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  1. Jonalynn

    I’ve been considering switching to Mineral make up. Do you mind sharing what brand you like?

    • Nicole

      I use a brand called ZUZU (or is it XUXU?) Luxe that I got at Whole Foods and also a brand called Larenim.

  2. Kara E.

    Sadly, OCM and coconut oil don’t get along with my acne prone skin. I do enjoy using castile soap for washing, and I like my natural tea tree shampoo. I do wear mineral makeup on occasion, but I haven’t found a natural mascara that my eyes don’t become irritated with. Oh, also, I really like the Badge lip tint balm for when I want some color on my lips (it smells like chocolate – well coco butter, to be exact). 🙂

  3. Emily @ Live Renewed

    Thanks for sharing your routine Nicole! I love to get a glimpse into what other people are doing that works well for them!

    And that lotion looks great! I can’ wait to try making some for myself, and maybe for Christmas gifts too! I’m hoping to do some handmade gifts this year and that lotion sounds like just the right thing!

    • Nicole

      Mine came out a little liquidy this time, I’m thinking next time I’ll be sure to get pure cocoa butter and maybe add a little extra beeswax. I hope you like it, too!

      • Kara

        I had the same problem with the body butter coming out totally liquid. Would you recommend using more beeswax next time to thicken it up? It smell oh-so-yummy and I’m hoping to perfect it to make for Christmas presents. Thanks!

  4. Stacy

    I enjoyed reading this! It’s great when we can simplify like this. I love being able to use less, but use better products.

    Thanks for sharing your OCM mix. I want to try that right away. I had not heard of putting tea tree oil in it before.

    The belly butter looks awesome. Those are wonderful ingredients to keep on hand. There are so many different things you can make with them,

  5. Angela

    Fantastic! I was just thinking the other day I wanted make some body butter to give as Christmas presents this year. Many thanks for the recipe, I look forward to trying it out.

  6. Kristina Larson

    Thanks for the tips! Any thoughts on using Shea butter as a moisturizer?

    • Nicole

      I haven’t used it by itself but I have a shea butter soap that I love! It’s very moisturizing.

      • Arlene

        I use wen shampoo.Sounds expensive on QVC-shopping network. But 5 16oz bottles last a long time,months. I ordered in November,barely opened second one this week. I shower 2x a day(because of,my job),shampooing, too. All natural. My very thin,fine hair finally feels and looks like hair. I also alternate pure shea and coconut oil for lotion. Doesn’t leave you greasy. Arlene

  7. Rebecca

    I’m excited to try some of these out, especially the facial wash. Great post!

  8. TheActorsWife

    About two months ago, I started using baking soda and apple cider vinegar to wash my hair (inspired by SimpleMom). And am excited about finding more ways to simplify and “greenify” my routines. Thanks for the ideas!

  9. Andrea @ The Greenbacks Gal

    I love my mineral powder! Plus – you can put it in your purse and it goes through airport security with no problems! 🙂

  10. Kinda Crunchy Kate

    I really want to learn how to make soap. I’ve just been ordering from Apple Valley Farms or somewhere like that until I have enough courage to make it.
    I love the packaging for the body butter. So cute and such a good idea!

  11. renee @ FIMBY

    Thank you for the link love!

  12. Mrs. Graham Gardens

    Thanks for the mention regarding soaps, Nicole! This is such a helpful, practical post.

  13. Sally Thompson

    This is great! I love to try this on.. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Lola

    Can’t wait to try the body butter recipe!

  15. Shannon M.

    What brand of Vitamin E capsules do you use? Are they the softgels that are considered vitamin supplements or something specifically for skin? Thanks!

    • Nicole

      I’ll have to get back to you on the brand, but basically they were regular vitamin supplements that I bought at a natural food store. I was taking them orally back when I was trying to get pregnant so I had them on-hand. 😉

  16. Mom Photographer

    I’ve been making my body lotins for over a year now. I’ve created a recipe using fresh brewed coffee-cocoa butter-vitamin E or oatmeal-cocoa butter-milk-vitamin E. Those are my favorite so far. I had never had such a great body lotions in my life when I was buying them.
    A few days ago I’ve started washing my face with oils and it works perfect so far. Before, I used to use only apple cider vinegar with mother once a day or green tea. I do use the no poo technique. It’s my second month right now and I am so happy with the effect.
    Now I’m planning to switch to glycerine based soaps and used them to make my own scented soaps. It’s much safer and quicker than making your own soap from scratch.
    and your’re right those things are such a money savers 🙂

  17. Sally

    Hi, I just made this last night and was hoping the lotion would set up overnight as it cooled, but as I woke up this morning it’s still liquid and is basically like rubbing oil on my hands. I did use the pure cocoa butter- it was rock hard. What can I do to make it more of a body butter consistency? add more beeswax? add more cocoa butter? I’d like to salvage it if possible! Thanks!

    • Nicole

      Hi Sally,
      Not sure, as I just made the recipe again, but with pure cocoa butter and it came out great. I did let it set in the fridge and that seemed to set it nicely. I wonder if that would help your batch? Mine definitely is softer in warmer weather, but otherwise it is a great buttery consistency.

  18. Sarah

    I made this recipe today and it smells delicious, but didn’t set up. I did some researching and what I found is that to get a creamy consistency, you need 75% solid to 25% liquid oils. I think that if you are having problems getting it to set, you need to add more cocoa butter. I would probably do 3/4 to 1 cup cocoa butter, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/4 almond or apricot oil. I don’t think 1/2 cup is quite enough.

  19. Lorraine

    I made my own face sunscreen. I tested it out on the mountain ski slopes on a bright sunny day in Colorado. I was shooting for a SPF of 20-25 and I believe I hit it right on. I used 2 oz of unrefined coconut oil, .4 oz grated beeswax, a Tbsp of cocoa butter, a Tbsp of unrefined Shea Butter, 1 oz. Aloe Vera jelly, 2 Vitamin E capsules, a dropper full of Emu Oil, and 1 tsp. Titanium Dioxide. In a double broiler, I melted the wax and hard oils, removed from heat and added the rest doing the Titanium Dioxide last, while wearing a mask. I got a little bit of color, but no burn. That says a lot up in the high altitude with reflecting sun on the snow. It made approximately 3 oz. which was perfect for a couple of 1 oz jars and a couple of small carry in the pocket containers that would fit in the ski jacket.

  20. stephanie

    Do you know what the “shelf life” is? How long can a big batch be stored for? Thanks!

  21. Angela

    A friend shared this page with me. I’ve been making my own moisturizer (oil scented with essential oils, olive for cold dry months, almond for hot sweaty months), and was looking for a facial cleanser recipe – I think I’ll just try the oil since I already have it on hand! Next I’m going to try a shampoo substitute.

    Your comment about using the inexpensive oil on your skin because you’re not drinking it caught my eye. I’ve always said that if I had to choose between non toxic foods or body products, I would choose the latter. From what I undertand, our digestive system is set up to break down and eliminate toxins, whereas toxins absorbed through the skin go directly into the blood stream. I am not a scientist, so take what I say with a grain of salt and do your own research.

    Thanks again for sharing your recipes and links!

  22. Tammy

    Nicole:
    Do you think there would be issues with the butter not setting if the beeswax is omitted?

    • Nicole

      Hi Tammy,
      I’m not sure, because I haven’t tried it, but I imagine it would cause a problem because the wax seems to thicken it.

  23. Dawn

    There are a ton of ways to save money and certainly you can buy bulk online! I have researched many items you can make….mineral makeup, body butters, facial serums…et al. You can just search for recipes! From Nature With Love offers tons of recipes but I don’t like using preservatives except for natural ones, so you can use vit E (they offer it on their site or you can use grapeseed oil and other oils as well) if you want to go that route. Water will make a lotion go rancid…so if you make these products and give them away…ensure you DO protect your friends and whomever you’re selling/giving them away to! Search whatever it is you’re searching for and you can even find cheap PET or glass bottles and make gifts for the holidays 🙂 It’s fun and rewarding.
    I have switched from shampoo to cowashing. You can also use babassu oil for hair and skin if you have dry/problematic hair and skin. Rosemary oil is also good for hair that is falling out like mine but I have an autoimmune disease so not sure if it will help me or not…we’ll see :/
    Thanks for the post! We can all share!
    BTW I worked for Bobbi Brown cosmetics…you can find many natural methods for skincare/makeup. Research is the best option for finding out what’s in your products. The Skin Deep Database is a great place to start 🙂

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