DIY Body Lotion

After failing twice, I finally have succeeded in making body lotion! It is based on Karen Gilbert’s vetiver and vanilla body lotion, except that it is unfragranced and the macadamia nut oil is replaced by sweet almond oil. The consistency is just perfect and the lotion  has just the light scent of its ingredients. The perfect Christmas gift for my mum!

By the way, the first times I failed at mixing temperatures and using the wrong emulsifier. For the successful lotion, I used glyceryl stearate.

DIY Cocoa and Shea Body Butter

My Dad uses The Body Shop’s Body Butters for dry skin a lot. As it is hard to find a Christmas gift for him, I have improvised an all natural, fragrance-free body butter recipe for him. Maybe, he even likes it.

Ingredients for 200ml:

20g berry wax

75g cocoa butter

85g shea butter

15ml sweet almond oil

10ml vitamin E

Melt together the wax and the butters in a water bath, let cool for five minutes outside the water bath, then add the oil and the vitamin E while the mixture is still liquid. Pour into an airtight container, close the lid and let harden.


DIY Toothpaste!

Now that I haven’t changed this recipe for half a year, I think it is ready for publishing. Sadly, my toothpaste is not a real beauty, but it works perfectly. And you can make it free of mint, which is the very best part in my opinion.

You need:

50g sodium bicarbonate

1 tsp xylitol

1 tsp fine sea salt

liquid coconut oil

15-20 drops essential oil of your choice

Mix the dry ingredients together and add just enough coconut oil (about 2 tbsp) to make a smooth paste. Flavour with essential oil and use! Store in a mason jar or a sealable container of your choice.

It tends to be quite liquid in summer, but it works anyway. You may want to experiment with different flavours. I’ve tried mandarin, cinnamon and a mix of blood orange and lemongrass already and could not tell which of them I like most. Enjoy!

Homemade Hand and Nail Balm

I needed a christmas present for a close friend who has been looking for a rich, vegan hand balm that is rapidly absorbed. As actually I had planned to try the Hand & Nail Balm from “The Glow” somewhat earlier, I thought this was the right time.

It came out green because for whatever reason I had bought green avocado oil, but let’s say it was a special feature. Differently from the original recipe, I fragranced the balm with mandarin, mint and cinnamon oil, which gives it quite a festive touch. My first impression is, it came out well and I hope it still works fine in the long run.

I am currently experimenting on homemade toothpaste. Sadly, the first try does not meet my expectations, yet. Do you make cosmetics yourself as well? If so, which ones? Tell me about your favourites and occurring problems!

My favourite facial cleanser

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…used to be Lush’s “Let the good times roll”.  I loved it and bought it regularly until they took it off their range as it first was part of the christmas series only. Sadly, it was the first facial cleanser without any side effects on my skin, so I had to find a solution. I studied the ingredients and went shopping. After some experiments, I found the ideal recipe for me:

40 g   corn flour

40 g   talkum powder

40 g   cane sugar

25 ml almond oil

25 ml glycerine

Just mix it together (it should be a bit crumbly) and put it into a cream jar (or an original Lush pot). The ingredients slightly differ from the original product as I prefer sugar from polenta as exfoliating ingredient, almond oil for its natural scent and I do not add any fragrance.

Use it just the way you would use “Let the good times roll”. Take a small amount, mix it with a bit of water in your hands, rub it over your face and rinse with clear water. Enjoy!

facial cleanser


I just have realised, I never wrote a review about my first handmade cosmetics. Maybe this is, because I’m only partly happy with them. The herbal toner is great, I definetely will make more of it! I like the scent of orange flower water, but I might use a mix of rose water and lavender water next time.

I am not happy at all with the rich moisturiser. It is just too fat for my skin, which resulted in the worst akne since my teenage years. Subsequently, I tried to make some light moisturiser, but I failed at mixing oil and water phase. This resulted in some foamy liquid and was inusable. Too bad.

Handmade cosmetics

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I am a huge fan of handmade, cruelty-free cosmetics. Up to now, I bought most of it at Lush cosmetics, but they still do not have a facial cream that suits my skin. Watery from yarnicorns recently told me about the book “The Glow” by Anita Bechloch, which holds an assortment of recipes for your own handmade natural cosmetics:

The Glow book

The author starts with some interesting facts about conventional cosmetics and the possible impact of their artificial ingredients on human health, followed by a short summary of skin structure and skin types. She then gives advice on “how to bring the glow back” by enunciating ten short rules (which is sort of creepy in my eyes, as I do not like reality cut down to a short, general point of view). Bechloch then describes the ingredients she uses in her recipes in detail and gives some suggestions for tools you should have at hand as well as advice on what to consider before starting and how to handle the finished cosmetics.

There are a lot of recipes I want to try out, but I decided to start with “Herbal Toner”, based on orange flower water, as a possible alternative to Lush’s Eau Roma and the “Rich Moisturizer”. This is what I bought:

The Glow ingredients

The most tricky part was to measure the ingredients, which I partly did by a rule of thumb estimate. I definetely should buy a 5ml measure. The toner looks like clear water and therefore is not pictured, but I am quite happy with the result of the moisturizer, which is flavoured with mandarin oil:

Rich moisturizer

Of course, I did not buy any containers in advance, so I put the cream into an empty glass jar I had at hand. I will test both for a week or two and am very curious about their impact on my sensitive skin.