Recipes for Body & Skin Care
Simple ingredients, simple methods
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...
This spray is my go-to recipe when it comes to on-the-go-germ-fighting-fluid-in-a-spray-bottle! 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...
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...
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...
This recipe 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.
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?
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!
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.
If you’re finding that sodium bicarbonate 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.
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!
This super salve is PERFECT for any area on your body; face, lips, elbows, bums, ears, feet… It contains nourishing ingredients like coconut oil and Shea butter, and although I like lemon, lavender and melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils, you have permission to exercise your creative muscle and add whatever essential oils you please…
I couldn’t tell you how many variations of this recipe I have tried. Turns out bath bombs are temperamental and delicate little buggers and explode without warning, quite easily… Grrr!! Well, this final product is dead easy to make and will hopefully get you excited about the prospect of giving others a cute little hamper for Christmas/birthdays/party favours, with these beauties inside 🙂
You know you’re onto a winner when your reluctant-to-conform-to-change-rexona-loving-old-school-I’m-gonna-do-it-how-my-mum-did-it husband uses a handmade, natural, and chemical-free deodorant and it WORKS!
Don’t waste your money on commercial make-up remover. Not when an ingredient as simple as coconut oil can do the job while simultaneously nourishing the delicate skin on your face.
There are plenty of reasons why you need to try this mix of bath salts. Not only is it easy to make and use, but it serves our body well, offering numerous health benefits.
I am obsessed with this “oil”! I have honestly never felt better since I started using it. This recipe came about after I saw a small bottle in a health food store with a price tag around $30. I read about the success people experienced with commercial magnesium oil and thought I’d give a DIY version a whirl. Let me tell you a little about magnesium…
Making soap can be complicated. Don’t get me wrong, it can be done at home as a DIY project, however, I would recommend getting some guidance, taking a class or two, or watching some tutorials before you attempt it. I personally avoid working with lye (very dangerous if mishandled) and it’s not something I want around the home, but that’s me.
Luscious, luscious, luscious; this whipped body cream sits firmly in my top 5 favourites! A beautiful and creamy body moisturiser that takes pride of place on my bathroom shelf. It’s so versatile; sometimes it is my body cream, sometimes it is my face lotion, and sometimes it tames frizzy hair.
This lip balm recipe is a great starting point for almost any lip balm you feel like making. By adding less beeswax and more oil, the result will be a smoother, glossier balm. If it is children you are making the balm for, try playing around with shimmery micas for a sparkly version.
A long soak in a bath is something I think we all need to treat ourselves to every now and then. If a full body bath is out of the question, go for a foot bath; we absorb a great deal of goodness and expel a great deal of toxins from our feet so don’t overlook a quick soak, even when you’re time poor.
If you are currently buying products with a ‘strawberry’ scent, you’re probably getting a toxic cocktail of endocrine disrupting chemicals (sorry to break it to you). Strawberry essential oil does not exist and there is nothing nice about artificial fragrance.
These little gems are a great way to gently exfoliate, and an easy and inexpensive way to transform regular soap into something cute and fun. It makes the perfect gift and is a great way to get kids involved in creative gift-making in the kitchen.
This was one of the first scrubs I ever made. I remember how in awe I felt when I realised I could make my own scrub for less than $2 and achieve the same results as the store-bought stuff. I haven’t sent money on a commercial body or face scrub since and I haven’t looked back.
This is a great recipe for making your own soap, the fast and uncomplicated way. The result is a gorgeous, softly exfoliating soap that will give you an early morning, calorie-free, caffeine fix!
This is such a ‘summer’ scrub, not only because it smells fresh and fun, but because it will help slough away that dry skin you might get from too much time in the sun (and pool)!
Have you ever used a lip scrub? It is definitely a ‘first-world thing’ but if you can, try it. It is divine! This recipe for choc mint lip scrub is good enough to eat, and the best part, SAFE enough to eat. Gotta love that!
I love that this lotion (kind of a balm that was named a lotion and now is stuck!) only has 6 ingredients and I can pronounce them all. There is something about it that gives skin a youthful, fresh and smooth appearance.
Did you know you can adjust the essential oils in any of my foaming wash recipes to create new formulas for face, hands, body etc? I encourage you to give this face wash a whirl and replace another commercial product with a safer, cheaper, homemade alternative!!
Commercial hand washes that contain antibacterial agents are highly toxic. Triclosan is one of them. According to the Environmental Working Group, triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels may disrupt thyroid function.
This recipe was born shortly after I discovered that a few people were reacting to my regular homemade deodorant, and then after waxing one day, I discovered that I did too…
Many commercial deodorants contain aluminium and chemical fragrances, along with plenty of other nasties that I am not comfortable putting anywhere near my body.
DIY sunscreen gets people talking… In my opinion, the commercial stuff should get people talking more… Hopefully one day… This natural sunscreen formula has been tested on my family and many of my friends…
This recipe was born after I tried a popular mainstream brand of shower wash that makes ‘natural’ claims. It feels and smells lovely, but has a price tag of about $8 per bottle and contains quite a few ingredients, some of which I am suspicious of.
I figured out that not only was zinc oxide an effective ingredient in sunscreen, it is also incredibly healing, and is, therefore, an excellent addition to nappy rash cream!! So I tweaked my basic lotion recipe to include zinc oxide…
This is a lovely, soft and gentle brown sugar scrub, perfect for the delicate skin on your face and neck. Brown sugar is a wonderful exfoliating ingredient and contains glycolic acid which fights bacteria…
Scrubs are so simple to make and great for beginner DIY-ers! Feel free to substitute the lime for lemon, grapefruit, orange etc – you have permission to tweak to your hearts content. Why not make this scrub, package it in a pretty jar, and gift it to someone you love?