Home Crafted Sunscreen

We all need to get some sun for that important vitamin D, but when we are going to be working or playing for hours our skin needs some protection.

So why should we make our own?

This is a great question.  I began breaking out in a rash from commercial sunscreen.  It was itchy, red, and driving me out of my mind.  After researching what is in sunscreen – lots of chemicals that are not good for our health –  I started making my own.

What you will need:

  • Double boiler or a pot with a glass bowl to create your own
  • 3 – 4-ounce glass jars
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter or you can use cocoa butter (I prefer shea butter)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax pellets
  • 4 tbsp. glycerin
  • 2 tbsp. carrier oil like a raspberry seed, apricot, almond, jojoba, carrot seed or another liquid oil
  • 2 tbsp. non-nano zinc oxide
  • 1 tsp. vitamin E oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract – optional if using cocoa butter
  • 60 drops of essential oil – optional (I use 40 drops of lavender, 15 drops of frankincense and 15 drops of peppermint – Young Living Brand)
  • If possible use organic ingredients

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DIY Patriotic Flag Wreath

Here is a great way to show your support during Memorial and Independence Day.

Create your own Red, White, and Blue flag wreath.

What you will need:

  • 12″ wreath form, choose from foam, straw, wire or create your own
  • 20 – 1 1/2″ by 24″ strips of red fabric
  • 20 – 1 1/2″ by 24″ strips of white fabric
  • 16 – 1 1/2″ by 24″ strips of blue fabric
  • White stars – depending on size 2 or more
  • Glue/glue gun

Fabric tip:  The stiffer the fabric the more it will be uniform when hung.  If the fabric is soft it will droop on the top and sides.  Consider using cotton, broadcloth, tulle, ribbon, or cut up an old dress shirt.  Whether the fabric is stiff or soft your wreath will be beautiful.  Continue reading DIY Patriotic Flag Wreath

Poo-Pourri Spray – Your Worth It!

We all want our “you know what” to smell like roses. The truth, it doesn’t.

Have you gone to a party, friend, or family house, used the bathroom and there is no spray?  When you open the door someone else is waiting to use it, so sad :{

There are several reasons to make your own Poo-Pourri Spray

  • Extremely cost-effective
  • No toxic chemicals
  • Choose the scent that you like – different each time
  • Leaves your bathroom fresh

The best part about this DIY you can trap those less than beautiful scents in the water.  There is no need to permeate all the air – we want to breathe, right? (hehe)

What you will need:

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Natural Foaming Hand Soap – Homecrafted

Did you know that by making your own foaming hand soap you’re making a positive impact on our environment?  This happens in a couple of ways by re-using your foamer bottle there is less plastic in the environment.  You are not using any chemicals which are harmful to you and everything Mother Nature has created – that is a win/win.  When using a foaming hand soap you use less water when washing your hands.  Cool, right?

Let’s get back to simple and natural hand soap. 

What you will need

  • Refillable foaming soap dispenser (if using plastic preferably BPA free)
  • 1/4 cup Dr. Bonners Castile Soap
  • 10 to 20 drops Essential Oils (do what makes you happy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of moisturizing oil, Vitamin E, Fractioned Coconut, olive, almond  (optional)
  •  Filtered water

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Natural Carpet Deodorizers

Do you have pets?  We do, and even if you don’t sometimes the carpet needs to be freshened up in between carpet cleanings.  Because of the dogs and the fact I like to sit on the floor I like to use a deodorizer that works without harmful health effects.

Eliminating Odors is simple and effective.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Glass jar with lid
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • Essential oils 10 to 20 drops (or dried herbs)

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Stretch your Thieves Dish Soap

True, I like the Thieves dish soap but with the number of dishes/pots/pans, I wash I wanted to make it last longer. In the past, I used the Sal Suds and it was okay.  So I had this idea to make my own blend.  I love it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle of Thieves Dish Soap
  • 2 cups of Sals Suds
  • 3 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Filtered water
  • 2 Additional 12 oz squeeze bottles

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