Wanna Make Some Magic Potions? Here’s A Place To Start

Well, helloooo, dear readers and mamis! I have decided that the time has come to post some of the recipes for the toiletries, makeup, etc. that I am using, in case there are some of you that are considering doing the very same, but don’t have the slightest clue where to start. At the time of this writing, I am waiting on some ingredients for my very first homemade lipstick and mascara, so I will be doing a Part 2 of this post at a later date. Stay tuned!

And now, without further ado, my magic potions:

 

Soap

All you need for this one is some soap base (I am really into this company’s), the essential oil of your choice (or not), and the herbs of your choice (or not), some molds (or extra plastic dishes), a pot, a spatula, and a metal mixing bowl.

  • First, fill the bottom of the pot with water, about two or three cups (make sure it does not touch the bottom of the mixing bowl)
  • Place mixing bowl over the pot
  • Turn on the heat (don’t forget this one!), and bring the water to a boil
  • Cut off the amount of soap base you would like to use, and place it into the mixing bowl
  • Stir periodically as the base begins to melt, until you have a hot liquid soap soup
  • Remove mixing bowl from pot, turn off heat
  • Optional – add 10-20 drops of essential oil per 8-10 oz. soap base
  • Optional – add any herbs (lavender, citronella, etc)
  • Wipe inside of molds with a small amount of olive oil
  • Pour soap into molds; allow to cool on the counter until hardened
  • For added ease of removal from molds, wrap the molds with the soap in a plastic bag (to help contain any smell from the essential oils) and place it in the freezer for about 1 hour. The soap should be easy to remove
  • Wrap as you please (I typically use a little plastic wrap, or aluminum foil), place into a Ziploc bag, and put them in the fridge.
  • Ta-da! Soap!

If you want to get freaky (and you have more time and don’t mind the added element of danger), you can delve into the world of using lye to make your soap. I choose not to do this for the simplicity of melt-and-pour, but, if you do, let me know about it! I would love to include your recipe! If you balk at the initial investment of the soap base, remember – 1-5lb. brick of soap base will make you about 32-40 decent-sized bars of soap, so, when you do the math, you are saving quite a bit, plus you get to tinker with your own fragrances, and you can choose your ingredients! NOTE: I put rose petals into my first batch, and they did not age well at all in the soap – I would suggest not putting flowers in there, or, if you try it, be sure that they are completely dry. Crispy dry, even.

 

Shampoo

This one is super easy! Are you ready?

  • 2 c. baking soda
  • 2 c. aloe vera gel
  • 20 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
  • Mix, and pour into bottle of your choice

You can make as much as you like, just modify the recipe using the 1:1 ratio. I have been using this mixture for over two months now, after trying a couple that use coconut milk as a base, and also one using castile soap as a base. I must say, my scalp feels so incredibly clean and refreshed after using this, and it is so very affordable and easy to make! One note about it: it doesn’t foam, but, after trying it, you probably won’t care about that. If you need the foaminess in your life, try adding 1/4 c. liquid castile soap, like Dr. Bronner’s. My suggestion for buying the ingredients: find a website, like Vitacost, where you can get any and all ingredients you will need for your magic potions. It is leaps and bounds cheaper, in most cases, than going down to the store.

 

Conditioner

Also extremely easy, and very effective!

  • 2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 c. water
  • 20 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
  • Mix ingredients, and voila!

This conditioner is very watery; it’s really more of a hair rinse. Use it as liberally as you like; it detangles like you wouldn’t believe! And no, your hair will not stink of vinegar, not to worry!

 

Deodorant

This is another very simple one. Yay!

  • ~1 tsp. baking soda
  • enough water to make it into a liquidy paste
  • Mix in palm, and rub under arms

I started using this about a week ago, after following some Internet advice from another mami, because I have stunk something awful since giving birth to Mr. Sweetie. Not to mention that my old deodorant started irritating my underarms. I tried three different new deodorants, and the Thai crystal deodorant stone, none of which lasted me more than an hour on a non-sweaty day (which is basically never). Rubbing this baking soda mixture under my arms lasts me almost the entire day, and it doesn’t feel gritty at all like you’d expect! Just be sure to get it into the “pit” of your underarm, and away you go! Easy breezy beautiful baking soda girl!

 

Baby Butt Butter

I am giving you this one by special request. It’s a wonder cream that is great for rashes, cuts, scrapes, just about anything you can think of! I specifically made it to replace the butt butter I was buying for Mr. Sweetie, which was great, but a little expensive.

  • 2 tsp. calendula
  • 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
  • 2 tsp. vitamin E cream
  • 1/3 tsp. almond oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

I used a small bowl and a whisk to whip this up! The yield is about .75 oz, which fits into a small container (I reused the one my old butt butter came in). The end result is a slightly viscous cream that has a lovely smell (to me, anyway!)

 

And there you have it! That concludes part one of my magic potions! Stay tuned for more in the next week or two!

 

Do you have any of your own magic potions? Are there any items you would love to make – if so, share them with me, and I will tinker around for a recipe! I’m always looking for new things to try! Please leave a comment in the space below if you have any questions about any of my potions, or if you have any modifications that make my existing ones work in a different way! Thanks for reading!

 

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Mami

Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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