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Tammy is a mom to 6 wonderful kids, including Parker, who came with an extra chromosome! She is passionate about special needs advocacy, living within her means, and preparing for an uncertain future. Tammy's main blog is Praying For Parker. Make sure to visit her there as well!

Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils

How did it become the norm to think that good skin care had to cost a fortune?  Luckily,  the move toward natural living is proving this wrong.  Great skin care be affordable.  Make our Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils to see what we mean.

Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils

The Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil

Due to fatty acids like linoliec, linolenic, and oleic acid, Rose Hip Seed Oil easily absorbs into the skin.  A terrific carrier oil for both dry and mature (ahem) skin.

Finally, Rosehip Seed Oil is a great addition in many skin care products, like lip balms and even bath bombs.  Therefore, it is an oil you want to always have on hand.

Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils Ingredients

Containers: 1/2 ounce dark Boston Round bottle with dropper OR 10ml roll on bottles with metal roller balls.

PRO TIP:  Hosting an essential oil Make and Take?  Go with these 3ml/0.1oz MINI glass roller bottles.

1/2 ounce Organic, Unrefined Rosehip Seed Oil

4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Next, combine ingredients by rolling bottle in your hands to disperse everything evenly.  Apply a SMALL amount to face after washing.

PRO TIP:  If using roller bottles, make up your Simple DY Face Serum in one of these 4 ounce squeeze bottles, and then squeeze the amount needed into each roller bottle.

Looking for a high quality company to order your essential oils from? My choice is Young Living. Here is how you can order Young Living Essential Oils too!

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Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

My Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars were created to give those winter dry and scratchy feet sandal worthy softness.  Actually, this is a great bar of soap to grab anytime weary tootsies need a bit of revival. Not only are ingredients in this recipe are readily available, making these fun bars are as easy as it gets. Let me show you how!

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

Simple DIY Salt Scrub Bars

I chose a combination of coarse and extra coarse sea salt to make my DIY Salt Scrub Bars. I’ve seen larger hunks of salt used in these bars before, but that somehow seems really uncomfortable to me.

I love the two tone horizontal bar because it gives two options, one to scrub with, one to soften with. I specifically chose the honey base for the healing properties found in honey.

I’ve added shea to the honey side of this soap too.  You could certainly add it to both layers if you choose.   Another option would be to add a Teaspoon of Manuka Honey to the honey layer of your soap.  No Manuka Honey?  No worries.  Check out our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

Finally, the essential oil blend I used is a combination of Peppermint (refreshing and ‘my’ essential oil) and Manuka (antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, relaxing scent) essential oils. If you’d like, you can replace the Manuka with Tea Tree Oil.

New To Essential Oils? I Can Help!

You can order Young Living Essential Oils through Simply Preparing. As a matter of fact, I’m running a deal where when you order your first Premium Starter Kit through me, I’ll give you $25 dollars back in the form of PayPal, or an Amazon Gift Card. I’d rather you have access to quality oils, rather than using oils from a big box store.

Tips For Layering Melt and Pour Soap

Melt and pour soap melts at about 120-125 degrees.   When pouring layers it is important to remember that if the layer of soap you are pouring is too hot, it will melt the layer below it.

Make sure that the top layer has cooled to 125 ° F or below before pouring the next layer.

Because temperature is so important, I recommend investing in an *this post contains affiliate links infrared thermometer for making layered soaps.  Even someone as experienced at soap making as I am can ruin a gorgeous bar of soap because I thought it was cool enough simply by touching the container.

It’s also important for the bottom layer of soap to be hard  enough to support the soap layer you are pouring on top.

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

If it is too soft, the top layer will melt through to the bottom, no matter how much the layer you are pouring has cooled.

As the bottom layer cools and hardens, it will develop a ‘skin.’ To test the thickness and strength of the skin, gently touch the soap.  If you can easily push into the soap, it needs to cool and harden longer.   You don’t want this layer to set up all the way, just to be hard enough that the heat of the layer you are pouring can’t penetrate it.

Spritz the the hardened layer of soap with alcohol before you pour a new layer to help the two layers adhere better.

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

Simple DIY Salt Scrub Bar Ingredients

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1 Pound Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base

1/2 (give or take a bit) Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base

4 ounce soap mold

1/2 Cup Coarse and/or   Extra Coarse Sea Salt  (I used a combination)  If you want to use Epson Salt, use the fine grain.

1 Teaspoon Refined Shea Butter

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil and 4 drops  Manuka Essential Oil PER 4 oz. BAR OF SOAP you are making.

Simple DIY Salt Scrub Bar Method

Chop your clear melt and pour base. In the microwave pulse in 30 second stints until the base is melted.

Sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons salt over the bottom of each mold.

Pour melted clear soap over the salt.

Sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoon salt over the top of that layer of soap.

Repeat until soap mold is full, ending on a layer of clear soap.

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

If you are making the bi-colored DIY Salt Scrub Bars, end your clear soap half with a salt layer.

Chop honey soap base into small chunks, pulse in microwave in 15 second bursts until melted.

Add shea butter and stir.

Add drops of Peppermint and Manuka essential oils. Pour a layer of the honey base over the last salt layer in your mold.

Repeat with salt and honey layers until mold is full, ending with a honey layer.

Allow your DIY Salt Scrub Bars to fully harden, turn them out and head to the tub!

Pro Tip: Usually if you are using a 4 ounce mold, a pound of soap base will give you 4 bars of soap.  But because of the volume the soap will take up, you might have a bit of soap base left over.  You may want to grab a small 1-2 ounce mold to use any potential left over soap base in.

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Survival Uses For Castor Oil Nobody Told You About

I am old enough to remember when a heaping tablespoon of castor oil was the cure all for  everything.  Constipated?   A week overdue with that baby?  Well, slurp down a tablespoon of castor oil and  everything will slide right on out.  Ugh.  Luckily, there are ways to use castor oil that won’t offend your taste buds, or keep you running to the john for hours.  Here are  Survival Uses for Castor Oil Nobody Told You About.

Survival Uses For Castor Oil

What IS Castor Oil?

Castor Oil is made from the seeds of the castor plant. You  find castor oil in immunosuppressive drugs, chemotherapy drugs,  ointments and skin treatments.  As a matter of fact, add a bit of castor oil to a batch of cold process soap and increase it’s lather!

What Is The Shelf Life Of Castor Oil?

Because of it’s long shelf life and low price tag, castor oil should be a staple in your survival prepping. It will stay fresh for  five years. Pretty impressive, eh?  BTW, this is *this post contains affiliate links the best price on Castor Oil I’ve found!

Uses For Castor Oil

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*Treat external hemorrhoids. Soak a cotton pad in castor oil, then leave on the affected area for 15 minutes.

*Remove skin tags with castor oil and baking soda. Simply make a paste of castor oil and baking soda and completely cover the skin tag. Place a bandaid on top so the mixture doesn’t get wiped off.  Repeat three times a day, for one to three weeks. The castor oil and baking soda absorb the moisture from the skin tag, drying it up. Results will vary.

*Castor Oil For Sun Burn Relief: Mix castor oil with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply to affected area.

*Castor Oil for Lip Balms :Replace the oils in your lip balm recipe with half castor oil and half coconut oil, for dry chapped lips.

PRO TIP: All Natural Lip Balms are sort of our thing!  You may enjoy these homemade lip balm recipes:

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*Using a cotton swab, dab castor oil on to pimples at night. As it penetrates into the skin, it fights bacteria overgrowth that cause acne.

*Castor Oil’s natural anti-inflammatory properties make it the PERFECT massage carrier oil for aching joints or muscles.  Add a little Turmeric to your castor oil, for greater benefits.

*To help clear up dandruff, massage one Tablespoon of castor oil with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil with the juice of half a lemon and apply to the scalp. Wait 30 minutes then wash hair. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of castor oil help clear up dandruff and scalp infections.

Uses For Castor Oil In The Kitchen and Home

*Lubricate kitchen tools. Since castor oil can be ingested, it’s an ideal lubricant for anything that comes into contact with food, like kitchen shears.

*Actually, uses for castor oil in the home are many, as you can use it to lubricate with no worries about kid or pets as it is non-toxic!

Uses For Castor Oil The Garden

Send voles, moles and armadillos on the run with castor oil. Now, castor oil won’t kill these pests, but it’s horrible smell and taste will encourage them to find new homes!

Mix 2 parts castor oil and 1 part *this post contains affiliate links all natural liquid soap. This will be your MASTER BASE.

Next, take 2 Tablespoons of your MASTER BASE and mix it with a gallon of water.  Finally, spray directly on the SOIL in the affected areas. You’ll need to do this weekly to see the best results. Safe for pets and kids!

Pro Tip:  Looking for more non-toxic applications for the garden?   Check out our Homemade Garden Bug Spray With Essential Oils

Hopefully, you know understand the benefits of always having a bottle or two of castor oil on hand! What are YOUR uses for castor oil?

SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter

The SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter turns any  water bottle into an eye wash station.  The unique design was created to help Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders flush contaminants from their eyes.  Perfect for emergency kits, car glove compartments, EDC bags, first aid kits and more.

Emergency Eye Wash Adapter

How Does The SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter Work

Three simple steps is all it takes to remove contaminants from the eye, including pepper spray.

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Insert SABRE Eye Wash Adapter into water bottle

Twist SABRE Eye Wash Adapter onto bottle to create a tight seal

Gently squeeze the bottle to create a water fountain helping flush contaminants from the eye

Because this device flushes your contaminants out of your eye with a double stream of water, you most likely are going to get a little wet.  Don’t worry.  You’ll dry.

Pro Tip: Our  Simple 72 Hour Kit and Checklists post will give you more valuable ideas on how to compile your own emergency kits.

Real Life Applications

I can remember my kids being little and getting ‘grit’ in their eyes. They simply couldn’t hold their eyes open for eye drops to relieve the discomfort, and blinking into a small cup was no better. Because the SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter puts out two streams of water, it’s able to clean out the eyes faster and easier.

Every summer we face wild fires on the mountains surrounding our home. The smoke in the air makes our eyes tired and sore. Being able to flush our eyes out with a water bottle and Sabre Emergency Eye Wash Adapter provides relief from the debris filled air.

In Conclusion

The SABRE Emergency Eye Wash Adapter works best on water bottles made from harder plastic, NOT the thin plastic like many store brands of water bottles. It also works great on empty, well cleaned 16 ounce soda bottles.

Pro Tip: Store your adapter taped to a water bottle you know it will fit with.