Body Care Products

Eggshell Toothpaste and Face Scrub In One

by Daisy Body Care Products

Yes, you read that correctly, and yes, I may be crazy. My kids think so. “Are you putting toothpaste on your face?!” “Yes, I’m putting toothpaste on my face. Show me the rule that says you can’t put toothpaste on your face.” In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have fed them the “show me the rule” […]

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Misadventures in No ‘Poo

by Daisy Body Care Products

Ever since I stopped using shampoo, I’ve tried several different approaches to having presentable hair: apple cider vinegar rinses, brushing it out with a natural bristle brush, and essential oil-baking soda scrubs. After giving up on baking soda after hearing it was too harsh for hair, I’ve relied on hot water and vinegar rinses almost […]

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No ‘Poo For Me

by Daisy Body Care Products

Did the people who named the shampoo-free movement “no ‘poo” really think that one through? Besides being confusing (it’s hard to communicate that apostrophe in spoken communication), it’s a bit inelegant. But what’s done is done. I’ve gone no ‘poo and I think I’m sticking with it. It’s been about three weeks and I’m liking […]

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DIY Soothing Plantain Salve Recipe

by Daisy Body Care Products

Plantain, that pesky lawn and garden weed, makes a soothing salve for itches, bites, burns, rashes, sore muscles and strains. Using the plantain-infused oil we made in this post, here’s a recipe for an easy-to-spread salve to keep in store for all the times someone in your family says “I’m itchy!” and “Ouch!” PLANTAIN SALVE […]

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DIY Plantain-Infused Oil

by Daisy Body Care Products

Most people have seen this herb growing in cracks in the sidewalk or marring the monoculture of an otherwise pristine lawn. Before you pluck it out and toss it away, consider that broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is a nutritious edible plant and a potent medicinal herb. Plantain (especially the young, tender leaves) can be used […]

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Half-time DIY: The Body Care Review

by Ivory Soap Body Care Products

I have been in love with the smell of Ivory Soap since college, so no matter how hard I try, I just can’t quit loving it, even in favor of something I make myself.  So, for body and laundry, I still buy it rather than using my own homemade version.  For GIFTS, though, I totally […]

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Body Care Essentials: 8 DIY Products

by Ivory Soap Body Care Products

Over the years doing this blog, I’ve done lots of research on DIY products.  Now, my daily ablutions are all taken care of with homemade products…’cept the cotton swabs and toothbrushes! In the Shower Baking Soda solution in old rubbing alcohol bottle (shampoo, body wash) Dilute solution of apple cider vinegar in old peroxide bottle […]

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Washing Hands with Baking Soda

by Ivory Soap Body Care Products

Daisy says she’s raising apes.  If she leaves out liquid soap or bar soap by the kitchen sink, the natives attack.  She noticed however, that her Parmesan shaker can of baking soda and tea tree oil “carpet cleaner” remains untouched.  So, she started using it to wash her hands.  Even hands she thought were relatively […]

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Washing Hair with Baking Soda

by Ivory Soap Body Care Products

I finally tried washing my long hair with baking soda, and it works! The Principle of the Thing The equation of clean, as I have said many times, is: (1)Temperature + (2)Agitation + (3)Chemistry + (4)Time = CLEAN In the shower, you have hot water(1) going for you already.  Baking soda has two basic cleaning […]

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Washing Oily Skin with…OIL??

by Ivory Soap Body Care Products

  Yes. Kid you not. Before I started doing this a month ago, I still looked like a 13 year old and I’m 36. My other alternative was to use over the counter acne products. As you know, they take the HIDE off you. Back then, I had my make-up done by a professional who […]

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Super Easy Liquid Soap or Shampoo

by Daisy Body Care Products

I’ve read many methods for making liquid soap.  Most people agree making liquid soap from scratch, that is, from oils and potassium hydroxide, is tricky at best.  Reports of solidifying and separating are pretty universal.  I tried my hand at it a long time ago, and experienced it myself. I do like the convenience of […]

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Peppermint Foot Slather with Neem Oil

by Daisy Body Care Products

As the weather warms up, get those feet ready for their annual unveiling with this recipe for a neem-heavy lotion I can only term a “slather.”  It hits the warmth of your skin and liquefies into a juicy, emollient boon for the toughest hide. Neem and calendula are both well-regarded for their skin-healing properties.  The […]

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Make Your Own Insect Repellent

by Daisy Body Care Products

This is an insect repellent for the skin. I’m not going to misrepresent–for me, it isn’t the holy grail of natural repellents which would last indefinitely and be 100% bugproof. I keep a bottle in my back pocket and reapply frequently and I still get the occasional bite. I do like it, though. In a […]

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Quick, Natural, Head-to-Toe Clean

by Daisy Body Care Products

Shampoo and body wash, like all synthetic detergents, work equally well in hard and soft water. The problem is that it’s expensive and rips the oils out of your hair. Hence the need for conditioner–to cover up the oil-stripping-damage done by the shampoo. Soap is WAY better. The problem with soap is that it doesn’t […]

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Quick Stick Deodorant

by Daisy Body Care Products

In the DIY world of home health and beauty products, deodorant seems to be the the most feared replacement. Stinking is NOT OKAY in our culture, right? But aluminum crammed in your pores cannot be good for you, and it seems in recent years that store-bought deodorant is becoming less and less effective anyway. This […]

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Homemade Sunscreen

by Daisy Body Care Products

Just in time for winter! Sunscreen recipe! My timing might not be particularly awesome. On the other hand, the sun does shine year round. (Although it isn’t making much of an appearance here today). This recipe makes a sunscreen that contains emollient ingredients as well as zinc oxide. Shea butter and avocado oil also offer […]

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Body and Bath Basics: Skin Ointment/Liniment

by Daisy Body Care Products

Here’s another homemade skin care standard to go along with our lotion bars, sugar scrub, and lip balm, this time a recipe for a general purpose ointment. It is made of shea butter, avocado oil, beeswax, calendula and rooibos extracts and aloe vera, all of which are known for their soothing, protecting, and healing properties. […]

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Homemade Lotion Bars

by Daisy Body Care Products

What is a lotion bar? It is a soap-hard manifestation of moisturizer you can make yourself that doesn’t go bad and doesn’t contain: . . . and stuff like that. And lotion bars are child’s play to create. So easy. The only somewhat exotic ingredient is beeswax, and that really isn’t exotic at all. Ask […]

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Hot Stuff for my Cold

by Daisy Body Care Products

I’m SICK! Sore throat, congestion, cough, aches, blah, blah, BLECH! But, I have to admit, I feel pretty decent now that I engaged in a little home remedy dabbling. HOT MEDICINAL SOUP (recipe adapted from here) Makes 1 serving 1 large clove garlic 1 T olive oil 1 tsp sliced ginger 1/2 tsp turmeric cup […]

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Homemade Herbal Sugar Scrub

by Daisy Body Care Products

I have never been one for sugar scrubs. I have oily skin and the idea of putting something with more oil in it on my face, regardless of how ‘scrubby’ it claimed to be–appalling. But after reading that sucrose in a good oil actually has alpha-hydroxy (chemical exfoliant) properties, I thought I might give it […]

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