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4 Natural Soap Recipes for Healthier Skin

soap recipesIt’s an unfortunate reality that many commercial soaps contain harsh dyes, fragrances, foaming agents, and other artificial chemicals that are harmful to our skin.

This is even true of soaps that are marketed as “natural.” Believe it or not, there is no regulation or quality standard for the use of that word. Beware of the marketing manipulation. The only way to truly know what goes into your soap is by making it at home.

Plus, making soap can be a fun and relaxing process. You can make soap for at home use, gifts, or even a business. All it takes is a little practice and some great natural soap recipes.

Read on to find our favorite natural soap recipes free of harmful chemicals that you can easily make at home.

4 Chemical-Free Natural Soap Recipes for Healthy Skin

Soap helps us wash away germs, bacteria, dirt, and all the products we put on our skin. Why would we want to use anything unnatural to achieve a clean slate?

Use these natural soap recipes to achieve healthy skin with soap that you can feel good about using.

1. Milk and Honey Soap

This moisturizing soap is great for your skin and smells delicious. You’ll need:

Just melt the soap base, add the remaining ingredients, pour into a mold and allow to cool until firm.

2. Kratom Soap

Kratom is a tropical tree that grows in Southeast Asia. Its leaves have been recognized for their healing properties, providing relief from chronic pain, muscle aches, anxiety, and stress.

In this soap, its healing properties are absorbed by the skin as well as through aromatherapy as it mixes with steam.

To make kratom soap, you’ll need to source the leaves in the form of a powder from a reputable kratom strains supplier. After that, just follow the instructions below:

  • 3 cups glycerin soap base
  • 1/4 cup lemongrass leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil (or essential oil of your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon seaweed oil
  • 1 teaspoon kratom powder

Infuse the kratom powder and lemongrass leaves in water and simmer for 15 minutes.

Melt the glycerin soap base in a double boiler and add the infused lemongrass kratom mixture and the remaining ingredients.

Mix well, pour into silicone molds, and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

3. Lavender Oatmeal Soap

To make this soothing aromatic soap that gently exfoliates the skin, you’ll need:

  • 1 pound goat’s milk soap base
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil

Melt the soap base, add the dried lavender flowers, oats, and essential oil and mix well. Pour into molds and allow to cool.

4. Salt & Grapefruit Soap

This energizing soap is excellent for your skin with gentle exfoliation from both the grapefruit acid and the salt crystals. Here’s how to make it:

  • 1 pound goat’s milk soap base
  • 1/4 cut pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil

Melt the soap base, stir in the remaining ingredients, pour into molds and allow to cool.

Easy Peasy!

These soap recipes are fun, easy, and safe. Try making soaps for a fun activity with kids! All of these recipes are free of harsh chemicals, lye, or difficult to find ingredients.

Do you have a favorite soap recipe that we missed? Comment below!

Love this article? Check out our other great posts like this one on healthy eating!

5 Amazing Sugar Free Ice Cream Recipes for Summer

sugar free ice cream recipesAlthough frozen desserts have existed since the second century, the road to modern ice cream was a rocky one (pun intended). Ice cream was first tasted by the public in 1660. Before then, it’d been a specialty on royal and noble tables alike.

The popularity of this cold treat exploded and remains popular to this day. But store-bought ice cream has two problems. Not only is it high in sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, but it’s expensive.

The solution? Make your own ice cream from home with sugar free ice cream recipes. Keep reading to learn how.

Sugar Free Ice Cream Recipes

Whether a chocolate fiend, a vanilla fan, looking for something fruity, minty, or a coffee aficionado, there’s a low carb ice cream recipe here to suit all of these preferences. They’re also great for those who love save money on groceries since many ingredients are household staples.

Sugar Free Vanilla

For this basic and delicious flavor without all the sugar, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Whole milk (1 cup)
  • Sugar substitute such as Splenda or natural stevia sweetener (3/4 cup)
  • Kosher salt (just a pinch)
  • Heavy cream (2 cups)
  • Vanilla extract (1 to 2 teaspoons)

Once you have all of your ingredients, combine the milk, salt, and sugar substitute. You can use a whisk or a hand mixer. Keep mixing until the sugar substitute is dissolved.

Next, add the heavy cream and vanilla extract, and stir. Cover the bowl and stick it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. You can keep it in there as long as overnight.

The next day, use your ice cream maker to thicken the mixture. This will take about a half hour or so.

Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Chip

If you love mint chocolate chip ice cream, but dairy doesn’t love you, don’t despair. Make this recipe instead. You’ll need these ingredients:

  • Full-fat coconut milk (15 ounces)–Chill it first.
  • Non-dairy milk (1/2 cup)
  • Vanilla extract (2 teaspoons)
  • Peppermint extract (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Honey (3 tablespoons)
  • Fresh spinach (1 cup)
  • Unsweetened chocolate (2 tablespoons)–Chop it.

Blend everything but the chocolate chip for about a minute, until the mixture is smooth. Churn the mixture in your ice cream maker for about 15 minutes. Toss in the chocolate and churn for another five.

Chocolate

Does it get any better than low-carb chocolate ice cream? If not, make sure you have these ingredients:

  • Heavy cream (2 cups)
  • Unsweetened cashew, almond, or coconut milk (1 1/2 cups)–Divide it.
  • Cocoa powder (1/2 cup)
  • Sugar substitute (1/2 cup)
  • Egg yolks (4)
  • Unsweetened chocolate (3 ounces)–Chop it.
  • Vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Liquid stevia extract (1/4 teaspoon)

Start out by making an ice bath. Let that sit while you combine the cream, 1 cup of the milk alternative, cocoa powder, and sugar substitute. Use medium heat while you whisk them together.

Whisk the egg yolks in a separate bowl, adding 1 cup of the hot cream mixture. Keep whisking as you do this in order to keep the yolks from scrambling. Add them back into the saucepan–keep whisking!

Keep cooking until the mixture can coat a spoon.

Add the chocolate and let it sit for five minutes before whisking until the mixture is smooth. Then, set the mixture over the ice bath for ten minutes before refrigerating it, covered, for no less than three hours.

Whisk in the rest of the milk substitute, vanilla, and stevia. Pour the whole mixture into your ice cream maker and churn.

Lemon Curd

Another one of our low-carb sugar free ice cream recipes is perfect for citrus lovers. If you like lemon, you’ll love this recipe. Here’s what you need for the lemon curd:

  • Large eggs (3)
  • Large egg yolks (3)
  • Sugar substitute (1/3 cup)
  • Lemon juice (1/4 cup)–Squeeze it fresh if you can.
  • Lemon zest (1 tablespoon)
  • Butter (6 tablespoons)–Cut it up into pieces.

For the ice cream, you’ll need:

  • Heavy whipping cream (1 3/4 cups)
  • Powered sugar substitute (1/4 cup)

To make the curd, begin by whisking the eggs, yolks, and sugar substitute. Add the lemon juice and zest. Hold the mixture over a pan of simmering water, but don’t let water touch the bowl.

Keep whisking for up to ten minutes or until the mixture thickens. Take it off the heat and add the butter. Let it stand a moment and then whisk the mixture again until it’s smooth.

Cover and chill, for at least three hours.

Meanwhile, make the ice cream by whisking the whipping cream, sugar substitute, and lemon curd. Churn this mixture and you can begin to enjoy your ice cream!

Coffee

If you love the flavor of coffee, you’ll love this no-churn recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Heavy cream (2 1/2 cups, divided)
  • Unsweetened almond milk (1 cup)
  • Powdered sugar substitute (1/2 cup)
  • Butter (1 tablespoon)
  • Xanthan gum (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Instant coffee (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • Vanila extract (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Liquid stevia extract (1/4 teaspoon)

Mix together 1 cup of cream and almond milk over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often. Keep at it for one hour to 90 minutes, until the mixture is reduced by half.

Take the mixture off the heat and add the powdered sweetener and butter, whisking until the mixture is smooth. Add in the xanthan gum, instant coffee, vanilla and stevia extracts. Keep stirring until the coffee grounds dissolve.

Cool the mixture. With the remaining cream, whip it until it forms peaks. Fold in the milk mixture and keep whisking until everything is combined.

Freeze the mixture for five to six hours.

Serve It Up

Scoop these flavors into a bowl or mix them together for a cool treat to beat the heat.

Which flavor is your favorite? How do you satisfy your sweet tooth in a low-carb way? Share your choice in the comments section below.

Spring Dipped Sugar Wafers!

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Do you love making special treats around the holidays, but you find yourself short on time or maybe patience? Well I have a super simple and easy recipe for you and your kids to make! Even my 3 year old can make these with a little bit of assistance! Below you will have the ingredients and directions to make these Dipped Wafer Cookies!

Ingredients:
*Sugar Wafers
*Melting Chocolate or Frosting as alternative
*Sprinkles

Directions:
1. If you are using melting chocolates then you will want to place them in a microwave-safe dish and follow the directions on the bag for melting. It’s usually 15-30 seconds stir until melted and smooth!
2. Open sugar wafers and dip in melted chocolate (caution, it will be hot) if little ones are helping, then you might want to use the frosting instead.
3. Add sprinkles to the chocolate or frosted ends of your sugar wafers!
4. Place on a plate, serve, and eat!!

If you liked this recipe then make sure to check out our others over here! Leave a comment below on what you thought about this tasty treat! Happy Cooking!

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs!

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Are you tired of the same dinner over and over again? Do you often get stuck in a rut? I know I can answer YES to both of those questions more than once! Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have a new favorite recipe and to my surprise, even my picky kids LOVED this one! Last night I was scouring Pinterest for the latest and greatest recipe and came across Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs from Cooking Classy! Once you click on that link, your dinner options will be transformed into something wonderful and delicious! It only takes a few ingredients and BAM you are done! Let us know what you thought about this recipe in the comments below. Happy Eating!!

Triple-Layer Cracker Toffee Bars!

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Get in my belly!! Man, can I just tell you that you are going to want to make a double batch of these guys!! They are gooey, sweet, salty, crunchy, and oh so addicting!! Check out the link here for the full ingredients list and instructions!! These would be great if you did colored white chocolate, think marble or rainbow! Let us know what you thought of this! My kids and husband love when I make new treats! They don’t last long!! Happy Eating!

YUM! DIY Chocolate Covered Pretzels!!

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I can’t be more excited! I love everything about Valentine’s Day and so does my daughter! She says it’s her favorite holiday in addition to her birthday! I love making tasty treats for my family! That is one way I can show my love for them! I love making this Chocolate & Sprinkle Covered Pretzel Sticks! I make them all year long for different holidays too! Try these out with your family today! I guarantee they won’t disappoint! For a full recipe please click on Love From The Oven, there you will find everything you need to know! Happy cooking!!