Cocoa Skin Balm

Cocoa Skin Balm

cocoa skin balm

There are many different types of skin balms. Cocoa skin balm is ultra hydrating, healing, and protects skin from outside elements such as free radicals. It even has ingredients said to reduce premature aging and fine lines! It smells delectable, like chocolate with a hint of coconut.

Cocoa butter is a wonderful ingredient to add to Fall and Winter skin care products. It’s thicker than shea butter or mango butter, and hydrates even the driest of skin. It smells like chocolate, and has hardening properties making it perfect for skin balms and lotion bars. It’s hard like a rock at first when you buy it unrefined, but it melts down quite easily in a double boiler on low-medium heat.

Coconut oil is an all around amazing skin care ingredient. It has natural antibacterial properties and moisturizes as well. It replenishes skin with the moisture it needs to stay hydrated and nourished. Coconut oil even has a small amount of SPF!

Beeswax is a skin barrier and protectant. It seals in the nourishing ingredients like cocoa butter and coconut oil. It repels outside free radicals, while keeping moisture locked in while it absorbs into your skin. Beeswax is the perfect addition to a skin balm, and protects skin for hours at a time.

What You Need

  • Round tins or other small containers to store the balm
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 4 TBSP Beeswax Pastilles

How to Make it

Using a double boiler on low-medium heat, melt down your cocoa butter and beeswax pastilles. Once it is almost fully melted, add in your coconut oil. Stir occasionally while it melts together. When it is fully melted, remove it from the heat and stir once again to fully combine. Very carefully pour the mixture into the containers of your choice, and then place the containers in the freezer for two hours. Once it is solidified, you can seal the containers with the lids and store your cocoa skin balm in room temperature away from heat and moisture.

To use, simply rub your fingers on the surface of the skin balm. Some will melt onto your hand, and then you can apply wherever it is needed. Elbows, hands, and knees are great places to apply this balm to keep skin soft and supple!


Best Fall Skin Care Ingredients

Best Fall Skin Care Ingredients

the best fall skin care ingredients

Fall is a time when temperatures are cooling, wind is picking up, and leaves are churning in the wind. It’s also a time when skin becomes more dry due to the weather. Lips chap, eczema flares up, and dry patches are abundant. If you don’t moisturize properly, it can be a really awful time for skin. It’s important to use nourishing ingredients when making Fall skin care products. Many ingredients and chemicals in store bought skin care products are harsh and deplete moisture over time. Preservatives, fillers, and other artificial ingredients can do a number on your skin no matter what time of year it is. We encourage you here at Southern Zoomer to switch to more natural alternatives. The best Fall skin care ingredients are all natural, and nourish or replenish instead of damage. We live in our skin for our entire lives, so lets treat it with the utmost care and respect.

The ingredients you need for the best Fall skin care DIY’s possible are multifaceted and provide skin with many different benefits. From the vitamins they contain to the essential properties they provide, it’s no wonder the following made our list of best Fall skin care ingredients. You can make so many wonderful recipes with these!

Best Ingredients for DIY Skin Care in the Fall

These ingredients are all natural, wholesome, and wonderful to use in DIY skin care products. You can even use them in household products like natural cleaners or DIY candles. Do you have any ingredients we should add to our list? Sound off in the comments section below!


Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

pumpkin spice sugar scrub

It’s the season of pumpkin spice! It’s everywhere, from coffee shops to bakeries to grocery stores. Pumpkin spice is truly a sign that Fall is upon us. The scent brings back memories of childhood, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and more. It’s quite a decadent and fragrant scent, spicy and warm. Why not use that fragrance in DIY skin care recipes? We have a fantastic and simple pumpkin spice sugar scrub recipe. It’s important to exfoliate, especially as colder weather approaches. Exfoliating gets the dead skin cells off, and allows moisture to penetrate the skin. Deep, long lasting moisture is important to protect skin from the elements, and to keep it feeling soft and looking beautiful and smooth!

What you need

How to make it

To make it is the easiest part! Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix very well. Then, transfer the mixture into your mason jar or other sealable container. When you’re taking a bath or shower, wet your skin and then gently massage the scrub in. Then you can rinse it off with warm water. Now, your skin is primed to stay moisturized throughout the day, and all that yucky dead skin is OFF! The best part is the smell of the pumpkin spice. When you apply it and even after, there is a wonderfully fragrant fall scent lingering.

What’s your favorite Fall DIY skin care recipe? We would love to hear about it! Sound off in the comments, and check our blog for even more Fall DIY skin care recipes. We have Fall perfume blendsnourishing Fall lotion, and even a Fall lip balm recipe.


Best Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser Blends

Best Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser Blends

best aromatherapy oil diffuser blends

Do you have an aromatherapy oil diffuser? You can get a gorgeous one here, with soothing color changes and two different mist modes. These diffusers combine water and essential oils to create a mist that fills an area with aromatherapy properties of those oils. They also work as humidifiers, since they do fill the air with a fine mist of water particles. Some people use them just for the fragrances it fills the air with, but many benefit from the aromatherapy properties of the essential oils. Every oil has its own unique benefits, and you can diffuse several at one time in these diffusers.

The amount of essential oils and water you add to your diffuser depends on the diffuser you use. Make sure you read the instructions that come with your diffuser, and use the amount recommended by the manufacturer. However many drops you can add, divide it evenly between each of the following oils in our favorite blends. We have some of the best aromatherapy oil diffuser blends listed here, so fill your diffuser and enjoy!

Clean Air Blend

Congestion and Allergies Blend

Go to Sleep Blend

These blends are some of the best aromatherapy oil diffuser blends you can use at home. They use some amazingly powerful essential oils, with dozens of aromatherapy benefits each. It is our goal here at Southern Zoomer to help you and your family live a more natural lifestyle, replacing chemicals in your home with all natural products. One of the ways you can do so is to use essential oils.

What is your favorite aromatherapy oil diffuser blend? Sound off in the comments and share your blends!


DIY Fall Perfume Blends

DIY Fall Perfume Blends

DIY Fall Perfume Blends

The fragrances of Fall are spicy, warm, and comforting. Fall scents are for sale everywhere in major stores. You can buy Fall fragrances in anything from candles, to body washes, to perfumes, and more. However, those fragrances are artificially made with chemicals and not so natural ingredients. These ingredients aren’t what you want to put on your skin! As you know, most of what you put on your skin is absorbed. The best thing you can do for your skin might be to use all natural and organic ingredients. Isn’t it better to know what ingredients you are putting on your skin as well as in your body? Many believe that what you put on your skin is just as important as what food you eat. Today, we have some fantastic DIY Fall perfume blends made with all natural ingredients and essential oils.

To make any of these into a perfume blend, simply add the essential oils to a roll-on bottle using a pipette. Next, fill it up with sweet almond oil, leaving a small amount of room at the top before closing it. Shake gently before each use. You can roll these perfumes on your wrists, behind your ears, and even behind your knees.

Crisp Leaves Blend

  • 5 drops Sweet Orange
  • 4 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Patchouli

Fall Cider

  • 4 drops Sweet Orange
  • 4 drops Nutmeg
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Ginger


  • 4 drops Cardamom
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 3 drops Nutmeg
  • 1 drop Sweet Orange

It’s our goal to provide you with all natural alternatives to store bought products and to make your home a more natural place for you and your family. Essential oils are one way of doing so!

What are your favorite DIY Fall Perfume Blends? We love to hear about your own recipes and ideas. Sound off in the comments!


Nourishing Fall Lotion

Nourishing Fall Lotion

nourishing fall lotion

Fall – it requires a skin care transition. Some extra moisture is now required, thanks to cooling temperatures and an increase of breezes. We’re not complaining, the weather is wonderful and we love it. However, it’s important to change up your skin care routine as the seasons change. Today, we have a super nourishing Fall lotion to soothe dry skin and keep it healthy. This is a body lotion, and works especially well for elbows, knees, and any other super dry or scaly spots on your body. Shea butter provides deep, penetrating moisture, while Coconut Oil provides a moisturizing barrier to keep moisture in. The essential oils smell decadent and enhance multiple skin care benefits. You don’t want to miss out on this fabulous nourishing Fall lotion – and it’s so easy to make!

Here’s what you need:

How to make it:

In a double boiler, melt together your shea butter and coconut oil on low-medium heat. Once it is fully liquid, take it off of the heat. Add in your almond oil, vitamin E oil, and then your essential oils. Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture for about five minutes. Put the mixture into the fridge for a few hours, and then let it sit out in room temperature for a couple of hours. Whip one final time. Use a piping bag or makeshift piping bag (a ziplock with a hole at the corner) to squeeze the lotion into your pump lotion bottle. Keep your lotion in a room temperature environment. You can take a small amount and rub it directly onto skin.

If you prefer different essential oils, you can always replace the Fall scents with different oils. It’s a personal preference.


DIY Fall Lip Balm

DIY Fall Lip Balm

diy fall lip balm

Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time for an adjustment to skin care regimens. It’s time to make sure you stay moisturized all over to keep skin safe from drying skin and weather. Your lips are especially susceptible, being the thinnest skin on your body. They’re easily chapped, dried, and even crack during Fall and Winter months. Keeping lips moisturized is the best way to protect against these things happening. We have a fun DIY Fall lip balm recipe with nourishing ingredients to protect your lips. You can store your lip balm in traditional lip balm containers, or you can use cute little tins. These make great little gifts, so print out some adorable labels to put on these and give them out to family and friends!

What You Need

How to Make it

Using the double boiler method, melt together your cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil over low-medium heat. Make sure to stir occasionally. Once it is melted, remove it from the heat and add your honey. Let it sit for about five minutes, and then add in your essential oils. Mix well, and then pour your mixture into the container of your choice.

This DIY Fall lip balm will smell like the seasons are changing, and get you excited for the Fall season! It uses all natural, nourishing ingredients. Cocoa Butter provides penetrating moisture that seeps beneath the skin to provide long lasting moisture. The coconut oil provides moisture on top of your lips to keep a protective moisture barrier. The honey is antibacterial and full of antioxidants that skin craves. The essential oils combine with multiple beneficial properties, and create a spicy Fall aroma.


Sinus Relief Balm

Sinus Relief Balm

sinus relief balm

Any time the seasons change, or even when the weather changes, sinuses run amuck. Allergies are no joke, and can range from mild to simply debilitating. The rain and wind from storms can pick up a bunch of things that aren’t normally in the air, and swirl them around anyone who goes outside. It’s a pain, and it’s not pleasant. Seasonal allergy medications and antihistamines like Benadryl can cause drowsiness, which I’m not too fond of. Even if I’m having a sneeze attack, I have to get over it and get back to my day, or back to work.

It can make you completely miserable having a stuffy nose. Your nose is a wonderfully designed filtration system. It prevents those small pesky particles from getting to the rest of your body. However, this does mean your nose takes on the grunt of your seasonal allergic reactions. Snot, sneezes, and more, oh my!

Luckily, we have essential oils on our side. This recipe calls for three essential oils:
  • RosemaryRosemary essential oil helps clear up sinuses, and clear up mucus. It has antibacterial properties, and your nose needs those properties right now!
  • LemonLemon essential oil has a mood-enhancing fragrance, which helps when you’re miserable thanks to sinuses. It’s also anti-bacterial.
  • Eucalyptus – This is arguably the best essential oil for clearing your respiratory system. It has a clean, energetic scent and gets the job done.

For this recipe, there are two storage options. You can use lip balm tins to make it more portable, or just use a small sealable glass jar.

Ingredients for your Sinus Relief Balm

To Make

Using a double boiler on low-medium heat, combine the beeswax pastimes and coconut oil. Melt, then remove from the heat. Next, you can add in your sweet almond oil and essential oils. Stir until very well combined. Before your mixture melts, pour it into your containers. Cool them at room temperature for a few hours, or in the fridge for an hour.

To use your sinus relief balm, take your finger and get a pea size amount. Rub it into your neck and chest area. You can also put a very small amount underneath your nose. Do this any time you’re having sinus issues to gain relief!


Bed Time Roll On Blends

Bed Time Roll On Blends

bed time roll on blends

Essential Oils have therapeutic benefits which can be enjoyed by many. Different oils have different benefits, and one of our favorite benefits is a calming one. It seems to be a trend for Americans – we are having trouble sleeping. Many people don’t come close to the 8 hours that most bodies need to rest up and restore. Daily stresses and other factors affect our ability to get restful sleep. It can even prevent us from falling asleep for hours! Do you ever lay in bed unable to just close your eyes and let sleep whisk you away? It’s not a good or happy feeling. Luckily, we have essential oils and all natural products at our fingertips. We can create special blends which are just for bed time. Check out these three bed time roll on blends. They’re super easy to make, and should help you get some shut-eye!

To make any of these blends, simply use a roll-on bottle and use a pipette to drop in your essential oils. Then, fill the rest up with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil. Leave a small space at the top to put the roller ball back on.

Lavender Dreams

  • 5 drops Lavender Oil
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Eucalyptus

Floral Sleep Blend

  • 6 drops Chamomile
  • 2 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 drop Frankincense

Sleep Well

  • 3 drops Marjoram
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Bergamot

You can make all three blends, and find which one works best for you! To use, you can roll the blend behind your ears, on your feet, and on your wrists. If you need an extra whiff, smell your wrist from a couple of inches away for an immediate benefit.

What’s your favorite all natural way to get some rest and relaxation? We love using essential oils because they are pure and don’t contain many of the harmful chemicals found in store bought products and over the counter medicines. If you try these bed time roll on blends and find that they work well for you, let us know in the comments below which is your favorite!


How To Make Pump Lotion + 3 Awesome Pump Lotion Recipes

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Prefer to read the Transcript? Plus, print the 3 awesome pump lotion recipes, see below.

In this video I’m going to share with you How To Make Pump Lotion. In fact, I’m going to give you 3 awesome All-Natural Lotion Recipes.

Pump lotion recipes are super simple to make and are free of chemicals, additives and preservatives than most of the store bought lotions.

These recipes do not take much time, and the ingredients are wholesome and simple.

These recipes are great for the skin… especially if you have dry skin or suffer from conditions like eczema or psoriasis, these recipes will provide the extra moisture your skin needs. They also provide an extra barrier of protection for the skin, to ward off free radicals and protect from harsh weather which can make skin even dryer.

To make each of these 3 recipes, melt the skin butters… Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, and Mango Butter in a double boiler first.

Then, combine the carrier oils and stir well before adding in the essential oils and stirring again.

All other ingredients should be added in last before one final mix.

Then, add it to your pump lotion bottles and simply shake well before each use! You can add a unique label to really customize the product, or to give it as a gift.

Recipe # 1:  Soothing Oatmeal Lotion
3 tbsp Shea Butter
1/2 cup Sweet Almond Oil
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
(Put it through a food processor or blender for a few seconds first).
10-15 drops Lavender Oil

Recipe # 2:  Candy Cane Lotion
4 tbsp Cocoa Butter
3/4 cup Sweet Almond Oil
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
10 drops Peppermint Oil
5 drops Vanilla Essential Oil

Recipe #3:  Eucalyptus Honey Breathe Better Lotion
3 tbsp Mango Butter
1/2 cup Sweet Almond Oil
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Raw Honey
10 drops Eucalyptus Oil

These lotion recipes only take a few minutes to make. They are full of skin satisfying ingredients, which provide an extensive amount of hydration to skin! Sometimes it is difficult to figure out how to make skin care recipes with all natural ingredients. We hope we have helped!

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