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.
 
 
 

Yummy Mummy Monday: Spiced Nuts

Do you ever see a recipe and think I would have never thought of that! ? Well this is one of those.  I like roasted and candies nuts but haven’t ever tried a version with a kick. These spiced nuts are quick and simple to make and oh- so- tasty (I couldn’t keep Ari & Will’s hands off these when they came out of the oven, so you might want to make extra). Inspired by this recipe these are a perfect holiday snack for parties and get togethers. Package in a pretty jar with twine or ribbon to give as a hostess gifts or stocking stuffer.

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Spiced Nuts

Ingredients:

4 cups of nuts/ seeds* of your choice (raw and unsalted)
2 egg whites
2 tbsp real maple syrup
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp soy sauce
*I used almonds & cashews, and pumpkin seeds for a pop of colour
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl large enough for all of the ingredients, mix the egg whites, maple syrup, spices, and soy sauce.
3. Add the nuts and toss around until evenly coated in mixture.
4. Spread the nuts evenly on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden and the mixture is dry.
5. When ready, remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in an air- tight container to maintain freshness. If you’re giving as a gift, pop into a pretty jar or container (I used a layer of parchment paper over the top of my jar under the paper to help seal it).

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All I Want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth: Festive Teethers from Glitter & Spice

One of these things is not like the other! 😉
It’s safe to say I had some fun with the photos for this post. We’re smack in the middle of teething- Liam already has 4 teeth!- and I’ll give my little chomp monster anything that I can to ease the discomfort. Just in time for the holidays, Glitter and Spice has released 2 gingerbread cookie teether styles (available in pink and mint) and Liam is loving his. These silicone teethers are a cute stocking stuffer/ gift idea for the babies on your holiday list and are the perfect addition to gift boxes for Moms & Moms to be (they’ve even been featured in Vogue, Glamour, and Harper’s Bazaar magazines and were included in the 2015 Emmy’s Gifting Suite). The soft silicone is gentle on tender gums, with textured areas to sooth and comfort. Clip them onto your bumpkin and they’re safe from falling or getting lost. Simply pop in the top wrack of the dishwasher or use hot water and soap to clean. BPA & baddie free, these are a safe option for your little one to chomp on. 

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Yummy Mummy Monday: Pepper Jelly

I love what the end of Summer brings. The changing of seasons offers up a change of culinary options: we shift away from salads and lighter foods to soups and meals that leave you warm and satisfied. A tradition I’m starting to enjoy is canning some of the delicious fresh Summer produce to be enjoyed later in the year when the warmth of the Summer seems like a distant memory. I’ve only taken up canning in the last few years and I certainly haven’t ventured too far into all the options, but I’ve found it to be a fun way to preserve food- and one made even more enjoyable when you do it with a friend. My best friend has been an avid canner for longer than I have, and she has brought this pepper jelly to family functions as a quick and simple appy. Believe me when I say it doesn’t last long. Even if you’ve never tried something like it, this recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser! These jellies are great for holiday parties and stocking stuffers- and yes, we need to start thinking about the holidays! They’ll be here before we know it. 😉 And for newcomers to canning, this is a great simple recipe to get you started.
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Pepper Jelly
Makes 6 8oz jars. Jelly can be stored up to 1 year.

Ingredients:
1 whole red bell pepper, seeded & finely chopped
1 whole green bell pepper, seeded & finely chopped
5 whole jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped (You can chop the peppers either with a food processor or by hand- I recommend wearing gloves for handling the jalapenos if chopping by hand- my fingertips burned until the next day after handling these babies!)
2 cups apple cider vinegar
5 cups sugar
1 package fruit pectin
Directions:
1. Make sure to sterilize jars and lids prior to starting; most dishwashers have a setting that will sterilize, just leave the door closed until you’re ready for the jars. 

2. In a large double boiler pot stir together peppers, vinegar, and sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes then set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
3. Add the fruit pectin, stirring constantly. Make sure everything is mixed well, then let stand for a few minutes.

4. Pour the jelly into sterilized jars and seal tightly by hand. Submerge jars up to neck in the pot of boiling water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, set timer for 5 minutes.

5. Carefully remove jars- using canning tongs are best- and set jars aside to cool. Listen for the lids to ‘pop’ indicating that they have sealed. this can take a little while, so don’t worry if they don’t all seal right away.

Enjoy the pepper jelly with cream cheese and crackers or for a dairy- free version, mix with some goat cheese yogurt. 

Thanks to my friend Courtney for the recipe and to my Dad for helping me make my first batch of jelly!
oxox
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