Almond Shea Butter Body Scrub

Manicure in a Jar Lemons & Petals

This post is written by my 11 year old daughter. 

I was inspired by this scrub when I went to Sephora and saw the Loccitaine Almond Paste.  I just had to make it!  It smelled so delicious!  It smelled like cookies….yum!  So today I decided to make a moisturizing almond shea butter body scrub.  I really love how this smells like a cookie and it makes me want to eat it!  It smells so good.  And it leaves your skin feeling so smooth and soft.  This scrub is gentle enough for your body and face too and it’s especially awesome for your hands. It’s like a manicure in a jar!   Let’s get started 🙂

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What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup raw shea butter
  • 1/3 cup carrier oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • Almond extract and vanilla extract

Directions:

Melt the shea butter in a double boiler or microwave with the avocado oil. 

Once melted, add the vitamin E oil, the extracts and the almond meal.  Mix well.

Put into a jar or container and you’re good to go with your cookie smelling scrub!


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Hope you make this body scrub soon!!  It’s so soothing!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Homemade DIY Sunscreen (chemical free)

Homemade Sunscreen Lemons & Petals

In my efforts to free my household of all chemicals, I decided to make my own sunscreen as well.  I googled “homemade sunscreen” and saw lots of recipes.  One that caught my eye and seemed like exactly what I was looking for was from Scratch Mommy.  So I decided to try my hand at it as well.  And it is a wonderful recipe!  It works and my kids love it!  


What you will need:

Melt the coconut oil, carrier oil, beeswax and shea butter in a double boiler or microwave.  I use a glass bowl on top on a pot with water.  Once melted, take off the heat and wait 2 minutes.  Before you add the zinc oxide, you must use a mask or a tshirt to cover your mouth and nose.  You don’t want to inhale the zinc oxide!  So cover your mouth and nose and slowly add the zinc oxide.  Mix and then add the Vitamin E and essential oils.

Pour into your container of choice.

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It’s a nice thick smooth consistency that rubs into the skin completely.  And it moisturizes while protecting your skin from the sun.  You should definitely try this!  

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Thanks for reading 🙂

Moisturizing Tinted Lip Balm DIY

Moisturizing Lip Balm Lemons & Petals

What you will need:

  • 1 TBS coconut oil
  • 1 TBS beeswax
  • 1 TBS shea butter or cocoa butter
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils
  • Mica powder (use whichever color you want your lip balm to be-optional)

Melt the coconut oil, beeswax and butter in a double boiler or in the microwave.  Add in the essential oils and mica powder if using.  Quickly pour into empty lip balm containers and place in the fridge for 30 minutes until fully hardened.

Now they’re ready to be used as you would any lip balm or lipstick.

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Rose Petal Body Scrub (moisturizing & homemade)

Rose Petals Body Scrub Lemons & Petals

I’ve been thinking about using dried rose petals to make a body scrub for quite some time.  Something about it sounds so luxurious!

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I happen to receive these flowers at the perfect time!  After the petals started wilting, I pulled them off the stems and let them dry.

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Then I put them in my food processor and ground them down to small pieces.

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Then I was ready to make the body scrub.  So let’s get started.


What you will need:

  • 1 cup of epsom salt or sugar (whichever you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil (or any other oil you prefer…olive oil and avocado oil are good choices too)
  • 20 drops of essential oils (I used lavender and geranium)
  • 1/4 cup of lightly ground rose petals

Mix all the ingredients and place in a jar.  It’s that simple 🙂

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Hope you make this!  It will leave you with soft smooth skin.  Thanks for reading 🙂

Homemade Bug Spray

homemade bug off spray Lemons & Petals

I am a mosquito magnet.  They will find me no matter where I go.  They love me.  But I don’t love them.  And I don’t like using commercial bug sprays with all the chemicals and nasty smell.  So I just made my own.  It works extremely well!  No bug bites even in the woods.  I encourage you to give it a try too.


What you will need:

  • 4oz spray bottle
  • distilled water
  • witch hazel
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin
  • essential oils (I use Insect Shield which is a blend of Citronella, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lavender, Litsea, Tea Tree, Patchouli & Catnip)

Directions:

  • Fill bottle half full with water and half full with witch hazel
  • Add vegetable glycerin
  • Add about 40 drops of essential oils
  • Shake bottle and spray on your skin as needed when outdoors

What I love about this recipe is that it’s so easy to make and ingredients are recognizable.  It’s really cheap and it actually works. It’s safe to spray on your skin and in the air and you’re not breathing in nasty chemicals when you do.

Hope you will give it a try.  Thanks for reading! 🙂

DIY Poo pourri Spray

Homemade Poo pourri spray

This is a must have in all households.  Plus I keep one in my purse for pubic restroom for when nature calls and you don’t want to stink up the entire bathroom stall (especially at the gym!)  This spray is so super easy to make and it really works.


What you will need:

  • 2oz empty spray bottle (like this one)
  • distilled water
  • 1/2 tsp witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin
  • essential oils of your choice

Directions:

  • Add witch hazel (or rubbing alcohol) and the vegetable glycerin to the bottle
  • Then add enough distilled water to almost fill the bottle
  • Add in 20-30 drops of essential oils (I used 10 lavender, 10 bergamot and 10 orange)

Shake the bottle and you’re ready to go.  Spray 4-5 sprays in the toilet BEFORE you go.  Flush as normal.  You can customize the scent to your own preference.

This costs about $.50 to make.  The original Poo pourri costs $9.95 for a 2 oz bottle.  That’s a 20-fold price difference.  Make it at home and save yourself some money 🙂  I would love to hear your favorite essential oil combinations.

Thanks for reading 🙂

DIY Face Mask for glowing smooth skin

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Besan (also known as chickpea or gram flour) has been used in India and Southeast Asia for hundreds of years as an exfoliant and homemade beauty agent for smooth glowing skin.  This recipe uses only ingredients found in your kitchen and is so easy to make.  Tumeric is a natural skin brightening agent.  It is thought to reduce melanin production.  Honey is a great moisturizer for skin.  Yogurt contains anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, as well as alpha hydroxyl acids, which kill acne-causing bacteria.  The nutrients in egg yolks work to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize dull skin.

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The ingredients:

  • 2 TBS Besan (chickpea or gram flour)
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1/2 TBS yogurt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/8 tsp tumeric powder

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Mix all ingredients together into a paste.

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Apply to face making sure to avoid the eye area.  Leave on for 20-30 minutes and rinse off with warm water.  You’ll be left with smooth glowing skin 🙂

Thanks for reading!