Homemade Lavender and Vanilla Body Scrub
- Raw brown sugar
- White sugar
- 1/2 Cup Grapeseed oil
- 1/2 Cup Sweet Almond Oil or EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
- Vanilla EO (Essential Oil) or Extract
- Lavender EO
- Eucalyptus EO
- Jason Calming Lavender Body Wash (optional-this makes it a cleansing body scrub)
- Glass or plastic jar with a lid
- Fill the jar 1/2 way with brown sugar
- Fill the jar almost to the top with white sugar
- Make a pit in the sugars to add your oils
- Stir in the oils
- Add more sugars if necessary
- If you plan to make a cleansing body scrub, add your body wash now
- Add 10 drops of Eucalyptus EO, 20 drops Vanilla EO and/or a capful of Vanilla Extract, 20 drops Lavender EO
- Blend ingredients well
Use after cleansing your body
Rub onto skin in a circular motion
Rinse away the sugar
*if using the cleansing body scrub skip step one*
This body scrub will leave you feeling moisturized and your skin will be so soft! This is also great to use as a scrub for manicures and pedicures!
Oh and if you have your own body scrub please share them in the comment box below! I love new recipes!
Homemade Deep Conditioning Treatment
Rissa here with another great tip!
With harsh Winter weather approaching it takes a toll on our beloved locks, hair that is! So I have just the thing to moisturize and liven up those strands! A deep conditioning treatment.
This is my favorite homemade deep conditioner, I have been using this for myself and Cori Rae for over a year now and it works great. Lets get right to it.
- Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner (or any conditioner you like)
- Raw honey
- Coconut Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
So here is what you need to do. I don't have exact measurements, I mostly just eyeball it and mix it up according to what my hair needs and of course hair length is important too. The longer the hair the more product you will need.
|Put desired amount of Coconut Oil and Honey in the bowl|
|Microwave for 10 seconds just to soften the oil and honey|
|This is what it looks like after microwaving|
|Add your conditioner|
|Add the Rosemary Essential oil|
|Mix it all together|
|Apply to the hair in sections for easier application. Then cover with a plastic cap.|
|Leave the conditioner on for 15-30 minutes then Rinse. Look at that face!|
|She's so over getting her hair done now. Her and Mr. Ribbits needed a blankie break!|
I use the Aubrey Organics conditioner because it is SOO moisturizing. The consistency of the product is super thick and creamy so a little goes a very long way and this also makes it a better conditioner for mixing with other ingredients.
Oh and here are few benefits from using the ingredients listed.
Honey- Adds shine and moisture and prevents breakage
Coconut Oil- Reduces protein loss
Rosemary Oil- Effective natural preservative and antioxidant. Also said to promote hair growth!
So there you have it. My fav homemade Deep Condish!
Do you make your own hair care products?
Share them in the comment section!
Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent
Rissa here with another great tip!
So for over a year now I have been making my own powder laundry detergent and I have to say it's been working pretty good for us! Now I will be completely honest though and say that I do have sort of a love/hate relationship with making my own detergent, mainly because I just don't care for grating the soap (you'll see what I mean when you read the steps). Now as far as the reasons why I decided to start making my own laundry detergent....well for starters I know what's in it, there are no hidden ingredients and harsh chemicals that are not only bad for our skin but are also bad for the environment. The next reason is because it saves money. In my opinion I feel this recipe is less expensive than store bought natural/organic laundry detergents especially with the amount of laundry we do around here, having two toddlers in the house means LOTS of laundry. Matter of fact it's something that I have to do DAILY yes I said daily!
So enough blabbering lets get into this recipe!
What you'll need:
- 2 Cup Borax
- 2 Cup Washing Soda
- 1 Bar Laundry Soap i.e. Fels Naptha Laundry Soap *Dr. Bronners Castille Bar soap and Ivory soap good options too
- 10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Cheese Grater and Bowl
- Wide Mouth Container and 1 Tbsp. Scoop
|Borax $4-$5 at Ace Hardware or Target|
|Washing Soda $4-$5 at Ace Hardware|
|Laundry Soap $3-$4 at Ace Hardware|
|Lavender EO $5-$15 at Vitacost|
|Box grater I think I got this from Target but here's one on Amazon for $12|
*Tip: Write the instructions on the front of the container and the ingredients needed on the back for quick referencing when it is time to do laundry and replenish your stash*
What to do:
- Grate the bar of soap (uggh I'm getting annoyed just thinking about it LOL) *I normally do this tedious step while watching t.v. and sipping on a glass of Merlot yes it is that serious.
- Combine Borax and Washing Soda in your container and shake to mix well
- Add grated soap and shake again to mix it all up
- Add Lavender EO and shake well again
How to use:
- 1 Tbsp - small load
- 2 Tbsp - medium load
- 3 Tbsp - large load
- Borax $5
- Washing Soda $5
- Laundry Soap $5
- Lavender EO $5
So that's about 17 cents per load after using the entire box of both the Borax and Washing Soda.
*Ecover Laundry Detergent averages about 45cents per load
This recipe makes 4 Cups of detergent that's an average of about 22 large loads of laundry and you will have tons of Borax and Washing Soda left over to replenish your stash!
So there ya have it! I hope this helps you.
Happy laundry doing!
Do you make your own laundry detergent?