Haley spends her free time trying new recipes and attempting to find recipes that will convince her child that vegetables are not evil.
I'm clumsy. It use to be something that I tried to hide, now it's just a part of my life that I've accepted.
This clumsiness means that I'm decorated with a few scars that I'd rather not have though. I use this scar minimizing lotion bar to help keep my skin moisturized and to reduce the visibility of my scars.
This article includes recipes for:
- Scar Minimizing Lotion Bar
- Exfoliation for Sensitive Skin
- Aromatic Cream Lotion
- Organic Honey Facial Cleanser Recipe
Homemade Scar Minimizing Lotion Bar Recipe
- 40 grams beeswax
- 30 grams shea butter
- 20 grams emu oil
- 10 grams tamanu oil
- 4 grams walnut oil
- 10 drops helichrysum essentail oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops German chamomile essential oil
- Melt all the ingredients slowly together, saving the aromatics to be added last. This works best if done in a double boiler, but it can be done in a microwave fairly easily. Avoid burning the mixture.
- After adding the oils, make sure the mixture is stirred well. Once stirred pour the mixture into small-medium size molds. My personal favorite is a muffin tin with liners or even plastic ice cube trays.
- Place the lotion bars in the freezer for 20 minutes to set up. Make sure the lotion bars are completely cooled before trying to take them out of the mold. Since the mixture makes a large number of bars, it's best to keep the bars that are not in use in the freezer.
- To use the bar, warm it between your hands and transfer the lotion to the your hands before massaging it onto the area of skin, or rub the bar directly on the skin.
With these same steps, it is easy to make a large number of other lotion bars by simply changing a few ingredients. If one of the aromas from the oils is not what you are looking for, you can experiment with changing an oil out for another. You can also use scented or unscented Shea butter, both will cause the final product to differ slightly.
What Causes Scars to Form?
Scars are produced by the natural healing process of the body. When the skin, muscles, or organs are cut the body then begins to fill in the wound as quickly as possible with regenerated tissue.
Scars that are formed on younger skin tend to make more severe scars than the scarring of older more wrinkly skin.
At some point in time, everyone gains a war wound or two. Sometimes the scars are from that bike accident at age 8, or they may be from surgeries later in life. Although scars can be worn proudly, some people would like to see about diminishing the physical proof. To fight the formation of scars it's best to begin moisturizing as soon as possible, but even old scars can be forced to fade with a thick moisturizer that is applied religiously.
Organic Honey Facial Cleanser Recipe
It seems as if every where you look products are sprouting the label "organic," however once you check the ingredients there may be only one or two truly "organic" ingredients in the product. Not to mention the huge number of chemical and man-made ingredients that can also be in the product. If you do manage to find a completely organic cleanser, it is probably quite expensive, however this recipe is quite frugal.
Here is a simple recipe for and organic facial cleanser. The cleanser only has four ingredients, and everyone of the ingredients can easily be found organic. Honey naturally has antibacterial properties, as well as can help treat allergies when honey from the local area is ingested. This recipe makes only one application, but with common ingredients it's simple to make up a batch as you need it.
Avoid using cornflower hydrosol during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Also take care to not ingest the mixture due to the raw egg.
- 1 organic egg white
- 2 tablespoons organic honey
- 1 teaspoon organic cornflower hydrosol (can be exchanged with sandalwood hydrosol)
- 1 teaspoon organic whole milk (or whipping cream)
Instructions to Make Organic Face Wash
- Whisk the egg white until slightly frothy. Add the honey to the mixture and stir well until it is totally incorporated.
- Add the cornflower hydrosol and milk and stir well. If the cleanser appears to be too thick add more hydrosol or milk, taking care to not allow the cleanser to stay too thick. If the mixture is too thick it may drag across the skin, possibly causing irritation.
- To use the cleanser, simply massage using circular motions over the face and neck. Be careful not to tug on your skin, especially in sensitive areas such as under the eyes.
Health Benefits of Cornflower Hydrosol
- Cornflower Hydrosol (an ingredient in this face wash) can be used to help treat hot flashes.
- It is a mild diuretic.
- The chemical properties help to support the liver.
- Can help clean wounds.
- Can help treat styes if used correctly.
How to Make an Exfoliating Scrub for Sensitive Skin - Lavender Gentle Body Scrub Recipe
This body scrub is one of the more unique recipes that I've came across because it includes bread. The bread and oats help to form a thick paste that spreads gently across the skin. This makes this a better scrub for people with sensitive skin.
This makes enough body scrub for one full body application. Make sure to use the scrub the same day, due to the yeast in the mixture if it is left even overnight it could begin to have a strong, unpleasant smell. That being said, I do not suggest this particular scrub for a gift.
Like most homemade recipes for soaps, lotions, and scrubs this can be made into an organic scrub. You can use as high or as low quality ingredients as you feel necessary.
Also, another added benefit to making your own hygiene products is that not only do you control the quality and quantity of what you make, but you also can take a base recipe and then experiment with the different oils and scents until it's perfect for you.
Confused as to where to buy supplies?
Most of the specialized essential oils and hydrosols can be easily found in local health food stores. If there are no stores in your area, then you can easily buy the ingredients online. The wonderful thing about making your own soaps, lotions, and scrubs is that you only use a very little at a time, so these ingredients last a long time.
- 2 oz fesh whole wheat bread, tore into small pieces
- 1/2 oz crushes oats
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
- 2 oz lavender hydrosol
- 1 oz aloe vera gel
- 1 teaspoon whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 drop neroli esential oil
- Combine bread, oats and lavender buds.
- In a separate bowl stir together remaining ingredients, adding the essential oils last.
- Combine the bread ingredients with the liquid ingredients. The mixture should be about the consistency of thin paste. If the mixture is too runny, then add more bread cubes or oats until the body scrub is an easily spreadable mixture.
- To use the body scrub, first moisten skin then spread the paste over skin in a circular motion. Allow the mixture to set on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing. The scrub acts as a gentle exfoliator.
Maximizing the Shelf Life of Natural Skin-Care Products
To maximize the shelf life of your homemade products, make sure that the utensils and workspace used to make them are clean and sterile. Use utensils that are set aside exclusively for making toiletries, and wash them by running them through the top shelf of the dishwasher two times before using, or sterilize them by placing them in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Make your products in small batches, and pour them into clean pump dispensers and bottles with flip-top lids. Refrigerate them separately from your food in a crisper. Always refrain from dipping your fingers into your products to avoid contamination.
Sweet Almond Oil Hand Cream
For those that enjoy making their own beauty products, a simple formula for making your own recipes for aromatic creams can be a lifesaver. With this formula, you never have to worry if you're out of one ingredient, simply experiment with a similar item that you have on hand. If you follow the formula, rarely will a batch fail.
When making an aromatic cream try to keep these basic ratios: 30% fats, 60% waters, 10% emulsifiers/thickeners, and 10-30 drops of aromatic oil per 100 grams of formula.
To make a thinner batch, such as a lotion, change the number of fats to 20% and increase the water to 70%. Also, preservatives such as xantham gum, borax, and acacia gum are used in small quantities and are not included in the formula.
Following is a recipe that follows this formula, try your hand at it and then try making your own.
This recipe makes about 3.5 ounces.
- 30 grams sweet almond oil
- 8 grams vegetable emulsifying wax
- 2 grams palm stearic acid
- 60 grams of distilled water
- 1/8 teaspoon xantham gum
These instructions apply to all aromatic cream recipes.
Step 1: Prepare the Oil
Measure the sweet almond oil into a heatproof measuring cup. Measure the vegetable emulsifying wax into a separate smaller container.
Gently heat the oil and wax in a double boiler over medium heat until the ingredients have liquefied Do not add the aromatic solids, and do not heat the water to a roaring boil, also do not microwave.
Step 2: Prepare the Water Phase
While the oil phase is melting, measure the liquid phase ingredients in this recipe it's the stearic acid and distilled water into a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the liquids together in a double boiler. When the oil-phase ingredients have completely liquefied, remove both oil and water-based phase pots from the heat.
Step 3: Mix Well
Add the aromatic solids to the oil-phase pot, and stir with a popsicle stick until thoroughly mixed.
Add powdered and pre-prepared gel ingredients to the water phase. Using a handheld mixture, vigorously mix (on medium to high speed) the water-phase ingredients to ensure that the powders and gels are fully incorporated into the liquid.
The addition of powders and prepared gels to the water phase will cause the liquid to thicken and take on a gel-like consistency. This quality gives the emulsion a spreadable, fluid texture.
Step 4: Combine the Oil and Water Phases
Begin mixing the oil phase on medium speed. Gradually add the water phase while mixing. The mixture will quickly thicken and lighten in color. Continue mixing until a smooth emulsion forms, about 30 seconds for thicker creams and up to 20 minutes for thinner lotions. After about 1 minute, intermittently stop mixing and scrape the sides of the container to ensure incorporation of all ingredients.
Step 5: Add Aromatics
Once the emulsion forms, add the liquid aromatics, such as essential oils and florasols. Mix at low speed to fully incorporate.
Transfer your emulsion to the sterilized bottles and/or jars of your choice, tapping the bottom of the containers gently on the counter to force out any air bubbles. Use a clean toothpick to swirl and smooth the top of a cream packaged in a jar. Allow the mixture to cool completely, usually for several minutes, before fixing the lid. However, don't let the cream sit for too long uncovered or a "skin" will form.