Are you ready for Halloween? I am! I’m so excited for Halloween and the fun it brings. Costumes, cute kids and handing out treats. I love it all!
As a celebration for my anticipation of Halloween, we are going to make an awesome face mask. While I think this mask would be a great part of a Halloween themed spa treatment, you can make this year round and find it a staple in your bathroom.
This mask is perfect for any type of skin and I recommend using it only once or twice a week. I formulated this mask with the intention of leaving the skin feeling refreshed, but not dried out. I think I succeeded!
Baths are a rare treat for me. I don’t often have time to enjoy one fully so instead I skip through the shower. So when I discovered I have an upcoming weekend where my time hadn’t been scheduled, I penciled in a personal spa day. These days are where I go full out and treat myself. These little spa days are where I paint my nails, apply lots of lotion and actually take more than 5 minutes to do my hair.
In my excitement for my spa day, I went through all of my nail polish, soaps, lotions, etc. It is now organized and beautiful. I also came across one pouch of this tub tea. My cat, Leo, who up to that point had been supervising the cataloging with studied disinterest, perked up when I open the ziplock bag holding this tub tea. I don’t know what it is about this tub tea, but the cat approves. I think if he could get away with it, he would have a sachet of his own!
Today I wanted to remake this lovely tub tea not only to replenish my stash but also to share this phenomenal recipe. Andee has created a number of fantastic tub teas but I must admit, I think this is my favorite. (See the original post here.) I will be sending a number of sachets of this tub tea to our shipping department. Request one in your next order! It is a must try!
Recipe in Percentages
45% Epsom Salt
45% Milk Powder
2% Rose Buds, Crushed
2% Calendula Petals
0.6% Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
0.4% Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
Combine the Epsom Salt, Milk Powder and Natrasorb in a mixing bucket or bag. Mix thoroughly. Add the desired fragrances and mix again. Make sure to break up any lumps that may have formed when the fragrance was added. Add the Calendula Petals and crushed Rose Buds. One easy way to crush the Rose Buds is to rub them between the hands. Mix well. After the ingredients have been mixed together, fill each Large Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 1 ounce of the tub tea mixture. Seal with the iron.
Every time the seasons change, I find myself having to reschedule when my girlfriends and I get together. Some months are harder to schedule lunches and other events. You know it is crazy when our outings take place at the grocery store! During our last little get together, we decided the event for this month would be pedicures.
Today I wanted to make a foot scrub like the one that is used at the spa. It is a beautiful scrub that is a little more coarse than most scrubs I make but it does wonders on the feet. Perfect if you want to wear sandals a few last times before the weather turns for good!
Recipe in Grams
335 grams Fine Dead Sea Salt
90 grams Rice Bran Oil
30 grams Argan Oil
15 grams Polysorbate 80
10 grams Cranberry Fiber
13.75 grams Ground Apricot Seeds
5 grams LiquaPar
1.25 grams Lilikoi Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
11.82 oz Fine Dead Sea Salt
3.17 oz Rice Bran Oil
1.06 oz Argan Oil
0.53 oz Polysorbate 80
0.35 oz Cranberry Fiber
0.49 oz Ground Apricot Seeds
0.18 oz LiquaPar
0.04 oz Lilikoi Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
67% Fine Dead Sea Salt
18% Rice Bran Oil
6% Argan Oil
3% Polysorbate 80
2% Cranberry Fiber
2.75% Ground Apricot Seeds
0.25% Lilikoi Fragrance Oil
Weigh all liquid ingredients, including the fragrance oil and preservative into a sturdy mixing container. Stir well. The mixture should turn a little cloudy. This is to be expected and is considered normal. Add the dry ingredients. Stir well. You don’t want any pockets of material. Once the scrub is sufficiently mixed, scoop into jars and cap. Label. Now you can use it for yourself or give it away to friends. Have fun!
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I had a great time. I got to make rolls and pickled beets. It was a blast! There is only one down side. Beet stains. I had beet juice stain my fingers, cuticles and spots up my arms. Yikes! Today I wanted to make a sugar scrub that would help me conquer those stains once and for all.
I wanted today’s body polish to be a little stiff in the jar but apply smoothly to the skin. To accomplish that, I used a mixture of Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil as my fixed oils.
I also added some Polysorbate 20 to this mixture. Polysorbate 20 makes the scrub a little easier to wash off rather than leaving a film of oil on the skin.
Lastly, I decided to scent this scrub with out Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Starfruit is a sweet, exotic tropical scent that is refreshing and fun. I consider it to be a must try!
Weigh the Olive Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Allow the mixture to cool below 120 F. Add the Polysorbated 20, LiquaPar and Starfruit Fragrance Oil. Stir well. Add sugar and salt. Spoon the scrub into jars. Label and enjoy!
This soothing oatmeal tea bag has been a staple in my bathroom since I first made this recipe three years ago. It has lots of uses and I enjoy the calm feeling it gives my skin.
Summer is just around the corner. If you are like me, you have already received your first sunburns and bee stings all in one week. OUCH! I’ve been treating my painful sunburns with Bactine and my even more painful bee stings with Benadryl Itch Stopping Cream, but both of those stop working effectively the minute I get in the shower. Since I prefer my showers to take about 5 to 10 minutes, I was indecisive on which would be worse, terrible itching and pain for the duration of the shower or terrible BO and greasy hair for the next day at work. My pride won and I decided to take a shower. (I would bet my co-workers were relieved! 😉 )
As I was getting ready to take my shower I realized, “Whoa! Andee. What do you do for work? You probably have some things here at home that could make this shower less irritating. Go raid your stash and find something!” So … I listened to my inner voice and trotted off to my craft storage closet to rummage through my ingredients for something that would help my skin.
As I rummaged, I found Finely Ground Oatmeal, Calendula Petals, Milk Powder, Epsom Salts and Jumbo Heat & Seal Tea Bags. I decided all of these ingredients would make a great tea bag that would help calm my skin. Join me in the blog kitchen as I recreate this recipe for you!
*When I first made this recipe, I used the whole Calendula Petals. That didn’t work very well as the Calendula Petals just sat on top of the mixture. I decided to grind the petals to make a powder instead. I put a small handful of Calendula Petals in my trusty soap kitchen coffee grinder and ground them until they made a fine powder. I had to do this several times until I had enough Calendula Petal powder for my recipe.
Weigh all the ingredients into a mixing bucket or bag. Mix thoroughly. After the ingredients have been mixed together, fill each Large Heat & Seal Tea Bag with 1 ounce of the tub tea mixture. Seal with the iron.
I like to mix this in a 1 gallon pail with a lid. I put the lid on and shake the bucket. This recipe was fun to make and it filled 7 Large Heat & Seal Tea Bags.
How would you change this recipe? Would you add a fragrance, change the botanicals or something else? I would love to hear what you would do with this recipe!
I may not be the resident scrub addict, but I do enjoy the occasional scrub for my own personal pampering. Since my shower is *gasp* dreadfully bare of any fun products, I decided to remedy the problem with this fast and simple scrub that is perfect for gifts or personal use.
This scrub is wonderful because it isn’t excessively oily, and it feels sinfully luxurious! This scrub is a fabulous body scrub due to the fine grains of the white sugar. If you want to take the recipe and change it to a foot scrub, I would recommend using the Medium Bath Salt or Coarse Dead Sea Salt in combination with the sugar.
Every summer gives me the opportunity to participate in some amazing events that are hosted around our valley. I love that because I can meet all kinds of people and make new friends. Take Mama Julie. I first met Mama Julie at a wood-fired pizza restaurant. Mama Julie is sweet, kind and funny. She loves nothing more than to make you smile.
I ran into Mama Julie the other day at the grocery store and she greeted me with a warm smile and a hug. We wandered the store as she told me about her family, her work and her garden. (I must admit, I might have a small case of garden envy. She is overwhelmed with fresh rosemary, basil and parsley. Lucky lady!) During our chat, Mama Julie mentioned that with all the time in the garden, she has a hard time keeping her knuckles and elbows from drying out. Today I wanted to make a stick for all the talented gardeners like Mama Julie. Come join me!
Golden Jojoba Oil
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Palm Kernel Oil
Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Grams
28 grams Castor Oil
40 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
30 grams Coconut Oil
40 grams Beeswax
6 grams Lanolin
24 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
30 grams Palm Kernel Oil
2 grams Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.99 oz Castor Oil
1.41 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
1.06 oz Coconut Oil
1.41 oz Beeswax
0.21 oz Lanolin
0.85 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
1.06 oz Palm Kernel Oil
0.07 oz Helichysum Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
14% Castor Oil
20% Golden Jojoba Oil
15% Coconut Oil
12% High Melt Point Shea Butter
15% Palm Kernel Oil
1% Helichysum Essential Oil
Weigh everything except the Helichysum Essential Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything has melted. Add the Helichysum Essential Oil and stir well. Pour into tubes and allow the mixture to cool and solidify. Cap, label and soothe those poor elbows. Enjoy!
This lotion bar is like a soft lip balm. It is very smooth and creamy and a dream to apply. It spreads very nicely. I can see using this as a lotion bar for sore muscle because it can be applied so gently. It has a slight, dare I say tacky, feeling from the lanolin that helps trap moisture in the skin. I applied some to my dry and cracking knuckles. Wow! I am enjoying the relief!
Do you know those days when you feel like you have been on your feet ALL day? I have those days and my feet can ache from all the standing, walking and flexing they have done. Good shoes can definitely help with long days on the feet, but I still want to soothe my feet at the end of the day. So I headed to the kitchen and whipped up this yummy summer foot soak to pamper my feet and help them feel better after those long days.
This multi-purpose foot soak is awesome because it can be bagged in the Heat Sealable Tea Bags for easy tub or foot bath clean up. It can also be left loose, mixed with a little water to make a paste and then used like a mask. Either way you use it, your feet will be treated to a little luxury!
We have experienced a bit of a warm spell which means we have lots and lots of mud. (The rain is helping with this predicament.) It clings to dog paws and boots. A seemingly permanent layer has found itself on my floor and I just can’t seem to get rid of it. Well I have decided if you can’t fight it, embrace it.
Today I wanted to make a clay scrub for the face. I wanted something that was gentle enough it could be used on a daily basis but also would be beneficial to those who might use it once a week. I also wanted to make it and leave it in powder form. This way you can use it as needed and choose from a variety of liquids. Try milk, water, rose hydrosol and more!
Recipe in Ounces
3.17 oz Dry Flo TS
1.41 oz Clay, Bentonite
1.41 oz Oatmeal, Ground and Sifted
0.63 oz Natrasorb
0.14 oz Milk Powder
0.07 oz Aloe Powder
0.18 oz Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
0.02 oz Lime Essential Oil
0.01 oz Lavender Essential Oil
Collect your materials. I like to use a taller, more narrow bowl so I can weigh directly into a plastic bag. It helps limit the amount of dust and makes clean up a breeze. Weigh everything into the plastic bag. I like to weigh the Natrasorb last. It is super fluffy but also is great for dispersing the essential oils into the rest of the mixture. (The essential oils tend to clump in the clay.) Seal your bag and mix well. You will want to make sure there are no clumps. This is super important.
Once your material is thoroughly mixed, pour into your containers. I used our 12 oz size Shaker Bottles. These are perfect for this scrub.
Notes: My shaker bottle held about 5.15 oz (146 grams) of material. That tells you just how fluffy and light this is!
When I went to the sink to test this scrub, I was surprised at how light it was. I added some water to my hand and started mixing. It took a little bit for the material to hydrate but when it did, wow! It was creamy and gently scrubby without being abrasive and painful. I scrubbed for several minutes to see what would happen. It started to dry a little and get gummy but it took a lot of rubbing and time to get to that point. (It took about 5 minutes to get to this point.)
To use, shake approximately half a teaspoon of the dry scrub into your hand. Add a little water and rub your hands together creating a creamy paste. Gently rub the mixture into the face, using a small circular motion. Massage your face for 1 minute, then rinse thoroughly. Because this scrub is designed to add water only when it is intended to be used, we don’t need to worry about a preservative. This takes a lot of worry and math out of this product!
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