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Five Minute Magnesium Body Lotion: a three-ingredient mineral body cream.
Magnesium is a great mineral for supporting healthy sleep and overall wellness. While this mineral is present in many healthy foods - like spinach, almonds, and black beans, many of us don't get quite enough in our daily menu. This beneficial mineral is easily absorbed by the skin, making it a wonderful addition to lotions, creams, body sprays, and bath products.
This super quick magnesium lotion recipe is so easy that it really does feel like cheating. We combined our moisturizing Shea Butter Body Cream Base with Magnesium Chloride Flakes to make a lotion that literally comes together in five minutes or less. Adding scent is entirely optional. We opted for a classic choice of lavender essential oil. Feel free to omit that ingredient or swap it out for anything you prefer.
Since the magnesium is an additional ingredient it can cause the mixture to separate after it sits for a while. Make sure to give your lotion a good shake before every use.
Five-Minute Magnesium Body Lotion Makes about 8 ounces (240 ml)
Cocoa Ginger Lotion Bars: a sweet and spicy solid lotion bar recipe for moisturizing or massage.
This time of year my skin always seems to find a way of getting dried out. Between chilly winter air outside and heated air inside, it's easy to become parched. While drinking plenty of water and indulging in extra healthy fats (hello guacamole!) is my first and favorite strategy for battling dry skin, having a great lotion bar handy helps a lot too.
The warm, stimulating scent of ginger helps mellow out the naturally sweet aromas of vanilla and cocoa butter - giving these lotion bars an exotic and sophisticated aroma. If ginger is not your favorite smell, try replacing the essential oil with something equally unexpected, like cardamom, rose, or cherry. These also smell wonderful when left un-scented.
This simple lotion bar recipe starts out with a great big helping of cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is highly moisturizing, and a great choice for coating and nourishing dry skin. A blend of apricot and virgin coconut oil helps bring down the intensity of this recipe with their light textures. A little beeswax helps to bind the bars together and to keep them from being too soft.
If you prefer to use something plant-based, try substituting the beeswax in your lotion bars for 1/2 ounce (15 g) candelilla wax instead. During warm weather, or in especially warm climates, you may want to increase the ratio of wax a little bit or store the bars in a refrigerator between uses.
Cocoa Ginger Lotion Bars Makes four 4-ounce lotion bars
Toasted Coconut Sugar Scrub: An exfoliating body scrub made with real coconut.
Body scrubs are such fun to make - and even more fun to use. I love to play around with different kinds of exfoliants when I make new recipes. Salt and sugar are great, but there are so many other interesting ingredients out there to experiment with. Shredded coconut, for example, makes a great addition to body scrubs. Its soft texture, subtle scent, and lovely bright white color make it super versatile.
I combined our Extra Fine Shredded Coconut with cane sugar and a blend of naturally aromatic oils and butters to make a body scrub that is good enough to eat. The mellow aroma of virgin coconut oil smells lovely with a bit of cocoa butter and a splash of vanilla extract. It's sort of like exfoliating with a really delicious cookie!
Macadamia Nut Oil makes up the majority of the scrub's liquid ingredients. It has a wonderful texture that absorbs into the skin quickly while delivering a hefty dose of moisture. This is one of my favorite ingredients for making body scrubs, but if you prefer to use something nut-free, try swapping the macadamia nut oil for apricot or sunflower oil instead.
Toasted Coconut Sugar Scrubs Makes two 4-ounce jars
Are you planning to make anything special for your loved ones this year? The following handmade Valentine's Day Gifts are sure to have them feeling the love. Candy is dandy, but handmade skincare is SO much more memorable.
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Coconut Honey Turmeric Facial Scrub: an all-natural scrub with honey and coconut
Exfoliation is a key part of a healthy skin care routine, but finding exfoliants that are both effective and gentle can be a challenge. Our Finely Shredded Coconut is just right for polishing delicate facial scrub without scratching or scouring. Our Coconut Honey Turmeric Facial Scrub combines this gentle exfoliant with a blend of nourishing Sacha Inchi Oil, moisturizing honey, and soothing turmeric. Altogether, these ingredients will leave skin feeling smooth and happy - just the way a well-exfoliated face should be!
Another key ingredient for our Coconut Honey Turmeric Facial Scrub is Sacha Inchi Oil. This highly moisturizing oil is packed with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and retinol. This makes it an incredibly nutritive choice for facial care. Even in small doses, Sacha Inchi Oil is a powerhouse. Lemon Balm Hydrosol helps to provide balance to this pampering recipe. It is often used to help battle acne due to its unique combination of anti-inflammatory and anti-viral benefits.
We used Liquid Castile Soap to help emulsify the Lemon Balm Hydrosol with the Sacha Inchi Oil. This works well for the short term, so if you plan on using the scrub right away you won't have to worry much about separation. However, if you plan to store the scrub pre-mixed, you'll need to stir it well before use. Since this formula does not contain a preservative, it would also need to be stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
Keeping the dry and wet portions of this recipe stored separately is an easy way to avoid shelf life issues. Just shake the liquids and make just enough for a single use at a time. If you plan to use this recipe as inspiration for a commercial product, we highly recommend working with a professional lab to formulate a shelf-stable recipe.
Coconut Honey Turmeric Facial Scrub Makes one 2-ounce jar
Combine coconut, honey powder, and turmeric in a small bowl and whisk together. Transfer dry ingredients to a jar and store until ready for use.
Combine castile soap, sacha inchi oil, and lemon balm hydrosol in a small bottle and shake well. Add to dry ingredients when ready for use.
Stir ingredients together, then use right away.
Usage & Packaging
Since this formula does not contain a preservative, it should be stored with the dry and wet ingredients packaged separately. If you prefer to store the formula pre-mixed, you'll need to add a preservative to the recipe. You can learn more about working with preservatives here.
For home use, you may also store the pre-mixed formulation in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Yuzu Vanilla Lip Mask - an intensive lip balm perfect for fighting dry winter weather.
This time of year, when harsh winds blow and temperatures plummet, many of us find our lips in worse shape than usual. When lips go from dry to chapped, or even cracked, a typical lip balm may not be enough. This intensive lip mask combines nourishing Cupuacu Butter with moisturizing Sacha Inchi Oil and protective Castor Seed Oil. Organic Soy Lecithin is combined with natural Beeswax and Jojoba Esters to give the recipe a super sticky, long-lasting texture.
This unique blend of ingredients is designed to help bring moisture to the lips and keep it there. Cupuacu is known for its ability to aid in moisture retention, and Castor Oil is often used to form a barrier between the skin and outside elements. We added a splash of Carrot Seed Extract as well, which is prized for its use in restorative formulations. A blend of natural yuzu and vanilla aromatics finish off this formula with a subtle sweet scent that makes the balm a pleasure to use.
Bedtime is the very best time to apply this lip mask. Slather the balm over your lips generously before you go to sleep and you'll be much more likely to wake with luscious, moisturized lips - a far more pleasant alternative to the dry, cracked lips that winter mornings tend to bring. This lip mask may also be applied throughout the day to help replenish and protect your lips from dry air and chilly temperatures.
Mineral rich bath fizzles infused with chamomile, mandarin, and vanilla.
Magnesium is my new favorite bath ingredient. Whether I'm simply tossing a cup full of Magnesium Flakes into the tub or finishing my bathing ritual off with a quick spritz of Magnesium Body Spray, this amazing mineral is sure to be part of the fun. While bathing with magnesium does not need to be any more complicated than that, the formulator in me just can't resist experimenting with my favorite things. So it was really just a matter of time before Magnesium Bath Bombs came to life.
This recipe is fairly simple as far as bath bombs and fizzles go. Inspired by magnesium's fame for aiding restfulness, I decided to combine the Magnesium Oil and Epsom salts with other popular bedtime ingredients. German Chamomile Essential Oil is often used in aromatherapy to promote sleep and relaxation. It also adds a lovely aqua colored tint to the bath bombs which I chose to complement with some mica. The natural color that German Chamomile gives the recipe is gorgeous on its own though. So feel free to omit the mica for a solid colored fizzy.
I just made a small batch for this project, but you can absolutely double or triple this recipe to make more. The basic ratio of baking soda and citric acid is the most important thing to maintain when making bath bombs. The other important thing to keep an eye on is the ratio of essential oil being used. I like to try to keep the total essential oils under 2% for use in bath products. This provides a nice burst of aroma while steering clear of overdosage. Remember that a product's scent may be much stronger than you realize in the midst of formulation. When it comes to essential oils and fragrance I prefer to take a less is more approach.
Sleepytime Magnesium Bath Bombs Makes about three 190 gram fizzies
Combine baking soda, citric acid, and epsom salt in a small food processor and pulse until powders become smooth and uniform. Transfer powders to mixing bowl.
In a smaller bowl, combine magnesium oil, shea butter, and essential oils. Whisk together, then slowly drizzle liquids into the powder, mixing continuously as you do so.
Continue to mix the powders together using your hands. Break up any clumps that form and mix until the powder reaches a consistent texture. At this point, the powder should clump together in your hands like snow or damp sand.
Split the mixture into two parts. Add mica to one bowl and mix until the color is well blended.
Pack mixture into bath bomb molds. Press each half of the mold firmly, then add another layer of mixture to the tops so that they are overflowing with powder. Press the two halves together firmly until they stick. Gently tap the mold until it releases, then repeat with the other half.
Place the finished bath fizzies onto a tray and allow them to cure in a cool, dry place for 24 hours. Once they have fully hardened, they should be packaged in an airtight container.
Usage & Packaging
To use, drop one bath fizzie into warm bath water. The fizzie will bubble and fizz as it dissolves.
Bath fizzies should be stores in airtight packaging such as cello bags, shrink wrap, or airtight jars.
Oatmeal is a menu splendored thing. Not only does this tasty oat supply hungry bellies with warm, stick-to-your ribs breakfasts, its natural anti-inflammatory benefits have also made it a treasured ingredient for soothing dry and itchy skin. Many of us grew up soaking in oatmeal baths after getting a little too close to some mysterious patch of poison ivy or contracting one of the countless childhood maladies that come along with an itchy red rash. It's magical stuff, really.
Oat Oil allows you to incorporate the soothing properties of oatmeal into oil-based formulations. Lotions, creams, and even cold processed soaps can be formulated to include Oat Oil. Body butters are one of our favorite places to feature this marvelous ingredient. Rich, creamy, whipped butters are perfect for conditioning dry skin. This particular formula was created with both dry winter air and a growing mama belly in mind.
That's right! I'm having another baby, and just like last time, I plan to share the recipes and formulations that I create along the way with you all here on The Natural Beauty Workshop. The belly balm that I made during my son's pregnancy was amazing, but this time around I wanted something with a soft, whipped texture as opposed to a stick balm. I started with Cupuacu Butter. This luscious vegetable butter is known for its ability to help retain moisture and support elasticity in the skin - both high priorities in winter body butters and in prenatal care.
I blended Cupuacu with Shea Butter, which is a classic ingredient in whipped butter formulations. It fluffs up beautifully and just like Cupuacu, is so great for your skin. If you have a sensitivity to shea or to latex (which shares a similar natural protein to shea) I suggest swapping the Shea for either extra Cupuacu or another semi-soft butter like Mango or Murumuru.
In addition ot Oat Oil, my formula includes two more highly nutritive carrier oils: Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil and Virgin Chia Seed Oil. Both oils are abundant in natural tocopherols, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. These superfood oils are wonderful for supporting sensitive prenatal skin or soothing and moisturizing chronically dry skin. A tiny bit of Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil is also blended in to help fight scarring and encourage healthy recovery of the skin.
Finally, I chose to scent this whipped body butter with our gorgeous Organic Vanilla CO2 Extract. This beautiful oil blended perfectly into the whipped butter and brings a soft, highly floral aroma to the recipe. This vanilla is not overly sweet or childish, which makes it just right for everyday use. If you aren't a big fan of vanilla, go ahead and swap out the CO2 Extract with any essential oil or fragrance oil you prefer. Just make sure whatever you use is skin-safe (and safe to use during pregnancy if you are using this recipe for prenatal care.)
Vanilla Oatmeal Whipped Body Butter Makes about four 4-ounce (120 ml) jars by volume / 6 ounces (184 g) by weight
Bring cupuacu and shea butter to room temperature. Place both butters in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. Using a whisk attachment, beat the butters on a medium to high speed with electric mixer for about ten minutes - stopping halfway to scrap the sides down.
Meanwhile, combine the oils, essential oil, and CO2 extract in a second bowl.
Stop the mixer and scrape the sides once more. Set the mixer to a low speed, then slowly drizzle the oil mixture into the bowl. Once oils are blended into the butter, bring the speed back up to high and beat for another five minutes - or until the butter becomes light and fluffy.
Transfer the butter to jars by spoon or pastry bag.
Usage & Packaging
Slather the body liberally with whipped butter and massage gently into the skin. Repeat as needed.
It's been a great year here on The Natural Beauty Workshop. We shared more than fifty posts last year - including some of our most popular bath and body recipes yet. We helped From Nature With Love celebrate it's twentieth anniversary, and launched new social media channels on Instagram and Pinterest.
Thank you so much for your support during 2017. We can't wait to share a whole new year of recipes, tutorials, and blog posts with you here on The Natural Beauty Workshop. Is there something special that you'd like to see us share in the year to come? If so, we'd love for you to take a moment to fill out our reader survey and let us know!
Happy new year! We're wishing you a naturally beautiful 2018 filled with joy and prosperity.
2017 was our blog's tenth year! Since the launch of The Natural Beauty Workshop in 2007, we've published hundreds of recipes and tutorials - many of which are just as popular today as they were on their publishing date. The following posts were the most visited evergeen posts of 2017.