Fresh-smelling soap is sure to get you in the mood for warmer weather and the arrival of a new season! Not only are these lemongrass and ginger soaps simple to make, but they also make great gifts. Adding details such as a sand dollar and starfish or sprinkling with herbs makes for the perfect little embellishment!
Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez
As the weather warms up, we might find ourselves at home more than normal this summer. Vacations and outings might look a little different, but we can still bring the seasonal spirit into our homes. I love doing this with essential oil diffuser blends. Each blend can be formulated for a specific mood and help to keep some normalcy in our lives. Below are a few of my favorite blends to diffuse at home this summer.
Words: Sherry Westfall Matthews
This recipe was originally featured in Somerset Life Summer 2018
A good cup of tea can be a fully immersive experience — the taste, the smell, the feel of the mug in your hands — it’s like a warm hug for your soul! I mean, seriously, I could bathe in it … wait, I could! I could totally bathe in it! All I needed to do was create some tub tea. I wanted it to smell delicious and be as much of a treat as a bath bomb with all its fizzy fun and luxurious feel. I experimented with a few techniques and recipes. After a little trial and error, my Bubble Tea Bath Bombs were born.
Willow and Sage Summer 2020 is packed with homemade recipes to add to your bath and body routine, including six simple scrubs to make at home, a cooling leg mask, after sun care, and more. Prepare for the arrival of summertime with this issue filled with rejuvenating recipes for self-care 💗
Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: The Natural Home Issue
Common cleaning supplies have become harder to find and purchase at reasonable prices, including hand sanitizer. Manufacturers are doing their best to restock these goods, but in the meantime, we can learn to make our own supplies. Hand sanitizer is easy to make at home and can be effective at eradicating certain germs, as long as you follow a few specific guidelines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hand sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol. And if you’re including ingredients like aloe vera gel or essential oils, those additions will dilute the alcohol. We recommend using 99% isopropyl or rubbing alcohol; you can also use grain alcohol with high alcohol content. Avoid using other types of alcohol, which can be toxic if used incorrectly.