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Make Your Own Lip Balm

I have been on a mission lately to rid our house of as many chemical products
as possible and aim for healthier options.  I find that, no matter what I bring
home, from food to make-up to cleaning supplies, half the time I dont have a
clue what the ingredients really are much less pronounce them.  So, I’ve bought
some books, done ALOT of research and am slowly making changes with the things I
use most often:  hence, lip balm.  The recipe is sooo simple and can be found in
this book Here.
It consists of only three ingredients, its not expensive to make, and the
ingredients can readily be found in health food stores or crafts stores.  I
purchased some new tins to put it in and decorate but you can always upcycle
with whatever small tins you have around the house.  Just make sure that they
are sanitized and dry before adding any ingredients.  You do NOT want another
science experiment on your lips!

LIP BALM

3 tsp. coconut oil

3 tsp. almond oil

1 1/2 tsp. grated beeswax

Put all of the ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave until all the
beeswax is melted ( mine took about 2 minutes) .  Stir until well mixed and
pour into container.  Let it cool completely before use.  Will make approx 1-1.5
ounces.  Have fun!

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Make Your Own Foot Scrub

I admit it. I do not have soft feet. I live in the south and walk around
barefoot most of the time and my feet definately show it. While I absolutely
love fancy foot scrubs, they are not always convenient or frugal. The best
economical recipe I have found consists only of ingredients you should already
have in your cupboards. And it really works! Here you go:

1/2 cup ground oats

1/2 cup sea salt, kosher salt, epsom, whichever you have

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup olive oil

All you need to do is mix these four ingredients together and place in an
airtight container. If you really want to get fancy, you can even add some
essential oils to this as well. Peppermint is by far my favorite. After I soak
my feet for a few minutes in warm water, I massage about a tablespoon of the
scrub into each foot until the salt pretty much melts itself away and then rinse
them off. Works like a charm every time!