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DIY Shower Melts

We had a fun ladies evening learning about ingredients in store bought shower melts and venturing into making our own.

As we were discussing the ingredients in a store bought shower melt, I was appalled to learn that some of the ingredients are linked to serious diseases. It begs the question, why on earth would a company choose to willingly put ingredients like this into our skincare and beauty items. It also begs the question, why are we allowing them to?

There is something comforting in knowing that we can control the ingredients going into our recipes when making our own. There is something freeing and empowering in choosing better for our bodies instead of accepting what is available to us on the market.

As we were walking through the list of harmful ingredients we paused to think of what we had used in our homemade shower melts. Simple ingredients, available to us from our very own kitchen! Items that we can use in our cooking, meaning it’s safe to ingest and consume. This is comforting! This is knowing that what we are putting into our bodies is safe, hellooooo even edible!

So last night’s recipe consisted of cornstarch and essential oils. 2 simple ingredients. SIMPLE!

I’m going to share this recipe with you plus another one that I really like. You get to choose which one to try, or maybe you’ll be like me and decide to try them both. Enjoy!

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Shower Melts Recipe No. 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • a Tablespoon
  • mixing bowl
  • bowl of water
  • essential oils of choice (we used 5 drops citrus and 3 drops peppermint)
  • mold (we used cupcake liners and a muffin pan)

Directions:

  1. Place cornstarch into a mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly begin adding a tablespoon of water at a time into the cornstarch, working through with your fingers.
  3. Continue adding the water until you have a consistency that is similar to wet sand and will hold together. Wet sand is not the same thing as mud, lol. Aim for a a damp consistency that will hold when squeezed.
  4. Add in essential oils of choice and work through with fingers to disperse among the cornstarch.
  5. Firmly pack into your molds.
  6. Leave to sit overnight to dry. (Process can be sped up by placing in the freezer for an hour)
  7.  Remove from molds and store in an airtight container

 

Shower Melts Recipe No. 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup water
  • 15 drops essential oil of choice (in this recipe I used Rosemary)
  • 15 drops essential oil of choice (I chose Lavender)
  • 15 drops essential oil of choice (I used Peppermint)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Molds or Muffin Tin (makes 12 if using muffin pan)
  • Cupcake liners if using muffin tin

Note: You can switch up this recipe to use 30 drops of one essential oil and 15 of another if you’d like. The beauty is that you can use any essential oil you desire to achieve the aroma of your choice. 

Directions:

  1. In your mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  2. Begin with 1/3 cup water and work it through the dry ingredients with your fingers, aiming for a damp feel that will hold when squeezed together. You may add a little more water if needed but be careful not to over-saturate your mix.
  3. Add in the essential oils, again working it through with your fingers.
  4. Pack firmly into the molds.
  5. Let sit to dry overnight. (You can speed up the process by placing in the freezer for an hour).
  6. Remove from molds and store in an airtight container in the bathroom.

 

Using Your Shower Melts

Simply remove from their wrapper (if you used cupcake liners). Place 2 melts on the floor of your shower and as the water runs over it, the aroma of the essential oils will rise up and into your nasal passages.

You can use cute little soap racks/tray like this one to place on the shower floor. It can help the shower melts to linger a little longer without the shower water dissolving them from both the top and the bottom due to standing water waiting to drain. This is a cute and clever idea!

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Which Essential Oils Do I Use?

The fun part is that depending on which essential oils you decide to use, they can be soothing to the respiratory system, calming to the soul, balancing to the emotions, uplifting for a morning pick-me-up, even calming before bedtime. But YOU get to choose!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Calming: *Lavender, *Stress Away, *Frankincense

Uplifting: *Citrus essential oils, *Peppermint

Immune Supporting: *Thieves, Frankincense, *Copaiba

Respiratory Supporting: Eucalyptus, R.C., *Raven, *Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender

Emotional Balance: Harmony, Release, Stress Away, Joy, Citrus essential oils

 

Have Fun Creating! 

 

*Essential oils included in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit. Get started on your essential oil adventure and have fun making many different variations of shower melts with an assortment of essential oils. Come see what our Premium Starter Kit is all about!

 

 


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Easter Basket Round-up Ideas!

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Everything Easter, all in one spot, just for you! Here are some adorable gift ideas in our Easter Round-up blog today.

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Check out this adorable Easter egg lip balm idea! Cute!

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Using plastic Easter eggs as the mold, make Easter egg inspired bath bombs. Here is a recipe using citric acid and a recipe without citric acid.

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How about this adorable melt and pour Peeps & Chicks Soap?

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Aren’t these Snuggle Bunny heat/cold packs cute!

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Check out these Burlap Bunnies! These darling burlap bunnies are not just for Easter! They would make a wonderful addition to any floral arrangement or centerpiece or with a few drops of essential oil added to the stuffing they would also make great air or drawer fresheners! They’re SO easy and inexpensive to make and would be a cute gift basket idea!

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Planning on dying Easter eggs this year? Try making colors from all natural household ingredients!


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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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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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Love is in the Air

It’s February which means everywhere you turn, Love is in the Air.

Here are a few fun recipes that combine wonderful essential oils together into “lovely” diffuser blends.

In need of a diffuser? You may find something you like here. My favorites are the Desert Mist with its candle flicker option and the Aria for its intrigue, elegance,  music options and remote control.

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And here are some romantic inspired roll-on blends using some of our favorite “love” combinations.

This is a fantastic Make ‘n Take idea!

You can purchase roller bottles for essential oils through amazon.  Buy them in bulk, invite some friends over and have fun!

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Order your essential oils here.