How to Make Body Butter [Visual]

Come winter, dry skin cries out for hydration and a moisture barrier to protect it from the wind and cold, dry air. Massaging in a luxurious, whipped body butter with warming scents may sound pleasant, until you read the long list of ingredients that could make your skin itchier and drier. To feed your skin the nutrients it craves, you can make your own non-toxic, plant-based body butter at home. Read on to learn how to whip up a custom body butter with only a few ingredients: butter (solid), oil (liquid), and essential oils (fragrance and therapeutic benefits). 

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DIY Natural Pigments [Infographic]

Natural pigments—those obtained from plants, animals, and minerals—have been used since prehistoric times. They’ve transcended history and even been used to create some of the most iconic paintings from the likes of Raphael, Matisse, and other prominent painters.

Though the use of these types of hues died down after the invention of synthetic and petroleum-based pigments were introduced, many artists still prefer to work with these naturally dyed colors as they’re environmentally-friendly and free of harmful toxins.

Invaluable created a fun, informative infographic that details some DIY projects you can create using natural pigments. Choose from painting, staining wood, or dying fabric below!

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Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at Home

Personal home spas have become a common feature of modern homes, so more and more homeowners decide to transform their own bathrooms into retreats. Not only can this elevate your home décor, but it will also provide you with an opportunity to indulge yourself in a soothing spa experience right in your personal sanctuary. From bathroom design to treatment ideas, you can bring the spa to you in just a few steps.

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DIY: Homemade Face Paint [Recipe]

Homemade face paint is an affordable, easy way to celebrate Halloween, without the toxins of store-bought face paint. Because this paint is made from household items, it is easy to wash out with soap and water, which makes it great for younger kids or kids with sensitive skin. That being said, it’s also easier to rub off, so it isn’t the paint you want to use if you want the design to last for an extended period of time.

You’ll love how easy it is to whip up this homemade face paint, and they’ll be excited to try out fun patterns and designs! To find out how you can create your own homemade face paint, follow this step-by-step guide below.

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Make your own Homemade Organic Fertilizer [Infographic]

Making your own natural fertilizers is a safe and effective way to grow a lush, chemical-free garden.

Since there are multiple options for DIY natural fertilizers, you may want to experiment with different formulations in different areas of the garden. For example, you could try compost tea for acid-loving plants, fireplace ashes for plants that prefer more alkaline soil, and recycled aquarium water for fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even houseplants.

You can switch things up further, using different natural fertilizers at different times of the year. Ashes may be more abundant in the spring after an entire winter of fires, and your compost might not be ready until the end of summer when the heat has worked its magic to transform waste into nutrient-rich soil.

Experiment with different kinds of natural fertilizers to see how DIY recipes provide the best results in your garden.

Depending on the type of natural fertilizer you choose, the “green” approach to gardening can also help you reduce waste and reuse or recycle natural materials, making DIY fertilizers both inexpensive and environmentally friendly.

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