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BC: The “Soap Gecko” is a small family business in Alaska.. It is located on Prince of Wales Island, surrounded by pristine wilderness, endless beaches and abundant wildlife. Our business started in a small kitchen which was quickly outgrown when more soap and lotions were being made than meals. With years of experience, we combine the old-fashioned art of soap and lotion making with traditional herbal wisdom. Our products are made to enhance your health, body and spirit, using local plants gathered and used with respect for nature, from our pristine forest, beaches, and meadows. Our pure herbal soap and lotion products are simply made, and packaged by hand.

FC: Incense, Oils & Brews | by: Holly Neumeyer

1: Biography and our commitment to family and friends....................................................2 Waxes..............................................................................................................................3 How to Dry Herbs............................................................................................................4 Cutting, Handing and Storing Herbs...............................................................................5 Chamomile Lip Balm.......................................................................................................6 Mothers Day Lip Balm.....................................................................................................7 What is a preservative.....................................................................................................8 Aromatherapy, How to Mix Oils.......................................................................................9 Sweet and Spicy Sugar Scrub.......................................................................................10 Basic Hand Lotion..........................................................................................................11 Organic Homemade Solid Lotion Bar............................................................................12 Bug dope and Bite me not.............................................................................................13 Homemade facial scrub (soap)......................................................................................14 Woodland walk lotion.....................................................................................................15 Lemon Sugar Scrub and Vanilla Brown Sugar..............................................................16 Bath Salts......................................................................................................................17 Shimmer & Shine Home Made Herbal Hair Care..........................................................18 Shampoo Bar (soap), Liquid Shampoo and Hair Dye...................................................19 Homemade Face Masks...............................................................................................20 Green Clay and Seaweed Mask...................................................................................21 Handmade Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment.....................................................................22 Aromatheraphy Reed Diffusers....................................................................................23 Diffuser Recipes...........................................................................................................24 More Diffuser Recipes and where is get supplies........................................................25 | Contents | 1

2: My husband and I moved to Alaska in the winter of 1990. Where Dean enjoys the wilds of Alaska, I decided I needed to learn more of the indoor activities to get through the long winters. Thinking along the lines of handcrafts, homemade soaps and lotions would be great to make as gifts and sell at the local farmers market. | Live well, Laugh Often, Love Much | 2012 | Handcrafed Artisan Lotion: The 100% difference: Our gentle handcrafted lotion was already a great natural lotion, so why did we switch to 100% certified organic vegetable oils? Because organic soap and lotion matters! What we put on our skin matters. What we dump on our earth matters. What we leave behind for our children and our grandchildren matters. So in addition to leaving your skin feeling perfectly clean & superbly moisturized, our handmade natural soaps and lotions now leaves you with a clear conscience too. Freshly handcrafted with real essential oils, wild & organic herbs, only safe natural ingredients and now 100% certified organic vegetable oils..We just raised the bar. Sure, you can find cheaper handmade soaps and lotions, even prettier soaps and lotions, but not the quality that is in our aromatic natural soaps and lotions. | 2

3: Waxes-source (www.mountainroseherbs.com) Natural source waxes have a plethora of fine uses which include a solidifying medium for salves, an emulsifier for cosmetics, a hardener for polishes and balms and so much more! It is hard to imagine where we would be with our creations if it were not for the substance that wax provides us. | Beeswax A wonderful substance secreted by worker honeybees. This line of pure, filtered, cosmetic grade bees wax comes from beekeepers in the United States that we have a wonderful working relationship with. This beautiful wax is the finest we have ever acquired; producing a very fragrant, clean, and perfectly filtered product without the debris and muddy color found in typical waxes. Use it for cosmetics, salves, body care products, lotions and you can melt it down to make your own aromatic candles. Pure bees wax with no filler, synthetics, debris, or foreign fragrances. Beeswax Pastilles These beeswax pastilles are produced in the same manner as our traditional bulk beeswax, only in a more convenient size. These pastilles, or sometimes known as pellets have a deep golden color, rich aroma, and the average dimension of each pastille is 3 mm. Carnauba Wax One of the hardest cosmetic waxes found, this wax is taken from the Brazilian palm tree Copernicia prunifera. A very hard, thick wax with a high melting point around 180-185 degrees. It is mainly used in furniture waxes, lipsticks, and cosmetic recipes, which require a formidable barrier agent. Our Carnauba is certified organic, golden in color, and comes in flake form. Emulsifying Wax A vegetable based emulsifying wax from naturally occurring fats and esters, further processed into a convenient"pastille flake form". This excellent medium is used to create a bond between water and oil for products which require their binding together. Makes a fluid cream, and lotion without the separation, and complements the finished products end texture. | 3

4: How To Dry Herbs | Step 1: Harvest and Wash Most herbs can be cut and used fresh throughout the growing season. They can also be harvested, dried, and stored for use during the winter months. Many herbs, such as sage, rosemary and basil, are harvested for their leaves. These herbs should be gathered when the flowers are about to open. The oils in the leaves are at their maximum levels at this stage of growth. Remove approximately 1/3 of the current year’s growth on perennial herbs. Annual herbs can be cut back more severely. Make the cuts on annuals approximately 4 to 6 inches above the soil surface. The annuals can be cut at ground level when harvesting in the fall before the first frost. Most annual and perennial herbs can be harvested in midsummer and again in the fall. Herbs used for their leaves are best picked before they flower (as soon as the buds arrive); this will ensure the best quality because they contain the maximum amount of volatile oils prior to blossoming. Herbs should be harvested in the early morning, after the dew has evaporated and before the sun becomes too hot. After picking your herbs shake off gently any insects there may be and rinse the herbs gently to get off any dirt (a light spray is preferable). If you have picked them somewhere there may have been chemicals make sure to take greater care to wash your herbs more vigorously, you do not want to take any risks. After washing make sure to dry your herbs gently and thoroughly (Otherwise there may be a risk of mildew problems during storage). Finally, remove any dried or wilted leaves on the plant. Now you are ready to cut and hang your herbs! | 4

5: Step 2: Cutting and Hanging After you have thoroughly cleaned and dried your herbs, you can begin the step or cutting and hanging them. First remove all the leaves from the bottom ends of the stem giving you enough room to tie bundles together with a rubber band or string. About 2 inches or so should be fine. Ideally a bunch should contain no more than about 5-10 stems. After tying your bundle find a dark, warm (not humid) ventilated place in the house where they will not be tampered with. If there isn’t a dark place you may poke some hole in a paper lunch bag and tie the bag around the ends of the stems, this also helps keep the dust off. Hang your herbs upside down (tied stems on top, leaves and flowers on bottom). | Leave the herbs to dry for 1 - 3 weeks. Check them every now and then to see how they are drying. Thicker stemmed herbs will take longer. Check to see if their consistency has become crumbly by rubbing a leaf between two fingers. If they crumble, they are ready to be taken down. Remove any leaves that show even the slightest sign of mold. | Step 3: Storing After you have your prepared, dried herbs you can store them. Any air-tight container will do such as a jar or a zip-lock bag. Make sure to label and date the container, stored herbs are only good for about one year. Store herbs in a cool dry place away from sunlight. | 5

6: 6 | Chamomile Lip Balm 1/2 tsp. Macadamia Nut oil 1/2 tsp. Jojoba oil 1 tsp. lanolin 1/2 tsp. Cocoa butter 1/2 tsp. Beeswax 1/2 tsp. Chamomile flowers (dried) In a double-boiler, melt 1/2 tsp. Macadamia Nut oil, 1/2 tsp. jojoba oil, 1/2 tsp. lanolin and 1/2 tsp. Cocoa butter until it is liquefied. Add 1/2 tsp. of dried Chamomile flowers and stir gently for about 10 minutes. Strain the mixture with a very fine sieve into a small Pyrex ramekin and clean the area of the double boiler where you had the mixture (Dry the area well). Pour the new strained mixture back into the double boiler and reheat. Add another 1/2 tsp. of lanolin and 1/2 tsp. of beeswax shavings. Heat and stir until liquefied completely. Remove from the heat and pour into a 1/2 oz. amber or cobalt container. This is enough for personal use. To use on dry hands, or to give as gifts, you'll want to double or triple this recipe. This is a very soothing formula that has real "staying" power.

7: 7 | Mother Day’s Lip Balm – Passionfruit Rose Making a matching lip balm for Mom with Passionfruit Rose is easy. Ingredients like Mango Butter and Shea Butter are nourishing to the skin and help provide a barrier against environmental irritations. This recipe uses: 1 oz. Mango 1 oz. Shea .7 oz. Beeswax .5 oz. Castor .5 oz. Sweet Almond Passionfruit Rose Flavor Merlot Mica Rose Pearl Measure out, by weight, the individual items. Melt the beeswax with the liquid oils in a double boiler. The beeswax takes significant time and energy to melt. Melting the beeswax in the microwave may take up to 10 minutes and is not recommended due to the extreme heat needed to melt the wax. Add the Shea Butter and Mango Butter to the melted wax and oils. Allow the heat of the wax and oil to melt the butters. Stir well. By weight, use 1 – 3% flavor. Start with the small amount (1%) and flavor to taste. Freeze some knives ahead of time and dip the frozen knife into your lip balm. The lip balm will harden instantly, allowing you to taste and try the product prior to pouring into containers. Add color to preference. The list of Bramble Berry lip safe colorants is here. Once the color and flavor is fully mixed in, pour mixture into lip balm containers, label and you’re all done.

8: 8 | What is a preservative? A preservative is an anti-microbial solution that helps to prevent mold and other yucky things from growing in your products. Optiphen - Optiphen is a paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative. It is best to use in your oil-based recipes like shampoos, conditioners, and some lotions. Found out how to use Optiphen when making your own homemade conditioner. Usage rate: .5-1.5% of the total weight of the recipe and must be used at temperatures lower than 176 degrees. Optiphen Plus - Optiphen Plus is our brand new water-soluble, paraben- and formaldehyde-free preservative. You can use Optiphen Plus in any recipe your are using water in and it helps to protect again bacteria, mold growth and even yeast! Usage rate: .75-1.5% of the total weight of the recipe and must be used at temperatures lower than 176 degrees. What products need preservatives? You wouldn’t want to find that your fabulous sugar scrub went bad after a few weeks, would you? Any recipe that includes water in it or any product that may get water in it needs a preservative. That includes most lotions and cremes, sugar or salt scrubs, and some types of body powders. Preservatives aren’t generally necessary in liquid soaps, but can be added if desired. Do salt scrubs need a preservative? Technically, no. Most sugar and salt scrubs do not contain water. When there’s no water in the product then you do not need to add a preservative. Now take a minute to think about where most sugar and salt scrubs are stored and used. Yep! They are stored and used in the shower where water may be introduced, which could potentially start mold growth. Ack! So what does that mean? It’s better to be safe than sorry. Long story short, I would add a preservative to you your scrubs.

9: Aromatherapy | How to Mix Oils | Essential oils provide both strong psychological and physical benefits for those individuals who use them. They can be beneficial when inhaled as well as applied to the skin. It is believed that when essential oils are blended, their synergy produces a stronger product. However, blending essential oils can be rather difficult and even a bit frustrating for those who try to do so. For this reason, many people, especially beginners, give up trying, but with a little help there is really no need to so. If one takes the time to do a little research and is willing to experiment, they can learn how to blend essential oils properly. However, one first needs to get the basics down. These basics include learning that the best essential oil blends are those that come from the same group. For example, florals mix best with florals, citrus essential oils blend best with other citrus essential oils. Most essential oils fall under the following categories; woody, green, resin, spicy, floral and citrus. For individuals just starting out or who have had some trouble mixing oils in the past, it is best to begin with florals because they are the easiest ones to mix. In fact, it is very hard to mess them up. Oils that are harder to blend include those in the spicy and citrus groups. It is important to note that the very best essential oil blends are those that bring out the best properties of each individual oil. It is ultimately about the strength of the final product. However, if you are more interested in developing a specific scent then you will want to focus on what blends smell the best when combined together. When blending your oils it is important to note that essential oils come in three different categories, top notes, middle notes and base notes. Top notes are light fragrances that help to energize and lift your mood. Common top note oils are cinnamon, peppermint, orange and lemon. Middle notes have a little more weight then top note essential oils, but not as much as base notes. They are the main components of aromatherapy blends. Melissa, lavender, rosemary, nutmeg and tee tree are examples of middle note essential oils. Base note oils last the longest and tend to be heavier and more rich than all of the other oils. Some examples include clove, jasmine, ginger and vanilla. | 9

10: 10 | Sweet and Spicy Sugar Scrub: A wonderful scrub for the fall | Ingredients Needed: 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar 1 Cup of Brown Sugar 2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt 2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon 2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg 2 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger 1 Cup of Sunflower, Safflower, Almond or Vegetable Oil Additional Supplies Needed: Clean glass or plastic container that seals Mix the Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Ground Ginger together really well - slightly grinding them together. Thoroughly combine together the Granulated Sugar and Brown Sugar - making sure to crush any lumps. Add in the Sea Salt and mix well. Add the oil of your choice. You can use Sunflower, Safflower, Almond or even Vegetable Oil. I like to use Sunflower Oil, found in most health food stores. Sunflower oil, like other oils, help to retain moisture in the skin. {Safflower Oil is very similar to the Sunflower} Alternately, you can use plain Vegetable Oil as well. {I would omit using Olive Oil with this scrub as the scent can be a little too powerful} Add the oil of your choice. You can use Sunflower, Safflower, Almond or even Vegetable Oil. I like to use Sunflower Oil, found in most health food stores. Sunflower oil, like other oils, help to retain moisture in the skin. {Safflower Oil is very similar to the Sunflower} Alternately, you can use plain Vegetable Oil as well. {I would omit using Olive Oil with this scrub as the scent can be a little too powerful} It is important to keep water out of the scrub. The addition of water to the scrub mixture makes it prone to growing bacteria. Use a spoon or scoop to remove the scrub from the container.

11: Anger Bergamot, Jasmine, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang Anxiey Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver Confidence Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Rosemary Depression Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang Fatigue, Exhaustion and Burnout Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver Fear Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Roman Chamomile Sandalwood, Vetiver Grief Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver Happiness and Peace Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang Insecurity Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vetiver Irritability Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood Loneliness Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Roman Chamomile, Rose Memory and Concentration Basil, Black Pepper, Cypress, Hyssop, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary Panic and Panic Attacks Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, Rose Stress Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang | 11 | 3/4 C Almond Oil, Grape seed or Hemp 2 Tbsp cocoa butter 1/3 C coconut oil 1/2 oz beeswax (2 Tbsp) Melt these ingredients to room temperature Mix together: 2/3 C any type of tea, depending on your recipe 1/3 C Aloe Vera gel 6 vitamin E capsules (contents only) essential oil Slowly pour these ingredients into heated mixture, blend with stick blender until the consistency resembles frosting. store in covered jar. | Basic Hand Lotion | Some nice combinations: Calendula & Chamomile-for baby Rosewater and Almond Oil Peppermint, wintergreen and ginger-for sore muscles Coconut & Calendula-for your face Mint & green Tea Lavender and Vanilla | If you use Almond oil and have a thin enough consistency you can use with a pump container!

12: 12 | Organic Homemade Solid Lotion Bar | - Gently melt the beeswax and cocoa butter - When melted add the sunflower oil and stir until thoroughly mixed; - Keep stirring until the mixture is slightly cooled, then add essential oil or fragrance oil if you want (about 1 tea spoon); - Pour the mixture into molds and let it harden. (I use a silicon muffin mold). | It is easy to make and the perfect lotion bar for your hands, elbows, or any other part of your body. | Ingredients: 3 oz. beeswax 3 oz. cocoa butter 3 oz. sunflower oil essential oil or fragrance oil

13: 13 | Bug Dope | 3/4 C Hemp 1 Tbsp Coco Butter 1 Tbsp Shea Butter 1/3 C coconut oil 2 Tbsp Beeswax Melt over low heat, cool to room temp. Mix together: 2/3 C peppermint Tea 1/3 C Aloe Vera Gel 6 vitamin E capsules-squeeze out gel Add to above mixture, use stick blender to whip up to frosting consistency. | Add Essential Oils: 1 Tbsp Citronella 1.4 t Peppermint 1/4 t Cedar wood 1/4 t Eucalyptus 1/4 t Lavender | Bite Me Not Lotion Bar | 4 oz Avocado Butter 4 oz Yellow Beeswax 4 oz Sweet Almond Oil 1 oz Meadowfoam oil Essential Oil Blend: 2 ml cedarwood 2 ml black pepper 1 ml lavender 1 ml Rosemary 1 ml white thyme .5 ml clove leaf .5 ml cinnamon leaf | Melt all your butters and oils together, avocado butter will melt very quickly but keep stirring until everything is melted. Once all your oil and waxes are melted add 1 tsp or up to 2 tsp of the essential oil blend. Just keep in mind that clove and cinnamon leaf are extremely powerful and should never be used over .5% of total recipe. Mix well, pour the mixture into the lotion bar containers and allow to cool before putting the cap on. Tip: if you have small cracks or a divot in the center of your lotion bar after they have cooled, don't worry! A short burst from your heat gun will remelt the top of your balm so your bars are picture perfect. Makes 12 push tubes.

14: Homemade Facial Scrub - This is a soap This homemade facial scrub soap is a gentle, yet deeply cleansing soap. The poppy seeds will exfoliate your skin as well as unblock the pores, whilst the natural oils moisten and nourish your skin. | Ingredients: Makes 6 or 7 bars 6 fl oz (170ml) Sunflower Oil 6 fl oz (170ml) Olive Oil 5 oz (155g) Coconut Oil 2 1/2 oz (65g) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda) 8 fl oz (230ml) Mineral water 2 teaspoons (10ml) Grapefruit essential oil 1 teaspoon (6ml) Orange essential oil 1 teaspoon (4ml) Cinnamon leaf essential oil 2 tablespoons Poppy Seeds Combine oils and lye when both temperatures reach 96 F. Add essential oils and seeds at "trace" stage | 14

15: 15 | 3/4 C Almond Oil, Grape seed or Hemp 2 Tbsp cocoa butter 1/3 C coconut oil 1/2 oz beeswax (2 Tbsp) Melt these ingredients to room temperature | Woodland Walk Lotion | Essential Oils: 12 drops Spruce essential oil 6 drops Fir Needle essential oil 3 drops Vetiver essential oil 6 drops Cedarwood essential oil 3 drops Bergamont | This smells just like you were taking a walk in a forest right after a spring rain. | Slowly pour these ingredients into heated mixture, blend with stick blender until the consistency resembles frosting. store in covered jar.

16: 16 | Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub | Begin my mixing 2 1/2 Cups of Sugar with 1 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add in 4 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice {or scented essential oils to your liking}. This mixture will make enough to fill a 12oz. Mason Jar {and you'll have just enough left over to clean your hands afterwards too} Mix really well until a gritty paste forms and spoon into a glass container. {make sure your container has a lid that seals} I have to say I love this mix and use it all the time. After sitting for awhile you may need to mix prior to using as the sugar may settle. A tiny bit is all you need and it leaves your skin extra soft and smooth. | Vanilla Brown Sugar | This is my favorite body scrub. {not just because it is yummy Brown Sugar and Vanilla either} It's the perfect exfoliate for your heels, knees and elbows and great for your tan legs in the summer time too. You want to begin by mixing 2 Cups of Brown Sugar and 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar together until there are no lumps. Add in 1 Cup of Sunflower Oil and 1 Tablespoon of Pure Vanilla Extract. {I like to use Sunflower Oil for this body scrub because it does not carry the strong scent that Olive Oil does}Mix together well and scoop into a sealable glass container.

17: 17 | Bath Salts | Balancing Bath Salts: (Single Use) 1 Tbsp Sea Salt 3 Tbsp Baking Soda 8 drops of essential oil Choose 3-4 oils (Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarose, Rose, Rosewood, ) Add sea Salt, baking soda and oils to a jar with a tight fitting lid. Sake to mix thoroughly. To use: add to tub of running warm to hot water. | Relaxing Bath Salts: 3 C Epsom Salts 2 C Baking Soda or 3 Cups Sea Salts Lavender Essential Oil | Mix salts in large bowl. Put 1/2 C salts mix in smaller bowl or jar with lid. Add Lavender Essential oil until you reach desired fragrance and stir or sake until well mixed. Add back to large bowl and stir until fragrance is equally distributed throughout the salts, be sure to get fragrance all the way into the bottom of the bowl.

18: 18 | Shimmer and Shine with Homemade Herbal Hair Care | BODY AND BOUNCE BEER SHAMPOO Yield: 10 ounces Beer is one of my favorite beauty treatments for hair - nothing else gives my hair such body, bounce and shine. This shampoo is a cinch to make and it really works. After you've tried it, you'll never throw out flat or stale beer. 1 cup beer (any inexpensive beer will do - fresh or flat) 1 cup Basic Shampoo recipe Heat beer in a small saucepan over medium heat and boil until beer is reduced to 1/4 cup. Add reduced beer to shampoo and stir well. Pour shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle or empty shampoo bottle. (You do not need to refrigerate this product.) Shampoo and rinse well. | CONDITIONING PACK For dry hair: Coconut oil, banana, avocado, mayonnaise For normal hair: Mayonnaise, egg, olive oil, unflavored yogurt For oily hair: Add a little lemon juice (1 to 2 teaspoons) to the products for normal hair Conditioning hair packs are rich in natural creams and oils. They are massaged into clean hair and left on to allow the rich ingredients to penetrate. They are especially effective for dry hair and hair damaged by too much sun or blow-drying. A weekly hair pack will return moisture and life to your hair. To make your own natural hair packs, choose one or a combination of the products from the following list - for example, avocado and mayonnaise. Mash or stir the products together to yield approximately 1/4 cup, less or more depending on your hair length. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair. Wrap your hair with a large piece of plastic wrap or use a plastic shower cap to hold in heat and open up the hair follicles for deep conditioning. Wait 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Depending on your hair type and the ingredients you use, you probably will want to follow with a shampoo.

19: 19 | 10 oz Coconut oil 10 oz Palm oil 8 oz Castor oil 8 oz Olive oil 12 oz Distilled Water 5 oz Sodium Hydroxide 1.5 oz essential oil-your choice | Your oils and lye should be around 100 degrees when combined. Add color at trace or, if you like, leave it uncolored. Add fragrance and stick blend to a thick trace. Pour into mold and use a spatula to create peaks on the surface for texture and grip. Remove the soap from the mold after 24 hours and cure the bars on a rack for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy! | Shampoo Bar Soap | DITCH THE DYE There also are many natural rinses you can use to color or highlight your hair. These rinses create gradual changes in your hair when used over a period of time; the longer you use them, the more dramatic the results. After shampooing, try one of the following: Chamomile: This will lighten fair hair. To make a rinse, pour 2 cups boiling water over 1/4 cup chamomile flowers. Cool; strain before using. Rhubarb: This also will lighten hair. Use 1/4 cup chopped, fresh rhubarb to 2 cups boiling water. Cool; strain before using. Sage, lavender and cinnamon: These will darken hair. Use 1/4 cup sage or lavender (or 3 cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces) to 2 cups boiling water. Cool; strain before using. Hibiscus flowers: These will give red highlights to light or dark hair. Use dry flowers or herbal tea containing hibiscus flowers. Steep the flowers in boiling water to the shade you desire. Cool; strain before using. Remember you can always go darker, so start out with a weak mixture. | BASIC SHAMPOO--Yield: 4 ounces 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup liquid soap, such as castile 1/2 teaspoon light vegetable oil (omit if you have very oily hair.) Mix together all ingredients. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle or empty shampoo bottle. Shampoo as you normally would and rinse well with cool water.

20: 20 | Homemade Face Masks: | Homemade facial masks are easy to use: assemble your mask ingredients (creating a thick spreadable paste) apply the mask to your face, and relax for 15 minutes while it works its magic.) To apply the mask, simply spread it evenly all over your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Use the time it takes for the mask to work on your skin as a "time out". Lie down, relax and just think happy thoughts. Make it a time to recharge your batteries. | Choosing Clay for Your Homemake Face Masks: French Green Clay: (Bentonite) Good for oily skin, draws out excess oil, dirt, toxins. Boosts circulation and tones skin. Rhassoul Clay: (Moroccan Red Clay) excellent for very oily, acneic skin. Extremely powerful cleanser and detoxifier; boots circulation and tightens pores. Do not use on dry or sensitive skin. Fuller's Earth Clay: Good for oily, acne-prone skin. Draws out excess oil, dirt and toxins. Can lighten or "bleach" skin. Bentonite Clay: Good for oily skin. Draws out and traps dirt and toxins. Should be off-white in color (not pure white) Kaolin Clay: Also called white cosmetic clay. Best for normal, dry, mature and sensitive skin types. Does not absorb excess oils. White, pink or yellow in color (white is mildest)

21: 21 | Green Clay Mask: 1 tbsp green clay (you can get this in any health store) 1 tsp apricot kernel oil 3 drops of palmarosa essential oil Preparation: Mix the palmarosa and apricot oils together. Add a few drops of warm water. Mix together and add more water if need be to get a good, spreadable paste. Apply mask. Let dry for 10 minutes. Rinse off with a warm washcloth. | Seaweed Clay Face Mask: 1 part Kelp powder 2 parts bentonite clay powder (or any good quality clay) Take this basic clay recipe to the next level by adding extremely beneficial properties of seaweed to the mix. Mix the dry clay and kelp powders together and store in a glass jar. When ready to use, blend dry powder mix together with enough warm water to make a thin paste. Use a wooden or glass bowl and a wooden spoon for mixing as plastic or metal may leech toxins into your mask. | A face mask will: Tighten your skin, reducing signs of wrinkles pull toxins out of your skin Keep pores clean and healthy bring nourishing blood flow to your face

22: 22 | Homemade Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment | Benefits of Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment Rosemary is used in aromatherapy to enhance the senses and boost memory. Supplies Needed for Homemade Hot Oil Treatment Here is what you will need: 1 bunch of rosemary leaves 1/2 cup soybean oil plastic bag warm towel bowl strainer Prepare the Rosemary Take the rosemary sprigs and remove the leaves. Discard the stems and set the leaves aside. Warm the Hot Oil Treatment Ingredients Combine rosemary leaves and oil in a double broiler. Heat on a medium heat until the oil is warm. Put a strainer over a bowl and separate out the leaves. Apply the Homemade Hot Oil Treatment Put a towel on your shoulders to protect your clothing. Take some oil into your hand and coat your entire head and hair with the mixture working evenly to the end of the strands. Take a plastic bag and wrap your hair in plastic and then cover it with a towel. Leave the oil mixture in your hair for 15 minutes while you read or watch TV. It will give it a chance to work through your scalp and hair. When you are done, wash your hair with shampoo. Store the Homemade Hot Oil Treatment in a glass container

23: Aromatherapy Reed Diffusers | Your local thrift shop is a fun place to hunt for unique glass or ceramic containers for this project, and a nature walk will net you some great twigs, rocks and other goodies to play with. | Ingredients 10 to 15 rattan reeds, about 10 inches (25cm) long Small glass vase or jar 3 tablespoons (45 ml) jojoba oil -- do not substitute! Buy Jojoba oil Decorative items for the vase 150 drops of your favorite essential oil or one of the blends below | Directions Decorate the vase. Place your rocks or beads inside. In a small, clean bottle, mix the jojoba oil with the essential oil blend. Cap and shake. Pour the oil mixture into the vase. Arrange the aromatherapy diffuser reeds in the vase, making sure the bottom ends are immersed in the oil. Add any additional decorative sticks or grasses. Et voila! Beauty and function in one fabulous package! | 23

24: Here are some yummy, tried-and-tested essential oil blends perfect for aromatherapy reed diffusers... | Relaxing Lavender Reed Diffuser Oil Blend This is an excellent blend for the bedroom. This floral, fruity lavender blend calms, uplifts and soothes away stress, perfect for helping you slide into a deep, restorative sleep after a long day. 150 drops Lavender essential oil 40 drops Lemon essential oil 40 drops Palmarosa essential oil 10 drops Rose Geranium essential oil 10 drops Marjoram OR Chamomile essential oil | Sweet Citrus Sunshine Reed Diffuser Oil Blend I just love this blend. It lifts your mood and soothes your nerves at the same time. Who doesn't need that at the end of a hectic day? 115 drops Bergamot essential oil 115 drops Sweet Orange essential oil 20 drops Rose Geranium essential oil | Sensual Sandalwood, Sweet and rich, this warming, sensual blend is perfect for the bedroom. Sandalwood essential oil is a little more expensive, but well worth the indulgence. 150 drops Sandalwood essential oil 50 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil 50 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil | Lemongrass Lift, I have this blend on my bathroom windowsill because it's light, refreshing and a little less subtle than other blends. 120 drops Bergamot OR Peppermint essential oil 120 drops Lemongrass essential oil 10 drops Vetiver essential oil | 24

25: Exotic Patchouli, Deep, spicy and exotic, this blend is a perfect winter warm-up for your living room or office. Keep it out of the bedroom,though, because these essential oils stimulate your nervous system. 120 drops Patchouli essential oil 100 drops Orange essential oil 30 drops Cinnamon OR Clove essential oil | Pendant Diffusers If you're looking for a low-tech, inexpensive, purely practical little diffuser, I give you the perfect solution! Handcrafted terra cotta, known for its absorbent properties. The scents last for weeks. Use them in your car, closet, bathroom, bedroom or office. All you do is add a few drops of your favorite essential oil blend and enjoy. I have one in my car (with a lemongrass blend) and one on my bedside table (with a lavender blend.) | Where to Buy Aromatherapy Reed Diffuser Supplies: Finding essential oils is easy - my best recommendation is to shop at Mountain Rose Herbs for essential oils. Check the right-hand sidebar for an alphabetical listing of the essential oils you need for these recipes. Mountain Rose also sells jojoba oil at a good price. Pier 1 sells the reeds separately, a box of 10 for $2. Shop your discount stores for unusual little bottles. | 25

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