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DIY Rose Bath Fizzies/Bombs

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Milk Powder (Replace with cornstarch if you would prefer vegan fizzies)
  • 4 Tablespoons Oil (I used coconut BUT I prefer to use almond oil or mango butter.)
  • 2 tbsp. Dried Rose Petals
  • Several drops Rose oil
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Instructions: 

  • If using coconut oil/shea butter/or any other oil or butter that is solid at room temperature, melt the butter until it is a liquid on low heat.
  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Form your fizzies using any type of mold.  (I used a mold but you could use ice trays, clear plastic ornaments, etc.)
  • Allow fizzies to dry.  I leave them out for a few hours.  I place them on waxed paper on a cookie tray.  When dry, I store in an airtight glass container.

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*Note:  This may be obvious but please keep your DIY project mixing bowls, pots, measuring cups, etc. separate from your cooking items.  I made the mistake of leaving my DIY melting/mixing pot in the sink soaking one day after making sandalwood body butter.  One of my children washed it and cooked rice in it.  Sandalwood rice may SOUND cool but I assure you it was inedible! 😉

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Shea Butter Body Butter Recipe DIY

Spring may have arrived according to the calendar, but I woke up to 2 inches of snow on the ground.  Winter weather is still wreaking havoc on my skin (especially my hands).

This shea butter recipe is my favorite hand cream for winter.  It may also be used as an all over body butter.

INGREDIENTS:

 

8 oz Shea Butter

1 oz Almond Oil (May use light olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc.)

1 tbsp.  Beeswax

15-20 drops Sandalwood Oil

Optional.  Shea butter has a very earthy scent and I have found the shea butter compliments the scent of the shea butter.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Heat shea butter, almond oil, and beeswax on low heat until melted.

Let mixture cool.

When the mixture starts to solidify, add essential oils and mix with a hand mixer.

Store in an air-tight container.

(If you want to get the air bubbles out just tap the jar until leveled.)

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DIY Eye Make-up Remover

Yes, you can buy make-up remover wipes pretty inexpensively.  However, I have discovered several brands irritate my skin.  So, I started making my own make-up remover wipes.

You will need:

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  1. Something to use as the wipes. I mainly use these wipes to remove eye make-up so I purchase cotton rounds from Dollar Tree.  You can also use paper towels or make or purchase fabric cloths if you wish these to be re-usable.
  2. Witch Hazel – This is pretty inexpensive and can be found at most grocery or drug stores in the medical supply aisle. (Think band-aid aisle.)
  3. Oil– I made this batch using coconut oil but have made wipes before using a light olive or almond oil.
  4. Water
  5. A container to store them 
  6. Essential Oils (OPTIONAL)  For this batch,  I used rosehip seed and carrot oils because both contain vitamin A and C. NOTE: Both oils do have a heavy scent. You may want to test them before you use them.  I have also made wipes using essential oils such as lavender or orange.

Directions:

1. Mix oil, water, and essential oils together.  (It was 5 degrees this morning, so I did need to melt my coconut oil first.  I just put the jar in a bowl with warm water until it had reached desired consistancy.)

*I used 1 tbsp. coconut oil, 1 tbsp. witch hazel, 3/4 cup water, and about 20 drops each of carrot and rose hip oils.  Adjust as needed.  You do want your liquid to saturate your wipes.

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2. Place your wipes in a glass jar or other storage container.  Pour liquid over wipes.20180107_083724

3. That’s it!  During the summer I like to store them in the fridge but the rest of the year I just keep them at room temperature.  I usually make a new batch once or twice a month.

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Comfrey Salve

If you have never made salve before and are interested in doing so, good news- it is super easy!

I started making comfrey salve years ago and my family uses it for cuts, scrapes, minor burns (glue gun mishap, anyone?), bug bites, and rashes.

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Ingredients: Olive oil, comfrey root and or leaves, beeswax

I prefer to make this using fresh leaves and roots mixed with plantain (the herb/weed, not the fruit!).  However, if fresh is not available you may certainly use dried comfrey leaves and or root.

This batch was made using comfrey root.

First, I filled a mason jar with dried comfrey root and olive oil.  I knew I would be making a small batch so I did not fill the mason jar.  I let this mixture sit for several weeks.  (If using fresh material, you will need to keep an eye on this so it will not spoil.)

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After allowing my olive oil infusion to sit for a few weeks, I strained the mixture.

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I added beeswax to the mixture and heated on low heat until the beeswax melted.

Next, pour your oil into a jar (jars).

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Allow to cool.

Voila!  You now have your own handmade salve.  I store this in a cool/dry place.

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If you do not have comfrey in your garden and cannot find it locally, I suggest purchasing from Mountain Rose Herbs. I purchase beeswax from my local farmer’s market but you can also find beeswax from Mountain Rose. (Not an affiliate link, I have purchased from the company for years and have always been pleased with their quality and service.)