19 September 2019

Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Bath Salts Recipe

This cute pumpkin spice chai tea bath salts recipe makes a great gift.  It uses magnesium flakes, so you can learn how to make bath salts without Epsom salts.  It's scented naturally with a pumpkin spice essential oil blend.

I'm sad to see summer go, but I'm glad it's pumpkin spice season.  I wanted to make a bath salts recipe with tea, so why not make pumpkin spice bath salts with tea?

Are you ready for pumpkin spice season? Make pumpkin spice everything with these cute bath salts. How to make bath salts with chai tea, magnesium flakes, sea salt, and with essential oils. Get the benefits of magnesium with the flakes and detox with the salt. These easy home made salts are perfect for fall. DIY bath salts make a great gift, too. Use a cute jar for these homemade salts. Learn how to use them and how to make them. #pumpkinspice #bathsalts


I didn't want just a boring bath salts with just salts.  This is a gift, so I wanted it to look cute and more interesting.  I combined magnesium flakes and sea salt for some texture, then I added some tea for more texture and color.

Epsom salts are usually used in bath salts for their therapeutic properties.  Epsom salts are great, but they can irritate some people's skin.  Learn how to make bath salts without Epsom salts and still get the benefits of magnesium.

These adorable bath salts smell just like pumpkin spice with a natural essential oil blend.  The blend that I use has some vanilla in it, so it smells like pumpkin pie with whipped cream (without the pumpkin part).

Are you ready for pumpkin spice season? Make pumpkin spice everything with these cute bath salts. How to make bath salts with chai tea, magnesium flakes, sea salt, and with essential oils. Get the benefits of magnesium with the flakes and detox with the salt. These easy home made salts are perfect for fall. DIY bath salts make a great gift, too. Use a cute jar for these homemade salts. Learn how to use them and how to make them. #pumpkinspice #bathsalts

Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Bath Salts Recipe


Magnesium Flakes


I like adding magnesium to my bath salts recipe, but I wanted to teach you how to make bath salts without Epsom salt.  I like Epsom salts, but there is an alternative.  I used magnesium flakes for these pumpkin spice bath salts.  

Neither Epsom salts or magnesium flakes are really a salt, but they are often referred to as salts.  Magnesium flakes are made of magnesium chloride, and Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate.

Both have magnesium, which is the mineral that I like using in my bath salts recipe.  Many Americans are deficient in magnesium, and there's some evidence that you can replenish it by absorbing it through the skin.

Are you ready for pumpkin spice season? Make pumpkin spice everything with these cute bath salts. How to make bath salts with chai tea, magnesium flakes, sea salt, and with essential oils. Get the benefits of magnesium with the flakes and detox with the salt. These easy home made salts are perfect for fall. DIY bath salts make a great gift, too. Use a cute jar for these homemade salts. Learn how to use them and how to make them. #pumpkinspice #bathsalts

Your body needs magnesium to function.  Without it, you may have problems with blood sugar control, mental health issues, high blood pressure, fatigue, asthma, or irregular heartbeat.

Many autism moms swear by using magnesium in a natural approach to treating the symptoms of autism.  I won't go into the science here because I'm not a doctor, but I will say that as an autism mom times 2, we use magnesium topically.  

Back to the difference between Epsom salts and magnesium flakes.  When you dissolve Epsom salts in water, it breaks down into magnesium and sulfate.  Magnesium flakes becomes magnesium and chloride.

Your body can use both sulfate and chloride, but chloride helps the body balance electrolytes.  If your electrolytes are imbalanced, you can feel sick or dehydrated.  

While Epsom salts are generally considered safe, the sulfates can irritate the skin.  Children and those with sensitive skin may find that magnesium flakes are easier to tolerate.  Learn how to make bath salts without Epsom salts to avoid skin irritation for kids.  

Sea Salt


I also added some sea salt to this bath salts recipe for its skin benefits.  Sea salt can help restore the skin's pH balance.  It also works to detox the body through the skin.  

Sea salt can unclog the pores and exfoliate the skin.  It can also kill bacteria on the skin.

Are you ready for pumpkin spice season? Make pumpkin spice everything with these cute bath salts. How to make bath salts with chai tea, magnesium flakes, sea salt, and with essential oils. Get the benefits of magnesium with the flakes and detox with the salt. These easy home made salts are perfect for fall. DIY bath salts make a great gift, too. Use a cute jar for these homemade salts. Learn how to use them and how to make them. #pumpkinspice #bathsalts

Grape Seed Oil


Essential oils have to be diluted with a carrier oil.  Since oil and water don't mix, if you just add essential oils without diluting them, the essential oils can sit on top of the water when you add this bath salts recipe.

If there are spots with undiluted essential oils, it can cause sensitization.  Sensitization can cause a rash or itching.  

I chose grape seed oil because it's a lighter oil.  It's a dry oil, so it soaks into the skin quickly.  It has essential fatty acids like linoleic acid to moisturize the skin.

Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend


I use the Right Note Pumpkin Spice essential oil blend for my pumpkin spice bath salts recipe.  It's a blend of essential oils from the spices found in pumpkin spice with vanilla to balance them and tone down the spices.

If you love Pumpkin Spice, here are several DIY recipes with pumpkin spice essential oil blend to inspire you.


It's available in the fall/winter essential oil blend pack with 5 other oil blends.





Chai Tea


I added Pumpkin Spice chai tea to this pumpkin spice bath salts recipe.  It helps give it a little extra boost of fragrance.

Tea is high in antioxidants, which can help reduce the signs of aging.

You can use loose tea for this recipe if you have it.  I just cut open the tea bags and used the loose tea.

The loose tea inside the tea bags is already cut fairly small, so I don't have to worry about my plumbing or making a mess in the bath tub.


Ingredients



Directions


Step #1


Measure the magnesium flake and sea salt and combine in one bowl.  Stir well.


Step #2


Measure the grapeseed oil and put in a small dish.  Add the essential oils to the carrier oils and stir well.  Pour over the salts.


Step #3


Cut open the tea bags and dump the tea over the bath salts recipe.  Stir well.  Spoon into a cute jar.


To use, add all the salts to your bath water.

I found this adorable glass jar with a scoop for my bath salts.  It even has a little scoop that fits inside the jar so it doesn't get lost.

Are you ready for pumpkin spice season? Make pumpkin spice everything with these cute bath salts. How to make bath salts with chai tea, magnesium flakes, sea salt, and with essential oils. Get the benefits of magnesium with the flakes and detox with the salt. These easy home made salts are perfect for fall. DIY bath salts make a great gift, too. Use a cute jar for these homemade salts. Learn how to use them and how to make them. #pumpkinspice #bathsalts

And now you know how to make bath salts without Epsom salt!  If you try it, let me know.


Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Bath Salts Recipe

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How to make pumpkin spice chai tea bath salts.

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  1. Measure the magnesium flake and sea salt and combine in one bowl. Stir well.
  2. Measure the grapeseed oil and put in a small dish. Add the essential oils to the carrier oils and stir well. Pour over the salts.
  3. Cut open the tea bags and dump the tea over the bath salts recipe. Stir well. Spoon into a cute jar.
  4. To use, add all the salts to your bath water.
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Are you ready for pumpkin spice season? Make pumpkin spice everything with these cute bath salts. How to make bath salts with chai tea, magnesium flakes, sea salt, and with essential oils. Get the benefits of magnesium with the flakes and detox with the salt. These easy home made salts are perfect for fall. DIY bath salts make a great gift, too. Use a cute jar for these homemade salts. Learn how to use them and how to make them. #pumpkinspice #bathsalts








17 September 2019

9 Best Carrier Oils for Skin

What are the best carrier oils for skin?  Does it matter which carrier oil you use?  Learn more about the best carrier oils to use and their benefits for your skin.

Carrier oils are kind of a big deal here at Everything Pretty.  I use them in my DIY beauty recipes often, and I carefully choose the best carrier oil for my recipes based on their different properties.

Each carrier oil has its own unique benefits for your hair and skin.  If you're using it to make a roller bottle, it really doesn't matter which one you use since it's such a little amount on your skin.

But if you're using a carrier oil for a DIY beauty recipe like a lotion, salve, or face oil, then it absolutely matters which carrier oils for skin that you use.

 The best carrier oils for skin and how to use them. Learn the benefits of different carrier oils for body and for face. This list of carrier oils has the comedogenic rating and dilution information to use with essential oils.  It's like carrier oils 101!Learn which oils are for acne or anti aging or even eczema to help your skin. #carrieroils #essentialoils #skin


Oils have different fat compositions.  Some are dry oils; some are wet (heavy) oils.  Some won't clog pores, and some have antibacterial properties.  

Choosing the best carrier oil for your skin depends on how you're using, where you're using it, and your skin type. 

There are antibacterial oils and the best oils for face wrinkles.  Each carrier oil has its own benefits and properties, and you'll want to use the best one for your skin type.

I've already talked about a list of carrier oils and their benefits, what is a carrier oil, and the best carrier oils for hair.  Now let's talk about the best carrier oils for skin.

Best Carrier Oils for Skin


Can Carrier Oils Be Used on Skin?


Yes!  Carrier oils can absolutely be used on the skin.  Carrier oils have several benefits for your skin, including vitamins, minerals, and moisturizing the skin.  

The best carrier oils for skin depends on your skin type.  I have oily skin, so I can't use a few carrier oils on my skin, but someone with dry skin will probably love those oils.

 The best carrier oils for skin and how to use them. Learn the benefits of different carrier oils for body and for face. This list of carrier oils has the comedogenic rating and dilution information to use with essential oils.  It's like carrier oils 101!Learn which oils are for acne or anti aging or even eczema to help your skin. #carrieroils #essentialoils #skin


What is a Carrier Oil for Face?


A carrier oil for face is a nut or fruit oil that is used to carry essential oils or other ingredients.  The essential oils and other ingredients have properties that can help your skin.

You can use any carrier oil on your face, but some are better than other for your facial skin.  The best carrier oils for skin depends on your skin type.

How Do You Mix Essential Oils With Carrier Oils on Face?


Essential oils are highly concentrated.  They have to be diluted with a carrier oil before you can apply them to your skin.  You can choose the best carrier oils for skin to mix with your essential oils.

Using an essential oil neat, without diluting it, can cause sensitization.  Once you experience sensitization, you will probably always have a reaction to that particular oil.

Sensitization often looks like a skin allergy.  It can cause itching or a rash.  Sometimes it can even cause respiratory problems or even swelling of the throat.  

This is why it's very important to always use a carrier oil to dilute an essential oil before you use it.  Only apply oils neat if you are working with a certified aromatherapist.

Generally, you want to use a 2 percent dilution for your skin with essential oils and carrier oils for skin.  However, you should use a  0.5 or 1 percent dilution for most recipes for your face.

For 2 teaspoons (10 ml)  of carrier oil, you will use:

  • 1 drop essential oil for 0.5 percent dilution
  • 3 drops essential oil for 1 percent dilution
  • 6 drops essential oil for 2 percent dilution
There are some applications that can use a higher percentage of essential oils, but I'm not going to recommend those.  Talk to a certified aromatherapist for more information.

Read more about the best essential oils for skin.

 The best carrier oils for skin and how to use them. Learn the benefits of different carrier oils for body and for face. This list of carrier oils has the comedogenic rating and dilution information to use with essential oils.  It's like carrier oils 101!Learn which oils are for acne or anti aging or even eczema to help your skin. #carrieroils #essentialoils #skin

What Is A Comedogenic Rating and Why is it Important?


A comedogenic rating is how bad an oil or other substance will clog your pores.  It ranges from 0 to 5, and you want to look for oils that have a low comedogenic rating.

  • 0 will not clog pores
  • 1 is a small chance that it will clog pores
  • 2 will not clog pores for the majority of people
  • 3 means about half will break out and half will not
  • 4 most people will break out 
  • 5 breakouts are very likely
If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, you will do best with 0-1.  If you have dry skin, you can probably use a 0-3.  


Sweet Almond Oil




Sweet almond oil is my favorite all purpose of the carrier oils for skin.  It's a great oil, it's inexpensive, and it doesn't clog pore for most people.  I don't use it much for facial skin, but it is a great choice for DIY recipes for the rest of your body.

Sweet almond oil has vitamins A and E, monosaturated fatty acids, potassium, zinc, and proteins.  It's a natural antioxidant and can help boost collagen production.  

The fatty acids help keep the skin moisturized and can promote healing for your lips and skin. 




Jojoba Oil


Comedogenic rating: 2

Jojoba oil is actually a wax and not an oil.  It closely mimic the skin's natural oil, so it's often used for the face and is a great oil for acne prone skin.

Jojoba oil has vitamins B and E, antioxidants, zinc, copper, and chromium.  It's a lighter oil, and it can penetrate deep into the skin.


Since jojoba oil is so similar to the oils that we naturally produce, the body thinks it has produced enough oil and stops oil production.  With time, using jojoba can help balance oil production without creating a risk of acne or other blemishes.

Jojoba is one of the antibacterial oils, so it can help reduce acne and blackheads when used on the face.  

Jojoba oil is a more expensive oil, so I usually mix it with other oils for their benefits.





Coconut Oil


Comedogenic rating: 4

Browse DIY beauty on Pinterest and you'll see hundreds of recipes with coconut oil.  I love coconut oil and use it often in my sugar scrubs, solid lotions, and other recipes.

It does have a high comodegenic rating, so it can cause breakouts.  I have oily skin and used coconut oil with great success as a facial moisturizer.  It was a little too heavy for my skin, but I didn't have any breakouts from it.  If you have oily skin, I'd skip it though.

Coconut oil is very moisturizing.  It's also a solid at room temperature, so it's used often in solid lotions and sugar scrubs where you want the final product to be harder.  Coconut oil has vitamins A and E, which can promote anti-aging.  

Coconut oil is one of the antibacterial oils,  but it's comedogenic rating makes it unsuitable for acne prone skin.  If you are prone to acne on your face or body, it's probably best to skip this carrier oil.



Grapeseed Oil


Comedogenic rating: 1

I use grapeseed oil for my hair and skin often because it's a dry oil, which means that it sinks in quickly.  It's one of the better carrier oils for skin because it soaks in quickly and won't leave your skin feeling oily.

Grapeseed oil is a great oil for acne prone skin.  It won't clog pores, and it can even help dissolve oil that can clog pores to clean them out and reduce acne blemishes.  

Grapeseed oil can help reduce the appearance of scars, help shrink pores naturally, and it's one of the best oils for face wrinkles.  Vitamins C and E in grapeseed oil can help reduce the signs of aging.  



Rose Hip Seed Oil


Comedogenic rating: 1

Rose hip seed oil is excellent for dry or mature skin.  It has vitamins A, C, and E, which are all known for their anti-aging properties.  

Rose hip seed oil won't clog pores, but it's still too heavy for oily or acne prone skin.  It's best when used for dry skin or in anti-aging recipes.  

I usually combine rose hip seed oil with other oils for skin because it's more expensive.  Rose hip seed oil is one of the best oils for face wrinkles because it's moisturizing, nourishing, and high in vitamins that your skin needs.



Argan Oil


Comedogenic rating: 0

Argan oil is an excellent carrier oils for skin because it rarely clogs pores.  It's very high in vitamin E, so it's one of the best oils for face wrinkles.

It's said to tighten the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It's also a light oil, so it soaks in quickly without making your skin feel oily.  

Argan oil can help reduce acne while still moisturizing the skin.



Avocado Oil


Comedogenic rating: 3

Avocado oil is a heavier oil, and it may cause breakouts for some people.  I usually combine it with other carrier oils for skin because I love the benefits of it but it can be too heavy to use on its own.

It's high in vitamins A, D, and E for your skin.  It has some anti-aging properties, and it is deeply moisturizing for your skin.  It's naturally anti-inflammatory, too.  It's vitamins and fatty acids make it one of the best oils for face wrinkles.



Evening Primrose Oil


Comedogenic rating: 2 or 3

Evening primrose oil is also one of the best oils for face wrinkles.  It can cause acne and clog pores in some people, but it also has properties that can help clear out pores for others.

It can help improve elasticity in the skin, so it has anti-aging properties.  It's anti-inflammatory properties make it a great oil for dry patches or eczema.  



These are the more popular carrier oils for skin.  There are over 40 different carrier oils, and you can learn more about each one in my book Carrier Oils.  


Choosing the best carrier oils depends on their properties and benefits and what you want to use them for.  The best oil for a face serum will be different than the best oil for a sugar scrub.  The best carrier oils for skin for you will be different than what's best for your friend.  

Don't be afraid to mix carrier oils.  I often combine the more expensive oils with less expensive oils so the expensive bottle lasts longer.  This also gives you the benefits of both oils, and that can help your skin more.

I like using antibacterial oils for body scrub recipes to help reduce body acne.  I don't have too much acne on my face, but if you do, then look for antibacterial oils and oils that are naturally anti-inflammatory for your facial skin care recipes.

If you have mature skin, look for the best oils for face wrinkles like evening primrose oil or argan oil.

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12 September 2019

Apple Pie Spice Oatmeal Doughnut Rebatching Soap Recipe

Rebatching soap is a great way to turn a not so pretty bar into a brand new pretty bar.  Learn how to rebatch soaps into an apple pie soap with oatmeal.

Everywhere you look, it's pumpkin spice.  Coffee, shirts, desserts, and even soap.  Apple is like the kid sister to pumpkin.

Apple always gets overlooked.  It always takes second place to pumpkin.

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I love me some pumpkin.  I've made several of my skinny pumpkin spice lattes and have made some pumpkin bread.

But apples are my favorite.  I have an orchard, so I have several types of apples.  I turn them into pie filling that I can, apple sauce, and more yummy apple filled desserts.

I am still working my way through the box of hotel samples my neighbor gave me.  Sure, I could use them as it, but that's no fun.

I'd rather learn how to rebatch soap to turn them into something pretty, like this apple pie soap.  I've already made lemon poppy seed muffins with rebatched soap, so this time I made an apple pie spice oatmeal doughnut rebatching soap recipe.

10 September 2019

Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend + Fall DIY Bath and Body Recipes

Smell like fall with these pumpkin spice essential oil blend recipes.  How to make several kinds of DIY pumpkin spice bath recipes, including soap, bath bombs, and more.

Fall has been renamed Pumpkin Spice Season.  If you don't like pumpkin spice, I'm sorry, you'll just have to be patient until peppermint season.

I happen to love pumpkin spice season.  Give me all the pumpkin spice things from food to coffee to DIY bath and body recipes.


If you were here last year, then you know that I went a little pumpkin spice crazy.  I used it for so many different projects that even I got sick of pumpkin spice.

The posts were all really popular, so I'm guessing that you all love pumpkin spice.

I wanted to use a pumpkin spice essential oil blend recipe in my DIY pumpkin spice bath and body recipes.  I use Crafty Bubbles essential oils, so I asked the owner to make me a pumpkin spice blend.

He did, and he nailed it.  It smells just like fall, and it's perfect for making fall bath and body products.

05 September 2019

Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Healthy

How to make flourless zucchini muffins healthy.  These chocolate zucchini muffins make a great snack, dessert, or even breakfast for your family.

I remember my grandma making zucchini bread every summer.  She'd always freeze a few loaves to enjoy during the holidays.

When I got older, I got her recipe and started making it.  My kids love it as much as I did.  We're trying to not eat white flour or refined sugar, so I wanted a healthier option.

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I do still make my grandma's recipe with all of its white flour and white sugar sometimes.  I'm all for eating healthy, but that bread brings back memories of my childhood.  

Normally I use white whole wheat flour for part or all of the flour.  This flourless chocolate zucchini muffins healthy recipe uses banana and a nut nutter for the bulk of the recipe.