Deluxe Foaming Face Wash

Deluxe Foaming Face Wash

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I already have a few foaming wash recipes.

One for the face, body and hands. So why introduce another face wash recipe?

Because this is AMAZING! It is delicious, divine, lush. I am officially in love with this combo, and my face is a fan too! The inclusion of rose water is a luxurious ingredient in this recipe (it helps to calm irritation, soothe and hydrate skin) however, it may be out of budget for some.

If this is the case, you can try lavender water; plain ‘ol water works too – it just won’t have the same blissful aroma in my opinion.

 

 

Makes: 200 g | 7.1 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

65 g | 2.3 oz liquid castile soap

15-20 drops of essential oils

135 g | 4.8 oz rose water

 
 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are ylang ylang and frankincense, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

Special container required…

Foaming Pump Bottle

 

METHOD
    1. Add castile soap and essential oils to a bowl and mix until combined.
    2. Wait a few minutes (this gives the essential oils time to disperse within the castile soap), add rose water and mix until combined.
    3. Transfer into foaming pump bottle.

     

    TO USE

    Massage 1-2 pumps of foam over face and neck. Rinse with warm water.

     

    RECIPE NOTES
      • You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your soap dispenser (a foaming pump bottle must be used for this recipe)
      • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading
Charcoal & Turmeric Peelable Face Mask

Charcoal & Turmeric Peelable Face Mask

I was blown away when I looked into the contents of a few mainstream charcoal peelable face masks. With such a simple concept, how on earth can one little bottle pack in so many ingredients, and how can anyone put so many questionable chemicals into a product and feel ok about it?

Ingredients such as Triethanolamine, Parabens, Ceteareths, Phenoxyethanol and Benzyl Alcohol are common offenders in some of the store-bought bottles I investigated, but the DIY versions on the net encourage the combination of activated charcoal and GLUE! What the?!!

It is mainly for this reason that I created this recipe – to give the DIY-eager peeps a healthy alternative.

But before you go and get all excited, applying a mask a week to suck out all of your blackheads and unclog your pores, please know that a mask like this is designed to be used infrequently. I recommend no more frequently than every 8-12 weeks. The reason for this is the skin on our face is covered in fine vellus hair which serves the purpose of regulating body temp and helping sweat evaporate, so we don’t want to be ripping that off. Also, the smoothing effect you feel afterwards is also enhanced because your skin’s natural oils and sebaceous filaments (mistaken for blackheads on the strip) may also be removed, compromising the skin’s barrier, which protects our skin from infection and harmful bacteria. The little sebaceous plugs will be replaced in 30 days anyway.

So with all of that in mind, use this mask occasionally IF you feel compelled. Just please don’t go using a DIY recipe that involves glue!

 
 

Makes: enough for single use Prep time: < 5 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 tsp gelatin powder

½ tsp activated charcoal powder

½ tsp turmeric (ground)

¼ tsp jojoba oil

4 drops of essential oils

2 tbsp hot water (see recipe notes)

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Add gelatin, charcoal, turmeric, jojoba oil and essential oils to a small bowl.
  2. Add hot water and mix quickly until smooth and combined. Add a little extra hot water if required.

 

TO USE
  1. Using a make-up brush, apply a layer of mixture to face, avoiding all sensitive areas such as eyes, eyebrows, hairline and top lip – ouch! Keep brushing and dabbing mixture over face until a thick layer forms.
  2. Wait 20-30 minutes or until mask is dry and peel off carefully.
  3. Use a wet washcloth to remove any excess.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
  • I like to exfoliate gently (with this) after I apply the mask, and before I moisturise (with this).
  • You might like to make up a double/triple batch without water and keep it dry in a jar, only adding a tablespoon of mix and enough water to make a paste as you need it. This is perfect if you only want to treat your nose, chin and T-zone. Also makes a super-cool gift idea!
  • If the complete mix is left too long it will set. Add a little more hot water and mix until smooth.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.
Creamy Body Wash

Creamy Body Wash

If you’re looking for a change from my super-simple foaming body wash or hand wash and want something thicker and creamier, then look no further.

This recipe for natural hand and shower wash is seriously amazing.

With 5 ingredients, you can’t go wrong!

Enough with the chemicals hiding in even so-called ‘eco’ and ‘green’ brands. Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine – all ingredients we need to steer clear of.

Read this blog post for some more info on chemicals to avoid. If you have a spare 2 minutes, whip this one up, your body and the planet will give you a big high-five for it!

 

 

Makes: 380 g | 13.4 oz  Prep Time: < 5 min.

 

INGREDIENTS

50 g | 1.8 oz hot water (see recipe notes)

25 g | 0.9 oz coconut oil

1 tsp xanthan gum

200 g | 7.1 oz water – additional (see recipe notes)

100g | 3.5oz liquid castile soap

30-50 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are peppermint and orange, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Add hot water, coconut oil and xanthan gum to a bowl and whisk until smooth and combined.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk again, either by hand or with an electric beater, until mixture is light and fluffy. This could take quite a few minutes if you’re whisking by hand. Periodically, scrape mixture down from sides of bowl.
  3. Transfer into soap dispenser.

 

THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
  1. Add hot water, coconut oil and xanthan gum to thermal appliance bowl and mix for 5-10 seconds on medium/high speed, or until smooth and combined.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on medium/high speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.
  3. Using a silicone spatula, make sure all of the xanthan gum is unstuck from around the blades, and scrape down sides of bowl.
  4. Mix again for 5-10 seconds on medium/high speed, or until mixture becomes light and fluffy.
  5. Transfer into soap dispenser.

 

TO USE

Dispense body wash as required and massage over body. Rinse with warm water.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
  • It’s so important to ensure you’re mixing the xanthan gum fully into the mixture.
  • You may need a wide-mouth funnel to get the mixture into your dispenser. I found that using a skewer to gently swirl/push the mixture through a funnel helped a lot.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.
Whipped Magnesium Cream

Whipped Magnesium Cream

Those with low magnesium levels are often prescribed tablets. Research is suggesting that we absorb more magnesium transdermally, hence the growing trend of magnesium oil and cream.

As low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms, it is hard to get an accurate gauge through blood tests alone. Here are a few symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • High stress levels
  • Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
  • Restless legs
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headaches, migraines, cluster headaches
  • Muscles aches and pains
  • Hair loss

I love my magnesium oil.

It is so easy to make, it is super cheap and it has been my saving grace as this ‘Little Pot’ grows up at a super-speedy rate! With a few sprays of magnesium oil on my abdomen every night before bed, I sleep better and I feel more awake when I am awake – rarely do I have a 3pm slump.

I honestly feel a million bucks most of the time (although, I am sure that also has something to do with our lifestyle and the huge amount of water I flush through my body on a daily basis)!

Despite my love for the simple oil spray version, I have been working on the perfect magnesium cream recipe. For some people, it is easier to apply a cream rather than a liquid spray, to specific areas of the body.

According to my research (but do your own of course!), magnesium oil and cream is safe for anyone to use; pregnant women, children, the elderly, etc., and due to the lower percentage of magnesium in this recipe (25% approx. versus 50% in the spray), the cream may be a better option for children (and sensitive adults) as the tingle isn’t quite as strong.

It is best to share a batch of this cream with friends or family if you don’t think you’ll use it within a month or two.

Despite the fact it contains vitamin E, magnesium and essential oils, which all act as preservatives, it does contain water (although I have kept this to the absolute minimum), and water allows for quicker bacteria growth.

If you’re looking for a lush cream, with the benefits of magnesium, then this is the recipe for you!

 

 

Makes: 330 g | 11.6 oz Prep time: < 10 min. (plus setting time)

 

INGREDIENTS

80 g | 2.8 oz magnesium chloride flakes

30 g | 1.1 oz hot water (see recipe notes)

70 g | 2.5 oz coconut oil

50 g | 1.8 oz carrier oil  (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)

40 g | 1.4 oz shea butter

30 g | 1.1 oz beeswax pellets

20 g | 0.7 oz evening primrose oil

10 g | 0.4 oz vitamin E oil

30-40 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are wintergreen, peppermint and frankincense, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and hot water in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved and set aside.
  2. Add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently).
  3. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients including the magnesium mixture, stirring until well combined. Set aside to cool (you might like to pop your bowl in the fridge).
  4. When the mixture is almost set, scrape away from sides of the bowl. Use a hand or electric beater, and whip until light and fluffy.
  5. Transfer into container of choice.
  6. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
  1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and hot water in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved and set aside.
  2. Add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.
  3. Add remaining ingredients including the magnesium mixture and mix on low speed until well combined. Set aside to cool (you might like to pop your bowl in the fridge).
  4. When the mixture is almost set, scrape away from the sides of the bowl and whip for 30-40 seconds on medium/high speed until white and fluffy.
  5. Transfer into container of choice.
  6. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time). 

TO USE

Using clean fingers, scoop cream and apply to body. It may be helpful to apply to areas that hold tension, such as shoulders and back, but also to sore joints and muscles.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.
Carb-Free Deodorant Paste

Carb-Free Deodorant Paste

If you’re finding that sodium bicarbonate (bicarb) is irritating your underarms, please don’t give up on natural deodorants! You could either try my Sensitive Deodorant Paste, Spray Deodorant or this bicarb-free version. I also have a blog with tips on transitioning to natural deodorant. Or, if you really can’t be bothered with DIY today, try a small scoop of coconut oil (the type the solidifies) and a few drops of tea tree essential oil.

 
 

Makes: 270 g | 9.5 oz Prep time: < 10 min.

 

INGREDIENTS 

75 g | 2.6 oz shea butter

75 g | 2.6 oz coconut oil

10g | 0.4 oz beeswax pellets

110g | 3.9 oz arrowroot flour (or cornflour)

40 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lavender, tea tree and patchouli, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently).
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Transfer into container of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.
  3. Transfer into container of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

TO USE

Scoop a small amount of balm (the size of your fingernail is plenty) and rub gently onto clean armpits.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • For an extra kick, substitute the arrowroot powder for bentonite clay – a simple straight swap. Sometimes deodorant paste just doesn’t cut the mustard for everyone all of the time and this little hack might just do the trick!
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.
Sanitising Gel

Sanitising Gel

We live in a world obsessed with killing germs. I know this so well because I used to be one of ‘those’ people. Not any more though, and we have never been healthier!

Antibiotic resistance is a real problem and the overuse of antibacterial products is leaving us more susceptible to the germs, and it’s contributing to the creation of superbugs. Three of the biggest offenders in commercial hand sanitisers are Benzalkonium Chloride (derived from petroleum and a known irritant), Triclosan (derived from petroleum and linked to skin, eye and lung irritation; also an environmental toxin) and fragrance (nasty, nasty stuff made from a list of up to 3,000 synthetic chemicals – steer clear).

This hand sanitising gel recipe is nourishing for your hands and contains some powerful essential oils which are highly antibacterial and antimicrobial. Does this gel kill 99.99% of bacteria? I don’t know, probably not. But it is enough to give me peace of mind when I’m out and about with the kids and they need to have a snack, or have been to a public loo.

 

 

Makes: 50 g | 1.8 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

 

INGREDIENTS 

45 g | 1.6 oz aloe vera gel

1 tsp witch hazel

20-25 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are tea tree, thyme and cinnamon, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Transfer into container of choice (a silicone squeeze-style tube with flip top or glass bottle with dropper top are good options).

 

TO USE

Squeeze a small amount onto hands, rub and shake to dry. Shake well prior to each use.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your chosen container and shake to combine. Add essential oils first to lessen the risk of them overflowing when you secure your lid.
  • A tiny bit goes a long way so don’t squirt too much or it will take ages to dry and you’ll be a slippery mess.
  • To pour the gel into the small opening of a silicone tube, place a snap lock bag (or piping bag) into a glass, folding edge over the rim. Use a silicone spatula to scrape all the gel in. Wash and reuse your plastic bag or ‘redcycle‘ it.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.

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