A Rose by any other name

Have I mentioned my recent infatuation with all things clay? Because every since I started washing my hair with clay, washing my face with clay, and scheming to make clay soap so I can wash my body with even more clay, it should be obvious. The sheer volume of clay based products I’ve pawned upon friends and family to try because I’m trying to win converts is another testament to my devotion to dirt.


When Marie at Humblebee & Me posted a recipe for a Healing Herbal Calamine Salve (http://www.humblebeeandme.com/healing-herbal-calamine-salve/)(apologies, hot links aren’t working today), I adored all the ingredients but decided I would make mine pink without the red oxide and by using a tsp of rose clay instead.

Pure genius on my part, if I do say so myself. This ointment has already been on a few bug bites due to unseasonably warm weather and one rashy  child, and proven itself. The recipe is not only bookmarked, but cut and pasted into a word file with the clay swapped in. Btw, each batch made enough for two 2 oz tins, so one for a pocketbook and one for the medicine cabinet!

If you haven’t visited Humblebee, I encourage you to do so. In between her and Mommypotamus, I get a lot of ideas and tips that make all these DIY beauty and craft projects able to be done with less waste and less cost. On the same note? Not as fond of Jenni Rain Cloud. Maybe it’s the wholesale appropriation of my name and my culture or maybe it’s her more haphazard approach to DIY beauty. Either way, she rubs me wrong. Also, she doesn’t make soap. The horror.

This calamine salve is a great beginner DIY project. All the ingredients are available through Bulk Apothecary or Soap Goods for a reasonable price, and you can find other uses for them. Zinc oxide can be used to whiten soap or make sunscreen. All the oils and butters are commonplace. The rose clay has 1001 uses, being gentle. I’ve made a face cleansing bar with it and also tinted lip balm. I encourage you to get creative and try new things.


Author: scseery

Soap, bath and beauty, jams and jellies, and unique upcycled gifts. That's what I make and talk about here. A lot.

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