DIY Dog Paw Balm & Perfect Pet Gifts for Pets and Pet Owners (Sponsored by UncommonGoods)

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If you’re like me, then your pet is a part of your family. And as such you probably spoil him or her a lot more than yourself. So not only have I created a simple recipe for making a DIY dog paw balm to pamper your pooch, but I also found some pretty sweet pet care products from UncommonGoods that my dog and I can both enjoy! In particular, I’m crushing on this dog bowl water bottle that’s perfect for long walks and hikes. (Hello, Fall!)

This dog bowl water bottle is perfect for long walks and hikes with your pet! A quality best seller with rave reviews, you can find this amazing product at UncommonGoods.

The thing I really love about UncommonGoods, other than the quality and uniqueness of the products they offer, is the value they place on their own employees to earn a livable wage, their commitment to sustainability & the environment, and their contributions to nonprofit organizations. In addition to the great gift ideas for pets (and pet owners) UncommonGoods also has great gift ideas for co-workersunique housewarming gifts and fun home accessories for customizing your favorite spaces.

This turntable inspired cat scratching pad makes a unique gift for cat lovers who love their music! Find this and other fantastic pet gifts at UncommonGoods!

Once you’re down drooling and window shopping – isn’t this turntable inspired cat scratching pad AMAZING? – be sure to pop back over so you can make my DIY dog paw balm. This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog’s irritated paws! It’s also great for dry little noses.

As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it’s free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and simply add .5% of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

DIY Dog Paw Balm! This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog's irritated paws! It's also great for dry and irritated noses. As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it's free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

DIY Dog Paw Balm

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.5 oz. white cosmetic beeswax
.5 oz. refined kokum butter
.5 oz. refined shea butter
.4 oz. olive oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the ingredients and combine is a double boiler. Heat over medium to medium-low heat (or in the microwave at 50% power) until melted.

DIY Dog Paw Balm! This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from some of the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog's irritated paws! It's also great for dry and irritated noses. As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it's free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

Stir to combine, then pour into a paw shaped silicone mold. Allow your DIY dog paw balm to harden, then gently remove from the mold. Wrap tightly in foodservice film or package individually in tins.

DIY Dog Paw Balm! This natural balm is great for soothing damaged paw pads as well as protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a super amazing lip balm for dog's irritated paws! It's also great for dry and irritated noses. As my DIY dog paw balm was designed for furry four legged friends, it's free of fragrance. However, you can also use this recipe to make solid lotion bars for yourself and your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend.

To use simply apply to your pet’s paws and massage in.

My dog paw balm yields approximately five paw shaped solid lotion bars. So you can keep some and gift some!

If you like my DIY dog paw balm then you may also like natural flea repellent dry dog shampoo recipe. Made with all natural ingredients, this dry shampoo deodorizes your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas. The natural clays and botanicals in this dry shampoo recipe gently deodorize your dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt. Find the recipe to make your own dry dog shampoo here.

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Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe

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These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

About the ingredients.

Matcha green tea is rich in antioxidants that are beneficial in supporting skin health. It can help to reduce inflammation as well as free radicals that accelerate skin aging.

Like matcha green tea, camellia (tea seed) oil also contains valuable antioxidants. Not only does it help to moisturize skin, but camellia (tea seed) oil can also help to improve skin’s tone and texture as well as reduce the appearance of aging.

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe! These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

I’ve also included oat butter in my matcha green tea butter bars recipe for it’s hydrating and soothing skin care properties. Somewhat softer than shea butter, oat butter makes a wonderful addition to homemade skin care products formulated for sensitive skin.

Ready to make your own DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars? Just follow the recipe below!

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe! These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.75 oz. candelilla wax
.5 oz. cera bellina wax
2 oz. oat butter
2 oz. camellia (tea seed) oil
.05 oz. matcha green tea
.15 oz. green tea fragrance oil

Notes & Substitutions:

My matcha green tea butter bars recipe calls for cera bellina wax. Cera bellina wax is a beeswax derivative in which the free fatty acids have been converted to polyglycerol esters. As a result, cera bellina softer is softer than regular beeswax. It also adds a smooth, creamy texture to lotions and lip balms. When added to oils it will cause them to gel.

Recommended usage for cera bellina wax is up to 20% in lotions and lip balms and up to 29% in oils for an oil emulsion. If you’d like to learn more about cera bellina wax, Humblebee & Me blog has a wonderful guide to this unique ingredient here.

If you do not want to use cera bellina wax, you can substitute this wax with regular beeswax. Alternately, if you’d like a plant-based vegan matcha green tea butter bar, you can omit the cera bellina wax entirely and use 1 oz. of candelilla wax instead.

Should you not have or do not wish to use oat butter, you may substitute this ingredient with another hydrogenated butter. Alternately you can also substitute the oat butter with refined shea butter.

Camellia (tea seed) oil can be swapped out with fractionated coconut oil and, should you desire all natural matcha green tea butter bars, you can substitute the fragrance oil with .05 oz. essential oil of your choice.

It is, however, important to note that while making substitutions will still a yield a similar solid lotion bar as my matcha green tea butter bars recipe, the final properties and feel of the end product may differ.

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe! These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

Finally, I specifically used the matcha green tea from Adagio Teas for this recipe. I’ve been a customer of Adagio for over a decade and have always trusted their brand, enjoyed their products and loved their rewards program. (You can use GC code: 8554747659 for $5 off your first order.) However, if you already have a favorite supplier for matcha green tea, then that will work as well!

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the candelilla wax and cera bellina wax into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the waxes in the microwave at 40% power until melted. (Alternately you can also use a double boiler.)

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe! These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

Once melted, remove the waxes from your heat source. Weigh out the oat butter and stir into the melted waxes until it liquifies.

Next, weigh out the camellia oil and stir into the previously melted ingredients. Follow with the matcha green tea and the fragrance oil, weighing each ingredient first to get the right amount.

Mix well to fully incorporate all of the ingredients and to remove any clumps of matcha green tea. Then pour into your mold of choice.

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe! These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

I used a square silicone ice cube tray for my mold and evenly filled five of the six mold cavities about 1/3rd of the way full.

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe! These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

Once your matcha green tea butter bars have fully hardened, remove them from the mold. Then wrap your matcha green tea butter bars tightly in foodservice film.

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe! These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

If desired, you can also decorate your matcha green tea butter bars with washi tape.

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe! These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

You can also tie on small gift toppers, like this cactus eraser from Target’s Dollar Spot, or dried herbs.

Your DIY matcha green tea butter bars are now ready to enjoy for personal use or gifting!

If you are wanting to sell the matcha green tea butter bars you’ve made, you will need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

If you liked my matcha green tea butters bars recipe then you may also like my recipe for a Vegan Solid Lotion Bar. It’s made using plantain infused olive oil, oat butter and candelilla wax and is naturally scented with lavender essential oil. You can find that recipe here.

To discover more of my homemade skin care recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

In addition, if you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my (semi-regular) weekend wrap up posts! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured!


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Vegan Solid Lotion Bar Recipe with Soothing Oat Butter & Lavender

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This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It’s the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

Because plantain is currently growing wild in abundance this time of year, I chose to include plantain infused olive oil in my vegan solid lotion bar recipe. Plantain not only helps with sunburns, but it is also beneficial for those with skin rashes and chapped skin as well as insect and spider bites. For eczema and psoriasis, the regular use of this herb in a salve or cream can also help in relation to those skin conditions.

What is plantain?

Plantain has the distinction of being a weed. However, plantain has historically been used not only as food but also as a healing herb in numerous cultures around the world. Native Americans traditionally used this plant to treat wounds and fevers as well as to draw out toxins from stings and bites.

There are two types of plantains and often you’ll find both while foraging as they do often grow together in the same area. The plantains with broad leaves are called Plantago major while the other narrow-leaved plantains are called P. lanceolata. Both have similar properties for medicinal and herbal usage, however many herbalists prefer the broadleaf plantain for its larger and softer, edible leaves.

Plantain Infused Olive Oil! Plantains have anti-inflammatory,analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this the plant is well suited at soothing insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

Plantains have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this plantain is well suited to sooth insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

When foraging for plantain leaves, you should choose an area where you know the plants have not been treated with chemicals. Choose unblemished slightly mature plantain leaves over new leaves as these will contain a higher concentration of potent phytochemicals that are beneficial for skin care applications. (Learn more about plantain here.)

Plantain Infused Olive Oil! Plantains have anti-inflammatory,analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this the plant is well suited at soothing insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

To make my vegan solid lotion bar recipe you will first need to infuse foraged and dried plantain leaves in olive oil. You can learn how to make an herbal oil infusion here.

If plantain is not readily available in your area or you are unsure if the plantain in your area has been chemically treated, you can purchase broad-leaf plantain at Mountain Rose Herbs for your infusions. Alternately, Mountain Rose Herbs also sells pre-made Plantain Herbal Oil. This small-batch Plantain Oil is solar infused in a window on site using certified organic Plantago major leaves, organic olive oil, and a touch of vitamin E oil.

Once your plantain infused oil is made, you are ready to create my soothing lavender & oat vegan solid lotion bar recipe.

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

Lavender & Oat Vegan Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. candelilla wax
2 oz. oat butter
2 oz. plantain infused olive oil
.05 oz. lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the candelilla wax and oat butter and combine in a double boiler. Heat until melted then remove from heat.

Next, weigh out the plantain infused olive oil and stir into the melted wax and butter. Follow with the lavender essential oil, weighing it first for the correct amount needed. Mix well.

Single serve ice cream cups can easily be recycled as molds for making homemade solid lotion bars! Click through to learn how to make your own soothing lavender and oat solid lotion bar recipe!

Evenly pour the melted lotion mixture into the mold of your choice. As I am not vegan, I used single serve ice cream containers for molds. However, this basic guest round silicone mold also works for similarly sized solid lotion bars.

Allow the lotion bars to fully harden, then gently remove from the molds.

My vegan solid lotion bar recipe yields 3-4 small lotion bars depending on the size of the mold you choose to use.

Notes on Substitutions:

If you do not wish to use oat butter, you can easily substitute another hydrogenated butter for the oat butter. (Learn about oat butter here.) Alternately, you can also substitute the oat butter with refined shea butter which will make a slightly harder lotion bar.

If you prefer to use a fragrance oil for your solid lotion bar, you can substitute the lavender essential oil with .1 oz. fragrance oil of your choice.

For colder climates or for use during winter, you can increase the plantain infused olive oil to 2.25 oz. to make your vegan solid lotion bars slightly softer. This will allow them to melt faster when applied to skin.

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

Once you’ve made your vegan solid lotion bars, you will need to package them to protect them from dirt, dust and other elements. I wrapped mine tightly in foodservice film then decorated them with washi tape and stickers I purchased at Target. You can then place them into 2 oz. metal tins to store them in after they’ve been opened for use.

To use, simply massage the lotion bar onto dry skin and massage in. Alternately, you can also use this lotion bar in the shower after bathing to help lock in extra moisture. Then rinse and pat dry.

Want to sell this product?

If you want to create products from my vegan solid lotion bar recipe to sell, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

If you like my lavender & oat vegan solid lotion bar recipe then you may also like some of my other vegan friendly moisturizer DIY’s including my Jackfruit & Kiwi moisturizing sugar scrub recipe, my summer blueberry sugar scrub recipe, my natural rose body balm recipe with tea seed oil, and my rose body butter recipe.

To discover more natural skin care recipes like this one, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my weekend wrap up posts! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured!


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Sunday Spotlight: Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites

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Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites: Three artisan bath and body Etsy shops I’m crushing on right now!

Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites

Three artisan bath and body Etsy shops I’m crushing on right now! (Because, yes. I am both an Etsy addict and an artisan bath and body addict regardless of whether or not I make my own bath and body products. It’s an addiction. But quite a fantastic addiction in my humble opinion.)

Four Foxes Candles

Four Foxes Candles sells luxury hand poured soy candles in fragrances that delight including scents like bamboo ginger and buttermilk pancakes. There’s even a Game of Thrones inspired candle line for favorites characters like Sansa Stark and the various houses including House Baratheon. You’ll also find handmade bath salts, sugar scrubs and even yoga mat sprays to fill your needs.

Four Foxes Candles sells luxury hand poured soy candles in fragrances that delight including scents like bamboo ginger and buttermilk pancakes.

From Four Foxes CandlesEgyptian Amber Bath Salts // Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub // Bamboo Mint Soy Candle // Red Ginger Saffron Soy Candle

Simple Traditions

Simple Traditions offers an array of bath and beauty products hand crafted by a stay at home mom. You’re sure to find many favorites here among the wide selection of whipped soaps, body scrubs, solid lotion bars, lip tints and solid perfumes. How can you possibly resist whipped soaps scented like an island margarita or an almond biscotti scented sugar scrub?

Simple Traditions offers an array of bath and beauty products hand crafted by a stay at home mom. You’re sure to find many favorites here among the wide selection of whipped soaps, body scrubs, solid lotion bars, lip tints and solid perfumes.

From Simple Traditions: Pistachio Macaroon Whipped Soap // Cake Batter Solid Lotion Bar Moisturizer // Vegan Chai Tea Soap Bar // Moisturizing Coffee Break Lip Tint

Kopa Kauai

Kopa Kauai sells tropically inspired organic soaps handmade in Kauai, Hawaii that contain natural clay, seeds and other botanicals and are made with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.

Kopa Kauai sells tropically inspired organic soaps handmade in Kauai, Hawaii that contain natural clay, seeds and other botanicals and are made with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.

From Kopa Kauai: Orange Blossom (Neroli) Handmade Soap // Coconut Sandalwood Handmade Soap // Lavender Mint Sea Salt Soap // Papaya Passion Handmade Soap

For even more of my artisan bath and body Etsy favorites visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here. Or visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here.

Which artisan bath and body products are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Looking for great handmade gift ideas? Check out my gift idea collections on Etsy created for pretty much everyone on your list: Gift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers.


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