Natural Living

Easy Lemony Poppyseed Soap Bars

I love cold processed soap, but sometimes I don't have time to wait for soap to cure and that's when I turn to melt and pour. I know, it seems like making cake out of a box, but it's easy and allows for a few options that don't work as well in cold ...

Oatmeal Honey Sugar Scrub

Its the middle of winter. Is dry, itchy skin getting you down? Well don't let it. This easy oatmeal honey sugar scrub will leave your skin soft and touchable. Sugar scrubs are one of the easiest things to make. They literally come together in a ...

Avocado Cold Process Soap Recipe

When I look back at my first attempts to create my own soap recipes, I am appalled by the laundry list of ingredients! Chalk that up to beginner’s excitement to throw every amazing ingredient into the pot!  Or perhaps, the frugal Dutch girl in me ...

DIY Calendula Lotion Recipe

Calendula is an awesome skin care botanical. It is anti-inflammatory, soothing, and softening.  In this recipe, we put calendula to work in a hand and body lotion. Note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. ...

Making Cold Process Soap – Basic Instructions

Cold process soapmaking is fun, rewarding, and a little bit scary. After all, working with lye can do some serious damage to you or someone else if you’re not careful. Rather than write out the instructions for making soap on every single recipe ...

Guide to Natural Dental Care

.. a little bit concerned about what some people are doing and trying. As both a dental hygienist and an aromatherapist I’d like to help you decipher the world of natural dental care. What is the best way to take care of your mouth naturally? Can ...

Plant-Powered Beauty Book Review

Plant Powered Beauty Book Review by Amy Galper & Christina Daigneault This post contains affiliate links. Plant-Powered Beauty (Amazon) was released in Spring 2018 and is one of the latest books offering recipes for DIY beauty.  Like most ...

Lavender Oatmeal Cold Process Soap

The purpose of this soap was to experiment with natural colors,  in this case, alkanet root powder.  Alkanet is an herb whose roots have been used since ancient times as a dyeing agent and is used to dye fabrics, soaps, and even lip balms.  The ...

Essential Oils in the Laundry–Is it Safe?

The question comes up now and again, can you use essential oils in the laundry?  Honestly there is no clear cut answer, but read on to discover what the concerns are. Using Essential Oils in the Washing Machine In my opinion, adding essential oils ...

Honey-Nature’s Sweet, Golden Medicine For Skin and Health

Honey, the thick, soothing, nutrient-filled syrup that comes from nature. In addition to being the delicious treat you add to your tea or toast, it is also an incredible medicine that has treated issues ranging from burns to allergies to pimples for ...