Making the recipe is the easy part. It’ll take ten minutes at the very most. All you need is a good natural soap and a water softener. The challenge I personally had to overcome was how to make this recipe an effective cleaner in hard water (naturally). If you live in the city, hard water probably won’t be a problem for you at all, and you can skip right ahead to the recipe at the end of this post. However, if you are like me and have a natural water supply like a dam, stream or bore hole then you most probably have a hard water supply too. So you may want to keep reading.
Cleopatra had some smart beauty hacks up her sleeve, and bathing in milk was one of them. Bath milk is like a spa in a bottle, which makes it a great gift! The fats & proteins found in whole milk moisturise your skin, and will leave it feeling soft and supple. Milk will also soothe skin irritations like sunburn, itching and possibly even some types of eczema. But how do we make a bath milk that will last long enough to be stored in the cupboard, and possibly under the Christmas tree? The answer is milk powder.
Natural liquid soap is incredibly versatile, to say the least. You can use it around the home to wash dishes, laundry, floors, windows and toilets; or you can use it as part of your skincare regime as body wash, shampoo, face wash, shaving cream and even bubble bath! This is a MUST-DO on anyone’s natural DIY list, especially because this one recipe can replace the multiple toxic cleaners in your home. You no longer have to fork out the cash for Handy Andy, Sunlight, Pantene, Jik, Domestos et cetera et cetera.
I don’t know why I was so daunted by the idea of making soap – it’s not as difficult as I’d expected. Yes, it involves more effort than my usual recipes, but this basic soap recipe just requires more time, and a lot of common sense. So if you’ve got time and common sense, you’ve got this (of course you’ll need the ingredients too)! After a bit of practice, I’m sure you will also be whipping up soap in less than half an hour. Here, I share how to make a basic fragrance free soap. You can use this as a base to add your own fragrance and colour as you please. I’ve even included step-by-step photos that’ll guide you to your bubbly bliss.
This recipe only requires you to buy one ingredient, your favorite essential oil scent. You’ve gotta love how simple and quick natural DIY recipes are. I know I do! Most recipes just involve a quick mix, including this body spray. The trickiest part is deciding on a scent, or scent combination you love, because there are so many natural scents to choose from. That’s why the focus of this post is about guiding you on how to mix your own scent.
Body odour. It’s a tough subject, I know. But let’s just jump right in and all admit that we all stink from time to time. As such, we need a good preventative – some more than others. There are various natural ways to tackle this:
- Salt bars. Not crystal deodorants, but real salt bars. Read why I don’t recommend crystal deodorants here).
- Oil cleansing – applying certain essential oils to regulate and prevent bad odour.
- Regularly apply body spray. Here’s my natural body spray recipe.
- Make your own natural antiperspirant.
This blog post deals with the latter – making your own antiperspirant. I will also discuss oil cleansing briefly.
There is absolutely no reason to use synthetic mouthwashes (or toothpaste for that matter). I urge you to kiss them goodbye! Our much loved, artificially coloured and flavored products like Listerine and Colgate Plax, don’t serve much purpose other than fresh breath. The alcohol present in them increases the risk of oral cancer. Not to mention the minor dental benefits of fluoride far outweigh the dangers and possible side effects due to its toxicity. But never fear, for natural mouthwash is near!