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a spiral of oats surrounded by three bananas with curves of hibiscus intermitent, like a pinwheel, by Moon Magic

3 signs face wash isn’t for you, and what to do about it.

Face wash may not be for you if you clean your face regularly yet still break out, have oily or dry patches, inflammations and irritations.

Maybe face wash isn’t for you.

Let’s face the facts, many commercial face washes contain pH high detergents, harsh chemicals and yucky preservatives, this is simply no good for perfect skin or any skin, ever.

Your skin just might need a different balance of gentle daily exfoliation, pore tightening, and nutrient dosing.

Cleansing grains do just that, and you probably have half the ingredients in your kitchen already!

If you’d rather get some already made go HERE.

If you want to make your own, read on!

First the ingredients


This tropical fruit just might be your new skins best friend. Full of

Potassium, vitamin A, C, E and more.

In your body potassium helps maintain moisture and is necessary for creating new cells. Without this hydrating nutrient your cells die, your skin and arteries become hard, the heart has trouble moving fluids and toxins build up.

Vitamin C is necessary to produce collagen, reduces redness, and blemishes.

Vitamin E is moisturizing as well as wrinkle, fine line and scar reducing.

Bananas help balance skin tone and oil production.

NETTLES are one of my favorite herbs to use because of their versatility and safety

Nettles are a wonderful antihistamine and on the skin can alleviate rashes, redness, itchy, dry skin, they are packed full of nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin C, iron magnesium, chlorophyll.

HIBISCUS is packed with phytonutrients, antioxidants, and alpha hyrdroxy acids to help with skin elasticity.

OATS, help hydrate and moisturize, calm inflammation and irritation, and just all around good to have for breakfast, even on your face.

Kaolin clay, this gentle clay is a wonderful exfoliator, shrinks pores while pulling out excess oil.

Thats it, plain and simple ingredients for a killer face wash.

Lets get started;

You will need;

1/2 cup banana flour

1/2 cup oat flour

1/4 cup kaolin clay

1/4 cup ground nettle

1 Tablespoon ground hibiscus

Pure Joy

Yeilds; One and a half cups.

To make;

Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend well.

That’s it!

If you like to put into little jars, do so now, or store in a airtight jar, label, enjoy!

To use; pour about a teaspoon of cleansing grains directly into your hand or use a small bowl if you prefer, add enough water to get a liquid paint-like consistency, rub into face in circular motions, wash off, follow with moisturizer. Feel the joy!


Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

Vein Balm DIY

Vein Balm

Are unsightly veins causing you to cover up and with self consciousness?

This wonderful herbal blend will leave you full of confidence and proudly wearing shorts again!

Vein balm DIY as requested! (If you prefer to purchase go here)

I’ve been making and selling this stuff for years. It works wonders. I just wish I’d have started using it sooner and more regularly!!

Diminish spider veins, and varicosities… Hemorrhoids too! As they are simply varicose veins in the anus region.

Lets get right to it

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

You will need

10 ml butchers broom herbal oil (if you want to know how to make an herbal oil go here)

17 ml Castor oil

7 grams  Beeswax or wax of your choosing ( sorry vegans, I’ve only ever had failed attempts at alternate waxes so I’m not good with amounts of vegan alternates.. Yet)

4 drops Yarrow essential oil

9 drops Cypress essential oil

Containers for the product.

Pans and pots for double boiler melting


Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

Measure out oils into a heat proof container

Add measured beeswax

Melt over double boiler on low to medium heat

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

Once melted remove from heat

Add essential oils

Mix thoroughly

Pour into containers

Let harden

cap, label

Use daily

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

I use this stuff once in the am and once before bed.


Let me know what you think!

How’d it go for you?

Natural Soap at Home by Liz McQuerry

Natural Soap at Home

Available now, from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound


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

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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



red and black raspberry



evening primrose


sea buckthorn berry


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


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


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)






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.

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


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


Natural lip balm ingredients
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