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Simply Earth Recipe Box Review + 3 DIY Natural Home Recipes

The Simply Earth recipe box is a monthly box with essential oils, containers, and other ingredients you need to create several DIY natural home recipes.   When I started making DIY bath and body and beauty recipes, I didn't have many ingredients.  I had some common oils that I found at the grocery store, some shea butter, and beeswax and that was pretty much it.  Today, I have an entire double closet devoted to supplies.   Making DIY beauty recipes is my job, so it makes sense for me to have a lot of supplies.  But it probably doesn't make a lot of sense for you, my reader, to have a lot of supplies on hand.   Not only does it take up a lot of space, but it can get expensive buying everything. Oils and butters do have a shelf life, and I personally want to cry when I have to toss an oil because I couldn't use it up before it went rancid. Simply Earth has a solution.  When you subscribe to their recipe box, you'll get a box each month with four ess

Easy DIY Bath and Body Recipes for the Beginner + Giveaway

Getting started making your own DIY bath and body recipes can be intimidating, but here are some easy DIY bath and body recipes for the beginner.   I remember when I was getting started making DIY bath and body recipes.  I had no idea what different ingredients were used for, which ones were the best to use, and I certainly didn't have a lot of exotic ingredients laying around. When I started this blog, I wanted to share recipes that are easy to make at home, so most of my recipes have common ingredients.  Over the last two years, I've evolved into more involved recipes like emulsified sugar scrubs and infusing herbs for an herbal infused ACV rinse , but I still try to offer recipes with ingredients that you can find in your grocery store or on Amazon. I recently received a copy of Spa Apothecary: Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes by Stasie McArthur.  It's filled with easy DIY bath and body recipes for the beginner.  The recipes use ingredients that you can make a

How to Make an Herbal Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Recipe For Any Hair Type

Learn how to make an herbal apple cider vinegar hair rinse recipe for any type.  Learn how to select the best herbs and essential oils to use for softer and smoother hair. If you have dull or lifeless hair, the answer could be hiding in your kitchen cupboard.   An apple cider vinegar rinse is a very inexpensive and very effective treatment for your hair.  While you could just use diluted ACV in your hair, we all know that herbs and essential oils make everything better. Learn how to make an herbal apple cider vinegar hair rinse recipe for any hair type by selecting one of several herbs and adding one or more essential oils.   This easy DIY hair care recipe restores the pH balance to your hair for softer, shinier, and healthier looking hair. The herbs and essential oils both have their own unique properties, so you can select the ones that are best for your hair type.   I use an herbal ACV rinse twice a week after I wash my hair.  Other than using a hot oil

Types of Butters for Skin and Hair and Their Benefits

The different types of butters for skin and hair and their benefits.  Learn how to use shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, and other butters in DIY beauty recipes for the hair or skin.   When you're making DIY bath and body, DIY hair care, or DIY beauty recipes, you'll need carrier oils, hair and skin butters, and essential oils.  I already have a post dedicated to different carrier oils and the benefits and several posts talking about essential oils , but I didn't have anything devoted to the different body butters and their benefits. Hair and skin butters are plant based ingredients that are thicker than carrier oils.  They are usually derived from a plant seed, bean, kernel, or nut. When added to a DIY bath and body recipe or DIY beauty recipe, they each have unique properties that promote skin or hair health.   Body butters are high in proteins, vitamins, and fats that help nourish and moisturize your skin and hair.  Their fatty acids mak

How to Paint Soap With Mica Powder Alcohol Easter Egg Soaps

Learn how to paint soap with mica powder and alcohol to make cute Easter egg soaps.  This melt and pour soap butter has extra shea butter in it to moisturize your skin, and it only takes a few hours to make. Even though Easter is over a month away, I wanted to get a start on my Easter projects early for a few reasons.  First, I'm so over winter.  I love where I live and I love the farm, but winter gets to me more and more each year.  I'm ready to move on to spring scents and fun projects after the long winter. Secondly, I wanted to give you time to order supplies like this cute Easter egg soap mold so you have time to make things before Easter. Learning how to paint soap with mica powder and alcohol is fairly easy.  You just need soap, mica, and alcohol.  It's quick to do, and you can really get creative. I used this technique for my painted gingerbread house molds, and I knew it would be perfect for these cute Easter melt and pour soaps. You can also use t

Easter Solid Sugar Scrub Soap Cubes Recipe

This Easter peep solid sugar scrub soap cube recipe is so cute!  It's like a soap and sugar scrub in one, so it exfoliates as you cleanse.   Why is Easter so late this year?  I've been ready to post fun, cute, and pastel things for a while now.  I can't wait until Easter to share them, so I'm sharing them now.   I found this adorable Easter inspired mold last month, and I knew that I had to be something with sugar because of the holiday.  I decided on a solid sugar scrub soap cube recipe because I haven't made one in a while. Solid sugar scrub cubes are so nice because they are convenient.  You use them in the shower like soap, but they exfoliate while you're washing for softer skin. I also added some glycerin and a carrier oil for more moisture.  In the winter, you probably need to add moisture because heating is very drying for your skin.  In the summer, chlorine and the sun dry out your skin.   So these solid sugar scrub cubes are perfect for any time o

DIY Detangler Spray With Marshmallow Root

This diy detangler spray is easy to make and stable on the shelf for weeks without refrigerating.  It has marshmallow root infused oil for slip for easier brushing. My poor daughter is 11-years-old and still has baby fine hair.  She wants to keep her hair long, but it gets knotted horribly.   She takes karate, ju jitsu, and weapons, so she has her hair in a ponytail several times a week.  I know that is what is causing breaking, leading to knotted ends, but she needs to keep her hair up and away from her face. As if that weren't bad enough for the poor girl, she's also extremely sensitive to hair brushing.  Her brothers are both on the spectrum, and she has some sensory issues.  This just happens to be one of them. I'm glad we don't have neighbors because they would be quite concerned the way she carries on when it's time to cut her hair! We've tried a lot of detanglers, both from the store and homemade.  I use a hot oil treatment for her hair about onc

DIY Hanging Air Freshener With Essential Oils

These cute DIY hanging air fresheners with essential oils are perfect for the car, a closet, or anywhere that needs a little freshening up. If you have kids or pets, then I'm guessing that you have a need for an air freshener.  I have three kids and four indoor pets, so yeah.  The air could use some freshening with two teenage boys in one bedroom.   I was buying a fancy air freshener for my car, but even on sale, it wasn't cheap.  I had to buy so many to get them cheap that they lost their scent before I could even use them. I used my DIY gel air freshener in my car for a while, but it dried up a few months ago.  I plan on making more of those, but I also wanted to try this DIY hanging air freshener with essential oils. This DIY hanging air freshener is so easy to make, too.  And you can use it in your car, closet, drawers, or anywhere else that needs a little freshening up. This could even be a great project for scout troops.  Just have them wear gloves when they are