Home Apothecary IV

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.


shaving soap

Shaving Soap

I made this for my little younger brothers. I only used it once, so I don’t know how it does in the long-term, but I liked that it produced a nice lather when applied to damp skin.

  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil (or sweet almond oil)
  • 1/4 c. liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 c. raw honey
  • 2 tbsp. shea butter
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. vitamin E (or 1200 IU)

In a double boiler, heat butter and oil until butter is melted. Remove from heat and cool about 5 minutes. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Pour into container and cool, then top with lid. To use, put a small amount on fingertips and apply to damp skin until worked into lather. (Makes about 8 oz.)


lotion bars

Lotion Bars

Because you have to rub lotion bars directly onto the skin (unlike regular lotion, which you put in your hands, then apply to skin), they are well-suited for hands, elbows, knees, and feet. They do moisturize well, but you must keep them in a container.

  • 2 oz. shea butter
  • 2 oz. coconut oil
  • 2 oz. beeswax
  • 1200 IU vitamin E
  • optional: 20-30 drops essential oil of choice

In a double boiler, heat the wax and oils until melted, then remove from heat. Cool a few minutes, then stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into molds (I used plastic soap molds) and cool until hardened. Remove from molds. Wrap in plastic wrap or store in a ziploc bag, travel soap container or on a soap dish. (Makes 2 medium bars, 1 small)


facial cream

Lemon, Patchouli & Frankincense Facial Cream

Just a variation on the theme. This lotion is easy to make, very emollient, and non-comedogenic. 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. jojoba oil
  • 2 oz. sweet almond oil
  • 3 oz. distilled water
  • 15 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vitamin E (or 1200 IU)

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.)



Foaming Hand Soap

People, it doesn’t get any easier than this. You can use any essential oils you like; these are a few of the oils that have antibacterial properties: clove, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree.

Original recipe here.

  • 2 Tbsp. liquid castile soap
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • water from the tap

Pour soap and essential oils into a clean 9-ounce foaming handsoap bottle. Fill the rest of the way with water, leaving room 1/2 inch at the top. Shake before each use.


Simple Facial Oil

Much as I love my facial cream, I needed an easy-to-make and quickly-absorbing facial moisturizer for those days when I’m short on time in the morning. I came up with this recipe on the fly, and it suits my needs well. The ratios can be modified for specific skin types: use more olive oil and less jojoba oil for dry skin, and more jojoba and less olive oil for oily skin. Add tea tree essential oil for acne-prone skin, rose essential oil for dry or mature skin, and lavender essential oil for a cooling, refreshing effect.

  • 4 oz. extra virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil (or 2 oz. of each)
  • 1 tbsp. jojoba oil
  • 1/2 tsp. raw honey
  • 1/8 tsp. vitamin E (or 600 IU)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

Pour all ingredients into a clean bottle. Shake well before each use. Pour a small amount onto fingertips and massage into damp skin.


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