Category natural bath products, cleaners

Distilling Rosemary Essential Oil

This is my friend Danielle’s essential oil extractor. I pruned a large rosemary bush in my yard, and we extracted the essential oil from it. It takes quite a bit of plant matter to make a small amount. The needles were loaded into the glass bulb which is attached to another glass part below with […]

Coconut Shea Body Butter

I made this fantastic body butter by whipping equal parts shea butter, coconut oil, and sunflower oil for several minutes in a mixer. I also added ylang ylang, orange, rosemary, and mint essential oils. This has a really light consistency so it’s much easier to use than hard shea or coconut oil straight from a […]

DIY Laundry Detergent

Homemade laundry detergent works super well (better than any expensive natural detergent I’ve tried), is free of toxins and migraine inducing fragrances, and is stupid cheap to make.  A years supply for 2 people who do a lot of laundry costs around $10.  I started making my own a few years ago and have not bought […]

Desert Sage Hand Salve

I made some really great hand salve the other day with beeswax and safflower oil. This would be a nice gift packaged in tins or small mason jars. It’s basically the same process as making lip balm, you just use less beeswax.  I had about 10 oz of oil sitting around that I had infused […]

Beeswax Lip Balm

Lip balm is a really great item to make for yourself. You can make a large batch with a small amount of material, and it is a universally appreciated gift.  After making a batch you’ll have small gifts for everyone on your list. You need: – beeswax – any edible oil (coconut is my favorite, […]

Rosewater

I made this rosewater very simply by putting rose petals and water in a glass and letting it sit in the refrigerator for several days. I’ve read that you can also simmer the petals and strain the water or distill it by placing a pyrex bowl over the simmering petals and inverting the pot lid. […]

Lavender lemon peel cleaner

Here is another batch of cleaner I’m making with lavender instead of the rosemary. Awesome! (To do this just fill up a jar with lemon peels, lavender, and vinegar and wait a week or two. It works great.).