one of the things I have noticed about being a frugal person not just pagan is that I must make many of the things I would otherwise buy at the store so I often find myself picking things up at the store and thinking "huh I wish I knew how to make this too" so here are some of my contributions to helping you all be able to do so ;D

Faux Febreeze 

1 1/2-4 tablespoons
ultra downy clean breeze
fabric softener

 25 ounces water 

32 ounces

spray bottle, new and clean

(please don't re-use a cleaning product bottle unless it is an old Febreeze bottle)

Directions:

 Put Downy and water in bottle and spray on furniture, carpeting, pillows, shower curtains --
etc

*To do a fabric test, spray small amount in an area where it cannot be seen. Also this mixture works great as a no iron wrinkle remover for your cloths just spray on cloths and tug until cloths are wrinkle free then let dry.

Fizzy Bath Bombs 

1 1/2 cups (baking soda) 

1/2 cup citric acid, powder  

2 teaspoons sweet almond oil  

essential oil (or fragrance)  

food coloring

Directions:  

1 First you need to make the base mix, to do this sift together the baking soda & citric acid in a large dry bowl. 

2 Transfer 1/2 cup AT A TIME to another dry bowl, to this add any dried flowers, glitter etc. 

3 Set aside. 

4 In a small bowl mix together 1/2 teaspoon AT A TIME of almond oil and 6- 8 drops of your chosen essential oi l& 6 drops of food coloring. 

5 Pour the oil mixture into the 1/2 cup of base mix & mix QUICKLY before it starts to fizz! 

6 Combine with your fingertips until all color is evenly distributed. 

7 Wipe a little sweet almond oil inside your molds. 

8 Fill the molds with the mixture, packing it in firmly. 

9 Repeat this process with 1/2 a cup at a time, using different fragrance/color blends if you wish. 

10 Leave the bath bombs to set for 24- 36 hours. 

11 When set lightly tap the mold & ease out gently. 

  *Hot water activates the fizzy bath bombs a lot better than cold water!

Cayenne Ointment

*this ointment is much like bengay for sore or stiff muscles but it does contain real cayenne so please make sure to keep it away from small children that might get it in their eyes and wash your hand well after each use.

1 small cayenne pepper, chopped with seeds
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons grated beeswax

Directions:

1 Combine pepper with the oil and heat gently in microwave or stove top.
2 Do not boil.
3 Let sit until cooled.
4 Strain and discard the pepper and seeds.
5 Add beeswax and heat again till wax is melted.
6 Stir well, spoon into a clean container, and let cool.
7 To use: Massage a small amount into your muscles and joints.
8 If you would like a thinner consistency, reheat with added vegetable oil.

Homemade Fabric Softener

1 cup glycerin
1 gallon water

Directions:

1 Mix together in a large bottle.
2 Add 1/2 cup to washing machine rinse cycle.

Leave-in Hair Conditioner

1 (12 ounce) spray bottle
1/2-1 tablespoon hair conditioner, of choice
12 ounces distilled water

Directions:

1 Place conditioner in bottle.
2 Fill half way with water, put the top on and shake to mix well.
3 Finish filling bottle, replace top and shake again.
4 After you shampoo your hair, towel dry and spray conditioner into hair, comb through hair and blow dry or style as usual.
5 Measurements don't have to be exact.
6 I just squirt a little in the bottle then add the water and shake.

Citrus Hair Spray

1 peeled orange
2 cups boiling water
1 ounce rubbing alcohol (optional this does make for a stronger hold though)

Directions:

1 Finely chop one peeled orange.
2 Add it to 2 cups boiling water.
3 Boil until about half of the original amount of liquid remains.
4 Cool, strain out the oranges, and store the remaining liquid in a spray bottle.
5 If it becomes too sticky, you can add a little more water.
6 If you plan to keep it around a while, add 1 ounce of rubbing alcohol, and store the spray in the refrigerator.
7 It'll keep for 2-3 weeks.

Apple Pie Bath Salts

6 cups sea salt
1 cup baking soda
apple fragrance oil
cinnamon fragrance oil
vanilla fragrance oil
2 -3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

1 Put the salt and the baking soda in a large glass bowl, mix well, add the fragrances.
2 If you want to layer the salt in jars take half of the salt out and put in another bowl so that stays white.
3 Add the cinnamon to the other half and mix well.
4 Cover the bowl and leave for an hour.
5 Uncover and take a good sniff, you can adjust the smell and add some more fragrance.
6 Put in jars, when layering, slightly tilt the jar, scoop a few spoonfuls white, then the cinnamon and so on.
7 Top the lid with nice wrapping paper or cotton, tie a string around and attach a label.
8 Use several spoonfuls for a bath.I use about 3-4 TBS

Petroleum jelly

1 ounce beeswax
1/2 cup babyoil or 1/2 cup mineral oil

(Naturalists may substitute a natural oil, such as grape seed oil or sweet almond oil for the baby oil or mineral oil to create an "un-petroleum jelly."

Directions:

1Melt the beeswax in a microwave or a double boiler.
2 Stir in the mineral oil.
3 Remove the mixture from the heat and stir until cool.
4 Put in clean container and cover with lid.
5 Enjoy!

Chocolate Lip Balm

3 tablespoons cocoa butter (available in the pharmacy)

*I have never tried it but I believe Bee's Wax would work just as well as the cocoa butter if some one does try it let me know how it turns out.
3 -4 chocolate chips (as an alternative use white chocolate chips)
1 vitamin E, capsule
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or cooking oil)

Directions:

1Melt the cocoa butter in the microwave.
2 Add the chocolate chips and stir until melted.
3 You may have to microwave the mixture again for a few seconds.
4 Add vitamin E and oil.
5 Note: Vitamin E is a natural preservative.
6 Stir very well, or the lip balm will turn out lumpy.
7 Pour into a small container with a lid.

After Bath Splash

1 plastic bottle

1/2 cup 100% proof vodka
1/2 teaspoon rose fragrance oil (or any fragrance or essential oil that you like!)

Directions:

In the bottle, combine the vodka and fragrance oil; Shake well. splash or mist on wet skin after bath or shower

Liquid/Gel Soap

2 cups bath soap, flakes or 2 cups grated bar bath soap
1/2 gallon water
2 tablespoons glycerin

Fragrance/Essential oils (optional)

Directions:

1Mix ingredients together in a large pot or dutch oven.
2 Set over low heat, stirring occasionally until the soap has dissolved.
3 Transfer to a jar and cover tightly.
4 For a thinner gel soap, use 1 gallon of water.

*soap will get a little thicker after it cools completely....soap can be used to wash dishes or hands or even as a shower gel

Exotic Bath Jelly

1/2 cup water, brought to a boil
1 (1 3/4 g) package unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup unscented liquid soap (or bubble bath)
1 teaspoon your favorite essential oil

Directions:

1Boil the water and add it to the gelatin. Stir to dissolve, about 1 - 2 minutes. Add the soap and stir slowly. Do not beat the mixture or the soap will become foamy.
2 Pour the mixture into a clean plastic container with a lid. Place in the refrigerator until the gelatin is set.
3 To use: Place a small amount of jelly under the running tap or scoop out a small amount and use as a skin cleanser in the tub or shower.
4 Options: You can drop a small plastic toy or a decorative seashell in the gelatin before it sets ~or~ place it on top of the cooled gelatin. you could also place dried herbs, flowers, or body glitter into the gelatin before it sets as well.

Homemade Hand Lotion

1 (1 lb) jar unibase lotion (Unibase is normally available at pharmacy's)
1 (8 ounce) bottle glycerin
24 ounces distilled water
1/2 ounce essential oil (or your favorite perfume)
1-2 drops food coloring (optional)

Directions:

1Mix all ingredients in large bowl with mixer on low speed so not to whip too much air into the lotion.
2 Store in jars with lids.

Homemade Wipes

there are several different versions here but the instructions are all the same while the ingredient's are different so the ingredient list is separated to make finding the kind you want easier.

Baby Wipes
1 roll bounty paper towels
2 tablespoons baby bath soap
1 tablespoon baby oil
2 cups water

After Bath Wipes
1 roll bounty paper towels
3 tablespoons baby oil
2 cups water

Multi-Purpose Wipes
1 roll bounty paper towels
1/4 cup multi-purpose cleaner
2 cups water

Car Cleaner Wipes
1 roll bounty paper towels
1/4 cup armour all cleaner
2 cups water

Directions:

1Cut the roll of towels in half with a sharp knife.
2 In a plastic container, mix the liquid ingredients very well.
3 Add 1 of the 2 halved paper towels (The whole half roll tube and all), place lid on container and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
4 Turn container over and let sit for another 10-15 minutes.
5 When all the ingredients have absorbed, pull the brown paper out of the middle and then you can pull the wipes through the center.

*keep wipes stored in a container with a lid old clorox wipes containers work well as do baby wipe boxes.

Homemade Gel Pack

3 cups water
1 cup rubbing alcohol

Directions:

1 Mix, then seal in a freezer bag, then encase in a second bag.
2 Place in the freezer.
3 Note: The more alcohol you use, the softer the pack will be, making it more gentle on injuries than a harder ice pack would be.

Alright all that is what I have for you for now I MAY have posted one or two of these recipes in another group if so then sorry for the redundancy otherwise I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do and I hope that they help you on your path to becoming or remaining a frugal pagan.

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I do that as well your right it is so much cheaper I have also found that I can add a couple drops of Vitamin E oil, Aloe, and an essential oil with a sent I like such as Lavander its good for both my skin and the babies skin too and it leaves behind a wonderful scent.

Maryelle said:
I use baby wipes instead of expensive make up remover wipes, so much cheaper.

This is awesome! Thanks. I'm definitely going to try some recipes!

Maybe one to add; Your own deodorant stick:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sA8hKFjnXI

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