Category Archives: Homemade Products

It’s Summer!

…and you know what that means…


Now I do my best to put up with most insects, following my own version of the “…do no harm…” doc oath, however that once they begin attacking my person…it’s ON!

Here is a simple, easy to make Bug Spray that I use. It is not as strong as DEET, but it is also safe for skin, & technically edible, although I wouldn’t recommend drinking it.

Natural Bug Spray

small spray bottle     ½ cup distilled water     1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol

10-15 drops essential oil: lemongrass, any mint, lavender, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree, neem, geranium, litsea cubeba- can be any one of these or any combination. My favorite is a mixture of lavender & citronella then I add a few drops of lemon or mint to keep it light. It smells like lemon and bugs hate it! (Find 100% pure essential oils here.)

If your skin needs a little love or if it tends to dry out you can add a splash of Aloe Vera juice as well. Obviously it won’t treat your skin as much as gel or oil, but those tend to gum up spray bottles.


Pour the alcohol into the spray bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well. Add water, leaving enough room at the top so it will mix when you shake it. If you use a large spray bottle, ingredients can be doubled or tripled.

To use:                                                                                                                                            

Shake well before each use. Spray lightly on body: hands, arms and legs especially. Avoid getting into the eyes, ears, mouth and nose. You should reapply it often if you sweat, if you are in the rain, or if you go swimming.


DIY Natural, Soothing, Lovely, Shaving Cream

DIY Natural, Soothing, Lovely, Shaving Cream

I am a big Do-It-Your-Selfer.

Anything that you can make yourself, either to save money, save space (due to packaging), or save your household from unnecessary chemicals (often times all of the above!) I say DO IT!

This blog is one that I subscribe to & read often. She has great tips for the DIY lifestyle. Some things, like this one, look amazing!

Now, I haven’t tried it, honestly, I don’t shave as often as many women I know. I think I’m going to make this for my husband though the next time he threatens to shave off his beard & go back to his goatee. And the boys are starting to shave as well!

I’m told that Spring is around the corner, even though it was 0 degrees this morning, so I will be shaving in the near future. If any of you try this before you see this post updated by me, please comment below!

All of the ingredients in this make it look so lush & lovely, I don’t know how your skin wouldn’t love it!

Beard Conditioning Oil

My husband has had facial hair as long as I’ve known him…we’ll be approaching the 2 decade line since we met next year! Holy Cow!

Usually he wore it in some variation of a goatee, but I LOVE a full beard! These past few years since he’s been in Montana with us, I’ve been trying to talk him into going a little more mountain man. The problem is that he has pretty sensitive skin. That being the case, he is very particular about soaps, lotions, razors, shaving creams….not to mention that it seems whenever the beard was just getting to the length that I was getting happy with it, it was driving him BONKERS due to itching…

I had to figure something out…I wanted my mountain man!

One of my best friend’s husband has a gorgeous beard. I was over visiting last summer & he was telling me about this beard oil that he had been using. Well, I thought, why buy beard oil when I can research & make beard oil?!

I was a little leery due to his skin sensitivity. I myself have eczema, so I know how important it is too be careful with ingredients when it comes to your skin. I looked at blogs & read articles & asked friends who made their own hair products, mixed & matched, & tried a few different batches….

This is the one that I made my beloved for Christmas. I put it in a pretty dropper bottle, wrapped it, put a bow on it, waited for Christmas morning to come, & took a deep breath.

Would he like the scent?

Would he break out?

Would he see an improvement in the condition of his facial hair?

Would he think I wasted money, time, & energy?


His beard looks nicer, his skin feels healthier under the beard, he is encouraged to grow it out longer…Mission Accomplished!

Beard Conditioning Oil

Mix the following ingredients together in a 1oz amber or cobalt dropper bottle

  • 40 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 40 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 8 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops Rosewater
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 40 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 28 drops of Vitamin E oil
  • 200 drops of Almond oil
  • 400 drops of Jojoba oil

Leave the mixture to blend for a few days before use.

Give it a shake before use & then drop 2-3 drops into your palm & massage into your facial hair.