As farmers, we have a deep respect for the foods we grow and produce. We pay attention to what we eat and always strive for the most healthy, natural, locally grown ingredients. So if we pay so much attention to what we put in our mouths, why not pay attention to what we put on our skin? And of course, we always pay attention to what we breathe in our own homes.
Making Beeswax Candles
Manufactured candles can include toxic ingredients and put out artificial scents that can be damaging to our health. Beeswax candles are very easy to make, and have a cleansing effect on the air in your home.
We followed these instructions to make our beeswax candles. First we gathered all our supplies: beeswax, glass containers, candle wick, and masking tape. We found our glass containers at our local thrift shop. It was fun to browse through the thrift shop knowing we had a purpose for the treasures we found.
Next we poured a small layer into the base of a jar and placed a piece of candle wick into the center of the jar. Hold this in place until the wax is firm enough that it holds the wick in place.
Place masking tape across the top of the container, as shown below, and poke a hole so you can pull the wick through. Fill the jar with melted wax.
Your Skin Deserves the Best
What you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. Many chemicals in manufactured personal care products are carcinogens, neurotoxins, and contain reproductive toxins. So it just makes sense to make your own products, using fresh, natural, organic ingredients. By stocking your kitchen with some natural ingredients, you’ll be prepared to make your own personal care and beauty products.
Making Lemon Sugar Scrub
To make our lemon sugar scrub, we used organic sugar (that’s why it’s brown), lemon zest, organic virgin coconut oil, and organic extra virgin olive oil. We also added 15 drops of lemon essential oil.
Packaged in a cute jar and tied up with a bow, it’s perfect for a gift for someone special. To use, just take a spoonful and gently massage it on your hands, feet, elbows, or where your skin feels rough.
Making Lavender Bath Salts
To make our bath salts, we used lavender from Hood River Lavender, a farm in Oregon’s Hood River Valley. We placed 2 tablespoons of dried lavender buds, 1 cup of Epsom salt, and 1/2 cup of sea salt in a bowl and gently stirred. Epsom salt gently exfoliates skin and smooths rough spots. Next we added about 15 drops of 100% pure lavender essential oil.
They smell as pretty as they look! To use as a bath salt, spoon about 4 to 6 tablespoons under running bath water. As you soak in the tub, rich minerals are absorbed into your skin. You can also use this as an exfoliator. Just mix 2 tablespoons with a handful of your favorite body wash. Massage the mixture onto your skin to work away dry patches.