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Herbal Homemade Gift Guide: 10 Easy DIY Gift Ideas for the Holidays


The holidays are almost upon us, so we’ve curated some of our favorite culinary and natural body care recipes to inspire your homemade gift giving this year. From homemade decor, to natural body care formulas, to kitchen staples, most of these DIY projects can be done in a day, and none takes more than a week. Even if you’ve put off your holiday crafting a little longer than you intended, there’s still time to whip up some botanical bounty to surprise and delight everyone on your list!

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Posted by Jana

DIY Toning Body Butter with Coffee

Ever since I joined the Mountain Rose Herbs team, I’ve been dabbling in making my own body care products (and loving it!). DIY goodies are easier to make than you might think, and they’re completely customizable to your unique needs and aroma preferences. With the abundance of beautiful and healthful botanicals available in my workplace, it didn’t take long for little jars of homemade body butter to start appearing on my desk, office shelves, and nearby countertops. I find body butter to be a wonderful everyday moisturizer for my (often dry) Mediterranean skin.

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Posted by Meghan

The Herbal Soak: How to Make Your Own Mustard Bath

When the evenings grow chilly and all your friends seem to have the sniffles, a warming mustard bath is just the herbal experience you need! It might seem strange to replace bubble bath mix with mustard seed powder, but mustard bath salts have been used since ancient times to stimulate skin circulation and rejuvenate tired muscles. I also find it very relaxing and helpful during those “under-the-weather” days. With a wonderful, invigorating aroma, this recipe includes many time-tested bathing favorites, like Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda, and essential oils.

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Posted by Ek Ongkar

DIY Cuticle Oil for Natural Nail Care

Keeping your hands and cuticles well hydrated is the key to keeping them looking great! If your cuticles are not well moisturized, they're more prone to splitting or breaking, leaving your finger beds vulnerable to infection and injury. Maintaining well hydrated cuticles is what keeps them strong and manageable. 

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Posted by Jana

The Beauty of Henna Hair Dye+ My Favorite Hair Color Recipes

If you are looking for a way to color your with absolutely no synthetic chemicals while simultaneously nourishing it, then organic henna hair color is for you! No other hair color on the market naturally adds radiant color, seals in oil, and protects your hair's cuticle—all while providing long-lasting shine.

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Posted by Dawn Michelle

Herb-Infused Kokum Butter Salve for Dry Skin

My recent discovery of kokum butter set me ablaze in the kitchen! Happily experimenting with various ways to use it, I’ve concluded that it is perfect for dry skin.

If you’ve never used kokum butter, it’s similar in firmness to cocoa butter, but a little flakier. Many consider it a good substitute for cocoa butter because of its uniform triglyceride composition. It can be used to thicken many homemade cosmetics including body butters, creams, lotions, and lip balms.

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Posted by Stacy

DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes with Arrowroot Powder

There’s been a lot of buzz lately around DIY and natural hair care products. We’ve shared some no-poo recipesDIY hair rinses, and hot oil treatments before for those of us wanting to look fabulous without using harsh chemicals, and now we are in love with these herbal powders!

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Posted by Jana

Blush with Beet Root: Homemade Makeup Ideas for Naturally Glowing Cheeks


The folks here at Mountain Rose Herbs love to make our own natural body care products. These fun DIY self care projects allow us to ensure that we are using only the highest quality organic and natural ingredients to create safe and beautiful goodies for friends and family, proving that the journey to well-being can be both natural and stylish. There are lots of simple ways to jump into DIY makeup, but we're especially fond of one cosmetic category that's easy to make and apply: natural blushes.

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Posted by Jana

Cranberry Seed Oil: Your New Natural Body Care Staple, Carrier Oil, and More!

Cranberry seed oil is a newcomer to the world of carrier oils and it is gaining recognition as an exceptional oil for nutrition and natural cosmetics. Previously, cranberry seeds were treated as the leftovers of cranberry fruit production, but in 1992, Bernard Lager developed a method to cold-press the oil from the tiny seeds of the tart berries. It takes approximately 31 pounds of cranberries to produce one half ounce of cranberry seed oil; that is a lot of cranberries!

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Posted by Kendle

Baobab Oil Basics & DIY Eye Cream Recipe

As we cycle into summer, I am feeling the drive to accomplish more tasks on my ever-growing to-do list. Unfortunately, this creation motivation sometimes results in my waking up with some seriously sleepy eyes! I found myself wanting a nice skin cream full of natural ingredients that would be cooling and kind to the delicate under-eye area. Being a DIY-minded person, I set out to formulate one.

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Posted by Hannah