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Natural Body Care Recipes
On this page, you'll find some recipes for creating your own natural body care products at a fraction of store bought items!  Most ingredients can be found in your own kitchen or at a health food store  (see Caution note below before use).
Make Your Own Lip Balm 

2 TB. almond oil
1/2 oz. beeswax
3 or 4 drops essential oil or candy flavoring of your choice

You will also need: a saucepan, an empty 14-oz food can (washed and dried), a wooden stir stick, a styrofoam or paper cup and four (1/2 oz.) containers (such as slip tins).

Squeeze the rim of the food can to form a spout.  Measure the almond oil into the empty
food can and add the beeswax.  Set the can into the saucepan and carefully pour 1 to 1-1/2
inches of water into the saucepan, making sure not to get any in the oil and beeswax
mixture.  Heat the saucepan on the stove over medium heat.  Stir the mixture occasionally
until the beeswax is completely melted.  Pour 1/4 of the mixture into the cup and add the
essential oil.  Mix thoroughly.  While still in a liquid state, pour into one of the 1/2 oz.
containers.  Repeat with rest of the mixture.  Allow to cool.

Bubble Bath   

1 cup soap flakes or grated soap (unscented, I used Arm & Hammer detergent free of dyes or perfumes)
1/2 gallon water
1/8 cup glycerin
1 cup unscented shampoo or liquid dishwashing detergent  (I used Ivory Snow for Sensitive Skin)
2-4 drops of scented oil of your choice
liquid food coloring, if desired

Mix the soap flakes, water and glycerin in a saucepan and set over low heat, stirring occasionally until the soap has dissolved.  Add the shampoo, scented oil and a few drops of food coloring.  Stir until combined.  Pour into individual containers and store at room temperature.  Add about 2-3 TB. to your tub as it is filling.

Hand Cream

4 oz. Crisco
2 oz. beeswax
2 oz. glycerin
2 Tablespoons liquid lecithin   (can be purchased at a health food store)
4 oz. distilled water

Melt all ingredients together until just liquid.  Mix with a whisk or fork until it begins to thicken well. Pour into a cleaned and steriled jar and allow to cool before capping.  Use as needed and apply with clean hands.  Can be refrigerated for longer shelf life.

Bath Fizzies

2 TB. citric acid (or use finely crushed Alka Seltzer tablets)
2 TB. cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
2-3 TB almond oil
1/4 tsp. essential oil
liquid food coloring, if desired

Mix the dry ingredients in a paper cup or bowl.  Add food coloring and scented oil; stir.  Add almond oil one tablespoon at a time until mixture can be formed into balls.  Dry overnight on wax paper.  Store covered.  To use, throw 1-2 balls into a filled bath tub.  These Bath Fizzies make wonderful gifts!  After dried, wrap each ball in colored cellophane and tie with a ribbon.  Place in a decorative basket and give to a special person.

CAUTION: As with all body products, test your skin for sensitivity BEFORE using by rubbing a small amount on the inside of your arm.  Wait 24 hours and if no rash or redness occurs, the product should be safe to use. It is very important to do this test on children or yourself before using any skin product. I have made and used these homemade products with children for years with no adverse reaction, but if you choose to try them, please be aware that you will be accepting any risk and responsibility for their use. Thank you!

Posted July, 2003 by K. Sheehan
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