Facial Toner

Again from the book “The complete Idiot’s guide to making Natural Beauty Products” this is the facial toner for acne prone skin. This is will make 4 ounces

  • 2.6 ounces (73.7 grams) of Witch hazel
  • 1 ounce (28.4 grams) of Aloe vera gel
  • .4 ounce (11.3 grams) of Polysorbate 20
  • 4 drops each of Lavender, Rosemary and Lemongrass essential oils
  • .06 ounce (1.7 grams) preservative (I used Optiphen)

mix together in a sterile bottle, label and date bottle.


Facial Cleansing cream

Since I have permission from Sally Trew to post these recipes for some of the things I use from her book “The complete Idiot’s guide to making Natural Beauty Products” I figured I would post the ones that we are using on a daily basis. So here’s the one we are using for our problem skin – I’m still fighting with my son to get him to use it but for me I get my monthly breakouts and am cursed with permanent blackheads on my nose and chin. I’ve been using this for just over a week – 2 times a day and man oh man I had hardly any breakouts from my monthly visitor and my blackheads are almost gone on my nose (YAY) I’ve been dealing with these since I was a teen and nothing has ever worked till this cream.

  • 2.6 ounces (73.7 grams) of jojoba oil
  • 10 ounces (283.5 grams) of distilled water
  • 2 ounces (56.7 grams) of aloe vera gel
  • .3 ounce (8.5 grams) of stearic acid
  • 1.1 ounces (31.2 grams) of emulsifying wax
  • .2 ounce (5.7 grams) of lemongrass essential oil
  • .24 ounce (6.8 grams) of preservative (I used Optiphen)
  1. on the stove over medium low heat warm the Jojoba oil and emulsifying wax, until the wax is melted
  2. add the water, aloe vera gel, stearic acid stir well until this mixture is 110 degrees F
  3. Remove from heat and add the essential oil and preservative mix well
  4. Pour into sterilized container and let cool, it will thicken as it cools. Once cooled cover and use. Label and date bottle.
  5. To use – rub cream all over your face (avoid your eyes and mouth – trust me it doesn’t taste good). I wait until it starts to tingle a little then rinse off with a warm washcloth or in the shower. Then I follow with toner and moisturizer.

According to my research Jojoba oil is not an actual oil but a liquid wax and is excellent for oily/acne prone skin. I chose the Optiphen for the preservative because there it is formaldehyde free and paraben free, this is strictly a personal choice I don’t want that stuff on my skin, my theory if I”m not going to eat it I don’t want it on my skin either.

Oily skin Masks

Since David and I both are acne prone I’m opting to go with the “oily problem skin mask”

Mix 2 ounces each, this will be enough for about 20 masks but use only once or twice a week.

fuller’s earth, Moroccan rhassoul clay, and finely ground oatmeal

when ready to use the mask, mix 2 teaspoons of the dry mix in a bowl with one drop each

clary sage (I’ve only found it under sage, clary), juniper, rosemary. patchouli and ylang ylang essential oils

then add a few drops of distilled water and mix well (I had to add more distilled water to make it spreadable)

spread it all over your clean face and neck – avoid your eye area

let it sit for 15-20 minutes (perfect time for a cup of tea and read your book or magazine – RELAX- us Mama’s need all the relaxing we can get)

once the mask is completely dry, rinse with warm water (I used a wash cloth to get it all off really well), pat your face and neck dry then follow with your toner and moisturizer.

I’ll probably use this just during “that time of the month” when I’m breaking out bad then the one listed below the other times.

The one below is for oily skin without the acne problem

Mix together

1 ounce finely ground oatmeal

2 ounces fuller’s earth

3 ounces kaolin clay

then mix with 2 teaspoons of the dry mix 2 drops each of Clary sage, lemon and rosemary essential oils and enough distilled water to make it spreadable – then follow the directions above


Again this is all from the book “the Complete Idiot’s guide to making natural beauty products


My goals for 2012

I wanted to make some goals for the new year — get some things accomplished that I’ve yet to get done because well I sit in front of a computer all day at work then I come home from work and sit in front of our computer and play on Facebook and pintrest and blog. They aren’t unreasonable and hopefully I will be able to actually get them done. So here’s my list –

  1. Daily Family scripture study time
  2. Finish Megan’s first year frame – I have the pics and the frame – just need them together lol – It took me a year to get the pics all printed lol
  3. Become more active – personally and as a family
  4. Become more self sufficient – meaning make more things at home and not purchasing these things
  5. Declutter – I found a great calendar on pintrest yesterday so I printed it and will use it to declutter — luckily Sundays are a break day so I don’t have to start today lol — it’s a little late and we gotta get ready for church – there’s also a group you can join but there’s a charge and that’s another goal about following the budget an I know that’s not in it lol
  6. FOLLOW THE BUDGET – we just really need to buckle down and do it – it’s going to be hard I know but we just really need to do it – we seem to do good about April thru September then in October it all just hits the fan
  7. 72 hour kits and food storage – I want the 72 hour kits done by April and working on our food storage through out the year and have at least a full 3 month supply by the end of the year

Hmmm I am sure I will think of more – I will add to the list as soon as I do lol

Lotion Bars

Again because of our daughter having such sensitive skin and needing to help her when she would dry out, we ran to the internet to find a recipe for something that we could use on her skin instead of the creams and prescription medications that we were being told to use. So I found this one recipe as well as a website to order it from.  Then I did more research and found that not only do they have lotion making supplies but the company had originally been established to enhance her love of soap making. And until I get over my fear of using lye I will visit them to make my lotion bars for Meimei (and the others who have fallen in love with them)

I found two blog sites that are associated with, The Soap King and The Soap Queen – each of those links will take you to their lotion bar tutorials. There is even a retail store in Bellingham, WA that I went to and picked up the supplies I needed. It was a little more expensive than the Bramble Berry website but I was able to get the stuff I wanted RIGHT NOW — and well I”m just one of those girls lol. They offer classes in soap making I can’t wait to get to go to one of those,

This is what I used for my lotion bars – I used push up tubes (like what is shown in the Soap Queen blog but you can easily pour these into a mold like what is shown in the Soap king blog)

2 oz Beeswax (I used white, only because I wasn’t going to add color and I wanted it to be as white as I could make it)

8 oz Sweet Almond Oil or Avocado Oil (I used the Avocado Oil because it was a little less expensive than the Almond oil)

5 oz Shea Butter

3 oz Cocoa Butter

1/4 oz (7.4 ml) fragrance oil – the oil will seem strong at first (I thought I had put way to much in) but once it cools the fragrance is not as strong.

20 push up tubes

1/4 teaspoon color, if you want color  (not food coloring)

Since I kinda mixed both tutorials I will say here what I did :

Melt the beeswax in a heat safe container (I used an old Pyrex 4 cup measuring cup most of the markings are gone so I rarely use it) It will take about 2-3 minutes to melt it completely. I started at 1 minute then stirred it, then every 30 seconds after that.

Add the two butters and the heat from the melted wax will mostly melt them.

Add the oil then microwave for another minute or so. The oil will make the wax and butters start to solidify.

Add your fragrance and colors at this point, really you don’t need to add them the lotion smells great as it is, but hey if you want to add the color and the scent factor go for it.

Pour into your tubes or molds, if you are using the tubes pour it almost to the top. Then as it cools it may make a slight indentation so if you have some left over just pour it on the top of it to fill it in.

These were really popular – I gave one to a co-worker, kept one for Meimei to use (since she was the one that I was making them for lol) and sold one to a gal on a forum I’m on. My co-worker promptly purchased the ones left over to give as Christmas gifts. I still have some of the lotion left over I poured it into a Rubbermaid container (one of those hard plastic ones) and then will cut it up to remelt it and make a new lotion bar for when Meimei’s runs out.

Sinus Shower tablets

Meimei has been sick lately – on and off for about a month now she’s had this wonderful (I jest lol) sinus crap that just won’t go away. I have been searching high and low for something to help her since there is nothing the dr’s can give her. We have tried warm showers, warm baths, humidifier at night and nothing seems to be working. I had checked out a book from the library – my son loves the name of the book – “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products” by Sally Trew and Zonella Gould, and I saw a recipe for these tablets – I remember using this type of thing years ago in the shower. You just put it in the shower – kinda away from you but where the water will hit it and where you can still breathe in the vapors.

I have emailed Sally Trew to get permission to post some of the recipes here on my blog so as soon as I get permission I will.

ETA – I just received an email from Sally Trew and she gave me permission to post as many recipes as I want, she did ask however that I give full credit to the book, I posted the name of the book above and just created a link to purchase it from Amazon, now I just got it from the library, but I also see that you can get it on your kindle too (I love my kindle app on my phone). I”m all for saving a few trees.

These sinus tabs are perfect for those who suffer from allergies and head colds.  Just place a tab in the bottom of your shower/tub were the water will hit it.  While you take your shower, the vapors will help clear out your stuffed nose.  You make them just like regular bath bombs, except you boil the water and use it to melt the menthol crystals.  This recipe makes 24 (1-ounce; 28.4 gram) sinus tabs.


  • 1 cup (236.6 ml) Baking Soda
  • 1 cup (236.6 ml) Cornstarch
  • ¾ teaspoon (3.7 ml) Distilled Water
  • 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) Menthol Crystals
  • 1 ounce (28.4 grams) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • ½ cup (118.3 ml) Citric Acid


  1.  Measure the baking soda and cornstarch, and put in a large bowl.  Mix together well.
  2. Measure the distilled water, and bring it to a boil.  Add menthol crystals, and stir until dissolved.  Add the sweet almond oil and eucalyptus essential oil, and stir well.
  3. Drizzle the liquids into the dry ingredients, and whisk together.  Switch to an electric hand mixer and continue mixing until the liquids are well disbursed throughout the mixture.
  4. Add the citric acid, and mix well.
  5. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F.  Using a small bath bomb soap mold, mold your shower tabs, pack them tight, and place them on a cookie sheet.  Turn off the oven and put the shower tabs in the oven, and close the door for 1 hour.
  6. After the tabs have been in the oven for an hour, remove them and using a knife, remove the tabs from the cookie sheet.  Let the tabs air-dry overnight.  The next day, wrap the tabs in foil candy wrappers.

*****Note about the menthol crystals — these little buggers are hard to find, not to mention expensive, again being the “I want it now” type of gal that I am and wanting to get these to help Megan with her cold, I was willing to search and finally found a place local to me – well kinda local – we drove to Seattle to get them. We went to Zenith Supplies and we were able get quite a bit of the things we were looking for, and they do ship. Also Mountain Rose Herbs also has them and I have ordered from them before – they have a huge selection of items. Also these suckers pack a punch this recipe just calls for a small amount, so unless you have another use for them or will be making these tablets a bunch I would order the smallest amount you can. Do not adjust the amount of these thinking that they will be even better with more in them — nope you’ll end up with a headache — I will quote from the book how the author’s experience was “One time I decided to make my shower sinus tabs stronger and added a full tablespoon. When I opened the oven door the smell make me light headed and I went down on my knees. We had to open the windows and doors to air out the house.” Tim was getting a headache when I was making them and we had to open the kitchen window and door so trust me don’t add extra to the mix.

Here are the changes I made –

I used a full teaspoon of distilled water to dissolve the menthol crystals.

I also had to add more distilled water to get the tabs to mold together, I don’t remember how much I added but just enough to get the tabs to stick together.

I didn’t have a mold to use so I used a 2 tablespoon scoop and it worked (actually Tim had to do it for me since my hands just aren’t strong enough to do it.  So it made 12 tabs. I also didn’t have any foil but we have plenty of the snack size ziploc baggies so I put them in those instead.

They worked great – gave Megan a shower the next day (when they had dried overnight) and she had a much easier day, not so much wiping of the poor little nose.