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Natural Beauty

Natural Skin
Care Recipes
The skin is the largest organ in the body
and it absorbs much of what it comes
into contact with. Many lotions, per-
fumes, and skin care products contain
toxic chemicals that pass into the body.
Avoid the chemicals and give your skin
the best care with natural homemade
skin care products (and youll save some
money too!)
1 part Coconut Oil
1 part Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
1 part Beeswax
Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil to extend shelf
life and preserve
Optional: Essential oils or natural fragrance oils
Lotion Bar Recipes
This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that youd
like. I made with 1 part=1/2 cup so I used 1/2 cup of coconut
oil, 1/2 cup beeswax and 1/4 cup each of shea butter and co-
coa butter. I added about 50 drops of lavender essential oil
and set them in silicon baking cups. The recipe I used made
exactly 6 lotion bars.
How to Make:
Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a
pint size or larger glass jar with a lid and gently place in a
small saucepan with 2 inches of water in it.
Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients
constantly or shake inside the jar until they are melted and
Remove from heat and add the essential oils. Gently stir by
hand until essential oils are incorporated.
Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the
lotion bars to harden in. I used silicon baking cups, though
any mold would work.
Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to
pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped
molds for different occasions and make great gifts.
How to Use:
Rub on dry skin with the same motion that you would a bar of
soap in the shower. The heat of your skin will melt a tiny
amount of the lotion bar and it will smooth onto your skin
leaving it hydrated and moisturized.
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
1/2 cup Beeswax
2 tablespoons (or more) of Zinc Oxide Powder
(available online or in many stores on the diaper
aisle, just make sure it is pure zinc oxide)
Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil to extend shelf
life and preserve
Optional: Essential oils or natural fragrance oils
or a dash of pure vanilla extract for scent
How to Make:
Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a
pint size or larger glass jar with a lid and gently place in a
small saucepan with 2 inches of water in it.
Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients
constantly or shake inside the jar until they are melted and
Remove from heat and add the essential oils. Gently stir by
hand until essential oils are incorporated.
Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the
lotion bars to harden in. I used silicon baking cups, though
any mold would work.
Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to
pop out of molds.
How to Use:
Depending on how much zinc oxide is used, these will have an
SPF of about 15-20, though since they are a natural product
and not emulsified with chemicals, test your sun tolerance
with them slowly to make sure you dont burn. If you dont
need sunscreen everyday, consider just using the basic lotion
bars which are naturally an SPF of 5-6 and which are ex-
tremely nourishing for the skin. The basic lotion bars will pro-
tect the skin but still allow some Vitamin D production.
1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup Shea Butter or cocoa butter or mix
1/2 cup beeswax + 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup fresh or dried rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon dried whole cloves
2 tablespoons dried or fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 cup dried catnip leaf
1 (or more) tablespoons of mint leaf (optional but
adds great scent)
optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil to preserve.
Essential Oils (optional but good): Bug off
What To Do:
This version has an extra step that the original Lotion Bars didnt have.
To save money on essential oils, we actually infuse the herbs into the
coconut oil.
Using a double boiler or glass bowl on top of a small saucepan, heat
about 1 inch of water (in bottom pan) until starting to boil. Place the
dried rosemary, cloves, thyme, cinnamon, catnip and mint in the top
part of the double boiler and add the coconut oil (can also use almond,
olive or other oil but you will need to add more beeswax later on to get
the bars to firm.
Cover the bowl or top part of the double boiler and keep the water at
medium/high temperature for at least 30 minutes or until oil has
adopted a darker color and smells strongly of rosemary. Alternately,
you can fill a crock pot about half full with water, put the coconut oil
and herbs in a glass mason jar with a tight lid, cover and keep on low-
est setting for several days to make an even stronger infused oil.
Then, strain the dried herbs out of the oil using a small mesh strainer
or cheesecloth and pour the oil back into the double boiler. The oil will
probably be reduced by almost half and you should have about 1/2 cup
of the infused oil. If you have more, save it for next time!
Add the butter(s) and beeswax to the double boiler and stir until all
have melted. Remove from heat, add the Vitamin E oil and any other
essential oils and pour into molds. Leave in the molds until completely
set (overnight is best) or you can speed up the process by placing in the
To use: Rub the bars on exposed areas of DRY skin to protect against
mosquitos and insects. If you are pregnant, check to make sure any
herbs you use are safe for pregnancy and omit the ones that arent.
Other Lotion Bar Variations:
Infuse the oil with calendula for a few weeks before making the bars
to give the skin extra nourishment
Infuse the oil with dried ginger root and mint before making the bars
for relief of sore muscles. You could even infuse with some arnica
flowers (external use only!) for even more relief.
Add some pure vanilla extract and a pinch of very finely ground cof-
fee for an invigorating morning lotion bar.
Infuse the oil with chamomile flowers before making the bars for a
wonderful lotion bar for babies and children.
Combine the bug off bar and sunscreen bar recipes to make an out-
door bar perfect for hiking and outdoor sports.
Add some natural coconut fragrance or extract for a beach bar with
an SPF of 5-6 that smells tropical.
Lotion Bar Gift Ideas:
Give a mom-to be some basic lotion bars to help prevent stretch
marks and bonus- she can use the lotion bars on baby too.
Give the outdoor bars to your favorite outdoorsman, hunter, or
The ginger and mint bars are popular among athletes.
The calendula bars make great gifts for moms and sisters.
The chamomile lotion bars are a great gift for new baby.
I wrap the lotion bars in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon to give
as a gift. Ive even made gift baskets with several different variations
and some of the other recipes in this book and given as baby shower
gifts, wedding gifts, birthday gifts and mothers day gifts.
1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs
first if desired)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter or Cocoa
Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other
natural extracts to suit your preference

Smooth Lotion Recipe
How to Make Lotion:
1. Combine ingredients in a pint sized or larger glass
jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and
lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, ol-
ives or other foods.
2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of wa-
ter and place over medium heat.
3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with
the water.
4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will
start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When
all ingredients are completely melted, pour into whatever jar
or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (8 ounce) are
great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
5. Use as you would regular lotion. This has a longer
shelf life than some homemade lotion recipes since all ingredi-
ents are already shelf stable and not water is added. Use
within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.
Note: A little goes a long way! This lotion is incredibly nour-
ishing and is also great for diaper rash on baby, for eczema
and for preventing stretch marks!
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup Shea Butter, Cocoa butter or mango
butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part)
1/2 cup + 1 tsp beeswax
optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. I added 1 tsp
vitamin E oil for this recipe)
3 tablespoons baking soda (Omit this if you have
sensitive skin and just use extra arrowroot)
1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder
Deodorant Recipe
How to Make:
Combine coconut oil, shea (or other) butter, and beeswax in a
glass jar and place in a saucepan with 1 inch of water in it.
Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients
constantly until they are melted and smooth:
Remove from heat and add the vitamin E oil, baking soda, ar-
rowroot powder, probiotics, and essential oils. Make sure the
mixture is not hot to the touch (warm is ok) so that the heat
doesnt kill the probiotics.
Gently stir by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.
If you will be making these into bars, pour into muffin tins or
other molds while still liquid. If you will be putting into an old
deodorant container to use like stick deodorant, let the mix-
ture harden for about 15-20 minutes at room temperature to
harden and when it is about the consistency of peanut butter,
use a spoon to scoop into the deodorant tube and pack down
to fill. Then, leave the cap off overnight to completely harden
before using.
How to Use:
Use as you would regular deodorant though only a very small
amount is needed. Natural perspiration should decrease the
longer you use it. If you get a rash, it is likely from the baking
You can make endless variations but here is the
basic framework to start with:
2 parts sugar (regular white or brown sugar work
1 part oil (almond, olive and coconut are great)
Add 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (or the gel from a few
capsules), add other optional ingredients.
Sound simple? It is!
Homemade Sugar Scrubs
Here are a few of my favorite combinations:
Pumpkin Pie Scrub: 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup co-
conut oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spices
(or just 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2
cup almond oil, 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil and 1 tsp real vanilla ex-
Lemon Hand Scrub (for after washing dishes): 1 cup
white sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, 15-20
drops (or more) of lemon or orange essential oil
Vanilla Lavender Relaxing Facial Scrub: 1 cup
white sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil, 1/2 tsp
real vanilla extract and 15 drops lavender essential oil
These last on the counter for up to 2 months (or more) and
smell good enough to eat Actually, they are good enough to
eat, but dont sugar is bad for your intestines!
Natural Face Wash
Homemade Make-Up Remover
Basic Lotions and Moisturizers
Gentle Exfoliators
Natural Anti-Aging Remedies
Supplements for Skin
Natural Skin Care Regimen
Switching from regular skin care products to natural versions
is one of the tougher natural living steps to take.
Its hard to break free of the age defying, wrinkle reversing,
acne preventing claims of conventional products and switch to
a natural option, even though the natural options are often
cheaper and work better!
Here are some of my favorite natural skin-care recipes to help
you make the switch more easily!
Natural Face Wash
Ive been using the oil cleansing method for a couple of years,
and Id still highly recommend it, but Ive recently switched to
a faster, easier and even cheaper option: Microfiber. My favor-
ite company makes a natural body cloth with silver wound
into the thread so it is completely antibacterial. It takes off
makeup, food (kids faces, not mine!), dirt, etc. without any
soap at all (which is great since soap strips the natural oils in
the skin). It is also completely safe to use on babies and kids
(which would be especially helpful for any kids with eczema)
and the cheapest/most environmentally friendly. (These are
my favorite)
You can also use pure, organic Liquid Castille soap in water to
naturally cleanse the face. A few drops on a wash cloth or in a
sink full of water will naturally clean your face.
Natural Make-Up Remover
Microfiber actually works great for this too and removes even
mascara without soap or oils.
Plain olive or coconut oil will also remove mascara (even wa-
terproof) and will remove other make-up as well but isnt as
ideal if you have oily skin.
For oily skin- Liquid Castille soap in water will remove
makeup without adding oils to the skin or stripping the natu-
ral ones.
Lotions and Moisturizers
For most people, pure coconut oil is all that is needed for mois-
turizing the face. It is naturally full of collagen supporting
lauric acid and is easily absorbed by the skin. Even for oily
and acne prone skin, coconut oils natural anti-bacterial prop-
erties make it a great option.
Natural Exfoliators
A sugar/oil scrub is great for most skin types when extra exfo-
liation is needed. Just mix equal parts oil (coconut, olive, etc)
and sugar (white or brown) and use as a whole body exfolia-
For more oily skin, plain baking soda can be used to exfoliate
skin and remove blackheads or dirt.
Natural Anti-Aging
There are a ton of anti-aging products available but the best
options are the ones you take internally since collagen must
be produced internally and cant absorb through the skin.
To promote natural collagen production, I use coconut oil as a
moisturizer and take Gelatin, Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter
Blend and Vitamin C to support natural Collagen production
Supplements for Skin Care
Im firmly convinced that what you put into your body is just
as important, if not more so, than what you put on it when it
comes to skin health. I used to have terrible acne and since
changing my diet and supplements, I dont break out at all
and my past scars have healed. The supplements that seemed
to have made the biggest difference in skin health for me are:
Fermented Cod Liver Oil- for the Vitamins A, D and K,
Omega-3s and Antioxidants, all which are great for the skin.
Gelatin Which is a pre-cursor for collagen and has
made my hair, skin and nails noticeably stronger and
smoother (great for cellulite too).
Magnesium- An anti-inflammatory and lacking in many
peoples diets. Topical Magnesium Oil seems to be the most
effective for skin health.
Natural Foundation
Homemade Makeup Recipes
Natural Foundation
Homemade Option: At the recommendation of a friend who
had used cocoa powder for natural bronzer, I started experi-
menting with natural foundation options, and came up with a
recipe similar to a mineral make-up, though lighter, and
I start with a base of arrowroot powder (can also use corn-
starch, but arrowroot works better) and then slowly add in co-
coa powder and finely ground cinnamon powder until you get
a shade close to your skin tone. You can then store in a jar or
old powder container and use a brush to apply. It took me a
few tries of mixing to get the color correct for my skin tone,
but most days, a quick brush of this is all I need.
If you want to make it a more solid base so that only a little
sticks to the brush, use a few drops of essential oil or vodka to
mix with the powder and push down in a compact. This will
make it hard like a regular compact.
Ive thought about adding this combination to some home-
made lotion to make a liquid foundation but havent tried it
Commercial Options:If making makeup isnt your thing but
you still want some natural options, there are a few good
choices. No commercial choice is as natural as the homemade
option, but they are a tremendous improvement over any con-
ventional options! Dr. Haushcka Translucent Foundation is
the most natural liquid foundation Ive found and my skin re-
acted well to it. I really like Nvey Eco Liquid Foundation as
well. Ive also used Nvey Creme Foundation which is thicker
and is a great concealer or under-eye cover.
For powdered foundation, my favorite so far is Aubrey Organ-
ics Silken Earth which doesnt have titanium dioxide like
many of the mineral make-ups and which has almost com-
pletely natural ingredients.
Natural Bronzer/Blush
Homemade Option: Similar to above, natural bronzer and
blush can be easily made with a base of arrowroot and by add-
ing more cocoa powder and cinnamon to get a darker shade.
Ive also tried powdering dried beet root (in the dehydrator)
or dried hibiscus flowers to add a pink tone which works well
as long as you can very finely powder them. Store in a shaker
make-up container or an old compact.
Commercial Options: For natural blush, I love Aubrey Organic
Silken Blush or Nvey Eco Powdered Blush.
Natural Eye Liner and Shadow
Homemade Options: Always be careful when using any prod-
ucts, even natural ones, near the eyes. I mix up several colors
of eye shadow using cocoa powder (brown shades) Spirulina
(green shades) and arrowroot (light shades). My favorite is
just cocoa powder with a tiny bit of arrowroot mixed in for
For eye-liner, I either use a tiny bit of cocoa powder mixed
with coconut oil, or a tiny dab or activated charcoal on a
slightly damp brush. Be careful not to get either one in the
eye. I store the eye shadow in an old powdered eye shadow
container and apply with my finger or a very slightly damp
To make a smoother eyeliner, I mix equal parts of coconut oil
and cocoa butter (about 1/2 ounce of each) and add about 1/2
tsp of activated charcoal to make a black eyeliner that is
thicker. You can also do this with cocoa powder for a brown
Commercial Options: Nvey Eco Powdered Eyeliner is the best
Ive used so far and is almost completely natural.
Natural Mascara
Homemade Option: I dont wear mascara most days, but
when I want a natural option, it is an easy one to make. In a
small bowl, I just mix a few drops of Aloe Vera Gel from Moun-
tain Rose Herbs, a couple drops of Vitamin E oil, and a pinch
of activated charcoal (not very precise I know). I mix it up as
I use it, though you could also make and store in an old mas-
cara container or in a small jar and just clean the mascara
wand between uses. I brush it on with a clean mascara brush,
or even a used Bass Toothbrush from OraWellness.
Commercial Options: The two natural ones Ive tried and love
are Nvey Eco Mascara and Organic Wear Natural.
Foaming Shave Soap
Homemade Shaving Cream
Bar Shave Soap Recipe
Shaving Options for Men
Natural Shaving Options
Foaming Shave Soap Recipe
This is the shave soap I use most often in
the shower because it is easy, inexpen-
sive and works great. Some men may
find it harsh on the face due to the high
liquid castille content.
1/4 cup Natural Aloe Vera Gel (not juice!)
1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap
1 TBSP Olive or Almond Oil
1/4 cup warm Distilled Water (or lavender infused)
Vitamin E or Grapefruit Seed Extract (to preserve)
Essential Oils for Fragrance (optional)
8 ounce or larger Foaming Soap Bottle
How To Make It:
1. Mix ingredients in foamer bottle and shake gently
until mixed.
2. Shake well before each use.
This recipe will last a couple of months (I use up within about
2 months, so I dont know beyond that).
Shave Cream Recipe
I dont use this recipe as often, and
more in the winter for extra mois-
turizing, but it makes a rich,
creamy lather and works really
well. This one is also better for
mens faces, as it is more gentle than the above recipe.
1/4 cup olive, almond or coconut oil
2-3 TBSP Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
1/4 cup Aloe Gel or Honey
1 TBSP Kaolin clay or white cosmetic clay (optional)
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap
Vitamin E or GSE (to preserve)
To Make:
1. Melt the oil and shea/cocoa butter in a double
boiler until just melted.
2. Remove from heat and add other ingredients
3. Whisk or blend well for several minutes
4. Transfer to jar or container to store
5. Check while it is cooling to make sure it doesnt
start to separate. If it does, shake or mix well to re-
6. Lasts up to two months (not sure about longer)
Natural Bar Shave Soap Recipe
If you dont happen to have all these
extra ingredients on hand, this is an
easy way to modify a regular bar
soap to make it more shave-friendly.
It is a little time consuming, but
these bar soaps last a long time and
are great for making shave mugs if
the men in your life happen to use shave mugs and brushes.
1 bar of natural, handcrafted soap (store bought
regular soaps dont work!)These are my favorite, but Im bi-
ased since I make them
1 TBSP olive or almond oil or aloe vera gel
1-2 TBSP white clay, french clay, kaolin, or cosmetic
How to Make It:
1. Grate soap, then on low heat, melt down with oil or
aloe vera. It will take a while, so be patient and stir often.
2. Once melted, stir in the cosmetic clay (this makes a
richer lather and is great for the skin)
3. Pour into molds (I use cardboard) or old mugs and
let set for several days until it re-hardens. Will last months
and will cure more over time, making it longer lasting.
Ive been making my husbands shave soap, after shave and fa-
cial rinse for years because he has such thick hair that regular
products didnt work and just irritated his skin. He also
switched to an old fashioned razor and a brush shaving set a
few years ago and he loves it.
Ladies, if youve been looking for a unique and usable gift for
your husband, boyfriend or dad, a real shaving kit with some
homemade products is a great option!
A Real Shaving Kit
My husbands opinion and the general consensus on the Art of
Manliness forums is that to get a real shave (if you are going
to shave, which was a controversial topic over there) a man
must use an old fashioned safety razor or straight razor and
preferably a brush and mug soap rather than an aerosol can
type shaving cream.
There are even brush and mug sets with stainless steel brush
handle and safety razor. Fortunately, these old-fashioned
shaving options actually save money in the long run (no expen-
sive razor heads to buy) and are MUCH better for the skin
when used with natural shaving cream.
The Shave Soap
If your man is open to natural shaving, there are several great
recipes for homemade shaving soap that you can make at
home and that are 100% natural and organic.
If you arent up for DIY shave soap, there are actually some de-
cent and really inexpensive store bought options. Col. Conk
seems to be the most popular and is relatively natural (much
more so than typical shaving creams according to the EWG da-
tabase). There are multiple scent options available, depending
upon personal preference.
The Aftershave
Alcohol based after shaves can be problematic for the same
reason you arent supposed to use rubbing alcohol on new
piercings: it kills healing skin and slows healing. There are
some wonderful nourishing options for after shave skin care
for men
Homemade Lotion Bars are extremely nourishing and con-
tain ingredients that will naturally prevent aging and encour-
age healing. Some other great options are:
Rosemary Oil which is naturally antibacterial and has a
great woodsy scent.
Shea Butter by itself is also an excellent after shave lotion
and has a manly scent.
Coconut oil works by itself too and will discourage breakouts
from shaving (is there anything it wont do?!)
Apple Cider Vinegar also works great by itself or infused
with cinnamon sticks, cloves and bay leaves (if you can han-
dle the smell)
Hair Care
Hair can be naturally beautiful without
the need for harsh chemicals and deter-
gents to strip its natural oils each day.
Make your own hair care products from
Shampoo to Dry Shampoo to Hair Spray
to save money and save your hair!
1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade)
1/3 cup Liquid Castille Soap (like Dr. Bronners)
1/2 of a teaspoon (or several capsules) of Vitamin
E oil (optional)
20 drops of Essential Oils of choice (Ive used
peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or
combinations of those)
For dry hair: add 1/2 tsp olive or almond oil
Homemade Shampoo
How to Make Natural Shampoo:
1. Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar
of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dis-
pensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add
1/4 cup of distilled water)
2. Shake well to mix.
3. Keep in shower for up to a month.
4. Shake before each use.
5. Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
6. If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shav-
ing cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!
1. Arrowroot Powder
2. Cocoa Powder
3. Essential Oils
DIY Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos have been all the rage among some of my
friends lately, and I can understand why A product that
makes your hair look clean when it hasnt been washed is a tre-
mendous help, especially for those of us with little ones who
are lucky if we get to use the bathroom alone, much less
shower every day
Dry shampoos are also great if youre switching to no-poo or
homemade natural shampoo, which will often leave your hair
oily for the first week or so while your scalp adjusts to not hav-
ing its natural oils stripped each day. Personally, I have natu-
rally oily hair even when I dont strip the oils, so I am a huge
fan of dry shampoo. (On the upside, relatives with the same
naturally oily hair havent started going gray until their 60s or
70s, so I have that going for me)
The basic idea of a dry shampoo (or wet-dry shampoo) is to
put an oil absorbing substance (like arrowroot or cornstarch)
on the oily parts of your hair to absorb the oil and leave it look-
ing clean. This is also very helpful if youll be styling hair and
need it to hold.
A wet-dry shampoo uses the same concept, but puts the oil ab-
sorbing substance in a quickly evaporating liquid like vodka or
rubbing alcohol (or Rum if you like to smell like a pirate)
Commercial dry shampoos can be pricey and contain things
like isobutane, butane and propane. Make your own instead!
Youll not only save money since homemade versions are
about 95% cheaper, but you wont be putting explosive chemi-
cals on your hair
On my hair, I use a light powder (arrowroot) since Im blonde,
but for dark hair, cocoa powder mixed with arrowroot works
better (plus you get to smell like chocolate! win-win!)
Here are the official recipes that can be customized to your
hair type:
DIY Dry Shampoo for Light Hair
1/4 cup Arrowroot or cornstarch
an old make-up brush (optional)
5 drops of essential oils (optional)
What to do: Put the drops of essential oil into the arrowroot or
cornstarch and mix with a spoon. Store the mix in a small jar
or old powder container. Apply with an old make-up brush to
the roots or oily parts of your hair. Applying with the brush is
optional, but it removes the need to comb through as much
and is better for styled hair. If you dont use the brush, comb
the powder through your hair and style as usual.
DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons arrowroot or corn starch
5 drops of essential oils (optional)
an old makeup brush to apply (optional)
What to do: Mix the cocoa powder, arrowroot/cornstarch and
essential oils (if using). Store in a small jar or old powder con-
tainer and apply with the make-up brush. Comb through hair
and style as usual.
DIY Wet/Dry Spray Shampoo
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup arrowroot or cornstarch
1/4 cup vodka, rubbing alcohol or witch hazel
essential oils or a spritz of your favorite perfume to scent
What to do: Mix all ingredients in a small spray bottle and
shake well. Shake before each use and spray on roots or oily
parts of hair. Let dry and style as usual.
Bonus Tips
Arrowroot or cornstarch can also be used as a mineral veil or
finishing powder for homemade makeup or as an oil absorb-
ing powder on the skin. I keep a mason jar filled with arrow-
root on my counter and use as a dry shampoo in my hair and
to set my makeup.
If you have dark hair but dont want to use cocoa powder in
your hair, just use plain arrowroot and apply before going to
bed the night before or at least 2 hours in advance so that it
has time to absorb and you wont get the fake-gray-looks-like-
a-wig look.
1 cup of hot water (not boiling)
2 tablespoons epsom salts
1/2 tsp Himalayan or Sea Salt (optional -adds stiffness)
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel (I get it here)
1/2 tsp conditioner or a few drops of almond oil or jajoba oil
optional: a few drops of essential oils or a spritz of your
favorite perfume for scent- Lavender and citrus are great options
optional: 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vodka or
alcohol- if you want to lighten hair (the lemon juice lightens and
DIY Beach Waves
Texturizing Spray
NOTE: Can also use strong Chamomile Tea as the base if you
want to lighten hair, or black tea as the base if you want to
darken hair, but you will need to keep in the fridge.
How to Make:
Get a spray bottle that holds at least 10 ounces. I used a glass
bottle made from an old apple cider vinegar bottle and a regu-
lar spray top. I also tripled the recipe to accommodate the size
of my bottle. Put the hot water (or tea) in the spray bottle and
add the epsom salts, sea salt (optional), aloe vera, conditioner,
scent (optional) and lemon juice/vodka (if using). Put the cap
on the bottle and shake for 1-2 minutes or until epsom salts
and sea salt are dissolved. Store in the fridge if using lemon
juice or tea base, or at room temperature if you arent. Will
last 3-4 months or longer.
To Use:
Spray on damp hair and scrunch with a towel to dry for loose
beach waves.
Spray on dry hair and on roots for volume and texture without
the waves.
1. Lighter/Blonde
2. Add Red Hues
3. Brown/Chestnut
4. Dark Brown/Black
5. Grey Coverage
Herbal Hair Color Options
These are natural colors and as such will create natural hues
on your hair. They will not create artificial colors like hot pink,
completely platinum blonde, or jet black (ok, so that isnt a
fake color, I just havent figured out how to do it) The
blonde/light recipes will actually permanently lighten hair
since they naturally bleach it but the red and dark hues will
leave a temporary tint for a few weeks (depending on how of-
ten you wash it). The sun will help set all the hues.
Also, I havent tried these on dyed/chemically treated hair, so
I dont know how it reacts with those types of hair! Not sure
why youd want to use herbal hair dyes? Read the ingredients
and then get back to me!
Herbs for Light Hair
Ive tried several basic herbal variations including:
Pure, strong Chamomile Tea (brewed with 1/2 cup herbs
per 2 cups water) and sprayed or poured on hair and left on
for several hours. Sitting in the sun during this time will en-
hance the lightening effect.
Fresh squeezed lemon juice, sprayed and brushed
through hair and left on for several hours (in the sun) will also
produce natural highlights.
A chamomile tea rinse at the end of each shower (leave
in hair!) will produce smooth, silky hair and naturally lighter
hair over time.
For a stronger and faster effect, Ive used the following recipe.
It has left my hair very blonde, easy to work with and not
yellowy/brassy at all.
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups of strong chamomile tea
1/2 cup strong calendula tea (optional and will produce
more golden tones)
What to do:
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle or other small bottle.
Shake well before each use. Spray or pour into hair and brush
through to get even. This works best when applied to hair di-
rectly before sun exposure and left in for 1-2 hours before be-
ing rinsed out. Can be used several times a week until desired
color is reached.
You can also use this as a rinse at the end of a shower (and
then lightly rinse with water) though it will take longer to have
an effect. This will not have an overnight dramatic effect,
though when Ive put it in my hair before gardening in the sun
for a few hours I definitely noticed a difference.
Herbs for Red Hair
These will create a red/dark strawberry blonde tint in lighter
hair and an auburn tint in darker hair. The effects are cumula-
tive, so extended use over time will create a more vibrant red.
The easiest thing is to make it part of your hair care routine if
you want continual red hair.
2 cups of water
1/2 cup of calendula flowers or fresh marigold petals
from your garden
2 tablespoons (or more for more red hues) of hibiscus
petals (also available from Mountain Rose Herbs)
What to do: Boil the water and simmer with the calendula/
marigold and hibiscus for at least half an hour. Strain off the
flowers and store in the fridge. Use as a final hair rinse at the
end of each shower. Dry hair in the sun if possible. Repeat
daily until desired shade is maintained and then every few
days to maintain.
Faster Way:
If you want faster and more permanent results, you can use
Henna Hair Color from Mountain Rose Herbs. This is the only
brand I can vouch for the quality of, and the results are very
dramatic. They have a lot of color variations with red hues
(and darker ones) and the results last for several months (or
longer if you wash your hair less often). They wont com-
pletely cover grey hair, but will darken it. Dont use on chemi-
cally treated hair or test on a small section before using on the
whole head!
Herbs for Brown Hair
It is easiest to darken hair that is already light brown or
darker, though these colors will even darken blonde tones. Al-
ways test on a small part of hair before using on the whole
head, especially on chemically treated hair. Used as a rinse,
these will also darken grey hair over time. The more they are
used, the darker the results. For faster, dramatic effect, use a
Henna Color Like Black, Dark Brown or Mahogany. For a
slower or more gentle tone, use these herbs:
1/4 cup Nettle Leaf
1/4 cup Rosemary Leaf
1/4 cup Sage Leaf
2.5 cups of water
What to do:
Simmer the herbs with water in a small pan for at least 30
minutes or until water is very dark. Remove from heat and
when cool, strain herbs out, making sure all small pieces are
removed (I use cheesecloth). Store mix in the fridge. Spray or
brush into hair about an hour before showering each day, then
shampoo as normal. Can also use as a rinse and leave on at
the end of each shower. Repeat until desired color is reached.
It has a cumulative effect and you probably wont notice much
difference the first few days. The herbs in this mix are also
great for getting rid of dandruff and for increasing hair
Herbs for Dark Brown Hair or Black Hair
If you have very light hair, it will be difficult to get really dark
hues with just herbs, though with enough patience, it can be
done. Ive listed herbs that work, and you can use any combi-
nation. As always, test on a small section of hair before using.
For very dark hair, put 1/4 cup of Black Walnut Powder
in a tea bag or cheesecloth bag and steep in 3 cups of water in
a quart mason jar for at least 6 hours or overnight. Use as a
rinse in the shower for hair and dry in the sun if possible. This
will create VERY DARK hair, especially if you have dry or
color treated hair. It will also provide the darkest coverage for
grey hair. Repeat daily or as needed to darken and maintain
dark shade.
Use strong brewed black tea as a final rinse to darken
any color hair. This is also nourishing for the hair and will pro-
vide a temporary darkening effect on most hair types. Repeat
as necessary to get desired shade and sun-dry if possible.
With any of these herbal hair colors, make sure to test on a
small part of your hair first!
Natural Options
for Healthy Teeth
Even your mouth can benefit from home-
made options. In fact, there are often
more chemicals used in toothpastes than
any other toiletry products and these
chemicals can be absorbed through the
mouth. Find out how to get whiter teeth,
healthier gums and even improve cavities
with natural options....
5 parts Calcium Carbonate or Calcium Magnesium Powder
2 parts Baking Soda
3 parts xylitol or more to taste. Optional, but recommended.
3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon
and orange are all good), 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract,
Myrrh and Trace Minerals
Remineralizing Toothpaste
DIY Recipe
[Note: To keep things simple, I just use a teaspoon or table-
spoon as the part in the recipe. Depending on the size batch
I'm making, so the above recipe would read 5 TBSP calcium
powder, 2 TBSP Baking Soda, etc]
How To Make Natural Remineralizing Toothpaste
1. Mix all powdered ingredients (CalMag/Calcium, Baking
Soda, Xylitol) well in a bowl.
3. Add Coconut Oil one part at a time until you get desired con-
4. Add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils for
flavor (my favorite is Peppermint Orange with 25 drops of
5. Store in small container like 1/2 pint glass jar. To use, ei-
ther dip clean toothbrush into it, or use Popsicle stick or
spoon to put on toothbrush. You could also store in a plastic
bag with a corner cut off to be able to squeeze like toothpaste,
but havent tried it yet.
4 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
3 Tablespoons Calcium Magnesium Powder
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (optional)
2 Tablespoons Powdered Mint Leaf (optional, or
can use essential oil)- Powder in blender, food
processor or coffee grinder.
1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder
1 teaspoon of Cloves Powder
1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) Xylitol Powder
Essential oils for taste
Remineralizing Tooth
Powder Recipe
Why Tooth Powder?
The main ingredient in this tooth powder is Bentonite Clay,
which Ive recently become a huge fan of. Not only does it
bind to and draw out heavy metals and toxins (a huge plus for
the mouth!), but it is alkaline and full of minerals.
It can be taken internally to help with toxin removal so it is
safe for use in the mouth and it contains calcium, magnesium
and silica which are nourishing for the teeth! According to
Mountain Rose Herbs:
Bentonite is very unusual in the fact that once it becomes hy-
drated, the electrical and molecular components of the clay
rapidly change and produce an electrical charge. Its highest
power lies in the ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy
metals and other internal contaminants. Bentonite clays struc-
ture assists it in attracting and soaking up poisons on its exte-
rior wall and then slowly drawing them into the interior cen-
ter of the clay where it is held in a sort of repository.
To state it another way
Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with wa-
ter it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From
here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical
attraction and once there, they are bound.
It is also extremely gentle and has a milder taste for kids. I
also use Bentonite Clay for facial masks, healing poultices and
when drying hair naturally to keep color on.
The other ingredients are supportive of the mouth as well:
Baking soda is alkaline and contains minerals. It
also helps remove stains.
Calcium magnesium powder provides extra calcium
and magnesium to provide minerals and whiten.
Cloves powder is naturally antibacterial and gives a
great taste.
Cinnamon is also antibacterial, tastes great and
helps discourage bacterial growth in the mouth.
Mint tastes great and is soothing to the gums.
Xylitol- completely optional and adds sweetness.
How to Make Tooth Powder:
Mix the ingredients in a bowl or pint size mason jar and store
in a small glass jar with a lid. We actually have a separate
small glass jar for each family member since we dip our tooth-
brushes in it. Mix with a spoon or shake to incorporate ingredi-
ents. This recipe makes about 3/4 cup of tooth powder which
lasts us for months. You can adjust the recipe up or down
(Use teaspoons instead of tablespoons for smaller amounts).
This will last indefinitely on the counter since there are no liq-
uid ingredients and all of the ingredients naturally discourage
bacterial growth. You can customize the powder to your taste
and all of the herbal ingredients are optional. Bentonite or bak-
ing soda would actually work alone or together as a tooth pow-
der, this one just tastes great. You could also add more cloves,
mint and cinnamon for an even more concentrated powder.
How to Use:
Wet the toothbrush (I use a Bass brush from OraWellness
since it is super gentle on the gums and cleans better) and dip
into the powder. I also add a few drops of OraWellness Brush-
ing Blend. Brush using the Bass Brushing Technique until
teeth are clean. Rinse with cool water. Can be used daily (or
multiple times daily) and is fine for adults and kids.
1. Dip a clean, wet toothbrush into powdered
ACTIVATED charcoal. Lean over the container
or charcoal and quickly put the charcoal
covered toothbrush in the mouth (this is to
protect your sink). Brush in small, gentle
circles for 2 minutes, spit carefully and rinse
really well. Your mouth will feel amazingly
clean. your sink, not so much! Use as often as
Whiten Teeth Naturally
Charcoal on Teeth?
The times that Id recommended charcoal for use in food poi-
soning or other digestive issues, I always cautioned people to
mix with water and swallow quickly so that it wouldnt stain
their teeth. Then, a holistic dentist I know mentioned that it is
very effective at whitening teeth huh?
Since the powder stains everything, I had always worried that
it would do the same to my teeth.
I did some research and found out that even though it tempo-
rarily makes the mouth look extremely black it has the same
effect as it does when ingested: it pulls toxins from the mouth
and removes stains. (Fair warning: when you open your
mouth, it is completely black and rather scary looking! Right
after I did this the first time I was intensely worried that it
would stain my teeth!)
To my surprise, all of the black washes away and it makes
your teeth feel extremely clean and smooth. After a few uses,
my teeth were noticeably whiter too!
Further research Ive done on this showed that activated char-
coal can actually be helpful in changing the pH and health of
the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and
killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis.
For this reason, I now suggest and use it as part of my reminer-
alizing protocol for teeth, along with my remineralizing tooth-
Natural Baby
and Child
Care Recipes
If the toxic chemicals in toiletries can be
harmful to adults, imagine what they do
to babies and kids. Most babies are born
with over 200 chemicals in their cord
blood and are exposed to thousands
more throughout childhood. Minimize
their exposure by making these natural
and safe alternatives!
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon calendula flowers
1 tablespoon chamomile flowers
1/4 cup Shea Butter
optional: 1 tsp arrowroot or zinc oxide powder or
more to thicken if needed- these will add
additional drying power for really bad rashes
Natural Diaper Cream
How to Make Natural Diaper Cream
Heat a couple inches of water over medium high heat in a dou-
ble boiler or small sauce pan. Melt the coconut oil in a glass
bowl or glass jar above the boiling water. Add the calendula
and chamomile flowers and keep the heat going on low/
medium for at least an hour or until coconut oil has started to
turn yellow and smells of chamomile and calendula. Make
sure to check the water level often and make sure it hasnt got-
ten too hot or evaporated off.
Carefully strain the flowers out, reserving as much of the coco-
nut oil as possible. A fine mesh metal strainer is best for this,
or a cheesecloth will work, though youll lose more of the coco-
nut oil. Make sure all visible pieces of the flower have been re-
Using a small immersion blender or even a fork to mash, mix
the infused coconut oil with the shea butter and arrowroot or
zinc oxide if using until it forms a thick paste. I actually have a
small food processor I use for this mixture (and not for food)
and when mixed in a food processor it makes an airy, velvety
Store in a small glass jar and apply as needed. Use a liner with
cloth diapers. This is much more concentrated and effective
than store-bought versions and a little goes a really long way!
It can also be used for adult yeast infections or for healing of
the perineum postpartum.
Why These Ingredients?
I chose each of these ingredients for a specific purpose. Coco-
nut oil is very effective on its own for treating rash, as it is
anti-fungal and very soothing to skin.
Calendula has antibacterial properties and speeds skin heal-
ing while Chamomile has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-
inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties and is especially
helpful for diaper rashes.
Shea Butter, besides making the skin incredibly soft, has anti-
fungal and yeast-killing properties when raw. It is high in Vita-
mins A and E and helps promote collagen production in the
skin. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and has an SPF of 6. It
also helps prevent and get rid of stretch marks.
Cloth Diaper Safe?
Commercial diaper cream should never be used with cloth dia-
pers since the fish oil in it will leave a fishy smell no matter
how much you wash the diapers. It will also void any warranty
on the cloth diapers. After much research and some trial and
error, I finally created a diaper cream that is cloth diaper safe
and that works as well as the medicated versions.
It can be used directly with cloth diapers if you dont mind
stripping the diapers after using them, but I prefer just to line
the diaper with a piece of an old t-shirt when Im using diaper
cream to avoid the extra laundry hassle.
1 cup of organic olive or apricot kernel oil (softer
scent and great for sensitive skin)
2 tablespoons calendula flowers
2 tablespoons chamomile flowers

Homemade Baby Oil
Vitamin Rich Baby Oil
Regular baby oil is petroleum based and packed with artificial
fragrances! You can always use plain coconut oil, but making
an infused oil adds some vitamins and speeds skin healing.
What to Do:
There are two ways to make this recipe.
Fast way: You can infuse over heat: Heat a couple inches of
water over medium high heat in a double boiler or small sauce
pan. Melt the oil in a glass bowl or double boiler top above the
boiling water. Add the calendula and chamomile flowers and
keep the heat going on low/medium for at least an hour or un-
til oil has started to turn yellow and smells of chamomile and
calendula. Make sure to check the water level often and make
sure it hasnt gotten too hot or evaporated off. and then just
strain the flowers out and use as regular baby oil.
Slower but more concentrated way: Put the calendula
and chamomile in a glass jar and pour the oil over it. Put a
tight-fitting lid on. Keep in a cool, dark place and shake daily
for 6-8 weeks to make a gorgeous light-orange oil that is great
for baby or adult skin. It is soothing on eczema or skin irrita-
tion and calming to baby.
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1 tsp chamomile or calendula flowers, powdered in
the blender or food processor
optional: Powdered sugar shaker or spice
container to store.
All-Natural Baby Powder
Soothing Baby Powder
Some regular baby powder contain talc, which is closely re-
lated to asbestos and has been linked to various cancers.
Please dont put it on your babys tender tushie! There are
natural alternatives that are incredibly easy to make and work
better without the side of cancer.
How to Make:
Powder the chamomile or calendula if using. Mix with the ar-
rowroot powder and store in a glass jar or sugar shaker for
easy use. Use as you would regular baby powder.
1 roll of heavy duty paper towels Note: I use Bounty for wipes-
cheap paper towels do not work!
Rubbermaid #6 or #8 container or any container that will hold
1/2 a roll of paper towels
1 3/4 cups boiled water (or distilled)-cooled but still warm (can
just use regular water if you use them in less than a week like we
1 Tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel
1 Tablespoon of pure Witch Hazel Extract
1 Tablespoons of Liquid Castille Soap
10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract or 2 capsules of Vitamin E
Essential Oils of choice (optional- I use 6 drops each of orange
and lavender)
Homemade Baby Wipes
How to Make Homemade Natural Baby Wipes
1. Cut the roll of paper towels in half using a sharp knife
2. If using a plastic shoe box or old wipe container, accordion
fold the wipes into the container. If using a Rubbermaid #6
container (I highly recommend), place the wipes, cut side
down in container.
3. In bowl or quart size jar mix the water, aloe, witch hazel,
castille soap, GSE/Vitamin E and stir.
4. Add essential oils if desired and stir
5. Pour over paper towels in container and let absorb- this
takes about 5-10 minutes.
6. Flip the container over to make sure wipes are well soaked.
7. If using Rubbermaid container, pull the cardboard roll out
from the inside This should also pull the innermost wipe out
and start them for you.
8. Use as you would regular wipes, and smile, knowing you
are not causing your beautiful child any future health prob-
Note: If your child has extremely sensitive skin, you may need
to leave out the essential oils or use calendula or chamomile.
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Thanks for reading!
I hope you enjoyed these natural beauty recipes and that they will be help-
ful to you in switching to more natural options in your own life. I know
from personal experience that making your own products can save money
while avoiding the chemicals and harmful ingredients in conventional prod-
ucts and I hope my recipes will be useful to you!
The Wellness Mama