Homemade Body Wash

 

Here’s how to make you very own body wash! This was about the easiest recipe I have made yet. You only need 3 simple indredients! Below is how I made this recipe. If you’d like, you can see where I got the information here.

What You’ll Need:

4-6 cups water, depending on how runny/thick you want it to be

1 bar castille soap

2 tablespoons glycerin

Step 1:

Grate your bar of soap. I used Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap in the Almond scent. Castille soap is highly recommended for many of the recipes I compared. It smells very nice! I grated my bar with a hand-held grater and it didn’t take too long at all.

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Add the grated soap and water into a medium-sized pot. I used a cheap stew pot I found at WalMart so as not to ruin my good pans. I added 4 cups of water to my first batch, but I think next time I will add 5 or possibly the full 6. Remember, the amount of water you add will determine how runny or thick your wash will be. You can always add more water later, so you may want to start with a smaller amount.

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Bring the soap and water to a boil. Continue to boil until all the soap is completely melted.

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Once the soap is completely dissolved, you can remove the pot from the burner and stir in the glycerin. Once stirred in, you can transfer the mixture into your storage container(s). I used mason jars.

10BeFunky_Tilt-Shift_2After I poured the mixture into my jars, I set them aside on the counter to cool. This took a looooong time so you have to be patient. Also, prepare yourself for what you’ll find once it has cooled and set. I thought I ruined it when I checked on it a few hours later; it looked like a big, white, THICK blob! I did a little reading and found out all I had to do was add more water, a little at a time, until I had it the consistency I wanted. But listen….it will look like (and sort of feel like) snot. Yes, snot. There’s nothing wrong with the consistency or what you did. That’s what it is going to look like!

Once I had it to the consistency I wanted, I used a funnel and put in in a repurposed empty and cleaned out lotion pump bottle. The pump is what I used in the shower. The rest of the jars are going to hold the “blobs” until I’m ready to use them.

The Verdict:

I was a little hesitant after the whole blob/snot thing, but it turned out just fine! I pumped a few squirts onto my loofah and it lathered right up! I love the almond scent of it. In my opinion, it worked just as well as my old store-bought body wash, minus all the scary chemicals.

I would definitely suggest giving this one a try! The bar of soap was $2-3 (can’t remember which) and the glycerin was about $3 (but you’ll reuse this for future batches). It filled 2 1/2 mason jars which is almost 40 oz! For about $5-6 I think that’s a good bargain!

Will you give this a try? Or is there a recipe you’d swear by?

♥A

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DIY All-Natural Honey Lip Balm

Not only am I addicted to lotion, I am also equally addicted to lip balm. I have my trusty Chapstick with me wherever I go. I keep it in my purse, my car, my teacher clipboard at work, on my nightstand and even in the coffee table in the living room. It makes me anxious to be with out it. I am very picky about what I use, so I normally stick to my regular ol’ Chapstick brand in Strawberry. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous about making my own and actually liking how it felt on my lips. Turns out, I had no reason to be nervous! I LOVE it!

Here’s how I did it!

Ingredients/Supplies

1/2 cup natural beeswax, grated

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon honey (I used local honey)

2 drops vitamin e oil

12 small containers with lids*

medium saucepan

glass bowl or mason jar (even an old sauce/pickle/etc jar will work)

small funnel

*it is important to have your containers set out and ready to go!

The How To:

Gather all your ingredients before you begin. Make sure you have everything set out and ready for this one!

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Step 1:

Grate your beeswax. I lightly packed mine into the measuring cup. This step was the most time consuming & really tested my patience. I used a small (and very cheap) hand-held cheese grater. It took what seemed like forever. I enlisted the help of the boyfriend for this part because my little pea-shooters (as he calls my arms) were getting sore.

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Step 2:

Place grated beeswax and coconut oil into your glass bowl or jar.

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Step 3:

In your saucepan, heat 1 1/2 cups water to boiling. Place glass bowl/jar into the saucepan. Stir occassionally as the ingredients start to melt. Once the beeswax and coconut oil has completely melted, remove the bowl/jar from the saucepan.

Step 4:

Add in the honey and vitamin e oil and stir. Immediately pour the mixture into your contains. This will begin to set very quickly so you want to work rather quickly. Cover your containers and let cool completely. I know it will be tempting to touch and test it, but resist the urge. You don’t want to go and poke your finger in and mess it up!

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The Verdict:

I am in love with this recipe. I used my lip balm the night I made it right before bed. It felt wonderful and moisturizing. When I woke up in the morning I could still feel it on my lips! I had friends/family sample it the next day and received great feedback! The only thing I would like to work on is how hard the top of the lip balm got. I may have to play around with the amount of beeswax I add the next time around. Because there will be a next time! Maybe I will add some essential oils next time as well. Since I like this recipe so much, I may invest in chapstick tubes instead of plastic containers next time. I mean, there are gonna be times I don’t want to stick my finger in it if I haven’t washed my hands!

Other Notes:

I have read on several sites that you want to be careful where and how you store this balm. Due to the oil in it, if it is in an area that gets too warm (ie: your pocket, in your purse on a warm day, a steamy bathroom…) the mixture will melt. Just something to keep in mind!

Have you tried any homemade lip balms? How did they turn out?

♥Amy

 

DIY Project #3: Homemade Lotion (version 2)

Ok, so this is version 2 that I made this afternoon. I love version 1 and will most likely still use up my supple of it (or maybe gift it). This version is more natural, however, so probably better for your body. although I’m not claiming to be an expert on such things. I didn’t take photos during this one because it is made almost exactly like version one. You can always look to version 1 for photos of a step-by-step. Here it is!

Ingredients/Materials

16 oz baby lotion

8 oz vitamin e cream

8 oz coconut oil (solid form)

a mixing bowl

a hand mixer

container(s) for storage of finished product

So how is this different from version 1? Let me tell you. 1. This time around I chose an organic baby lotion, unscented. 2. I finally found a vitamin e cream that did not contain retinyl palmitate (see my thoughts on that in version 1) 3. I used coconut oil instead of vaseline and 4. this recipe needs a hand mixer.

Step 1: Combine all ingredients into your bowl. Using a hand mixer, set it to “whip” and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated and have the look of icing. You really do need a mixer for this to get all the coconut oil to combine. I still had a few chunks in mine that I just picked out by hand. Made me miss the vaseline a little…it was easier!

Step 2: Scoop the mixture into your container of choice! All done! Easy peasy!

The verdict/side notes:

I’m still partial to version 1, but mostly because I liked the shea & cocoa butter scent and it was slightly easier . This version turned out very well too and works great.  I only choose the unscented organic because it doesn’t contain all the “bad stuff”. Like I said, the vitamin e cream that I used did not contain retinyl palmitate this time around (I found it at CVS, their brand). That was a plus. Also, I liked using the coconut oil better than the vaseline since it left a less greasy feeling. It’s still not “all natural” but it’s definitely better than your average store bought with out having to pay an arm and a leg for organic brands. This batch ended up filling a 16 oz mason jar, an 8 oz mason jar, and 1 3/4 of the vitamin e containers (they each held 4 oz).

While I’m having fun with all this DIY, I’m done for awhile with the lotions 🙂 I have enough to last me for quite some time. I’m going to move on to other things for awhile so stay tuned!

♥A

DIY Project #2: Homemade Lotion

I am a lotion addict. I apply it all over my body immediately after every shower. I apply it every time I wash my hands. I have it stashed in my “teacher” cabinet at work, in my car, and in my purse. Needless to say, I go through a TON of lotion. I’m also very picky about the lotion I use. My absolute favorite brand is Curel, but it’s pretty pricey (for me). I test out a few other brands from time to time, and so far Jergens and Equate also make the cut. Even though Equate is the cheapest, when you go through it as fast as I do, the cost adds up. So I decided to try making my own and seeing what happened. Here it is:

BeFunky_IMG_0069.jpg Ingredients/Materials Needed:

16 oz Baby Lotion

8 oz Vitamin E Cream

8 oz Vaseline

A bowl for mixing

A whisk

A container for storage of finished product

 

 

 

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Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. You could use an electric mixer for this, but I ended up just using a plain old whisk.

*I used the Shea & Cocoa butter scent of Johnson’s Baby Lotion because I liked the smell. Walmart had the Vitamin E cream on sale and in a two-pack. I also used the Equate brand of vaseline. You could cheapen your cost here buy using a generic brand of all these ingredients. I splurged on the brand name baby lotion because I didn’t like the smell of the generic.

 

 

 

 

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Step 2:

Keep mixing until all the ingredients are blended together well. It should start resembling a whipped icing consistency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Add the mixture into your storage container. This ended up being the trickiest part for me. The easiest way to do this would be to use a plastic screw-top container or a small 8 0z mason jar. I really wanted to store it in a pump, however. I ended up pouring the mixture into a ziplock baggie, snipping the corner off, and piping it into the bottle.

*This lotion will probably be thicker than your normal lotion. It pumps out of the bottle I used, but it requires a little more effort to get it out and comes out in smaller amounts. A little frustrating for an impatient person like myself.

 

 

 

 

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If you follow the recipe as layed out, you will have quite a bit of extra lotion. I ended up having enough to fill the pump bottle, both vitamin e cream bottles, and half a mason jar.

Viola! You’re all done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Verdict:

I love this lotion! It’s a little thicker than what I’m used to and it goes on a little greasier at first, but I’ve been using it for a week now and it dries pretty quickly. The great part about this lotion is that a little bit goes a looonnnggg way, so you get more bang for your buck. This supply will last me quite awhile. I had to spend a tad more up front by needing to buy a pump bottle, which ended up being not necessary. Other than that, it was pretty inexpensive. I am interested to see how long a single batch will last me since I need to use so much less!

BUUTTTT….here’s the downside. And I was really bummed about this discovery. Because did I mention I loved the way this turned out?? The day after I made this, I happened to glance at the ingredients list for the vitamin e cream. I was sad to see that it said it contained retinyl palmitate. Now, not everyone agrees on whether or not this is “toxic”, but the more I’ve read in to it, the more I’ve decided I just want to stay away from it. I am usually very good about checking the ingredients on things, but I was so excited to try this that I slipped up. I’ve continued using it (I mean, hey..I bought all the stuff and spent the time making it right? Right?!), but I am already planning on a remake. I found a very similar recipe that I would like to try and make a few tweaks to. It sounds like it may turn out even better than this batch, which would be amazing! All I need now is to find some toxic-free vitamin e cream darn it!

I’m having fun with this whole DIY thing, but I’m still very new to it. Have you experimented with any DIY lotions or lotion bars? What recipe did you use? How did they turn out?

Happy Friday!

♥Amy

 

 

DIY Project #1: Eye Make-up Remover

Here is my very first DIY post. I’m starting simple because in general I have a hard time following directions, especially when it involves measurements. This one is for a simple, yet effective, eye make-up remover. I happen to have made a trip to Walmart right after I finished this DIY experiment and was happy when I walked down the cosmetics aisle seeing how much money I saved by making my own! Obviously water is an easy ingredient. Olive oil is something most of us have in our kitchen. The one tricky ingredient that you may have to invest in if you don’t happen to have a kid is the Baby Shampoo. But it’s still a super cheap purchase and will go a long way.

I used the recipe found here, but I tweaked it a little. For example, I used baby wash instead of shampoo.  I also added a little extra olive oil.

Ingredients:

1 c of water

1 1/2 T Tear-Free Baby Shampoo (I used Baby Wash and it still turned out fine)

1/8 t olive oil

Materials:

a small bowl for mixing

cotton balls

measuring cups, spoons

bottle to put finished product in

Step 1:

Gather all ingredients/materials.

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Step 2:

Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and mix together. (This is really complicated so far, huh?)

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Step 3:

Use a funnel to pour mixture into your bottle. I used a glass one I happen to have found in the basement and I thought was pretty. Glass isn’t really the best idea in a bathroom, so I don’t recommend it. A plastic squirt bottle or other travel size bottle would probably work best . (* I didn’t have a funnel in my kitchen (go figure) so I improvised.)

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Step 4:

You’re all done and ready to use it! I tried mine out immediately after I made it and it worked great! You can see the results on the cotton ball in the photo. Gross, I know, but you can tell it really works! I had quite a bit of mixture that would not fit into my bottle so I used a small Ball jar to store the remainder in. Again, glass is not a great idea, but I’m using it anyway!

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This was a DIY success!! If you give this a try, I’d love to hear how it worked for you!