Monthly Archives: August 2013

OK, so again, it’s taken months to finally come to my ideal products and original recipes have not worked so well on a continual basis.  So, the winners of the bunch are lip balm, shampoo, body wash, household cleaner, fabric softener, furniture polish and deodorant.  They don’t take long to make.

Lip Balm Recipe

1 tsp grated beeswax

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp shea butter

1 tsp cocoa butter

a few drops of chosen essential oil, I use 3 rose, 2 chamomile and about 8 peppermint.  Heat all except essential oil in a small pan, on a low heat, I use mess tins.  Once it is melted, turn off the heat and add the essential oils and pour into an appropriate container (or take an old tube you have cleaned out, squeeze out the air, hold it in the melted ingredients and suck it up into the tube, you may need to repeat this to fill it).  Takes about 5 minutes.


I was using melt and pour soap, which works fine, you just mix it with about 2/3 of the amount of soap with boiled water and add essential oils, but you have to keep mixing it so it stays smooth, which is a bit of a pain, so now I cheat.  I get a large bottle of castille soap, this makes 2 500ml bottles of shampoo, 2 household cleaners, 2 bottles of body wash.

So get about 60 chunks of melt and pour soap and melt.

Pour in about 250ml of the castille soap

Add 100ml of boiled water

Mix and add essential oil, I use rosemary, tea tree and peppermint, I’ve been told this shampoo helps with irritated scalps.

OK I’ve decided to amend this to pure vegetable or castille soap as this mix left some of the hair with a residue.

Takes about 5 minutes.

Body Wash

50 chunks of melt and pour soap

About a cup of castille soap

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

an equal amount of water to the liquid you now have, so about 2 cups of water.

I use sandalwood, orange and rose in mine and hubby has bergamot, kiwi and lemongrass.  Add oils to scent but don’t add more than 30 in total.  It’s meant to be mild.  Takes about 5 minutes.

Household Cleaner

1 cup of distilled white vinegar

1 cup of castille soap

2 cup of boiled water

30 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 of tea tree, in the bathroom I use this but add eucalyptus and peppermint.

Takes less than 5 minutes.

Fabric Softener

The EASIEST of them all.

Boiled, cooled water, I use about a litre

4 tbsp of Bicarbonate of soda

Essential oils of choice, about 10, done.  Takes about 2 minutes.

Furniture Polish

Melt 2tbsp of grated beeswax

Add about 5 tbsp of olive oil

10 drops of orange oil

1 tbsp distilled white vinegar

Put into a spray bottle and shake until the ingredients emulsify, spray and polish as normal, takes about 10 minutes with melting the beeswax, it will settle but give it a shake and it will emulsify again.


Ok, I did make and use the deodorant for a while, but during my experimenting I made one with alcohol in, big mistake, I burned the underneath of my arms and when they were healed they were horribly discoloured, so I stopped using any of the home made and started using crystal clear, however the recipe does work and it doesn’t have alcohol but my poor pits are awfully sensitive now!  I will tell you how I cured it also, but beware, it works and is potent.

Equal quantities of bicarbonate of soda, cornflour and coconut oil, mixed, I used a roll on I had cleaned and warmed it up in the mornings in my hands, I added sandalwood essential oil, but anything goes, takes about 5 minutes.

Discoloured Skin Treatment

Please be careful with this, it really does work, I had a lot of dead skin so it flaked off revealing healed skin underneath but on normal skin it will bleach it.

1 potato

1/2 a cucumber

Blend as much as you can and get as much of the juice out, apply 4 times a day if you can, twice if not, I didn’t wash off but some sites recommend you do.

Facial Toner/Moisturiser

1/2 cucumber

blend and squeeze, or pass through muslin/cloth to remove liquid, add half the amount of boiled water, 5 drops of rose oil, 5 drops of chamomile and if you have oily skin 3 drops of tea tree, smooth over skin twice a day or when you need to feel refreshed.

Body Butter

I make up small amounts at a time of this, a little goes a long way, but I like to change the scents I wear so make a small pot, then just make more when I fancy a change.

Equal quantities of cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax, and double that amount of shea butter, melted and add essential oils to the scent you like.

Eye Gel

1 tsp cucumber juice

1 tsp witch hazel

2.5 tsp aloe vera gel

Cut a couple of slices of cucumber (I did 4, but used the remainder to make my facial toner, the slices were about 1cm thick.  Blend and squeeze through muslin or similar cloth to get the juice out.  Add 1 tsp witch hazel (pure and pharmaceutical grade) and 2.5 tsp aloe vera gel and stir together, I used a mini jam jar for mine, the kind you find as single serving, I mixed it in the jar and I keep it in the fridge.

All of these recipes take about 5 minutes each to prepare and at the most 15, you could set aside an evening and do them all with plenty of time to spare, the ingredients can be found at a reasonable price and it works out slightly cheaper than buying from stores, plus you are using natural products, without the chemicals and those pesky corporations are receiving less demand for their products, without the demand there is no need for supply and maybe when they realise that we want products without the impact and excess packaging, maybe they will start producing ethically.

I use all these products on myself, but you should check for any allergies.  I use food grade products in their natural form, with the exception of soap, which isn’t food grade but is in the most natural form I can find it.  Rose essential oil is good as a moisturiser and for ageing skin, chamomile should soothe, tea trea is antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial as is Lemon.  Lemongrass can be used to lift mood.  Bergamot for deodorising and refreshing, lemon can cause sensitivity to sunlight on the skin so should be avoided in skin care, peppermint is good for the hair as is Rosemary.  I love sandalwood for it’s calming, fresh almost soapy smell.  These are personal choices selected for their respective properties and scents.  In aromatherapy it is often the case that if you don’t like the smell, don’t use it.  I would always recommend you do your own research and if you use any recipes you do so at your own risk.

UPDATE: 15/09/13 – A great site for home remedies and products.

Well not really the beginning, I’ve felt like this for many years as has my husband, but again this year we tried to grow our own vegetables.  On a much larger scale, using some permaculture methods and nothing but what nature provides.  Unfortunately, this failed!  We got a ramekin of peas, our beans died, the carrots and onions lasted a day, the apples fell off the tree, as did the cherries, but we have 3 tomatoes!  So…I deduce, we live in an area that is very green, we are next to some woods and we let our garden overgrow a bit to encourage bees and butterflies.  The result appears to be oodles of bugs!  So, our plan is to set up an aquaponics system, off the ground, in a poly tunnel and use up planting with bottles next year, we will grow on the patio rather than in the grass, it seems a waste of land but we can plant lots of wild flowers to make up for it and that will help with pollination.  I will post the plans at a later date and will shortly post regarding home made products.  Also some information on how we impact the planet in our daily living. 

This is the second blog I have attempted, the first fell by the wayside.  However after trying several things I have come to discover that the only way for change to happen is if you show that you can yourself and that if people want to change.  I have decided to try not to be too political, although I do have my views.  Let’s just say that my main view is we all have to live on this planet, we only have one, it doesn’t matter what party you support, if any, or where you are from, because we will only ever have one chance, in one place.  I have been part of many groups and organisations and found that no matter how good the intentions there are always those who believe their way is the right way and yours is wrong.  I don’t think like that, I believe that we all have the right to live in a manner we are happy with, whether that is in a yurt in a field or a 4 bedroomed detatched house in the suburbs.  The point I want to make is that we NEED to be sustainable, no matter how we live.  There are ways and means for us all to reduce our impact on the planet, not to mention to take our money away from powerful corporations who have become corrupted and exploit us.  There is a lot of talk of the power of the people, some people hear it as aggressive, but really the power comes from our ability to survive, without us there wouldn’t be any systems to be in, we owe it to ourselves and the planet to find more sustainable energy, sustainable food and sustainable shelter.  I will share any research and our experiences as we experiment with home products, permaculture and aquaponics.  I hope that by showing the methods available for people with busy lives that I can encourage you to take steps yourselves.

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