Best Homemade Bath and Body Recipes of the Past Year

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Discover the best homemade bath and body recipes for the past year! Bath and body recipes for making natural healing balms, homemade soaps, scrubs and more!

As the year comes to a close it’s only fitting to once again share my favorite bath and body recipes of 2015.

At the end of last year I shared twenty of the best homemade skin care recipes from Soap Deli News for 2014. They included recipes for my natural homemade foot scrub, natural cold sore therapy lip balm, natural chocolate rose body cream, homemade black drawing salve and more. You can find that collection here.

For 2015 I worked to create even more homemade bath and body recipes for my readers that were suitable not just for personal use, but also for homemade gifts or as homemade bath and body products to sell. Following are fifteen of my favorite bath and body recipes from the past twelve months, in no particular order.

Top Bath and Body Recipes of 2015

This winter mint homemade moisturizing hair mask recipe is made with natural ingredients and delivers intense moisture to hair ravaged by winter's elements.

1. Winter Mint Homemade Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe – This winter mint homemade moisturizing hair mask recipe is made with natural ingredients and delivers intense moisture to hair ravaged by winter’s elements.

This anti aging night cream recipe helps to reduce the signs of aging naturally with ingredients like coconut water, evening primrose & rosehip seed oil.

2. Anti Aging Night Cream Recipe – This anti aging night cream recipe helps to reduce the signs of aging naturally with ingredients like coconut water, evening primrose & rosehip seed oil.

Keep lips looking and feeling great with this heal and protect winter lip balm recipe. Natural ingredients come together to to help keep lips moisturized to protect against chapping while a tiny hint of sheer color lends lips a healthy glow.

3. Heal and Protect Winter Lip Balm Recipe – Keep lips looking and feeling great with this heal and protect winter lip balm recipe. Natural ingredients come together to to help keep lips moisturized to protect against chapping while a tiny hint of sheer color lends lips a healthy glow.

This homemade ginger salve recipe is great for helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. Plus it's the perfect alternative if you're allergic or sensitive to capsicum and can't use cayenne pepper.

4. Homemade Ginger Salve Recipe – This homemade ginger salve recipe is great for helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. Plus it’s the perfect alternative if you’re allergic or sensitive to capsicum and can’t use cayenne pepper.

This homemade cold process egg soap recipe is made with egg yolks. Eggs have long offered skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts. In cold process soap they also help to create a rich, thick lather.

5. Homemade Cold Process Egg Soap Recipe – This homemade cold process egg soap recipe is made with egg yolks. Eggs have long offered skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts. In cold process soap they also help to create a rich, thick lather.

This natural foot repair salve recipe contains neem oil prized for its strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and natural healing properties.

6. Homemade Foot Repair Salve Recipe – This natural foot repair salve recipe contains neem oil prized for its strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and natural healing properties.

This natural homemade coffee soap recipe is made using real brewed coffee and the cold process soapmaking method and is easy enough for beginners. The caffeine in this homemade coffee soap recipe acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and is believed to help with skin redness and other skin aliments.

7. Homemade Coffee Soap Recipe – This natural homemade coffee soap recipe is made using real brewed coffee and the cold process soapmaking method and is easy enough for beginners. The caffeine in this homemade coffee soap recipe acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and is believed to help with skin redness and other skin aliments.

This natural neem oil and tea tree foot scrub recipe helps keep feet looking great with exfoliating salt and pumice and anti-fungal neem and tea tree oils.

8. Neem Oil & Tea Tree Foot Scrub Recipe – This natural neem oil and tea tree foot scrub recipe helps keep feet looking great with exfoliating salt and pumice and anti-fungal neem and tea tree oils.

This homemade chamomile balm recipe is divine. Scented with cocoa, ginger and espresso and packaged in eco-friendly paperboard jars, these make great gifts!

9. Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe – This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

This homemade green tea and turmeric soap recipe harnesses green tea's anti-oxidant properties and combines it with turmeric's anti-acne, anti-aging and skin lightening properties for a fantastic homemade soap that's great for all skin types. (Plus it's palm free!)

10. Homemade Green Tea and Turmeric Soap Recipe – This homemade green tea and turmeric soap recipe harnesses green tea’s anti-oxidant properties and combines it with turmeric’s anti-acne, anti-aging and skin lightening properties for a fantastic homemade soap that’s great for all skin types.

This homemade chocolate orange body butter recipe is made with real cocoa powder as well as skin nourishing shea and cocoa butters. Not only does it smells great but it's also non-greasy! Pair it with my matching chocolate orange body scrub recipe for a fantastic homemade gift set perfect for bath and body lovers!

11. Homemade Chocolate Orange Body Butter Recipe – This homemade chocolate orange body butter recipe is made with real cocoa powder as well as skin nourishing shea and cocoa butters. Not only does it smells great but it’s also non-greasy! Pair it with my matching chocolate orange body scrub recipe for a fantastic homemade gift set perfect for bath and body lovers!

This homemade healing winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help heal damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The resulting product from this healing winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persisting skin conditions as well as those who wash their hands continuously such as hair dressers and crafters. Plus learn how to create your own custom labels for your final product.

12. Healing Winter Body Balm Recipe – This homemade healing winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help heal damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The resulting product from this healing winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persisting skin conditions as well as those who wash their hands continuously such as hair dressers and crafters.

This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Create your own in custom colors for your own personal style or give my own fun and flattering tinted lip balm recipe a try as is for a beautiful look perfect for parties or everyday wear.

13. Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe – This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Create your own in custom colors for your own personal style or give my own fun and flattering tinted lip balm recipe a try as is for a beautiful look perfect for parties or everyday wear.

This natural cayenne pain relief salve recipe is wonderful for treating pain caused by arthritis, sore muscles, stiffness and swelling. Plus there are free printable labels for your final product!

14. Cayenne Pain Relief Salve Recipe – This natural cayenne pain relief salve recipe is wonderful for treating pain caused by arthritis, sore muscles, stiffness and swelling. Plus there are free printable labels for your final product!

This homemade red palm soap recipe is made using virgin red palm oil which is naturally high in Vitamin E and antioxidants and mineral rich Hawaiian Alaea Red Sea Salt.

15. Hawaiian Red Sea Salt & Red Palm Soap Recipe – This homemade red palm soap recipe is made using virgin red palm oil which is naturally high in Vitamin E and antioxidants and mineral rich Hawaiian Alaea Red Sea Salt.

Also for 2015, I wrote a revised tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch as well as a new tutorial on how to make your own cold process soap recipe.

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Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

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This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Plus free printable lip balm labels for gifting!

This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Create your own tinted lip balm in custom colors for your own personal style or give my fun and flattering merlot tinted lip balm recipe a try as is for a beautiful look perfect for parties or everyday wear.

This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Plus free printable lip balm labels for gifting!

Still looking for homemade stocking stuffer ideas? These merlot tinted lip balms are perfectly sized for homemade stocking stuffers. I’ve even included free printable lip balm labels to make gifting these tinted lip balms even easier.

This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Plus free printable lip balm labels for gifting!

Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.7 oz. grapeseed oil
.3 oz. castor oil
.2 oz. shea butter
.6 oz. beeswax
.1 oz. lanolin
1.5mL peppermint essential oil, optional
2 teaspoons red orange oil locking mica shimmer
1 teaspoon Diamond Dust (or similar) mica
1/2 teaspoon matte black oxide pigment powder

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the beeswax into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at 50% power until the wax has melted completely. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

Now weigh out the shea butter and lanolin and stir into the melted beeswax. If needed, heat the ingredients again to melt fully.

Next weigh out the grape seed oil and castor oil. Stir into the melted beeswax, lanolin and shea butter mixture.

If a scent is desired, use a graduated transfer pipette to add 1/5 mL of peppermint essential oil. Stir into the tinted lip balm mixture.

Finally you’ll add the colorants.

Use measuring spoons to measure out the colorants. Whisk into the melted lip balm ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Now pour into your containers. For this merlot tinted lip balm recipe I used .3 oz. eco-friendly brown paperboard push up lip balm tubes from SKS Bottle & Packaging. This recipe will fill seven of these tubes.

Allow the lip balms to cool and solidify completely, then cap and label. (You can easily halve this tinted lip balm recipe to yield 3 1/2 lip balms. The fourth of which can be poured into a metal tin or a smaller regular sized lip balm container.)

You can download the merlot tinted lip balm labels here. Then simply print onto a brown kraft full size label, then cut out the labels just inside the black lines and adhere to the lip balm tubes. You can find kraft labels in bulk at reasonable prices at WorldLabelThis merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Create your own in custom colors for your own personal style or give my own fun and flattering tinted lip balm recipe a try as is for a beautiful look perfect for parties or everyday wear.

Prefer a different color for your tinted lip balms? Experiment with your own favorite pigments and micas or even try using more or less pigment for a sheer tint to a full blow lipstick! The red orange oil locking mica shimmer also looks great solo.

My alternate recipe for my 2-in-1 lip stain and cream blush uses this same red orange oil locking shimmer mica for another fresh, fun look! For extra chapped lips, also try my winter healing body balm recipe that’s lovely for both lips and skin exposed to winter’s harsh elements.

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Homemade Strawberry Lip Balm Recipe

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This homemade strawberry lip balm recipe is quick and easy to make, smells delectable and even adds a touch of pink to your lips!

This homemade strawberry lip balm recipe is quick and easy to make, smells delectable and even adds a touch of pink to your lips! Made using natural ingredients like cocoa butter and coconut oil, this strawberry lip balm recipe also includes a touch of strawberry flavor oil and an optional pink colorant to give lips a sheer to bold color – you choose!

This homemade strawberry lip balm recipe is quick and easy to make, smells delectable and even adds a touch of pink to your lips!

Homemade Strawberry Lip Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.3 oz. beeswax pastilles
.3 oz. cocoa butter (refined or unrefined for a hint of chocolate)
.25 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
.25 oz. sweet almond oil
5mL strawberry flavor oil
red orange oil locking mica shimmer, to suit

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the beeswax pastilles and cocoa butter. Combine in a small glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50% power until the ingredients have melted. (Optionally you may also use a double boiler.) Be careful removing the Pyrex from the microwave – use a towel or pot holder – as it will be hot!

Next, weigh out the coconut oil and sweet almond oil into a small 50mL glass or plastic beaker. (These beakers make filling your lip balm tubes so much easier!) Pour the melted cocoa butter and beeswax into the beaker with the coconut oil and sweet almond oil. Mix with a fork or other thin utensil until the coconut oil has melted completely.

Now, using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out 5 mL of strawberry flavor oil and stir into the lip balm mixture.

Finally, if desired, add the mica for color. Add about 1/8 th of a teaspoon for a sheer tint, more for a darker color. Mix thoroughly.

This homemade strawberry lip balm recipe is quick and easy to make, smells delectable and even adds a touch of pink to your lips! Made using natural ingredients like cocoa butter and coconut oil, this strawberry lip balm recipe also includes a touch of strawberry flavor oil and an optional pink colorant to give lips a sheer to bold color - you choose!

Now pour the lip balm mixture evenly into 8 empty lip balm tubes and allow to cool completely. Then cap and label as desired.

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Chocolate Ginger Agave Lip Butter Recipe

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Natural Chocolate Ginger Agave Lip Butter Recipe with Natural Tint

This homemade lip butter recipe is made with yummy agave syrup and is naturally scented with cocoa absolute and ginger essential oil. Natural alkanet root powder gives lips a beautiful, subtle tint. You will love how kissably soft this lip butter recipe makes your lips feel as well as the lip gloss like shine! Plus it’s so easy to make!

Chocolate Ginger Agave Lip Butter Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. cocoa butter
.5 oz. refined shea butter
.1 oz. walnut oil
.1 oz. light agave syrup
.2 oz. white cosmetic beeswax
8 drops cocoa absolute
10 drops ginger essential oil
1/2 teaspoon alkanet root powder

Instructions:

To make this lip butter recipe you will begin by using a digital scale weigh out the cocoa butter, shea butter and beeswax. Heat in a double boiler or at reduced power in the microwave until melted.

Now weigh out the walnut oil and agave syrup and stir into the melted wax and butters. Mix well.

Using a glass dropper or plastic transfer pipette add the cocoa absolute and ginger essential oil.

Use a teaspoon measuring spoon to measure out the alkanet root powder. Whip into the lip butter until it is thoroughly combined then spoon into four 1/3 oz. (10 gram) lip balm pots.

Be sure to try my other bath and beauty recipes that contain agave syrup: Agave & Dead Sea Mud Detoxifying Face Mask Recipe, Mango Coconut Buttercream Body Frosting Recipe, Argan & Agave Shine Spray and Leave In Conditioner Recipe, and Pink Grapefruit & Poppyseed Sugar Scrub Recipe with Agave. Or follow my boards on Pinterest for even more great beauty DIY’s, homemade soap recipes and projects.

Lemon & Ginger Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

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DIY Lemon and Ginger Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe with a Hint of Sheer Bronze Shimmer

Give your lip some love with this natural homemade lip balm recipe! It’s lightly scented with natural lemongrass and ginger essential oils and contains an optional bronze mica for just a hint of sheer shimmer.

DIY Lemon and Ginger Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe with a Hint of Sheer Bronze Shimmer

Lemon & Ginger Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.45 oz. jojoba oil (natural or clear)
.45 oz. refined/deodorized cocoa butter
.3 oz. white cosmetic beeswax
.3 oz. carnauba wax
.3 oz. castor oil
.25 oz. refined 76° melt point coconut oil
.5 oz. refined/deodorized shea butter
.45 oz. sweet almond oil
1 Teaspoon lip safe bronze mica powder
18 drops lemongrass essential oil
12 drops ginger essential oil
10 drops non-GMO vitamin E oil

You’ll also need:

Lip balm tubes with lids
Small glass Pyrex measuring cup
Graduated plastic transfer pipettes
Digital scale
Fork or other utensil for stirring
Tablespoon measuring spoon
Small glass or plastic beaker

Instructions:

Begin by weighing out the beeswax and carnauba wax into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at 50% power in the microwave or in a double boiler – you can place the measuring cup in a pot of water on top of a canning ring in a pinch – until the waxes are melted about 2/3 of the way through.

Next measure out the cocoa butter and add to the waxes. Continue melting. Once these have melted completely, weigh out and add the coconut oil and shea butter and continue heating until these are melted.

Remove from heat source and weigh out the jojoba, castor and sweet almond oils and stir in the previously melted ingredients.

Using a new plastic transfer pipette for each essential oil, add the ginger and lemongrass essential oils and stir.

Now measure out the bronze mica powder and mix and whisk with a fork until fully incorporated. (For bold rather than sheer color increase the amount until you reach desired color. It will look darker in the tube than on your lips!) If the mixture has started to cool reheat slightly. If you prefer a completely natural homemade lip balm recipe, omit the bronze mica entirely or substitute with a natural colorant of your choice such as beet root powder.

Transfer half the melted lip balm into a small beaker and then pour into lip balm tubes. Repeat with the second half of the lip balm. (I use the small beakers as they are so much easier to control and the transfer pipettes will melt if your lip balm base is too hot or if it’s too cool the lip balm will harden in the tubes very quickly.)

Once the lip balms have cooled completely and hardened, cap then label as desired.

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This recipe yields approximately 20-21 lip balms.