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Welcome to this blog! This blog attempts to answer the most frequent search questions as well as inspire you to create your own body products. Living well is crucial in a time that is only getting more and more stressful. I will post tips and information about wellness, aromatherapy, and of course natural & homemade body products.




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Ingredients in Cosmetics

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 10:24 PM Comments comments (2)

 

Just recently I stumbled across The Safe Shopper's Bible - A Consumer's Guide to Nontoxic Household Products, Cosmetics, and Food by David Steinman & Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. This book is a true eye opener and worth the few dollars that it costs (I bought mine on half.com for $ 5.00). Even though it was published in 1995, this book offers valuable information when it comes to living naturally. The chapters range from household products (cleaning products, paint and related pro...

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Is Beeswax and Borax enough to emulsify?

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 2:24 PM Comments comments (2)

This question was asked because I am using a combination of several emulsifyiers in my products.


Yes, beeswax and borax alone are enough, however, the cream may come out a bit "stalky" depending on how much beeswax you used. Also, beeswax alone is unstable so make sure you use it with borax.


It is a personal preference of mine to use a combination of beeswax & borax, vegetable emulsifying wax, xanthan gum, and a tiny amount of stearic acid. I find tha...

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Adding fragrance to body cream

Posted on September 30, 2009 at 9:32 PM Comments comments (1)

The four most common ways to add fragrance to your cream or lotion are:


1) Using coconut oil to make your product. The aroma from the coconut oil is very strong and can overpower any essential oil. 


2) Using a florasol as portion of your liquid amount. So instead of using all water, you can use part florasol and part water. A florasol is a by-product during the distillation process and it has a very strong floral aroma.


3) Use essenti...

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How to make a homemade Foot Cream

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 10:28 PM Comments comments (0)

The process of making a foot cream is the same as making a body cream. Please see "In the Kitchen" for the needed ingredients and step-by-step instructions. 


The following essential oils are wonderful in a foot cream:

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon

If you would like to read more about the properties of the individual essential oils, please see either

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Should Shea Butter be refrigerated?

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 10:24 PM Comments comments (0)

It is best to store all ingredients that you use in cream making in a cool and dry place. If you keep your ingredients (all base oils and butters) refrigerated, you will be able to extend the shelf-life. 


The regular shelf-life of e.g. shea butter is approximately 18-24 month but with refrigeration it may last much longer. 


Personally, I store all my ingredients including all homemade creams etc in the refrigerator to ensure freshness and extended...

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DIY (Do It Yourself) distillation process of plants

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 10:14 PM Comments comments (5)

 

Just recently somebody asked if it is possible to make their own Essential Oils. While I don't want to burst anyone's bubble, making Essential Oils at home is very difficult unless you are able to distill the plant parts.

 

I found some instructions about distillation at home on wikiHow.

 

In brief, here are the steps (in simple terms) that are needed for the distillation process:

a) ...

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How to make a homemade Facial Cream

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM Comments comments (1)

How to make a facial cream is a frequent search question and I thought it is worth answering. Depending on your skin type, you want to use oils that are suited for either oily skin, sensitive skin, mature skin, or dry skin. Please see the Oils & Butters link for property information on each oil. I frequently use the following in my creams:

  • Apricot Oil
  • Borage Seed Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Hempsee...

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