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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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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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Creamy rosehip lotion

I’ve now tweaked the original recipe to meet my needs for a creamer, less greasy 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
¾ c rose water or purified 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 coconut oil, cocoa butter wafers, rosehip seed and vitamin E oils, and beeswax*.  Heat over boiling water, or microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until melted and mixed together.  Remove from heat and cool slightly, then place in the refrigerator until it solidifies.

Meanwhile, combine the aloe verbal gel and rose water.  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.

*Tip: because the beeswax takes longer to melt, try softening slightly on its own before adding the rest of the oils.

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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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Calming Oil Blend

Recipe from Cindy for a calming oil blend; combine the following oils, then mix one part with four parts of a carrier oil such as almond oil:

Clary Sage
Lavandan Super
Ylang Ylang

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Kay’s Goat Milk and Oatmeal Soap

This is Kay Schwandt’s recipe for an easy melt-and-pour soap.

10 g. beeswax, finely grated or in pellets
455 g. goats milk melt-and-pour base
3 tbsp. honey
¼ c. finely ground powdered milk
¼ c. finely ground oatmeal
1 tbsp. fragrance

Chop the goats milk base into ¾” cubes.  Combine the beeswax and goats milk base and melt together in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, until thoroughly melted and combined.  Stir in the  honey and combine thoroughly.  Stir the powdered milk and oatmeal together and stir into the melted soap; stir until slightly thickened so that the oatmeal is evenly mixed throughout the mixture. Pour into soap moulds and allow to set.


  • Plus riche – eliminate honey and oatmeal; increase powdered milk to ⅓ c

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Lip Balm

This is Kay’s recipe for simple lip balm, to be placed in either tubes or pots.  Source for containers and supplies is Kay said that the beeswax is the hardener, so it’s important to use enough of that item.

½ oz beeswax, shredded
1 oz cocoa butter
1 oz castor oil
1 oz almond oil
4 drops oil – clove, orange, etc.

Melt all ingredients except the oil over low heat.  When melted and thoroughly blended, stir in the oil; pour into pots or tubes.  This recipe should make enough for 10 small pots.

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