This is a great easy lotion bar recipe base for any kind of lotion bar. You will need to adjust the oil and wax if you have some extreme temperatures where you are to make sure its perfect.
I made this lovely PEACE lotion bar recipe for international peace day, so I used calming essential oils such as lavender and chamomile. The coconut oil is nourishing for all skin types even the mosts sensitive, while the beeswax and coca butter is protective and healing for dry or damaged skin.
This would make a lovely gift for friends and family too.
Lavender PEACE Lotion Bar Recipe
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup beeswax
20 drops of good quality lavender essential oil
10 drops of chamomile essential oil.
On a very low heat gently melt the cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil together. Remove from the heat and stir through the essential oils.
Be careful not to add the essential oils to a very hot mix because their therapeutic qualities and fragrance will diminish. If you are in a hot climate you may need to add a tablespoon of extra beeswax because the bar may be too soft. The same applies if you are in the middle of a cold winter, you may need to add a tablespoon of extra coconut oil so it isn’t rock hard.
This just makes your lotion bar recipe perfect to where you live.
Pour into a mould and allow a few hours in a cool place to set well. Use on your body as a skin softener, or as a peaceful rub before bedtime.
Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight, and if you enjoyed it let me know, and check out my Wild Orange & Calendula hand salve recipe too.
This is such a simple scrub recipe, very exfoliating and nourishing at the same time. I couldn’t stop touching and smelling my hands after I used it, they were really soft. Pink grapefruit oil is especially good for promoting a healthy circulation of the blood and detoxifying the skin.
You can just use it as is, or change the essential oils to suit your needs. I often use salt scrubs because I love the healing effect of salt on the skin, but I know some of you can’t tolerate too much salt with very sensitive skin types, so the sugar body scrub recipe is a better option. Plus you won’t get that stinging feeling if you have any cuts on your skin too.
(If you have super sensitive skin you may still react to pink grapefruit, so try something that isn’t a citrus oil, such as lavender, jasmine or chamomile).
Sugar Body Scrub Recipe – Pink Grapefruit
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 1/4 cup coconut oil (plus more if required)
• 1/2 tsp pink clay (optional for natural colour)
• 10 drops pink grapefruit essential oil (I also add 5 drops of lemon but this is optional too).
1 – Mix the sugar and coconut oil together in a bowl. If the coconut oil is firm gently melt it first but don’t allow it to get hot or it will dissolve the sugar. If you like a ‘wetter’ scrub then use a little more coconut oil.
2 – Mix the pink clay in if you are using, and add the essential oil. I also add 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil because it makes the grapefruit oil really pop with fragrance, but if you don’t have it just leave it out or use a squeeze of fresh lemon.
3 – Store in a glass jar and use 1-2 tablespoons for a full body scrub under warm water. Be careful if using in a shower as the coconut oil can make the bottom of the shower a little slippery.
Have you tried the Gardner’s DIY Hand Scrub recipe yet? I am loving it this week, especially with my hands being washed so many times from the farm and the garden.
If you weren’t using pink grapefruit oil what would you choose to add to a scrub recipe like this? Let me know below,
You are going to think this is a bit crazy, but I almost don’t want to share my herb and garlic salt recipe because it’s become my secret ingredient to so many meals.
I love getting that ‘Oh yummy, what did you put in here’ reaction when I make a simple meal of mushrooms on toast. But it wouldn’t be fear to keep it all to myself, when there are families who could be enjoying it as much as mine. All I ask in return is to let me know what you used it on, I love hearing your cooking stories.
There is nothing like this salt out there!
It takes just a few minutes to make, especially if you buy your salt already ground, and results in a delicious fragrant salt for coating steak and chops. Try it over your next roast lamb or even a sprinkle in scrambled eggs and taste the difference it makes. YUM!
Homemade Herb & Garlic Salt
• 120 g pink Himalayan salt ground
• 3 tsp dried sweet basil
• 2 tsp garlic granules
• 2 tsp dried oregano
• 2 tsp dried sage
• 1 tsp dried chives
1. Simply mix the salt, herbs and garlic together and pop into a glass jar.
2. You can use this salt to season meat before cooking to add a delicious flavour infusion. If you love easy prep, you will also love my Creamy No Egg Aioli, it’s another popular addition at our house.
Gift Idea: This salt popped into a small glass jar makes a wonderful gift for friends and family too.
I have been in the garden every day this week and my hands are really showing the signs of garden life. I needed a quick and easy gardeners DIY hand scrub recipe, so I whipped up this one and it’s amazing.
I love a good scrub, and after making this one, and seeing the results of my hands just after one use it’s a favourite!
I usually make body scrubs but this time I have made a special nourishing and exfoliating scrub especially for hands and feet.
The fragrance is just divine, I used dried mint from last seasons mint patch, zesty lime, and floral jasmine oils.
You could swap the almond oil for another oil, but I like almond because it’s slow to absorb and leaves my hand feeling nourished. Follow up the scrub with a nourishing hand oil for extra soft and nourished skin.
Gardner’s DIY Hand Scrub Recipe
1/2 cup sea salt (I used dead sea salt)
1/2 cup fine epsom salts
1/4 cup almond oil (plus a little more if needed)
1 heaped tbsp dried mint
15 drops lime essential oil
5 drops jasmine essential oil
It’s so simple to combine.You can’t get lost here, just mix everything together and store in a glass jar for using after a big day in the garden. Enjoy, and let me know how your recipe turns out and if you loved this recipe you may want to try my Exfoliating Body Scrub Recipe with Lime & Patchouli too.
This healing hand salve is infused with anti inflammatory calendula petals and smells incredible. The more calendula the oil contains the deeper the orange colour of the oil will be, meaning it will have stronger anti-inflammatory properties.
I used coco butter because of it’s nourishing and protective properties. I love wild orange essential oil, but if you can’t source it just use sweet orange essential oil.
Wild Orange & Calendula Hand Salve
100mls sunflower oil, infused with calendula petals.
100g shea butter
30g cocoa butter
20 drops orange essential oil
- Melt all the ingredients, except the essential oil, together over a low heat until you are able to mix and combine them well.
- Then remove from the heat and stir through the essential oil.
- Pour into a glass pottle and let it set before using.
- ideal for dry cracked skin over the winter, and you can even use this fragrant salve as a lip balm, or body moisturiser.
Makes around 230g of salve, which will keep you going for a while because a little will go a long way. Use to protect and heal hands throughout the year. If your hands are especially dry you may like my recipe for Gardener’s Hand Scrub, it’s divine with garden mint and lime oil.