On “So You Want to Be a Homesteader” Day 22, let’s look at another way to DIY and save money! Get super clean, chemical free, fragrant, lovely, moisturizing beauty and body products by making your own for your homestead.
That was the first thing that actually got us hooked on this lifestyle. In my early thirties I started to get acne. As an ex-model, I am afraid that my looks became quite a bit of my identity. Beauty products and makeup filled our bathroom vanity. The caked on foundation just made my newfound pimples worse, which required more makeup! Add on chemical laden lotions, face wash, soap, and sunscreen and our family was a walking cancer hazard. Things were about to be turned upside down.
I read a book about natural beauty and was so inspired by the lovely herbal things I could make, I threw out a trash bag of body products, one of medicines, and one of cleaning products, and not long after became a Certified Herbalist. I haven’t worn foundation since and my skin looks great (save for a decade-plus older).
When we went fishing last weekend, I forgot to bring the coconut oil (SPF 16) so the lady next to me at the beach let me slather some sunscreen on my very light skinned girl. She burnt. She never burns with coconut oil. It is a proven scientific fact that sunscreen causes skin cancer, but the industry is just too big to stop. Retinal A, which is found in many anti-aging products, is the number one cause of skin cancer. It is time we take our health, our life, and our beauty back into our own hands. And it couldn’t be easier. I have attached links to many of my blog posts on how to make body products. Enjoy concocting your own! (Or my daughter’s website is http://WhiteWolfHerbs.com if you would rather have her make it!)
How To Make Homemade Soap
How to Make Your Own Witchhazel
How to Make a Nourishing, Infused Oil for Dry Skin
How to Make Your Own Sunscreen (stop poisoning the kids!)
How to Make Your Own Lotion (from my shop to your farm kitchen)
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Sugar Scrubs and Breaks from Normalcy
Lotion is messy to make and clean up but oh so worth it! This is the very recipe I have been using in my shop for years. In a world of sodium laurel sulfate and other cancer causing ingredients at each turn, it is nice to have a really great lotion recipe at one’s fingertips. This can be made in your farm kitchen without much difficulty.
You will need:
a large mouth quart sized canning jar
an immersion blender
1/2 pint or pint sized jars to transfer lotion to
scale to measure beeswax
stir stick (a chop stick works great)
beeswax (preferably pastilles)
essential oils of your choice
In canning jar measure 1 1/2 cups of oil and 1 and an 1/8 ounces of beeswax.
Place in saucepan and pour water to reach half way up jar to create a double boiler.
Stir with chop stick every so often to fully incorporate and help melt wax.
Meanwhile measure out 1 1/2 cups of cool water. Set aside. Plug in immersion blender and be ready.
When wax is fully melted, remove from saucepan and add water. Immediately blend thoroughly until emulsified. While warm pour into desired jars and add essential oils. 12 drops per 4 ounces is a good measure.
Don’t use oils that are too hot like cinnamon. A few favorite blends over the years have been 6 drops of lavender and 6 drops of rose. 8 drops of lime and 4 drops of mint. 8 drops of orange and 4 drops of ylang ylang. Or whatever you desire!
This will keep for over a year without any preservatives. It is a SPF 12 naturally and is safe for absolutely all skin types. Tomorrow I will show you how to turn this humble lotion into powerful sunscreen!