used in place of the water in this recipe, I brewed 4 rounded Tablespoons in just over the amount of water called for in the recipe. (As we all know, those grounds can be greedy and some of the water content stays trapped in them.) I won’t lie and say I didn’t use a mocha latte flavored coffee because I totally did. Regular coffee would work just fine though.

Also, a nice substitution for the unrefined cocoa butter in this recipe would be dark cocoa butter wafers. In this instance you could omit the cocoa powder entirely, or leave it in to make it extra chocolatey!

In addition, your egg will need to be room temperature to use in my coffee and cocoa soap recipe. So you may want to remove it from the refrigerator several hours before you intend to make this soap. You’ll also want to make your coffee ahead of time so it has time to cool to room temperature as well.

Finally, I used the Crafter’s Choice basic round silicone soap mold for this recipe. But you can adapt the recipe to fit your own mold if you like.

(For information on the properties of my coffee and cocoa soap recipe as well as percentages and superfat used, simply refer to the screenshot of this recipe from SoapCalc above.)

Instructions:

Ready? Let’s get started!

You do need to be familiar with making cold process soap for this recipe. You’ll follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. If you’ve never made cold process soap before – or any kind of soap in which you’re working with lye – I strongly recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe so you get a feel for the process and know you can create a successful soap.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

You’ll begin by mixing your lye-water. Or, in this case, lye-coffee.

Measure out the amount of (room temperature) coffee needed into a heat proof container.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the coffee in a well ventilated area, stirring until the lye has dissolved completely. (You’ll want to take proper safety precautions when working with lye. Gloves and eye protection are recommended.)

Set the lye-coffee aside to cool.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Next, use your digital scale to weigh out the cocoa butter and soapmaking oils. Heat in a non-aluminum pot over medium to medium-low on the stove until your ingredients have melted completely. Alternately, you can also heat them at 50% power in your microwave in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup until the cocoa butter has melted.

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Allow the lye-coffee and your butter-oil mixture to cool to room temperature or around 76°F.

Using a measuring spoon, measure out the sodium lactate and stir it into your lye-coffee.

Now temper your egg. To do this, remove about a cup of oil from your soapmaking oils. Whisk the entire egg (no shell, of course) into the oils.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Using measuring spoons, measure out the unsweetened cocoa powder. Use a stick blender to incorporate the cocoa powder into the oils.

Return the oil with the egg mixed into it, to this container and mix again briefly.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Now pour the lye-coffee into the oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace. Please note that my coffee and cocoa soap recipe does take a while to trace.

If you’re using a fragrance oil, add it at light trace and keep mixing until the soap batter is like a light pudding.

Pour the soap batter into all six of the mold’s cavities so each is filled. Then go back and circle any remaining soap on top of the soap you just poured.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

If desired, you can add whole coffee beans or another decorative element or soap embed to the top of each of your soaps as an accent.

Allow your soap to set up for at least 48 hours before unmolding. If your soap doesn’t seem like it’s going to come out of the mold easily – especially if it didn’t gel – you can place the mold in the freezer for about a half hour or simply wait an extra day or two. (This mold is thicker than a lot of other silicone molds and therefore it can be more difficult to push the soap out cleanly.)

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Because it’s winter and much colder in my house right now, I got soda ash on the tops of my soaps. However, I loved the contrast between the color of the soda ash and the color of the soap and the coffee beans so I left it on my soaps. If you don’t like the way it looks, you can simply steam or wash it off.

Allow to cure four to six weeks before using.

Don’t have time to make my coffee and cocoa soap recipe? Be sure to check out my check out my favorite coffee and chocolate themed artisan products on Etsy for homemade coffee and cocoa soaps you can buy! Or try Starboard Soap Co.’s Farm Fresh Egg Soap.

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Best of 2016: Favorite Beauty and Skin Care Recipes

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

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

Favorite Beauty and Skin Care Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Must Have Festival Accessories & Summer Festival DIY’s

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These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY’s are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Keep reading to discover not only a collection of my favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of my very own summer festival DIY’s for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Must Have Festival Accessories & Clothing

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Made to Your Hiking Bottle Tote in Floral Tapestry / Cactus What You Preach Battery Pack in Geo / Good News Travels Vast Backpack / Boldly Buckled Belt in Cognac

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket in Geometric / Floral of the Story Flower Crown / Braid for Walkin’ Sandal in Cognac / Daisy, I Love Your Way Shorts

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

On Cloud Divine Top / Fun-Woman Band Romper / Put Your Mind at Peace Top / May the Vest Fan Win

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Hands-Free to Be Me Belt Bag / Birkenstock Strappy Camper Sandal in Taupe Suede / Banjo Schmo Hat / Now Boarding Zone Fun Belt Bag

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Summer Festival DIY’s

These summer festival DIY’s are perfect for helping to maintain your comfort insect free while you’re enjoying time outdoors!

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Summer Festival Soap Recipe

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Ingredients (x2):

5.4 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
9 oz. palm oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
3.6 oz. soybean oil
1.8 oz. grape seed oil
3.6 oz. shea butter
3.6 oz. cocoa butter

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

At trace Batch A:

.85 oz. lavender essential oil
.15 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
.05 oz. tea tree oil
.05 oz. lavender flowers
lavender ultramarine pigment powder, to suit

At trace Batch B:

1 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.15 oz. peppermint essential oil

Directions:

You’ll need to make two batches of soap in separate pots for this summer festival soap recipe. The final festival soap recipe will fill two of my wooden soapmaking molds. Combine equal amounts of all soapmaking oils into each pot and prepare two containers of lye-water. (Each pot should have 5.4 oz. coconut oil, 9 oz. palm oil, 9 oz. rice bran oil, 3.6 oz. soybean oil, 1.8 oz. grape seed oil, 3.6 oz. shea butter and 3.6 oz. cocoa butter. Then each container of lye-water should contain 12 oz. distilled water and 4.8 oz. of lye.) Prepare according to your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Once each container of lye-water and oils have cooled, you are ready to mix your soap. Start by mixing one container of lye-water into one pot of soapmaking oils. At a light trace, weigh out and stir in the ingredients listed for Batch A – the lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils, lavender flowers and the pigment powder. Mix well using your immersion blender. Once it reaches a thick trace pour the soap evenly into the bottom of BOTH of your lined molds.

Now mix your second batch of soapmaking oils and lye-water together, weighing and adding the ingredients for Batch B – the lemongrass and peppermint essential oils – at trace. As lemongrass essential oil turns the soap a lovely shade of yellow, you won’t need to use a colorant for this layer. Once ready, pour the soap from this batch evenly into the two soap molds over top of the lavender fragrance/colored soap. Cover and insulate for 24 hours, then unmold and cut your festival soap into bars. Allow to cure for a minimum of three weeks before use.

This recipe will yield 20-24 bars depending on how you cut them.

Best Ever Natural Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe

Summer Festival Dry Shampoo Recipe

My summer festival dry shampoo recipe avoids using food ingredients that may attract insects and in lieu of cornmeal instead uses a super effective and light blend of arrowroot powder, rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal and cosmetic clays. Essential oils and herbs are also added for a fresh fragrance as well as for their insect repellent properties.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour White
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul (Red Moroccan) Clay
1 Tablespoon lavender blossoms or (lavender flower powder)
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
1/2 ml rosemary extract

Instructions:

Because I tend to have red highlights in my hair I chose to use red Moroccan clay in this recipe. If you prefer you can substitute with Fuller’s earth clay. You can also sub the arrowroot powder with Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour. (Although Bob’s Red Mill makes a all natural arrowroot starch/flour as well.) For darker hair you can also add 1/8 – 1/4 of a teaspoon of brown iron oxide.

Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flowers in a glass measuring cup. Then, using a different gradulated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils and rosemary extract, measure out and add these to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon, then slowly pour into a coffee bean grinder and mix well. This will turn your lavender blossoms into a powder and evenly distribute the essential oils and extract. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. or one 8 oz. jar or container.

To use simply apply to hair – a makeup brush actually works wonderfully for this and cuts down on spillage – and lightly massage into hair with your hands. (If you used brown iron oxide pigment, avoid your scalp area as it can stain your scalp.) Then brush through and go! I found this recipe works really well, smells heavenly, and it even added some nice volume to my fine, straight hair.

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects when camping, hiking, biking and gardening this summer!

Summer Festival Insect Repellent Spray

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects at summer festivals and during other outdoor activities! Simply mist this spray on your skin after showering and as needed throughout the day.

Adapted from The Mountain Rose Herbs Blog

Ingredients:

2 oz. witch hazel extract
2 oz. catnip or peppermint hydrosol
2 oz. distilled water
1 mL (20 drops) lemon eucalyptus essential oil
1 mL (20 drops) lavender essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) lemongrass essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) Virginia cedarwood essential oil

Instructions:

To make this natural insect repellent spray recipe you’ll need to begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the witch hazel, catnip hydrosol and distilled water. Combine into a 6 – 8 oz. spray bottle using a funnel. (I used this Boston round bottle with mini spray trigger from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) Using a graduated transfer pipette or dropper, add the essential oils to the bottle then screw on the trigger sprayer. Shake well to combine the ingredients and again before each use.

To extend the shelf life of this natural insect repellent spray and to help you and your loved ones cool down on a hot summer day, store this in the refrigerator between uses. And don’t forget to pack it for your next hiking or camping trip!

In addition to these summer festival DIY’s you may also be interested in my nine natural foot care recipes to keep your feet looking great all summer long. (Find them here.) And you may also want to try my natural deodorizing foot powder recipe for stinky sweat or rain soaked shoes. (Find that recipe here.)

For more of my natural summer bath and body recipes, be sure to visit and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. In addition you can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook,TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Reader Submission: Shea Butter and Witch Hazel Soap

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I LOVE these homemade soap photographs sent in by Marilyn, one of much appreciated and amazing blog readers. Marilyn created the homemade soap pictured using my Homemade Shea Butter & Witch Hazel Soap Recipe. Aren't they just beautiful? They remind me of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

I LOVE these homemade soap photographs sent in by Marilyn, one of much appreciated and amazing blog readers. Marilyn created the homemade soap pictured using my Homemade Shea Butter & Witch Hazel Soap Recipe. Aren’t they just beautiful? They remind me of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Following are Marilyn’s comments on my shea butter & witch hazel soap recipe.

“Oh my, I’m so impatient. I couldn’t wait to check the soap qualities. What a luxurious stable lather! …I haven’t soaped with Witch Hazel, or sesame oil before. Wow, this Is a keeper, for sure. I’ve made other recipes with a similar fatty acid profile but what makes this so incredibly luxurious? Do you think it’s really the witch hazel? Or the high percentage of Shea butter? Or I’ve never soaped with sesame oil?  Would love to try the exact same recipe without the witch hazel, because if that’s the secret, then mountain rose has something pretty special.”

To answer her question I feel like it’s simply a combination of the ingredients chosen that made this one a keeper, even if it’s a bit tough to make. But the witch hazel does add a unique feel I haven’t ever quite achieved with other homemade soap recipes. The witch hazel that both Marilyn and I used for this particular homemade soap recipe can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs here. Or learn how to make your own homemade shea butter and witch hazel soap now with homemade recipe here.

For more of my homemade soap recipes, including my new favorite luxury double butter soap recipe, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board on Pinterest. Or, if you’re interested in making palm free cold process soap, you can find my collection of palm free cold process soap recipes here. And, if you’re a first timer, you can learn how to make cold process soap from scratch here.


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