Scentsable Living

Choosing a healthier way of life, the "scents"able way.


Leave a comment

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!

*************************************************

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).


Leave a comment

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.

unnamed.jpg


Leave a comment

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!

 

11943_555759314448818_796636670_n

 

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


Leave a comment

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.

01-Love-is-in-the-Air

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!

Print

Order your essential oils here.


Leave a comment

Ring in the Holiday Season with Easy Make-n-Take Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season! I LOVE this time of the year! And I LOVE homemade gifts to give and receive! They are special, they are heartfelt and they are one-of-a-kind.

May you enjoy these fun recipes as you create memories together in the kitchen this year.

And let’s not forget our diffusers while we’re in the holiday spirit! Spruce up the atmosphere and add a little holiday cheer with these Scents of the Season diffuser recipes.

10 Diffuser Recipes-Square

 

Last but not least, here is a wonderful gift that keeps on giving. It’s where the learning and fun begin. Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit is a gift of health, of wellness, it says “I Care.” Not only that, it’s a wonderful kit equipped with all the right necessities for the DIY person who loves making their own home remedies, spa products, and more.

You can learn more about this incredible kit here.

Print

May you peak around every corner of this season, taking in all the wonder and excitement. May you spread the holiday cheer, uplift someone’s spirit, and share the the joy! May you be a blessing to those around you.

Merry Christmas!


Leave a comment

Scented Letters

Scentsable Living

In this modern world of technology, overflowing with text messages, e-mails, etc… there is nothing than can replace a handwritten letter received in the mail by a loved one.  Nothing.

Writing is art.  It is the expression of the mind and the heart, flowing out from the individual, onto paper, in a way that creatively expresses them.  It is an expression of self that many do not experience because it is so different from an ordinary conversation.  And yet, many say that hand-writing is dead.

I was told that schools will no longer teach cursive because it has been replaced with computers.  This saddens me.  The more we use man-made technology, the more we should realize that hand-writing is very much a necessity.  When the computer crashes, or the power is out, there is still pen and paper and candlelight.

I love to write letters and surprise my family with…

View original post 597 more words