Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEODORANT

Sick and tired of buying expensive deodorant with all the additives? Make your own, for regular and sensitive skin! The best part...they work. Here are some for you to try. Mix some up and try it on a weekend when your working in the yard (for the big test) or playing a sport etc. I was confident enough to use it at work. And...if it can kill my teenage son's stank...it can yours too. Note though. This is not an antiperspirant. I don't know how that's done. Besides it's natural to sweat. Just don't stink about it. Keeps for about 3 months.


Deodorant II

1/3     Cup melted Coconut oil
2TB   Baking Soda
1/3     Cup arrowroot
 2-3?  Few drops of Scent of choice (I like Mint, so refreshing)

Directions:

Mix all together in a blender and place in a clean small container with a tight lid. I use the squat small spice containers from McCormick. they are the perfect size for the bathroom and won't break. Also will fit into an overnight bag easily or a purse. Great for the GYM. Keeps for about 3 months.



Deodorant for SENSITIVE SKIN

3 TB   Melted melted coconut butter or coconut oil (you will have to see how many work for you.
1/3      Cup arrowroot
2 TB   Food grade Diatomaceous Earth 
2-3?    Few drops of Scent of choice (I used a couple of drops of Neem oil to keep it fresher longer and Mint for the cooling effect.

Directions:

Mix the 1Tablespoon of melted coconut butter then add the 2 Tablespoons of the coconut oil (melt if you need to) just a few seconds at a time. Pour everything into the blender and mix completely. Or you can hand mix. Place in a clean small container with a tight lid. I use the squat small spice containers from McCormick. they are the perfect size for the bathroom and won't break. Also will fit into an overnight bag easily or a purse. Great for the GYM. Keeps for about 3 months. If you want extra dry add a teaspoon of diatomaceous earth or arrowroot. See what works best for you.

* You can find Diatomaceous Earth at a country feed store. It's fairly inexpensive, $5 bucks for the small bag. You can also use it for other things too, check it out here:  http://www.earthworkshealth.com/human-use.php

and Neem oils and it's uses here:http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-oil.html

Another alternative that works well:

Deodorant for SENSITIVE SKIN II

2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
2T Coconut oil
2 T Cocoa Butter (optional)
2T Bentonite clay
2T Arrowroot Powder
2T Baking Soda (*If your sensitive to soda use less soda and more clay)

5 drops Tea Tree Oil
Enough drops of MINT OIL to feel cool and fresh to your liking
(you can use any scent you like actually)

Melt all butters and oils in 30 second intervals until melted. Add the soda, clay and arrowroot and mix. (I have a tiny blender that I use)
When completely mixed pour into containers (I use small ones) to cool. Cap when cooled.

* I like to use the tiny spice jars from McCormick. I wash and dry them and they store great. Small enough to throw them in your purse and a godsend when you travel.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bubble Bath

Honey-Vanilla Bean Foam
For this luxurious lather, you will need:
·       1 Cup of sweet almond oil (or failing that, try sesame oil or light olive oil)
·       ½ Cup of honey
·       ½ Cup of liquid soap (preferably baby castile soap)
·       1 Tbsp. of vanilla extract
To make this bubble bath:
Measure and put oil in a bowl. Blend in the other three ingredients and stir until fully mixed. Pour into a plastic or glass bottle. Shake gently before using.
(Makes: 4 Bubble Baths)
Relaxation Revelry Bubble Bath
For this sleep-inducing soak, you will need:
·       6 drops of lavender oil
·       3 drops of patchouli oil
·       1 quart of distilled water
·       1 bar (4 oz.) of baby castile soap
·       4 oz. of liquid glycerin
To make this bubble bath:
As with the above bubble bath, simply combine all of the ingredients together and store in a glass or plastic jar with a tight-fitted lid.
(Makes: Maximum of 2 bubble baths)
The Cold and Flu Bubble Bath
This bubble bath is perfect for those with a congested chest and sore throat. To create this fantastic decongestant, you will need:
·       6 drops eucalyptus oil
·       3 drops peppermint oil
·       3 drops of spearmint oil
·       1 quart of distilled water
·       1 bar (4 oz.) of baby castile soap
·       4 oz. of liquid glycerin
To make this bubble bath:
Add the water, soap and the glycerin together and mix. Once done, add the essential oils to the mixture.
(Makes: Maximum 2 bubble baths)



Bath Bomb II



Ingredients
To make them you will need:
          1 cup of cornstarch
          1 cup of citric acid
          2 cups of baking soda
          1/2 cup of Epsom salt
          1/2 cup of sea salt
          2 tsp. of distilled water
          1/2 tsp. of borax
          1-2 tsp. of essential oil or fragrance oil
          2 tbsp of light oil
You may also want to add a few drops of a soap safe dye colorant

Bath Bomb Supplies
You will also need:
          a big mixing bowl
          a whisk or mixer with a whisk attachment
          several measuring cups and spoons
          something to mix the wet phase in
          a sieve or sifter
          a spoon or two
          a spray bottle with distilled water in it
          a mold for the bath bombs

You will need a cookie sheet with paper towels for the bombs to dry on.

Mix the Bath Bomb Dry Ingredients
Sift all of your dry ingredients into your mixing bowl and stir them well to make sure they are blended well and no clumps remain.

Add the Bath Bomb Wet Ingredients
For the wet phase, put the water into your squirt bottle and add the borax. Be sure to add the borax before you add the other ingredients. If you are using a liquid colorant, add your colorant to the water/borax mixture. Add the fragrance or essential oil and your light vegetable oil. Shake well so that the whole mixture becomes emulsified.

With your whisk in hand, squirt a few drops of the oil/water/borax mixture into the center of the dry ingredients. It is going to immediately start to fizz. Start mixing right away with the whisk. This stops the fizzing by incorporating the liquid into the rest of the dry ingredients.

Test the Bath Bomb Consistency
It is now time to test the mixture. The desired consistency is kind of like wet sand- just barely wet enough to stick together. Pick up a half handful of the mix and squeeze it together. Does it clump into a ball? Or more important, does it remain clumped? If so, great, you can begin molding. If they are still too dry, use your spray bottle of water to add just a bit more water.

Mold the Bath Bombs
The most popular mold seems to be ball-shape. I am using a clear, plastic, two-piece Christmas ornament here. Overfill each half with the mixture, and press them together firmly. You want the edges of the mold to just barely come together while getting a really good pack on the mixture inside. Let the molded ball sit for a minute or two. Then tap the side of the ball firmly with a tablespoon. The side of the mold should gently lift off.

Repeat on the other side. Even with your mixture perfectly balanced, you will occasionally get a ball that will crumble or be flowed or broken. No problem. Just crushes it up, put it back into the bowl and remold it.

Dry the Bath Bombs
Gently lay the tablets or balls onto a paper towel lined cookie sheet or plate. At this point, they will still be a little bit soft, but after drying overnight they will be really hard and ready for the bathtub!