DIY Body Butter
I LOVE this stuff! The recipe calls for it to be whipped, which I did the first time I made it. But the second time around I decided to use it just the way it is, no whipping involved. It just melts into my skin. My skin says “Yummm, ahhhhhhh….”
It works just as well, or better, than store-bought “organic” deodorants. It’s healthy and natural. No aluminum or preservatives. What could be better?
DIY Daily Facial Moisturizer – I’m still looking for a good recipe for this. Anything I’ve come across so far has been pretty heavy and greasy.
DIY Gardener’s Hand Balm
This is super moisturizing, nourishing, healing… and has a great woodsy fragrance. A big favorite of mine.
DIY Lotion Bars / Lip Balm
I love these bars. They smell very much like chocolate, are easy to store on a soap dish and you only rub on as much as you need. I bought a silicone candy mold on clearance at Ace Hardware and it’s perfect for making 4 oz. bars. I usually save a little of the pre-hardened lotion to put into lip balm tubs or tins. A friend swears this recipe instantly removed crows’ feet from her eyes. 🙂
DIY Magnesium Oil
Called an “oil,” I think, only because it has an oily feel to it when sprayed on skin. It is simply magnesium chloride flakes and distilled water. Make sure you use magnesium chloride, as it absorbs the best through skin. I’ve had no luck buying MgCl2 locally, so buy it on Amazon. My favorite essential oils to use for this is either patchouli or lavender, but the oils can be skipped. Mag oil is supposed to be calming and a natural sleep aid.
DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste
This remineralizing toothpaste works really well to keep my gums and teeth feeling freshly brushed for a long time–even after sleeping all night! I like to add a lot of peppermint oil, more than the recipe recommends. The first time I made it I didn’t add the xylitol because I avoid all sweeteners, but have found some research suggesting it’s actually good for teeth. And this toothpaste has no fluoride or carrageenan, which even the most expensive “natural” toothpastes seem to contain. Here’s a comprehensive article on how damaged teeth can be repaired naturally, which also looks into the possibility of some day regrowing teeth.
DIY Shampoo/Body Soap There are a few recipes on this page, but my favorite is the first recipe “Shampoo Bar, 2 lbs (With Beeswax and Coconut Milk)” I’ve made this recipe twice, the second time doubling it. This soap is luxurious, non-drying, with very fine bubbles. You can also get the full recipe, with detailed instructions, on my How to Make (Real) Soap page.