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A few Points You MUST Know Before Making Homemade Skincare The tradition of creating homemade skincare has long been part of many cu...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How to Make an Antihistamine Balm

 for Natural Allergy Relief

It’s beneficial to use a balm rather than an oil alone for a few reasons. First, it’s important to dilute your essential oils for safety. Second, by adding nourishing oils like coconut oil and sweet almond oil with beeswax, the effect will last much longer because the oils can’t evaporate so quickly.

This antihistamine balm recipe is one we can all use for natural allergy relief from time to time, and it can be used for relief of seasonal allergies, sinus issues, nasal congestion, eye and throat irritation, allergies in general or to apply to bites, stings or rashes.


  • 1.5 ounces beeswax pastilles or chopped beeswax bars (locally sourced is great for your allergies if you find it)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons sweet almond oilor your favorite carrier oil like jojoba oil or olive oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 6 drops frankincense essential oil


  • 2-4 small balm containers with lids (I used 2-ounce sized jars in the photos and I got 2 full jars out of this recipe)
  • Double Boiler


  • Using a double boiler, fill the bottom half of the pot about 2/3 full of water and start it over low to medium heat. Measure out your beeswax and put it into the top half over the water. It is best to heat it slowly, so you don’t burn or overheat the wax, which will protect the properties of it. If it burns, you will lose those great benefits.
    Next, have your coconut oil measured out and ready. If it has solidified and is hard to scoop out and measure, pop it in a bowl of hot water to soften it up. Once the beeswax is fully melted and there are no yellow lumps remaining, stir in the coconut oil and the sweet almond oil. Let them melt together with the beeswax.
    Once they are mixed together and clear, you can remove the pan from the heat and add the essential oils. All of these oils are a thin consistency, even the frankincense, which comes from a resin, so be cautious when dropping them in. It is super easy to have them get away from you and end up with twice the drops you needed. Now, stir in the oils well to disperse in the balm base.
    Pour the mixture into your containers, which you lined up earlier. Take it slowly and leave just a slight gap at the top of the container.
    At this point, they need to rest on a counter top at room temperature to cool off. Best thing to do is not to move them, so that they don’t spill, and the top will solidify smoothly. After about 30 to 45 minutes, they will likely be cooled off all the way, but this will depend on the container you used too. Check to see by feeling the bottom center of the container. If it is warm still, give them awhile longer. If you put the lids on too soon, moisture will form inside the lid after you close it and you don’t want that. Once they are cooled off totally, put your lids on and make up some cute labels if you’d like.These make awesome gifts for so many occasions!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

A few Points You MUST Know Before Making Homemade Skincare

The tradition of creating homemade skincare has long been part of many cultures around the world, with recipes often handed down the generations. In recent years, homemade skincare has had a revival in line with the growth of the green beauty movement. It is now a booming trend and you’ll find homemade skincare DIY-ers keenly sharing their recipes and results on social media.
If you enjoy making homemade cosmetics, this post is of particular relevance as I outline the most important steps and things to consider when making your own cosmetics at home. I want you to get the best out of your natural cosmetic ingredients, to avoid not only wasting them but also, importantly, to ensure you are creating safe cosmetics.

1. Choose the Right Homemade Skincare Formula

The first step in developing a homemade skincare product is to find a suitable formula – one which not only nourishes the skin but also remains safe and stable while you’re using it. When choosing a formula, your choice should take into consideration not only the ingredients, but also how they interact with each other.

2. Choose the Correct Container

Not only is it great fun to choose gorgeous packaging for your homemade skincare, but the right container can also help keep your formula safe and stable for longer. In fact, it’s important to store your homemade skincare in proper, hygienic containers. Luckily there are lots of great packaging suppliers online who will send you containers that are ready to use for your beautiful botanical formulations.

3. Add a Natural Preservative System

Preservatives are ingredients that are added to a formulation to avoid microbial growth and to prolong the shelf life of a product. 

Most cosmetic products have preservatives added to them. The majority of water-containing products, and even some anhydrous products (formulations that don’t contain water or water-loving (hydrophilic) ingredients), should include a preservative system to guard against contamination from yeast, mould and bacteria. When your formula contains water, it provides the ideal conditions for bacterial and fungal growth.
Is there water in your formulation? Is it likely that water will be introduced into your homemade skincare product during its use? Then add a preservative system!
A preservative system should be broad spectrum, meaning that it should protect your formula from the microbial growth of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, yeast and mould. Natural preservatives are easy to find and we recommend that you always follow manufacturers’ and suppliers’ usage instructions to ensure your preservative is active and working as expected in your product. 
Be extra careful with formulations containing water, clay, honey and fruits, as these are most likely to spoil very quickly and require a suitable, often strong natural preservative system to ensure their stability and safety over their desired shelf life.
Anhydrous products present a lower risk of developing microbial growth, which is why many organic skincare formulators decide to create waterless formulations for their homemade skincare. Just note that anhydrous formulations are prone to oxidation and rancidity. To slow down this process of degradation, it’s advisable to add an antioxidant such as Vitamin E to your formula.
Don’t forget that contamination can happen well before you see the visible signs of microbial growth on your homemade skincare product. If you don’t wish to add a preservative to your formulation, you should create anhydrous products only.
In brief: 
1. Water-containing products are prone to contamination and usually require a preservative system.
2. products are prone to oxidation and usually require an antioxidant.

4. Produce the Right Amount

As it’s almost impossible to know the likely expiration date of homemade skincare products, one of the best tips we can give you is to produce small amounts. Not only does this mean your cream, balm or butter will be the very freshest it can be, but you’ll also get to play around with different ingredients regularly to whip up a fresh batch (and as we know, formulation is additive!).
When you’re making anhydrous products that are suitably packaged to minimise contamination, you can make bigger volumes, but always remember to add an antioxidant such as Vitamin E or Rosemary CO2 extract to slow down product degradation.
With unpreserved, water-based products, we advise you make single-use doses only when you need them. Microbial growth happens fast, especially given the perfect growing conditions found in room temperature. 
5. Measure your Ingredients Correctly
You must measure your ingredients, both liquids and solids, by weight using a digital scale. Measurement in weight is the most accurate method and will allow you to have the right balance of ingredients in your formulation. Finding a good scale is important when you start making homemade skincare.
The volume of liquid ingredients varies according to their density and temperature, and it is easy to exceed the recommend concentration when measuring them in drops, especially when adding ingredients, such as essential oils, in very low concentrations. In addition, you should always write down your formula and work with percentages so you can reproduce your batch or scale it to larger amounts..

Follow Usage Recommendations
One of the main reasons why people create homemade cosmetic products is that they want to know what is inside their beauty products, as the results of our survey on understanding the drive for green beauty shows. We should point out that not only the ingredients themselves are important, but also how they are used in formulation. As mentioned above, it is essential to follow the usage recommendations for many cosmetic ingredients, and some of them, if used in wrong amounts, may cause dermal sensitisation.
When making your own cosmetics, some ingredients such as certain carrier oils can be used at 100 per cent concentration. However, many other ingredients have strict dosage recommendations. For example, when you’re working with essential oils you should respect dermal limits. The same goes for preservatives – you must follow their recommended usage levels in order to be safe and effective.
Essential oils and natural preservatives are among those ingredients that may cause sensitisation in some people and it is imperative therefore that you follow the supplier or manufacturer recommended usage limits in order to make safe cosmetic products.

Friday, February 7, 2020


Simple homemade face scrubs are the perfect recipes to attempt if you’re new to do-it-yourself skincare. The ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find (in fact, you probably have most of them in your kitchen already!). Plus, homemade face scrubs are really hard to mess up!

The goal with any facial exfoliant is to gently lift off dead skin cells without abrading healthy skin. If your face burns or is red, you are being too aggressive. Be patient and consistent in your skin care regimen to get the best long-term results.  Play around and find your personal best recipe using some of the ideas below.


Exfoliation is a key part of any facial routine; I recommend a gentle scrub 2-3 times a week to help slough off dead skin cells and unclog pores. Nighttime is the best time to exfoliate so your skincare products can better absorb overnight. Give any one of these simple scrubs a try – your skin will feel soft and smooth!
Gentle Oat Scrub
Soothing and anti-inflammatory oats are ideal for sensitive skin. Ground oats gently unclog pores while their natural saponins cleanse and absorb dirt and oil.
  •  ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • Water
In a blender, pulse the oats until finely ground. Pinch the ground oats into palm of hand, then add water until paste forms. Gently massage into face and neck. Store the ground oats in an airtight container for later use.
Bonus: Instead of water, you can add milk or yogurt with lactic acid as a chemical exfoliant. Or, add apple cider vinegar with malic acid for brightening properties.

Honey & Brown Sugar Scrub

A natural humectant (along with honey), sugar makes a gentle scrub to buff away flakes, clear pores and lock in moisture.
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (the finer the better)
  • 1 tablespoon honey, preferably raw
Mix the brown sugar and honey together and, with clean fingertips, gently apply the scrub to your face in circular motions to aid in exfoliation without damage. Rinse with warm water and use a wash cloth to remove all of the honey, if needed.

Baking Soda Add-In

With its super fine texture, baking soda acts like an at-home microdermabrasion for all skin types. The inexpensive ingredient also absorbs excess oil so it’s especially helpful for oily skin.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Possibly the easiest scrub to make, just add 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a small amount of your cleanser and you’ve just made your product work double duty as an exfoliating cleanser.

Coffee & Oil Scrub

Used coffee grounds are mild enough to use all over the body – even on sensitive areas like the face. Plus, leftover grounds are still chock full of caffeine and antioxidants, which leave the skin looking perky and toned.
  • 1 tablespoon coffee grounds
  • 1 tablespoon oil (jojoba, olive, or rose-hip)
Talk about reduce, reuse, and recycle! Don’t throw away the wet used coffee grounds from your morning brew. Just add 1 tablespoon of oil to them and you’ve got a gentle, collagen-boosting scrub ready to go. Coffee scrubs (with added essential oil) are great for cellulite-prone areas of the body.

Rice & Egg White Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Ground rice powder makes an excellent cleanser for brightening complexions and lightening skin discolorations. Brown rice flour has oil-absorbing and anti-inflammatory benefits that help treat oily and sensitive skin. Combine with a tablespoon of ground almonds if you’re battling aging.
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice
  • Egg white
  • Using a coffee grinder, grind brown rice grains until fine. Add an egg white and whip to create a paste, then gently massage the scrub into the skin in circular motions to exfoliate dead skin. Rinse with warm water to remove.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

DIY Skin Smoothing Face Cream

DIY Skin Smoothing Face Cream

Natural doesn’t mean wimpy. You don’t need chemicals to hydrate, even out skin tone, and smooth fine lines; plant-made ingredients can be super potent. “The beauty of using natural ingredients is many of them are easily absorbed into the skin and sometimes way more concentrated.    

DIY Skin Smoothing Face Cream

Makes 8 ounces
1/3 cup shea butter
1/8 cup beeswax
¼ cup jojoba or rosehip oil
1/3 cup rose water
½ cup aloe gel
15 drops Frankincense essential oil
15 drops rose essentials oil
. In a double boiler, melt shea butter and beeswax together. After oils are melted allow them to cool slightly.
2. While shea butter mixture is melting, combine jojoba or rosehip, rose water, and aloe gel in a large glass measuring cup. Warm up the liquid in a double boiler (this will help it combine with the oil mixture).
3. Using an immersion blender or hand mixer, blend the heated aloe mixture until mixed completely (it will turn milky) and continue to blend while you stream in the melted shea butter mixture.
4. Blend for a few minutes until cream starts to emulsify and becomes thick and fluffy.
5. Add the essential oils and mix until combined.
6. Using a spatula, transfer cream into a large freezer bag or piping tube. Cut the tip and pipe into sterilized glass jars (four 2-ounce glass jars). Cap jars and store cream in fridge for up to one year.
7. Slather over face and luxuriate in the heavenly scent and natural ingredients.

Monday, February 3, 2020

DYI Moisturizer


  • 1/2 cup shea butter (4 oz)
  • 2 TB nourishing oil such as: jojoba, avocado, apricot, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil. This can even be coconut or olive oil. Almond oil is my recommendation since it feels the best on the skin for most people.
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil optional*
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil optional*
  • 3 drops carrot seed essential oil optional*
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil optional*

  • In a double boiler (a glass bowl over a pot filled 1/4 the way full with water), over medium-low heat, melt the shea butter. Add in the nourishing skin oil. Turn off the heat.
  • Pour into a bowl (I use my Kitchen-Aid bowl). Place in the fridge or freezer and allow to cool and return to a solid (not hard) form. This takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on location. 

    1. Once opaque and slightly firm, remove the bowl from the freezer. Add in the essential oils. Using the whisk attachment on your mixer, whip the mixture. You can also use a whisk or fork versus a mixer. This takes just just a few seconds. Don't over-whip. Scoop into a jar and store at room temp. Apply to both body and face as desired. 
  • Sunday, February 2, 2020

    FDA Safety

    People use cosmetics to keep clean and enhance their beauty. These products range from lipstick and nail polish to deodorant, perfume, hairspray, shampoo, shower gel, tattoos, hair adhesives, hair removal products, hair dyes, most soaps, some tooth whiteners, and some cleansing wipes. It’s important to use cosmetics products safely.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds you to get the facts before using cosmetics products.

    General Tips

    Follow these safety guidelines when using cosmetics products of any type:
    • Read the label. Follow all directions and heed all warnings.
    • Wash your hands before you use the product.
    • Do not share makeup.
    • Keep the containers clean and tightly closed when not in use, and protect them from temperature extremes.
    • Throw away cosmetics if there are changes in color or smell.
    • Use aerosols or sprays cans in well-ventilated areas. Do not use them while you are smoking or near an open flame. It could start a fire.

    Eye Make-Up Tips

    There are special safety guidelines for using cosmetics in the eye area. Be sure to keep these practices in mind:
    • Do not use cosmetics near your eyes unless they are meant for your eyes. For example, do not use lip liner on your eyes.
    • Do not add saliva or water to mascara. You could add germs.
    • Throw away your eye makeup if you get an eye infection. The makeup could have become contaminated.
    • Do not dye or tint your eyelashes. FDA has not approved any products for permanent dyeing or tinting of your eyelashes or eyebrows.

    Understanding Cosmetic Labels

    Being familiar with the product you are using is important. Be sure to read the entire label, including the list of ingredients, warnings, and tips on how to use the product safely. Also, be aware of the following terms that you may see on the label:
    • Hypoallergenic: Do not assume that the product will not cause allergic reactions. FDA does not define “hypoallergenic.”
    • Organic or Natural: The source of the ingredients does not determine how safe it is. Do not assume that these products are safer than products made with ingredients from other sources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines what it means for cosmetics to be labeled “organic.” However, there is no formal USDA or FDA definition for “natural.”
    • Expiration Dates: The law does not require cosmetics to have an expiration date. However, a cosmetic product may go bad if you store it the wrong way — for example, in a place that is too warm or too moist. Marking the container with the date you open a cosmetic may help you keep track of the age of your cosmetics.
    • Report Problems to FDA

    • The law does not require cosmetics to be approved by FDA before they are sold in stores. However, FDA does monitor consumer reports of adverse events with cosmetic products.
      Please notify FDA if you experience a rash, redness, burn, or another unexpected reaction after using a cosmetic product. Also, please contact FDA if you notice a problem with the cosmetic product itself, such as a bad smell, color change, or foreign material in the product.
      Follow these steps:
      1. Stop using the product.
      2. Call your healthcare provider to find out how to take care of the problem.
      3. Report problems to FDA in either of these ways: