Category Archives: Chemical-free living

Homemade body cream

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This is less oily than a lot of other homemade creams and lotions:

50 ml (one half dl) grated beeswax

50 ml (one half dl) carrier oil (I prefer argan, sweet almond, apricot, avocado or jojoba)

50 ml (one half dl) shea butter

50 ml (one half dl) coconut oil

2 dl distilled water

1 dl aloe vera gel

1 tsp vitamin E oil

10 drops frankincense oil

10 drops cedarwood oil

10 drops clary sage essential oil

Heat carrier oil and beeswax slowly in a bowl placed over a pot of gently boiling water till the beeswax has just melted. Add shea butter and moments later coconut oil and melt. Remove from heat.

When cooled some, but still soft, whisk while adding the distilled water little by little. Keep whisking till light and fluffy. This can take a while.

Add essential oils and stir in.

Keep in small, clean jars and refrigerate what will not be used within 2-3 weeks.

Homemade facial serum for problem areas

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Mix the following and use on trouble areas (eyes, mouth, neck, …..)

5 drops Frankincense eo

5 drops Myrrh eo

5 drops Lavender eo

1-2 drops Rose eo

2 drops Helichrysum or Geranium eo

5 ml argan oil (other good carrier oils are almond, jojoba and rosehip.

Essential oils – deodorant

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30 ml white vinegar

90 ml distilled water

8 drops clary sage essential oil

8 drops patchouli essential oil

4 drops teatree oil

Essential oils: foot lotion, scalp treatment, sleep

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Foot lotion: 1 dl olive oil, 10 drops clove essential oil

Scalp: 1 tblsp jojoba oil, 5 drops lavender essential oil

Sleep: 4 drops each of cedarwood and orange essential oil in the diffuser

Cellulite: 1 dl coconut oil, 30 drops lemon essential oil, 10 drops peppermint


Moisturiser with sunscreen

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1tblsp coconut oil

3 tblsp shea butter

1 tblsp avocado oil

1 tblsp jojoba

30 drops carrot seed oil

1 tablsp apricot kernel oil

5 drops e-vitamin oil


Homemade anti-ageing night serum No 2

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1 dl almond oil

10 drops each sandalwood, lavender, and rosemary


Homemade sunscreen lotion no 1

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Carrot seed oil is a natural sunscreen:


3 tblsp shea butter

1 tblsp coconut oil

Warm in a bain marie till it has just melted.


1 tblsp avocado oil

1 tblsp jojoba oil

1 tblsp apricot kernel oil

30 drops carrot essential oil

5 drops lavender oil

5 drops e-vitamin oil


Stir and mix well from time to time as it sets. Use as is, or whip into a fluffy cream.


The best body scrub is free

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Coffee dregs! Try it: Apart from being free (provided you are a coffee drinker) it does not de-oil your skin, AND it is environment-friendly! The downside: it does leave you smelling ever so faintly of coffee if you are not careful, but hey – there are worse smells, especially considering that you are using what is essentially garbage …….. And then of course there is the mess in the shower ……


Homemade laundry detergent

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Here is a good link:

Some more ways to use an essential oil diffuser

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Lavender oil is good for irregular heartbeat and palpitations.

For better sleep: lavender, vetiver, roman chamommile, ylang ylang, bergamot, sandalwood, marjoram.

Basil oil, juniper oil, and pine oil are good for mental fatigue, stress, mild depression aching bones and muscular aches and pains.