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Velvety Moisturising Lotion

Velvety Moisturising Lotion

Often, I get asked how to reduce the ‘greasiness’ of my balm recipes. I almost always reply with ‘use less, about 1/4 of what you’re used to’. The awesome thing about natural balms and lotions, is that they don’t contain multiple chemical ingredients that enhance penetration and create suffocating barriers. The idea is, usually, to use a little less and massage it in well, allowing those delicious natural butters and oils do their thing!

But, sometimes people aren’t keen to take my advice, or they haven’t seen the light yet, so I’ve created a very simple, three-ingredient lotion that is wayyyyyyy less greasy than any other balm or lotion I have made before. Depending on which essential oils you’re using, you could apply this Velvety Moisturising Lotion to your body, face, on children and babies – the possibilities are endless. In fact, I think this could almost be your next ‘everything’ lotion, it’s that versatile and good.

I’ve chosen jojoba oil for this recipe, but I have also made it with olive oil and it worked beautifully. Of course you could make it super luxurious with some rosehip and a touch of vitamin e oil too.

So, find yourself 5 minutes, and make this one, you won’t regret it!

VELVETY MOISTURISING LOTION

Makes: 165 g | 5.8 oz  Prep time: < 10 min. 

Ingredients 

100 g | 3.5 oz carrier oil (jojoba oil was my choice for this recipe)

5 g | 0.18 oz beeswax

60 g | 2.1 oz arrowroot flour (cornflour doesn’t seem to work as a substitution)

20-30 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oil combo for this recipe are ylang ylang, orange, rose geranium, patchouli (ratio of 10, 6, 5 and 4 drops) 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 carrier 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). Remove from heat.

2. Add arrowroot flour and essential oils, and mix until combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add carrier 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 arrowroot flour and essential oils, and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed, or until combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Massage over body as needed.

Recipe Notes

This lotion should work well in a pump dispenser. If you find it is too thick (perhaps you live in a cold climate), add another 20g of carrier oil and mix in well. This should help the lotion travel up the tube.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Epsom Salt Foot Scrub

Epsom Salt Foot Scrub

If you’re looking for a luxurious, yet ridiculously simple, foot scrub, then this Epsom Salt Foot Scrub is for you. Our feet are awesome, they do so much hard work every day, yet they often get seriously neglected – you know the old cliché!

Epsom salt will exfoliate beautifully and is renowned for its soothing and detoxing properties. Bicarb is antifungal, antiseptic and gently exfoliating, and excellent at eliminating odour – perfect for feet!

So, go on, treat yourself and your tootsies to this divine scrub (or better still, get someone else to do it for you!) 🙌

Epsom Salt Foot Scrub

Makes: 230 g | 8.1 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients 

200 g | 7 oz epsom salt

20 g | 0.7 oz sodium bicarbonate

10 g | 0.4 oz coconut oil (the type that solidifies)

5-10 drops of essential oils

1/2 tsp green spirulina (optional if you want to colour it)

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oil in this recipe is peppermint, 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.

To Use

Massage over feet and rinse with warm water. Best used after a good, long foot soak.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Zinc Cream

Zinc Cream

Looking for a way to get thicker, longer-lasting sun protection on that area of the face that always seems to cop the most sun (hello, freckles!)? Well, look no further than this DIY natural Zinc Stick recipe!

Now, if you’re already using my DIY Natural Sunscreen Balm, I know I won’t need to convince you that it works. (Here comes my standard little spiel though: DO NOT use homemade sun protection recipes unless you are 100% comfortable with the idea. It is your choice and you’re responsible for your own sun safety. This might surprise you, but the best UV protection practice you can adopt is avoidance. To read more about this, check out the Natural Sunscreen Balm recipe here.

It took me quite a few goes to get the consistency right for this recipe. I can confirm that it does set in a refillable twist/push style container (as pictured in the recipe image above). It can also be poured into a jar and applied with your fingers. It does ‘stick’ quite well, withstanding a fair bit of water/goggle abuse! I’d encourage it to be reapplied as it wears off though.

Colouring your zinc stick is also possible, but be warned that you won’t get the same vibrant colours that you see in commercial sticks. I’d be worried that using a huge amount of colouring would actually stain skin, so proceed with caution. The amounts I used to get the colours pictured below didn’t cause any staining but as you can see the outcome is a soft, pale tint (but hey, the longer you spend in the natural space, the more you appreciate subtle colours, subtle fragrance, subtle results, am I right?).

When working with zinc oxide, be sure to only purchase non-nano particles, and be careful not to inhale it. Just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it can be abused, and some ingredients require more care and caution than others.

As for the SPF of this stick – I couldn’t tell you exactly. There is, in fact, a very complex method used to test for SPF (and even that has SO many variables! Did you know it involves actual human guinea pigs??). My research would have this zinc sitting at an SPF of around 40.

I’m really excited by this recipe. Kids just look so cute wearing zinc! And, I’m happy to be putting natural stuff on their faces at their next swimming carnival!

ZINC CREAM

Makes: 90 g | 3.2 oz Prep time: < 10 min.

Ingredients

40 g | 1.4 oz shea butter

20 g | 0.7 oz carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)

5 g | 0.2 oz beeswax

25 g | 0.9 oz zinc oxide (non-nano particles)

Method

1. Add shea butter, carrier oil and beeswax to a glass bowl. (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). Remove from heat.

2. Add zinc oxide 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).

5. To help evenly distribute the zinc oxide, stir the mixture briskly as you’re pouring it. (Note: when pouring into twist/push containers, you’re likely to get some zinc settling. If this concerns you, pour into containers and mix as it sets.)

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add shea butter, carrier 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 zinc oxide 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).

5. To help evenly distribute the zinc oxide, stir the mixture briskly as you’re pouring it. (Note: when pouring into twist/push containers, you’re likely to get  some zinc settling. If this concerns you, pour into containers and mix as it sets.)

Want to colour your zinc stick?

To colour your zinc stick, try adding a small amount of a colourant like mica, blue spirulina, food colouring (powder or liquid). It is best added at step 2 when you’re adding the zinc. Be sure to mix well (it is most effectively mixed in when the balm is starting to set – keep this in mind when pouring into twist/push containers).

To Use

Apply to nose and cheeks as required, reapplying as often as required. Can be applied anywhere on the body!

Recipe Notes

This recipe has NOT been lab-tested. This means you need to be careful with your sun exposure and see how this cream works for you. I am happy to use it on myself and my family, but our skin types may vary to yours so be responsible when trialling this recipe.

Be careful using zinc oxide. I have long arms and hold my breath, but if you’re worried about inhaling it, wear a mask until it is mixed in and no longer loose and floating around.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Hand Sanitising Spray

Hand Sanitising Spray

*March 16, 2020* In light of the current virus sweeping the world, I strongly suggest skipping the DIY sanitisers. Aim to thoroughly wash your hands as much as possible, and don’t touch your face, in order to minimise risk. If you absolutely must use sanitiser, opt for one that is alcohol-based, as per the World Health Organisation’s advice.

This spray is my go-to recipe when it comes to on-the-go-germ-fighting-fluid-in-a-spray-bottle! In saying that, I don’t claim, nor do I believe, that my recipe kills all germs. But it certainly gives me peace of mind, and I believe it’s good enough on an average day-to-day basis when I can’t access a sink! We use this DIY recipe, probably only a few times a week, we don’t rely on it, and we’ve never been healthier; some might say we thrive! Is this a placebo effect? If so, I’ll take it! Or maybe it’s because we’re not exposed to half as much as we used to be, in terms of our toxin body-burden, or maybe it’s our exceptional inner health doing the work for us, who knows. Something to keep in mind is that just because we’re exposed to a pathogen, does not mean it’ll take over and make us ill.

Since we stopped frantically killing the germs (good and bad) from our bodies, we’re actually much healthier and our hands are less irritated. And it’s no wonder; some of the ingredients in mainstream hand sanitising sprays have been linked to endocrine disruption, skin irritation and organ system toxicity (plus toxicity to aquatics and environmental persistence).

Triclosan-containing soap products were not found to provide any additional skin-sanitizing benefits compared to soap not containing Triclosan. In addition, TCS was found to produce bacterial resistance via target site modification which decreased the inhibitory effect of this chemical. With research findings like this, it’s a wonder we are still seeing it in personal care products.

I’ll be honest here, do you really need hand sanitiser? Spraying your hands to conveniently kill germs when you’re out and about, shopping, at the park, running errands with kids, is a modern-day, largely unnecessary, luxury (did your parents use them?).

Think about it, we know that we can wash our hands and achieve the same results as a quick ‘spray and rub’. And while it is indeed handy to have a bottle of ‘soap and water’ in your handbag, it’s certainly not a necessity. Just find a bathroom and wash your hands, and in the meantime, don’t touch your face with your possibly contaminated hands. 

Back to the recipe at hand… It contains some powerful essential oils which are highly antibacterial and antimicrobial, and won’t dry your hands (well, it doesn’t dry ours). Does it destroy all of the germs on your hands? Unlikely. But it is enough to give me some peace of mind when I’m out and about and don’t have access to a sink, soap and water.

Because it contains water and essential oils, I suggest shaking it well, making it in small batches and reading all of my recommended reading notes.

HAND SANITISING SPRAY

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

Ingredients

50 g | 1.8 oz water

1 heavy pinch salt

30 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. (I use a glass bottle with spray atomiser).

To Use

Spray hands as required. Since oil and water don’t mix, you’ll need to 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.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Magnesium Gel

Magnesium Gel

Magnesium Oil is pretty wonderful and definitely a simpler recipe to make, but when you need to target tense shoulders or restless legs, magnesium gel is definitely easier to apply! I incorporate magnesium into my body care routine, and I also take a powder supplement, and as a result, I honestly have never felt better: less tension, less headaches, better sleep – who wouldn’t want all of that!

Low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms as 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

So, if you have already discovered the wonders of magnesium oil, you will absolutely appreciate the awesomeness of this recipe. If you’re yet to try adding magnesium to your life, I highly encourage you give it a go. Magnesium oil has a tendency of causing a mild tingling feeling, however, I find this gel recipe to be a lot less tingly. As far as I am aware, magnesium is safe to apply on all ages, and during pregnancy (but, if you’re doubtful, do your own research).

Magnesium Gel

Makes: 200 g | 7 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients 

100g | 3.5 oz magnesium chloride flakes

1 tsp (flat, approx 2g) xanthan gum

100g | 3.5 oz hot water

20-30 drops essential oils

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. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and xanthan gum in a bowl and mix until well combined.

2. Add hot water and mix quickly until ingredients are well distributed, smooth and combined.

3. Add essential oils and mix well.

4. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Apply apply to areas of body that hold tension, such as shoulders and back, and to sore joints and muscles.

Recipe Notes

Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.

If the tingly feeling doesn’t subside or it bothers you too much, rinse it off.

Check out my Magnesium Oil and Whipped Magnesium Cream recipes too!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Solid Moisturising Bars

Solid Moisturising Bars

I love the convenience of these Solid Moisturising Bars when I am travelling and don’t want to run the risk of my beautiful DIY butters and balms liquefying in the car. These bars are deeply moisturising for dry skin. They also make gorgeous gifts; you can make them weeks in advance, so there’s no excuse not to get busy in the kitchen and stock your gift cupboard.

I’ve made this quick video to show you just how easy they are to make. The high ratio of beeswax means that the mixture sets quite quickly, so don’t leave this one in your bowl too long before filling your moulds. Also, note that you can sub the beeswax for candelilla wax (handy to know if you’re a vegan) – just halve the quantity.

SOLID MOISTURISING BARS

Makes: 250 g | 8.8 oz  Prep time: < 10 min (allow approx. 60 mins to set).

Ingredients

100 g | 3.5 oz shea butter

100 g | 3.5 oz carrier oil

50 g | 1.8 oz beeswax

40 drops of essential oils

Full recipe available in Naturally Inspired – grab your copy today!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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