Last spring, we ran a series of homemade, naturally inspired projects called DIY Mama. While some of the projects were definitely for new moms (nursing and lactation teas, for instance), many had a much broader appeal to anyone who loves a little homemade, handmade luxury.
So we rounded up our favorite home and body treats from the series for those of you not ready for (or well-beyond) DIY-ing your own human.
This silky body butter was created for new moms, but anyone can use and benefit from its rich texture and divine scent. Or make up a scent of your own! We'll show you just how it's done.
This is a fragrant mist for home spaces and linens, made with traditional scents that promote a sense of peacefulness and calm. Mist on sheets or anywhere that needs a little calming scent.
A good stain remover is a household necessity, whether you're cleaning up after little ones or your own bolognese project. This easy-to-make version uses natural dish soap or Castile soap and hydrogen peroxide.
Everyone benefits from a long soak in a hot tub after a rough day. Using a salt soak can help to restore energy and bring on a deeper relaxation. The addition of oats and coconut milk will nourish your skin and leave it silky-smooth.
Vinegar is a great alternative to chemical cleaners, but it can leave behind a somewhat "pickled" impression. Infusing vinegar is the perfect way to combine vinegar's natural cleansing and disinfecting benefits with a much more pleasant aromatherapy experience.
Linen spray is super easy to make, using mostly water, some vodka, and a few drops of essential oil. Put it in a spritz bottle and attach a pretty label for the full-on luxury experience.
Dried herbs are a practical way to bring in the smells of the outdoors and naturally scent your home. If you have a garden, this is an excellent way to use up a bumper crop of sage and make gifts for all of your friends.
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with wipes. We love their convenience for dirty hands and quick cleanups, but hate that most store-bought wipes are expensive and made with a long list of chemicals. So why not make your own?
Since baby powder is not just for babies, this homemade herbal powder has a broad appeal. Made without talc and scented with essential oils, it avoids all the controversy around baby powders and allows you to customize the scent.
This beautifully scented facial oil blends jojoba, apricot kernel, and evening primrose oils to help replenish and nourish your skin. Just gently roll on and blend in for smooth, baby-like skin.