DIY Salve with UV Protection Recipe and How-To

Recently, I’ve turned into a big fan of melting down butters and oils and making my own lotions, moisturizers, etc.  Today I’d like to share a recipe with hand-picked and extensively researched ingredients that are all known to help with acne and have anti-aging properties like reducing and preventing wrinkles, and rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

In addition, I get Prickly Heat (Heat Rash) from living in the desert, and these ingredients really calm it down and make my rash disappear, especially the zinc oxide 🙂

So let’s get to it!  I used a kitchen scale to measure out the larger quantities, and the rest of the oils I measured by drops used.

  • 1.5oz Mango Butter (anti-inflammatory, UV protection, anti-aging, contains antioxidants, etc.)
  • 0.3oz Kokum Butter (healing, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, etc.)
  • 1.0oz Almond Oil (hypoallergenic, anti-aging, rich in antioxidants, especially Vitamin E, rich in Vitamin A – reduces acne, rich in zinc – treats rashes, etc.)
  • 0.5oz Safflower Oil (high in linoleic acid – great for improving the texture and strength of your skin, reduces wrinkles and brightens complexion, combines with the sebum in pores to reduce rashes and acne, etc)
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, healing, etc.)
  • 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil (antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing, etc.)
    – Optional, some may not like the scent
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, aids in oil secretions – preventing acne, healing, cooling to the skin, etc.)
  • 10 drops Pomegranate Seed Oil (prevents UV damage & wrinkles, reduces skin inflammation, aids in skin repair, protects from sun damage, etc.)
  • 10 drops Carrot Seed Oil (great for acne, rich in antioxidants, anti-aging, regenerative & reparative on skin, etc.)
  • 10 drops Pumpkin Seed Oil (also great for acne, anti-aging, healing, rich in antioxidants, especially in Vitamin E, rich in zinc, etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Zinc Oxide powder (for UV protection) – Optional

You can exclude some of the oils, I used a lot of different ones, but try to at least include one or two of the Essential Oils and at least one of the last 3 oils listed, they have some really great properties.

I combined the first 3 ingredients and melted them down in a Pyrex measuring cup that was sitting in a saucepan with some water in it.  (Make sure no water gets inside the pyrex cup, or whatever container you choose to use) Then I removed the cup from the saucepan and added all the other oils, and mixed it up very well.  I added the zinc oxide powder last, and again, mixed well.  You can use a whisk for this, and add a little of the powder at a time.  I then poured it all into the final containers (I had enough for two and a half of these) and set them in the fridge for a bit, because I’m impatient 😉

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The final result came out beautifully, and is very soft on the skin.  You only need to use a little bit at a time on the face and neck, and it goes on so smoothly, looks and smells great too!

For another recipe, see my previous DIY moisturizer post.

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from any other source 🙂 these links may earn me a few cents if you do make the purchase using them.


DIY Easy Upcycle Candles How-To

So, I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to throw stuff away, and I LOVE candles.  So whenever a candle melts down to where it doesn’t burn anymore, I get out a butter knife, and get all the remaining wax out and save it.  Over time, this adds up to a full jar.  I keep the wax in one of the larger candle jars and add to it as I use more and more candles.  The glass jars themselves get washed in boiling water and reused.

Here’s how to save the candle wax and jars:

  1. Get as much of the wax out as you can with a butter knife or other tool and save it
  2. Boil some water
  3. Fill the candle jar with the boiling water to the very top and let it sit
  4. Once it’s cooled, the remaining wax will be floating on top, save that with the other bits
  5. At this point, the jar is pretty much clean and I run it through the dishwasher
  6. For stubborn stickers, I soak the jars in hot soapy water to help remove them

You can reuse the glass jars for new candles, or store other things in them!  The glass looks nice and neat as a storage container.  The lidded ones are great for storing things like spices, provided you run it through the wash a few times and make sure they’re squeaky clean and free of whatever scent the candle used to be.  I just let them through a few dishwasher cycles after following the steps above.

Now to the fun part!  Once you have enough candle wax saved, you can melt it down into new candles.  Upcycling! Yay! Fancy terms for reusing stuff and reducing waste!

  1. IMG_1007Place your glass candle jar with the bits of old wax into a saucepan or other stove pot.
  2. Fill the pot up with water as far up as you can without it spilling over or getting into your candle (like if it’s a smaller jar)
  3. Set it on the stove on medium-high to boil, then turn it down to simmer
  4. Prepare your candle jar(s):
    1. Get however many candle jars you think you will need, just eyeball it.  One large jar made me 3 small candles
    2. Clean and dry the jars, and set them on some old newspaper on the counter or other surface
    3. Glue some candle wicks to the bottom center of the jars.  I used these ones for my small candles.  (Here are some taller ones)IMG_1015
  5. As the wax melts, when you have a good amount of it melted, add some essential oils of your choice and mix with a butter knife.  I went with this Lilac scent.  Some other great scents you can use include Rose, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Strawberry, Peach, Mango, or even Ocean Breeze.
  6. Very carefully remove the jar from the water bath (I use a rolled-up kitchen towel, as seen below) and pour the wax into the prepared jars, making sure the wicks stay straight up and centerIMG_1020
    CAUTION: The jar will be very hot!
    NOTE: If you have trouble keeping the wicks in place:

    1. Use a string to tie to the tip at the center,
    2. Place it across the jar to keep the wick straight
    3. Tape the string to the outside of the jar
    4. Pour in the hot wax
  7. Place the unmelted wax in the jar back in the water bath until you run out of wax or out of empty candle jars (you can always re-melt it again later)
  8. Let the candles cool, and you’re all set!

CAUTION: Please please please, be VERY careful with handling things in this how-to, they get very hot.  The water is clearly boiling, the glass heats up and can burn you, and clearly the wax is HOT HOT HOT.  Just please use common sense and handle things with care.  Good luck and happy upcycling!

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from any other source 🙂 these links may earn me a few cents if you do make the purchase using them.

DIY Fresh Basil and Essential Oil Acne Treatment How-To

IMG_0994One of the things that grows like weed in an AeroGarden is basil.  See my other post on growing things easily indoors.  Here’s an easy and efficient way to use up a bunch of it!

Since basil has anti-bacterial properties, it’s a great home-made, gentle treatment for acne, so I made some basil ‘tea’ with essential oils to use instead of a toner on my face for a few days.  This mixture also seems to be a good natural makeup remover.  I follow it up with my DIY moisturizer.

1. Prepare your tools and ingredients.  You will need the following:

2. Collect your fresh basil (washed) and prepare your station while you’re boiling the water (I LOVE LOVE LOVE this kettle)

3. Cut the basil into as small of pieces as you can, and place it in the cup

4. Once the water has boiled, pour the boiling-hot water over the basil in the cup, and cover with the lid

5. Let it steep for 20 minutes, then remove the lid and add 3 drops of each essential oil (if you have elected to use them, and I strongly suggest you do: each of them have been selected for their acne-treating skincare properties)

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6. Let cool completely.  At this point, you can strain it into the final container with a tea strainer, or use it straight as-is by putting some of the liquid on a cotton ball or cotton round and wiping your face with it.

NOTE: You can store the mixture for a few days in the fridge to extend its lifespan if you add a little alcohol to it.


NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from any other source 🙂 these links may earn me a few cents if you do make the purchase using them.