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Category: Essential Oils

Last Minute Santa ~

The designers at TGIF CHALLENGES are sharing our last-minute projects with you on our blogs today.  The month of December has been nothing but Bath Bombs & Ballerinas for me, so I’m sharing my quick packaging idea for these fun gifts.

I started with some fun printed cello bags and filled them with 1-3 bath bombs, depending on their size.  The tag features the Sugarplum Dreams stamp set, Foil Snowflakes, Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Silver Mini Tinsel Trim.

Bella handed these out to her dance classmates and they were thrilled.  I can’t wait to hear how they worked when we return to classes next year!  If you are looking for a great bath bomb recipe, just scroll back through my posts.  It’s there and easy to follow!

Next week, I’ll begin sharing sneak peeks from the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalog.  You don’t want to miss it!

Have a safe & Merry Christmas!

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How to Make Fizzy Bath Bombs

 

Disclaimer:  this post contains affiliate links. ….not because I expect to make a ton of money, although it would be nice.  It’s just easier to let you know exactly what I purchased to make bath bombs so that I don’t have to answer numerous emails asking where to buy supplies.  Thanks for understanding!

I officially have a tween girl in my house, which means we frequent stores like Justice, Bath & Body Works, etc.  Basically any place that you can buy stuff that smells good (and not so good).  One of the popular gift items/stocking stuffers this year.  Since my daughter is wanting to give gifts to ALL her friends this year, I figured we could whip up a few of these easy-peasy.  There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest and everyone makes it look so easy.  Well, let’s just say there is a learning curve and I have become quite good at making something I like to call:  the Bath Blob.

TRUE STORY:  Daughter shows my husband a Bath Bomb while we are in Justice.

Husband:  What is it?

Me:  It’s a bath bomb.  You know, those things I’ve been making.

Husband:  Well, it looks nothing like what you’ve made.  I think you’re doing it wrong.

And apparently, I’m not alone.  After talking with a few friends, they too have experienced the joy of making a Bath Blob.  I refused to be defeated by a seemingly simple craft project, so I have compiled a bevy of tips to help you be successful at making Bath Bombs.  Beautiful bath bombs, not blobs.


SUPPLIES

Purchased at Sam’s Club:

Baking Soda

Corn Starch

Purchased on AMAZON:

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Citric Acid

Bath Bomb Molds

Color Dyes (optional)

Other Items You’ll Need:

Epsom Salts

Essential Oils

Spray Bottle filled with water

Glass or Steel Bowls–one large and one small

Wisk

An area to dry your Bath Bombs

 

In the large glass bowl, combine your dry ingredients:

1/4 cup citric acid

1/2 cup baking soda

1/4 cup epsom salts

1/4 cup corn starch

In the small glass bowl, combine your liquid ingredients:

3 teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon of essential oil (I used YL Lemon, but you can also create blends)

Several drops of dye

 

SLOWLY, pour the liquid into the dry, whisking to mix the ingredients evenly.  If you notice fizzing, SLOW DOWN–you are going too fast.  Once all the ingredients are combined, determine if you are happy with the fragrance and color.  If you wish to add more of either the essential oil or dye, mix it with a teaspoon of water and add it slowly to the mixture.

You’re mixture may be ready at this point.  Pinch a small amount between your fingers.  If it holds together without crumbling, you are good.  If it crumbles easily, you’ll need to add more liquid.  Use a spray bottle to spray the mixture lightly with water, then blend.  Again, you don’t want it to fizz so go slow.  Test it often to see if it holds together.

Once your mixture is ready, fill both sides of the molds, adding a bit more to the middle.  Squeeze the molds together.  Wipe off any excess that comes out of the sides.  Gently tap the ends with a spoon and remove one side at a time.  Set your bath bombs aside for 24 hours to dry.

TROUBLESHOOTING

If your bath bomb falls apart or cracks, the mixture is not wet enough.  Return the mixture to the bowl and spritz it again lightly before trying again.

If the mixture oozes out of the sides of the mold, then the mixture is too wet and reacting.  Set the mixture aside for 1-2 hours and allow it dry before trying again.  The mixture is also too wet if it sticks to the sides of the mold and won’t release easily.  Occasionally, the bottom of you bath bomb may flatten while drying.  This is also caused by too much moisture.  All of these situations can be remedied by simply allowing the mixture to dry out a bit before placing it in the mold again.

Until you are comfortable with the recipe, I recommend you create small batches. It was much easier to create the smaller bath bombs, and I had to work up to the larger ones.  Make sure you have a variety of different-sized molds to find what works best for you.

The girls loved making these and can’t wait to hand them out to their friends.  I’m thrilled that I know exactly what is them and that I was able to choose ingredients that are safe and non-toxic.

Leave me a comment below and let me know how this recipe works for you.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sharing Another Passion: Essential Oils

Roller Bottles

 

Most of my regular blog readers know that in addition to my crafting, I also work as a Doctor of Chiropractic.  Therefore, I am always interested in anything that can help my family, friends, and patients.  We have used essential oils in our practice sporadically for over 10 years.  However, I’ve decided within the past year to really learn more about using oils and implementing them into our everyday lives.

So yesterday, I posted the picture above to show some of the roller bottles that I have made to get us ready for back-to-school.  Let’s just say there was a good response to the post and a lot of questions that were difficult to answer with just a comment.  I promised to share the instructions for making the roller bottles and the exact “recipes” that I used for each formula.

I personally use Young Living Essential Oils, so you’ll find that some of the blended oils may be different if you use another brand. The best way to get started with Young Living is to sign up as a member to receive discounts and rewards. You can sign up by clicking HERE and my member number is 10892376. A starter kit will provide you with many of the oils I use in my roller balls, as well as many other fabulous products to try.
In addition to the oils, you will need glass roller bottles and a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils.
Here are direct links to the products I use (affiliate links):

Roller bottles: http://amzn.to/2vxqlMR

Fractionated Organic Coconut Oil: http://amzn.to/2fFyj0U

 
Directions: Place labels on bottles first. Fill the bottles about 2/3 full with Coconut Oil. Add drops of essential oils as indicated. If needed, add more coconut oil to fill bottle, allowing space for roller ball top. Place top and shake before use.

And here are the essential oil blends I am using:

FOCUS: 5 Drops Orange, 5 drops Peppermint. I use this for homework time, placing it on her wrists and allowing her to breathe it in.  I may also diffuse this blend while we do homework.
MUSCLE RUB: 10 Drops Peppermint, 10 Drops Wintergreen, 5 Black Pepper, and 5 Clove. Perfect for minor muscle aches. Rub directly on sore muscles.
HEALTHY SKIN: 10 Drops Lavender, 10 Drops Cedarwood, and 10 drops Tea Tree. I apply this directly to my skin in the morning before my moisturizer. There is a noticeable difference in my skin’s appearance when I use this versus when I forget.
HEADACHE HELPER: 6 Drops Lavender, 10 Drops Peppermint, and 5 Drops Frankincense. I rub this on my wrist, neck, and temples if I have a headache or neck pain.
ALLERGY RELIEF: 10 Drops Eucalyptus, 10 Drops Lavender, and 10 Drops Frankincense. Roll on bottom of feet, wrists, and near nostrils. Use consistently several times a day for best results. (Alternative: 10 drops Lavender, 10 Drops Lemon, and 10 Drops Peppermint–be careful using peppermint near the nose and eyes as it can be irritating to the delicate tissues)
ITCH STICK: 5 Drops Lavender, 5 Drops Purification, and 3 Drops Peppermint. I’m still recovering from a few mosquito bites and this really helps stop the itch.
Let me know if you try any of these blends and how they have worked for you.   Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Oiling!

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