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: Organic Lemon Peel Granules

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Lemon is well-known as a freshening ingredient in many DIY recipes, from lotions to body scrubs to shampoos. Try Organic Lemon Peel Granules in your next homemade soap, using our Melt and Pour Soap Bases. Personalize your products with your favorite essential oil!

Weekly Recap – July 25th Edition

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

What’s New at CFH: A DIY Quick Bug Repellent

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Summer is in full swing and so are the insects.  This week’s new article will have you making a natural and safe bug repellent in no time!

Getting Started with Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps


Making soap is on my homesteader’s bucket list of the things I’d like to learn to do – and then do regularly – in order to provide for my family’s needs. While I’ve heard from many that making soap from scratch using lye and fat is simpler than it sounds, soap making is still one… 

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