Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Luxury Whipped Body Butter (no water) Recipe

Luxury Whipped Body Butter (no water)
Recipe (yields 32 oz of product)

27   grams Organic Borage Oil

5 teaspoons Arrowroot Powder

Containers (jars) for finished product.


1. In a large bowl, weigh out your mango butter. Using a hand blender or stand mixer, whip the butter on medium speed until it's light & fluffy (approx. 1 - 2 minutes).

Periodically scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

2. Add your liquid oils into the butter blend and turn your blender on low, so the oils does not splatter out of the bowl.

Periodically scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

3. Add in your fragrance or essential oil and your arrowroot powder. Use your spatula to hand stir this in until it is mostly mixed in. Then turn your hand blender on to a low - medium speed for approximately 1 - 2 minutes until your mixture is a light & fluffy butter.

4. Spatula your body butter into containers of your choice.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Whipped Pumpkin Seed Butter Recipe

1.2  grams citric acid
20   grams stearic acid
28   grams emulsifying wax
300 grams distilled water

18   grams deodorized cocoa butter

10   grams mango butter
10   grams babassu oil
21   grams organic pumpkin seed oil

14   grams liquid glycerin

5     grams germaben II 
4     grams pumpkin pie fragrance oil or fragrance/essential oil of choice. 

optional - 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch (reduces greasy feel)


Weigh out your citric acid, stearic acid, emulsifying wax and distilled water into an 87 ounce bucket or microwave safe container. Heat for approximately 2 minutes, making sure your waxes have completely melted. ( use 30 additional second increments until it has completely melted). 
Using a stick blender whip your ingredients together. 

Weigh out your oils and butters and add to the heated wax/water mixture. Whip again and continue to do so until it appears to thicken.

Last add your liquid glycerin, germaben II, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, and your fragrance oil. Continue to whip with the stick blender until your butter recipe is light and fluffy. 

Transfer into jars of your choice. Recipe yields approximately 16 oz of product.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DIY Bubble Bath


1 cup liquid castile soap 
1/4 cup distilled or filtered water
2/3 cup liquid glycerin
6 drops favorite fragrance or essential oil
bottle of choice
SLSA Coarse

Recipe yields around 11 ounces 
Stir together all ingredients and then pour into a plastic bottle.
Please note that this does not contain SLSA so the bubbles are subtle.
You can add some SLSA into the recipe at a rate of 3% or under.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Raspberry Ginger W/ Rose Clay C.P Soap Recipe

  • 2.26 oz wt Sodium Hydroxide
  • 6 oz Distilled Water

Follow basic soap making instructions & use your safety equipment.

  • Put on your safety goggles & neoprene gloves, combine your sodium hydroxide & your liquid, stir completely. Set the lye aside and allow it to cool between 100 – 125 degrees.
  • Combine your oils & heat. Temperature of oils needs to be between 100 – 125 degrees. 
  • When both your lye & your oils are at approximately the same temperature (100 – 125 degrees) you need to combine them. Use precautions to avoid splashing. 
  • I prefer lower temps around 110 degrees F.
  • Stir until the mixture traces. (You can use your stick blender to speed up this process).
  • Add your fragrance/essential oils and rose clay, incorporate them into soap completely. 
  • Pour your soap into your molds.

Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Mosquito Repellent

Creating your own mosquito repellent only takes a few minutes, but using it gives you up to six hours of anti-mosquito protection! Plus, because you’re using these all-natural ingredients, there are no harsh chemicals involved.
The base of this repellent is lemon & eucalyptus oil – lovely smelling to us, not so much to the mosquitoes.
Otherwise, you’ll only need two other ingredients to make your own bug spray.
– 15 drops of lemon essential oil
– 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 4 oz. witch hazel
The reason lemon eucalyptus works best to magically banish bugs is because of a compound it contains called menthoglycol. This compound has been shown to work just as well as the compound found in most repellents, DEET, but it doesn’t have the potentially harmful side effects of DEET.
You can also use citronella oil or lemongrass oil instead, but your spray will have to be re-applied every 30 minutes. 
Vanilla extract is optional, but it has been found to help improve the effectiveness of the spray…plus it smells just so darn nice.
And, finally, witch hazel can be substituted with vodka or fractionated coconut oil.
STEP 1: Add all 4 ingredients into a container.
STEP 2: Stir well, so everything is mixed thoroughly. The color will be dark due to the vanilla extract.
STEP 3: pour the mixture into any spray bottle. Spray all over before going outdoors for up to six hours of mosquito repellent.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Luck of the Irish C.P Soap Recipe

Luck of the Irish C.P Soap Recipe

Equipment needed:

2- 87 ounce buckets for weighing & melting oils.
2 Spatulas
2 Glass beakers (weigh out lye in one, water in the second)
1 Powder Duster
pH testing strips



6.55 oz wt. of Sodium Hydroxide
18    oz wt. Distilled Water

4      oz wt. Apricot Kernel Oil
4      oz wt. Avocado Oil
4      oz wt. Castor Oil
2      oz wt. Cocoa Butter
7      oz wt. Coconut Oil
2      oz wt. Mango Butter
7      oz wt. Palm Kernel Oil
12    oz wt. Palm Oil (sustainable)
6      oz wt. Safflower Oil

1 1/2 Scoops (1.25 cc scoop) of  Aqua Green Mica
1 1/2 Scoops (1.25 cc scoop) Fine Satin Gold Mica

Weigh out your ingredients and follow basic soap making directions:
Basic Soapmaking Directions: 
  • Put on your safety goggles & neoprene gloves, combine your sodium hydroxide & your liquid, stir completely. Set the lye aside and allow it to cool between 100 – 125 degrees.
  • Weigh your oils & heat. Temperature of oils needs to be between 100 – 125 degrees. If you are coloring your soap, add it to your oils at this time.
  • When both your lye & your oils are at approximately the same temperature (100 – 125 degrees) you need to combine them. Use precautions to avoid splashing. Stir with a stick blender until you reach light trace.
  • Add your Fragrance Oil, stir with the stick blender, don't let the soap get too thick.
  • Separate into two 87 oz buckets & color one half of the soap with the Aqua Green Mica. Stir in with a spatula. (pre-mix your Aqua Green Mica in some water so that it blends in easily.
  • Pour a thin layer of the green soap in the left side of mold, pour a thin layer of the natural on the right side. Then add a thin layer of natural (not colored)on top of the left side green, and green on top of the right side natural, continue until you get to the top and have used all your soap. 
  • I finished with green on the top. Once the soap has thickened enough to go back with a spoon or spatula and create peaks down the center (see pic). Go ahead and do this. Last will be to use your duster and sprinkle the fine satin gold mica over the top. 
  • Allow the soap to sit overnight before testing the pH (should be an 8) and then cutting & stacking so the bars can cure for a few weeks prior to using.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Milk Bath Fizzers Recipe

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Milk Bath Fizzers  from our Home Spa Retreat Bulletin

1 TBSP Powder Milk
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1.5 oz distilled water (In a Spray Bottle)
15 drops Essential or Fragrance Oil
1. Place all of your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together,

2. Using your water, spritz your mixture lightly (avoid adding too much water at one time, this will activate your fizz).

3. Continue misting the mixture with water     while you stir until all the water is gone.
                                                                  4. Add your fragrance or essential oil and stir, making sure that you have a consistent blend.

5. Your mixture may appear dry, but if you can pick up a handful and it sticks together, then it is the right consistency.

6. Press your mixture into the bottom of a mold ( drawer organizer works perfect, see pic).

7. Wait for the fizzer blend to completely harden over the next 8 hours.

8. Chip out the fizz 

with a Knife. You will have a bunch of random chunks. Store or package them in our PET jars. One recipe make enough to fill a 16 oz PET Jar.

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Lime & Ginger Salt Glow Recipe

    Lime & Ginger Salt Glow Recipe
    You will need the following to make this recipe:

    1/2 cup fine or medium sea salt
    1/2 cup organic grapeseed oil
    1/4 cup fresh pulverized ginger root (grocery store)

    1/4 tsp Ginger Fragrance Oil
    1/4 tsp Lime Essential Oil

    PET containers

    1. Mix the salt & puverized ginger root together
    2. When it appears to be a consistent blend, add your grapeseed oil and mix into the salt & ginger root.
    3. Add the lime essential oil & ginger fragrance oil. Mix thoroughly.
    4. Transfer to your PET jars and store until use. (we don't recommend storing in glass as your hands will be slippery & you could drop the glass in the shower.)
    **Use up quickly as this has not preservative. If you are giving as gifts or not planning on using it within a few days add some germaben II (preservative).

    To use: scoop out a handful at a time and exfoliate your skin. Rinse with warm water.
    Note: Do not use any equipment with copper, aluminum, cast iron or teflon finishes. 

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    Monday, February 22, 2016

    DIY- Sugar-LIp-Scrub

    DIY Sugar Lip Scrub


    - Measure out your sugar based off of how many you want to make. I like to fill my jar 3/4 full and transfer into a mixing container. Next I put in a little of the pink strawberry mica or lip safe mica of your choice. Mix up your sugar and mica until you achieve the color you want. Next add in your Golden Jojoba Oil and saturate the sugar. Don't add too much Golden Jojoba, see picture for desired consistency. Last add in a drop or two of your favorite flavor oil. Do a taste/ texture test and adjust to your preference. To use, rub on your lips and scrub to slough off dry skin. This is edible.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    DIY Basic Lip Balm

    Basic Lip Balm Making Directions: 
    • 20% of your recipe should be cosmetic grade Beeswax
    • 25% of your recipe should be any cosmetic grade oil that is solid at room temperature (coconut oil, palm oil, lanolin, shea butter, mango butter, sal butter, kokum butter)
    • 15% of your recipe should be any cosmetic grade oil that is brittle at room temperature (cocoa butter, palm kernel oil, etc.)
    • 40% of your recipe should be any cosmetic grade oil that is liquid at room temperature (sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, etc.)
    • All terms of measurements are weights. Measure your recipe in ounces, grams, or pounds
    1. Weigh all of your ingredients
    2. Melt them in a double boiler until all of your recipe is melted (never melt over direct heat!)
    3. When all of your ingredients are melted you can add your flavor oil or essential oil to taste (start with small amount and add as needed)
    4. Fill your containers with lip balm (we recommend using disposable plastic pipettes)

    Monday, February 15, 2016

    Tiger Balm Recipe


    5  grams  clove essential oil

    13 grams beeswax

    4  grams hemp seed oil
    4  grams wheat germ oil

    Combine oils & beeswax in a double boiler and melt over low heat, just until melted. 
    Avoid over heating! (don't add the vitamin e oil in until later)
    Weigh out your essential oils and add them to the melted mixture, as well as your vitamin e oil. stir together well & then transfer to the .5 oz ointment tins. Once they have cooled they are ready to use.
    You should have enough Tiger Balm to fill five of the silver .5 oz tins. 

    Tiger Balm is used for:
    • Headaches and migraines
    • Stomach ache caused by wind in the tummy
    • Stuffy nose
    • Muscle aches and pain
    • Itching and pain caused by insect bites
    Here are some of the effective ways that you can use Tiger Balm ointments;

    Sprains, muscle aches, arthritic and rheumatic conditions

    For sprains in your feet and hands, soak the affected areas in a basin of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. Towel dry and immediately massage Tiger Balm medicated ointment, balm or liniment into the affected areas gently. For other parts of your body like your shoulders, knees or elbows, etc, it is best to apply the Tiger Balm after a warm bath. Alternatively, you can use a slightly moist warm towel to warm the areas before application.

    Stuffy nose

    Prepare a basin of hot water and place it on a table. Apply Tiger Balm under your nostrils. Use a towel large enough to drape it over your head. With your eyes closed, position your face just above the basin of hot water, making sure that the towel covers the basin. Breathe in the steam till your nasal passage clears.

    Expelling wind from stomach

    Prepare a basin of warm water and a towel large enough to cover your tummy. Apply a small amount of Tiger Balm onto your tummy and massage well into the area. Soak the towel into the basin. Wring the water from the towel, making sure that the towel is still slightly moist. Use the warm towel to cover your tummy. Repeat the process once the towel cools down.

    Headaches and migraines

    For fast relief of headaches and migraines, place a warm towel on your forehead. Apply a small amount of Tiger Balm  to both sides of your temple and massage well into the area.

    Luxury All Over Cream

    Luxury All over Cream

    42   grams  Emulsifying Wax
    30   grams  Stearic Acid
    1.8  grams  Citric Acid
    450 grams  Distilled Water

    60   grams Mango Butter
    42   grams Hemp Seed Oil or Wheat Germ Oil 

    10  grams Liquid Glycerin
    11  grams Sodium Lactate
    9    grams Optiphen ND

    4 - 6 grams of your favorite Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil

    You will need:
    87 ounce bucket used for melting ingredients in the microwave.
    Stick Blender used for whipping your ingredients into the cream consistency.
    Jar containers (this is thick & we recommend putting it in a jar) for your finished product.
    Recipe yields 24 ounces of product.

    1. Weigh out the ingredients in the first paragraph, remember to weigh each ingredient out and then transfer to your 87 ounce bucket. That way if you go over you are not cross contaminating ingredients when you put them back into the original container. 
    2. Heat for 4 minutes in the microwave. Stir them with your stick blender & check to make sure the wax has melted & there are not any chunks. If there are chunks that have not melted continue to heat for 30 seconds until it has all melted.
    3. Weigh out your second paragraph while your heating the first and have it ready to add into the 87 ounce bucket. Add your butters and oils into the bucket with your heated water & waxes. Using the stick blender stir for a minute. 
    4. Weigh out your last paragraph and add it to the 87 ounce bucket ingredients, stir with the stick blender for a minute. Your cream will begin to thicken as it cools. 
    5. Last add it your fragrance or essential oil and stir really well. The cream will need to cool down. I leave my stick blender upright in the bucket and start to clean up. While your cream is thickening periodically go over and turn the stick blender on to whip it. 
    6. When your cream is nice and thick, transfer into your jars of choice using a spatula. 

    I always wipe my jars out with a clorox wipe prior to filling.

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

    Rebatching cold process soap

    Re-batching Cold Process Soap
    There are two main reasons you need to rebatch your soap: To fix a batch of soap that you've made a mistake on and it is testing too alkaline, or to use ingredients (dried herbs, exfoliants) that don't react well in an alkaline enviroment or tend to turn brown. I usually don't rebatch unless I absolutely have to. 
    The first step in rebatching is to get the soap into as small of pieces as possible. If the soap has been curing for a couple of days, you’ll be able to use a cheese grater to grate the soap. If the soap is fresh out of the mold (too soft to even grate,) just cut it into small chunks.
    You can use just plain water to help the soap melt. However, many people like to use milk instead of water. I like goats milk as it seems to help the soap melt into a smoother consistency.

    A good starting place with a week-old batch of soap would be about 2 or 3 ounces of liquid per pound of grated soap. Start with 2…if it just doesn’t seem “wet” enough, add another.
    The only problem with adding too much liquid is that the more liquid you add in the rebatching, the more that has to cure out of the soap before it’s good to use. 

    Take your grated soap and put it into a crock pot or a glass oven dish that you can tightly cover.
    Add the liquid and stir it up gently.
    If you’re rebatching to fix (the problem) that you left out an oil in the original batch, go ahead and add that oil at this time too. If the mistake you made was not adding enough lye water solution, you can add that now too with two cautions:
    1. Don’t let the fact that this is a rebatch make you less careful with the lye – it’s just as dangerous.
    2. If you’re adding lye water to correct a mistake (again, knowing exactly what mistake you made,) go easy on water you’ll add for the purpose of rebatching. Depending on how much lye solution you’re adding, it may be enough to wet the soap and get it to melt. If it’s not, just add the water a bit at a time.
    Set your crock pot on “low”. Set the timer for an hour. 
    After letting the soap heat for an hour or so, open the lid and stir gently. At this point, you may just be able to mash it around a bit. You’ll see it’s probably starting to just begin to liquefy (to the consistency of thick applesauce,) and that the edges of the mass of soap are starting to get a bit translucent.
    Gently stir it up and put it in for another hour or so.
    After another hour, the soap will have liquefied more and will be more homogeneously translucent.
    What you want is for it to be completely liquefied (or at least completely softened) and translucent. It will look like a big pot of soap going through a hot gel stage. Stir it up again, mashing out any big lumps, and let it heat some more.
    In my crock pot, on low setting, this will take about 4 hours total. How much time it takes will depend on how warm your crockpot is and how much liquid you’ve put in.
    When it’s to a consistency that you think it’s “pourable,” it’s time to add any additives (other than the lye solution) that you want to add. Stir it up well to make sure that the additives are well incorporated into the soap.
    If you're rebatching unscented soap, add a little less fragrance than you normally would. 1/2 ounce per pound of soap is a good place to start.
    Scoop or glop the soap into the lined mold you want to use, pushing the soap down with a spoon or rubber spatula, and tapping the mold on the counter to help the soap settle into the mold.
    Let the soap set up for 24 hours or so. After that, you should be able to pop it out of the mold or slice it. Let it cure until it’s hardened completely. How much extra cure time you’ll need to add will depend on how much extra liquid you added.
    As you can see it has a more rough, rustic look to it. You can get it to appear a little bit smoother with some practice.

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016



    You will need enough loose botanicals to fill a 16 oz PET jar 3/4 full. I used dried orange peel, dried peppermint leaves, and our medium sea salt. I added equal parts until the jar was 3/4 the way full. I put the lid on and gave it a good shake or two. Next I placed a 3 x 5 muslin bag on the top of the bathtub tea and then closed the lid. To use: fill your muslin bag 1/2 - 3/4 full of bathtub tea and place in a warm tub. You may want to squeeze the bag periodically to release the botanical smells.
    Note: to intensify the scent and properties you may want to add a few drops of essential oils (this one i could add orange & peppermint to intensify the scent.) This is a simple and easy gift. Another great botanical blend would be calendula, chammomile, & lavender buds. All the ingredients including the jar is available online or in our Provo, UT store front.
    Supplies available at www.pinemeadows.net

    Monday, January 4, 2016


    cause our pets deserve the best!

    3 oz wt. wheat germ oil

    13 oz wt. distilled water
    4.56 oz wt. sodium hydroxide (5% super fat)

    ***this bar has great lathering attributes and the neem oil will help to keep away fleas and mosquitoes and bugs. The essential oil combo is very mild and diluted enough in the soap that it should not bother your pets. Also, the neem, wheat germ oil & patchouli create a darker bar.
    All your supplies can be purchased through pinemeadows.net