Monday, July 25, 2016

All-Natural Bug Repellent (Formula #2)

I recently tweaked the formula for the All-Natural Bug Repellent based on the research I did on the formulas of a few other all-natural brands.  This new formula works just as well and I made eight bottles for my family and friends.  Enjoy!!!

This recipe will make enough to fill eight 4-ounce bottles



The main part of the formula that changed is the essential oil blend.  I looked at what a few companies added to their formulas and decided to base my recipe on theirs.  I ended up with 6.5% Citronella, 1.7% Peppermint, 1.5% Cedarwood Virginia, 1% Eucalyptus, 1% Litsea Cubeba, 1% Lemongrass and 0.2% Geranium.  I tested it out and the mosquitoes would buzz close to me, but did not land on me.  I did not get one single bite that night.


I had this huge batch of handcrafted Catnip tincture sitting in my pantry that I used along with some Witch Hazel Extract. 

I simply blended 225 ml of Catnip Tincture and 175 ml of Witch Hazel Extract in a large glass measuring cup.

Next, I measured out the essential oils into a glass beaker.

I lined up eight sanitized 4-ounce amber bottles and added in 7.5 ml of the essential oil blend to each bottle.

I then added 50 ml of the Catnip/Witch Hazel Extract blend to each bottle.

Add the spray attachment to each bottle and you are ready to apply a label.

You can print out these labels or make your own.

Here you have it! Enough bottles to share with family and friends.  Just make sure you shake the bottle very well before applying the repellent and be aware if you spray it on your clothes, they may get stained.

All-Natural Bug Repellent (Formula #2)


225 ml Catnip Tincture (click here to learn how to make tinctures)
175 ml Witch Hazel Extract
30 ml Citronella Essential Oil
8 ml Peppermint Essential Oil
7 ml Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
5 ml Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 ml Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
5 ml Lemongrass Essential Oil
1 ml Geranium Essential Oil


Measure out the Catnip Tincture and Witch Hazel Extract in a glass measuring cup.  Blend all the essential oils in another small glass measuring beaker or cup.  In each 4-ounce dark glass bottle, measure in 7.5 ml of the essential oil blend.  Pour 50 ml of the Catnip Tincture/Witch Hazel blend into each bottle.  Place the spray attachment fitting into each bottle and apply a label.  Use within 1 year. No refrigeration is needed.

Want to make a single 4-ounce bottle just for yourself? You will add 28 ml of Catnip Tincture, 22 ml of Witch Hazel Extract, 3.75 ml Citronella Essential Oil, 1 ml Peppermint Essential Oil, 18 drops Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil, 12 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 12 drops Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, 12 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil and 3 drops of Geranium to a 4-ounce bottle.  


This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs, please review my disclosure page for details. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Friday, July 22, 2016

DIY Dilo Oil Cream




I recently spotted a very expensive small jar of cream that contains Dilo oil (a.k.a Tamanu oil or Calophyllum inophyllum). This particular oil is a dark green, heavy, fatty oil with a very distinct aroma.  It is a remarkable topical healing agent that is anti-inflammatory and offers great anti-oxidant protection. It has been used extensively to heal damaged skin and has notable benefits for helping to heal scars, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and soothe abrasions, rashes and minor skin ailments like eczema and dry skin.

The Tamanu tree is indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia. The kernel is dried in the sun for a few months and becomes sticky with a dark and richly fat oil that is collected and used for its magical properties. I took one look at the ingredients on the jar of the expensive name brand Dilo Cream and immediately knew I could make an excellent version of my own. I know you will enjoy this recipe.

You can purchase lavender hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs. I found this bottle at my local Farmer's Market and it is divine. 
You can find Certified Organic Vegetable Glycerine at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a very nice Certified Organic Tamanu Oil (also known as Dilo Oil)
I used Mango Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs, but you can use Shea Butter if you like. 

To thicken and emulsify the mixture, I used Emulsifying Wax and Stearic Acid from Mountain Rose Herbs. 

D.I.Y Dilo Oil Cream
makes about 2 ounces

2 tablespoons Lavender Hydrosol
1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerine
1 1/2 teaspoons Tamanu (Dilo) Oil
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Mango or Shea Butter
1/2 teaspoons Stearic Acid
1 heaping teaspoon Emulsifying Wax
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Measure out the lavender hydrosol and vegetable glycerine into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a pot with a few inches of simmering water.

Measure out the Tamanu oil, Coconut oil, Mango or Shea butter, Stearic acid and Emulsifying wax into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a pot with a few inches of simmering water.

When both mixtures have reached 150 degrees F, remove from the heat.

Carefully pour the oil mixture into a heat-proof mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand mixer set on medium speed. Add in the lavender and glycerine and continue to mix for five minutes.

Once the mixture has cooled to under 100 degrees F, mix in the lavender essential oil and pour your cream into a sanitized glass container and allow to cool completely. Store in the refrigerator and use within a few weeks.

After cleansing your face or body, apply a generous amount to your skin and massage in.

Bring both mixtures to a quick 150 degrees F. Then remove from the heat. 

Once cooled, the mixture becomes a thick and very rich healing cream that is  healing and  nourishing.

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure 


Thursday, July 21, 2016

DIY Floral Water Body Splash

Floral Water Body Splash is PERFECT for hot weather.
I love wearing my all-natural perfumes, but sometimes in the warmer months of the year, I like to splash on my handcrafted Floral Water Body Splash made with all-natural hydrosols.  I keep a few refreshing blends in the cold fridge and use them after swimming, sunning, biking and just getting too hot from being outside all day.

According to Mountain Rose Herbs, "Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are products from steam distilling plant materials. Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. When a distiller brews plant material with water in a large cooker the steam fills the pot and, as it rises, it causes the glands of the plants to burst and release the oils and essence of the plant into the steam. The oil rises through a condenser and collects in a separate vessel. This is what we know as essential oil, but what about all that fragrant water that was steamed with the original plant material? That is our hydrosol, or floral water. Hydrosols are usually the result of essential oil production as a by-product but the highest quality hydrosols come from the devoted distillers who, with artist like precision steam the floral and plant material strictly to product a hydrosol." 

All the Hydrosols offered by Mountain Rose Herbs are produced in this fashion and are of the highest quality. Click HERE to learn more. 


Hydrosols are much lighter and less potent than essential oils and are perfect when a much softer and gentle fragrance is desired. 

Mountain Rose Herbs currently offers twenty-two beautiful and aromatic hydrosols. 

Bay Laurel: Has a bright, slightly medicinal, spicy green aroma, reminiscent of freshly crushed bay leaves. 

Blood Orange: A refreshing hydrosol that is sweet sunshine in a bottle. A sweet citrus aroma. 

Calendula: Refreshing, soothing, sweet, and floral. 

Chamomile: A light fruity floral aroma. Very calming and gentle. 

Clary Sage: Very gentle and calming with a pleasantly herbaceous and bittersweet floral aroma. Much like the essential oil, but much softer. 

Cucumber: Refreshing, cooling, crisp aroma that is perfect for Summer. Smells like a fresh cucumber. 

Douglas Fir: Soft forest-like aroma that is green and slightly balsamic. Transport yourself to a mossy forest. Perfect for gender neutral aroma blends. 

Eucalyptus: Very delightful! Softly camphoraceous and cooling with green undertones. 

Helichrysum: Smells like a diluted version of the essential oil. Dry-green floral with earthy tea-like back notes. 

Lavender: Subtle, relaxing, balancing aroma with sweet floral top notes much like the essential oil but  much more grassier and delicious. 

Lemon Balm: Very calming aroma! 

Lemon Verbena: Uplifting aroma which is perfect for hot cloudy days when you need a little emotional pick-me-up. 

Lime: Crisp, refreshing, invigorating with subtle citrus notes. 

Neroli: Delightful, uplifting, bitter-sweet citrusy floral aroma that is very delicious and complex. 

Peppermint: Minty, fresh, revitalizing, well rounded and robust. Great for misting on the feet and scalp. 

Rose Geranium:Very exotic and floral. One of my favorite bases for the body splash recipes. 

Rose: The QUEEN of the hydrosols. Smells like a rose with complex floral notes. Very sensual!

Rosemary: Energizing and stimulating! Smells very lovely like fresh rosemary. 

Spearmint: Sweet, minty, reminiscent of an infusion of the fresh leaves. Calming and refreshing aroma. 

Tulsi (Holy Basil): Divine! Warm, soothing and slightly spicy aroma. 

Ylang Ylang: Smells exactly like a very subdued version of the essential oil. Sweet, intoxicating and floral. 


Customize your body mist exactly the way you like. Here are a few ideas to get your started!
Each recipe makes a four ounce body splash. Store in a glass bottle and away from direct heat and sun. 


You can find beautiful refillable glass atomizers which are perfect to store your body splash in. 


  • 3 ounces Rosemary Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Spearmint Hydrosol

  • 2 ounces Cucumber Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Lime Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Lemon Verbena Hydrosol

  • 2 ounces Neroli Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Ylang Ylang Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Rose Hydrosol

  • 2 ounces Douglas Fir Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Lime Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Spearmint Hydrosol

  • 2 ounces Peppermint Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Eucalyptus Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Bay Laurel Hydrosol

  • 3 ounces Lavender Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Calendula Hydrosol

  • 2 ounces Rose Geranium Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Ylang Ylang Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Chamomile

  • 1 ounce Calendula Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Neroli hydrosol plus 2 ounces Lavender Hydrosol

  • 2 ounces Bay Laurel Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Clary Sage Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Douglas Fir Hydrosol

  • 3 ounces Tulsi Hydrosol plus 1 ounce Rose Hydrosol


The ideas are unlimited! What will you create? I would love to hear about your refreshing creations.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Super Rich Peppermint Foot Cream

This DIY recipe is for a daily foot moisturizer that is invigorating and cooling. My recipes contains aloe and pure peppermint essential oil. This is a very rich and thick formula that is perfect for applying to dry and tired feet. The cooling sensation from the peppermint oil goes to work immediately and the rich moisturizers protect and cushion your feet.

Super Rich Peppermint Foot Cream
Makes about 4 ounces

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lanolin
2 1/2 teaspoons cocoa butter
3/4 teaspoon liquid lecithin
1 teaspoon grated beeswax
3/4 teaspoon stearic acid
2 1/4 heaping teaspoons emulsifying wax NF
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
30 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil

Measure out the oil oil, lanolin, cocoa butter, liquid lecithin, beeswax, stearic acid and emulsifying wax into a glass measuring cup and sit this in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until everything has melted and the temperature reaches about 160 degrees F.

Measure out the Aloe Vera Gel and the vegetable glycerin into another glass measuring cup, sit this in a saucepan of simmering water, and heat to a temperature of about 160 degrees F.

Carefully remove both measuring cups form the simmering water. Pour the oil and wax mixture carefully into a heatproof mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand-held mixer set on medium speed.

Carefully add the aloe vera and glycerine mixture and continue to mix for a further 5 minutes. Mix in the peppermint essential oil and the tea tree essential oil.

Pour your cream into a sanitized container and allow to cool completely and thicken. Store cream in the refrigerator and use within 3 weeks.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tattoo Balm

My tattoo balm is like magic! It is protective to the skin and will promote natural healing! The magic part of my tattoo balm recipe is from the herbal infused oils that I use to craft the balm. You can make the herbal infused oils yourself, but I highly suggest you go ahead and purchase them from Mountain Rose Herbs. While you are there, go ahead and purchase the beeswax and the essential oils.

My recipe uses the following herbal infused oils from Mountain Rose Herbs:


A beautiful photo of the Calendula Flower (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula Herbal Oil: It is a very gentle and cooling oil that is soothing to dry and damaged skin. 

Photo of fresh Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Comfrey Herbal Oil: Contains the leaves and roots and is great for healing wounds and for promoting skin cell proliferation. Don't apply comfrey herbal oil to open wounds, wait until a scab has formed. 

Plantain in the Summer. (Plantago major)

Plantain Herbal Oil: Is very soothing to the outer skin tissue and can help speed the skin's natural recovery process from wounds and irritations. 

You will also need three essential oils. German Chamomile, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils. You can purchase them from Mountain Rose Herbs

My recipe makes about four ounces which will last about 3 months or longer depending on the size of the ink!
Tattoo Balm
makes about 4 ounces

1 tablespoon Calendula Infused Oil (get it here)
1 tablespoon Comfrey Infused Oil (get it here)
1 tablespoon Plantain infused Oil (get it here)
1 tablespoon Hemp Seed Oil
1 tablespoon Castor Seed Oil
1 Tablespoon Lanolin Oil (vegans and vegetarians can use Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter instead)
2 (heaping) Tablespoons Beeswax
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
15 drops German Chamomile Essential Oil
20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Place the beeswax in a double boiler and melt completely.  Add in the herbal infused oils, Hemp seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, and Lanolin oil. Stir until mixture is remelted. Turn off the heat. Stir in the Vitamin E oil and the essential oils. Stir quickly and transfer the hot melted tattoo balm to a glass or heatproof container with a tight fitting lid. Apply a thin layer to skin as a protectant and to promote natural healing. 

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!