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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca D. Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can learn more about Rebecca by checking out her bio. Or discover more great skin care & beauty recipes by subscribing to Soap Deli News blog via email.

Watermelon Cold Process Soap Recipe with Skin Brightening Vitamin C for Glowing Skin

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Naturally rich in vitamin C, this watermelon cold process soap recipe is an easy way to enjoy the skin care benefits of vitamin C without irritating sensitive skin.

Watermelon cold process soap recipe with skin brightening vitamin C for glowing skin. Lighten skin and hyperpigmentation while also evening out skin tone with this natural watermelon soap recipe. As this handcrafted soap recipe for DIY watermelon soap is a wash off product, it makes a great addition to your daily beauty regimen if you have sensitive skin or find vitamin C serums irritating. Help fight free radicals with this anti-aging, natural skin care product for beautiful skin. #antiaging

My watermelon cold process soap recipe originally appeared as a guest post on Everything Pretty blog.

Who doesn’t want glowing skin? We all know that using a vitamin C serum is a tried and true anti-aging skin care solution for maturing skin. Packed with antioxidants, vitamin C is helps to even out skin tone, prevent hyperpigmentation, brighten skin and aid in skin’s natural regeneration process.

This watermelon cold process soap recipe is an easy way to add vitamin C to your daily beauty regimen. My homemade watermelon soap is made with real watermelon powder, so it’s naturally enriched with vitamin C along with other nutrients that skin loves! It’s also less irritating than leave on serums for those with sensitive skin. Keep reading to learn how to incorporate watermelon fruit powder into your homemade soap recipes for your natural, anti-aging skin care routine.

Skin Care Benefits of Vitamin C

One of my favorite things about summer is eating juicy, ripe watermelon! Sticky, sweet and delicious, watermelon is full of nutrients our bodies love like vitamins A, B6 and C, lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. However, it doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy the health benefits that watermelon has to offer. Not only is watermelon fruit powder available year round, but when used in natural beauty products your skin can enjoy some of the same healthy benefits.

An easy way to take advantage of the beauty benefits of watermelon is to craft your own cold process watermelon soap recipe. Those nutrients I mentioned? Well, their properties make watermelon a perfect choice for natural, anti-aging skin care.

Vitamins A and C, in combination with the lycopene content found in watermelon, have been shown to help fight the free radicals that cause aging. While vitamin A has wonderful toning properties that can help to shrink pores as well as combat acne. Vitamin C, as previously mentioned, can also help to brighten skin and fade dark spots. It’s also possible that it can prevent hyperpigmentation all together with regular use. (Learn more about the skin care benefits of vitamin C here.)

Unfortunately, those with sensitive skin can’t always use a vitamin C serum without irritation. As this watermelon cold process soap recipe with vitamin C is a wash off product, it offers a gentle alternative to serums that may normally irritate skin. (If you love vitamin C serums, you can learn how to make your own DIY vitamin C serum here!)

Cold process soap recipe for natural anti-aging skin care. This watermelon cold process soap recipe contains skin brightening vitamin C for beautiful glowing skin. Lighten skin and hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone with this natural watermelon soap recipe. One of the best beauty tips for sensitive skin! Lighten hyperpigmentation and dark spots without irritation with this natural skin care product. A great way to add vitamin C to your daily beauty regimen. #vitaminc #antiaging #beautytips

How to Make Watermelon Cold Process Soap for Anti-Aging Skin Care

Before You Get Started

There are a few things to know if you’ve never made cold process soap. It’s of utmost importance that you never use any aluminum containers or utensils when making cold process soap.

I know someone who made of the mistake of doing this recently not realizing her soapmaking pot was aluminum and the video documentation was quite terrifying. The combination of aluminum and lye (sodium hydroxide) creates both hydrogen gas and sodium aluminate. And they aren’t something to fool around with. So if you’re not sure whether your container is made of aluminum or not, err on the side of caution.

In addition, you will also need to wear eye protection, a safety mask and gloves as well as have heat safe containers in which to mix the lye-water and soapmaking oils.

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, then I highly recommend that you first read my tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch. You may also want to start with a more basic soap recipe such as this hydrating Bastille soap recipe.

Making homemade soap using the cold process soap making method means you won’t need a preservative for my watermelon cold process soap recipe. Because of the chemical process homemade soap goes through to convert the fats and alkali into soap, the watermelon fruit powder in this recipe is naturally preserved. This means you can enjoy watermelon cold process soap year round without having to worry about your homemade product going bad.

While you could easily use fresh watermelon fruit in place of the water in my watermelon cold process soap recipe, utilizing watermelon powder means watermelon doesn’t have to be in season for you to make this soap.

Watermelon cold process soap recipe with skin brightening vitamin C for glowing skin. Lighten skin and hyperpigmentation while also evening out skin tone with this natural watermelon soap recipe. As this handcrafted soap recipe for DIY watermelon soap is a wash off product, it makes a great addition to your daily beauty regimen if you have sensitive skin or find vitamin C serums irritating. Help fight free radicals with this anti-aging, natural skin care product for beautiful skin. #soapmaking

Watermelon Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:

.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4 oz. refined coconut oil (25%)
7.2 oz. pomace olive oil (45%)
2.4 oz. safflower oil (15%)
1.6 oz. refined shea butter (10%)

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

1 tablespoon watermelon fruit powder
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon raspberry red mica (or similar)
1 oz. watermelon fragrance oil

Tools & Materials:

Digital scale
Silicone mold
Heat safe containers (Non-aluminum) 
Crock Pot, stove or microwave
Immersion blender
Utensils (Non-aluminum) 

Cold process soap recipe for natural anti-aging skin care. This watermelon cold process soap recipe contains skin brightening vitamin C for beautiful glowing skin. Lighten skin and hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone with this natural watermelon soap recipe. One of the best beauty tips for sensitive skin! Lighten hyperpigmentation and dark spots without irritation with this natural skin care product. A great way to add vitamin C to your daily beauty regimen. #vitaminc #antiaging #beautytips

Instructions for Making Watermelon Cold Process Soap:

My watermelon cold process soap recipe has 6% superfat with the water as 30.5% of the oil weight. It will yield six homemade soap bars when using this six-cavity rectangle silicone soap mold.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in a heat safe container or pitcher. Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and mix until the lye has completely dissolved. Then set the lye-water aside in a safe location to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and shea butter. Combine in a separate heat safe container. Then gently melt the shea butter and oils together either at 50% power in the microwave, in a crock pot or over medium-low heat on the stove. Once the oils have been heated and the shea butter has fully melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Once your soapmaking oils and the lye-water reach around 95°F (and are roughly within 10 degrees of one another) you are ready to make soap!

Using measuring spoons, measure out the watermelon powder, poppy seeds and mica. Add to the container with the soapmaking oils then mix briefly with an immersion or stick blender.

Then slowly pour the lye-water into the oils. Mix with your immersion blender until the soap reaches a light trace.

Once the soap has begun to trace, weigh out and add the melon ball fragrance oil. Then mix again until the fragrance oil is evenly combined throughout and the soap rethickens.

Pour the soap into the cavities of your silicone mold using a spatula to smooth down the tops. Then lightly cover the mold with plastic wrap.

Set your soap aside in a safe location. You can then unmold your soap 24-48 hours later.

Once you unmold your watermelon soap, allow it to cure for at least four weeks before use. Then wrap and label your homemade soaps as desired for personal use or gifting.

 Watermelon cold process soap recipe with skin brightening vitamin C for glowing skin. Lighten skin and hyperpigmentation while also evening out skin tone with this natural watermelon soap recipe. Best beauty tips for anti-aging skin for natural skin lightening of hyperpigmentation and dark spots without irritation. This DIY watermelon soap is a wash off product, it makes a great addition to your daily beauty regimen if you have sensitive skin or find vitamin C serums irritating. #skinlightening

If you love my watermelon cold process soap recipe, then be sure to pin this cold process soap recipe to Pinterest for later. If you aren’t quite ready to make my watermelon cold process soap recipe, then try my watermelon melt and pour soap recipe instead.

More Cold Process Soap Recipes

Also be sure to try some of my other homemade cold process soap recipes. Some of my favorite soap making recipes include the following.

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DIY Plaster Aroma Stones for Essential Oils (That Double As Kids Sidewalk Chalk)

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Learn how to make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick and easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother’s Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves. Turns out these essential oil aroma stones actually double as kids sidewalk chalk. So it’s the perfect 2-for-1 activity when you need things to do when bored, or are looking for creative kids crafts to keep your little angelic demons out of your hair. Keep reading to discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child.

Learn how to make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick and easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for DIY Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. The perfect 2-for-1 activity when you need things to do when bored, or are looking for creative kids crafts to keep your little angelic demons out of your hair. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils now.

Last week I got into a groove and started getting crafty. I was going to rock being stuck at home. Unfortunately, it turns out that adult fears outweigh that childhood boredom that kept me entertained as a Gen X latchkey kid. Because my increasing anxiety kicked everything up a notch, including the fibro. And there’s no amount of knocking boots or edibles that can get me back into my magic zen zone.

Everyday is just one day at a time right now. Slowing down and a lot of self care. Hoping things don’t get worse. Worrying that no one I know gets sick. Crossing fingers, legs and toes that my friends who’ve lost their jobs are going to pull through this with some hope (and sanity) left intact. It’s crazy out there. And I’m worried. But I think it’s important to remember that we are not alone. If we stick together as a community and look out for each other, we’ll all be okay. In the meantime, get back to basics by crafting! It’s basically art therapy for stress. (Plus it’ll likely help you cope better than day drinking. Those cortisol spikes cause some pretty wicked insomnia.)

Unplugged Kids Crafts & Activities. Creative things for kids to do when bored at home. 30+ ideas for kids crafts and family fun activities to create when you're stuck at home. Learn how to make DIY kids sidewalk chalk using plaster plus my favorite kids activities I enjoyed when I was growing up before the internet even existed. Lots of fun and easy DIY ideas that allow kids to explore their creativity and learn new skills.

Unplugged Kids Crafts & Activities

I know some of you still have kids at home bored out of their minds. So it can be hard to drag them away from video games and the internet. Since I’m apparently old enough to now be confused with a boomer (Um, hello. My PARENTS are boomers. They are in their 70s.) I have all kinds of ideas for unplugged kids crafts and activities that I did as a child. Because Atari was about as good as it got back then. And I was never great about the whole hand eye coordination thing. 

  • Mix dirt with grass and water to make pinch pot pottery.
  • Learn about edible weeds and herbs by foraging for salads.
  • Create an at home restaurant with food, menus and money hand drawn onto paper, then cut out with scissors.
  • Bake cookies and brownies and grilled cheese.
  • Make paper dolls.
  • Attach multiple sheets of paper together with tape, then draw roads on them for toy cars.
  • Dig up the yard to make roads for toy cars.
  • Use kids sidewalk chalk to draw roads on the cul-de-sac for biking.
  • Play dress up with other family members’ clothing, complete with a photo shoot.
  • Make furniture for dolls using upcycled cardboard and other found materials.
  • Write a zine or start a journal.
  • Craft a wearable mermaid’s tail from newspaper, tape and aluminum foil.
  • Slam your brother’s finger in a door. When he gets you back, compare blood blisters.
  • Make a terrarium with dirt and moss from the great outdoors.
  • Use scraps of paper to create mosaic art.
  • Sew easy felt finger puppets.

Green Kids Crafts: At Home Kids Activities Delivered to Your Door

They can also make this awesome kids sidewalk chalk. Or DIY plaster aroma stones. Whatever you prefer to call them. Simply whip them up in a fun mold (I used my soap making molds) and have at it. 

Easy DIY essential oil aroma stones. A simple craft project for making an essential oil diffuser using plaster of Paris. Not only are these DIY plaster aroma stones perfect for adding fragrance to your home, they're also and easy kids craft that the kids can make for homemade Mother's Day gifts. Learn how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oil blends, try out my favorite essential oil blend and learn how to make a relaxing aromatherapy essential oil blend.

What Are Aroma Stones?

You may be wondering, what is an aroma stone? An aroma stone is basically just unglazed pottery. It’s used as a fragrance diffuser for fragrance oils or essential oils by simply adding drops of your scent of choice to the stone. You can make aroma stones using air dry clay. You can also make DIY plaster aroma stones using plaster. By adding colored mica powder, you can easily add fun colors to your aroma stones. And utilize them as kids sidewalk chalk as well. Here’s how it’s done.

Make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick & easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child. And learn how to make essential oil aroma stones as a family fun activity. And a relaxing essential oil blend for your diffuser.

DIY Plaster Aroma Stones (Or Kids Sidewalk Chalk)

Ingredients:

1 cup plaster
3/4 cup water
2.5 grams mica powder

Materials:

Silicone mold
Mixing bowls
Mixing utensils
Measuring cup

Make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick & easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child. And learn how to make essential oil aroma stones as a family fun activity. And a relaxing essential oil blend for your diffuser.

Directions for Making DIY Plaster Aroma Stones:

I made my DIY plaster aroma stones the same way I did my essential oil ornaments. There’s not a huge difference in the process. I used four parts plaster to three parts water with a full size sample package of mica powder for color to create these.

This recipe always works for making kids sidewalk chalk, however, the colors are pretty pastel. For bolder colors, if you’d like your DIY plaster aroma stones to double as kids sidewalk chalk, simply double or triple the amount of mica powder used.

You can also easily increase or decrease the size of my recipe for DIY plaster aroma stones simply by resizing it as needed. Just adhere to the four parts plaster to three parts water ratio. The addition of mica won’t make any difference in the outcome of your DIY plaster aroma stones as far as them holding together.

Make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick & easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child. And learn how to make essential oil aroma stones as a family fun activity. And a relaxing essential oil blend for your diffuser.

Once you’ve gathered all the supplies and materials you need to make your DIY plaster aroma stones, use a measuring cup to measure out the plaster and water into separate containers.

Essential oil aroma stones DIY. A quick and easy alternative to an essential oil diffuser for a home fragrance. Enjoy aromatherapy with this easy adult craft project for making DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oils blends. These portable take anywhere essential oil diffusers are perfect for essential oils or fragrance oils to scent your home. Plus try my relaxing essential oil blend for your aroma stone diffuser to promote calm and reduce anxiety during stressful periods.

Add the mica powder to the dry plaster and mix well.

Essential oil aroma stones DIY. A quick and easy alternative to an essential oil diffuser for a home fragrance. Enjoy aromatherapy with this easy adult craft project for making DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oils blends. These portable take anywhere essential oil diffusers are perfect for essential oils or fragrance oils to scent your home. Plus try my relaxing essential oil blend for your aroma stone diffuser to promote calm and reduce anxiety during stressful periods.

You want the color to be evenly incorporated throughout the plaster.

Easy DIY essential oil aroma stones. A simple craft project for making an essential oil diffuser using plaster of Paris. Not only are these DIY plaster aroma stones perfect for adding fragrance to your home, they're also and easy kids craft that the kids can make for homemade Mother's Day gifts. Learn how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oil blends, try out my favorite essential oil blend and learn how to make a relaxing aromatherapy essential oil blend.

Once you’ve mixed the plaster and mica powder for your DIY plaster aroma stones, stir in the water. Continue mixing until there are no clumps and the plaster is completely fluid.

Easy DIY essential oil aroma stones. A simple craft project for making an essential oil diffuser using plaster of Paris. Not only are these DIY plaster aroma stones perfect for adding fragrance to your home, they're also and easy kids craft that the kids can make for homemade Mother's Day gifts. Learn how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oil blends, try out my favorite essential oil blend and learn how to make a relaxing aromatherapy essential oil blend.

Now pour the colored plaster into your silicone mold. I used these silicone flower molds. The smaller of these two molds will make three DIY plaster aroma stones or kids sidewalk chalk in a single color.

Now use your finger, a spatula or another utensil to pop any air bubbles that may be present. You can also try tapping the mold lightly on your surface area to remove air bubbles. However, I found this challenging as the mold isn’t sturdy.

Easy DIY essential oil aroma stones. A simple craft project for making an essential oil diffuser using plaster of Paris. Not only are these DIY plaster aroma stones perfect for adding fragrance to your home, they're also and easy kids craft that the kids can make for homemade Mother's Day gifts. Learn how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oil blends, try out my favorite essential oil blend and learn how to make a relaxing aromatherapy essential oil blend.

Allow the DIY plaster aroma stones to set up completely. It will take them about 20 minutes or so to fully harden. Once hardened, you can unmold them.

To make additional DIY plaster aroma stones or kids sidewalk chalk in more colors, simply repeat the process using a different color than the first.

How to Use Your DIY Plaster Aroma Stones:

To use your DIY plaster aroma stones, add about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil blend to the tops of the stone. One of my favorite blends right now is Simply Earth’s Tranquility essential oil blend. I find this blend especially helpful during times of stress. (Especially when I can’t find TP anywhere! Am I right?)

You can also create an aromatherapy essential oil blend to reduce stress and promote relaxation for your DIY plaster aroma stones. Simply combine 10 drops manuka essential oil, 10 drops bergamot essential oil and 2 drops lavender essential oil in an amber glass bottle. Then swirl to combine. Then add the blend to your plaster aroma stone to help ease away stressors and promote calm.

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Kids sidewalk chalk DIY. Quick and easy kids craft idea for hours of fun playing. Enjoy sidewalk chalk kids activities or make sidewalk chalk art for a family fun activities everyone can enjoy. An easy DIY sidewalk chalk tutorial that uses just 3-ingredients - water, plaster of Paris and mica powder. You'll craft your own colored sidewalk chalk that's ready in about 30-minutes for tons of unplugged kids activities that are fun when you need things to do when bored.

How to Use Your Aroma Stones as Kids Sidewalk Chalk:

Using your DIY Plaster Aroma Stones as kids sidewalk chalk is a snap. Simply add additional mica, if desired, when making your stones for that extra color pop. Then give your kids some chalk to play with and enjoy! It works great on streets, sidewalks and paving stones. And, of course, parents and adults can join in the fun too! (You’re never too old to be creative.)

You can find some great ideas for sidewalk chalk art here. Or check out these sidewalk chalk games.

Essential oil aroma stones DIY. A quick and easy alternative to an essential oil diffuser for a home fragrance. Enjoy aromatherapy with this easy adult craft project for making DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oils blends. These portable take anywhere essential oil diffusers are perfect for essential oils or fragrance oils to scent your home. Plus try my relaxing essential oil blend for your aroma stone diffuser to promote calm and reduce anxiety during stressful periods.

Like my project for making DIY plaster aroma stones? Then make sure you pin this project to Pinterest for later!

If you love home fragrances, then also be sure to try out my DIY reed diffuser with essential oils as well as my DIY wax melts with beeswax.

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Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe: A Magic Beauty Balm for Natural Skin Care

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Stuck at home searching for ideas for a spa day at home? This manuka essential oil salve recipe is the perfect, natural skin care project! Unlike all those clay mask and bath bomb recipes, this all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! Not only does this magic beauty balm replenish and hydrate dry hands, skin and lips, it also promotes healing. So it’s perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips. Or throw some mica into the mix for a custom tinted lip balm or a highlighting, makeup primer for glowing skin!

Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe: A magic beauty balm for natural skin care as the finishing touch to your spa day at home. This manuka essential oil all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! This magic beauty balm replenishes and hydrates dry hands, skin and lips, and also promotes healing. So it's perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips. Or throw some mica into the mix for a custom DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin!

Keep reading to learn how to formulate my manuka essential oil salve recipe to enjoy in unlimited ways. It’s perfect for hydrating skin and promoting skin health, as well as giving your makeup looks that extra wow factor. So, it’s the perfect clean beauty solution for happy skin.

What Can I Make for a Spa Day At Home?

The world kind of feels like it’s going crazy at the moment. And, as one meme put it, this year is being written by Stephen King. Yesterday our Governor ordered all non-essential businesses to close. Thankfully, one person asked the right question. Will VA ABC stores stay open? For now, at least, that answer is yes. In times of chaos, it seems, self medicating is king. What this means, however, is that a LOT of people are now stuck at home during the day. I’m also predicting that day drinking will become less of a social stigma as society tries to navigate the continual changes.

Plus, there’s the boredom to consider. As someone who works from home, I’m well versed in entertaining myself. However, if you’re used to daily interaction with people and a fixed schedule, being cooped up at home can be both unsettling and boring AF. 

According to current trends on Pinterest, a LOT (and I mean a LOT!) of you are seeking an escape through self care. Specifically through a spa day at home. While I have tons of holistic skin care recipes for a spa day at home, including face masks, bath bombs, coffee scrubs, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, bath salts and milk baths, I wanted to share a brand new skin care recipe with you all instead. 

Multipurpose beauty balm. An easy essential oil salve recipe that promotes healing and helps with acne breakouts. Use this all purpose salve recipe as a DIY highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin, a DIY tinted lip balm or as a richly moisturizing beauty balm for dry hands to get real dry skin relief. This clean beauty recipe can also help with cold sores when used as a natural remedy. The perfect all-in-one beauty balm for natural skin care with manuka essential oil to promote healing.

This manuka essential oil salve recipe is like a magic beauty balm for skin. It has so many applications, and it’s perfect if your skin is dry from repeated hand washing throughout the day. However, you can use it on your skin to relieve more than just your dry hands! It can also be used hydrate dry skin elsewhere on your body, tackle cracked heels and chapped lips, and even soothe cold sores while reducing the severity of symptoms. In addition, my manuka essential oil salve can also be used to add healthy looking color and shine to lips. Or try it as a highlighting face primer for skin. I especially love this essential oil salve as a makeup melting DIY cleansing balm! It’s an absolute dream for my maturing skin AND it helped clear up my hormonal acne.

Use this essential oil salve as a magic beauty balm as your final step to hydrate and nourish skin as a last step after enjoying skin care treatments during your spa day home. Then incorporate it into your everyday skin care routine for natural beauty, as part of your daily self care routine. Also be sure to check out more recipes ideas for a spa day at home after the recipe!

Having a spa day at home? Finish off your natural skin care routine with this hydrating manuka essential oil salve recipe! Learn how to formulate my manuka essential oil salve recipe to enjoy in unlimited ways as a multipurpose beauty balm for clean beauty. It's perfect for hydrating skin and promoting skin health, as well as giving your makeup looks that extra wow factor. So, it's the perfect clean beauty solution for happy skin. Use it as a DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer.

How to Make an Essential Oil Salve for Natural Skin Care

Making my manuka essential oil salve is quick and easy. This beauty DIY is a lot like making homemade lip balms. However, you don’t need to fuss with trying to pour this into tiny lip balm tubes. For smaller applications, you can use three 1 oz. metal tins, or a 3 oz. low profile jar for larger applications, such as all over body care.

Benefits of Manuka Essential Oil

You may be most familiar with manuka honey, rather than manuka essential oil. However, like manuka honey, the essential oil is offers many of the same benefits. It also makes a wonderful substitution for tea tree oil, which is endemic to Australia.

Like tea tree oil, manuka essential oil comes from a plant in the Myrtle family. This small flowering shrub, however, is indigenous to New Zealand. Whereas tea tree is harvested in Australia. Both essential oils are possess antifungal and antibacterial properties.

However, there are some major differences between tea tree oil and manuka essential oil. Unlike tea tree oil, manuka essential oils is a non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing essential oil. Its benefits also extend beyond those of tea tree oil. Manuka essential oil is 20-30 times more active than tea tree oil against gram positive bacteria. It is also several times more effective against strains of fungi and viruses.

Manuka essential oil is generally safe for all ages to use. Therefore, it’s a better choice over tea tree oil in skin care applications for which you desire antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Manuka essential oil helps soothe symptoms of itching skin and dandruff, rashes, eczema and other common skin diseases. It also promotes healing of minor abrasions and eases muscle and joint pain. In addition, manuka also helps to relieve symptoms of congestion or respiratory distress, when utilized in aromatherapy. As such, you’ll find that manuka essential oil makes a wonderful addition to many bath and beauty recipes, including those for skin care and hair care products.

Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe: A magic beauty balm for natural skin care as the finishing touch to your spa day at home. This manuka essential oil all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! This magic beauty balm replenishes and hydrates dry hands, skin and lips, and also promotes healing. So it's perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips. Or throw some mica into the mix for a custom DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin!

Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

In addition to manuka essential oil, I also use bergamot essential oil in this all purpose salve recipe. Like manuka essential oil, bergamot essential oil also has anti-inflammatory properties as well as antibacterial and antifungal effects. So it’s great at soothing dry, itchy skin and eczema. And, it can also help with acne and promote healing of minor wounds or abrasions.

It is important to note, however, that bergamot essential oil does increase photosensitivity. Therefore, I don’t recommend using this essential oil salve on your face or exposed areas of the body if you’ll be spending time outdoors in the sun. If you’re a sun lover, you’ll want to substitute bergamot essential oil with patchouli essential oil or even chamomile. Alternately, you can also use a bergapten-free version of bergamot oil.

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Just like bergamot and manuka essential oils, lavender also has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties when used in natural skin care applications. It’s also great at fighting acne and can help promote healing from acne breakouts and  minor wounds. In addition, lavender essential oil also works great at soothing dry skin and eczema. So it’s a wonderful choice for any essential oil salve.

Sleep Rollerball Recipe: Essential Oil Blend for Sleep. Make an easy 2-ingredient sleep rollerball recipe with a simple essential oil blend for sleep. A natural way to promote restful sleep, this essential oil blend is kid-safe and can be used even if you are pregnant or nursing. Plus discover tips on how to get a good night's sleep by simply changing a few of your daily habits. #kidsafe essential oils for sleep. How to use #aromatherapy to promote a sleep. #essentialoils #sleepremedy

Manuka Essential Oil for Stress and Relaxation

Not only do all of these essential oils help to improve skin appearance, fight acne and promote healing, they are also perfect for times of stress. You can easily create an aromatherapy essential oil blend to reduce stress and promote relaxation for your essential oil diffuser. Simply combine 5 drops manuka essential oil, 5 drops bergamot essential oil and 1 drop lavender essential oil in an amber glass bottle. Then swirl to combine. Add a few drops to your diffuser to help ease away stressors and promote calm.

Alternately, you can also add this essential oil blend to a 10 mL rollerball bottle. Then fill the remainder of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil for aromatherapy on the go.

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Excited to make my manuka essential oil salve? Awesome! You will LOVE it! Just be sure to check out the notes after the recipe to learn about simple substitutions or additions you can make to this all purpose salve to best meet your skin care needs.

Natural skin care recipes for clean beauty. Stuck at home searching for ideas for a spa day at home? This manuka essential oil salve recipe is the perfect, natural skin care project! Unlike all those clay mask and bath bomb recipes, this all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! Not only does this magic beauty balm replenish and hydrate dry hands, skin and lips, it also promotes healing. So it's perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips.

Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.5 oz. hemp seed oil
.5 oz. sweet almond oil
.5 oz. deodorized cocoa butter wafers
.5 oz. cosmetic beeswax
.25 oz. refined coconut oil
dollop vitamin E oil, optional
10 drops manuka essential oil
10 drops bergamot essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
lip safe dark gold mica, optional

Directions:

Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the cocoa butter wafers, coconut oil and beeswax. Combine the ingredients in a double boiler and heat over medium high heat until halfway melted.

Reduce the heat to medium. Then weigh out and stir in the hemp seed oil.

Once all the ingredients have fully melted, remove from heat.

Manuka Essential Oil Salve Recipe: A magic beauty balm for natural skin care as the finishing touch to your spa day at home. This manuka essential oil all purpose salve can be used in a number of different ways! This magic beauty balm replenishes and hydrates dry hands, skin and lips, and also promotes healing. So it's perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips. Or throw some mica into the mix for a custom DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin!

Now add a dollop of vitamin E oil. Stir to combine.

Follow with the drops of essential oil, then mix well.

If desired, add a pinch of mica (to color your essential oil salve, if desired) or more if you’d like to use your magic beauty balm as a tinted lip balm or highlighting face primer. Mix well to combine.

Now pour the manuka essential oil salve into the container(s) of your choice.

If you are using mica powder, I recommend using three 1 oz. tins. Be sure to stir the essential oil salve mixture well after each pour. Otherwise, for an all over magic beauty balm with no color, or a cleansing balm, you can use a 3 oz. low profile jar.

Having a spa day at home? Finish off your natural skin care routine with this hydrating manuka essential oil salve recipe! Learn how to formulate my manuka essential oil salve recipe to enjoy in unlimited ways as a multipurpose beauty balm for clean beauty. It's perfect for hydrating skin and promoting skin health, as well as giving your makeup looks that extra wow factor. So, it's the perfect clean beauty solution for happy skin. Use it as a DIY tinted lip balm or a highlighting makeup primer.

Allow the manuka essential oil salve to cool completely. Then cover with the lid and label as desired.

To use your all purpose salve, simply apply to skin or lips as desired, and massage in. I do recommend a less is more approach when using this product as a face primer or facial moisturizer.

Multipurpose beauty balm. An easy essential oil salve recipe that promotes healing and helps with acne breakouts. Use this all purpose salve recipe as a DIY highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin, a DIY tinted lip balm or as a richly moisturizing beauty balm for dry hands to get real dry skin relief. This clean beauty recipe can also help with cold sores when used as a natural remedy. The perfect all-in-one beauty balm for natural skin care with manuka essential oil to promote healing.

More Ways to Use Your Manuka Essential Oil Salve: Swaps & Substitutions

Natural Cold Sore Relief

Because the essential oils used in my essential oil salve are analgesic and antiviral, it’s the perfect remedy for soothing cold sore and reducing pain. It can even lead to faster healing times. By adding neem oil, you can up the ante in the fight against this frustrating skin issue. To upgrade this essential oil salve to use as a cold sore lip balm, simply substitute .1 oz. of the sweet almond oil with neem oil. (Learn more about the skin care benefits of neem oil here.)

Dry or Cracked Skin Relief

If you hands, heels, elbows or lips are incredibly dry or cracked, you can add lanolin to my manuke essential oil salve recipe to further protect and hydrate skin. Simply add .25 oz. of lanolin, by weight, to the double boiler when heating the wax, butter and oils. Alternately, you replace up to .25 oz. of one of the carrier oils with liquid lanolin. (Learn more about the skin care benefits of lanolin here.)

DIY highlighting makeup primer for glowing skin. The best clean beauty tip for natural skin care. This multipurpose beauty balm with essential oils is made with mica powder highlighters for glowing skin. It diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while also moisturizing skin and helping to prevent acne. It also promotes healing from acne breakouts. Make this DIY magic beauty balm for clean beauty with manuka essential oil for your natural skin care routine and beauty regimen.

Facial Moisturizer or Highlighting Makeup Primer

As coconut oil rates high on the non-comedogenic scale, I recommend substituting the coconut oil with fractionated coconut oil, which has a lower rating of 2 and is less likely to clog pores. Additionally, if you have dry or maturing skin, consider swapping all or part of the sweet almond oil with rosehip seed oil. Also be sure to check out my anti-aging serum recipe for maturing skin as well as my recipe for making a DIY hyaluronic acid serum.

Yield: Approximately 2.25 oz.

Essential Oil Salve Recipe

Essential Oil Salve Recipe

This multipurpose essential oil salve with manuka essential oil hydrates skin and lips and naturally promotes healing. Add mica powder to the recipe for a tinted lip balm or highlighting makeup primer, for the perfect all over magic beauty balm.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • .5 oz. hemp seed oil
  • .5 oz. sweet almond oil
  • .5 oz. deodorized cocoa butter wafers
  • .5 oz. cosmetic beeswax
  • .25 oz. refined coconut oil
  • dollop vitamin E oil, optional
  • 10 drops manuka essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • lip safe dark gold mica, optional

Tools

  • Digital Kitchen Scale
  • Double Boiler
  • Utensils for Mixing
  • 3 - 1 oz. Metal Tins

Instructions

  1. Using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil.
  2. Heat the ingredients in a double boiler over medium high heat until halfway melted.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium.
  4. Weigh out and stir in the hemp seed oil.
  5. Remove the ingredients from heat once full melted.
  6. Stir in the vitamin E oil and essential oils. Mix well.
  7. Add mica powder to suit, and stir to combine.
  8. Then pour the essential oil salve evenly into three 1 oz. lip balm tins.
  9. Allow to cool completely, before placing the lids on the tins.
Essential oil salve recipe with manuka essential oil for natural skin care. A magic beauty balm for clean beauty, this manuka essential oil salve recipe is the perfect, natural skin care project! This DIY essential oil salve has a number of different skin care and beauty applications. This all purpose salve recipe with essential oil helps to replenish and hydrate dry hands, skin and lips, as well as promote healing. So it's perfect for relief of dry hands and chapped lips throughout the year.

If you like my manuka essential oil salve recipe, then make sure you pin this recipe to Pinterest for later. Then be sure to check out more ways to enjoy a spa day at home below.

How to have a spa day at home. Easy holistic DIY beauty and skin care recipes for a spa day at home. The perfect answer to self care during times of stress. You don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy luxury skin care and natural beauty products. Instead you can make your own easy holistic beauty and skin care recipes for a spa day at home! Natural beauty and skin care recipes that are easy to make, for the perfect clean beauty products to enjoy during your spa day at home.

More Beauty Recipe Ideas for a Spa Day at Home

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Play Dough Soap DIY: A Fun Kids Activity That Encourages Hand Washing

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Encourage hand washing and make bath time fun with this play dough soap recipe, made with liquid Castile soap. This DIY play dough bath soap is easy to make, and older kids can even make it themselves. Don’t have liquid Castile soap on hand? Try it with body wash or baby shampoo. You can even scent these with kid safe essential oils for aromatherapeutic bath time fun! A creative, kid-approved project to try when you’re stuck indoors, this project is perfect for those who homeschool or have bored children at home.

Play Dough Soap DIY: A Kids Activity for Bath Time Fun. Make hand washing and bath time fun with this soap play dough recipe with liquid castile soap. This DIY play doh soap is easy to make, and older kids can even make it themselves. You can even scent these with a kid safe blend of natural essential oils for aromatherapeutic bath time fun! A creative, kid-approved project to try when you're stuck indoors, this project is perfect for those who homeschool or have bored children at home.

Growing up, my son used to spend hours playing with Play-Doh at the table. He would squish, squeeze, and mold the dough into different shapes and then smush it into a ball and start over again. This play dough soap recipe feels just like Play-Doh, but it’s made with the same liquid castile soap you use to wash your hands and body.

Older kids can help make this play dough bath soap recipe, too, and it’s a fun sensory activity. Just be careful that they don’t touch the melted coconut oil, as it is hot. You’ll also want to take care that the oil has cooled before they start kneading the soap play dough.

Play Dough Soap DIY: A Kids Activity for Bath Time Fun. Make hand washing and bath time fun with this soap play dough recipe with liquid castile soap. This DIY play doh soap is easy to make, and older kids can even make it themselves. You can even scent these with a kid safe blend of natural essential oils for aromatherapeutic bath time fun! A creative, kid-approved project to try when you're stuck indoors, this project is perfect for those who homeschool or have bored children at home.

What is Play Dough Soap?

Play dough soap feels just like real Play-Doh, but it’s a soap. It lathers and washes your hands and body just like soap, but it’s also fun for kids to play with.

You can mold it into shapes and let it air dry for a custom bar of soap. Or you can store it in an airtight container to use it as a dough. Kids like playing with squishy dough, so they will probably like the softer soap better.

You can also use this play dough bath soap to make shapes to place on top of your melt and pour soap or cold process soap. They don’t get as hard as soap, so they may get dinged up if you are shipping them or transporting them to shows to sell.

How Do You Store Play Dough Soap?

If you keep your play dough soap stored in an airtight container, it will last for a few months. You can pinch off some as needed to use as a soap or to mold into fun shapes.

Keep in mind, however, that play dough soap will dry out if it’s not covered. You can shape it and let it dry if you want. When you want to use it, you’ll just need to get it wet and pinch off a piece to use.

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How to Make Play Dough Soap

Making DIY play dough bath soap is really easy and only requires a few ingredients — many of which you probably already have in your kitchen pantry. The must have ingredients for this soap play dough recipe are cornstarch, liquid soap and coconut oil. Mica powder, which is used as a colorant, as well as essentials oils to scent your soap play doh are completely optional.

Liquid Castile Soap

The liquid Castile soap in this recipe is what really washes your or your child’s skin. I recommend using Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure Liquid Castile Soap.

You can use your favorite baby wash or body wash. If you use a scented one, omit the essential oils. Using a body wash will probably give you more lather since they have additives to create more suds.

A true liquid castile soap made with olive oil won’t have a lot of lather. Depending on the brand that you use, there may not be a lot of lather. That’s okay. You don’t need lather to get clean.

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Coconut Oil

I added some coconut oil to make this play dough bath soap recipe more moisturizing. Since coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, it also firms this soap so it’s more like a dough. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so the soap will soften as you play with it.

You can add another carrier oil or omit it completely. If you do add a liquid carrier oil, you may need to add more cornstarch. I recommend sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, or grapeseed oil. They are all dry oils that will soak into the skin quickly.

Mica Powder

I used mica powder to color my play dough soap recipe because it won’t stain your hands or skin. Food coloring can also be used, but it will stain your hands as you make the soap dough and when you use it. It can also stain your sink or bathtub when you use the soap.

Mica powder also has a wider range of colors. I wanted the scents to mostly match the colors, and that can be difficult with food coloring.

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Essential Oils

If you’re making this soap play dough recipe for kids, it’s important to use only kid safe essential oils. Essential oils are generally safe for kids over two or kids over ten.

Some fun essential oils for kids are:
Lime essential oil (10+) for alertness
Lemon essential oil (2+) for clarity
Sweet Orange essential oil (2+) is uplifting
Lavender essential oil (2+) is relaxing
Frankincense essential oil (2+) to clear the mind

I specifically used Simply Earth essential oils for my soap dough recipe. They offer quality essentials at great prices. And I’m a huge fan of their monthly essential oil recipe box! (Use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE when you subscribe to the box for a coupon for $40 off your next purchase. You do NOT have to subscribe to buy individual oils.)

Ready to get started? You’ll find the recipe for making DIY soap dough for your kids below!

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Play Dough Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup cornstarch, plus more for kneading
½ cup liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Mica powder
8-9 drops kid safe essential oil

Directions:

 To make DIY play dough soap, place the cornstarch in a medium sized bowl. Then add the liquid Castile soap the same bowl with the cornstarch.

How to make play dough bath soap by mixing coconut oil, liquid Castile soap and cornstarch

Now melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. Pour the melted coconut oil over the cornstarch and soap mixture. Stir the ingredients together until the mixture is thoroughly combined. It will be runny.

If you want to make several colors of soap dough, separate the dough into two or more bowls.

Adding mica to color homemade soap play dough bath soap

Then add mica and essential oils, as desired. You want to use 9-10 total drops of essential oils for the entire batch of soap dough. I made three colors, so I used 3 drops per color. If you make four colors, use two drops per color.

Mixing diy soap play doh with extra cornstarch to give it a play doh like texture

Next, put some cornstarch down on a clean surface. Place the soap dough on the cornstarch and start kneading until it turns into a shapeable dough. You can add more cornstarch as needed. I added about 2 tablespoons for each of the three colors.

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How to Use Play Dough Soap:

To use your soap dough, pinch off a small amount and use like soap. It will fully dissolve and disappear in the water.

Storing Play Dough Bath Soap:

You can store this soap dough recipe in an airtight container to keep it soft. It will stay soft for several days, depending on how much it is exposed to the air.

You can also make shapes with it and let it air dry. It will soften once it gets wet again.

I don’t recommend letting your kids play with this in the tub. If it gets wet for long enough, it will dissolve.

Although this soap recipe is natural, don’t let children who put things in their mouths use this soap unsupervised.

Since this dough will dissolve in water, I recommend setting it on a soap dish if you leave it out beside the sink.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups soap play dough

Play Dough Soap Recipe

Play Dough Soap Recipe

Make hand washing and bath time fun with this DIY play dough soap recipe with kid safe essential oils. A kid-approved, DIY play dough bath soap kids craft project for family fun.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 1 cup cornstarch, plus more for kneading
  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Mica powder
  • 8-9 drops kid safe essential oil

Tools

  • Glass bowls
  • Microwave

Instructions

  1. Place the cornstarch in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add the liquid Castile soap.
  3. Melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. 
  4. Pour over the cornstarch and soap mixture, then stir until combined.
  5. Separate the soap dough into three bowls, one for each color you are making.
  6. Add the mica and essential oils. If you are making three colors, use 3 drops per color.
  7. Place additional cornstarch onto clean surface. Place the soap play dough onto the cornstarch. Knead until it turns into a shapeable dough, adding more cornstarch as needed.
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If you like my DIY soap play dough, then be sure to pin this fun kids activity to Pinterest for later. Or check out these other ideas for kids craft projects for when you’ve hit your limit. You can also discover more ideas for kids crafts on my Kids Crafts & Project Ideas Pinterest board.

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Hydrating Bastille Soap Recipe Plus Practical Tips on Flu Prevention

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What’s the story with the coronavirus? Is it really worth a full on toilet paper war? And more importantly, how can I protect myself from the coronavirus and diminish my chances of getting sick? Learn why the coronavirus shouldn’t be dismissed as your average flu. Plus easy, everyday tips on reducing your chances of becoming infected with COVID-19. I’m also sharing my favorite, hydrating Bastille soap recipe. It’s perfect for dry hand relief from overuse of cheap liquid hand soap and alcohol based hand sanitizers. Plus it’s the perfect project (new hobby?) to make while practicing social distancing to avoid the spread of coronavirus in your community.

What you need to know about the coronavirus. Learn why the coronavirus shouldn’t be dismissed as your average flu. Plus easy, everyday tips on reducing your chances of becoming infected with COVID-16. I’m also sharing my favorite, hydrating Bastille soap recipe. It’s perfect for dry hand relief from overuse of cheap liquid hand soap and alcohol based hand sanitizers. Plus it’s the perfect project to make while practicing social distancing to avoid the spread of coronavirus in your community.

Why Do We Need to Be Concerned About the Coronavirus?

The coronavirus has everyone up in arms. Whether you’re taking a no nonsense approach to the whole situation, are totally freaked out, or you simply think everyone is overreacting, it’s THE news right now. What I find the most troubling about COVID-19 is what we don’t know. As of yet, we have no clue if the virus will disappear once we have regular warm weather. It doesn’t act like a typical flu virus. It’s also highly contagious.

The current statistics put 3.65% people dying from the coronavirus worldwide. (In Wuhan, that number was 4.9% of the infected population. Source. With the death rate in Italy as of 3/13/20 at 6.7%.) Which, during a bad flu season, isn’t unheard of. However, approximately one in five people who develop this illness have to be hospitalized. 10% of which will require ICU treatment, per the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

To make matters worse, whereas the typical flu infects only 2 to 11% of the population each year, The Atlantic states that COVID-19 has the potential to infect 40-70% of people around the world. (This is now the generally accepted position among epidemiologists as well.) And that’s where it really starts to put this virus into a very sobering perspective. At that rate, it would have the ability to kills millions in the US alone.

So if this thing spreads like wildfire, like it has in China and Italy, it can seriously hamper, and even overwhelm, our health infrastructure. (Canada is already reporting that their hospitals would be unable to cope with a coronavirus outbreak.)

And it’s not just a concern for those with weakened immune systems, cancer or anyone over the age of 60. This virus is especially dangerous to anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, anyone who smokes or vapes and those with heart, lung or kidney disease. Many of my friends and family fall into one of these categories. And while I’d like to believe I’m invincible to anything life throws my way, I know that I’m not. I’m especially concerned for friends who recently had cancer (and have weakened immune systems,) my brother who has lupus and my dad who has both high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. But beyond that, I care about the rest of the people in the world as well. Which is why I felt it was so important to address this topic on my blog.

I know I’ve made jokes, both publicly and personally, in regards to this being the beginning of the apocalypse and the start of the toilet paper wars. But what remains is that we all need to be diligent and treat this as a real and possible threat. Maybe not to the point we’re rioting outside of Walmart in Cleveland because baby formula is sold out and there’s nothing to cut crack with. But with reasonable measures in which we take not only our safety into account, but also the consideration and safety of others — most especially those at risk.

So if you’re over there hoarding toilet paper, ibuprofen, face masks and hand sanitizer, maybe check in with neighbors and donate some to those in need. I promise you don’t need a year’s supply of provisions to survive this thing. And we need the rest of the population to be able to protect themselves from the coronavirus as well. (If you have doubts, here’s a first hand account of someone who has actually had COVID-19.)

Common Sense Ways to Protect Yourself from the Flu. Learn why you need to be concerned about the flu. Plus easy, everyday tips on reducing your chances of becoming infected with flu. I’m also sharing my favorite, hydrating Bastille soap recipe. It’s perfect for dry hand relief from overuse of cheap liquid hand soap and alcohol based hand sanitizers. Plus it’s the perfect project to make while practicing social distancing to avoid the spread of flu in your community.

Common Sense Ways to Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus

Taking all this into account, here are some common sense ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

  • Practice social distancing. That means avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick, as well as distancing yourself from people if the coronavirus is spreading in your community.
  • Avoid crowds or crowded areas and events.
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water. This is especially important if you have been in a public space.
  • If soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. (You may want to carry some with you at all times.) To use, rub hands together until they feel dry. (If hand sanitizer is sold out, here’s how to make DIY hand sanitizer that meets CDC minimum guidelines.)
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands.
  • In public, stay 6 feet (or a coughing distance) from others. 
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Disinfect your travel mug after every outing. 
  • Keep disinfectant by every entrance to your home.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. Household disinfectants should be at least 70% alcohol or an EPA-registered household disinfectant. Alternately, you can also use a bleach solution comprised of 4 teaspoons of bleach combined with 1 quart of water. (Or 1/3rd cup bleach per gallon of water.)
  • Avoid anyone with a cough and stay away from poorly ventilated areas.
  • If you need to cough, do so into your elbow or into a tissue, which is preferable, as it can be disposed of afterwards.
  • If possible, work remotely from home rather than going into the office. Most people get sick at work.
  • As there is a global shortage in face masks, donate yours to communities in need such as senior care facilities and caregivers to help slow the spread of transmission. You only need to wear a face mask if you’re sick, or caring for someone who is sick.
  • Donate excess supplies of hand sanitizer to those in your community who have none.
  • Make preparations in the chance that you do get sick and are quarantined. You will need two weeks worth of provisions, including food. (Not ten years of toilet paper.)
  • Don’t share anything with other people that comes in contact with your mouth or nose.
  • Ensure proper ventilation by keeping air circulation either by opening a window or using a fan. 
  • Use a humidifier. Higher humidity will keep the protective membranes in your nose from drying out, which makes them less effective as they try to keep pathogens out. Mid-range humidity also appears to cause some viruses to decay faster.

Tips to Prevent Flu Infection. Plus Proper Hand Washing with Soap and Water. Washing your hands is still the best way to protect yourself from the flu. Get tips for washing your hands correctly with soap and water. Plus how to make a hydrating Bastille soap recipe that won't dry out your hands like liquid hand soap or alcohol based hand sanitizers.

Hand Washing with Soap and Water

Washing your hands is still the best way to protect yourself from the coronavirus. (I mean, we can’t all hide under a rock forever.) Unfortunately, most cheap, liquid hand soaps aren’t real soap. Much like alcohol based hand sanitizers, they can also dry out your hands when used frequently. This leaves hands feeling tight, dry and itchy. Sometimes they even crack. In turn, this leads to an endless cycle of hand washing followed with moisturizers.

But what if there was a soap that didn’t dry your hands out? An alternative that left your hands clean and also offered some level of dry skin relief?

There are actually a number of these alternatives. Many handmade, cold process soaps meet this criteria. And believe it or not, bar soap is no less sanitary than using liquid hand soap. It does the same job, without the drying side effects, provided the formula isn’t overly cleansing. 

Soap can’t moisturize skin. It is, after all, a wash off product. However, it can hydrate skin. And by choosing a soap with a high level of conditioning and a lower cleansing level, you can actually avoid dry skin all together. Don’t let the lower cleansing level scare you, however. All that means is that it strips fewer oils from your skin. Soap, the combination of a fat and an alkali, is still soap. What hand washing with soap does is mechanically remove germs and pulls unwanted material off skin. Bar soaps does that.

In fact, good old soap and water is more effective than alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially if hands are visibly dirty. This is because the proteins and fats found in things, such as food tend, to reduce alcohol’s germ-killing power. It’s also favorable over antibacterial liquid hand soap containing triclosan, which contributes to antibiotic resistance. Studies have shown that both antibacterial soap versus good, old fashioned soap and water perform the same against bacteria. However, when tackling cold and flu viruses, antibacterial soap has no benefits over soap and water. This is because viruses aren’t affect by triclosan.

Tips for Washing Hands

When washing hands, there is a right way and a wrong way. Here are some tips to get the most out of washing your hands with soap and water.

  • Avoid scrubbing your skin when washing hands. This can easily damage skin and cause cracks and small cuts that give pathogens a place to grow.
  • As bacteria likes to live under fingernails, it’s wise to keep your nails short so the area underneath is easier to clean.
  • Use a hand lotion or other moisturizer after washing your hands. This helps to keep your skin barrier intact. 
  • Take your time when washing your hands. It takes about a minute to properly wash your hands. (Most of us take about 5 seconds.) However, washing your hands for a full 30 seconds can drop the bacteria count by 99.9%.

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How to Make Bastille Soap

If you’re in the midst of social distancing, now is a great time to learn how to make soap! And with a number of wonderful soap making suppliers online, you don’t even need to leave your home for supplies. A basic Bastille soap recipe is an easy way to get started. Not only is this hydrating Bastille soap recipe great for repetitive hand washing throughout the day, if you or your family have sensitive skin, it can also help to alleviate some of your other skin care issues.

(This portion of this post originally appeared as a guest post, written by myself, on Everything Pretty.)

What is Bastille Soap?

Formulated with a high percentage olive oil in combination with additional soapmaking oils, Bastille soap is a modern twist on traditional Castile soap which is made using only olive oil. While a traditional Castile soap recipe contains 100% olive oil, modern Castile soap has a looser definition in which Castile soap is defined as any hard soap made from olive oil in addition to other fats and oils. However, purists reject any soap not made with 100% olive oil as Castile soap and instead term soaps made primarily, but not wholly, with olive oil as Bastille soap.

Like Castile soap, Bastille soap still entertains a high percentage of olive oil. Any cold process soap made with at least 70% olive oil is considered a Bastille soap. However, because Castile soap has low lather and requires an extended cure time, Bastille soap makes a wonderful substitute that results both in a better lather as well as a harder bar.

Additionally, as olive oil historically creates a gentle soap that is well suited for sensitive or delicate skin, Bastille soap tends to be gentler on skin than other types of soap. This includes many commercial soaps and beauty bars made with detergent foaming agents and poor quality ingredients. With bastille soap there is also less of a chance that you might develop an allergic reaction to the ingredients used as typically the ingredients for homemade soaps are chosen for their purity and benefits in skin care.

My hydrating Bastille soap recipe that I’m sharing with you today is comprised of 80% olive oil. I also have included coconut and castor oil for better lather and cocoa butter to make a harder soap bar, thus shortening the cure time considerably over Castile soap.

Bastille soap recipe for dry skin or sensitive skin. Get dry skin relief for your dry or sensitive skin by using a handcrafted, cold process Bastille soap bar. Learn how to craft this natural soap recipe is made with 80% olive oil for a hydrating, skin conditioning soap that won't strip skin of its beneficial oils that lead to dryness and itching. A modern twist on traditional Castile soap, this moisturizing Bastille soap recipe is the perfect option for your family's natural skin care routine.

Tips for Making a Bastille Soap Recipe

While making homemade soap from scratch using fats (soapmaking oils and butters) and an alkali (lye or sodium hydroxide) involves a bit more know how than crafting your own melt and pour soaps, getting started with a basic recipe isn’t as difficult as one might presume. In fact, this basic bastille soap recipe can made in about hour and is a lot like baking a cake in many ways, though with weights rather than liquid measurements.

There are however, certain safety precautions you should take to avoid harm when working with a caustic material such as lye. These include wearing gloves, safety glasses and a safety mask that covers your mouth and nose. Nature’s Garden actually has a wonderful article on soap making safety where you can learn more about how to best protect yourself when working with lye.

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, I have an in-depth, cold process soapmaking tutorial here that instructs you on how to get started making homemade soaps from scratch. In addition, you can also find a plethora of soap making videos on YouTube, something that wasn’t available when I first started making soap many many years ago. So hopefully you’ll feel comfortable diving right in once you have a grasp of how it all works.

I know this information can seem like a lot at first for someone new to soapmaking, however, I promise you that once you start you won’t want to stop. Not only are cold process soaps a blessing for troubled skin, but they also make beautiful and functional homemade gift ideas for friends and family.

My hydrating Bastille soap recipe yields approximately six 3.5 oz. soap bars.

Hydrating Bastille soap recipe for dry skin or sensitive skin. Get dry skin relief for your dry or sensitive skin by using a handcrafted, cold process Bastille soap bar. This natural soap recipe is made with 80% olive oil for a hydrating, skin conditioning soap that won't strip skin of its beneficial oils that lead to dryness and itching. A modern twist on traditional Castile soap, this moisturizing Bastille soap recipe is the perfect option for your family's natural skin care routine.

Hydrating Bastille Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

1.6 oz. refined coconut oil (10%)
.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
12.8 oz. pomace olive oil (80%)
.8 oz. cocoa butter (5%)

4.85 fluid oz. distilled water (30.5% of oil weight)
2.05 oz. sodium hydroxide (8 % super fat)

1 Tablespoon sodium lactate (60% solution), optional
.5 oz. essential oil (or essential oil blend) of choice

Instructions:

To make this hydrating Bastille soap recipe, you’ll begin by measuring out the water into a non-aluminum, heat safe container. Next, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye.

In a well ventilated area, slowly pour the lye into the distilled water, then stir until all of the lye has dissolved. Now set the lye-water aside to cool.

Meanwhile, while the lye-water cools, weigh out and combine the soap making oils (coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil and cocoa butter) in a non-aluminum pot. Then heat on the stove over medium-low heat until all the oils have melted.

Remove the soap making oils from heat once the oils have melted and allow to cool.

Once both your soap making oils and lye-water have reached about 90° – 95°F you’re ready to make your hydrating Bastille soap recipe!

If desired you can add one Tablespoon of sodium lactate (60% solution) to your lye-water prior to making soap for a harder bar and to give your soap an additional boost in lather.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the liquified soap making oils then blend with a stick or immersion blender until you reach a light trace.

Weigh out the essential oil you’ve chosen to use, if a fragrance is desired, then add to the soap batter.

Continue mixing with a stick blender until you reach a medium trace, then pour the Bastille soap batter into a six-cavity rectangle silicone soap mold.

If desired, you can add flowers or decorative, cosmetic salt to the tops of your freshly poured soap. I added blue cornflowers to the tops of my hydrating Bastille soap bars.

Cover the soap lightly with plastic wrap then set aside in a safe location for 24-48 hours.

Once your Bastille soap bars are no longer soft, remove them from the mold and allow the bars to cure in a cool, dry location for four to six weeks.

If you need to resize my hydrating Bastille soap recipe to fit another soap mold, or to make a larger batch, you will need to run the recipe back through a lye calculator prior to doing so. You can find more information on how to use a lye calculator as well as additional information on how to create custom soap recipes here.

Not ready to make my hydrating Bastille soap recipe? You can purchase a number of lovely, handcrafted Bastille soap bars from artisans on Etsy here.

Bastille soap recipe for dry skin or sensitive skin. Get dry skin relief for your dry or sensitive skin by using a handcrafted, cold process Bastille soap bar. Learn how to craft this natural soap recipe is made with 80% olive oil for a hydrating, skin conditioning soap that won't strip skin of its beneficial oils that lead to dryness and itching. A modern twist on traditional Castile soap, this moisturizing Bastille soap recipe is the perfect option for your family's natural skin care routine.

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