Survival Buzz: Beyond Prepping with DIY Facial Wipes

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 4, 2019



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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

The big day is here and as you are reading this, I am probably sweating bullets as I take my Ham Technician License test.  I have taken a lot of practice exams – oh, say 40 or 50 times – and am passing with scores of 30 and 31 out of 35 but still, you just never know.

So, as I write this I am stressed and need to study more so I will keep today’s Buzz brief.

DIY Facial Wipes - Backdoor Survival

First, for those who asked, I am sharing a DIY on making your own facial wipes.  At first, I used them as makeup remover wipes, but over the last week, Shelly has been using them on his face (and bald head) as well.  One thing for sure, they are very refreshing to leave your skin feeling nice, regardless of gender.

Beyond Prepping: DIY Facial Wipes

These are so darn easy and so much nicer than purchased wipes that I am chiding myself for not trying these sooner.  There is some cost to the ingredients but chances are you have all except, perhaps, the cotton rounds already.

Here is what you need to make up a small, 4-ounce jar similar to the one pictured above.

1/4 cup warm water
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Rose)
1/2 tablespoon fractionated (liquid) coconut oil (like this)
4 drops essential oils of choice (I used lavender and ylang ylang)
Round cotton pads

Mix all of the ingredients except for the cotton pads in measuring cup.  Set the cup aside.

Take a stack of cotton pads and put them in the jar.  Fill the jar to the top then scrunch them down and add a few more.

Pour the wet ingredients over the cotton pads then put a lid on your container.  It takes a few minutes but they will soak up the liquid.  To ensure that all of the pads are evenly soaked, let them sit for 30 minutes then turn your tightly capped container upside down for 30 minutes.

That’s it.  When you are ready to take off makeup (or wipe down a sweaty, grimy face), remove a pad and use it to clean things up.  The coconut oil ensures that you face stays nice and moist.  The essential oils add skin healing properties plus fragrance.

I like making this up in small batches because the small jars fit nicely in a drawer but this DIY can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled..

I have created a printable of the DIY Facial Wipes recipe for you (nothing fancy and fingers crossed that it works!).

Up next?  I want to try using the same formula, but in a larger quantity, to make somebody wipes using cut up washcloths or microfiber cloths.  I also need to make some up using my DIY liquid castile soap.  If you beat me to it, be sure to let me know how it works out.

Vegetable Growing Guide

The folks at have created a fantastic gardening graphic that I just had to share.  I don’t usually like to post Infographics but this one is just too good to pass up.

Not only that, you can download a printable version as well.  I printed mine out on 2 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and also sent it to my iPad.  Enjoy!Vegetable Growing Guide - Backdoor Survival

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The Final Word

Other news from me personally is that with a sense of the bittersweet, I am transitioning away from two long term accounting clients.  These clients have been with me for over 15 years so this was a very difficult decision.

But you know how I preach living life in spite of it all?  Backdoor Survival is more than a full-time job these days, and I was finding myself sitting in front of a computer upwards of 12 hours a day so that I could get my work done.  It was too much and I had little time for myself.

I still have a few more clients to go but hope to be fully retired from my accounting practice by the end of June or July.  Fingers crossed.

So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Here are items related to today’s article and a few other favorites.  You can always use another flashlight, right?

Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap: These come in a mind-boggling array of scents and also unscented.  For the face, I would stay away from peppermint and go with one of the less pungent soaps.  Lavender would be nice.

Fractionated Coconut Oil (Liquid) 16 oz – with Pump:  I have been very happy with this brand of FCO.  Mine did not come with a pump, though.  A little goes a long way so this will last a long time.  (I am still on my first bottle.)

Swisspers Premium Exfoliating Cotton Rounds, 80 Count:  If you live in an urban area, you will likely find these at your local dollar store.  I had to purchase mine online.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils:  I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  For healing purposes, I feel they are superior.  A good place to start is with Lavender EO.  On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a  budget price:  NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil and Now Foods Lavender Oil are especially nice.

Note:  Enjoy a 10% discount at Spark Naturals using discount code BACKDOOR SURVIVAL.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price.  Using D-cell batteries, the Dorcy floodlight will light up a dark room or a dark stairway in an instant.  I can not recommend these enough.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultralight personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out.  It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. There is also a larger sized LifeStraw Family currently available with free shipping.

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight: You already know this, along with the Blocklite,  is my favorite portable flashlight.    It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery. Pictured is one that I own in green but they come in basic black as well as some other colors.

blocklite flashlight

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness pantry.

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20 Responses to “Survival Buzz: Beyond Prepping with DIY Facial Wipes”

  1. Good Luck with the test! I’m sure you’ll do fine.

  2. Best of luck! I took and passed mine a few weeks ago. I know you’ll do fine! The hardest part was waiting for the email to come with my call sign! Maybe we could talk on the air sometime- check into Echolink.

    • These days, the FCC does not mail out the call sign. Instead we have to look it up online. Mine should be in the database on Friday, or so I was told.

      Looking into Echolink. Not sure I understand what it is or how it works but once I get my call sign, I will check it out. There are so many BDS Hams – yes, it would be great to connect on the air.

  3. I’ve been going gang busters with my garden this year. I have put in 4 new (4ftx12ft) raised bed plots. My new wife wants me to make my garden look better, so she is going to paint the timbers I use to make the beds. I went to the carpet stores and went through their dumpsters to get the old carpet they have taken up to put down in the area I will be planting my crops that spread out in vines. This keeps down the weeds in my melons and cucumbers. I think a garden with carpet looks so much better. I will probably put down the carpet between the beds. I put my beds 2 ft 2 inches apart so I can run my lawn mower between them, but with the carpet, I wont have to mow.
    This year I have more blooms on my apple tree than I have ever seen. If this is an indication of the amount of apples that will be coming, yepee.
    Gaye, I hope you dont think any of your readers think there is a chance of you not passing that test. We all have confidence in our all knowing and powerful guru.

  4. Good Luck with your test! Appreciate the DIY recipes; will be giving them a try.

  5. Good luck with your test. Randy has been building a chicken coupe, and I have been either in the loft re-arranging my inventory, or working in the garden. Lots of work. And to bring the birds in, and humming birds, I have put out 8 feeders, and 48 baby fusia’s plants 11 pots, a Passion flower vine, and 2 begonia’s. I moved my strawberries in with my blueberries, and they both are doing great. Now I need to place netting over them. Our 5 inherited hens have been laying 3-6 eggs daily, yes, one of them is laying twice. Life is hectic, but good

  6. After reading about the BaoFeng radio that you talked about almost a year ago, I showed the article to my son. He was very interested and I bought him the radio. He took his test back in August for the technician class and today took his general class test and passed. He is 17 and helps my husband and I in our prepping activities. My 14 year old daughter is not as interested in our prepping activities as our son but she helps in the garden and with our chickens. I guess I will have to get my license next.

  7. I passed my Technician test today but was too chicken to take the General test. Probably should have just to see how I scored.

    PS – I only missed 3 questions!!

    • Congrats on the test! Shoot for the big one soon. 🙂 Of course ratcheting down to more retirement time will help you get that one too. 😉

    • Congratulations! You will ace the next test. Looking forward to reading about your amateur radio adventures!

  8. Through facebook, I’ve made contact with locals for a food coop, gardening and farming…..taking small steps, I can sound out people about what the future holds and thriving through it. 😉
    I’m staging my garden for staggered crops. And have an order in for these huck towels……since they come in different colors and are lint free, I’ll be making some reusable wound care squares, toileting squares, and will keep some for anything first aid since these are what’s used as surgical towels. I may even see if I can find others interested in some we can order in bulk and lessen the cost. //

  9. The graphic on garden planning is the most informative thing I have read about gardening. Thank you.

  10. Just whipped up a batch of the face wipes. Super easy and smell great…one question though. .they are very sudsy and I felt the need to rinse my face. Did I mix it wrong?

  11. Interesting. What type of castile soap dd you use? I used Dr. Bronners Rose and they are not at all susdy. Perhaps you can add a bit more water and see if that helps.

    Also, do you have softened water? It is my understanding that softened water will suds up more than tap water or filtered water. Just guessing here.

    • I’m using Dr. Bronner’s almond and tap water. Because I love the almond smell I added the coconut oil but no additional essential oils. I’ve used them a couple times now and while they are great at getting makeup off, they leave lots of suds and I still have to rinse.

    • I would cut back on the soap. Instead of 1/8th teaspoon use a single drop. In addition, try bottled water. The problem has to stem from one or another.

    • Jennifer – I have been thinking about this and am wondering if the essential oils cut the suds. It might be worth adding a few drops to see what happens.

  12. Made a batch of face wipes using your recipe exactly. They work great. Not too sudsy, just right. I am using bottled water for consistency. After using for several days, I found that I needed a little extra coconut oil to effectively remove all my mascara. So, have increased oil to 1/8 cup. Works beautifully. For the next batch, I did not make wipes. I put the mixture in a small glass bottle, shake gently, and apply as much as I need to the pad. Removes makeup as well as the expensive brands. I love it. Thank you.

    • Now why didn’t I think of that! Great idea, especially for travel.

  13. Beautiful cheat sheet! We’re heading into the fall/winter garden season so we are focusing in on lots of leafy greens. Kale, spinach, lettuce etc.


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