natural body care

Peppermint Foot Slather with Neem Oil

by Daisy Body Care

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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Blackberry Leaf Decoction

by Daisy Body Care

As I was trimming back a few blackberry shoots I got to thinking–Aren’t blackberry leaves Something–you know, something in their own right other than the prickly part of blackberry production? As it turns out, they are something. High in tannins and vitamin C, they are good for: skin mouth/gum tissue intestinal health immunity Teas and […]

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Marigold Insect Spray

by Daisy Garden

I can’t bring myself to pull up the giant marigold that’s hogging a good one-third of one of my best raised beds so I’m determined to get the most benefit out of it.  One of the uses for this plant is in a spray which is said to combat tomato hornworms, other leaf-cutting insects, plus […]

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Micro-soap

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I don’t know this never occurred to me before. When I was making my latest batch of liquid soap, I just popped all the oils in the micky for a couple of minutes on 30% power and they were ready to go! Ivory the Inventress (though somebody else has totally thought of this, I’m sure.) […]

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Make Your Own Insect Repellent

by Daisy Body Care

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

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

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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Ivory’s Ivory Rebatch

by Daisy Crafts

Last week, TL acquainted you with the perils of remilling homemade soap. In that article, she mentions that ‘tallow’ soap is easier to rebatch. Well guess what’s the first ingredient in Ivory Soap? Sodium Tallowate. Which mean saponified (soapified, tee-hee) TALLOW! So, this is for all ya’ll who thought my soap wrapping post betrayed a […]

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Homemade Sunscreen

by Daisy Body Care

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

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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Lotion Bar Recipe: Homemade, All Natural

by Daisy Body Care

A lotion bar recipe can be simple or fancy-pants. This tutorial gives you both. 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 […]

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Hot Stuff for my Cold

by Daisy Body Care

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

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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Homemade Lip Balm

by Daisy Body Care

This couldn’t get much easier. If you read our Lotion Bars post, you can see these are the same ingredients, only in different proportions. So no more ingredients to buy. And again, two versions–economy and first class. Everyday Jane and Princess. (Accidentally switch them up and you may not be able to tell the difference.) […]

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Homemade Baby Wipes

by Daisy Body Care

The beginning of chemical-free-dom often begins with our baby’s hind end… Homemade Baby Wipes. There are two camps on homemade baby wipe rags. The disposable and the non-disposable. On the left side of the menacing pic above, you see the paper-towel-roll-cut-with-a-knife version (cut roll once shortways and once long ways. 1/4 roll per batch solution). […]

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Homemade Hair and Body Care

by Daisy Body Care

Certain soaps can be used to create your own hair care products. For the following recipes, the only ingredient that can’t be found in your grocery store is optional–tea tree oil. I order it here. Shampoo/Head-to-Toe Body Wash: You will need–1 bar of pure soap, warm water, 1/4 cup olive oil 1. Grate soap. 2. […]

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