Category Archives: natural ingredients

Jan
14

Shea Butter Recipes

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Shea butter cold process soap Great Shea Butter Recipes

Shea Butter has amazing benefits for your skin.  The addition of this ingredient in your products will give your merchandise often sought out advantages.  Rich in vitamins a and e, Shea butter is great for reviving and moisturizing skin, hair, and nails.  Plus, Shea butter is readily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy feel behind.  Shea butter also does not clog pores, and is gentle enough to use for skin irritations on babies.

Key Points of Shea Butter

Shea butter can help in the removal of age spots, scars, and stretch marks.  It also helps to invigorate collagen production from our bodies, keeping our skin looking healthy, radiant, and supple; therefore reducing sagging skin.

Shea butter is anti inflammatory.  This makes it a perfect ingredient for body products that help to alleviate pain associated with arthritis, sore and achy muscles, and wind/sun/minor heat burns.

Shea butter is a natural moisturizing agent.  This is a great ingredient to use for people that suffer from skin irritations such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.  However, Shea butter is gentle enough to use on babies for diaper rashes.  Also, Shea butter is a superb additive to combat those rougher areas of your body; such as the heels, knees, and elbows.

For hair products, Shea butter is a winner.  Not only does Shea butter help thinning and damaged hair, but it will also promote growth of hair as well.  A perfect bonus to this butter is that it fights dandruff and can even be used as a natural hair conditioner.

Shea butter will also help cracked cuticles and promote healthy nail beds.

A great massage oil, Shea butter allows for penetrating, deep tissues massages and can be scented for aromatherapy reasons.

Here are some phenomenal Shea butter themed recipes for homemade bath and body products:

Rose Violet Bath MeltsBath Recipes
Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe
Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe
Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe
Rose Petal Bath Melts Recipe
Rose Violet Bath Melts Recipe

black raspberry vanilla body butter recipeBody Balms/Butters
Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter Recipe
Hydrating Hand Sticks Recipe
Sugar Cookie Whipped Body Butter Recipe
Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe
Winter Body Butter Recipe

Massage
Massage Candle Recipe

shea lotion with herbal infusionLotions
Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion Recipe
Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

Melt and Pour Soaps
7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Recipe
Zebra Print Soap Recipe

Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Cold Process Soaps
Peppermint Cold Process Foot Soap Recipe
Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe
Beer Cold Process Soap Recipe
Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe
Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap Recipe
Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe
Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe
Cleopatra Heavy Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe
Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe
Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe
Gentle Avocado Cold Process Soap Recipe
Lavender Luxury Cold Process Soap Recipe
Mango Cold Process Soap Recipe
Pineapple Paprika Cold Process Soap Recipe
Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe
Shampoo Bar Cold Process Soap Recipe
Shea Butter Cold Process Soap Recipe
Hot Process Soap Recipe

Lip Balms/Glosses
Crazy for Coconuts Lip Balm Recipe
Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe

cotton candy emulsified sugar scrub Scrubs
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Fruity Rings Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Neapolitan Ice Cream Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Strawberry Milkshake Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Watermelon Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe

Jan
10

Patchouli

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patchouli essential oil Facts about Patchouli

In America, when most people hear the word patchouli, they immediately think of hippies, universal love for one another, and tie dyed peace signs. But patchouli is so much more than that and has quite an interesting history.

Deriving its name from the Tamil language (the official dialect of Singapore and Sri Lanka), patchouli means “green leaf”.  A robust and extremely fragrant plant; especially when rubbed, patchouli’s scent has been used for centuries in perfumes.

Belonging to the genus Pogostemon, patchouli is a green, leafy herb that is in the mint family.  Growing best in hot, tropical climates; patchouli thrives when it is not in direct sunlight and has the potential of reaching a height of 2-3 ft.  Contrary to common belief, patchouli is more than just leaves; the plant also has flowers that bloom in late fall.  These flowers produce seeds that can be harvested to produce even more patchouli plants.

There are two ways to grow patchouli.  The first is to attain cuttings from the mother plant.  These cuttings are then rooted in water and will cultivate additional patchouli plants.  The second way to grow patchouli is to plant the seeds of the flowers.  The only hesitance with this way is that patchouli seeds are very small and have to be handled with great care.  These seeds are extremely fragile and can be easily crushed, deeming them useless.

When it comes to harvesting patchouli, the leaves of the plant can be collected several times in one year.  However, the strongest scent/oil comes from the top 3-4 pairs of leaves in the patchouli plant.  In order to attain the extraction of patchouli essential oil from these leaves, the leaves must go through a steam distillation process.  This is typically achieved with dried patchouli leaves.  However, there are some claims that to achieve the highest quality of patchouli essential oil, fresh leaves should be distilled.  Ideally, close to where the leaves are harvested, ensuring true freshness.

There are other ways to obtain patchouli essential oil.  One is through a fermentation process.  This process involves bundling the dry patchouli leaves and allowing them to ferment for a long period of time.

The essential oil of patchouli is a rich, earthy aroma with a woody yet minty undertone.  One of the most notable characteristics of this essential oil is that it actually improves over time.  The two most sought out components of patchouli essential oil are patchoulol and norpatchoulenol.

Although, it is true that patchouli essential oil is vital to the perfume industry, patchouli also had another massive worth in history.  Patchouli is believed to be an insect repellent.  It was common place for silk traders of the oriental to pack the valuable silk that they were trading with dried patchouli leaves.  Not only did the leaves prevent the mating of moths on the traders’ silk, but also hindered the moth from laying eggs on the precious silk as well.

This practice, which had started as a means of protection for the silk, ended with patchouli being considered an affluent scent.  Historians now hypothesize that due to the fragrant nature of patchouli; much of the traded silk acquired the aroma during the long travel.  Before long the distinguished scent of patchouli marked authenticity in traded fabric goods although the vast majority did not know what it was called.

One of the possible explanations as to why patchouli was considered an upscale scent to Europeans of that time is due to a notable historical conqueror.  The infamous Napoleon Bonaparte attained some of these patchouli scented cashmeres, through his vast travels to Egypt.  He then brought them back to France.  This mysterious scent of patchouli and its origin were kept secret, and it was not until the year 1837, that the smell and the source were identified to the remainder of the western world.

Jan
07

Top 24 Natural Food Blogs

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There is a lot of talk over here about making your own soaps, lotions, fragrances, body scrubs, lip balms, etc. using natural ingredients to avoid some of the chemicals we are exposed to with commercial products many people use every day. I wanted to take the time to acknowledge that using natural ingredients to make candles and skincare products absolutely goes hand-in-hand with a diet that is based in natural ingredients as well.

Therefore, I have compiled a list of some of the best Natural Foods blogs and websites out there to help you on your quest for using natural ingredients in every aspect of your life. These blogs are some of the most reputable and informative Natural Foods blogs I could find and I wanted to take the time to endorse them to help my followers achieve the natural living lifestyle they deserve.

1. Jules Clancy – Jules Clancy, author of The Stone Soup blog, shares quick and simple recipes that are also based on real, whole food without processed ingredients, intimidating instructions, or fancy equipment. She prefers recipes with 5 ingredients are less to make healthy eating more accessible, but with a degree in food science, you know the recipes are also delicious.

2. Andrea Beaman – After being diagnosed with an “incurable” disease, Andrea knew she had to make some changes in her life in order to avoid invasive procedures and take control. She found that poor quality food creates a poor quality lifestyle, and once she began infusing her life with whole foods and ingredients, she found her cronic illness begin to fade. Now she is a Holistic Health Coach helping other people achive health naturally.

3. Ashely – Ashley believes in REAL food, meaning food that is whole, unprocessed, and healthy. However, she has a passion for baking and doesn’t believe that leading a healthy life means giving up delicious baked goods. Instead, she creates and refine recipes to make (primarily) baked goods from whole and unprocessed ingredients.

4. Angela – Angela’s blog is a mixture of her life adventures as a mother of two and a lover of travel, infused with her passion about living a life that gives back through recycling, composting, and making meals from natural, seasonal ingredients.

5. Erin – Erin lives her life on a primarily plant-based diet and limiting her intake of processed food. After her father had a heart attack at the age of 45, she and her family realized how important whole and healthy eating truly is to live a long and happy life.

6. Betty Bake – What you put into your body is what you get out, and that’s the motto that Betty Bake bakes by. She focuses on fresh, natural, and organic ingredients that are gluten-free, corn-free, and preservative free. But she also understands the importance of not denying yourself treats every now and then, which is why she enjoys chocolate and coffee in moderation.

7. Andrew Olson – The One Ingredient Chef lives by two simple rules, 1: Eat foods that start out as “one whole ingredient” that you can hold in your hand, and 2: Eat plants and avoid animal products. However, living by the one ingredient rule doesn’t mean that you can only munch on carrot sticks. The One Ingredient Chef shares delicious and wholesome meals you can make that follow this simple rule.

8. Kim Wilson – Kim is interested in a gluten-free lifestyle after realizing that her skin problems were actually a result of a gluten allergy. Through researching a diet that excludes gluten, she also learned the benefits of eating a diet consisting of primarily whole and natural foods.

9. Lisa Leake – 100 Days of Real Food is about a family who is looking to escape a world of processed foods by taking a pledge of living 100 days without any processed food to prove how possible it is for anyone who wishes to make a healthy lifestyle change. Now they provide meal plans and information for anyone who wishes to take a pledge for eating real food from 10 days to 100 days to for life!

10. Winnie Abramson – Winnie is a recipe developer with a degree in naturopathic medicine and a passion for holistic nutrition and green living. She shares her favorite recipes as well as her adventures in organic gardening, keeping backyard chickens, and even beekeeping.

11. Kristen Michaelis – Kristen is a self-proclaimed food rebel. She chooses not to believe what food labels tell her and instead focuses on common sense: that fresh, traditional, and wholesome foods are what is best for maintaining a healthy life. She wants to empower others to rebel against the dominant and unhealthy food culture we find ourselves in today and instead choose a way of eating and cooking that leaves the mystery out of foods and allows a diet that is simply nutritious.

12. Kelly Mulcair – After dealing with chronic migrains and IBS, Kelly realized that she could not continue living her life in the high-stress and unhealthy way she was. So, she ditched her stressful job as a lawyer and instead pursued a life as a health educator and holistic nutritionist. Now, she educates others on how to live a healthy and wholesome life with simple recipes that are minimally processed and refined.

13. Emily Davidson – Emily is a specialist in natural and holistic nutrition and uses her blog as a place for anyone interested in eating well whether that be through a diet of organic foods, vegetarian recipes, low-sugar, low-carb, gluten-free, or simply focusing on weight loss. She hopes to communicate a message of living healthily and positively to achieve your nutrition goals.

14. Elizabeth Yarnell – Elizabeth uses her blog to share wholesome recipes, healthy eating tips, and naturalistic remedies to common ailments. She believes simply that healthy food and medicine are one and the same and has used a dramatic improvement in her diet to help combat her struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.

15. Eve Fox – The Garden of Eden is a blog about all aspects of wholesome food: growing it, producing it, procuring it, cooking it, and finally eating it. She shares recipes based on simple and wholesome ingredients.

16. Kath – Kath started her blog with a mission: to lose 30 pounds. Along the way, she discovered the world of healthy, wholesome, and natural eating, and has since become a registered dietician who blogs about healthy eating, delicious recipes, and sprinkles bits of her personal life in from time to time.

17. Debbie – Debbie’s blog focuses on foods made at home and based with wholesome and natural plant and animal ingredients. She only uses traditional fats and natural sweeteners and works to share recipes that encompass all of these qualities, but are still quick and easy to make and incorporate into a busy lifestyle.

18. Christy Pooschke – After realizing that their diets were ruining their health, Christy and Chad began to pay more attention to what they were putting in their bodys. After only a few months of eliminating additives such as MSG and Aspartame, they noticed that some of their chronic health problems had completely disappeared. Over the years they have researched countless other additives that contribute to chronic health conditions and have collected natural recipes that avoid these dangerous chemicals.

19. April Mims – April is a certified Health and Wellness Consultant and Life Coach. She lives a life choosing foods that are as close to nature as possible and strives to create recipes that are quick and nutritious for her family. She wishes to help other families become healthy as well.

20. Amy, Natalie, and Jackie – Super Healthy Kids is a blog run by three mothers who strive to help other families feed their kids nutritious meals by making it easier to prepare, more delicious, and fun. This blog helps parents teach kids the values of healthy eating to develop habits that will carry on throughout their entire lives.

21. Wendy Schnitzer – Wendy hopes to help introduce people to the delicious possiblity of real and healthy food to boost overall energy and improve overall health. She wants to banish common misconceptions that low-fat, artificial food is healthy, and instead focus on educating others to create a lifestyle with a healthy balance of natural and whole foods and regular exercise.

22. Jill Dumas – After trouble with IBS, Jill went to the doctor only to be told that she would need to undergo invasive tests and be put on anti-depressants. She began to research alternatives and realized that some of the toxic foods she was consuming were the culprits. She began creating a healthy lifestyle build around whole foods and natural health remedies without completely cutting out certain foods from her diet, but instead living a life of healthy moderation.

23. Tatiana Barrera – Eat Alkaline Foods has made it a mission to become a resource for making healthy eating easier and more accessible to the everyday person. They focus on creating a lifestyle of respect for ourselves, our health, for others, and our planet.

24. Robyn Openshaw – Robyn used to weight over 200 pounds with numerous chronic health problems. After realizing that the drugs weren’t working, she took matters into her own hands and worked to build a healthy lifestyle through wholesome and natural eating (and plenty of green smoothies). Now she lives a life free of health problems without relying on drugs and living a life as a competitve athlete.

Nov
26

Top 44 Lip Balm Blogs & Recipes

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Lip Balm blogs

If you spend as much money on lip balm as I do, then you’ll come to love making your own. If you’ve never tried the DIY approach, then I have the perfect post full of the best lip balm recipe blogs loaded with tutorials, how-to’s, and wonderful tips and tricks.

I decided to create a quality resource for readers looking for lip balm recipes, to offer them information with variety and plenty of information from what I have found to be some of the best lip balm recipe blogs online. I’m such a fan of these blogs, I’ve gone ahead and created badges so their visitors know they are one of the top lip balm blogs on the internet.  The order below is not in any particular order, so browse freely. Each blog will offer you something new to explore.Enjoy!

1. Christina – Christina refers to herself as a lip balm addict. Hey, we all have something! Although, Christina decides to use her addiction to better your lip balm investments by doing frequent reviews of what’s worth the splurge and what you should save your money on.

2. Lisa – Lisa walks you through the wonderful world of lip balms, from glosses to tints to DIY recipes with her blog. When this blogger isn’t busy reviewing her latest purchase, she’s probably updating one of her other dozen blogs, mostly focused on other lip balm related products. She is the artisan and chief formulator behind ForGoodnessGrape and The Lip Balm Queen and makes over 500 lip balms in every flavor and combination that you could possibly imagine to cater to fellow lip balm addicts worldwide.

3. Chaptastic.com – If you’ve ever found Chapstick in every pocket of your pants, every drawer in your house, and under any cushion on your couch, then you may have found the perfect site for your Chapstick affair. Determined to find the perfect tube of Chapstick, this blog revolves around reviews and products to help you find the brand you love.

4. Katie – Katie loves lip products, and cats, more than your average girl. This makes her wonderfully qualified to share her expert-ish insight on how to keep your lips radiant, using balms, butters, gloss, or stain.

5. PumpsAndGloss – This is a site of true variety. As the name suggests, topics are from pumps to lip gloss and everything in between for “the fabulous and sassy.” They’ll cover all of your favorite products and brands, and help you learn how to give your look a major update. Scroll through the feed and learn about the latest cosmetics, while reading an editor’s favorite review and learning how to clean your makeup brushes. A fabulous, one-stop-shop beauty blog.

6. BalmCollector.tumblr.com – A great, quick stop for short, to the point reviews on your favorite lip balms. From drugstores to high end, get the know on these products before you invest your money. An honest review, the investment, and what it might pair nicely with so you can keep your lips happy and healthy.

7. Val – Dry Lips is a wildly informative blog built on the well-traveled editor’s experience in the constant changes in the quality of her lips. From cold to dry climates, and low-to-high end products, Val will walk you through restoring the perfect condition to your puckers.

8. LipBalmAnonymous.com – Definitely an interesting twist on the lip balm blogs we’ve seen, this one actually suggestions that lip balm addiction is a serious, trending issue. A wildly informative intro video can be watched on their homepage, put together by journalism students. Not believing it? Read through some of their facts about drying agents put into popular brands like Carmex and you may lose your skepticism.

Our Favorite Lip Balm Recipes

1. Martha – Martha at The Beauty Junkee advises readers on what lip balms work for dry lips to pair with matte lipstick to stay crack-free, but more importantly, how to alleviate the problem of dry lips in the first place.

2. Rebecca – Rebecca from the Soap Deli News Blog shares a lip balm recipe that is perfect for birthday parties or even wedding favors. Made with all natural shea butter, cocoa butter, and mango butter, this recipe is highly customizable and can be made in under 30 minutes.

3. TheNerdyFarmWife.com – Learn how to use mint (fresh from the garden!) to infuse oil and turn it into lip balm. The Nerdy Farm Wife shares two lip balm recipes using this all-natural infusion technique.

4. Ashley – Ashley at Simply Designing shares an all-natural lip balm recipe in preparation for winter chapped lips. This recipe is fun, easy, and customizable making up to four containers of lip balm.

5. Jamie – This all-natural lip balm recipe uses herbs from your own backyard to add fragrance, natural oils, and a visual flourish. This recipe is perfect for a bridal shower, baby shower, or a fun girls’ night.

6. HowDoeShe.com – This homemade lip balm doubles as a lip stain for a stylish take on a chapped lip moisturizer using only two ingredients and just one minute of assemble time!

7. BeautyLish.com – Perfect for holiday gifts or combating winter chill, this lip balm recipe is full of peppermint goodness and you can even use a recycled Altoid container for the finished product.

8. Stephanie – Using honey in your lip balm is said to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties, but Stephanie of Garden Therapy uses it because it simply makes a “darn good good lip balm.” She shares this all-natural hemp and honey lip balm recipe for happy lips.

9. Grit.com – This simple, all-natural lip balm uses beeswax (the most versatile and widely used of all bee byproducts) and ingredients that are probably already in your pantry.

10. MyMerryMessyLife.com – As the cold sets in, use this chemical-free lip balm recipe to soothe dry and chapped lips. Clove and orange make this lip balm an especially perfect gift for the holidays and only takes about 10 minutes to make.

11. Ashley Marie – Many lip balms you buy at the store contain chemicals that actually do damage to your skin and lips, which not only exposes your body to unnecessary toxins, but is also counterproductive to its entire purpose. Instead, Ashley Marie shows us how to make your own natural lip balm using this simple recipe.

12. Torie Jayne – Torie Jayne shares a homemade lip balm recipe that doesn’t sacrifice the sparkly fun from some of the store-bought varieties. She used this as a fun holiday gift for her family and friends, and along with the recipe even includes some free printable labels you can use to dress up your lip balm containers.

13. AromaHead – AromaHead offers this homemade lip balm recipe that is kid-friendly so they can participate in creating their favorite lip balm flavors (like chocolate and vanilla!). Based with all-natural infusions and wax, these homemade lip balms are soothing, fun, and last a long time.

14. Colleen – Colleen started making her own lip balm after noticing the rising prices of the chemically laden varieties found in stores and decided that she could make it herself. She shares her highly customizable lip balm recipe that her whole family uses and loves.

15. Andrea – Andrea from Frugally Sustainable has created a luscious strawberry lip balm with 100% organic flavoring and all-natural ingredients. The lip balm recipe will lock in moisture AND indulge your strawberry sweet tooth.

16. Lori – Women in Victorian times made their own tinted lip balms, so Lori of Our Heritage of Health has decided to take on the tradition by sharing a recipe following in our ancestors’ footsteps from an actual women’s magazine in the 1800s. And since chemicals were a foreign concept in the days of yore, you can be assured that this recipe is full of all-natural goodness.

17. CatsOnTheHomestead – If an effort to stay away from petroleum-based lip balms, synthetic dyes, and preservatives, Cats on the Homestead offers this natural wax and oil-based lip balm recipe as a basic structure to customize however you want.

18. HowToBePerfectWoman.com – Healthier and more effective than commercial lip balms, this basic recipe by How to Be Perfect Woman is easy and highly customizable.

19. Lindsey – After experimenting with making her own non-toxic sunscreen and bug repellent, Lindsey of Homemade Mommy decided it was time to try her hand at replacing her beloved commercial lip balm with a more natural homemade variety. Her chocolate mint lip balm recipe turned out to be much easier (and cheaper) than she expected, and best of all she can stock her entire house with a lip balm that is completely non-toxic.

20. APumpkingAndAPrincess.com – Shimmer, a pop of color, AND only two ingredients? A Pumpkin and a Princess shares this easy DIY lip balm which soothes and softens your lips and is princess approved.

21. Dawn – Dawn shares an easy, two-ingredient lip balm recipe using ingredients that you can probably find in your pantry. This recipe is fun and easy and Dawn even shares some printable labels to add to your finished lip balm tubes to decorate and give away as gifts to family and friends.

22. UntrainedHousewife.com – Untrained Housewife presents a lip balm recipe that is not only easy, but higher quality than many of the commercial lip balm options. Not only that, but this recipe allows you to create a lip balm with the texture, flavor, and coloring that works best for YOU.

23. VermontFarmHeart.com – Vermont Farm Heart claims an “addiction” to lip balm. She always grew up with a Chap Stick nearby, but now finds the process of making her own so easy that she has transitioned from the commercial to the homemade. Here she shares two varieties of lip balm recipes which are both basic and easy to tweak.

24. Dominique – Lip balms and lipsticks are generally the most used cosmetic item, so it only makes sense to make them yourself if you buy them on a regular basis anyway. Not only is it great for personal use, but you can make enough to sell on Etsy or other crafting sites. This recipe is simple and fun and can create some amazing results.

25. Jes – These coconut honeybee lip balms make excellent gifts for family and friends, plus the recipe is extremely easy and doesn’t require any fancy equipment to make. Jes also includes printable labels you can use for your own lip balm tubes at the end of her post.

26. SavvyBrown.com – Savvy Brown uses this two-ingredient lip balm recipe to soothe and prep her lips. This recipe is all-natural and can also be used as a cuticle moisturizer, a solid perfume, and even as a quick conditioner for dry hair.

27. AmazingHerbsAndOils.com – This DIY lip balm recipe can help heal and prevent cold sores naturally! Using lemon balm, which is a natural cold sore-fighting herb, this lip balm recipe is easy and effective.

28. Gabby – Gabby loves this lip balm recipe because it is packed with only natural ingredients (as opposed to her recently kicked habit of Victoria’s Secret lip gloss) and it truly soothes her lips against the Boston cold. This recipe is easy and cheaper than store-bought lip balms

29. Birkatchaverim.com – This kid-friendly lip balm recipe avoids the use of a stove or fire so that kids can more safely participate in making their own natural lip balm using beeswax, peppermint oil, and cocoa to create a fun activity with a delicious flavor.

30. Marina Marchese  – This simple recipe is the lip balm that all bee keepers should know and use. With all-natural beeswax, this lip balm is creamier than commercial lip balms and is easy to customize using your own preferred essential oils and natural fragrances.

31. Staci – This chocolate covered orange lip balm recipe evokes the scents of the season and is a great gift idea. This recipe also includes Vitamin E oil for additional skin healing properties as well as a natural preservative.

32. Kinsey Mhire – Kinsey shares four lip balm variations that are all-natural and make excellent gifts for family and friends: peppermint, honey and chamomile, lavender and vanilla, and chocolate.

33. Shaina Olmanson – Shaina gives two excellent lip balm recipes and breaks down the natural ingredients of each to explain why they help nourish your lips. She also provides a free printable label to decorate your own lip balm tubes with so you can gift them to family, friends, and secret admirers.

34. Kaylie – Kaylie posts about her chocolate peppermint lip balm recipe reminding us of delicious winter cocoa while keeping our lips moisturized and protected from the winter cold.

35. Erica – Erica created a fun activity to do with her kids by making their own home made lip balm out of all-natural ingredients. She shares the process as well as the three variations they made and even took the time to create custom labels for each of the containers.

36. Leslie – Leslie of Crunch Betty shares three DIY lip balm recipes which are easy and can be adjusted to meet your own customizations. Leslie even uses some of these recipes as an all-over body moisturizer.

Nov
11

Top 49 Natural Living and Homemaking Blogs

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There are endless books, articles, and resources about natural living and homemaking that it can be daunting to explore. I wanted to create a helpful post that could be a one-stop-shop of sorts for information and quality resources for people looking for reliable information about natural living and homemaking blogs.

In fact, I endorse them all so much that I made a badge for them to display and be recognized as one of the top natural living and homemaking blogs on the Internet. They are not listed in any particular order. Truly, I’d give them all the #1 spot if I could.

1. Kristy – Homeschooling can sound daunting to anyone, especially with five children. Follow Kristy as she shares her tips and tricks for her homeschooling success that are sure to make you feel more confident in your role. She also shares her gluten-free recipes and menu-planning to help you organize and simplify your life.

2. GuideToLivingNaturally.com – If you want to live a more holistic, sustainable lifestyle this blog is a jackpot resource for you. This blog has recipes and tips on natural cleaning and decorating, how to cultivate a natural garden, learning a natural beauty regimine, and so much more. Delightfully informative articles with a blogroll going back three years of information and tips for you and your family to be more planet friendly.

3. ModernAlternativeHealth.com – The mission of this site is to educate and empower it’s readers to make informed decisions about their health. ‘Modern Alternative Health,’ recognizes that there is a lot of information out there that can be misleading and confusing. Wonderfully informative, and a great starting point for anyone looking to change to a natural lifestyle.

4. Kylie – Her name is Kylie, and she likes to make things out of plants. If that’s not charming enough for you, Kylie’s blog is written with the intent to help her readers “bloom” through every season and accept that they may shed a few petals in the process. Learn green recipes and healthy living tips to “bloom” in any season.

5. NaturesNurtureBlog.com – Natures Nurture’ philosophy is summarized in four words: frugal, natural, sustainable, and homemade. From recipes to kitchen tips, everything you find on this blog fits into one of those four categories. Follow this family’s inspiring journey to a healthier, more sustainable life.

6. AllNaturalMe.com – This site is just bursting with personality behind this blogger’s natural living lifestyle. Follow her recipes, reviews, and tips on how to enjoy a natural lifestyle. She has hundreds of blogposts on an array of topics, step-by-step tutorials, and even helpful videos.

7. ArtOfNaturalLiving.com – Dating back two decades of “green history,” this blog is innovative, fun, and inspiring. They feature their family tips through discovering an organic, sustainable lifestyle and share their tips to save you the headache of research and a few dollars in your pocket.

8. NaturallySavvy.com – Finally a site that you can trust amongst all the misleading news sites about what’s going on with our food supply, and what words like GMO’s and chemical additives mean and how they are creeping into our homes and our bodies. Educate yourself on the environmental impact our food sources are facing, and keep your conscious, and your body, clean and clear with this source to support you.

9. Amanda – Amanda is a wonder-mom, both in day-to-day, and her journey to motherhood. She shares her journey through her health struggles, and how she remedied her body to carry two children after being told she would never have any. When she’s not chasing her two little ones, or updating her blog, Amanda is studying to become a certified herbalist, and making goodies to sell other organic mommies.

10. KitchenStewardship.com – If you’re like most families, then you’ve probably struggled with the balance of eating healthier, saving money, and still having the time to spend time with each other. ‘Kitchen Stewardship,’ is all about finding and maintaining that balance to let you live a happier, healthier life.

11. NaturalLivingIdeas.com – The newbies and the seasoned pro’s will delight of the inspiration behind ‘Natural Living Ideas.’ Filled with wonderful recipes, informative articles, and money-saving tips and tricks, it’s a wonderful resource to anyone committed to learning ways to live a more natural life.

12. NaturalLivingSource.com – Hipocrates once said, ” Let medicine be your food and let food be your medicine. The ladies over at ‘Natural Living Source,’ are creating a lifestyle over food that heals, and medicine that tastes delicious! They host dinner parties, detoxes, and so much more to get you on your way to a healthy life.

13. Eliza Cross – Eliza is an organic gardener, mother, and full-time author that changed up her lifestyle when she found herself yearning for more simplicity. Now her priorities look at little different, like fostering peace and laughter in her home, giving back, and being gentler to the planet. Follow her journey to a simple, sustainable lifestyle with an emphasis on laughter along the way.

14. Lindsey Janeiro – Healthy Living Blog,’ was born to enhance the healthy living blog world. It is for readers to find new blogs, new resources, connect with like-minded individuals to find support in their everyday healthy life. All blogs are supported that support living a healthy life, from food to fitness, and anything in between.

15. Rebecca Simmons – Looking for fun inspiration as a naturally-living mom? Rebecca has the perfect site for tips, recipes, and daily inspiration to create a little more color and a lot less waste in your home. Follow her journey through three kids and three pets to maintain a fun, natural, happy home.

16. MileHiMama.com – Here’s to a Houston mom with so many children she can’t even count them all! As her headline will tell you, she is “disorganized, discombobulated, and devoted,” to living a desperately frugal life for her nine children. Read her tips on big-family living, and how to balance it with a natural lifestyle and a serious budget.

17. Amber – Amber and her husband decided to embark on a greener, more organic lifestyle when his health conditions started to effect their daily lives. They learned ways to keep his eczema and celiac disease at bay, and want to share their tips and tried remedies for families navigating their way to a greener, more organic lifestyle.

18. GreenMoxie.com – “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spend the night with a mosquito.” This African Proverb is the perfect opening line for this page, as referenced in their about section. ‘Green Moxie,’ is all about giving you the tools and resources to live a “greener, leaner life.” Learn how you can make a difference and an impact with your lifestyle.

19. Meg – Meg is a passionate Nutrition and Public Health Graduate Student, Yoga Instructor, Corporate Wellness Consultant, and Freelance Writer/Designer, that still finds time to fill her reader’s days with inspiration and tips for a healthier lifestyle. This busy girl knows the secret: simplicity. Follow Meg through her busy days, and her inspiring posts to encourage you to a natural lifestyle.

20. NaturalDSM.com – Discover natural living through the city of Des Moines. This blog has tips transitioning your disposable lifestyle, into a sustainable, eco-friendly, planet-loving way of living that will make you feel better inside and out. Read along for helpful, educational resources that are sure to make you think twice about some of your current consumer choices.

21. Genevive – Genevive shares her journey to a natural lifestyle through motherhood and health struggles. Her site is dedicated to any mom’s that fuss over GMO’s or have struggled with a baby carrier, to bring together like-minded mom’s for a healthier, happier life for babies. Enjoy her posts, watch her twice-weekly videos, and subscribe to her newsletter to stay updated and informed.

22. MyHealthyGreenFamily.com – This “free range mama,” is an inspiration to mom’s and the natural living lifestyle. Follow her journey through raising her three little ones, sustainable living, gardening, farming, creating cleaning and body products, and more. She shares her delicious recipes and wonderful parenting tips any mom is sure to love.

23. Tiffany – Crossfit, paleo, green mom of three shares all her passions and interests around health, wellness, and sustainability issues. Tiffany helps you navigate through eco-art supplies, healthy recipes, and alternative remedies to stave off your little one’s illness.

24. Pamela Barnes – Pamela thought she was being a conscious consumer, until she learned the truth about labels. When she rolled up her sleeves and started doing her homework, she learned the products she thought were healthy actually contained hard-to-pronounce synthetic chemicals that were rarely tested for safety. She shares a reliable source of researched material to educate and inform her readers so they can make healthy choices for their budgets and their bodies.

25. LightCleanSimple.com – Honest, real, and sometimes outwardly opinionated, ‘Light Clean Simple,’ is a gem for the natural living journey. “Simple living for better health, natural beauty, and peace of mind,” is the tagline for this blog that delivers it all with delightfully written articles and fresh content.

26. OrganicAuthority.com – A tried and true site for all things natural and organic. The writers at ‘Organic Authority,’ have made it their passion to cover organics “from the inside out, outside in, and all the way around,” to get you the best recipes and news on everything organic.

27. Erin – A visit to the doctor turned into a life overhaul for this overwhelmed mom. A chronic tension headache led to a serious life evaluation of time, work-life balance, pursuing business ideas, and raising two children. Something had to give, and sure enough it was her lifestyle that got the fine-tooth comb. Follow her story for inspiration on simplifying your life.

28. Andrea Dekker – Andrea Dekker is a brand, a business, a blog, but mostly, she’s a person. She is a real mom, wife, and business woman showing you how to organize and simplify your life. Andrea is refreshingly passionate about what she shares, and delightfully “real.”

29. Tammy Vermeulen – Tammy shares her natural, simple-living lifestyle with her passion for her family and her church. As she says, “we only have one body and one soul; the Divine takes care of the soul and we take care of the rest. ” Follow her journey to healthy, sustainable living.

30. Green4U.com – Written by a “born environmentalist…child to normal parents,” the author examines the way we have strayed from the environmentally friendly “norm” to an utter lack of love or care for the deteroriating planet. She hopes to inspire readers to teach the next generation to be “green natives,” so we can preserve some of our environment.

31. Angela – Angela is a certified herbalist and mother, which makes her an “herbalist mama,” with so much to share. She loves herbs, crafting, science exploring, and sharing ways for your children to delve into them all and discover new things. Her posts are delightfully refreshing, passionate and inspiring.

32. TheNovaStudio.com – The Nova Studio is based in the San Francisco Bay area and offers fun classes like candle and soapmaking, as well as bath and body products. Keep up with the latest by following the blog, or register yourself for a class to see what goodies you can make.

33. Allyson – Allyson is the talent behind all the love and care that goes into discovering, what she calls, “fulfilled homemaking.” Allyson shares the importance of making a home, and enjoying the time you have with loved ones and the things you love most. Share her recipes, ideas, crafting projects, and tips on living a more natural lifestyle and discover the fulfillment in housemaking.

34. Stephanie – Stephanie’s journey to natural living started after a health scare made her realize she needed to a serious lifestyle change. With the option to be on medication for the rest of her life and likely never conceive, Stephanie started making changes to her diet and try to restore her health naturally. Well, it worked! Now a mom to four, Stephanie shares her inspirational journey and the lessons she’s learned along the way to be a healthy, happy mom.

35. Kate – Living naturally is pretty much Kate’s second nature. Following in her mother’s naturalist ways, Kate finds her passion surrounding living a natural, sustainable lifestyle through food, beauty, travel, yoga and more. Share Kate’s knowledge, or at least her yummy recipes, and educate yourself on the products to add and avoid in your life.

36. Laura – Laura and her husband, Matt, share their path toward a heavenly home with their four boys and devotion to homeschooling and their faith. Laura shares her successes, and failures, in the kitchen and in life and always stops to share her gratitude for her family and her life. Share in why she loves homeschooling, and sharing her heavenly home tips.

37. Erin – Erin is a full-time mom that has a true passion for writing and serving the lord. Her blog is “grace-filled natural living,” where she shares all of her favorite projects, recipes, and natural living tips. Share in Erin’s eBook “Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert,” sure to make you think twice about your diaper choice.

38. ArtfulHomemaking.com – A great resource for homemakers trying to add a little more color, and a little more fun to their homemaking routine. Wonderful articles on simple style and fashion, healthy recipes and kitchen tips, and even activites for kids to keep them creatively engaged.

39. Kelly – Kelly gives credit to her talents as a stay-at-home mom that stays plenty busy to her savior, Jesus Christ. With six little ones to care for, Kelly gets read about the struggles, and challenges, that are behind motherhood. She shares her own personal feelings around bad days, motivating other moms, and the not-so-secret post-partum depression.

40. Alix – After taking a course on herbalism during her pregnancy, Alix has discovered a passion for studying and learning more about natural remedies and essential oils. She shares her natural lifestyle, money saving tips, and even giveaways on her blog.

41. Crystal – After sharing photos and recipes on her facebook page earned her the nickname, “Happy Homemaker,” Crystal listened to the encouragement of friends and started a blog to share and archive all her photos and recipes. She’s expanded out of the kitchen, and into household cleaning, DIY, organizing, cleaning, and more.

42. Amy – A little twist on the modern homemaker, Amy is a single 20-something that is passionate about homemaking for, well, her and her little dog. Amy rejects the consumersist status quo to focus one what really matters most, like reconnecting with her core values. Share Amy’s trials and tribulations, and her journey from single life to surely a happy, healthy family.

43. Sonia – Sonia is a work at home mom in France, that loves to share her photos, textile experiments, homemade creations, and more. Her photos are magazine worthy, and her inventory of naturally dyed products will surely have you swooning, or shopping.

44. HomesteadSimple.com – A delightful mother-daughter collaboration, this site shares the fun they have together creating a natural, sustainable lifestyle. They believe all things should be natural and organic, and love sharing their discoveries along their journey to achieving a lifestyle that is.

45. Tsh Oxenreider – Share in this delightful community Tsh has created, and find inspiration to simplify your life and maintain your sense of self even though you’ve become a parent. With weekly collaborators, Tsh really keeps the conversation, and the voices changing, to keep you tuned in and connecting. Share motherhood with other mom’s that do their best, but embrace that their far from perfect.

46. Amy Bayliss – If you’ve come for inspiration, you might want to stay a while. Amy is nothing short of a miracle mom, that gives her credit to her faith in God. Amy shares her very timely stories of heartache, divorce, facing her son’s condition, and sudden loss. Share in Amy’s joy and sadness and how she keeps shining and smiling to raise her family as the leader.

47. Shannon – When Shannon had two little boys, she and her husband decided to get back to simple living. They purchased two acres of land in Texas where they are building their homestead to nourish their family with homegrown foods, chemical-free living, and learning a simple, sustainable way of life.

48. Noelle – Noelle’s passion knows no limit is crafting and creating. I mean from DIY deodorant, to serious wedding cake creating, this newly-pregnant mama has some bonified talents. Share in Noelle’s joy of her first successful pregnancy, and all of her joys, and surprises, around creating her first baby.

49.  Mega Oils-  It’s no secret that modern living comes with more than its fair share of stress. Mega Oils is a comprehensive guide to using natural oils as a remedy for the problems of everyday life. From treating headaches to getting a great night’s sleep, megaoils.com will keep you up to date with natural solutions for the strains of everyday life.

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25

What Ingredients are in Fragrance Oils?

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fragrance bottleMost fragrances are a combination of many aromatic ingredients.  These ingredients are derived from nature or created by scientific methods. Natural Ingredients include essential oils, resins, and absolutes.

Natural Ingredients:

AROMATIC ESSENTIAL OILS are derived from plants using either distillation or cold pressing.  They are generally in liquid form.  An essential oil from one plant can vary in color, odor, and price depending on the crop from which the oil is derived.  Mother Nature rules here and variations between lots of the same oil must be assessed for suitability.  And, not all plants yield aromatic essential oils.

Examples of Aromatic Essential Oils are:  Orange Oil, Lavender Oil, Patchouli Oil, Cedar Wood Oil

RESINS are materials which are exuded from a plant when the other layer of the plant is cut.  They are dense and sticky and may solidify into a solid mass.  Heat may be required to melt some resins.   Resins are long lasting fragrance ingredients.   Examples:   Myrrh resin, Benzoin resin, Fir resin, Oakmoss resin, Copel Resin Tears.

ABSOLUTES are created by removing the aromatic components from plants which cannot yield essential oils.  Many plants are too fragile to be distilled; therefore the absolute is the form in which we capture the aromatic components of the plant.  The absolute is highly concentrated and somewhat viscous.  Now, the yield of absolute material per plant is exceptionally small, and the processing is very labor intensive.  As a result, absolutes are usually very expensive.

Examples:  Rose absolute, Orange flower absolute, Jasmine absolute, Narcisse absolute.

Manmade Ingredients include aromatic ingredients in liquid, crystalline, or powder form.  Commonly called chemicals, manmade fragrance ingredients produce a wide variety of aromatic sensations.  Some of these ingredients are also found in nature, but science can reproduce them synthetically.  The synthetic versions are generally less expensive, more consistent in odor and color and widely available.

Aromatic chemicals offer the perfumer a vast palette of materials to compliment natural ingredients.  They help control the cost of a fragrance and help ensure consistent quality.  Many aromatic chemicals can create intense, unusual or dramatic effects in a fragrance.  Most fragrances are a combination of the natural and synthetic ingredients.  The perfumer will choose materials based on odor, cost, and stability in the product being scented.
Examples of manmade aromatic materials:  citral, linalyl, acetate, phenyl, ethyl, vanillin.

These ingredients form Fragrance Oils.

Parts of a Fragrance Oilfragrance-oils

A fragrance oil is divided into 3 distinct parts.  The top note, the middle note, and the base note.  Each of these usually has an assortment of ingredients.

Top notes are the most volatile fragrance ingredients.  The top notes give the fragrance its initial burst and can provide impact in a finished product.  Top notes are the first to evaporate, leaving the middle notes of the fragrance to be explored.  Traditional top notes include citrus oil and light aromatic chemicals such as esters.

Middle notes are also called the fragrance heart.  They represent the true fragrance character.  The middle notes are longer lasting than the top notes.  These ingredients form the fragrance signature and are evident throughout most of the life of the fragrance.  Typical middle notes include floral, spice, and fruit tones.

Base Notes are also called the bottom notes or dry down.  Base notes are the longest lasting components of the fragrance.  These ingredients support the fragrance and give it depth.  Base notes remain long after the top and middle notes have evaporated.  Perfumists use base notes to anchor the volatile fragrance notes in a fragrance.  Commonly used materials for base notes are musk, vanilla, resins, and woods.