Stocking the DIY Personal Care Pantry

IMG_8462 The other day we ran out of toothpaste. It was refreshing (no pun intended) to tell my family “Don’t worry, I’ll whip something up.” My husband took the children to town to run errands and I busied myself in the kitchen.

I worked on a few gluten-free sourdough recipes. I tidied up a bit. And I whipped up toothpaste without a recipe because I had the basic ingredients on hand – baking soda, bentonite clay, glycerin, coconut oil, and peppermint essential oil.

Much like stocking a kitchen pantry, having just a handful of staple ingredients on hand allows me to make everything from no fuss toothpaste to deodorants to shampoos to lotion and more. Here are my favorite personal care pantry ingredients which can be used to make an array of personal care products.


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A Closer Look: Buttermilk Starter

buttermilk biscuits

“When I finally understood that the stuff on the supermarket shelves wasn’t real buttermilk, I started looking for an alternative. I found it! I’ve been making a fresh batch of buttermilk weekly for about 8 months now….Well worth the price, and incredibly easy to make.” ~Melanie

Weekly Recap – March 28th Edition

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It’s time for the weekly recap.  Leave your favorite links or ideas in the comments below!

Cultured News Roundup


Every once and awhile it is interesting to take a look at how some of our favorite fermented foods are impacting the “culture”.  So here is a brief snapshot of some recent articles discussing fermentation.  Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Cheeses (And What To Do With Them!)

Cutting Paneer

Spring is a crazy time on the farm. The grass is growing, planting is happening, piglets, kids, calves, chicks, ducklings, poults, and goslings are being born. EVERYONE is anxious to get outside, and I could happily spend all day in the garden without thought for meals or housework. People still want/need to eat, however, regardless… 

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