Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DIY Bubble Bath

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INGREDIENTS AND MATERIALS NEEDED:



1 cup liquid castile soap 
http://pinemeadows.net/Organic-Liquid-Castile-Soap
1/4 cup distilled or filtered water
2/3 cup liquid glycerin
http://pinemeadows.net/Glycerin-Organic-Vegetable-Derived
6 drops favorite fragrance or essential oil
http://pinemeadows.net/fragrance-essential-lipbalm-oils.php
16 oz. plastic bell bottle
http://pinemeadows.net/PET-Bell-Bottle
INSTRUCTIONS:
Stir together all ingredients and then pour into an 16 oz. plastic bottle.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Raspberry Ginger W/ Rose Clay C.P Soap Recipe

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  • 2.26 oz wt Sodium Hydroxide
  • 6 oz Distilled Water



Follow basic soap making instructions & use your safety equipment.


  • Put on your safety goggles & neoprene gloves, combine your sodium hydroxide & your liquid, stir completely. Set the lye aside and allow it to cool between 100 – 125 degrees.
  • Combine your oils & heat. Temperature of oils needs to be between 100 – 125 degrees. 
  • When both your lye & your oils are at approximately the same temperature (100 – 125 degrees) you need to combine them. Use precautions to avoid splashing. 
  • I prefer lower temps around 110 degrees F.
  • Stir until the mixture traces. (You can use your stick blender to speed up this process).
  • Add your fragrance/essential oils and rose clay, incorporate them into soap completely. 
  • Pour your soap into your molds.

Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Mosquito Repellent

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Creating your own mosquito repellent only takes a few minutes, but using it gives you up to six hours of anti-mosquito protection! Plus, because you’re using these all-natural ingredients, there are no harsh chemicals involved.
The base of this repellent is lemon & eucalyptus oil – lovely smelling to us, not so much to the mosquitoes.
Otherwise, you’ll only need two other ingredients to make your own bug spray.
YOU’LL NEED
– 15 drops of lemon essential oil
– 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 4 oz. witch hazel
The reason lemon eucalyptus works best to magically banish bugs is because of a compound it contains called menthoglycol. This compound has been shown to work just as well as the compound found in most repellents, DEET, but it doesn’t have the potentially harmful side effects of DEET.
You can also use citronella oil or lemongrass oil instead, but your spray will have to be re-applied every 30 minutes. 
Vanilla extract is optional, but it has been found to help improve the effectiveness of the spray…plus it smells just so darn nice.
And, finally, witch hazel can be substituted with vodka or fractionated coconut oil.
STEP 1: Add all 4 ingredients into a container.
STEP 2: Stir well, so everything is mixed thoroughly. The color will be dark due to the vanilla extract.
STEP 3: pour the mixture into any spray bottle. Spray all over before going outdoors for up to six hours of mosquito repellent.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Luck of the Irish C.P Soap Recipe

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Luck of the Irish C.P Soap Recipe

Equipment needed:

2- 87 ounce buckets for weighing & melting oils.
2 Spatulas
2 Glass beakers (weigh out lye in one, water in the second)
1 Powder Duster
pH testing strips

  


Ingredients:

6.55 oz wt. of Sodium Hydroxide
18    oz wt. Distilled Water

4      oz wt. Apricot Kernel Oil
4      oz wt. Avocado Oil
4      oz wt. Castor Oil
2      oz wt. Cocoa Butter
7      oz wt. Coconut Oil
2      oz wt. Mango Butter
7      oz wt. Palm Kernel Oil
12    oz wt. Palm Oil (sustainable)
6      oz wt. Safflower Oil

1 1/2 Scoops (1.25 cc scoop) of  Aqua Green Mica
1 1/2 Scoops (1.25 cc scoop) Fine Satin Gold Mica


Weigh out your ingredients and follow basic soap making directions:
Basic Soapmaking Directions: 
  • Put on your safety goggles & neoprene gloves, combine your sodium hydroxide & your liquid, stir completely. Set the lye aside and allow it to cool between 100 – 125 degrees.
  • Weigh your oils & heat. Temperature of oils needs to be between 100 – 125 degrees. If you are coloring your soap, add it to your oils at this time.
  • When both your lye & your oils are at approximately the same temperature (100 – 125 degrees) you need to combine them. Use precautions to avoid splashing. Stir with a stick blender until you reach light trace.
  • Add your Fragrance Oil, stir with the stick blender, don't let the soap get too thick.
  • Separate into two 87 oz buckets & color one half of the soap with the Aqua Green Mica. Stir in with a spatula. (pre-mix your Aqua Green Mica in some water so that it blends in easily.
  • Pour a thin layer of the green soap in the left side of mold, pour a thin layer of the natural on the right side. Then add a thin layer of natural (not colored)on top of the left side green, and green on top of the right side natural, continue until you get to the top and have used all your soap. 
  • I finished with green on the top. Once the soap has thickened enough to go back with a spoon or spatula and create peaks down the center (see pic). Go ahead and do this. Last will be to use your duster and sprinkle the fine satin gold mica over the top. 
  • Allow the soap to sit overnight before testing the pH (should be an 8) and then cutting & stacking so the bars can cure for a few weeks prior to using.






Friday, March 4, 2016

Milk Bath Fizzers Recipe

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Milk Bath Fizzers  from our Home Spa Retreat Bulletin

1 TBSP Powder Milk
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1.5 oz distilled water (In a Spray Bottle)
15 drops Essential or Fragrance Oil
                                                                
Instructions:
1. Place all of your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together,

2. Using your water, spritz your mixture lightly (avoid adding too much water at one time, this will activate your fizz).


3. Continue misting the mixture with water     while you stir until all the water is gone.
                                                                  4. Add your fragrance or essential oil and stir, making sure that you have a consistent blend.

5. Your mixture may appear dry, but if you can pick up a handful and it sticks together, then it is the right consistency.

6. Press your mixture into the bottom of a mold ( drawer organizer works perfect, see pic).

7. Wait for the fizzer blend to completely harden over the next 8 hours.

8. Chip out the fizz 

with a Knife. You will have a bunch of random chunks. Store or package them in our PET jars. One recipe make enough to fill a 16 oz PET Jar.

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Lime & Ginger Salt Glow Recipe

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    Lime & Ginger Salt Glow Recipe
    You will need the following to make this recipe:

    1/2 cup fine or medium sea salt
    1/2 cup organic grapeseed oil
    1/4 cup fresh pulverized ginger root (grocery store)

    1/4 tsp Ginger Fragrance Oil
    1/4 tsp Lime Essential Oil

    PET containers

    Instructions:
    1. Mix the salt & puverized ginger root together
    2. When it appears to be a consistent blend, add your grapeseed oil and mix into the salt & ginger root.
    3. Add the lime essential oil & ginger fragrance oil. Mix thoroughly.
    4. Transfer to your PET jars and store until use. (we don't recommend storing in glass as your hands will be slippery & you could drop the glass in the shower.)
    **Use up quickly as this has not preservative. If you are giving as gifts or not planning on using it within a few days add some germaben II (preservative).

    To use: scoop out a handful at a time and exfoliate your skin. Rinse with warm water.
    Note: Do not use any equipment with copper, aluminum, cast iron or teflon finishes. 





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    Monday, February 22, 2016

    DIY- Sugar-LIp-Scrub

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    DIY Sugar Lip Scrub
    Ingredients:

    Sugar


    - Measure out your sugar based off of how many you want to make. I like to fill my jar 3/4 full and transfer into a mixing container. Next I put in a little of the pink strawberry mica or lip safe mica of your choice. Mix up your sugar and mica until you achieve the color you want. Next add in your Golden Jojoba Oil and saturate the sugar. Don't add too much Golden Jojoba, see picture for desired consistency. Last add in a drop or two of your favorite flavor oil. Do a taste/ texture test and adjust to your preference. To use, rub on your lips and scrub to slough off dry skin. This is edible.