Making a foaming hand soap is surprisingly easy. There are many harmful ingredients in everyday hand soaps. This is a very simple alternative to the store-bought soaps. You can purchase nice foaming hand soap dispensers from Amazon or you can buy foaming hand soaps on clearance and use their containers! Here is the base recipe and then you can get creative.

Combine the following ingredients (stir gently, do not shake) and pour into a foaming hand soap dispenser.


1 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
1 Teaspoon oil
Essential Oils/Extract



My favorite is the Almond-Apricot foaming hand soap. It smells so amazing!

1 Cup Filtered or Distilled Water
2 Tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s Almond Castile Soap
1 Teaspoon Apricot Kernel Oil
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract

* Here is an easy print-out label for you – foaming hand soap label

Just print it, cut it and tape it on your bottle.


Second favorite is the Coconut-Lavender:

1 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap
1 Teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil


Try it out and see how amazing they smell or have fun creating your own.



Many of us who suffer from eczema have found that our everyday products (lotions, cleansers, laundry detergent, etc.) are causing skin irritation. Trying to find replacement products is usually pretty difficult. Petroleum based products, such as Vaseline, are a popular lotion replacement because they are easy on the skin, have minimal ingredients and are somewhat effective at temporarily clearing up eczema. HOWEVER, the petroleum based products do not heal your skin or allow your skin to breathe properly. They also are known to be carcinogenic. So, instead of turning to a product that may be harmful to your health, pure body oils may be a better solution.

Here are some natural body oils that are more healing and beneficial for your skin:

1. Coconut Oil: Organic, raw, cold-pressed and unrefined is best. Some swear by organic coconut oil. Its nourishing properties have been known to heal and treat eczema. However for others, such as myself, it is either not effective or can it be irritating to the skin. This may be from the slightly gritty texture. If you are just starting out with oils, try a test area to make sure you do not have any reaction and that it is improving skin texture and eczema breakouts. That being said, having coconut in your regular diet is great for the skin. If you are not able to put it on your skin, try using it in your smoothies and heal from the inside out!

2. Jojoba Oil: This is one of my favorite oils. It can be very therapeutic for the skin. I use it primarily as a *carrier oil when I want to apply essential oils directly to the skin. It may seem a little greasy but it absorbs well. It also helps to balance skin.

3. Almond Oil: Cold-pressed is best. It can be very nourishing for the skin. An anti-inflammatory and helps with itchiness.

4. Avocado Oil: Cold-pressed is best. Has beneficial Omega-6 that nourishes the skin. Avocado works great as a topical oil, although eating an avocado a day can also give your skin and hair a beautiful glow. So eat them up!

5. Grapeseed Oil: Penetrates the skin well but not as healing as the other oils. A very mild oil.

6. Apricot Kernel Oil: Absorbs very easily. Similar properties to almond oil. Nourishing and healing to the skin. It also helps with fine lines.

7. Sunflower Oil: Contains important peptides which may help with collagen building. Very helpful at repairing skin cells. A mild, universal oil.

8. Safflower Oil: Similar to sunflower oil. Soothes rough skin and helps improve skin’s texture.

9. Sea Buckthorn Oil: Can heal skin injuries such as eczema. An amazing oil with healing properties. Can be very expensive. I usually mix this oil with a cheaper one, like sunflower, to make it go further.

10. Sesame Oil: Surprisingly this commonly used Asian food oil has a lot of nutrients in it. Helps with skin softening, rich in vitamins and is easy on the skin. It does have a strong scent, so smell it before applying to make sure you enjoy the scent.

11. Evening Primrose Oil: Can be very healing for dry skin. Helps with skin repair, inflammation and irritation. Mostly sold in capsule form. Break and apply directly to skin or mix with a carrier oil.

12. Chamomile Oil: Can also use organic chamomile tea and use as a compress to irritated skin. Acts as an anti-inflammatory and has antibacterial properties. Is calming for the skin (topically) and body (i.e. drinking chamomile tea).

13. Rosehip Oil: An amazing oil that has been used for centuries. It helps with scarring and eczema. It is a great source of retinoic acid. Pure organic Rosehip Oil can be very pricey so I usually use it as a facial serum or for spot treatment.

14. Calendula Oil: Very effective at chapped lips and chapped skin. Can treat cuts, bruises, inflammation and of course eczema.

A Side Note About Olive Oil: Some have reported improvement using olive oil. However from the research I have done, and personal experience, it should be noted that olive oil can actually break down the skins barrier over time. So even though you may see improvement at first, it may cause trouble for your skin later. I would use one of the other oils listed personally. However, when using it in the diet/cooking it can be very beneficial for the skin and is a great substitute for vegetable oils.

Other Topical Treatments Can Include:

Aloe Vera: Straight from the plant is best. Aloe is known to assist healing of skin and wounds. It is what many turn to in the event of sunburn.

Cocoa Butter: Naturally contains beneficial nutrients that can benefit your skin. It is important to buy cocoa butter in its most pure form. Apply right after bathing for best results. A note of caution: some may find cocoa butter slightly irritating because of its gritty texture.

Carrots: Carrots can be puréed to a juice and mixed in with one of the oils listed above. Carrots have soothing properties, beneficial nutrients for the skin and can help with itchiness.

*Carrier Oil: A carrier oil is an oil that you mix with other ingredients, such as an essential oils.


WWW.PERMACULTURE.CO.UK – 5 Natural Cures for Eczema
WWW.LIVESTRONG.COM – Are Certain Oils Good for Eczema
WWW.HERBHEDGEROW.CO.UK – Botanical Skincare – Best Oils for Treating Eczema
WWW.NATIONALECZEMA.ORG – Coconut Oil and Eczema





Top of the mornin’ to ya! We Irish love to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day. However the kids like having fun too. So if you are looking for a fun simple project for your kiddos, check this out🍀


All natural recipe for Lucky Irish Playdough 💚

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon oil

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 cup boiling hot water

Green glitter

Essential oils of your choice (lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, orange)

Mix all ingredients, except boiling water and essential oils.  Then add boiling hot water and essential oils and stir until a ball starts to form. Once cool, let your kids play with it as much as they want. Can store in plastic baggie in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day🍀🍀🍀


There are many harmful ingredients being included in our everyday beauty products. But as an esthetician and concerned beauty junkie, I wanted to share the ones I personally try to avoid.

Please note that manufactures try to use a variety of different names to sneak these toxic ingredients into our products. I have listed a few but if you have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know. Also, the Skin Deep website is well respected and provides honest information about products and ingredients, so that is a great reference to have if you are looking for more detailed information (

If you have a hard time finding products with acceptable ingredients, just make your own! I post many DIY skin and beauty recipes on my blog ( and will continue to do so. Check out my other posts!

Here is the list for you:

1. Parabens – methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl – (preservative) – potentially cancer causing and can interfere with hormones
2. Aluminum (colorant) – potentially toxic to the nervous system
3. Phthalates – potentially cancer causing and can interfere with hormones
4. Benzoyl Peroxide (acne treatment) – can cause rash and irritation to the skin
5. Para-Aminobenzoic Acid – PABA – (sometimes in sunscreen) – carcinogenic
6. Arsenic (found in other ingredients such as hydrogenated cotton seed oil) – toxic to hormone balance and organs
7. Triclosan a/k/a antibacterial – irritant and possibly toxic to hormone balance
8. Propylene glycol – butylene glycol, PG/PED/PPG – (alcohol/solvent) – irritant
9. Sodium laureth sulfate – SLS/SLES – (emulsifier/cleansing agent) – irritant, potentially toxic to organs
10. Petrochemicals – paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, petrolatum, Vaseline – (emollient) – potentially carcinogenic
11. Perfume and fragrance (scent/smells) – can be a ‘chemical cocktail’ as the ingredients are not required to be disclosed – potentially toxic to organs and overall health
12. Butylated hydroxyanisole – butylated hydroxytoluene, BHA/BHT – (preservative/stabilizer) – potentially toxic to hormone balance and organs

The more clean and pure our ingredients are, the healthier and happier we will be. Please take a look at your products to see if a cleaner replacement product is necessary.

I hope you all feel beautiful today!




Candles are so romantic. Their beautiful glow and smells can warm a room, create ambiance and relaxation and set the mood. Unfortunately, many of our pretty candles, especially the cheaper ones, have chemicals melted into the wax. And sometimes even the wax itself can be harmful. Before learning this, I had sweet-smelling candles in every room of the house! I love them.

However, I was determined to remove chemicals (at least as many as I can) from our home, food and products. We are surrounded by chemicals and this problem seems to be increasing. It may seem like an impossible task but little by little I believe we can replace harmful products with healthy ones.

Here are a few of the additives to be leery of in candles:

1. Paraffin Wax – Can be carcinogenic when burned.
2. Benzene – Can be cancer causing.
3. Toluene – Can affect central nervous system.
4. Synthetic Fragrance – Irritant and can cause allergic reactions.
5. Formaldehyde – Can be cancer causing.

The list goes on and on. Honestly telling you what might be lurking in your candles is kind of useless because manufacturers are not required to put any ingredients on their labels. Usually if a candle is not labeled it is made with paraffin wax, and the cheaper the candle, the more likely it is to have added chemicals.

Thankfully, there are alternatives out there. However, they may be hard to find. Beeswax candles are a great alternative. I love the way they smell. They burn longer, are non-toxic, eliminate free radicals from the air and are SO EASY to make yourself. If you have a hard time finding all natural candles, why not give this a shot? Here is my easy DIY beeswax candle recipe.

By using natural or organic beeswax candles you are releasing free-radical fighting particles into the air instead of cancer causing particles into the air. Replace harmful with healthy!

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