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Do you have a recipe for homemade bubble bath?

Lavender Bubble Bath

1 quart warm Water
1 Bar grated castille soap
1 ounce Glycerine
2 ounces Coconut oil
2 drops Violet floral oil

Mix together warm water and the grated castille soap. Mix until soap is completely dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

   
Do you have a recipe for soap?

Pumice Soap

1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup grated soap, (Ivory or Castille)
1-1/2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 Tbsp water
1 drop essential oil, if desired

Place the grated soap into a blender, add the cornmeal, and pulse until mixture has a grainy consistency. Pour into a bowl; add the oils and water and mix with your hands. Form into a firm ball and let stand until hard; about 2 hours.

   
Do you have a recipe for soap?

Easy Decorative Soap

1 Bar unscented soap
3 Tbsp water
1 Drop food coloring, or more if needed
1 Drop scented oil or perfume, if desired

Grate soap. Mix the water and food coloring; bring to a
boil in saucepan. Add the grated soap; lower heat and stir rapidly for 2 minutes until all shavings are colored. Cool until able to handle, and then form into balls. Spray molds with non-stick cooking spray, and press soap balls into the mold. Let cool and remove, then let air dry until hardened.

   
Do you have a recipe for a facial toner?

Facial Toner

1 Tbsp honey
1 apple, cored & peeled

Puree both ingredients in a blender. Smooth on face, leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.

   
Do you have a recipe for a tooth whitener?

Tooth Whitener

Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking soda

Add enough hydrogen peroxide to a Tbsp of baking soda to make a paste. Brush on teeth to whiten.

   
Is there a natural remedy for toothaches?

No more toothaches

To ease mouth pain or toothaches, make a tea by boiling 1 tsp of fresh peppermint in 1 cup of water and adding a pinch of salt. Peppermint contains menthol, which relieves pain when applied to your gums.

   
Do you know of a natural nail strengthener?

Hard as nails!

To strengthen and add shine to your nails, combine 2 tsp castor oil, 2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp wheat germ oil. Mix thoroughly, and pour into a lidded bottle. Shake well before using. To use, rub a small amount of the mixture into your nails. Leave on for 3-5 minutes, and then wipe off with a cotton ball.

   
How do I lighten the circles under my eyes?

Eye Care

To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

   
How do I make herbal shampoo?

Herbal Shampoo

1/4 cup herbal tea, strongly brewed
8 ounces liquid castile soap

In a small saucepan, mix tea and soap well. Simmer over low heat until well blended. Store in an airtight container.

   
How do I make a facial mask?

Mint refresher mask

1 Tbsp ground or powdered spearmint
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp honey

Whirl ingredients in the blender until fluffy. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes, and rinse with cool water.

   
Do you have a recipe for a skin mask?

Refreshing Apple Mask

1 apple, quartered & cored
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp ground sage

Chop apple in food processor. Add honey and sage; mix well. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Pat mixture onto face with a light tapping motion, tapping until mixture feels tacky. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

   
Do you have a recipe for a cucumber mask?

Cucumber Mask (for oily skin)

half a cucumber
1 egg white
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dried mint flakes

Puree all ingredients in blender; refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Apply mixture to face, leave on 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water followed by cool water.

   
Do you have a recipe for eye makeup remover?

Eye Makeup Remover

The best product to use for sting-free eye makeup removal is baby shampoo. Put a dab on a washcloth, dampen, and rub gently over your eyes. Rinse.

   
Do you have a recipe for a homemade body scrub?

Natural Body Scrub

2 ounces Apricot kernel oil
1 ounce Jojoba oil
1 ounce Sunflower oil
1 ounce Rice bran or oat bran
6 Drops essential oil (Lavender or Rosemary)

Warm apricot, jojoba, and sunflower oils together. Mix in bran and essential oil.

Gently rub the mixture into your skin in small, circular motions. Not recommended for your face.

Rinse in a lukewarm shower, without soap.

WARNING...this will make your shower slippery, so use caution!

   
Is there an herb that will help control acne?

Natural Acne Care

For acne control, add 2-3 tsp of dried basil leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10-20 minutes. Cool, and apply to affected areas with a cotton ball.

   
Do you have a recipe for hand cream?

Heavy Duty Hand Cream for Gardeners

2 Tbsp shaved beeswax
1/2 tsp carnuba wax
2 Tbsp jojoba oil
1 tsp aloe vera gel
10 drops Vitamin E oil (or 4 capsules)
1 drop of your favorite essential oil for fragrance

Melt the first four ingredients in a stainless steel pot on the stove or use a glass pyrex cup in the microwave. Remove from the heat and beat until cool, adding the Vitamin E oil before mixture thickens. Continue beating until this mixture becomes creamy. Add your favorite essential oil, continue beating until cream has completely cooled. Spoon your cream into a jar, store in a cool dark place.

   
Do you have a recipe for cuticle softener?

Natural Cuticle Softener

To soften cuticles before a manicure, warm some olive oil and soak your nails in it, then gently push back cuticles with an orange stick.

   
Do you have a recipe for an astringent mask?

Strawberry Astringent Mask

1/2 cup ripe strawberries
1/4 cup cornstarch

Mash strawberries and cornstarch together to make a paste.

Apply to face, avoiding the eyes. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

   
Do you have a recipe for soap?

Soap-on-a-Rope

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup grated soap (Ivory or Castille)
1-1/2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 Tbsp water
1 drop essential oil if desired
twine

Place the grated soap in a blender, add oatmeal, and pulse until mixture has a grainy consistency. Pour into a bowl, add the oils and water and mix with your hands. Form into a firm ball. Make a 1-1/2 inch long indentation in the ball. Tie the ends together of a 12 inch length of twine. Press the knotted end into the indentation. Mold soap firmly over the twine. Let set until hard, about 3 hours.

   
Do you have a recipe for a facial mask?

Mask for oily skin

1/2 tsp Espom Salts
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp cognac
1 egg
1/4 cup of nonfat dry milk

Blend all ingredients well. Dampen your face, apply mask gently, and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water.

   
Do you have a recipe for bath salts?

Bath Salts

1/2 cup epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Borax
2 drops food coloring
40 drops scented oil

Mix all ingredients together and store in a jar with a tight fitting lid, or to give as a gift, place in a pretty bottle.

   
Do you have a recipe for lip gloss?

Orange-Apricot Lip Gloss

1 tsp beeswax
1 tsp apricot kernel oil
1 tsp calendula oil
3-4 drops of essential oil of orange
Beet juice (optional)

Melt beeswax in the top of a double boiler. Add apricot kernel and calendula oils, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add beet juice if desired, for color. When partially cooled, add oil of orange. Store in an airtight jar. You can transfer a small amount to a purse-sized container for when you are on the go.

   
Do you have a recipe for bath bombs?

Bath Bomb

1/4 cup baking soda
2 Tbsp citric or absorbic acid (powdered vitamin C)
1 Tbsp borax powder
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
2 Tbsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
1/4 tsp perfume or essential oil

Combine dry ingredients and stir until blended. Slowly add almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Add Vitamin E oil and fragrance and stir until well mixed.

With your hands, take about a Tbsp. of the mixture and form a ball. The mixture will be crumbly and fragile, so don't worry if it isn't perfect. Place the balls on a sheet of wax paper and let rest for 3 hours, then re-roll the balls. Let the balls air dry for 10 days. Store balls in an airtight container. To use, just drop a ball into your bathtub.

   
Do you have a recipe for hair rinse?

Shiny Hair Solution

Stir 1 tsp honey into 4 cups warm water. After shampooing, pour the mixture through your hair. Do not rinse! Style as usual.

   
Do you have a recipe for a milk bath?

Milk & Honey Bath

1 cup honey
1 cup boiling water
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sea salt
2 Tbsp baking soda
10 drops of vanilla oil

Dissolve sea salt and baking soda in bathwater. Dissolve honey in boiling water, add milk. Add milk and honey mixture to bathwater. Add vanilla.

   
How do I make egg shampoo?

Egg Shampoo

1 egg
1/2 cup herbal tea
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp castile soap
1 Drop of fragrant essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a blender; whip until smooth. Shampoo as usual, using warm water (not hot).

Store leftover shampoo in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

   
How do I stop split ends?

Stop Split Ends

1 tsp honey
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 egg yolk, beaten

Mix honey and olive oil, then add the egg yolk.

Apply to hair in small sections. Wrap head with shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse, and shampoo as usual.

   
How do I make my own hair conditioner?

Egg Conditioner

1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp olive oil
3/4 cup lukewarm water

Beat egg yolk until it is thick and pale. Slowly drizzle drops of oil into the egg, beating well. After oil is incorporated, add the water a little at a time.

To use: After shampooing, massage conditioner into hair and leave on for a few minutes; rinse thoroughly.

   
Do you have a recipe for a facial mask?

Skin Tightening Mask

1 ripe peach, peeled and pitted
1 raw egg white

Blend peach and egg white together in a blender until smooth. Gently pat mixture over face; leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

   
Do you have a recipe for soap?

Herbal Soap

1/4 cup boiling water
5 drops scented essential oil*
1 Tbsp pulverized herbs*
2 cups Ivory or castille soap, grated

Pour boiling water over herbs. Add 5 to 6 drops scented oil; steep for 15 minutes. Reheat until bubbly and pour over the grated soap. Mix well with hands and let stand 15 minutes. Mix again and divide into 3 or 6 parts, rolling each into a ball, or place into molds that have been sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray. Place on plastic wrap and dry for 3 days.

*Chamomile, Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme or a combination. Choose a scented oil to match or compliment the natural scent of the herbs.

   
Do you have a recipe for a facial toner?

Green Tea Toner

1/2 cup hot mineral water
1 tsp powdered green tea

Dissolve tea in hot water, cool. After cleansing, apply to face with a cotton ball. Do not rinse.

   
Do you have a recipe for a facial mask?

Mask for dry skin

1-1/2 tsp mayonnaise
1/2 tsp epsom salts
1/4 cup grated carrot

Mix ingredients together. Dampen your skin, apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

   
Do you have a recipe for a facial toner?

Refresh your skin

Cucumbers are great for refreshing your skin. Simply blend a cucumber and apply the juice to your skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

   
Do you have a recipe for a facial mask?

Dry Skin Mask

1 egg yolk
1/2 of an avocado, mashed

Beat egg yolk until it is frothy. Pour into a blender; add the avocado, and blend until smooth.

Wash your face, and then spread the avocado mask over your skin. Leave on skin for 20 minutes, and then remove with lukewarm water, followed by a splash of cold water.

   
Do you have a recipe for a facial mask?

Lemon-Egg White Mask

Juice from half a lemon, strained
1 egg white

Beat together the egg white and lemon juice
for three minutes. Apply directly to your
face, avoiding your eyes, and leave on for
30 minutes. After 30 minutes rinse your
face with warm water and apply a moisturizer.

Use this mask weekly for glowing, healthy skin.

   
Someone made me some bath cookies...do you have the recipe?

Bath Cookies

2 cups sea salt, finely ground
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp. vitamin E oil
2 Tbsp. light oil
2 eggs
6 drops essential oil of your choice

Mix all the ingredients together, spread out on counter, and cut out shapes with decorative cookie cutters.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake. Allow to cool completely and store in lidded container. Use 1-2 "cookies" per bath.

   
Do you have a recipe for a good vegetable tonic?

Natural Tonic

3 carrots (peeled)
1 orange (peeled)
1 apple (peeled)
1 beet (fresh or canned)
1 orange (peeled)

Place ingredients in a blender, and mix until well blended. Refrigerate until completely chilled. This tonic is used to boost your immune system. If it needs sweetening, add a tsp of honey.

   
How do I make a milk mask?

Milk Mask

For dry skin, mix 1 tsp of powdered milk with 1 tsp of warm mineral water. Add 1 tsp of honey and mix well. Apply to your face, leave on for 5 minutes, and then rinse with warm mineral water.

If you have normal to oily skin, soak a cotton ball with warm milk and apply to your face 3 times per day. Rinse with warm mineral water.

   
Do you have a recipe for a facial mask?

Avocado & Honey Moisturizer Mask

(For Dry Skin)
Mash up 2 tablespoons avocado, mix with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 egg yolk. Apply to face, leaving on about 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

   
Do you have a mask recipe to get rid of blemishes?

Mask for blemished skin

1 tomato, chopped
1 Tbsp instant oatmeal
1 tsp lemon juice

Blend ingredients just until combined.

Apply to skin, making sure the mixture is thick enough to stay on blemished areas. Add a bit more oatmeal to thicken the mask, if necessary.

Leave on skin for 10 minutes, then scrub off with a clean washcloth dipped in warm water.

   
Do you have a recipe for bath powder?

Spiced Bath Powder

1/2 cup baking soda
2 Tbsp borax
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Mix together all the ingredients until well blended. Store powder in an airtight container. Add 2 Tbsp of the powder to a warm bath.

   
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