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Homemade Dove Body Wash

Dove Body Wash
2 cups water per bar
Grate bar with a cheese grater into what looks like fine grated cheese, put in a pan, add water and heat on medium heat till soap is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool. It will get thicker as it cools. Once cool put into bottles or any container.

**Must use dove moisturizing cream bars or olay moisture bars for this recipe. These are not considered bar soap, but a moisture bar. Any other type of bar soap you end up with either mucus or a hard gelled up glob!!!

You can add more water to make it a little thinner, once it cools. If it is too thick for what you like, add a little cool water at a time and stir to get the thickness you prefer. 

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Homemade Whipped Body Butter

Whipped Body Butter

  • 1/4 c. shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp carrier oil (I used sweet almond and avocado)
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 25 drops essential oil (optional)
On a double boiler (I just used a Pyrex bowl placed in a bowl of really hot water), melt the shea butter together with the carrier oils, stirring well.
Once the shea butter is completely melted (remember – do NOT heat shea butter on high heat, or it becomes gritty), place the bowl containing the butter/oils into an ice water bath and cool slightly.
Stir in your vitamin E and essential oils (if you’re using them).
With a hand mixer, begin whipping the melted shea and oils together. It may take 5-10 minutes before you start seeing a whipped consistency, but it will happen.
Once you have a consistency you like, transfer to a lidded container. Should keep 6 months (especially if you use the vitamin E to help preserve).
Whipped Coconut Body Butter
I scooped out about half a jar of coconut oil, put it into my kitchen aid mixer and whipped it up for about 7 minutes and there you have it!!  You can add a few drops of scent, if desired.
Recommended to use it is after bath or shower when skin is still wet.  Scoop out some and rub all over, let it soak in for a minute, then lightly towel off.
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Homemade hand sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer
10 drops of lavender essential oil
20 drops tea tree essential oil
1 tablespoon witch hazel
8 ounces of aloe vera gel

In a small glass place your essential oils then add witch hazel, swirl them around so they mix up.  Add aloe vera gel and mix well.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe
  • 1/4 c. aloe vera gel (as pure as you can get)
  • 3/4 c. rubbing alcohol (at least 91%)
  • 1/8 c. vegetable glycerin (optional) (if omitted, use an extra 1/8 c. aloe vera gel)
  • 10 drops essential oil (cinnamon and sweet orange were my choices, but there’s a list of other ideas below) (optional)
Pour everything into your food processor or blender and let it go on high for a minute or two. Bottle and use as you would any hand sanitizer. Keeps for 6 months or more.


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Foamy Hand Sanitizer

Foamy hand sanitizer

I was looking for a recipe to do the foamy hand sanitizer since mine is out.  Here is what I found:

The Recipe

  • To make your sanitizer work, you will need a foaming dispenser, a small amount of liquid soap, and alcohol. Fill your bottle with ½ centimeter (about 1/4 inch) liquid hand soap and fill the rest of the bottle with isopropyl alcohol. You may even need less soap. Foaming hand dispensers vary in how much soap is necessary, so experiment a bit.

A Natural Alternative

  • A study in the International Journal of Food Microbiology showed that lemon and vinegar were nearly as effective at reducing salmonella as alcohol. If you would like a natural alternative hand sanitizer, you could try filling your foam dispenser with a very small amount of liquid soap, with the rest of the bottle filled with a mixture of half lemon juice and half vinegar.
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My homemade recipe book (binder)

I wanted to make a recipe binder that would have my most-used recipes in one place, and thus, making my life easier.

Here is the front:

I put tabs on the side to help me find the right sections:

I have even added my body care recipes and homemade cleaning recipes to the binder.

I wanted to dress up some of the inside to make it more “girlie.”

I just used scrapbooking pages for what the pages I wanted to “dress up.”

Body Sugar Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Get a small plastic container. Add a little canola oil (or baby oil) then add sugar and mix until sugar is wet. Continue alternating until the container is nearly full. A good consistency is 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar. I add about 7 drops of essential oil (from Bath and Body Works). The sweet cinnamon pumpkin smells wonderful. Close the container and let it set overnight. Check in the morning to see if there is a pool of oil on the top. If there is, add a little more sugar and let it set for a few hours. Use in the tub or shower. It will take care of that itchy, dry skin and leave your skin feeling silky smooth!

Homemade Shower Gel

Homemade Shower Gel
• 1 c. shampoo
• 1/2 c water
• 1-1/2 T. salt
• 12-15 drops essential oil of your choice (Depending on the brand of shampoo you use, you may not need this because the shampoo may have enough sent on its own.)
• 1 vitamin E capsule
• food coloring, optional
Combine all ingredients in a container. Shake well to mix.