Winter Giveaway Week: Natural Skincare Products from Essential Lotions {5 winners!}

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Here at Keeper of the Home, we love promoting small businesses that offer quality natural care products at an affordable price to our readers. And Essential Lotions does just that. Going above and beyond in the natural skincare realm, Essential Lotions actually adds therapeutic grade essential oils to their already high quality natural lotions. Each product is formulated to give quick, effective results. Products include: Facial Lotions–including formulas for cleansing, hydrating, fighting blemishes and combating wrinkles! Lotions–with specific formulas to aid in sleep, energy and pain […]

How to Make Your Own Sunscreen Lotion

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I have a small list of things I never thought I would make myself, and sunscreen happens to be on that list. It feels good to prove myself wrong, and realize that yet another product that felt so elusive and out-of-reach to me is actually dead easy to make. Last week, a friend and I gathered in my kitchen with our oldest daughters to attempt to create some safe and chemical-free, SPF 30 sunscreen… without fancy equipment, without any previous know-how, without an FDA stamp of approval. […]

3 Simple Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching on May 13th. Are you looking for some gift ideas? Here are three simple ideas to bless the moms in your life: 1. Pure Lotion Bars These bars from MadeOn Skin Care are my personal favorites for dry feet and hands (they work on lips, too, in a pinch). I’ve given them several times as gifts and they always receive a warm reception. You can purchase them in gift packs (in either original Bee Silk, or in Au Chocolat). Another […]

5 Tips for Saving Money on Natural Skincare

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer As we learn more about how our skin absorbs the products we slather on, it’s only natural that we desire to use safe alternatives as part of our regular skin care routine. If you’ve taken a peek at some of the organic/natural skin care products on the market, you already know how expensive they can be. When we are seeking to do what is best for our health and the health of our family, this can be really frustrating. […]

Healthy Skin Tips and Recipes for the Winter Months

Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer I’m from Minnesota. It isn’t exactly the North Pole, but it’s getting awfully close. Most of us up here are well acquainted with the dry skin woes, including eczema, cracked and bleeding knuckles, flaking facial skin, cuticle cuts, chapped lips and rough, hard, dried out feet. It’s not pretty. To make matters worse, women are sorely tempted to soak in the sun during the few weeks of summer, reaping more skin trouble down the road as their sun baked […]

11 Simple, Homemade Gifts

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 As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Homemade gifts are my favorite gifts to give and receive. A present that is made by hand communicates love and thoughtfulness, showing the recipient they are worthy of your time and energy. One downside to giving homemade gifts is that it […]

My Buttered Life Ebook: 5 Summer Skin Recipes and a Giveaway!

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By reading the ingredient list on most skincare products, you would think that it’s necessary to have a degree in chemistry and your own in-home lab if you ever wanted to create your own. Sunscreen in particular seems daunting to me and I wouldn’t have the faintest idea where to begin if I wanted to make one of my own. That’s why Renee Harris’ (of MadeOn hard lotion bars) new ebook, My Buttered Life, somewhat flabbergasted but mostly just delighted me. I’ve already tried making […]

Making Homemade Hard Lotion with a DIY Lotion and Lip Balm Kit

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Last summer, I told you how a hard lotion bar helped my eczema, and gave me back my dry hands. More than 6 months later, I still loving using my hard lotion bars. My only problem is that I’m really cheap. These amazing bars aren’t actually expensive at $9.95 each, but it does still add up. I totally appreciate that MadeOn also offers a refill pack, minus the cute metal tins that they originally come in, 2 bars for $15. Economical and earth-friendly. But, did […]