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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 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 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She 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 a quick video to show you just how easy they are to make. Keep scrolling down!

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

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 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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 Deluxe Foaming Face Wash, 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. 

Note that the video below is for my hand/face/body wash. The only difference is that you’ll use switch out the water for rose water.

DELUXE FOAMING FACE WASH

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).

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 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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 Charcoal & Turmeric Peelable Face Mask 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!

Charcoal & Turmeric Peelable Face Mask

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

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. Wait 20-30 minutes or until mask is dry and peel off carefully. 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.

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 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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 and 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 up this natural hand and shower wash, your body and the planet will give you a big high-five for it!

Creamy Body Wash

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 (the type that solidifies)

1 tsp xanthan gum

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

100 g | 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.

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 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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 magnesium 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 Whipped Magnesium 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 short period of time. Read here for information on shelf life.

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

Whipped Magnesium Cream

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 (the type that solidifies)

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.

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 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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