How to Make Your Own Coconut/Olive Oil Body Butter

In this article you’ll learn how to make the healthiest, most luxurious body butter you’ve ever used.  Big claims, I know, but try it for yourself and see!  There are several benefits that come with making your own coconut/olive oil body butter:  For one, you get to add far more nutrients (vitamin E and vitamin D) than what’s added to typical store-bought body butter creams, which is essential because the outer layer of the skin needs topical nourishment for optimum health. Second, you’ll know exactly what will be going on your skin (no laundry list of unknown chemicals here).  And finally, what homemade recipe would be complete if it didn’t save you a bit of money? This recipe makes 16+ oz and only costs several dollars to make.  

I custom crafted this body butter recipe to contain high amounts of fat-soluble vitamins E and D, which have incredible benefits for restoring and protecting the skin from sun and age-related damage.  This recipe also calls for extra virgin olive oil, which has anti-oxidant and healing properties of its own. Beeswax is added to make the end product have a creamy/buttery texture that applies smoothly to the skin (plain whipped coconut oil, like some recipes call for, is more oily).  

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp of vitamin E oil (d-tocopherol)
1 tbsp of vitamin D oil (cholecalciferol)
1 tsp of essential oil (if desired – I used tea tree oil)
2 oz of beeswax (pellets are easiest, but you can also make your own shavings from bars)

This homemade coconut/olive oil body butter is incredibly easy to make, and it will nourish your skin like no other.  Simply combine all of the ingredients, except for the vitamin oils, in a pot on the stove.  Heat the mixture on low (heating just enough to melt the ingredients) and stir frequently until ingredients are blended and melted.  

As soon as the ingredients are heated just enough to melt, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl. Immediately begin beating with an electric mixer and add the vitamin oils.  

Beat for a minute or so then place the mixture in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes.  Remove from refrigerator then beat on high for another 3-4 minutes.  The body butter should be congealed, smooth, and creamy.  If it’s still too warm and liquified, you may need to let it sit for a few more minutes, occasionally mixing it with the blender.  The main goal is to prevent separation or lumps by keeping the body butter mixed while it’s cooling.  The end result should look like the picture above, which I produced using the same method and recipe.  This is a great all-purpose body-butter cream, excellent in winter and summer months, effective enough for men and gentle enough for babies (my wife likes it for her legs)!  Enjoy!

NOTE: If you are allergic to bees or beeswax this recipe is not for you!

Recommended Products: Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Liquid Vitamin D, Bees’ Wax

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Originally posted 2013-01-11 03:02:00.

A Smart and Easy Alternative to Paper Towels

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For those of you looking for a smarter and easier alternative to using paper towels, here’s an idea a few of my friends  inspired me to put into action: reusable cloth towels. While the idea might not sound incredibly inventive on the surface (after all that’s what paper towels sought to replace), it gets better.  

Think about the reasons most of use paper towels. Disposable paper towels are convenient, accessible, sanitary, and cheap. When we use paper towels in the home it’s because we want to wipe something up and throw it away. We don’t want to think about whether or not it will ruin one of our nice kitchen towels, and we don’t want to have to dirty a perfectly clean towel for one use.

So here’s the solution — cheap cloth towels in bulk. Industrial white towels are used in professional kitchens and for other industrial applications for a reason. In the long run reusable towels are more affordable, more durable, easier to use, and much friendly for the environment than paper towels.

Did you know that paper towel use in the United States accounts for 3,000 tons of waste everyday?  Think about how many trees and how much water goes into producing those disposable towels for the sake of convenience. The good news is that we don’t have to harm God’s beautiful creation just to make life a little easier in the moment. 

Instead of buying paper towels, consider buying a bunch of industrial cloth towels that you won’t have to worry about. They won’t have your grandma’s embroidery on them or a tag with the name of your favorite brand. Then, when your two-year-old spills some milk on the kitchen floor, don’t reach for a paper towel, grab one of the 100 industrial towels you have on hand, wipe up the milk, and throw it in the laundry. With enough plain, economical towels on hand, using a towel for one use won’t be a big deal. You’ll have all the benefits provided by paper towels (convenience, sanitation, accessibility) without the extra cost or environmental damage that results from using disposable paper towels!  

You can purchase industrial white towels from a number of local cleaning supply or automotive stores, or you can check out this 100 pack of towels available on Amazon: 

 

References: PeopleTowels

Photo by mattheuxphoto – the inside of a paper towel roll. The paper towel “black hole.”

Originally posted 2013-11-04 07:31:29.

DIY All-Natural Laundry Detergent

Purchasing all-natural laundry soap is certainly the easiest way to greenclean your laundry.  However, finding eco-friendly detergent at a budget-friendly price can be time-consuming and marketing is becoming increasingly deceptive; some products that claim to be green can still contain harmful chemicals.  

We know there’s only so much time in the day to make your own products, so is DIY detergent worth it? After investing a little time in some research, we learned that laundry detergent is definitely something that can be made easily and affordably, leaving behind only the peace of mind that your clothes are getting their cleanest without the use of any toxins.

Need another reason to switch to DIY detergent?  According to Wikipedia, sodium triphosphate can comprise up to 50% of traditional detergents.  The discharge of soluble phosphates like this one has led to problems of inhibited growth of living things in streams and lakes. The European Union is already banning the use of phosphates in domestic use.  Add this to the fact that many ingredients in conventional laundry detergents (ethanolamine, ethoxylates, sulfates) are irritants, some of which are linked to cancer and have reproductive concerns, and we feel that the need to steer clear of traditional laundry detergents is a pretty high priority.

 

If you’re looking for citric acid, we found ours here.  The other ingredients can easily be found in your local grocery store. 

Four all-natural, whole ingredients.  

How easy is that?!

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Originally posted 2013-08-05 13:30:19.

DIY Oil-Absorbing Powder

Facial makeup often contains harmful ingredients used to help it absorb into the skin and stay on all day and all night. While chemicals can help makeup stay put longer, it’s time to stop and consider if we really want our make up (toxins and all) to be absorbed into our pores!

Products that are natural are bound to wear off a little quicker, but they give you the opportunity to feel comfortable in your own skin and save a little money. A healthy lifestyle with plenty of sunshine, whole foods, water, and healthy fats is the best way to keep your skin looking gorgeous. Natural makeup is the cherry on top!

oil-absorbing face powder ingredients

For a chemical-free, beautiful face, try this three-ingredient, oil-absorbing powder.

 

Materials: 

  • Corn Starch
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa powder
  • An old (clean) powder makeup container, or other small jar with lid

 

Step 1:  Measure 2 Tbsp of corn starch into a small bowl for mixing.

Step 2:  Slowly add 1/8 tsp of cocoa powder and 1/8 tsp of cinnamon, alternately, until you reach a desired color for your skin tone. Mix thoroughly to see color, and test on the inside of your wrist to see progress. Each ingredient adds a different depth of color, so the amount each person needs will vary.

Step 3:  Once you have thoroughly mixed the powder and found the right color, you’re ready to give it a try on your face! Transfer to  makeup container. Shake a small amount into the lid and use a clean makeup brush to apply to your face after you have washed and moisturized. Apply in small circles, always working from the middle of your face out. This powder can be worn over your regular natural makeup, or alone for a natural matte look.

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Originally posted 2013-06-26 22:32:17.

DIY Goo Remover

DIY goo remover

Chemicals easily sneak into many household products, but they don’t have to fill your home. Make simple switches like this one to rid your life of toxins.

Create your own DIY goo remover from two ingredients and easily get rid of stickers, adhesive gunk, gum, and other sticky messes.

Step 1. Measure ¼ C baking soda into a small jar with a screw-top lid.
Step 2. Add ¼ C coconut oil and mix well.

Goo Remover

Step 3. Use to remove stickers and make your life a little easier!

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Just like other goo removers, test in an inconspicuous area before use and do not use on cloth, silk, leather, or suede.

Originally posted 2013-06-25 23:26:46.