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Favorite Homemade Health and Beauty Products

October 26, 2018

It started with a homemade liquid hand soap.

We go through quite a bit of the stuff in our household, so when I ran across a recipe for a homemade version I thought I would give it a try. It didn’t seem too complicated, and definitely made economic sense. The recipe I use starts with the base of one bar of Mrs. Meyers soap and makes about a gallon of liquid soap.

After that I started making various cleaning products to cut down on the harsh chemicals in our home. I do still use the occasional bleach product, but only for deep cleaning. The homemade versions work quite well for day-to-day upkeep.

I recently whipped up a few batches so I thought it would be a good time to share the tried and true favorites.

I will link to any of the ingredients I can find on Amazon.

HANDSOAP
First, for that hand soap. I use this in my kitchen and laundry room only, reserving the more expensive store-bought versions for our bathroom (which serves as a guest bath as well). Keeping up appearances, LOL!

Homemade Liquid Handsoap

Here is a link to a detailed tutorial.

I like using the Mrs. Meyers brand soap. It’s an inexpensive way to stretch the lovely scents and spend just pennies instead of buying the Mrs. Meyers liquid hand soap. You shred the bar soap, heat it with water and glycerine until it dissolves. Then it cools for 12 hours or so and becomes a liquid soap.

Soap
Glycerine

Homemade Liquid Handsoap

The soap formula is quite mild and the addition of the glycerine keeps it from being drying to the skin. It is not super foamy but more of a silky liquid. Note that as it sits in the storage bottle it will seem to have solidified. But I just give it a good shake and it loosens up for pouring.

Homemade Liquid Handsoap

The honeysuckle scent is really nice, but I like the geranium and basil a lot, too.

MAGNESIUM OIL

Homemade Magnesium Oil

This might seem an odd one. But I ran across this recipe when searching for options to get magnesium into my diet. I don’t tolerate it well in pill form, so I use a body spray. It seem you can absorb a decent amount subdermally. This has only two ingredients and takes minutes to make a batch. Warning: If you are magnesium deficient, you will get a  mild burning sensation when you apply it. I found it to be very minor and faded as I built up the magnesium in my body.

I store the mixture in a large amber bottle, but I apply it with a small spray bottle. The smaller one has a finer mist that is easier to control and it good for travel as well.

Tip: Spray it on in the shower, but after you have dried off. It leaves an oily mess on the floor from any overspray. Using it in the shower will keep it contained! Then apply your body lotion a usual. This helps it to be absorbed faster.

Magnesium
Amber Bottle
Spray Bottle

CALMING ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

Essential Oil Blend

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and made a batch for my daughter to help her focus and also to aid in falling asleep. I liked it so much I made myself a roller vial and keep it in my nightstand. I apply it to the bottoms of my feet when I am not sleeping well. It smells amazing! I find it works best if I don’t use it every night.

I have been buying my oils online from Bulk Apothecary. They are an Ohio company and the oils are a good quality (though not food grade) and they offer many organic options. The price is affordable and just right for me to be able to play around with scent mixing without breaking the bank.

Oils 
Roller Bottles 

If you find posts like this helpful, let me know in the comments below and I can share a few other homemade cleaning supplies I use around the house. Making them is kind of fun, like mixing potions!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. marvincb@aol.com permalink
    October 26, 2018 11:12 am

    You never cease to amaze!  Maybe you are the scientifc daughter. I wish you could watch ” Your Business” on MSNBC Saturday and.. Sunday morning. She (J J) often features folks who started out just like  this,   They made a  product at home for themselves, then for friends. And, then started selling online. Things like makeup, cleaning products, fragrances, etc. Some interesting stories.

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