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body butter

Whipped Body & Facial Butter

Makes 1 pint of whipped butter.

1/2 cup   organic raw shea butter

1/4 cup organic coconut oil

1/4 cup of one of the following oils-organic almond oil, organic avocado oil, olive oil   [I use avocado oil for my body butter and olive oil for my face cream] 

  1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in oil and essential oils of your choosing***

[I use lavender, rosemary, and geranium, and bergamot in my body butter. I use frankincense, and geranium in my facial butter.]

3, Place oil mixture in freezer or refrigerator.

  1. Wait until oils start to partially solidify, then whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved. Sometimes you might have to re-chill and whip again.
  2. Place in clean, glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way. 

***Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.

 

Tips:

  1. You can use whatever oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid. 
  1. The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.
  2. Since this recipe does not contain any water, it will not mold. You should keep in a cool place but it does not have to be refrigerated.
  3. I do not know the exact shelf life but I know it will keep at least a few months, plus.
  4. The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft. 

I tweaked this recipe but I must give credit where I found it. rawmazing.com

LAUNDRY SOAP

1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 bar Fels-Naptha soap
5-gallon bucket with a lid

Using a box grater, grate the entire bar of Fels-Naptha soap. Pour 4 cups of water into a large pot and add the entire pile of grated soap. Place pot on stove, heat over medium heat until it is all dissolved. Stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

Pour 3 gallons of very warm water into your clean bucket. Pour in the borax, washing soda, and pot of soap; stir until dissolved.

Fill with warm water to about 2 inches below the top.  Stir again until well mixed. Cover with lid and let it set for 24 hours.

The mixture will be a little clumpy, stir before using. Depending on size of laundry load and how soiled the clothes are, determines how much laundry soap to use.  It is recommended to use between ½ to 1 cup per load.

Essential Oils can be added to the bucket of laundry soap or individual wash loads.

I also add one (1) quart of Colloidal Silver (that I also make) to each five(5) gallon bucket. This is to kill germs.

laundry

FABRIC SOFTENER

2 CUPS HAIR CONDITIONER-UNSCENTED ( BUY CONDITIONER FROM A NATURAL GROCER OR HEALTH STORE, LESS CHEMICALS)

6 CUPS VERY HOT WATER

3 CUPS WHITE VINEGAR

POUR CONDITIONER INTO A  GALLON CONTAINER. (MAKE SURE IT WILL WITHSTAND THE HEAT FROM THE WATER)

POUR IN VERY HOT WATER. LET SET FOR A FEW MINUTES. CLOSE CONTAINER AND SHAKE WELL. ONCE MIXED, ADD VINEGAR. CLOSE CONTAINER, SHAKE WELL.

BEFORE EACH USE, SHAKE CONTAINER.

1/4 TO 1/2 CUP PER WASH LOAD.

lip balm pic

LIP BALM

2tbl. Shea butter

2tbl. Coconut oil

1 ½tbl. Bees wax

30 to 40 drops of Essential Oils of choice

13 lip balm tubes or several small containers

Melt first three ingredients in a small double boiler.  (I use a small 2-cup Pyrex measuring glass cup, placed in a small pan of hot water.) Keep water hot but not boiling.  Let them melt slowly. Be careful not to get water in the mixture.

When completely melted remove cup from pan of hot water, take paper towel to wipe off any condensation. Add essential oils of choice. Fill lip balm tubes or small containers.  You may need to re-melt mixture, it solidifies fast.

Label lip balm tubes or containers.

Essential Oil mixtures I use:

Tingly Mint:       25 drops Spearmint, 5 drops peppermint

Tangy Citrus:  20 drops Citrus Bliss, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops tangerine, 5 drops bergamot.