Simple body product recipes

Solid Perfume Recipe- the sky’s the limit


Here is a fairly simple recipe for solid perfumes. It is so easy that it is a great quick project to do with your not too young kids’or teens if they are interested in making all natural products. They can make them for party favours for a birthday party, or if you are super organized you can make this a fun little craft to do at a birthday party. It is fast and easy and the kids can make up their own special blends of scents.  I use little metal slider tins for packaging, but these can also be poured into larger tube containers for an easy roll-on type of perfume balm.

This is a recipe for approximately 11 small slider tins. Remember to use a good quality scale and these ingredients are measured out in grams including the essential oils. You can easily double this recipe too if you want to make more.

30 grams of beeswax

42 grams mango butter or cocoa butter

56 grams olive oil

a pinch of orris root powder

14 grams essential oil such as a high-quality Bulgarian lavender

or I use something called PMS Blend from FPI North America in Vancouver. It is made with essential oils of Lavender, Clary Sage, and Lemongrass. I call the perfume Serenity as it is meant to be calming for women- I sometimes wish to market it as Anti- B**ch serum, but find that as Serenity it does just fine. Another great scent is Rose Geranium, I find if you use a good quality oil the scent stays strong for over a year. The combinations are really endless for mixing essential oils. Trying to find things in your kitchen to make this with? Try some real vanilla extract.

In a double boiler or in short increments in the microwave if you have one, melt the beeswax, the mango butter or cocoa butter until totally melted- I use a large glass measuring cup because of the pouring spout. Remember to not overheat beeswax as it is flammable.  Slowly stir in the olive oil and if you like add a pinch of orris root. I use the orris root to anchor the scent of the essential oils. This is not totally necessary, but if you have some use it. Measure out your essential oils and stir in at the end. Quickly pour into your containers and allow to cool completely before you put the lids on. These set up quickly and can be ready to use as soon as they are set up.

Labelling these tins are really fun. I find if you look around on Etsy you can buy quite inexpensive digital artwork to use for your labels. Check out the Digital collage club, or type in the word steampunk digital labels. You can get the labels printed up at your local print shop. I have had good results in Nanaimo with Arc Print.

Click below for a link to a great local BC company that carries my favourite slide tins- the mini slip tins would work nicely too.


Soap recipe

Lost in the Nettles


It was not until I moved to a little island in BC that I found that I loved wildcrafting. Born and raised in the bustling city of Winnipeg- the idea of hunting for your food in the ditch was not common knowledge and was most likely frowned upon. When I first moved here many people went on and on about how in the spring they made nettle lasagne. The first spring that I was out here I asked someone to take me out to show me how to find and pick stinging nettles. And what do you know?  I found that my family loved nettle lasagne. This made me feel good because I learned that besides being free, the nettles provided more nutrients than spinach or even kale.

Soon I began collecting the nettles to make and freeze pesto.  I learned to hang and dry the leaves to use with dried peppermint to make a lovely nutritious and cleansing tea.

One day I overheard this conversation on the ferry,  ” drink your nettle tea, it will make you feel better” said a mother to her young daughter holding a steaming ceramic mug( perhaps from the Madmudslinger?)… And I knew that this was the mantra of most people once they lived out on an island for long enough. Eventually, of course, nettles found their way into my soap and now I make a lovely natural green nettle shampoo bar.

Nettle Shampoo Bar Recipe

Collect about four to six cups of stinging nettles. Carefully wash out the bugs etc and put them into a Rubber maid container. Pour boiling water over the nettles and allow to cool to room temperature. I make sure to use distilled or reverse osmosis water as this will become the lye water eventually. When the water/nettle mixture is cooled I puree the whole thing with a stick blender. Then top up with distilled water to make up the portion of your lye water. Measure out your lye and pour into the green soupy nettle water mixture. I do this outside and with full protective gear on. Let sit until about 100 degrees. Melt your oils as usual and when everything is at the same temperature, around 100 -stir up as usual.

This recipe is palm free so it takes at least 6 weeks to cure. I add castor oil for extra bubbles for the shampoo part.

I like to use 90 grams of Lavender and 46 grams of Geranium essential oils in this recipe. This recipe is sometimes tricky to get out of the mold so grease it well before you pour it. I would say that this recipe is not really for beginners but somewhere in the middle of beginner to advanced because of the messing around with the lumpy nettle parts.

You don’t need to add any colour as the nettles give it a lovely green hue.

Lye=490 grams

water distilled or reverse osmosis=1354 grams

apricot kernel oil=50 grams

castor oil=400 grams

cocoa butter=260 grams

coconut oil=1200 grams

olive oil=1700 grams

Lost in the Nettles