23 May 2019

How to Make Whipped Soap from Melt and Pour

How to make whipped soap from melt and pour soap.  This mermaid soap is light, fluffy, and perfect for bathing or use to shave your legs. 

To celebrate summer coming, I have this adorable whipped soap recipe made from melt and pour soap in a fun mermaid theme.  I've also teamed with with eight other bloggers to bring you summer themed DIY recipes, so check those out at the bottom of the post.

I've been wanting a good whipped, fluffy soap for a while.  My son has sensory issues, and he likes to play with putty and playdoh, so I thought he'd like it.  My daughter loves slime, so I knew she would love it too.

You can buy a foaming bath whip, but I will be honest in that I do not need more supplies.  I have an insane amount of supplies, so I wanted to use what I had to make a foaming soap instead of buying something new.

I tested some ways to make a whipped soap from melt and pour soap, and I found a winner.

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This makes a base recipe for whipped soap, and it's a great one.  I didn't add much extra to it, but I will be playing with a little more to see what additives also work in it.

I will also mention that I made this in high humidity when my house was 85 degrees, so it was pretty hot.  This whipped mermaid soap has held its shape and didn't fail even in the heat and humidity, so I feel pretty confident that this will work in all conditions.

21 May 2019

Succulent Sugar Scrub Soap Recipe

Exfoliate and cleanse at the same time with this adorable succulent sugar scrub soap recipe.  The succulents are sugar scrub cubes embedded in soap  This easy DIY soap recipe takes just a few hours to make.

Succulents are all the rage right now.  I have flowers, vegetable, and herb plants outside, but I don't keep plants inside because I have two cats.  

Carly probably wouldn't touch them, but Chloe chews on non-food items like a teething baby.  Seriously, it's like she has pica or something.  Can cats have pica? 

So I settle for cute succulent soaps instead of the real thing.  

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Earlier this year, Rebecca from Soap Deli News posted sugar scrub soaps for Valentine's Day with heart sugar scrub cubes embedded in soaps.  They were so cute, so I asked her if she minded if I used the same idea for this mold.

This sugar scrub soap recipe is easy to make, but it does take three pours.  You only have to make one batch of sugar scrub soap and one batch of soap that you can remelt for the third pour, so it really isn't hard or time consuming.  

16 May 2019

Best Summer Body Scrubs to Buy or DIY

Get glowing skin this summer with the best summer body scrubs to buy or DIY.  If you love making DIY sugar scrubs, then you'll love these.  If buying is more your style, I have you covered there too.

I don't know about you, but winter wrecks havoc on my skin.  It gets so dull and dry that by the time summer comes, I certainly don't have a summer glow.

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Exfoliating your skin with a sugar scrub helps slough off those dead skin cells for better looking skin.  Since you'll likely be in shorts or a bathing suit, this will help your skin glow.

Body scrubs also help you get a closer shave.  Use a scrub before you shave, and you'll add some time between shaves, too.

If you want a tan without raising your risk of skin cancer, try sunless tanning.  (I really like Jergens  Natural Glow Mousse because it doesn't streak.)  For a longer lasting tan, use a body scrub before you use the self-tanner.

Whether you are into DIY or just want to buy a scrub, here are the best summer body scrubs.

BEST SUMMER BODY SCRUBS TO BUY OR DIY

HANDMADE BODY SCRUBS TO BUY


UNICORN SUGAR SCRUB


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Unicorns are perfect all year round, but the colors on this Unicorn Sugar Scrub from Simply AC Boutique are perfect for summer.  

Supernova Whipped Sugar Scrub



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The colors of this Supernova Whipped Sugar scrub from Nectarfreshbodyco are stunning!  It's scented with jasmine and bergamot with bottom notes of cedarwood, ylang ylang, patchouli and vanilla.  If that doesn't smell like a warm summer evening, I'm not sure what does.

MERMAID WHIPPED SUGAR SCRUB


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Mermaids have more fun.  This emulsified whipped sugar scrub from Sunbasilgardenshop is beautiful and smells like the ocean mist combined with sea moss and florals.  

CACTUS BODY SCRUB


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This adorable cactus emulsified sugar scrub from LuxuriousBodyShop smells like lemon, orange, and lemongrass.  It has luxurious butters to soften your skin while the sugar exfoliates.  

GELATO SUGAR SCRUB


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I just love the color and packaging on this gelato sugar scrub from FeelingSmitten.  It has mango butter and shea butter to soften and moisturize your skin. 

SUNTAN GIRL 


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Here's another scrub from SunbasilgardenSoap, this time a Sun Tan Girl scrub.  This one smells just like your favorite sun tan lotion.  YUM!

COTTON CANDY SUGAR SCRUB


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My favorite part of going to the fair each summer is the cotton candy.  This cotton candy sugar scrub from ConfidentGirlsShop is adorable.

BEST SUMMER SCRUBS TO DIY


WATERMELON MINT SUGAR SCRUB


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This light summer scent was inspired by the Chick Fil A drink a few years ago.  If you want a light summer scent, try this watermelon mint sugar scrub recipe.  

ALOE AND LAVENDER FACE SCRUB


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This aloe and lavender face scrub from Creative Green Living is perfect after you've been in the sun all day.  

COCONUT LIME SUGAR SCRUB


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This basic sugar scrub recipe smells just like a pina colada.  Learn how to make an easy coconut lime sugar scrub.  

LEMON SUGAR AND SALT SCRUB


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The light scent of lemon is perfect for one of the best summer body scrubs to buy or DIY.  This lemon scrub Country Hill Cottage has both salt and sugar to scrub your skin.

COCONUT AND CALENDULA SUGAR SCRUB 


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Soothe irritated skin with this coconut and calendula sugar scrub.  It has dried calendula, which is great for irritated skin (but don't use it on broken skin).

BLUEBERRY SUGAR SCRUB 


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There are few things better than fresh blueberries in the summer.  This blueberry sugar scrub from Soap Deli News has camellia seed oil and shea butter to nourish your skin.

LEMON MOJITO SUGAR SCRUB


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This lemon mojito sugar scrub recipe is another basic recipe that's perfect for getting your legs soft before you head to the beach.

HIBISCUS SUGAR SCRUB WITH YLANG YLANG


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This hibiscus sugar scrub with ylang ylang must smell like a summer evening.  Get the recipe from A Life Adjacent.  

LIME MINT SUGAR SCRUB


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This lime mint sugar scrub recipe has a light summery scent.  Use this before shaving for a super smooth shave.

If you like making body scrubs, try my Body Scrubs book for 30 recipes that are perfect for fun or profit.


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14 May 2019

Dandelion Oil Lip Balm Recipe for Dry or Chapped Lips

Heal dry lips and add moisture with this easy dandelion oil lip balm recipe.  It's made from oil that is infused with dandelions for their healing effects on your lips and skin.

I may or may not have had to rush outside when I heard my husband start the John Deere so I could save some dandelions from a certain death.  We actually didn't have a lot of dandelions this year.  

With almost 12 acres of grass to mow, you'd think there would be 1000s of them, but they were just in certain spots this year.  I did manage to pick a few cups worth of flowers to make some dandelion oil.

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After I made the oil (learn how to make dandelion oil and learn about its benefits and uses here), I used it to make dandelion oil lotion bars and now this dandelion oil lip balm recipe.  

This lip balm recipe is excellent for dry lips.  My lips are dry in the winter because of the heat, and they are dry in the summer due to the sun.  

If you've ever had your lips burned from the sun, this is the lip balm recipe that you need.  

This lip balm recipe is also great in the winter, so you may want to save your dried dandelions to infuse them in the fall for a fresh batch of dandelion oil lip balm in the fall and winter when lips are prone to dryness.  

DANDELION OIL LIP BALM RECIPE

This dandelion oil lip balm recipe isn't the only thing you can make with dandelion infused oil.  Here are more dandelion infused oil recipes to inspire you:

DANDELION INFUSED OIL


I devoted an entire post on to how to make dandelion oil and its benefits, so I won't repeat all of it here.  By diffusing the flower and a carrier oil, you get the benefits of both the flower and the carrier oil.

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I used dandelion infused oil because dandelions can help promote skin cell regeneration.  They are also a natural anti-inflammatory, which is important for dry or chapped lips.  

Dandelion infused oil can take from one to three weeks to make, so plan early to make this dandelion oil lip balm recipe.  

I infused my dandelions with chia seed oil for my solid lotion bars, so I used the same oil to make this dandelion oil lip balm recipe.  

Chia seed oil is a luxurious oil and is a heavier oil.  This will leave your lips feeling oily after you use it.  If you want a lighter oil, I'll give some more suggestions below.

Chia seed oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids to moisturize your skin.  It also strengthens the top layer of the skin to keep moisture against your skin.

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If you would rather use a lighter oil, you can infuse your dandelions with other oils.  Apricot oil and grapeseed oil are both dry oils, which means that soak into your skin quickly.

Sweet almond oil is dryish oil, meaning that is soaks in fairly quickly but not as quick as apricot or grapeseed.  It's a great all purpose carrier oil, so you could use the infusion in other recipes.  

Castor oil is a heavy oil, but it's wonderful to add to a lip balm for dry lips.  Hemp seed oil and avocado oil are both on the heavier side, but they have a lot of qualities that help them heal dry or chapped lips.

If you'd rather buy already infused dandelion oil, you can get some on Etsy.  

Learn more about over 40 carrier oils and their benefits in my book Carrier Oils.


BEESWAX


Beeswax is what makes this a lip balm instead of a thick oil.  Beeswax isn't just a thickener though; it has benefits for your skin.  

Beeswax creates a barrier on top of your lips.  This helps trap the dandelion oil and the shea butter to your skin, so they can work longer and penetrate the skin deeper.

Beeswax is also naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, which are both great qualities to have in a lip balm for dry or cracked lips.

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SHEA BUTTER


I chose shea butter because it's very moisturizing for dry skin.  It is said to boost collagen production, which is important to keep your lips looking good.  

You could also use mango butter or cocoa butter.  Cocoa butter will result in a harder lip balm recipe, which would be better suited to lip balm tubes than pots.  


LIP BALM CONTAINERS


One of the reasons that I love this recipe is that it fits perfectly in 12 lip balm tubes.  I buy the Crafty Bubbles lip balm tubes, which come 12 in a pack.  They are made in the USA, so that's an added bonus.

This time, I used lip balm pots.  This is a softer lip balm recipe.  It does work in the tubes, but I was out of tubes and had some pots from Crafty Bubbles. 

This recipe makes about 7.2 pots, so pour a little less to fill 8 or put your extra in a little souffle cup.  I always keep souffle cups on hand when making things.  I give the extras to friends or family who are always thrilled with them even if they are small.

INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Place the dandelion infused oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a Pyrex measuring cup.  Place it in a pan of water to create a double boiler.  

I set my measuring cup on a canning jar ring to elevate it so it's not touching the bottom of the pan.  Never heat carrier oils over direct heat.

I don't recommend using a microwave to melt shea butter.  If shea butter gets too hot, it can get gritty.

STEP #2


Remove the melted mixture from the double boiler and let cool for a few minutes.


STEP #3


Carefully pour into lip balm pots or tubes.  Let cool completely.


Now you have a very moisturizing dandelion oil lip balm recipe that's perfect for dry or cracked lips!

Use this lip balm to soothe your lips after spending time in the sun to hep your lip heal and add moisture.  

I hope you love this dandelion oil lip balm recipe!  


Dandelion Oil Lip Balm Recipe for Dry or Chapped Lips

Yield: 12 lip balm tubes
Author: Cari Dunn
Estimated cost: $5
prep time: 15 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Heal dry lips and add moisture with this easy dandelion oil lip balm recipe. It's made from oil that is infused with dandelions for their healing effects on your lips and skin.

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steps:

How to Make Dandelion Lip Balm
  1. Place the dandelion infused oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a Pyrex measuring cup. Place it in a pan of water to create a double boiler.
  2. Remove the melted mixture from the double boiler and let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Carefully pour into lip balm pots or tubes. Let cool completely.
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09 May 2019

Dandelion Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

This solid lotion bar recipe is made with dandelion infused chia seed oil for serious moisture.  Dandelion infused oil has many benefits for your skin, and this is excellent for dry skin, especially on your hands and feet.

You guys, it is May, and I am still fighting dry skin.  Pretty soon, my skin will be dry from the sun and chlorine in the pool, so I don't think I'm going to get relief any time soon.  

I have a homemade lotion that I made with shea butter and hemp seed oil that is working well, but I don't like taking a lotion with me because I don't want it to spill in my purse.  I love solid lotion bar recipes because they are easy to take with you and don't spill.

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I think the solid lotion offers more moisturizing power for severely dry skin because there is no water.  Every ingredient in this recipe was selected just for dry skin.  

If you're new to lotion bars, they are a great beginning DIY recipe because they don't have a lot of ingredients.  They don't have water, so there's no need for a preservative or emulsifier.
Since it's currently dandelion season, I used a dandelion infused oil.  When you infuse herbs or flowers in a carrier oil, you get the benefits of the herb or flower along with the benefits of the oil.  

Infusing an oil with dandelions is also mess free.  To get the benefits of the dandelion flowers, you'd have to dry them and add them to the lotion.  This can get messy as you use the solid lotion, so I don't usually do this.