Love DIY and It’s Not ‘Cause I’m Frugal

Now that the cold weather has settled in, I am taking baths again and have discovered something luxurious:  pretty and fragrant bath bombs!  The kind that are sold at Lush for $8 a pop.   While this post is late (better late than never), I made DIY Bath Bombs as Christmas “thank you’s” for the staff at my mother’s nursing home.  It was nice to do something over-and-above chocolates and cookies.  And they ended up being a big hit!

DIY Simple Bath Bombs

These are simple to make and require everyday ingredients.  Ok, the citric acid is a little tough to find but I ended up sourcing it at bulk stores and Amazon.  If you don’t take baths, you can use these pucks as “freshies” to keep your toilet smelling fresh*.

Recipe for DIY Bath Bombs *

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 20-30 drops essential oils of your choice
  • Food colouring (if desired)
  • Hydrogen peroxide spray (as required)
  • Moulds

Instructions

  1.  Add the baking soda, citric acid and epsom salt together in a large bowl.  Whisk the mixture very well to break up anDIY Bath Bombs expand in the mouldsy lumps.

2.  Add water, oil and food colouring to a glass measuring cup and mix well.  I added different essential oils at this point.  Lemon to yellow, vanilla to blue and rose to red.  While I kept it simple, you can add mixtures of different scents.  It’s really up to you.

3.  Slowly add the liquid to the dry mixture.  I poured very slowly with my left hand while I whisked briskly with my right.

4.  The mixture should be damp enough to stick together when squeezed.  If it is too dry, spray lightly with hydrogen peroxide.

After 48 hours, DIY Bath Bombs are Dry5.  I used different moulds but the best were the ones from Ikea because they were stiffer.  I pressed the mixture firmly into each mould.  There was some minor expansion that occurred.

6. I let them sit in my cold, dry oven for 48 hours.  At this point, they were very dry and hard so popping them out of the moulds was easy.

7. To keep them moisture-free, I wrapped them first in cellophane and then inserted them into small Christmas “food cartons” that close at the top with handles.  Since I was giving them away to strangers, I printed a label with instructions and a list of the ingredients.

DIY Bath Bombs Make a Great Gift

In Summary

I am a novice when it comes to DIY products but it doesn’t matter.  They are many recipes on the web and most items are very easy to make.  Once you get your “pantry” of basic items together, these things cost pennies to make.  For example, I made 60 small bath bombs which cost about $7.15 total.  Not only did the recipients enjoy my DIY bath bombs, I also really enjoyed the process of making them.  And as equally important,  I know that they are natural and good for the environment.   What a win-win!

 

* If you only want to use these as “freshies”, eliminate the oil and Epsom salt.   Instead use 1 1/3 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of citric acid with 1 tsp of water. Recipes inspired by Jillee at  (http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/fizzy-cleaning-toilet-bombs)

 

 

Sensitive and Middle-Aged Skin

I got into natural products by mistake.   Around 2 years ago, my teenage daughter began to read the labels on the personal products I was buying and pointed out scary ingredients that were both bad for your health as well as the environment.  I referenced these chemicals in an earlier blog article (The Dirty Dozen, 12 Chemicals to Avoid).  Add that to my peri-menopausal, newly sensitive middle-aged skin and I started to look for alternatives.

Katie-Wellness Mama
Katie – The Wellness Mama

I never realized how much info is out there is on DIY in the cyber-world.  Nor how easy it is to make.  I have tried many different DIY recipes and there are a handful that have stuck with me.  One of my inspirations is the queen of DIY natural products, Katie aka the Wellness Mama.  She has been creating her own products for many years and is very good at it.  Not only that but she has 6 (!!!) children under 10 years old, manages a thriving business and is a doula in her spare (?) time.  She’s done so much and hasn’t even reached midlife yet!

DIY Body Wash for sensitive & Middle-aged skin

Of all my DIY natural products, this creamsicle body wash is my favourite.  Not only is it cheap and easy to make, it is creamy, fragrant and feels great on my skin.   With the addition of the vitamin E, glycerin, and various oils, it absorbs quickly and moisturizes my sensitive, middle-aged skin well enough that I only require a light lotion afterward.   So much has been written about the benefits of organic coconut oil.  Raw honey is also a terrific added ingredient. Not only is it moisturizing, it has anti-microbial properties, a most appropriate characteristic of a body wash!

Creamsicle Body Wash for Middle-Aged Skin

Creamsicle Body Wash for Middle-Aged Skin

Note that vanilla and essential oil quantities are approximate. I have added other essential oils or changed quantities as listed. Trust your nose!. This body wash is very moisturizing for middle-aged skin

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup organic coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon oil (your choice - almond, pumpkin)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops neroli oil blend

Instructions

  1. Measure 1/4 cup coconut oil into 2 cup measuring cup
  2. Add 1/4 cup raw honey to the same 2 cup measuring cup
  3. Place in a double boiler over low-medium heat until melted (approximately 15 minutes)
  4. Remove from heat. Add glycerin, almond oil, vanilla extract and essential oils and stir well
  5. Add Castile soap slowly, stirring gently to avoid creating suds.
  6. Transfer to glass bottle using a funnel if required
  7. Shake before each use
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 This recipe was inspired by http://helloglow.co/diy-body-wash/

 

Summary

DIY Creamsicle bodywash. Great for middle-aged and sensitive skin.
Pretty Creamsicle Body Wash

I have used essential oils and scents that remind me of creamsicles and complement the honey in the body wash.  However, you can add the essential oils that please you the most.

I estimate that this body wash costs about $1.50-$1.75 to make.  The most expensive element is the organic, locally sourced honey I buy.  My family of four uses this product and it lasts about 1 month.  So not only is it economical to make, it is better for your health and the environment.  If you buy pretty glass soap pump bottles, these make lovely gifts as well