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Coffee Body Scrub~

2 cups coursely ground coffee
1/2 cup sea salt
2-3 Tbs massage oil (I used oilve oil~I love my olive oil)

Combine together. Take hot shower to open pores.
Rub mixture into skin and shower off. Pat dry!!

Body Butter

1/2 cup grated cocoa butter
2 Tbs coconut oil
4 Tbs sweet almond oil
2 Tbs avacado oil
2 Tbs bees wax
*Drops of essential oil if wanted (you really don't even need it)

Combine butter, oils & wax over medium heat and melt together. Add EO if using, then pour into jars. **Cool before capping.

Lavender Body Lotion

This is not "lotion-y" but "water-y" & requires shaking (but softens wonderfully!)
Dissolve 1 teaspoon borax* in 1 cup rose water
slowly add 2 tablespoons of warmed olive oil, beating constantly.
When all the oil has been added to the water and it forms an emulsion, add lavender water. (only a few drops) ((Lavender water is made by infusing a handful of lavender flowers in 2 cups of boiling water.))
Let this stand for an hour and then strain and use.
(I have a hand blender I got at walgreens for cheap and I love it for things like this!! It really blends everything and emulsifies the oils and other ingredients)
*Borax helpls the oil & water's to combine.
***The last one I made~I used brewed green tea in place of the rose water, and a couple drops of lavendar EO in place of the lavender water. It doesn't look so pretty~ but works great!!

Deodorant~ thanks anziomom

use Coconut Oil as a base. get that bubbling and add in enough Baking Soda to make it really white. Take off heat then stir in some EO of choice (Tea Tree oil is great since it is an antibacterial). Put into old empty deodorant container or a small container with lid and refridgerate until cool.

Nail Soak

1 cup distilled water
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
10 drops lemon essential oil
Mix together and use as a finger soak for about ten minutes on each hand.
(refrigerate because of lemon juice)

Solid Perfume

1 to 2 parts bees wax (depending on how hard/solid you want it)
1 part jojoba oil
essential oils (blended as you want)

Combine wax & oil over med heat and melt together. Add EO and pour into perfume jar. Cool and cap.

Scrubbing Sacks ~thanks nicoletteB

"The basic directions for making the sacks are the same-vary ingredients for different effects and individuals. I use gauze squares found in the first-aid section of the grocery store, but any fine-meshed material will work. I like to tie the sacks up with a pretty ribbon or string (make sure its waterproof)."

1 large gauze square (4x4 inches) or cheesecloth
1 tablespoon dried herbs or 3 tablespoons fresh
1/2 cup grated soap flakes
1/2 cup oatmeal
3-4 drops essential oil
1 6-inch piece of cotton string

Unfold the gauze square and lay flat.
Mix together the herbs, soap, oatmeal, and essential oil. Place the soap mixture on the gauze square, and using the string tie up the corners, creating a little pouch or sack. Use this sack in the bath or shower for scrubbing your skin clan. Hang to dry between uses and it will last longer.

Wake-up sack
peppermint, oatmeal, soap and peppermint oil

Relaxing sack
Chamomile, oatmeal, soap and lavender oil

rose hips, oatmeal, soap and rose oil

sage, oatmeal, soap and rosemary oil


~Keep those feet soft and happy with these!!

Fantastic Foot Cream ~thanks Saffie!
4 oz shea butter
1 oz calendula infused oil / or olive oil (calendula has healing properties and I strongly recommend that)
2 drops peppermint EO
2 drops lavender EO

Soften the shea butter in the microwave in a large glass bowl , like you would butter (I put it on defrost for about 30 seconds). Then whip it with a hand mixer until it is light and fluffy. Gently blend in the oils on low speed. Store in an airtight container. This cream is a bit greasy, but it does absorb into the skin and it is so worth the greasiness.

shea butter~comes from the kernel of the shea-tree fruit indigenous to Africa. Protects, nourishes & sooths skin & hair!
calendula~oitment from pot marigold that cures a wide range of skin problems like burns, eczema, rash, wounds & more!

Strawberries and Cream foot soak~thanks mamag0304

1/2 Cup heavy cream
1/2 Cup freshly sliced strawberries
2 Cups of warm water
Combine ingredients in a large bowl and soak for 15 minutes.

Although germs ARE good for you. . . .
Here's a recipe for a sanitizer great for outings, petting zoos and else where that good ol' soap & water isn't handy!

Hand Sanitizer

1 cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp rubbing alcohol
2 tsp vegetable glycerin
10 drops tea tree oil
combine and store!!!
Good for the diaper bag and outings where no washrooms are available!!


Lip Balm~thanks Autrygirl
Makes 4 tins, 1/2 ounce each

1 tablespoon beeswax pearls (also called pellets or pastilles)
1 tablespoon pure shea butter
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
10-15 drops essential oils

Melt beeswax, shea butter, and almond oil together in the top of a double boiler or in a heat-safe bowl set over a pot of simmering water; stir continuously with a whisk. Once the ingredients are liquefied, remove them from heat. Whisk in essential oils. Working quickly, transfer the liquid to a measuring cup or a container with a pour spout and then divide it among four 1/2-ounce lip balm tins. Let balms cool completely until solid, about 20 minutes. Store in a cool, dry place.

Variation: Peppermint-Eucalyptus Lip Balm
Use 6 drops of peppermint essential oil and 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

Variation: Vanilla-Rose Lip Balm
Use 10 drops of rose oil, also called rose otto, and 5 drops of vanilla oil, also known as vanilla absolute.

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