The Non-Toxic Shop

Dear Friends,


One day a few months ago, I was considering what kinds of products I had in my bathroom as I was freshening up.  Out of curiosity, I picked up a bottle of hand soap on the counter, and began to read the ingredients; triclosan, parabens, PEG’s, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Dioxane….many of which are known to cause cancers.  I also considered reading ingredients in any lotions, moisturizers, makeup removers, creams and gels I may have had.  From that day on, I decided to start making my own lotions and potions!  Below are a few simple recipes for hand scrubs, soaps and even makeup remover (you’re welcome ladies 🙂 These are quite easy to make, low cost and last forever.  You can also add you’re own special touch, by choosing out certain essential oils which you prefer.  Even though making you’re own lotions and potions, really isn’t time consuming, I’ve added the link to some of my favorite non-toxic brands at the bottom of the page!  Leave a comment below if you wish, otherwise, scrub away!


Homemade Lavender Coconut Oil Salt Scrub

I know you will love this as much as I do. Especially after you read about The Wonders of Ordinary Epsom Salt and 38 Coconut Oil Cures.


My Favorite DIY Detoxifying Body Scrub Recipe

Ingredients (makes 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil (buy it here)
  • 2 cups salt/sugar scrubbers (I used 1 cup unscented epsom salt, 1/2 cup unrefined sea salt and 1/2 cup organic raw sugar. You can use any combination of these, or just one by itself. Totally up to you)
  • 10+ drops of your favorite essential oil (I used eucalyptus because I’m in love with that smell, and I put 20 drops in my mix)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey (I added honey because of its outstanding health benefits)
  1. Set the coconut oil in a warm area where it can melt naturally, or use a ceramic pot on the stove over gentle heat. It’s better to use non-metal bowls because it can be reactive to certain materials thereby reducing efficacy.
  2. Add honey and mix.
  3. Add the salt/sugar scrubbers and stir until well blended.
  4. Add essential oil drops and mix. Test to see if the smell is strong enough for your liking. If not, add more.
  5. Transfer to a non-metal container with a lid, and enjoy.

P.S.  This recipe is highly adaptable, so just use whatever you have on hand or customize however you want.










  1. Put olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter in glass bowl then place that bowl in sauce pan with water.
  2. Heat stove to medium and mix ingredients together
  3. Once mixed put in refrigerator for an hour until solid
  4. With a regular mixer or hand mixer beat the mixture until it is whipped and fluffy. Then add essential oils and vitamin E and mix
  5. Fill container and store in cool place


This Homemade Frankincense and Myrrh Body Lotion recipe is great! It brings hydration and essential vitamins and nutrients to the skin. In addition, the essential oils tone, lift, heal and protect the skin!  You can also use rose and lavender if you’d prefer!








Hand & Body Soap Recipe (Cold Process)


  • ⅔ cup coconut oil – to produce good lather (buy it in bulk here for soap making here)
  • ⅔ cup olive oil – which makes a hard and mild bar
  • ⅔ cup other liquid oil – like almond oil, grapeseed, sunflower or safflower oil (find them here)
  • ¼ cup lye – also called 100% sodium hydroxide (find it here or at local hardware stores)
  • ¾ cup cool water – use distilled or purified (find the best water purification systems here)


  1. Cover your work area with newspaper. Put your gloves and other protective wear on. Measure your water into the quart canning jar. Have a spoon ready. Measure your lye, making sure you have exactly ¼ cup. Slowly pour the lye into the water, stirring as you go. Stand back while you stir to avoid the fumes. When the water starts to clear, you can allow it to sit while you move to the next step.
  2. In the pint jar, add your three oils together. They should just make a pint. Heat in a microwave for about a minute, or place the jar of oils in a pan of water to heat. Check the temperature of your oils – it should be about 120° or so. Your lye should have come down by then to about 120°. Wait for both to cool somewhere between 95° and 105°. This is critical for soap making. Too low and it’ll come together quickly, but be coarse and crumbly.
  3. When both the lye and oils are at the right temperature, pour the oils into a mixing bowl. Slowly add the lye, stirring until it’s all mixed. Stir by hand for a full 5 minutes. It’s very important to get as much of the lye in contact with as much of the soap as possible. After about 5 minutes, you can keep stirring or you can use an immersion blender (like this). The soap mixture will lighten in color and become thick. When it looks like vanilla pudding it’s at “trace” and you’re good to go. (Watch this video to see what trace looks like.)
  4. Add your herbs, essential oils or other additions at this point. Stir thoroughly to combine. Pour the mixture into mold(s) and cover with plastic wrap. Set in an old towel and wrap it up. This will keep the residual heat in and start the saponification process. Saponification is the process of the base ingredients becoming soap.
  5. After 24 hours, check your soap. If it’s still warm or soft, allow it to sit another 12-24 hours. When it’s cold and firm, turn it out onto a piece of parchment paper or baking rack. If using a loaf pan as your mold, cut into bars at this point. Allow soap to cure for 4 weeks or so. Be sure to turn it over once a week to expose all the sides to air (which is not necessary if using a baking rack). For a DIY soap drying rack, I took an old potato chip rack and slid cardboard fabric bolts (from a fabric store) through the rungs.
  6. When your soap is fully cured, wrap it in wax paper or keep it in an airtight container. Hand made soap creates its own glycerin, which is a humectant, pulling moisture from the air. It should be wrapped to keep it from attracting dust and debris with the moisture.

Clean up

When you’re done making soap, always clean your equipment that has been exposed to lye. You can neutralize the lye with white vinegar, then wash the equipment well as you normally would. For the rest of it, let it sit for several days. Why? Because when you first make soap, it’s all fat and lye. You’ll be washing forever and you could burn your hands on the residual lye. If you wait, it becomes soap and all it takes to clean it is a soak in hot water.





I tend to wear makeup in modesty; a few sweeps mascara, some blush and lip balm and I’m ready to go.  When I came home one night I found myself completely out of makeup remover (worst nightmare!  Just Kidding 🙂  I picked up my “Take off the day” Clinique makeup remover, tossed it in the trash and started to pick at my brain.  I had always heard that cooking oils could be used as a makeup remover, yet olive oil, avocado oil, and even coconut oil, never worked for me, as my eyelashes would harden once wet.  After lots of thought, I finally came up with the perfect solution, and little did I know, I would be throwing away that bottle of “Clinique” for good!  I call this “miraculous” because I’ve never had to tug on my eyelashes again, in order to get mascara (even waterproof) off!



  • 1 glass or BPA free bottle
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon distilled or regular water
  • 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil




Here are those links I had promised 🙂

Luzern Laboratories

Neal’s Yard Remedies

Acure Organics- For Your Skin, For The Planet




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