Home Apothecary III

crunch·y [kruhn-chee] adjective, crunch·i·er, crunch·i·est.

  • Crunchy granola: health-conscious and environmentally aware (“One of those crunchy gals who insists on making her own cosmetics.”)

It’s getting mighty crunchy around here. Why? Take a gander at this list of ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics. Making your own cosmetics is not only better for you, it’s simple and cost-effective. Win, win, win.

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Lavender & Vanilla Belly Butter

I made this belly butter for my sister, sister-in-law-to-be, and good friend, so I can’t personally speak to its effectiveness. It looked and smelled good, though!

  • 1/2 c. shea butter (or half shea and half cocoa)
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 4 Tbsp. beeswax
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vitamin E (or 1200 IU)

In a double boiler, heat butters, oils, and wax until melted. Remove from heat and cool about 5 minutes. Stir in vitamin E, vanilla, and lavender essential oil. Pour into container and cool until hardened, then top with lid. (Makes about 8 oz.)

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Rose & Lavender Facial Cream

This lotion is easy to make, very emollient, and non-comedogenic. Although it eventually absorbs, it does go on a little greasy. To “de-shine” your face after application, blot it with a damp washcloth. Here’s a handy chart on essential oils for skincare.

Original Recipe from Aura Cacia

  • 1/2 oz. beeswax
  • 2 oz. sweet almond oil
  • 1 oz. jojoba oil
  • 1 oz. coconut oil
  • 3 oz. distilled water
  • 20 drops rose essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vitamin E (or 1200 IU)
  • optional: 1/4 tsp. honey + 1/4 tsp. glycerine

In a double boiler, heat the wax and oils until melted, then remove from heat. Simultaneously, heat the water to boiling in a separate pan, then remove from heat. Add the water to the wax/oils in a thin stream while vigorously beating the mixture with a wire whisk. When slightly cooled (about 5 minutes) add remaining ingredients. Continue to whisk until the lotion is a creamy consistency. Note: This cream will start to spoil after a few weeks. Use a clean spoon to scoop out of container and store in refrigerator to extend shelf life. (Makes about 8 oz.)

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Lip Balm II

My first lip balm worked just fine, but this one rocks! It’s medium-firm, so it goes on nice and smooth without being overly melty.

  • 1 Tbsp. beeswax
  • 1 Tbsp. shea butter
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 20-40 drops peppermint essential oil (I use 40)

In a double boiler, heat butter, oils, and wax until melted. Remove from heat and stir in essential oil. Pour into tubes or tins and cool until hardened, then top with lid. To keep the mixture from hardening while you fill tubes, leave the bowl over the hot water. (Makes about a dozen .15 oz. tubes)

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Lime Juice Shampoo

I make and use a bottle of this shampoo every other day. Having very long hair, I use the whole eight ounces in one wash. Adjust the recipe to suit your needs!

  • 1 Tbsp. castile soap
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. lime juice (you can use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice–just don’t use lemon on dark hair)
  • hot water from the tap

Pour soap, baking soda, and lime juice into an 8-ounce bottle. Fill the rest of the way with hot water, leaving about an inch at the top. Shake vigorously. Saturate wet hair, massage, and rinse.

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Solid Perfume

I love the idea of solid perfume, but this one is a little too waxy. Increasing the oil and decreasing the wax would make for smoother application, though I’ve not yet experimented with ratios. I chose a very feminine blend of essential oils, but you can use whatever you like! It helps to read a little bit about the aromatic blending of essential oils.

Recipe from Crunchy Betty

  • 2 tsp. carrier oil (I used sweet almond oil)
  • 2 tsp. beeswax
  • 40-50 drops essential oil blend (example: 20 drops lavender essential oil + 20 drops jasmine essential oil + 10 drops rose essential oil)

In a double boiler, heat oils and wax until melted. Remove from heat and stir in essential oil. Pour into tins and cool until hardened, then top with lid. (Makes one .5 oz tin)

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5 thoughts on “Home Apothecary III

  1. The belly butter worked very nicely, or I am one of those truly blessed people who walked away from pregnancy un-stretchmarked in the belly region. 😉 I LOVED the belly butter. I used every other night in my third trimester.

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