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How to Make an In-Shower Moisturizer Bar

I got the idea for an in-shower moisturizer a year or so ago after stumbling across Curious Soapmaker’s blog about trying to recreate a Lush product – body conditioner bars. I don’t believe they sell these anymore, but I was intrigued by the concept. Using fresh banana and avocado in the recipe, however, just freaked me out – you’d have to use it all up immediately in one use or you’d have a nasty, moldy mess. Sometimes I don’t know how Lush gets away with this stuff…but I digress.

The point is, I liked the idea of a body conditioner, because my skin itches like crazy in the winter (I take longer, hotter showers when it’s cold, which probably isn’t helping). So I decided to make this without following the Lush recipe at all. Instead, I modified my own lotion bar recipe to make it more melty, and ended up with a product that is quick to apply and keeps my skin moisturized all day.

I keep one of these in the shower, next to my soap. It stays in the container with the lid on, so it doesn’t melt away when I’m not using it. I got five little bars out of this 8 oz recipe and each bar lasts a little over a week.

Skin Conditioning In-Shower Moisturizer Recipe

  • 6.4 oz cocoa butter
  • 1.2 oz apricot kernel oil (or other quick absorbing oil like meadowfoam, grapeseed, hemp)
  • .4 oz beeswax pastilles
  • up to .08 oz fragrance or essential oil (I think .05 is plenty, but the cocoa butter scent is strong, so you don’t really need to bother with fragrance)
  • 1 ml (.04%) vitamin E (tocopherol) – I skipped this because I don’t intend to sell these.

Melt the cocoa butter and beeswax over low heat. Add the apricot kernel oil, vitamin E and fragrance. Pour into  melt-resistant 1-4 oz plastic containers with lids. You will need to be able to pop your bar out of the container once it has hardened, so make sure the plastic has a little give to it. I use containers from Dollar Tree or Dollar General for this. They are very inexpensive.

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How To Use Your In-Shower Moisturizer Bar

After bathing, while your skin is still wet, rub the bar over your skin. The heat of your skin will cause the bar to melt, leaving moisturizer behind. Place the bar back in its container and rub your hands over your skin to evenly distribute the moisturizer. Pat your skin dry with a towel (don’t rub or you’ll wipe it away).

At this point, I put on a bath robe and put on my facial moisturizer and deodorant and brush my hair. By the time I’m ready to get dressed, the moisturizer has absorbed, so I don’t have to worry about it staining my clothes.

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Easy Beard Oil Recipe

Just like the hair on your head, beard hair can get frizzy, too. To keep yourself looking dapper, add a little beard oil to that scruffy thing! This beard oil recipe can help to condition the skin under your beard, also.

Beard Oil Recipe

beard oil recipe

Add your essential oils to a 1 oz glass dropper bottle. Then add your carrier oils. The bottle won’t be completely full. I left a little room in case I wanted to add more fragrance. You can test it with 15 drops first, and add more to your preference. Just remember that essential oils on the face will seem way more potent, simply because it’s on your face.

Use 1-2 drops for a trim beard. Use 3 drops or more full a full beard. Rub the oil between your hands and rub your hands over your beard. The oil will soak in quickly and leave you with a tame, manly-smelling beard!

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How to Make Beer Soap

beer soapBeer soap is great – if you’ve never made it before (or used it on your skin), here are some reasons to try it:

  • The sugars in the beer give the soap a fantastic lather.
  • Beer soaps are a novelty that make a great gift. Plus if you have an uninterested man waiting for someone he is with to sniff all the soaps at your market table, if you hand him a beer soap, he’ll probably become interested! Beer drinkers are all about the beer soap!
  • Beer is actually good for your skin. Hops contain skin softening amino acids and are known to be antibacterial and soothing to irritated skin.
  • Once you are an expert at making beer soap, you can contact local breweries about private label soaps made with their beers – this can be a major source of revenue if breweries are plentiful in your area! The photo above is a private label soap I made for Lion Bridge Brewery, which is located in my town.

In the soap making world, beer is often considered an ingredient that you should leave alone until you’ve got some experience under your belt. This is true to a point, but if you know what to expect, it’s really not so hard.

First, let’s discuss a couple of myths that I see showing up in Facebook groups and forums on a regular basis.

Myths About Making Soap With Beer:

  • You have to let the beer go flat first
  • You have to cook off the alcohol
  • You have to freeze the beer first

I’ve tried the first two, but all of these things require an extra step and waiting time, and frankly – ain’t nobody got time for that. And really, none of this is necessary. At all. No, really. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why.

How to Add Beer to Soap

There are multiple ways you can incorporate beer into your soap recipe. You can use beer for all or a portion of your lye water. Or you can add the beer at trace, as long as you’ve used some other liquid at a 1:1 ratio (lye:liquid) when mixing your lye water. As long as you do that, you can add the remainder of your water portion at trace, no matter what the liquid is. With beer, I don’t like adding it at trace, because your soap will thicken up fast – I’m talking crazy fast! At first I thought it was because the beer wasn’t as warm as my soap batter, but after cooking the beer and adding it warm, I had the same results. If you want more time to work with your soap, just use the beer as your lye water and be done with it. But keep the following tips in mind.

Beer Soap Tips

When you add lye to beer, it can start to fizz up. So much so that it overflows out of the container and all over your countertop. As far as I know, this is the only reason people suggest following any of the mythical rules I mentioned earlier. Solution: use a larger container than necessary to mix your lye water. And maybe mix it in the sink instead of on a counter, just in case. And add your lye a little bit at a time, very slowly.

Also, lye water made with beer stinks to high Heaven. I highly recommend mixing it outside. If you mix it inside, do it in the basement or a room with plenty of ventilation and wear a respirator that protects you from breathing the fumes. I use this one and it works quite well.

Lastly, darker, heavier beers can lend a bread-like smell to your soap. This smell does not fade with curing. Keep this in mind when choosing a fragrance. Dark beers will also turn your soap a light beige color.

Do you have any beer soap tips or questions? Please leave them in the comments. And thank you for reading!

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The Best Aluminum-Free Homemade Deodorant

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I have tried lots of different “crunchy” deodorant alternatives, with little success. Popular brands that you can buy don’t work for me, and any deodorant recipe that has baking soda in it irritates my skin. The two things that have worked the best for me in the past were 1) straight up milk of magnesia smeared on my pits, and 2) using some leftover lanolin salve that I had made for healing cracked skin and following it up with some homemade body powder to eliminate the stickiness of the salve. The milk of magnesia really did fight odor for pretty close to the entire day, and the salve did almost as good of a job (it was just kind of gross to apply). I figured the reason the lanolin salve worked so well was the tea tree oil in the recipe, so I thought I would try adding tea tree oil to the milk of magnesia and then put it in a handy dandy applicator to keep my hands clean and eliminate waste.

And you know what? This aluminum-free homemade deodorant works like a charm! I wasn’t sure if the tea tree would mix in or just float on top, but it mixed in just fine. I like using this so much better than the lanolin salve. And it’s portable, so I think I’ll make up a second bottle for my gym bag. I may even try out a few other fragrance combinations.

The Best Aluminum-Free Homemade Deodorant (with no baking soda!)

Directions: Add your tea tree to the empty deodorant bottle and fill it the rest of the way with milk of magnesia (shake it up before you pour it). Then insert the roller ball into the top of your bottle, shake and apply. You’ll want to shake the bottle before each application, because milk of magnesia tends to separate a little.

It literally takes about 5 minutes to make this deodorant, and it works really well! This makes me happy, because I refuse to go back to store-bought deodorant with aluminum. This girl is not having any part of breast cancer, thank you very much.