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Bath Bombs without Citric Acid

I have had several people ask if bath bombs could be made without citric acid. I wanted to test a few recipes out before sharing because I wanted the consistency, hold, and “fizz” to still be as incredible as the recipe which calls for citric acid. Well I am happy to report that I have found a recipe that works! I love how it makes the bath water smooth and soft which in turn leaves my skin feeling the same well too. May you enjoy this recipe!

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Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Cream of Tartar (in place of citric acid)
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch or Arrowroot powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 15-30 drops Essential Oil of Choice (depending on strength of the aroma)
  • Spray bottle filled with Witch Hazel

Directions:

  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients and stir.
  3. Slowly drizzle the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients stirring constantly. (Take great care to drizzle around the bowl and not directly in the same spot to prevent fizzing action. If it begins to fizz the bath bomb could be ruined).
  4. Next use your fingers to break up any clumps and to see if the mixture will hold together if squeezing with your hand.
  5. Spray the witch hazel, ever so lightly, into the mixture a little spritz at the time. Use your hands to work the spritz throughout the bowl. The purpose is to moisten just enough to hold its shape but not to over dampen. It will still look dry but once it holds firmly together, it has been spritzed enough.
  6. Pack firmly into your molds. (I tend to prefer the metal molds over silicone but either is fine). If working with the metal molds, gently tap around the mold before lifting away. Set out to dry for several hours, or overnight. For an added touch, you can place dry flowers at the bottom of the mold before you begin packing.  If working with silicone molds, you’ll want to leave them in the molds overnight. This will allow it to harden and make it easier to remove from the mold.

Don’t forget to add your decorative touch, or include a sweet note or surprise inside and of course the details in the packaging as well. Make it look pretty!

(This bath bomb was made using Rose essential oil and dried hibiscus flowers).


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Rose Petal Body Scrub Sensation

This sugar scrub is divine! It’s such a pretty way to gift someone with a special treat for pampering their skin. This rose petal body scrub sensation is prepared in a jar by thirds so depending on the size of your jar will determine the amount of each ingredient.

What You Will Need

You’ll need: a mason jar, coconut oil, raw cane sugar, almond or jojoba oil and one fragrant rose (here I used organic roses because they’re aroma is more bold and they aren’t filled with pesticides and chemicals which the skin will absorb).

 

  1. Use a small mason jar or any clear jar with a lid. I used a mason jar from Walmart but if you have a Hobby Lobby or local craft store, they carry beautiful glass jars with lids.
  2. Start by putting a large scoop of coconut oil in the bottom of the jar. You can get coconut oil at any health food store or major supermarket. It’s an “oil” but at room temp it’s more like a butter consistency and has a white paste-y texture.
  3. Next, pluck your rose petals and put them into the jar on top of the coconut oil.
  4. Add your raw sugar. If you can’t find raw cane sugar, brown sugar is a great option! The coarser the better.
  5. Add your almond or jojoba oil on top of the sugar. I like jojoba oil best, which you can also find at health food stores or vitamin stores, because it’s the closest thing to our own natural oil and it absorbs really nicely into the skin. But almond oil is great too because it doesn’t take away from the scent in this jar.
  6. Wait a minute for your oil to seep down to the flower petals and then top it off with a little more almond or jojoba oil. Last but not least, put your lid on and let it sit so the oils can soak into the flower petals.

 

When you (or the person you’re giving this to as a gift) are ready to use it, take a spoon and mash it all up. The coarse sugar will break up the rose petals and they’ll continue to break up as you rub the scrub on your skin. The smell is INCREDIBLE, and if you’ve had a hard week (or even if you haven’t) this is a decadent way to start the weekend! This scrub can have a shelf life of one year, but I wouldn’t imagine you’d ever leave this jar of magic sitting for that long.

NOTE: all measurements are subject to the size of your jar. I broke it up into thirds– in other words, everything should be equal parts and each layer should take up 1/3 of the jar.

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P.S. I Love You – Romance Series

 


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Heartfelt Bath Treat

Enjoy this easy-to-make bath treat. Gift some to the one you love by forming them into heart-shaped molds, like this metal mold, or this silicon mold.

Note: When making this recipe it is important to note that the spray bottle is ONLY to mist and gently moisten the ingredients enough to stick but not to saturate and soak. This part will take a little time and not something to rush. It’s just enough to pack into the mold with a firm hold. If you over water, it will begin to swell and fizz. It may take some practice to get this step down.

FUN IDEAS!

  • Tuck a secret message inside.
  • Press in some flowers for a feminine appeal
  • Include a sweet surprise inside.

Remember: The surprise will surface once the bath fizzy aka bath bomb is placed in the water so choose your surprise with water in mind.  And as always, have fun with it!

 

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Don’t forget to be creative in your packaging as well!


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Roll-On Romance: Massage Blend

Looking to get in the mood with a romantic massage? Try making your own DIY massage blend with essential oils:

1. Simply add the essential oils below into an empty roller ball or essential oil bottle with a roller ball attachment.
2. Fill the rest of the bottle with Young Living V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex until the bottle is around ¾ full.
3. Roll on desired areas and enjoy a wonderful essential oil-infused massage.

• Sensation™: The aroma inspires feelings of love and affection.
• Idaho Blue Spruce: The aroma helps create a grounded and balanced environment.
• Black Pepper: The aroma is stimulating, energizing, and empowering.
• Sandalwood: The aroma is positive, stabilizing, and grounding.

 

 

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“Aromantics:” Where aroma and romance come together in this incredible bedroom blend.

To add a little “spice” to the bedroom, create this romantic blend to have on hand at all times.

The Romantic Bedroom Blend

  • 8 drops Palma Rosa
  • 4 drops Lime
  • 2 drops Clary sage
  • 2 drops Nutmeg
  • 1-2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Ylang ylang

Mix in these proportions together in a darkly colored glass bottle, and fill the rest of the way with vodka (helps the oils remain suspended), witch hazel, or distilled water with a pinch of salt. Spritz around the room and enjoy.

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