Category: Lotions & Potions

Beeswax Beard Balm Bar

Beards seem to be quite the craze. And my husband is growing it out. But an untamed beard is not my favorite. That’s why I decided to mix up some beard balm and make it in a bar for easier application. Use it like you would a bar of soap — not with water, but after bathing, towel dry your beard, and then warm the beeswax beard balm bar in your hands and then smooth your hands over your beard. Or, my husband says he just smooths the bar over his beard. Keep those beard hairs in line. I...

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Melting Beeswax

I love beeswax. I use it in my homemade creams and lotions. But I like to know that the beeswax is pure without any other wax. I began to question some of the sources on Amazon when some of the beeswax just didn’t smell right. Many times the product came from China. Who knows if it’s real beeswax. I started looking for a local beeswax source, preferably from a beekeeper. I actually bought a one pound bar from a beekeeper in Ohio — ebeehoney. The prices were reasonable, especially if you buy them in the larger, one pound bars. But if...

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Homemade Beard Oil

I’ve noticed some pretty expensive beard oils out there, so I decided to make my own. Especially since my husband decided to ban the razor for awhile. I have my own little apothecary here, so it was easy. First, I wanted an oil that does not feel too oily — and an essential oil that has a good earthy smell. Start with a carrier oil — which means a natural oil that carries the added scent. You may choose from sweet almond oil,  jojoba oil, or sunflower seed oil. Next buy some essential oils that suit your fancy. I like...

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3 ingredient Homemade Deodorant

I’ve been making my deodorant for about a year now. I like it, and it works. I keep it in a jar and use it after I shower. (But not right after shaving!!) However, sometimes it feels a bit grainy with the baking soda, so I decided to alter my recipe and add a little beeswax to make it smoother. I think this is my new favorite. This homemade deodorant recipe uses only three ingredients:   Coconut oil   Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, antipyretic (anti-itch) and an analgesic (anti-pain(Reference here). Another benefit — coconut oil is anti-bacterial(Reference here). Since bacteria causes the...

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Homemade skincare the Lazlo way

When I was about 18, I read a book about skin care in which the author shared her enthusiasm for the Hungarian Erno Lazlo skin care method. In the late 60s and early 70s, Dr. Lazlo became popular in Hollywood when Marilyn Monroe started using it and Audrey Hepburn said “50% of my beauty I owe to my mother and 50% to Erno Lazlo.” At that time, the Lazlo products were only available at a high-end department store called, Saks Fifth Avenue. But I was anxious to get my mom down there so we could try it out. And lucky...

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Potpourri that lasts 50 years

In 1976 I made a batch of potpourri that was supposed to last 50 years. I still have it. And it smells great. It is about 40 years old. I haven’t made any since then! But I would have to say that this is one of my favorite potpourri recipes and it’s superior to anything you buy — it truly is potpourri that lasts 50 years. You know how things become popular and all of a sudden it’s everywhere and everyone is trying to make a buck. And then you get these factory-made batches of synthetic smelling flowers. And...

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Homemade lotion with water and oil

I decided to make a lotion that has distilled water in it — so it is lighter than my body butters. Butter is butter, and I don’t love body butter on my face. I need a light lotion for my face, so I gave this recipe a try. This one is light, but still moisturizing. Since water and oil do not mix, I had to use a little emulsifying wax to make the water combine with the oil. As everyone has their own preference, it’s best to decide yourself. You may like it for a hand lotion instead. Plus,...

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Homemade Honey Olive Bee Balm

I came across some scientific research in a journal that shows an interesting combination of ingredients used to help skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and other skin ailments. I based this recipe on that research. The study found that the ingredients of honey, olive oil, and beeswax are effective against Staphylococcus Aureus and Candida Albicans. The honey mixture used for this study is in a ratio of 1:1:1 — meaning one part honey, one part olive oil, one part beeswax (by volume). This results in a mixture that is 50% honey by weight. We have been finding great success with...

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Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

I’m surprised I didn’t think of making my own diaper rash cream back when I had babies. Oh, wait, I know why. I was too busy cleaning up spilled milk and Cheerios. I’m a gramma now and I have time to think outside the box. So, I did some research about various oils and newborns and babies and put together a recipe for a better-than-you-can-buy baby bottom balm. Yep. That’s a tongue twister. But here is a diaper rash remedy without all those preservatives and unrecognizable ingredients. I’m using Beeswax, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter, and...

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DIY Anti-fungal Cream

It seems to be the long hot summer. Really, temps of 100 + degrees are normal where I live. I’m not happy about it, because it makes me tired and grouchy. But I’ve noticed that I get a lot more hits on my blog for DIY anti-fungal cream. I recently read a research paper showing that the essential oil of bitter orange has anti-fungal properties. I wanted to test it out — My husband is my guinea pig, because he has problem skin and a tendency to get those fungal problems that crop up in that down-under area. Men...

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Natural Anti-Fungal Cream

I’ve had some success making my own anti-fungal creams. This recipe for a natural anti-fungal cream is easy to make and you can use it daily — my husband has been using it for a year now and it’s his favorite cream for that nether territory where men seem to get uncomfortable. He takes it with him when he travels too, but one time at the airport in Mexico, the young woman at security wanted to know what it was — My husband’s Spanish is ok, but he didn’t know how to say this — “aahh, anti-fungal cream??” —...

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Homemade whipped body butter

Try this homemade whipped body butter made with cocoa butter, coconut oil and almond oil. If you love the smell of cocoa butter, this is the creamy concoction for you. I had to go buy some chocolate to eat after using this — it smells that good. I remember when I was in my teens, I bought bars of cocoa butter to smooth over my skin in hopes of getting a better tan. So yea, this makes me feel young again. My other body butters have beeswax in them, (and no cocoa butter) but this one does not have...

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Homemade body butter with beeswax and shea butter

I’ve been trying some different combinations for a homemade beeswax body butter. This one has shea butter and beeswax along with almond oil, and olive oil. I’m really liking it. It feels smooth. Plus — Shea butter has some great qualities — it’s an anti-inflammatory  (see research) and studies have shown that it improves Atopic dermatitis (see research). Almond oil has been shown to reduce scarring post-operatively, as well as smooth and rejuvenate skin (research). It is a good emollient and improves skin tone (research). Studies have shown that almond oil provides a protective layer only into the outermost layers of stratum corneum...

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The benefits of argan oil

I did a little research on Argan oil and discovered that it’s a natural product extracted from the seeds of the Moroccan Argan tree. The seeds (or kernels) are collected from the Argan fruits and then pressed to release the oil. The oil is considered a luxury item and very costly. I was reading about the Argan tree and was surprised to see photos of the trees with goats in them. It was quite a sight. Evidently they like to eat the fruit: Argan oil is edible — you can dip your bread in it. I guess they do...

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Homemade beeswax body butter bar

I love the beeswax body butter in a jar, but I thought it might be nice to have it in a bar — like a bar of soap, but a beeswax body butter in a bar. (That’s a tongue twister.) It works well,  just smooth it over your body. For this recipe, I used less olive oil, so it’s less oily and provides a great barrier on your skin and holds it’s shape as a bar.  I love the smell of it — this time I didn’t use any scent, I just let the smell of the beeswax come through....

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