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Natural Soap at Home by Liz McQuerry

Natural Soap at Home

Available for presale from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound

Ships at the end of March

Description

From the creator of the natural skin care line Moon Magic, Liz McQuerry offers a step-by-step guide, enhanced with excellent photos, for natural cold-process soap crafting. Utilizing mostly kitchen ingredients to create a variety of innovative soap blends–including felted soap, beer soap, and seasonal soaps–McQuerry will put you in touch with your inner alchemist. From body bars to hair care bars, with wonderful tidbits and advice on herbs and essential oil blends, you and your family will enjoy a clean like never before.

Natural Soap at Home provides delightful instructions for:

  • Skin care bars
  • Hair care bars
  • Creative and beautiful bars
  • An easy make-your-own soap cutter
  • A wide array of beautifully blended essential oil formulations to scent your soap
  • A comprehensive table on vegetable oils along with what to use, when, and why
  • And much more

Glove up and safety-goggle down for a fun, efficient, and easy-to-follow ride through the world of soap crafting.

 

About the Author

Liz McQuerry is a firm believer in nourishing from nature. She is always trying to find new, fun, and more innovatively beautiful ways to craft and has worked in the allopathic medicine system for years while studying holistic medicine and body therapies in Chinese, ayurvedic, and eclectic medicine. Through her company, Moon Magic (MoonMagic.co), she has been creating and sharing her knowledge for more than ten years. When she is not testing formulas, she spends her time playing with her three children, jogging in the woods, and painting on her porch surrounded by a cacophony of living greenery. She resides in Grass Valley, California.

 

Editorial Reviews

“A sensible guide to handcrafting soap at home without breaking the bank on specialized tools and materials.” —Anne L. Watson, author of Smart Soapmaking

“This is a solid book on the art and science of how to create handmade soap at home. From the basic science to more advanced techniques and ingredients, this book will teach from the basics to the challenging.” —Anne-Marie Faiola, founder Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions

From the Publisher
natural sunscreen recipe

Natural Sunscreen Recipe, and commercial sunscreen dangers!

Your sunscreen may be doing your skin more harm than good, and a great natural sunscreen recipe alternative!

It’s that time of year when most folks in the northern hemisphere get plenty of sun. With this comes the need for excellent skin care, as we will be living with this body for an entire lifetime. Wonderful skin nourishment is a must, including sunscreen. But did you know most commercial sunscreens contain highly toxic chemicals which can cause cancer, allergies, skin irritation, aging, and hormone imbalances to name a few, doing more harm to your skin than the sun.

The sun produces vitamin D when allowed to openly mingle with our skin. A little time in the sun is really very healthy! Vitamin D in the body is necessary for optimal cellular and immune system functioning, which is one reason why people tend to get sick more often in the winter without vitamin D. However, if you’re going to be in the sun directly for hours on end, finding a great natural sunscreen is a totally doable thing. Just watch out for strange chemicals like oxybenzone, Cinoxate, dioxybenzone, parabens, oxtocrylene, methoxycinnamate, homosalate,  para aminobenzoic acid to name a few, basically if it sounds weird and you are unfamiliar with the ingredients chances are it’s not something you want to put on your body.

I created a safe, moisturizing and healing alternative natural sunscreen here, which works sublimely well, I even use it in place of my normal skin cream because it is so awesome.

Each ingredient creates a mineral barrier (straight from nature) against the sun as opposed to a potentially toxic chemical barrier.

Each ingredient contains an SPF between 3-25

natural sunscreen recipe
natural sunscreen recipe

For this natural sunscreen recipe you can use any variety of nourishing oils, the following are a blend of what I used and the basic ingredients;

125 ml oils total

coconut

almond

red and black raspberry

carrot

borage

evening primrose

pomegranate

sea buckthorn berry

avocado

1 Tablespoon non-nano zinc

7 grams shea butter

15 grams beeswax

all the love

heaps of pure joy

squeeze bottles or jar for bottling

labels (so you know what the heck you made a month from now)

double boiler

heat proof container and spoon or hand mixer for blending

Process;

measure all ingredients into heat proof container, set over double boiler and stir as ingredients melt.

natural sunscreen recipe
natural sunscreen recipe

mix well,

natural sunscreen recipe

pour into jars or bottles,

natural sunscreen recipe

cap

Natural Sunscreen

and label, enjoy!!!

 

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe, exfoliate, reduce cellulite, nourish with nature

Coffee sugar scrub recipe

Bathing suit season is rapidly approaching, so I’ve created a serious cellulite removing exfoliator.

Cellulite can be a pocket of toxins or fats, that when stimulated can actually be moved back into the lymphatic system and expelled by the body.

Stimulating coffee and spices can aid in enhancing the circulatory and toxin moving properties of an exfoliating substance.

I’ve created the perfect pre-summer-bathing companion all wrapped up in one awesome moisturizing sugar scrub that will leave you glowing gently moisturized and smooth!

If you want to purchase this instead of making it go here.

To make your Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe you will need the following;

Jars, lids and labels

120 grams sugar

7 grams coffee ground for espresso

20 grams grapeseed oil (or whatever you prefer)

5 grams castille soap

Pinch of each of the following spices (optional)

cinnamon

ginger

nutmeg

clove

cardamom

Blend dry ingredients together,

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

add wet ingredients and blend well,

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

scoop into jars,

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe
Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

label, share or use all for your beautiful self!!

Rose and sea salt love scrub

Rose and sea salt love scrub Recipe

Rose and sea salt love scrub

 Rose and sea salt love scrub Recipe.

A delightfully nourishing rose and sea salt love scrub for freshly exfoliated deeply moisturized skin, to leave you marveling in your divine beauty. This rose and sea salt scrub recipe is a fine balance of sea salt, oils, cocoa butter, and just enough castile soap to be moisturizing and exfoliating without being greasy.

If you care to purchase go here, if you wish to make yourself, read on….

This recipe makes about 10 -12 ounces total scrub.

Ingredients and tools;

11 oz sea salt fine

1/2 oz cocoa butter

2 oz oil (I used a blend of organic sunflower, rose hip, red raspberry seed and coconut oil, but you can use what you have on hand.)

1/2 oz castille soap

I add a lovely uplifting and healing blend of essential oils, but you can omit these or substitute as desired.

Scent blend

3 drops Benzoin absolute

5 drop rose de mai absolute

20 drops rosewood essential oil

20 drops ruby red grapefruit essential oil

Pyrex glass jar for melting oils,

bowl for mixing spoon,

one pot to use as a double boiler

Jars with lids

labels

Rose petals to embelish the top with, if desired

Rose and sea salt love scrub

Begin with measuring sea salt into mixing bowl,

set aside. Weigh out oils, cocoa butter and castile soap into pyrex cup,

Rose and sea salt love scrub

set this into double boiler pan, fill with enough water to come to the same level as the oils and butters in your pyrex cup, put on stove on medium heat,

Stir until oils and butter are melted.

Rose and sea salt love scrub

Remove from heat and add essential oils as desired.  Rose and sea salt love scrub

Pour the oil blend into the salt and

Rose and sea salt love scrub

stir until mixed well,

Rose and sea salt love scrub

spoon into jars,

Rose and sea salt love scrub

sprinkle rose petals on top if desired, cap, label and enjoy all for your beautiful self or share the love.

Rose and sea salt love scrub

Purchase some Moon Magic Rose and Sea Salt Love Scrub Here.

 

Natural Beauty, Moon Magics perfectly kissable lips, lip balm recipe

Lip Balm recipe for perfectly kissable lips

This recipe is a sweet gift for yourself with enough left over to share!

Super simple natural lip balm recipe!

 Chocolate mint lip balm!

Feel free to omit the peppermint and stevia if desired.

This super simple lip balm recipe uses just 3 ingredients or 5 if you want the mint and stevia. It’s super effective for soft kissable lips and a wonderful daily protector from dry skin!

Ingredients and tools:

7 drops Peppermint essential oil

7 grams beeswax

20 grams sunflower oil

12 grams cocoa butter

one packet organic stevia if you want a touch of sweet 7 lip balm tubes

One heatproof glass/Pyrex measuring cup

One pan to use as a double boiler

One spoon for mixing

Labels

Natural lip balm ingredients
Directions: 
Weigh all ingredients, except peppermint, into heatproof glass cup.

Moon Magic perfectly kissable lips, lip balm recipe

Place your cooking pan on the burner and fill with enough water to be equal with the materials in your glass cup.

Natural Beauty, Moon Magics perfectly kissable lips, lip balm recipe
Turn burner to medium heat, place heatproof glass cup into water bath and stir ingredients until melted, remove from heat, wipe water off bottom of glass cup,
Natural Beauty, Moon Magics perfectly kissable lips, lip balm recipe
add peppermint if desired,
Natural Beauty, Moon Magics perfectly kissable lips, lip balm recipe
stir and pour into lip balm tubes, ( if you used the stevia it will have settled in the bottom of your cup, just stop pouring into lip balm tubes once it gets grainy and toss that part, your lip balm will still be sweet, don’t worry!) let cool til hard. Cap the tubes and label your balm. Use for yourself or make love gifts!
These are available for purchase here.
Natural Beauty, Moon Magics perfectly kissable lips, lip balm recipe
Natural Beauty, Moon Magics perfectly kissable lips, lip balm recipe