New Natural Beauty Recipe Book from Shannon Buck

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DIY natural beauty book - 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty

Just released is the new natural beauty recipe book, 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beautyby Shannon Buck!

This new 4 1/2 star rated natural beauty book will teach you all that you need to know to make your own organic natural beauty products. Learn how to create homemade lotions and potions at home using natural and holistic ingredients like herbs and flowers. You’ll also be instructed on the properties of conditioning carrier oils and naturally moisturizing butters as well as aromatic floral extracts. Many of these natural beauty recipes are perfect for your overall health and include curative herbal extracts and therapeutic essential oils. This natural beauty book contains clear step by step photographs and instructions as well as expert tips and easy to follow natural beauty recipes.

You can buy 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty now in paperback here. Or save by purchasing the kindle version of this natural beauty book here.

If you like 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty by Shannon Buck, then also be sure to check out the collection of similar books by author, Rosemary Gladstar. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, a #1 best seller with a 5 star review, is among one of her many prized favorites. You may also enjoy Fifi M. Maacaron’s book, Natural Beauty Alchemy: Make Your Own Organic Cleansers, Creams, Serums, Shampoos, Balms, and More, in addition to Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman’s book, The Home Apothecary: Cold Spring Apothecary’s Cookbook of Hand-Crafted Remedies & Recipes for the Hair, Skin, Body, and Home.

To discover even more natural beauty recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’ or Tumblr as well as FacebookTwitter, G+ and Instagram for more great beauty book recommendations and natural skin care and homemade soap recipes.

DIY Quick Tips and Must Have Soapmaking Equipment

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Turn a Pyrex Measuring Cup into a Double Boiler!

There are often times when making your own homemade bath and beauty products that you come across some rather heat sensitive ingredients that you just don’t want to use a microwave for. Sure a microwave is quick and easy but sometimes it can go a little overboard. Not to mention burnt waxes don’t smell pretty. If you’re just getting started and not ready to invest in a double boiler, no worries.

My friend and fellow blogger, Cari Dunn of Everything Pretty, told me that she uses a canning ring to convert a glass Pyrex measuring cup into a double boiler in a pinch. Simply place the canning ring your pot and set the measuring cup on top, then add your water around the measuring cup and turn on the heat! Or try a Universal Double Boiler for less that will fit your existing 2 quart and 4 quart sauce pans!

Speaking of Pyrex measuring cups, these have become a staple piece in my stash of soapmaking equipment. I own two each of the one cup and two cup measuring cups and one of the four cup or quart measuring cups. Following are some of my other favorite soapmaking tools and equipment I use on a regular basis.

Must Have Soapmaking Tools and Equipment

A good scale is an absolute must. I’ve been using a Baker’s Math Kitchen Scale for years. It measure in ounces, grams, kilograms, pounds and pounds with ounces. It’s heavier duty than standard kitchen scales and postal scales, doesn’t need re-calibrating and comes with a 30-year warranty. You’ll need it weigh out ingredients for soap recipes as well as many bath and body recipes.

A hand blender or stick blender is another must have accessory. It takes the hardest physical part of soapmaking – the mixing – out of the equation and helps you not only achieve trace faster, but also ensures a evenly mixed batch of soap. In twelve years I’ve only gone through two stick blenders. My latest, and also the cheapest, has lasted longer than the first so it doesn’t need to be brand specific.

Loaf molds. While I regularly use my trusty wooden loaf soap molds my dad made for me – these are the size I use for the cold process soap recipes I post here on my blog – silicone molds have become commonplace and can help make crafting cold process soaps simpler. As there’s no need to line these molds it helps to save on time and waste. The Crafter’s Choice™ Regular Silicone Loaf Soap Mold is a great silicone loaf mold and most all of the soap recipes I create for Wholesale Supplies Plus’ eHandmade Magazine will fit perfectly inside this mold.

Bakers & Chefs 12″ x 3000ft. Foodservice Film continues to be a staple for my finished products. It’s not only inexpensive for the quantity but it sticks much better than regular plastic wrap making it a both a smart and simple choice for wrapping melt and pour glycerin soaps and giving them a more professional look. It also works great on cold process soaps. You’ll find that the 12″ size is perfect for most standard size bars of soap.

Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipettes are great for when you’re making smaller sized recipes for things like lip balm and salves where you need to measure out fragrance, oils and flavors in smaller quantities. These can be purchased in bulk and are relatively inexpensive so there’s no reason not to use a fresh pipette for each ingredient. The measurement marks make it easy to measure out your liquid ingredients in both millimeters and portions thereof.

Small graduated glass beakers or plastic beakers are great for pouring things by hand when you need a steadier hand. I love the 50ml beakers for pouring my lip balms into tubes. Trying to use a syringe can cause the lip balm to cool too quickly while a plastic transfer pipette can melt if you try to add the liquid lip balm to the tubes too hot. With the beakers both of those issues are solved and I find even without a lip balm filling tray, my not so steady hand can fill a lip balm tube on a kitchen counter without having to secure it in any way.

Silicone Spatulas are another tool I always have handy for helping get all of my soap in the mold as well as for random bath and beauty recipes. I also have an extra sturdy metal spoon with a thick handle that won’t bend when scooping out solidified coconut or palm oils from tubs and a basic 1 cup measuring cup scooping out ingredients to be weighed like sodium hydroxide and palm kernel flakes.

I also own a trio of stainless steel pots so I always have the perfect size to fit my cold process soap recipes whether they be large or small. It also allows me to make three small batches at one time.

Interested in learning how to make your own homemade cold process soaps from scratch? Be sure to check out my soapmaking tutorial or follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest for an ever growing collection of handmade soap recipes and bath and beauty DIY’s.

Do you make homemade soaps? I’d love to hear what your favorite tools and equipment are! Share your favorites along with any tips and tricks you have that make the job easier!

DIY Natural Homemade Deodorizing Shoe Powder

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DIY Natural Homemade Deodorizing Shoe Powder Recipe - Keep Your Shoes Smelling Fresh Even If They Don't Look It - Also Free Printable Labels

Are there stinky sneaks in your family? Freshen them up with this simple, all natural recipe for a DIY deodorizing shoe powder. This easy deodorizing shoe powder recipe will help keep your shoes smelling fab even if they don’t always look the part.

Natural Deodorizing Shoe Powder Recipe with Free Printable Labels

Made from easily obtainable all natural ingredients, this deodorizing shoe powder recipe is kind to both your shoes and your feet. Simply sprinkle some in your shoes overnight or before wearing with – or without – socks!

This recipe yields one 7 oz. container, but you can easily double it if you want to make more – say, one for each of your little sports players!  I used the white powder sifter bottles from Nature’s Garden for this project. Not only are they relatively inexpensive – $3.99 scores you a set of ten containers – but they can easily be upcycled once they’re empty! Since they are plastic, you can simply wash, dry and re-use! (Psst. These are also perfect for those dry shampoo recipes!)

DIY Deodorizing Foot and Shoe Powder Recipe with Printable Chalkboard Style Labels

Natural Deodorizing Shoe Powder Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. baking soda
2.5 oz. arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon lavender flower powder
1/4 teaspoon lemon peel powder
30 drops rosemary essential oil
20 drops tea tree oil
12 drops clove essential oil
12 drops lemongrass essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the baking soda and arrowroot powder into a large glass bowl. Then measure out the lavender flower powder and lemon peel powder and add to the bowl. Mix all dry ingredients together with a fork.

Next, add the essential oils to the powder base, then whisk with a fork until thoroughly incorporated.

Homemade Deodorizing Foot Powder Recipe with Free Printable Labels

Spoon the finished powder into a 7 oz. white powder sifter bottle, cap, and label. {Download the Printable Natural Deodorizing Shoe Powder Labels.}

To use, simply shake some of the powder into the bottoms of your shoes overnight or just before wearing to help keep them dry and stink free!

For more great DIY ideas like this one as well as homemade soap recipes and bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also keep up with all of my new posts by following on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and G+.

How to Make Perfume Oils

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How to Make Perfume Oils - DIY Handmade Red Velvet Cake Perfume Oil Recipe with Printable Labels - Lovely Handmade Wedding Favor Idea

Dying to wear your favorite soap or candle fragrance with you everywhere you go? Then make your own homemade perfume oils. It’s easy to find many of your favorite fragrances and fragrance dupes online. One company in particular, Nature’s Garden Wholesale Candle & Soap Supplies, offers a wide selection of fragrance oils perfect for using in your own homemade soaps and perfumes. They also carry one of my favorite all time fragrances, Red Velvet Cake, as well as the fragrance oil, Democrat, that I use in one of my bestselling handmade soaps, the Big Lick Salt Bar (recipe here.) Their fragrance oils come in sizes as small as 1oz. so it’s easy to mix and match new fragrances you want to try. Or you can go big and save $1 off per 16 oz. bottle of fragrance oil when you buy five or more. (It’s easy to get addicted!)

The following recipe is for crafting your own homemade perfume oils. I’ve simplified the recipe so there’s no need for a scale as you don’t have to weigh any ingredients. I made this recipe with Nature Garden’s Red Velvet Cake Fragrance Oil, but you can substitute it with any skin safe fragrance oil of your choice. These are perfect for making custom handmade wedding favors or as handmade stocking stuffer gifts. Plus, you can whip these up in about ten minutes or less. For your convenience I’ve also created printable labels for your perfume oils – both in black & white and color – to give your homemade gifts a professional touch.

Customized Perfume Oil Recipe - DIY Fragrance Recipe for Homemade Perfume Oils - Makes Great Handmade Gifts, DIY Wedding Favors and Handmade Stocking Stuffers

DIY Red Velvet Cake Perfume Oil Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 fl. oz. deodorized clear jojoba oil
1 fl. oz. fractionated coconut oil
1 fl. oz. Red Velvet Cake fragrance oil

Supplies:

7 10ml Roll On Perfume Bottles
Plastic Transfer Pipettes
small glass measuring cup
small metal utensil for stirring
printable labels

Free Printable Label Download for DIY Red Velvet Cake Perfume OilDirections:

Start by measuring 1 fluid oz. each of the jojoba and fractionated coconut oil in a small glass measuring cup. Next add 1 fluid oz. of fragrance oil and stir well. Using a plastic pipette, fill your perfume bottles, stirring the container of fragrance oil occasionally as you go, then cap your perfumes and label with my free downloadable labels. This recipe will yield seven .3 oz. (by weight) perfume oils.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge

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Don’t let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Since I haven’t yet had a chance to get my own hands dirty since my getting back from my vacation, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share another weekend project. This tutorial was created by my coworker, Erica. She is, like many of us, on the fast track to becoming a bonafide Pinterest addict. So lately she’s been trying new craft projects she’s discovered on Pinterest on a pretty regular basis. You might recall the DIY crayon canvas artwork she brought into the office recently. Or perhaps you remember the pretty handmade tile coasters she made for me last Christmas. Her next project is going to be a DIY pallet coffee table.

However, just before I left for vacation, Erica shared her step-by-step photos of her newest project for making DIY Mod Podge canvas photos. This photo transfer method is super easy and lots of fun. Learn how to transfer your photos to canvas using Mod Podge via the step-by-step photo transfer tutorial below!

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Materials Needed to Transfer Photos to Canvas:

Art Canvas, same size or larger than your photograph
Matte Photograph, of choice
Mod Podge
Foam Brush
Scissors
Clear Acrylic Sealer
Paint and/or Decorative Scrapbook Paper

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step 1:

Cut the photo you’ve chosen to use to fit your canvas if necessary. If you’d like a decorative border around the front of the picture, cut the photograph so that it’s slightly smaller than the canvas dimensions.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #2:

Erica chose to use polka dot scrapbooking papers as a decorative edge for the side of her Mod Podge photo transfer canvas. If you’d like a decorative border on your photo transfer canvas as well, then complete this step first.

Cut paper into strips to fit along the edges of the canvas you’ve chosen for your photo. Next, use Mod Podge to glue the paper strips along all sides of the canvas. Do this by applying Mod Podge to the sides of the canvas first. Then place the papers onto the Mod Podge. Finally, brush an additional layer of Mod Podge over the papers. (The parts along the edges that left uncovered will be painted later on.)

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #3:

Once the papers have adhered to the sides of the canvas, you’re ready for the next step.

Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the canvas where the picture will be applied.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #4:

Now center the photo you’ve chosen to transfer to canvas onto the front of canvas. Press the photo into the glue, then brush another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photograph.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #5:

Once the Mod Podge dries, simply brush black paint (or another color of your choice) around the edges of the photograph. Do this on the sides of the blank canvas that had been left exposed as well.

(This step can be neat or messy depending on your own personal taste. There’s no right or wrong way to do this step!)

Once the paint dries, seal the photo canvas with a clear acrylic spray. (I’ve always used Plaid brand in matte or gloss.) Your new photo canvas masterpiece is ready to display as soon as the glue dries!

Now that you know how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge, you can get started on creating a unique accent wall for your home!

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