My Buttered Life Ebook: 5 Summer Skin Recipes and a Giveaway!

My Buttered Life Ebook: 5 Summer Skin Recipes and a Giveaway!

By reading the ingredient list on most skincare products, you would think that it’s necessary to have a degree in chemistry and your own in-home lab if you ever wanted to create your own. Sunscreen in particular seems daunting to me and I wouldn’t have the faintest idea where to begin if I wanted to make one of my own.

That’s why Renee Harris’ (of MadeOn hard lotion bars) new ebook, My Buttered Life, somewhat flabbergasted but mostly just delighted me.

I’ve already tried making hard lotion bars myself, as well as lip balms. I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make really fantastic lotion and even my 6 year old still talks about how easy and fun it was. With only 3 ingredients, how could it be anything but simple?

But surely, products like sunscreen, soothing after-sun lotions, bug repellant and tan enhancers must be more complicated, right? Except that they’re not.

When I took my first read through My Buttered Life, I couldn’t believe that everything could be made with just 5 ingredients or less. Even better for the most frugal among us, most of the recipes use overlapping ingredients, so there is definitely an increased cost-effectiveness with the ingredients you do buy.

Here are the recipes included in this 20 page ebook:

  • Foot Protector Bar
  • Full Body Conditioner (a light, whipped lotion, meant for thirsty summer skin)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant Bar
  • Tan Enhancer (offering some sun protection while allowing you to carefully build a tan)

At the end, Renee breaks down the costs of the ingredients and shares her favorite places for buying them. If you’d rather not source most of it out yourself, you can purchase DIY kits from her website, which come with the three basic oils- beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. You can also opt to add in zinc oxide if you plan on making sunscreen. The only other potential ingredients you would need are a few essential oils (only small amounts are used, so these go very far) and one recipe includes sesame oil.

Seeing as most natural sunscreens and other summer skin products are extremely expensive (not to mention the fact that you still need to wade through ingredient lists, safe product comparisons, etc.), I love the idea of simply making my own and knowing exactly what is going on our family’s skin.

Do I have you itching to try making your own yet? Well, I have an excellent giveaway for you today!

A grand prize of one DIY Lotion Kit plus My Buttered Life ebook, and another 5 copies of the My Buttered Life ebook!

Here’s how to get entered:

(Please leave each entry as a separate comment)

1. Tell me which summer skin recipe you most want to make from My Buttered Life.

2. Subscribe to Keeper of the Home by RSS feed or by email (and be entered to win our monthly email subscriber-only giveaways!).

3. Share about this giveaway through your blog or favorite social media (you can follow Keeper of the Home on Facebook or Twitter).

4. Grab an extra entry by signing up for MadeOn’s email newsletter list.

Giveaway has now ended. Thanks, everyone!

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links, as I am a proud affiliate of MadeOn Skin Care Products. When you purchase through one of my links (which you are absolutely not obligated to do), you help to support this site, so thank you! I only promote products that I believe in myself, and I don’t know where my dry hands would be without these amazing hard lotion bars.

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  1. I love this product, I’ve used it with great results! I do not know if it is just my computer but on your video the music is louder than your speaking. Have a great day!

  2. I definitely want to make the lotion bar! I have sensitivities to any type of lotion that can be bought off a shelf. I love using coconut oil, but it can be a bit greasy. I like the idea of the beeswax forming a barrier to keep the lotion on the skin.

  3. Oooh, great giveaway! I have loved ideas from Madeon tutorials. I would love the bug repellant bar – mosquitos are ravenous in our neck of the woods! Actually would love to try all of these recipes!!! 🙂

  4. I would love to try the sunscreen recipe! Sunscreens are so expensive to buy and hard to find natural ones!

  5. I want to make them all but I think first would have to be the bug repellant and the sun screen. This is awesome!

  6. I just signed up for the MadeOn newsletter! I put an order in last week and can’t wait to try her products!

  7. First thing I’d make is the bug repellent bar. Would be wonderful to have something natural and safe to use on my family. Great giveaway!

  8. I subscribed by email to Keeper of the Home and would love to try all of them for I hate what they put in the ones you buy at the store.

  9. I would like to try the Full Body Conditioner. As I am getting older, myskin needs some help. Thanks. Judi

  10. I just subscribed to MadeOn’s newsletter and am looking forward to receiving it. Thanks, Judi.

  11. I would LOVE to learn how to make our own sunscreen! We just moved into a house with a pool in the backyard and we are burning through sunscreen like crazy. 🙂 Thanks for a great giveaway!

  12. I am most interested in the body conditioner recipe. I love her lotion bars but sometimes I want something more liquidy.

  13. I would LOVE to make the sunscreen. This is our first summer not using commercial sunscreen, we have been wearing hats and shirts more, using coconut oil and avoiding the sun in the hottest parts of the day, but I would absolutely love to have a recipe for good protection if we are out for a long time.

  14. Gosh I want to make them all! But bug repellent, sunscreen, and lotion would be nice. We just tackled soap!

  15. Wow…I can’t decide between the bug repellent or sunscreen. I would try them both the first day! I also signed up for Made On newsletter, and shared on Facebook 🙂

  16. I have never found a sunscreen I can use because they all make me burn worse! I am curious about whether this natural sunscreen would work for me & would love to give it a shot!

  17. I want to make the sunscreen– okay I want to make them all because I make the lip balm with much success so I know I will love it!!

  18. Wow…the video was such a tease…lol I’m really interested in the bug repellent and the tan enhancer. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing a great ebook.

  19. I would really like to make the sunscreen and the bug repellant. Two things we buy and I know I could make them! Thanks for the fun giveaway. I would love to have the book in my resources.

  20. Full body conditioner! I made the hard bars and bug repellent with the DIY kit but would love to try the whipped stuff!

  21. …and I just signed up for the Made-On newsletter. I am really looking forward to that, until today I didn’t realize they had one!

  22. I’m a subscriber and I would love to make the foot protector bar… my feet are soo cracked from wearing sandals all summer.

  23. I like the idea of making my own lotion. I will smell (or not smell) exactly the way that I want and I’ll know what’s in it!

  24. I would like the bug repellent. I’ve thought about making some of my own products, but it seemed impossible to find a good, easy way. Thanks for the info.

  25. I would love the recipes for the sunscreen and bug repellent- if I had to choose just one I’d most want the sunscreen, I think.

  26. I’d love to learn how to make natural sunscreen. We just spent four weeks in the southwestern US and I cringed every time I sprayed my kids!

  27. I want to make it all, but the first one I’ll try is the foot bar! I have VERY dry feet – they split and HURT!


  28. I signed up for MadeOn’s newsletter (and am excited to have found a supplier of a kit that loves the lifestyle I want to support!)

  29. I’m already a subscriber of Keeper of the Home – I really enjoy the encouragement to live healthy and natural!

    Thanks so much!

  30. I would definitely like to find out more about the foot protector bar and the whole body conditioner!

  31. I’ve been looking for a recipe for soap and now found one for Goat Milk Soap……my favorite!

  32. I would like to make the bug repellant bar and the sunscreen. I’ve really been interested lately in natural sunscreen!

  33. I would love to try the sunscreen recipe. I’ve been looking for a good recipe for a while.

  34. I would make the sunscreen. We don’t have bug issues (not the kind a repellant can deal with) in the desert, unless it repels black widows and scorpions, and with our sun’s intensity, you tan right through sunblock anyway. 🙂 I was wondering where you go the lip balm recipe.

  35. I also subscribed to MadeOn’s emails. I wasn’t going to, but after spending some time there…WOW! Thanks for sharing them with us. I’m going to try this with my children.

  36. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I would def like to make the bug repellent bar…our backyard is swarming with biting insects!

  37. The bug repellant bar would be great. Am already signed up for your emails so I trust that counts towards the give away. Thank you for the possibilities.

  38. I would love to try the recipe for sunscreen. My children and I have fair skin, so we use a lot of it–making our own would be wonderful!

  39. I married into an Irish family. My little girls are so very white I need sun repellent!!! I would love to try the sun screen recipe.

  40. I would most like to make the foot bar! I have a hard time keeping my feet supple and soft in the summer especially!~

  41. I would love to make the bug repellant bar! I’ve tried to make different “bug sprays” and so far, none of them have worked.

  42. I think I would start by making the bug repellent bar to use when I work at our local CSA o in our own little garden.

  43. I really want to make the bug repellant. I haven’t found any “safe” ones to use on my daughter yet, so this would be a great thing to make!

  44. I would LOVE to learn how to make my own bug repellant! I’m starting home schooling this year, and will be taking my little ones out on Nature walks twice a week. 🙂

  45. I would love to try the foot balm. My feet get so dry in the summer. I love going barefoot as I water my garden but it reeks havoc on my feet…especially my heels!

    Thanks for the give away!

  46. Hi Stephanie!
    I just found your blog and boy am I thankful! My family is on the road to more natural (and frugal!) living. All of your ideas are such a blessing!

    I would love to try the Full Body Conditioner for my daughter, she has terrible eczema and is very sensitive to chemicals.

  47. I just subscribed to MadeOn’s email newsletter. I’m going to have to try their lotion bar for my daughter’s sensitive skin. I’d love to use their kit to make my own!

  48. ALL the recipes sound wonderful – but for the sake of my chewed-on children, I’d have to make the Bug Repellant Bar first!

  49. I have to make the bug repellent bar. My 5 year old grandson is a mosquito magnet and I will not use anything toxic on him. My back yard is filled with citronella filled tiki torches, but fire creates another problem around active boys. I need HELP!!

  50. I would love to make all of these, but I’m particularly interested in the full body conditioner! My skin has been so dry this summer, and I HATE slathering on all those chemicals from commercial lotion.

  51. I would love to make the sunscreen – its so hard to find a good one for those of us who are predisposed to skin cancer.

  52. This is so timely! Well, maybe a little late. 😉 We just spent the weekend at the river and my poor husband came home with a terrible sunburn on his back. Even though I put sunscreen on him! So I’d love to learn to make my own sunscreen. I’ve always thought that was impossible or something. Thanks!

  53. I would love to try to make sunscreen. I subscribe to your email and subscribed to MadeOn and I shared this via FB. Thanks!!!

  54. I’d love to know how to make the suncreen! With two light skinned kiddo’s (and a mama) I need an alternative product!

  55. I am most eager to make the sunscreen.

    I gotta say, though – I’m a little concerned about the notion of “enhancing” a tan or building a healthy one. There is absolutely no such thing as a “healthy” tan. Any change in skin color is a sign of skin damage!

  56. I would want to make the sunscreen. I seem to be allergic to something in most sunscreens, so I would like to try something more basic and see how it works!

  57. My son has horrible psoriasis and I have some wicked cracked feet (groos ~ tmi). I’d DEFINITELY be interested in the hard lotion bar ad I think it would help us lizards incredibly well!!!!
    Please put my name in the hat?

  58. I have very dry skin in the winter and some exczema on my hands. I would love to try an all natural moisturizer that would take care of both issues.

  59. I want to try the sunscreen first, then the bug repellant and then the all over body lotion for mommy.

  60. Would love to learn how to make sunscreen- living in the hot desert I am always slathering some kind of “sunblock” on my kids.

  61. I would love the foot one… my feet are definatly in need of some TLC since I love running barefoot in the summer, and that makes for some rought feet!!!

  62. I would LOVE to make the sunscreen recipe for my family. We have strived for the last several years to find a healthier alternative to store bought sunscreens, since my husband has battled melanoma and it is genetic! I am trying to find something without the chemicals that I can put on my children! This could be exactly what my family (of almost 5) needs!!

  63. The bug repellent bar sounds interesting. Autumn is on it’s way and the bugs come with it! We use Skin So Soft from Avon now but we don’t like the oily feel afterwards.

  64. Love your blog and Congrats on the baby!

    I would love the foot protector bar recipe! My partner wheres boots all day long and his feet have always been embarrassing for him. I’d love to help him in a way that doesn’t need an aerosol can. What a great book!

  65. I am already a subscriber via email. I would love to make the full body conditioner. I have very, very dry skin and would love an all natural product to slather on me! Thanks for doing the giveaway! 🙂

  66. I would definitely like to try the sunscreen. I use sunscreen everyday as I’m blessed with very fair Norwegian skin that burns super quickly. It’s expensive and the chemicals that are entering my body concern me.

  67. I would love that foot care lotion right now! I’m dealing with dry, uncomfortable feet and I’m looking for some way to take care of the issue.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  68. I really want to try the sunscreen!!!! I’ve been researching non toxic and gluten free sunscreens lately. I would love to be able to make my own!!!!

  69. I live in the Middle East and we have a problem in the winter with mosquitos indoors. I would love to make the Bug Repellant Bar as these pesky insects keep us awake, buzzing all night long!

  70. I would love to try the Tan Enhancer , because I’m really pale because of all these sleepless teething baby nights :o))

  71. I am a subscriber and would love to make the sunscreen. I have had melonoma and I hate how heavy (and expensive) regular sunscreen feels so I hide a lot when I would rather be outside.

  72. Thanks for the great giveaway! If I had the recipe book would make the Full Body Conditioner for me and the Foot Protector Bar for my husband.

  73. I would love to make the body condition. I am always desperate for a good moisturizer. Or maybe the bug repellent because I was eaten alive on my hike last week.

  74. How can I narrow this down to one? You get two… 🙂 The sunscreen and the bug repellant! THANKS A MILLION!!! 😀

  75. 2. I’m subscribed to Keeper of the Home by BOTH email and RSS… to make sure I don’t miss anything. 🙂

  76. I have been scouring the internet for natural, yet simple recipes lately. I would LOVE to have this book so I would have all the recipes in one place! If I don’t win, I would still love to own this resource.

  77. I have been scouring the internet for natural, yet simple recipes lately. I would LOVE to have this book so I would have all the recipes in one place! If I don’t win, I would still love to own this resource. I want to make the sunscreen, the lotion, and I would love to try hard lotion bars like the foot protectant bar.

  78. Right now I am most interested in the full body conditioner. I am pregnant and am wary of all the chemicals in lotions, but want my skin to be moisturized as it stretches (especially after a pregnancy sunburn-ouch!).

  79. I would love to make sunscreen. I hate having to use it but with little ones and spending hours out at the pool I have to. It’d be nice to know whats in it.

  80. I would really like to try the Bug repellant. We are having a bad year for mosquitos here and would love to find something that will keep them away.

  81. I signed up for MadeOn and am a follower of Keeper already. Really need to make the bug repellent for my grandson….and myself!

  82. Sunscreen! I’d love to have one to just smear on my babies without worrying about the nasty ingredients and cost….. 🙂

  83. Sunscreen is definitely the one I’m most interested in, especially if it works well and is easy to use!

  84. Wow, I’ve been wanting a sunscreen and bug repellant recipe, and I love MadeOn lotion bars! This would be a fabulous win!!

    1. @Sherry England, I have ezcema and extremely dry skin and hair due to thyroid and adrenal dysfunction and feel this would be wonderful!I love, love, love shea butter and coconut oil!!