Sunday, February 16, 2014

Three steps to all natural body butter.

These were fun to make...and easy too! 
one part organic cocoa butter
one part organic coconut oil
1/2 part  organic beeswax
Bergamot & Ginger essential oils 

1. Melt the butters, oils, and wax in a double boiler.
2. Remove from heat and add in the essential oils. 
3. Pour into molds & set up overnight. 
 (I used silicone baking molds from a local craft store.)

I am hosting several classes in the next few weeks and would love to share more! If you're interested in learning more about the therapeutic qualities of CTPG essential oils click on the link here and RSVP!  My family is testing out a whole range of dōTERRA products and would love to include you in our journey.  If you have any questions or want samples you can shop here and message me! We love sharing :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Valentine's Day Lotion Bars

Today we made cardamom spice sugar scrub, therapeutic bath salts, and delicious lotion bars! The kitchen was messy! Then it got cleaned...then it got messy...cleaned...and one last project wrecked it for the night: 

Valentine's Day body butter bars!

Measure out-
One cup beeswax (I like the natural beeswax from mountain rose herbs ) But you can also get the white refined food grade variety at Whole Foods.
One cup Shea butter (or any butter of your choice, cocoa, mango, etc...)
One cup coconut oil (or any beneficial body oil)
(I only had a half cup of coconut oil, so I used sweet almond oil too)

Put these ingredients into a double boiler or a diy melting device pictured below (assembled from a pyrex 4 cup measuring cup and a sauce pan). Fill the pot half way up with water and put it over med- high heat with the glass container full butters, oils, and beeswax until the mixture melts together. I didn't want to turn it up too high, so the whole process took about 10 min. Pay close attention to the melting process. As the water begins to boil you risk water splashing into the mixture; ruining the batch. Water and oil...haha.

These are some of our favorite products to use during dull Minnesota winter days. We personalized this Valentine's Day batch of body butter bars with the Whisper blend from DōTERRA essential oils. Lovely.

I added some food grade shimmer powder to the silicone molds first.  Holiday fun!
Pour the melted mixture of butters, oils, and wax into the prepared mold.
Whisper:One of dōTERRA's most popular blend of essential oils that is personalized by your individual chemistry to make a scrumptious and unique personal fragrance. Whisper is made with rose, jasmine, bergamot, cinnamon, cistus, (check out the link on cistus oil...amazing stuff!) vetiver, ylang ylang, cocoa, vanilla, sandalwood, and patchouli. YUM.

 As the bars cool they get lighter in color and start to firm up... especially
here where it's below freezing... don't worry my house is usually kept around 69 in the winter and a tad warmer than that in the summer and these bars do fine. Whew!
 They pop right out of their mold :) after sitting 12 hours.
Finished bars! All ready to give out on Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Relax Blend

Tonight's EO blend is setting the moon for some serious mellow. In the mail today came some sweet fennel and lemongrass. After doing some playing and sniffing different combinations we decided on diffusing lemongrass, eucalyptus, and lavender. Ahhhhh!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

DōTERRA Essentially...

lifted me off my feet today! :)
 Now I need to reorder my clarycalm so I can go to bed :) 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Bath Bomb Fun!


my (new obsession) bath bomb recipes...

 My original "Ice Cream Bomb!"
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup epsom salts 
  • 1 cup cornstarch
Mix the dry ingredients together well.  
Then add the oils (below) and mix well again 
until it clumps together when squeezed.
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (the solid type that melts at warm room temperature)
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
Finally spray or slowly add the water (below)just to mix it up so it sticks together when scooped up.
  • a couple (more depending on how dry the mix is) Tablespoons of water to help the mixture stick together...2-4 and never more or you'll have a soup bomb. boo.

...this is the tricky part... add too much water and it will over activate the baking soda and citric acid and wreck your bombs! 
Add the water last and a little bit at a time. 
Or, you can spray the water in to the dry mixture while hand mixing until it sticks together. 
And the cornstarch in this recipe is key to making the finished product look like ice cream! It holds it all together nicely with the addition of the water. 
The synergy of peppermint and lavender makes this bath bomb, THE BOMB!  

Mini bombs... 
This recipe makes 9 bath bombs.
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup epsom salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup oil (coconut, almond, grape seed, etc)
5 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops of peppermint essential oil
3 drops of orange essential oil 
2 Tablespoons of water

Mix the dry ingredients first.
Add the oils and mix until combined well. 
Carefully add the water one drop at a time mixing well in-between. 
You can use a mixer, but hands work best...put on rubber gloves if your skin is sensitive. 

Once the water is all worked in you should have a nice moldable mixture to play with!

I use a ice-cream scoop usually but last week I found a vintage meatball maker! It's wonderful for making the perfect size bath bombs!  

Check if you're short on vintage shopping time :)

Oh, and let them dry for a few days before packaging them! Let all that water evaporate! And seal them in glass or plastic so they don't loose their fizz effect! 

Oh, and I found food grade pink shimmer by Wilton that made a sweet little sparkle on these guys... Valentine's day is coming up :)

Here's my newest bomb! (well...actually it was my newest bomb...but time flies when you're having fun! )

This is the ultimate Breathe therapeutic bath bomb without cornstarch! Smells amazing! It has more oil than my other recipe, but it needs it to stick together. 
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup epsom salts 
Mix the dry ingredients together well.
Then add the oils (below) and mix well again
until it clumps together when squeezed.
  • 1/2 cup gape seed oil 
  • 20 drops of Breathe essential oil
Finally spray on some water to help it all hold together. This recipe yields a dryer mixture so you'll need to be patient with the ice-cream scoop method or find a mold that works for you :)

I took these pictures so you can visualize the correct texture :)
Have fun! And post questions and experiences as you have them!