All natural foaming hand soap recipe

Saturday, August 31, 2013

One of the things in our home we couldn't go without was our foaming hand soap. There is nothing that compares to the pleasure of foaming soap. Don't ask me why but I love the way the foam feels compared to regular hand washing soap. Since I made this soap recipe I have had to refill our container several times, and honestly it's nice to know people are using it. As nice as it is to have foaming hand soap it is equally disturbing to see a hand soap container with dust on it sitting in someones bathroom. Trust me there is no time for dust with this hand soap. Every one in our home loves it, and like I said I've had to refill it several times! So, where is that recipe?

 -Final Notes
*The Container... Usually I tell you to use the container of your choice however, with this recipe you will need the right pump to get the foam! You can follow my lead and use a recycled container or buy a new one.

**Always use the essential oils you enjoy best. The first time I made this recipe I used Lemon Essential Oil, and Lime Essential Oil. Since then I have stuck with Wild Orange Essential Oil mixed with Lime Essential Oil. If you are mixing oils, I would advise to only use 5 drops of each oil. If you are using a single scent use 10 drops.
Make sure to add the essential oils to the soap before adding in the water. Otherwise your essential oils will float to the top and remain separated from the soap and water. This isn't the worst thing ever, but it will leave your soap scentless until the last few pumps. 

Dr. Bronner's Magic soaps are wonderful. I have purchased two containers so far. The first container I bought was the smallest size they had so I could try it out. The second time I bought it I got the 32 oz. size. I have had this container for a few months and because the soap is so concentrated it really lasts for a while. You only need a little bit per recipe, with this soap a little really does go a long way.

This recipe is SO simple, and treasured in my home! Leave your comments below letting me know what you think of this recipe and which essential oils you chose to use if any.
Thanks for reading!  -Kayla

All Natural Raw Sugar Scrub

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The first natural product I ever made (at 15 years old) was a recipe very similar to this one. I don't remember all of the details of what we used in that particular recipe; but I can tell you I used this mixture as sparingly as possible because it worked so well and I didn't want to waste the beautifully fragrant, exfoliating scrub that I made. This recipe can be shaped so easily to meet your personal needs. If you work a physical job and need to relax your muscles at the end of the day you can add peppermint oil to the recipe, there are so many options I'll get into more detail as we go.. but first let me introduce you to this facial/ body scrub!

After I made this oil for the first time (at fifteen years old) I have never been able to find an exfoliating product that comes close to matching it. Most that you buy in the store leave your skin feeling dry and rough, and the exfoliant in the store bought scrubs is usually a tiny gummy feeling bead that sticks to everything (skin, shower, towel, hair).

-Final notes-
-The raw sugar helps to break away dead skin, and the hemp oil jumps in behind it to seal in the moisture, to be honest I don't need any lotion after I use this because my skin is so hydrated (not oily, but hydrated). I only recommend using this scrub two or three times (maximum) a week. It is very effective and you do not want to break into any new skin, I personally only use it twice a week.

-*Oil of choice- While some of you may say "my oil of choice is hemp oil" others either do not have access to it or simply prefer another oil. You can replace Hemp oil for Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Rose-hip Oil, Grape-seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, pretty much any carrier oil will do the job. I prefer hemp oil because it has all of the nutritional values of all the oils mentioned above plus a few. It heals the skin, hydrates the skin, prevents the formation of unhealthy skin cell growth, promotes the growth of healthy skin cells and detoxifies your skin.

-When I say essential oil of choice I mean what would you like your Sugar scrub to accomplish for you? Are you fighting body and face acne and need a little help with a deep cleaning essential oil/ raw sugar blend? Let me give you a few examples:
  • Acne or black head clearing scrub: Use 5 drops of tea tree (also known as melaluca), 5 drops of lemongrass, and 10 drops of Lavender
  • Muscle aches or hot flashes: 10 drops of peppermint
  • To reduce cellulite and tighten elasticity of skin: 5 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Lime, 5 drops Lavender
  • Energizing: 10 drops Lemon
  • Stretch Marks (or others scars): 5 Drops Frankincense, 5 Drops Myrrh, 5 Drops Lavender

**Container Issues: If you are going to keep this oil in the shower at all times I recommend using a plastic container or an old spice container (not the fragrance old spice, but an old garlic powder or onion powder container). Why? Well when you go to dip your hand into this mixture your hand will be oily and if you use glass in a shower.. you may end up needing healing salve! Also if you put this mixture into an old spice container you do not have to scoop out anything, you can shake it out through the large holes. If you plan to use this after you shave your legs or on your face and you will be using it outside of the shower a glass container is an okay choice. If you want to know why mine is in a glass container, let me explain: I made a base mixture (of the raw sugar and hemp oil), I mixed it up and now I store it in this container. Since I may only need an acne scrub for a week or two I didn't think it made a lot of sense to make a whole batch of acne scrub, because I only get the occasional pimple. I have an acne scrub, a muscle ache scrub, and I have the choice to whip up a new essential oil blend to add to my base at any time; so you see why I keep mine in a glass jar. I keep this glass jar out of the reach of children with the other ingredients I use to make my recipes.

I'm pretty sure I summed up all the information I needed to in this article. You would think for a recipe that consisted of very few ingredients and very little effort there wouldn't be much to write about! I hope you all enjoyed this post and I'm excited to see what essential oil blend you choose. If you have any essential oil blend requests e-mail me and I will try to find a good solution for you! Thanks for reading, share with those you love, and enjoy!
                 Namaste, Kayla

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