|Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and I wanted to have some cute things ready. Valentine’s Day is all about love, more specifically, love between couples. But why can’t we show a little love to ourselves? Here is a fantastic milk tub tea that has a bit of magic added to it.
I think one of the best ways to slow down and take some personal time is to take a bath. Showers are are quick, fast and invigorating. Baths are slow, peaceful and calming. Because there is more time in an enclosed space, it is best to use very small amounts of fragrance. If it is too intense, the user may feel driven out before they are ready. Light and mild is best.
The first product in my formulation is Milk Powder. Milk Powder is simple and easy to use. Milk has also been used as a beauty agent for a very long time. Even Ancient Egyptians used milk in their baths! Because milk is a natural blend of fats and water, it is really good for the skin.
Next, I used Natrasorb. Natrasorb is a really, really fluffy form of tapioca starch. It helps keeps the bath tea from becoming oily from the extract and fragrance oil. It also helps the bath tea seem more fragrant than a bath tea without Natrasorb.
I also used Epsom Salt. These salts are wonderful. High in mineral content, Epsom salts have been long used for spa treatments such as baths and foot soaks. You can also use a sea salt but I have a personal preference to Epsom Salt.
Botanicals also make an appearance in this formulation. How can you have a tub tea without botanicals? I chose Rose Buds and Chamomile Petals. Roses are a luxury item that has been used in beauty products for as long as we have written record! Calendula has constituents that are anti-inflammatory in nature. Calendula is also used for managing dry, rough and scaly skin.
To give the skin a little more pampering, I added Chamomile Extract. Because of its famous soothing nature, I wanted a little to bolster the skin. Perfect for soothing both mind and body!
Finally, I added some fun finishing touches, a fragrance oil and some color. This is where the magic is. I chose to use our Purple Raspberry Color in its dry form so that it would lightly color the bath water. Prior to adding water the mixture looks white, except for the botanicals. My fragrance oil of choice is Red Clover Tea. You may use any fragrance or essential oil for this recipe. Don’t forget to use a pretty ribbon!
Measure Milk Powder, Natrasorb and Purple Raspberry Color into a plastic bag. Mix well. Measure Epsom Salts, Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil and Chamomile Extract into a separate bag and mix. In a third bag, weigh Calendula Petals and Rose Buds, then add the first two bags. Mix until uniform. Scoop into Heat and Seal Tea Bags. I like approximately 2 tablespoons of product per Jumbo Bag. Using an iron, seal the edges of the bag. Finish with a cute ribbon and label. Enjoy!
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A lip balm is easy to make, so I created the following formula for Carolyn. Before we jump into the formula, let’s talk about Acai Butter. I agree with Carolyn that it is a lovely color and I would love to see this color in a finished lip balm. That being said, I have yet to get the color to stay while making a lip balm that works well. The purple tones are some of the hardest colors to achieve in a lip balm without using a large amount of color. When I have made different products using the Acai Butter, the color from other ingredients over powers the color of the Acai Butter and the finished product has a lovely tan color. This includes the Lotion Bar and the Superfruit Lip Scrub. While the Lip Scrub only contains less than 5% of Acai Butter, the Lotion Bar contains 25% of Acai Butter and yet still is a lovely tan.
So, let’s make this recipe and see if we are headed in the right direction as far as texture and consistency. If we are headed in the right direction, then let’s make an infusion of Alkanet Root Powder in the Sweet Almond Oil and try this to make a reddish-purple color in the finished lip balm. Or we can use the Oil Soluble Lip Colors and mix Ruby with Blue to get a purple color.
Collect needed items:
Palm Kernel Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Huckleberry Flavor Oil
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Containers for the finished products
Recipe: (Makes 100 grams or 3.53 ounces)
|Recipe in ounces
0.71 ounces Beeswax
0.56 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
0.88 ounces Acai Butter
0.88 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
0.35 ounces Castor Oil
0.14 ounces Huckleberry Flavor Oil
|Recipe in grams
20 grams Beeswax
16 grams Palm Kernel Oil
25 grams Acai Butter
25 grams Sweet Almond Oil
10 grams Castor Oil
4 grams Huckleberry Flavor Oil
|Recipe in Percentages
16% Palm Kernel Oil
25% Acai Butter
25% Sweet Almond Oil
10% Castor Oil
4% Huckleberry Flavor Oil
Weigh all ingredients into your microwave safe container. Microwave using shorts bursts of time until all of the ingredients are melted. Once all the ingredients have been melted, pour into your desired lip balm tubes or pots. Allow to cool completely before capping. This recipe will fill approximately 22 Lip Balm Tubes of the 0.15 size.
There are specks of the Acai Seed in this butter, so don’t be alarmed by any particles that will settle down on the bottom of your microwave safe container. Simply fill the tubes and leave the particles at the bottom of the container.
Carolyn, I hope this helps you with a starting point. Let me know if there are any changes that we should make and we will make the perfect Acai Butter Lip Balm for you!
Head to Toe Cream – Paraben Free Base or Body Cream Base
This is a perfect time of the year to restock the cupboard, you may have some extra time or you may even have some extra hands around the house. A great time to restock the cupboard with your great gift ideas that will be on hand when that next gift is needed.
Head to Toe Cream, another great base product that is simple and easy to make wonderful gifts fast. This cream is one of my favorites, I keep a jar of this stuff everywhere! You can use any of the bases, Body Cream, Goat Milk Cream, Head to Toe Cream, whichever you choose the process is the same.
A super fast and less messy way is to weigh out the Head to Toe Cream into a zipper bag, add in a great fragrance, then zip the top before kneading the bag to completely mix in the fragrance. Then cut the corner of the bag and pipe into the jar, add lid and label. So simple and easy to do. You can even make this easier by ordering the Body Cream Kit! This kit comes complete with a gallon of base, jars, lids, fragrance, and labels.
Bath bombs are super easy to make and they also make fantastic gifts. This is also a fun idea for your kids to make for their friends. This project may not be the fastest with kids, but it surely will be fun for all. This is a perfect time of the year to restock the cupboard, you may have some extra time or you may even have some extra hands around the house. A great time to restock the cupboard with your great gift ideas that will be on hand when that next gift is needed. Today I am going to put my teenagers to work or really I’m going to bribe them to help make up a big batch of bath bombs. I’m going to need a few extra hands to make this a fun afternoon. The kids will get their own and a few for sharing with friends, a great trade off to have my gift cupboard filled.
Multicube Clamshell or other Molds of your choice
Large plastic bag for mixing
Small plastic bags for individualizing each clamshell
Recipe: (Makes 6 pounds, fills 20-22 Multi-Cube Clamshells)
Recipe in pounds:
3 pounds Baking Soda
2 pounds Citric Acid
1 pound Corn Starch
Recipe in Percentages
50% Baking Soda
34% Citric Acid
16% Corn Starch
Color Note: Adding color to this recipe can be done with ease if it is mixed with water and spritzed lightly into the dry ingredients. Try a .15 cc scoop of the water soluble dyes into a 4 oz size bottle with spray head and see how easy it is to color your bath bombs!
Weigh dry materials into a bag and mix well. If using the Multi-Cube Clamshell, weigh 4.4 ounces into a small bag. Add up to 1/2 mL fragrance oil and mix well, making sure all the clumps have been broken up. Spritz the colored water over the dry powder once or twice and then mix thoroughly. Alternate spritzes of colored water and plain water until the mixture is the texture of coarse corn meal.
Be careful to not over spray or your bombs may start fizzing, so spray once or twice and mix thoroughly, then repeat if necessary. Compress finished product into Multi-Cube Clamshell or Mold of your choice and let dry thoroughly about 6-12 hours. Label and give as gifts or keep for yourself! Used the Multi-Cube Clamshell? Simply break off a cube or two into your next bath.
This recipe will make approximately 20-22 Multi-Cube Clamshells.
This is an easy product to use and it makes great gifts to give. My children and I got the Bubble Bath Gift Kit, we put together the bottles of bubble bath and labeled and my children gave the finished products to all of their friends for holiday gifts. This is a great time to use the Kit to create several items for my gift cupboard, I like to have these on hand for future holidays and this is a great time to restock the cupboard.
or the easiest way to go is the Bubble Bath Kit, this kit comes complete with bubble bath base, pump, bottles, caps, and labels for a complete finished look.
The kit is super easy and we had a very fun afternoon putting these gifts together. The kids will love what they make and their friends love the great fragrances.
All you need to do is pump the Bubble Bath Base into bottles, add a fragrance and color, then we topped off with Bubble Bath and mixed thoroughly. We then labeled. That’s it! Super easy, fast, and a great product. I can’t wait for my next bubble bath!
Check the fragrance calculator to see how much fragrance to add to your size bottle.
Wax Melts for Warmers
This is a fun and easy gift to make for your self or for giving. I have several warmers throughout my house and I think it is an easy way to freshen up any room with fabulous scents. This is also the perfect time of the year to restock the gift cupboard, you may have some extra time or you may even have some extra hands around the house. Wax Melts are another fun item that I like to give for gifts for any holiday. You could make up several batches with a wide variety of fragrances or you could follow the recipe below and fragrance each clamshell; this is a simple and easy recipe for making fun gifts.
Wax Melts Recipe
1 lb. Soy Wax
1 lb. Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fragrance or Essential Oil of choice
Multi-cube Clamshell – great idea for breaking off a chunk later
or Wax Tart Molds I’m going to try the Pinecone Tart Mold with Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil
Weigh 1 lb. Soy Wax, add 1 lb. Fractionated Coconut Oil. Heat together on medium until fully melted. I like to use the Mulit-cube clamshell so we measured out 2.4 oz. of melted product into a small paper cup, then added fragrance 2 ml, stirred and then poured into the Multi-cube Clamshell. Be careful to not over heat your mixture, if it is too hot it can melt your Multi-cube Clamshells. After wax melts are cooled, then close the Multi-cube Clamshell container and label.
Everyone will be so impressed that you will be making this often for your friends and giving as gifts. This recipe yields approx. 6 of the Multi-cube Clamshells, so make some for giving and don’t forget to make some extra for yourself. Don’t forget, your gift cupboard has been depleted!
LuAnn asked for some help to create a good sugar scrub recipe that is put into bottles instead of jars. LuAnn says: I always have loved it when you guys do this! You have made 2 awesome recipes for me before, so if you don’t have time for mine, I totally understand! If you you can, I am looking for a good sugar scrub recipe! I have a recipe for a whipped sugar scrub, that I really like, but only right when I make it. The next day, it is no longer fluffy, and is really thick and stiff. I could put it into jars, but I REALLY would like to have it in tottles, so people don’t have to dig fingers into it! And I would like it to be more creamy, like when I first make it. Sorry, it’s a tall order! I have all the usual soaping and lotion making oils, plus lots of extras, such as pumpkin seed oil, black cumin, hemp, etc. There isn’t much that I don’t have! I’ll wait to see if you have any ideas! Thanks!
Yes, LuAnn you do have a tall order! Let me tell you what you are up against and how to solve this issue. Sugar has a higher specific density that makes it want to settle to the bottom, either the bottom of the jar or the cap of the tottle (a tottle is a bottle that is able to stand on the cap). In order to keep this scrub mixture from settling the scrubbing grains must be of the same specific gravity as the fluid. At the same time you desire a whipped product. Whipping can be adjusted and with the right ingredients the mixture can stay whipped. Whipping and supporting scrubbing grains is a tough job that requires a lot of testing for specific density.
To find a scrubbing grain material that is compatible with your mixture look for something that has a specific density near or lower than one, this means it will nearly float in water. Look for something that does not dissolve in water easily and is stable for long term storage. Try seeds, ground nuts, etc.
You might try a few of these recipes for quick gifts. The testing for your scrub recipe is going to take a good long while. I also suggest placing a small spoon next to your scrubs if possible, then hopeful people will use the spoon instead of digging in with the fingers.
Raspberry Sugar Scrub inspired by Raspberry Salt Scrub Blog
Collect Needed Item:
Raspberry Seed Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Green Mango Fragrance Oil
Liquid Germall Plus
This is a 100 gram batch.
Recipe In Percentages
8% Raspberry Seed Oil
17% Grapeseed Oil
3% Polysorbate 20
1% Vitamin E Acetate
70% Sugar, (white or brown)
.25% Green Melon
.2% Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe In Grams
8 grams Raspberry Seed Oil
17 grams Grapeseed Oil
3 grams Polysorbate 20
1 grams Squalane
1 grams Vitamin E Acetate
70 grams Salt, Either Dead Sea or Medium Bath (I used Dead Sea Salt, Fine)
.25 grams Green Melon
.2 grams Liquid Germall Plus
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Add the fragrance and Liquid Germall Plus last. Stir well. Once the ingredients have been blended well, scoop into containers for use. Enjoy this fabulous scrub!
Shea Butter Sugar Scrub inspired by Shea Butter Lip Scrub blog
Collect Needed Items
Peach Kernel Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Natural Vanilla Oil
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
This is a 100 gram batch.
Recipe in Percentages
20% Shea Butter
10% Peach Kernel Oil
1% Vitamin E Acetate
2% Natural Vanilla Oil
2% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Grams
65 grams Sugar
20 grams Shea Butter
10 grams Peach Kernel Oil
1 grams Vitamin E Acetate
2 grams Natural Vanilla Oil
2 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Weigh all of the ingredients into the food processor bowl. Gently pulse the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Once the scrub is mixed together, fill the jars and cap.
Take each recipe and adjust as needed to achieve your dream scrub. Try more oil less sugar for a more fluid scrub. Take notes along the way and I hope you enjoy testing some of these recipes!
Masks are very easy to make and we have an excellent recipe that will also work with the distance factor between Karen and her daughter. Let’s go make a simple face mask!
Sift the clay and measure 1/4 cup. Take a weight. Add in 1 tsp ground vanilla beans, take a weight. Now you will have a nice mixture that you can make dry and can make more, adjusting the recipe to suit her needs as she requests!
Mix 3 tablespoons of the clay mask mixture with 1.5 tablespoons of water. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes to completely hydrate. After 5 minutes, you can use the face mask by following the following directions.
1) Rinse face with warm water.
2) Rub a thin layer of mask onto your face.
3) Allow mask to dry on your face or at least 5 minutes with a maximum amount of time being 15 minutes.
4) Once the mask is dry, gently wash face with a warm and damp wash rag.
I hope this helps!
Are you trying to come up with that last minute gift idea and you are at a loss? Are you kicking yourself wondering why you have waited (again) for the very last minute? Well join the club! We are all with you wanting to make that one or two last minute items for stocking stuffer’s or something nice for the neighbors. And I’m here to help!
Tell me in the comments section of this blog what is in your cupboard and what you want to make, then I will give you a recipe and directions! All I need to know is what ingredients and containers you have on hand and what type of product you would like to make.
Leave all the calculations to me and I’ll help you through this with some great ideas for you to finish some last minute gift ideas. Did you know we even have a team to work round the clock for last minute ideas?
|I adore the Christmas season. There are hot drinks, peppermint candy canes, poinsettia and glitter galore! I love all things sparkly and I can’t be the only one! With Christmas approaching like a high speed train, I need to get some last minute gifts finished! Ack! Wait! There is no need to panic. There are tons of things that can be made just in time for the holidays. Let me share one that is fast, easy and sparkly!
Plumberry Spice Celebration Soap: This soap is super easy and it makes a lot! The colors and glitter are showcased beautifully creating oohing and aahhing from all of your recipients! As a major plus, all of your ingredients are cost effective and can be used for multiple projects. Everything from soaps to lip balms and even lotions! (You might even make Santa a little envious!)
There is no need to exactly recreate the soap I made. You can choose Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil and Emerald Green Glitter for bars that smell like freshly cut trees. You would swear you brought the whole forest to your sink! Or choose Snow Drops Fragrance Oil and the Iridescent Glitter for a wonderful winter wonderland. Snow Drops is a limited edition fragrance oil but you can help us make sure that it has a permanent home in our catalog! Snow Drops is a very fresh scent. It smells like fresh, clean blanket of snow in a high mountain clearing. There is just something about Snow Drops that rejuvenates a person down to their very soul. It is a must have in any fragrance collection!
Happy present making!