DIY Gifts

Summer Skincare in the Urban Apothecary

Couldn’t make it to our Outdoor Skin: Build a Natural First Aid Kit workshop last week? No worries! Here are a few of the recipes we created together. All supplies are available in our apothecary.

 

Figure 14 from Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen, 1796

All-natural Sunscreen Oil

  • 1 oz Shea Butter
    (SPF 6)

  • 1 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil  
    (SPF 4-6)

  • 1 tsp Red Raspberry Seed Oil
    (SPF 30-45)

  • 1 or 2 drops Vitamin E

  • 2 oz Squeeze Bottle

 Put butter and oils in a heat proof glass container. Warm just until the Shea Butter is melted. Add the Vitamin E oil and blend. Pour into a 2 oz squeeze bottle and let cool. This will set up to a semi-opaque oil.

 

 

 

 

from Volume 3 of Franz Eugen Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen or Medicinal Plants, 1887

Anti-Bacterial Sanitizer

  • Witch Hazel

  • 6 drops Tea Tree Oil
    (antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-septic)

  • 15ml bottle with reducer top

Fill the bottle with Witch Hazel, then add Tea Tree Essential Oil. So simple!

We do not recommend adding the essential oil first as most essential oils are extremely potent and will begin to break down whatever plastic container they are added to. Not a problem if you’re using glass, but it’s always good to establish best practices.

(other essential oils that could be used include Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Rosemary)

 

 

 

Thymus vulgaris - Köhler's Medizinal Pflanzen

Natural Insect Repellent  

  • 7.5 ml Distilled Water

  • 7.5 ml Witch Hazel

  • 15ml Spray bottle

  • 20  Drops of the following essential oils (5 drops each):

○ Citronella (insect repellent, antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal)
○ Thyme thymol (insect repellent, antibacterial, antiseptic; a study by the American Mosquito Control Association discovered thyme essential oil had a 91% protection rate against female mosquitoes)
 ○ Cedarwood (insect repellent, antiseptic, antifungal)
 ○ Lemongrass (insect repellent, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic) 

 (If you do not have all of these essential oils, use a combination of the ones that you do have)

Pour the water and Witch Hazel into the bottle. Add the essential oils. Place lid on bottle. Shake well before each use.

 

 

What else do you put in your all-natural First Aid Kit? Comment below!

DIY Lavender Bath Bombs

Our favorite recipe from our DIY Natural Holiday Gifts Workshop last night was by far the Bath Bombs! Here is the recipe & instructions we followed to make the Lavender Bath Bomb

{Ingredient List} 

  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Citric Acid
  • 1 TBLSP Almond Oil
  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 TBLSP Lavender Bath Salts
  • Add a pinch of dried lavender flowers in the mold before adding the bath bomb mixture along with a sprinkle of the bath salts.
  • Witch Hazel for spritzing
  • Clear Dome Shaped Mold

* Yields: 1 full bath bomb & 1 half bomb

 DIY Lavender Bath Bomb

DIY Lavender Bath Bomb

{Instructions} 

  1. BLEND the citric acid and baking soda – this step is super important – if you don’t blend well, you end up with a grainy bomb.
  2. Add any additional non-liquid ingredient (clay, salts, etc.)
  3. Add any oils (almond, jojoba, olive, melted coconut, etc.), butters (melted shea, avocado, etc.).
  4. Add your essential oils to your personal scent preference.
  5. Now, this is the difficult part. Spritz (with a squirt bottle) the witch hazel onto your batch while stirring with the other hand. When your batch sticks together when squished, you need to start putting it in molds – time is of the essence. If you wait too long, the mixture will get hard. If you spritz too much, the mixture will be too wet and “grow” (start the fizzing reaction) on you.
  6. Put the bombs in molds. The harder you pack the bath bombs, the more dense, heavy, and durable bomb you will get. Wait a few minutes and tap them out. Let them air dry for 3 or 4 hours.