Text Box: Nancy’s Blend
This is a blend that I created for a friend of mine that has very bad arthritis in her hands.  She wanted something that she could rub in after gardening or just generally a bad day.   She has been using this for a few months and she says it does seem to help.  Add this blend to 450 ml of your favorite oil and rub in. 
Lavender      eo        15 ml
Marjoram    eo         10 ml
Eucalyptus  eo          5 ml
Rosemary    eo          5 ml
Chamomile  eo          5 ml
Cajaput        eo          5 ml
Text Box: Over time we have accumulated recipes that we are very happy to share.  All of the recipes on these pages are our own blends, so you don’t have to worry about copyright issues.  Feel free to spread these recipes around, but do mention where you found them.  
We have tried to keep our recipes as simple and natural as possible, but we did not shy away from using preservatives and various types of chemicals if we felt it added to the qualities of our end product.  
Any soap recipes assume you know how to make soap.  If you have never made soap, check out our soapmaking  instruction web page before you try any of the recipes.  I also encourage you to search the web and go to the library for more information on soapmaking.

Silken Linen or Body Powder

 

This combination of ingredients make an excellent silky powder. 

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
1/4 cup of Kaolin Clay
1/4 cup of Corn Starch
15 drops of Fragrance or Essential oil
Combine all ingredients and add fragrance to preference.  If you are making this as a body powder, you can use a small bit of pink clay to add just a touch of color. 

 

Edible powder

 

Here is a recipe using vanilla and honey powder.
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups of arrowroot powder
2 tb. vanilla powder
3 tb. honey powder

 

Arrowroot Powder:

 

The arrowroot plant tubers are dried, powdered and filtered.  Arrowroot can be used as a thickener in cooking and it can be used interchangeably with Cornstarch.  What makes Arrowroot good for body and linen powders is the look it gives to the other ingredients.   Body powder made with arrowroot almost glows white, a wonderful look. 

An interesting note, Arrowroot was used by the South American people to heal the wounds made by poison arrows.  

Text Box: Lotion or Massage Bar

86 grams Beeswax
86 grams Cocoa Butter
86 grams Jojoba oil
Scent to taste

Use a mini deodorant tube container for this.  Makes a nice purse size.
Melt all ingredients  and add fragrance to the level you like.  Pour into containers.

Lip Balm

 

56 grams Beeswax

70 grams Virgin Coconut Oil

42 grams Cocoa Butter

56 grams clear Jojoba

56 grams Sulfated Castor

Flavor to taste

 

This is the best blend that I have tried.

Melt all ingredients and heat in the microwave.   Add flavor and pour into lip balm tube or lip balm pot. 

Lip Gloss

 

57 grams Beeswax

57 grams Sweet Almond Oil

 144 grams Castor oil

1/2 oz of honey

Flavor to taste

 

You make this the same way you would for Lip Balm, but this is a much softer  product that must be put into a pot as it is too soft to be in a tube.

Melt all ingredients and heat in the microwave.   Add flavor and pour into lip balm tube or lip balm pot.

Soothing Bath Tea

 

A soothing blend of herbs to sooth you.  Try putting these herbs in a muslin bag or a cheesecloth bag and steep in your tub.

2 tablespoons lavender flowers

2 tablespoons  chamomile flowers

2 tablespoons calendula petals

2 tablespoons peppermint leaves

Milk and Oatmeal Bath

 

A soothing scrub for troubled skin.  Tie in a muslin or cheesecloth bag and rub skin while relaxing in a warm bath.

 

5 tablespoons ground oatmeal

2 tablespoons powdered milk

2 tablespoons chamomile flowers

30 drops lavender eo

Mix all of the dry ingredients and drop lavender eo while blending the mixture.

Eo Splash

 

Use this splash after a shower or bath.

100 ml witch hazel

100 ml distilled water

50 ml alcohol

15 ml glycerin

 

1 teaspoon Polysorbate 20 (tween 20)

50 drops of your favorite eo blend.

 

The polysorbate 20 is used to blend the essential oils and water, and helps your eo’s last.  Mix the eo’s and polysorbate and then add to the mixture of other ingredients.

Natural perfume oil

 

150 ml sweet almond oil

150 ml jojoba oil

30 ml eo or fragrance oil

30 ml polysorbate 20

 

Rub this on your pulse points for a personal fragrance.

Recipes

         

Text Box: Pat’s salt scrub
4 cups soybean oil
4 oz sweet almond oil
3 oz sweet orange eo
½ oz avocado oil
½ oz of peppermint eo
1/8 oz of rosemary eo
¼ oz of grapefruit eo
vitamin e or ROE, (be stingy with the ROE, it smells quite strongly)
mix all of the ingredients, this makes a lot.  measure out how much salt you want to use and pour and mix the above mixture into the salt until it is the consistency that you like.  This is a very large recipe., you can cut it in half or more if you don’t need as much.

Coloring Tip

 

Try infusing your oils in botanical matter for color.  Alkanet has been used for centuries as lip coloring

All Veggy Shaving Soap

 

875 grams Palm oil

750 grams Coconut Oil

250 grams Castor Oil

125 grams  Shea Butter

500 grams Olive Oil

358 grams Lye

903 grams Water

2 Tablespoons of Fullers Earth

Fragrance to preference

 

Castor oil will make soap sticky, so make sure you line your molds.

Make soap using your usual method. Add Fullers Earth at trace.    

Kitchen Soap

 

5.5 tablespoons of Ground Coffee

936 grams Tallow

936 grams Coconut Oil

624 grams Olive

368 grams Lye

928 grams Water

Fragrance to preference

 

Steep the coffee in your distilled water and strain through a coffee filter.  Measure out 928 ml of water  and use it in your recipe.  Make soap using your usual method.  

Traditional Shaving Soap

 

1540 grams Tallow

770 grams Coconut Oil

192 grams Lanolin

28 grams of Beeswax

355 grams Lye

896 grams Water

2 Tablespoons of Fullers Earth

Fragrance to preference

 

Make soap using your usual method. Add Fullers Earth at trace.    

Text Box: Fisherman's soap

1828 g coconut oil
668 g water
314 g lye 
1.6 oz of anise eo
A 100% coconut oil soap will lather even in salt water, and anise is reputed to be irresistible to the fish.  Sounds like a winning combination!
A pure coconut soap will become hard as a rock and  impossible to cut almost immediately so either use individual molds or plan to cut this soap right away.

Fullers Earth Soap

 

250 grams Olive Oil

750 grams Coconut Oil

1500 grams Tallow

1  1/2 cup of Bentonite or green clay

Fragrance to preference

 

The soap is great for very oily skin, but avoid it if you have normal or dry skin, the clays will dry your skin.

Make soap using your usual method. Add Fullers Earth at trace.    

General Tips      

Facial Masks

 

Clays can be used by themselves or with added ingredients as facial masks.  If you are just using clay, you would mix it half and half with the liquid of your choice.  Each clay has different properties which you may want to take into consideration when you are creating your masks.  French Green Clay, like the Moroccan Red, is efficient at drawing oils from the skin. Use this clay for oily skin. Kaolin Clay (or China clay or white clay) is one of the mildest of all clays and can be used on even the most sensitive skin, and because it doesn’t draw oils from the skin it can be used on the driest skin types.  This is clay is also used in face and linen powder. Pink clay is mild clay that can be used everyday without drying skin.

If you will be selling your products and you want to keep as natural as possible you should just sell the dry clay with instructions, otherwise if you add your moisture to your clay you will have to use an acceptable preservative, which means a synthetic preservative. 

You can use these liquids for normal to dry skin:

distilled, spring, or mineral water

milk or cream

honey

vegetable glycerin   

floral hydrosols

cooled herbal teas

cold pressed oils

essential oils: lavender, chamomile, rose geranium, jasmine, and patchouli.

For oily or problem skin:

yogurt

buttermilk

Apple cider vinegar

witch hazel

vodka

honey

orange flower water

herbal vinegars

aloe vera gel

cooled herbal infusions

essential oils for dry skin: rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, thyme, lemon verbena, cedarwood, petigrain, lemongrass, sage.

essential oil for blemished acneic skin: eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, juniper, cypress, pine, fir, and lemon.

Milk Soaps

 

There are several ways of making milk soaps, I have included two. 

Some things to remember when making a milk soap:

Milk soaps will heat up so don’t use a light weight plastic mold. 

For the first week or more you milk soap may smell like ammonia, this is completely normal, it will disappear.

Using canned milk

 

I was very lucky, I found some condensed goat milk. But you can use any canned condensed milk.  I shorted my recipe by the amount of condensed milk I was going to use and added the canned goats milk at trace.  Keep in mind that if you  short your water, you trace will speed up, so be ready with all of your ingredients ahead of time.

How to use goat milk powder

 

For cold process soap add 1-2  Tablespoon of goat milk powder per pound of oils in your recipe.  Reserve some of the water from your recipe and add enough water to the goat milk powder to create a slurry or paste.  Add the goat milk paste to your soap at light trace.

Clays

 

Clay gives soap a smooth creamy lather and can be used to dry oily skin or in a shaving soap. Clay can also be used as a natural colorant.  Depending on the clay use it at a rate of 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon per pound of soap.

 

Clay: Bentonite

 

Bentonite clay is commonly used in shaving soaps to make the razor slippery to avoid cuts to the skin. 

 

Clay: French Green

 

French Green Clay, like the Moroccan Red, is efficient at drawing oils from the skin. Use this clay for oily skin.

 

Clay: Fullers Earth

 

Fullers earth has a type of silicone in it and makes the best clay to use when making a shaving soap. It is also a good facial clay for oily or scaly skin types.  Add 1 Tablespoon per pound of soap

 

Clay: Kaolin 

 

Kaolin Clay (or China clay or white clay) is one of the mildest of all clays and can be used on even the most sensitive skin, and because it doesn’t draw oils from the skin it can be used on the driest skin types.  This is clay is also used in face and linen powder.

 

Clay: Moroccan Red

 

This clay is a strong cleansing clay that will draw oils from the skin, so it may not be a good idea to use this clay if you have normal to dry skin. 

 

Clay: Pink

 

Pink clay is mild clay that can be used everyday without drying skin.  You can also add a bit of this to your body powders to make a lovely pink body powder. 

Non Greasy Hand

and Body Lotion

 

36 grams Jojoba Oil

36 grams of another light Oil

(we use sweet almond)

8  grams of  stearic acid

8  grams of glycerin

2 grams citric acid

20 grams emulsifying wax NF
450 grams distilled water

fragrance or essential oil to preference

4 grams Germaben II

 

Heat all of the ingredients except the Germaben II and the  fragrance, in stages using the microwave.  Try not to over heat the lotion, the hotter it is the longer it takes to emulsify.  Heat until the emulsifying wax just melts.  Let the lotion cool mixing occasionally with a hand blender.  When the lotion has cooled add the Germaben II and the fragrance.  If you add the Germaben II too early it will lose some of it’s effectiveness due to the heat.

 

What the lotion

ingredients are for:

Light Oil:  Our first assumption is that oil is the ingredient that moisturizes our skin.  The real truth is that the water in lotion is the ingredient that adds moisture.  The oil  in lotion holds the moisture next to our skin.  Think back to the commercial that put lotion onto a leaf.  After a few minutes the leaf was soft and supple.  Try that with oil

Jojoba oil sinks into your skin very quickly,  too quickly for lotion made with only jojoba oil to be able hold moisture to your skin for long.  Jojoba oil is very similar to our bodies own natural oils.  This makes Jojoba and excellent oil for lotions.

Emulsifying wax  surrounds the water molecule so that the oils will bind with the water

Glycerin is a humicant.  Humicants also help hold moisture to the skin.

Vegetable Stearic Acid is a
vegetable based thickener used
extensively in lotions.

Citric Acid moves the ph of the lotion closer to the natural ph of your skin.

Germaben II. Lotion is an
excellent medium for the growth of yeasts and bacteria.  If no preservatives were used, lotions would only be safe for a matter of weeks.  With natural preservatives you could extend that time a month or two.  Germaben ll is one of the most effective and gentle
preservatives.  We use less than one percent of  Germaben ll in our lotions.