Liquid Laundry Detergent

2 litres water
1/2 c. borax
1/2 c. washing soda
1 c. white vinegar
10 drops essential oil (lavender and/or eucalyptus are good)
1/4 c. castile soap

Boil the water, add the borax and soda; remove from heat and stir to dissolve.  Pour the dissolved mixture into a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients; stir to mix well.  Cool and pour into containers.

This detergent will form a gel; shake well prior to each use.

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Jessie’s Lash Elixir

According to Jessie, this is great for eyelashes and eyebrows.

1/4 c. castor oil
1/8 c. Vitamin E oil
1/8 c. aloe vera oil

Combine ingredients and put into roller bottles; roll onto eyelashes and eyebrows.

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Sweet Potato, Apple and Pancetta Hash

6 oz pancetta or regular bacon, diced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large apple, cut into 1″ cubes
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tbsp coconut oil
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
1 tbsp fresh sage, minced (or 1 tsp dried)

In a medium cast iron skillet, cook pancetta 3-5 minutes or until crispy and fat has rendered.  Remove pancetta with slotted spoon, leaving fat in pan.  Add onion, apples, and cinnamon; cook until soft, about 7 minutes.  Remove from pan and add to reserved pancetta; set aside.

If pan is dry, add 1-2 tbsp fat and allow to melt.  Add sweet potatoes and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes.  Stir, allow to cook another 2 minutes undisturbed.  Continue cooking potatoes, stirring as needed to brown all sides, until soft – about 10 minutes total. Add reserved pancetta, onion, and apples back to pan.  Add sage and stir to combine throughout.

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Rosehip Seed Lotion

This was a frankincense and myrrh lotion recipe from, but I would prefer to use rosehip seed oil.

¼ c olive oil or grapeseed oil, or a combination of the two
¼ c coconut oil
¼ c beeswax
¼ c shea butter
2 tbsp vitamin E
25 drops rosehip seed oil

Put olive or grapeseed oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a glass bowl, and melt together over a double boiler.  Once thoroughly melted and mixed, place in the refrigerator for at least one hour, until solid.

Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture until it is whipped and fluffy; add the essential oil and vitamin E and blend in thoroughly.  Fill containers and store in a cool place.

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Oopsie Rolls

A bread alternative – very light and tasty.

3 large eggs
⅛ tsp cream of tartar
100 gr full-fat cream cheese, cold and cubed
⅛ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 300º F, 150º C.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Separate eggs.  Whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.  In a separate, larger bowl, and using the same mixer, beat the yolks, cheese, and salt until smooth.

Using a spatula, gently fold the egg whites, a bit at a time, into the yolk mixture; fold together until all ingredients are incorporated.

Spoon six large mounds of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; gently press each mound to slightly flatten.  Bake 25-40 minutes (less time for fan forced ovens), until nicely golden brown.

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Silky Rose Face and Body Lotion

This recipe made a greasy but effective lotion, great for bedtime use, but generally too greasy for daytime.  For a less oily version, see the substitution notes.

½ c grapeseed oil (*use ½ c. rose water for creamier lotion)
½ c coconut oil (use tasteless oil to avoid the coconut smell)
6 cocoa butter wafers, or ½ oz cocoa butter
1 tbsp rosehip seed oil
1 tbsp vitamin E oil
3 tbsp beeswax pastilles, or 1 oz beeswax (use less for a thinner lotion)
¼ c. aloe vera gel
¼ c rose hydrosol (rose water)
1-2 tsp fragrance oil (optional)
10 drops Peru Balsam essential oil (optional)

In a glass pyrex bowl (at least 4 cup size), combine the grapeseed and coconut oils, cocoa butter wafers, rosehip seed and vitamin E oils, and beeswax.  Heat over boiling water until melted and mixed together.  Remove from heat and cool slightly, then place in the refrigerator until it solidifies.

Meanwhile, measure the aloe verbal gel and rose hydrofoil and combine.  To combine all ingredients, use either a hand mixer or blender; if using a blender, pour the melted and cooled oils into the blender pitcher and gradually add the aloe vera mixture in a slow steady stream.  If using a mixer, do the same thing, pouring slowly while mixing.

Keep mixing/blending until the mixture is thick and creamy, anywhere from a few minutes to 10 or more minutes; the consistency should be like a thick pudding.  At the end of the mixing, add the fragrance and Peru Balsam oils, if using.

Pour the finished lotion into containers and allow to cool completely before putting on the lids.  Keep in a cool place, out of direct sunlight; the lotion should last for several months.

* Note: to make a creamier, less greasy version of this lotion, substitute ½ cup of rose water in place of the grapeseed oil (the ¼ c. of rose water is still needed to be mixed with the aloe vera gel in the later step).  Using water instead of oil will require longer blending, as it will separate in the refrigerator, but seems to remain fairly well combined after the blending is finished.

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Natural Deodorants

These are deodorisers only, but Shay said that after using hers for a couple of weeks, she noticed an antiperspirant benefit as well.

Shay’s Deodorant

¼ c coconut oil
¼ c shea butter
¼ c plus ½ tsp beeswax (Note: try using less for a more gel-like consistency)
1½ tbsp baking soda / bicarb
¼ c arrowroot powder
5 drops lavender oil
5 drops tea tree oil

Melt oil, butter, and wax together in a double boiler.  Remove from heat and add the soda and arrowroot.  Mix well and stir in the oils.  Pour into old deodorant sticks.

Alternative deodorant
(essentially the same as above, but different proportions and without the beeswax)

3 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp baking soda / bicarb
2 tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp arrowroot powder
Essential oils

Prepare as for Shay’s deodorant above.

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