DIY Bath Bombs & Body Butter

DIY bath bombs and body butter with essential oils
 
Anyone else looking for some simple DIY gift ideas? Well you’re in luck! Today I’ve got 2 simple ideas to pamper someone special: bath bombs and body butter. Mmmmm sounds indulgent doesn’t it? And the best part is there are no weird ingredients, just simple things like essential oils, baking soda, citric acid, and shea butter (which you can find at soap making supply stores and online). All you have to do is decide what scents you want and the rest is simple- these are even fun projects to make with the kids and they’ll love trying out the fizzing bath bombs for themselves after all their hard work. Plus I’ve teamed up with Pam Lauzon of Young Living to share about some misconceptions about essential oils, so you can learn a little something while you get your DIY on (see that info after the DIY instructions). So who’s ready to whip up some Christmas presents?
 
Bath Bombs
Ingredients
1 cup citric acid
1 cup baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
3-4 tbsp melted coconut oil
Spray bottle with water
15 drops of pure, therapeutic grade
essential oil
Food colouring (optional)
 
Directions
Combine citric acid, baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl and mix together well (If doing two colours or two scents, divide mixture into two bowls)
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
 
Add essential oil a few drops at a time and colour if desired and whisk vigorously to stop fizzing
 
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
 
Melt coconut oil and pour small
amounts into dry mixture, whisking continuously to stop fizzing (listen
carefully for fizzing and mix until it stops)
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial

Spray water into mixture, one spray at a time, and mix with hands quickly to stop fizzing. Make sure there is no fizzing sound before you add more water

 

DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial

Add water until mixture holds together when you squeeze a handful in your hands, it should crumble apart still but hold a shape when squeezed together

 

DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial

Press firmly into molds (silicone works well or muffin tips are fine too)

DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial

Once tightly packed in, let dry for 24 hours or place in fridge until firm and remove from mold to dry overnight

 

DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
 
For gifting, line a box with shredded paper or tissue to prevent the bath bombs from breaking. Tie with a pretty bow and finishing touches like a sprig of fresh rosemary and your DIY gift is ready to go under the tree!
DIY bath bomb with essential oils tutorial
 
Body Butter
 
Ingredients
1 ¾ cups shea butter
½ coconut oil
¼ sweet almond oil
20 drops essential oil
Directions
Mix shea, coconut and almond oils in a pot and warm on the stove until melted but not boiling (stir until evenly mixed and place in fridge or freezer until firm but not hard).
 
DIY body butter with essential oils tutorial
 
Use whisk to beat the mixture and add your essential oils
DIY body butter with essential oils tutorial
 
DIY body butter with essential oils tutorial
 
Scoop into mason jar or desired container and enjoy!
 
DIY body butter with essential oils tutorial
DIY body butter with essential oils tutorial
DIY body butter with essential oils tutorial

To wrap the body butter you can simply tie the container with a pretty ribbon (slip a sprig of fresh greens for a festive touch), or pop into a bag or box. Just make sure the lid is on tight.

 
DIY body butter with essential oils tutorial
 
 
Top 3 Misconceptions about Essential Oils
Essential oils are getting a lot of attention these days but there is still some confusion about them- education is key. According to Pam, here are the 3 things people ask her most about.
1.
Essential oils can be toxic and
are dangerous
What is an
essential oil anyways? Essential oils are in your home right now! You smell the
oil in the zest of a lemon, in your fresh herbs and that fantastic smell that
comes from your Christmas tree. The oils are the life blood of the plant. They
carry oxygen and nutrients into the cells of the plant and waste out. They
protect the plant from disease and repel unwanted pests. An essential oil
usually comes from steam distillation and is much more potent than an herb.
They consist of hundreds of different chemicals. Some of these chemicals on their
own can be toxic, however in nature they are balanced and the toxic chemicals
are quenched by the other chemicals in the plant. That is the key! The oils
must be of good quality and tested to make sure that the chemical constituents
in the oil are properly balanced and safe, and then used properly!
2.
All essential oils are the same
In North America there are no real regulating bodies for essential oils. This exists in Europe but
here  in Canada they are considered to be cosmetics. Labels can say pretty much anything.
For example, a bottle can read “Pure” if it contains only 5-35% pure oil. The
term “organic” gets everyone excited but it only refers to the farming
practices and has nothing to do with the quality of your oil. Many companies
use 2nd, 3rd and 4th distillation which is
like steeping a tea bag over and over. It smells the same but it’s weaker. This
brings down the cost and often creates a sweeter smell but don’t be fooled!
Very sweet smells often indicate a poorer quality product. Many companies also use
synthetic oils to keep down costs. You will find these most commonly in soaps
and lotions but also in many bottles of essential oil sold as pure oil. Using
synthetics or low grade oils IS very dangerous, so buyer beware. Do you know
what is in your bottle?
 
3.
Essential oils are “snake oil”
and don’t do anything
If you use
synthetic, or low grade essential oil you may like the smell but you will
likely not see any amazing changes. What you may experience are headaches,
rashes, burns, respiratory issues and more. I often have people tell me they
can’t use the oils due to a fragrance allergy. I always tell people to work
within their comfort zone but from my experience many with fragrance allergies
do not react to pure essential oil.

Want to learn more about essential oils?

Check out Pam’s Facebook group dedicated to helping answer all your essential oil questions:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/573135652811774/She’s also got an online class coming up on December 10th if you’d like to learn more from Pam. RSVP at the link below to learn more:
https://www.facebook.com/events/237903493297007/

 
Other free online courses available at:
 
Email:
pamela.youngliving@gmail.com
 
About Pam
Pam Lauzon has been using essential oils with her family for three years and at first didn’t know the extent to which they could impact health and well- being. Having two kids, one with severe food allergies
and one with respiratory issues, making food
from scratch became necessary for her family and that led to making their own
non-toxic home products to help with issues like eczema. Pam and her family have experienced amazing results in her three years with Young Living and is now
committed to providing the best education to others seeking natural and safe
alternatives. Contact Pam at any time to
setup an in-person or online class to learn more. She also works with doulas, massage
therapists, and chiropractors among others and offers education on a variety of topics
like essential oils for children, pets, hormones etc!
 
About Young Living
YL is the oldest and largest essential oil company in the world and are at the forefront of essential oil research and education. YL is the only company to own their own farms around the globe, with some located here in BC. The farms are sustainable, organic and ensure that plants are grown where they were meant to grow. Each batch is tested both in house and by a third party to ensure safety and quality.
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 DIY bath bombs and body butter with essential oils
 
 
**Young Living Lavender Essential Oil is approved by Health Canada for headaches,
digestive discomfort, relaxation, aches, pains, arthritis, colds and cough. It
is gentle and soothing on skin.
**Young Living Lemon Essential Oil is approved by Health Canada for coughs and colds.
It is uplifting and energizing and amazing for cleaning.
 
 
 

DIY Crayons

One of my good friends recently threw her son a safari- themed 2nd birthday & included some adorable homemade crayons in the goodie bags. I affectionately think of this talented lady as a Martha- Mom, one of those ladies whose projects are Pinterest- worthy (see this post for another of the DIY projects she contributed to TPB), and to top off her creativity this sweet lady took photos as she made them & sent me her how- to so I could share it with my readers! If you’ve been thinking about making some or are trying to think of a way to use up all the broken crayons in your house (multi- coloured ones are cute too!), this simple DIY is a fun project to do with your kiddos and make a great gift/ party favour. Here’s Celine’s DIY Crayon how- to.
How to make your own DIY crayons:
Materials:
crayons
crayon mold (silicone ice cube trays work great)
exacto knife or other sharp knife
baking tray
Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 F. Use an exacto knife, box cutter, or paring knife to cut the crayons out of their wrappers.  Don’t mix them up if you’re trying to make single colour crayons. I got a giant bag from Value Village for $2.99. 
Tip: Crayola crayons seem to work the best, I tried others including the dollar store brands and freebies from restaurant chains, but they
had way too much paraffin wax in them that would separate during melting and
float to the top.  


2) Break the crayons into pieces small enough to fit your mould. You can break them up by hand or use a knife & cut them.  I used a silicon ice-cube mould I
found in a thrift shop, which made it super easy to pop the crayons out in the end.
3) Place mould on a old baking tray (just in case you put too much in and the melting crayons over flow) and bake for about 15- 20 minutes. How long the crayons need will depend on your oven and how much crayon you’re using. Tip: About half way through melting, pull them out and top up with additional crayon pieces so that the mould is nice and full. At the end stir with a toothpick to mix up any wax that has separated from the pigment.


4) Remove from oven & allow to cool completely before popping them out of the mould. However long they are in the oven is how long they
need to cool before popping them out of the mould. If the crayons break as you pop them out, no worries, just cut them up and re-melt.  I did this several
times learning how to get my timing perfect. Tip: If a colour leaks from one space to another in the mould, allow the
crayon to cool completely and cut the
wrong colour out with a paring knife and then re-melt the crayon so that it’s
the perfect shape. 

How cute are these???

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Getting Crafty with Curiosity Box

I admit it: I’ve started my Christmas shopping. But I know I’m not the only one! Every year I try to think of gifts that aren’t just picked up from a big- box store from a selection of made- in- China toys; instead I look for ones that are unique and fun. And before you tell me you don’t have the time to shop like that, don’t forget the virtues of online shopping my friends!
In my hunt for some gift ideas for my nephews I came across Curiosity Box, an Ontario- based company that offers subscription options for your kiddos to receive craft & activity boxes shipped right to your door. And let’s face it: what kid doesn’t love getting something in the mail? Add to that anticipation the fun of creating something that encourages creativity and I think we have a winning idea. When I ordered the craft boxes for my nephews, the company generously offered up one of their Halloween Fun Curiousity Boxes for our family to try. Who could say no to that offer???

Photo: K Petrunia
When they arrived in the mail last week I couldn’t wait to dive in and get crafting! (Can you tell I’m a DIYer at heart???) Each box contains the materials and glue needed for 3 crafts, plus an activity. I noticed there were even a few bonus items to play with- all matching the theme of the box. Our box contained the materials to make a bat sock puppet, a foam haunted house, & a tissue paper jack- o- lantern; a nice variety of crafts and sharable if you have multiple kids to entertain (or in our case, 2 adults and an enthusiastic 16- month old!).
When Will came home home from work the 3 of us dug into the crafting: he took over construction of the haunted house while Ari and I started on the bat sock puppet. I really liked the instruction pamphlet that came with the box that had easy-to- follow instructions (perfect for younger kids in need of some direction) and that the materials for each craft were organized into separate bags to keep everything organized. 
We stretched the crafting over 2 nights since we wanted to allow the glue to dry on the haunted house and with a little help from some tape to hold the roof in place, it came together. On night 2 of our crafting adventure we added the finishing touches to the haunted house & made the tissue pumpkin  (you can see the finished projects below). I’d say the three of us did pretty good. 😉
I really like that this is a fun gift idea that encourages creativity, following steps, and can be a group activity. For the variety of projects you get I don’t think you’d be able to buy the supplies cheaper at a craft or dollar store, and I think there’s a fun novelty about receiving the boxes in the mail. The only tip I have is that for older kids who can be trusted with one, a cool glue gun may be a good idea to help the projects come together a little quicker. Otherwise you simply have to wait for the glue to dry (but hey, a good lesson in patience isn’t bad either). 

All finished!
Whadya think???
Photo: K Petrunia
You can order from the Curiosity Box website, with options for a single box, 3 month6 month, or 12 month subscription. (Subscriptions start at $25.95/ month, $24.95/ month, and $23.95/ month, respectively; prices vary for individual boxes).
You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @Curiosityboxcrafts, and other social media sites.
A big thank you to Curiosity Box for giving us a Halloween Fun box to try out- we had a lot of fun! OXOX TPB






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Spring DIY: Easy Hanging Baskets

It’s that time of year to get your garden ready for Spring. Even if you’re not an avid gardener- or just don’t have the coveted green thumb!- you can add visual interest to your deck or patio with hanging baskets. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make them, and it’s a fun DIY project to do with the kids to get them outside & learn about gardening. Have them help pick out the plants & baskets to encourage their interest- when the baskets are finished they’ll have a sense of pride from helping and the satisfaction of watching them grow. Involve them in watering and maintaining them- it will get them out in the fresh air and teach them responsibility; when they’ve participated in the process they’ll be more interested and enthusiastic to help. (These also make great Mother’s Day gifts for the Grandmas or for your hubby to make with the kids for you!)

MATERIALS
Hanging baskets 
5 plants per basket 
(Tip: pick something tall to plant in the middle; pick 1-2 vines & trailing plants & 1- 2 low- lying plants for visual interest. Ask someone at your local garden centre for suggestions)
Soil
Trowel
Watering can & water
Approximate cost for 2 hanging baskets: $25- 30

DIRECTIONS
1. Select your baskets & plants
The larger your baskets the more plants you will need. I used moss- lined wire baskets with the following plants:
– 1 spiky grass (tallest plant, in centre of basket)
– 2 pansies per basket in opposite corners (low- lying plant)
– 1 petunia per basket (low- lying/ trailing)
– 1 vine per basket

2. Fill your baskets approx. 1/3- 1/2 full with soil, distributing evenly.
3. Place the plants in the baskets where you would like them arranged & adjust until your satisfied with their placement; remove your plants from their pots & loosen the dirt around their roots
4. Add enough soil to fill up to the base of the plants; press the plants into the soil to make sure they won’t shift
5. Hang your baskets & water
For maintenance, make sure you water the baskets 1-2 times per day during the Summer in the morning and/ or evening (the leaves can get burnt if you water them in the scorching heat); remove dead foliage & flowers as needed.

I’ll try and add some photos when they’ve grown to show their progress.

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