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11 November 2019

Introducing CAULIPOWER Chicken Tenders

This post is sponsored by CAULIPOWER Chicken Tenders but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

We have an autism house, so we do things a little differently.  Toys and other things are lined up in a straight line.  My fridge is covered in laminated visual aids to help make our days go smoother.  And we really like chicken tenders.



All three of my kids would be perfectly happy to have chicken tenders every night.  I joke that my boys eat so many chicken tenders that we are just planning on having them catered for their weddings.

Sometimes it's hard to find a balance between the foods that they will eat and healthier foods, but now we can have both with CAULIPOWER Chicken Tenders.

07 November 2019

DIY Air Freshener With Essential Oils, Beeswax, Soy Wax


Make your home smell good with this DIY air freshener with essential oils, beeswax, and soy wax.  These adorable hanging air fresheners give off a light scent and can be used in closets, drawers, or anywhere that needs a little freshening up.

This time of the year is always crazy busy.  Right now, I'm in that calm before the storm.  The kids' homeschool is going well, we are between therapists for my son (that's a long story) so we don't have therapy, and my weekends are actually open.

But it's coming.  I know it's coming.

I spent last weekend making pretty things for the blog.  That's my favorite part of the job: making pretty things.

I even made myself a shirt that says. "I just want to drink coffee and make pretty things."  It's the truth.

How to make a DIY air freshener with beeswax, soy wax, and essential oils. Make a hanging homemade air freshener for your house or to give as a gift. This natural air freshener gives a long lasting scent. This solid air freshener makes a cute decoration on display. Use a clamshell for the mold and cute packaging. Ideas for do it yourself recipes for cute air fresheners. #diy #airfreshener #essentialoils #beeswax


One thing I wanted to make were these DIY air fresheners with essential oils, beeswax, and soy wax.

Beeswax air fresheners have been done so many times, but I wanted to put my own spin on it.  I changed up the recipe a little bit and used soy wax with the beeswax, and I also decorated them with dried candy and spices.

DIY Air Freshener With Essential Oils, Beeswax, and Soy Wax

These air fresheners will give off scent for months!  I've used them for up to a year and they still gave off a slight smell.
More DIY air freshener ideas:



Wax


Most air fresheners have just beeswax.  Beeswax is hard at room temperature, so it makes a pretty sturdy air freshener to put in a drawer or hang.  It's also fairly inexpensive and easy to find.

How to make a DIY air freshener with beeswax, soy wax, and essential oils. Make a hanging homemade air freshener for your house or to give as a gift. This natural air freshener gives a long lasting scent. This solid air freshener makes a cute decoration on display. Use a clamshell for the mold and cute packaging. Ideas for do it yourself recipes for cute air fresheners. #diy #airfreshener #essentialoils #beeswax


But beeswax don't hold a scent very well.
Most recipes call for coconut oil, but I think it's too soft, smells too strong, and doesn't hold a scent that well, either.

So I used soy wax.  I used the same soy wax you'd use for candles, so it definitely holds a scent.  It's fairly inexpensive, too.

I used half of each one and that gives it the ability to hold a scent well and it's still firm enough to not get dented or break if something bumps into it.

I picked up both the beeswax and the soy wax from Crafty Bubbles last week when I was at their retail location.


Essential Oils



I can't use artificial fragrances due to asthma, so I use essential oils and natural fragrance oils.  For these DIY air fresheners with essential oils, I used the Right Note Holiday Favorites set.



It's a set of 6 bottles of natural fragrance oils.  It has:


  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Candy Cane
  • Gingerbread
  • Mocha Mint
  • Apple Pie
  • Holiday Biscotti
Some are essential oils blends, and others have natural fragrance oils.  I don't know what they are or how they are made, but I know that they smell amazing and they don't bother mine or my son's asthma at all.

I've used them in soaps, lotions, scrubs, and in my diffuser.  One thing to note is that they are strong.  You will use less of these than you do with other oils.  

Dried Spices


I could have just poured them and called it done, but that's boring.  Instead, I decorated them with dried spices.

Here are some ideas for the scents that are in the Holiday Favorites set:

  • Pumpkin Pie - Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove
  • Candy Cane - Peppermint candy
  • Gingerbread - Allspice, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg
  • Mocha Mint - Cocoa powder, peppermint candy
  • Apple Pie - Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice
  • Holiday Biscotti - Anise, dried citrus peels
I didn't use all of these because I didn't have everything.  I do like the star anise and the cinnamon sticks.  I think those are my favorites.


Make sure that anything you use is dried.  If there is any water or moisture in the spices or fruit peels, they could get moldy.  

Molds


I was going to buy some hanging molds on Amazon.  I think these molds are super cute and could be perfect for these DIY air fresheners with essential oils.  

When I was walking through Bolek's Crafts, I saw some rectangle clamshells like these.  The ones on Etsy are taller than the ones I used, but they will work.
I liked the idea of the clamshell mold because it doubled as packaging for storage or gift giving.

If you use a mold like the one on Amazon I linked above, you'll have to package them or put them in bags.

How to make a DIY air freshener with beeswax, soy wax, and essential oils. Make a hanging homemade air freshener for your house or to give as a gift. This natural air freshener gives a long lasting scent. This solid air freshener makes a cute decoration on display. Use a clamshell for the mold and cute packaging. Ideas for do it yourself recipes for cute air fresheners. #diy #airfreshener #essentialoils #beeswax


Supplies



Tools


  • Measuring cup
  • Double boiler
  • Spoon
  • Clamshell molds
  • Chopstick or something similar to poke holes
  • Scissors

Directions


Step #1


Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax and soy wax over medium heat.  This will take a while because beeswax takes a long time to melt.

I set a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup on top of a canning ring in a sauce pan to make a double boiler.



Step #2


When the wax is fully melted, carefully remove from heat and add the essential oils.  Stir for 30 seconds to a minute.



Step #3


Carefully pour into the mold.  Let it set up slightly on the bottom and then add the dried spices.



Step #4


Insert the end of a chopstick or something similar into the end.  Hold it about 10 seconds and then it should stand on its own.  

Let the DIY air freshener with essential oil cool completely.



Step #5


Carefully remove from the mold.  Loop string through the hole and tie to make a hanging air freshener.

These are ready to use or put them back in the clamshell for later or for gifting.

If you want to make a lot of different scents like I did, you can cut the recipe in half and make it multiple times.



DIY Air Freshener Tips



  • Never use a microwave to heat the beeswax and soy wax.  Do not heat over direct heat either.
  • Beeswax sets up quickly, so you'll have to work fairly fast if you use the dried spices.  I had mine set out for each scent before I poured.  
  • You can use any mold for these air fresheners.  They would look cute in a snowflake mold or even a rectangle soap mold.  If using a large mold, you can fill half way because that will give off plenty of scent.
  • If you're giving these as gifts or want to sell them, the clamshell molds are perfect.  Fill them about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  There should be plenty of room for the string and the dried spices to fit in the clamshell.
  • If you don't want to add any dried spices, you can color them with mica and use biodegradable glitter.

Christmas Collaboration


I teamed up with some other bloggers for a DIY Christmas collaboration.  Check out these other great DIY projects to inspire you this Christmas season.



πŸŽ„ Kristy | Life-n-Reflection

Honey and Goat Milk Soap Recipe

This is one of the simplest melt and pour soap recipes I’ve made! Not only does it make easy handmade gifts for friends and family, but the rich lather and sweet scent make them irresistible not to keep one for yourself. The finished soaps have a classic bumblebee and honeycomb shape that makes each look expensive and elegant. Make these simple honey and goat milk soaps for handmade gifts today!

πŸŽ„ Lydia | Lydi Out Loud

Christmas Ornament Bath Bombs

Handmade bath bombs always make for a fun gift, but turning them into Bath Bomb Ornaments make them the perfect holiday gift. Scented with the smells of the season and made festive with red and green sprinkles, they not only make a perfect holiday gift, but a full sensory experience.


πŸŽ„ Laura | Our Oily House

8 Holiday Room Spray Recipes

Essential oil rooms sprays are so easy to make, smell amazing, and have
aromatherapy benefits for you. During the holidays I love to switch the
sprays out for a more festive scent. Check out these 8-holiday room spray
recipes to help you get into the Christmas spirit.

πŸŽ„ Rebecca | Soap Deli News

DIY Essential Oil Ornaments

Learn how to make these DIY essential oil ornaments in 30-minutes or less
to add a natural fragrance to your tree this holiday season. These quick &
easy ornaments can be scented with your favorite holiday essential oil
blend and make lovely DIY holiday gifts too!


πŸŽ„ CelinΓ© | Tweak & Tinker

DIY Holiday Cupcake Bath Bombs

A festive holiday bath bomb cupcake DIY with
two designs to choose from - one candy cane peppermint and one Christmas
tree. This easy recipe contains nourishing oil, clay and essential oils and
makes for a pretty handmade gift.

πŸŽ„  Carol | Total Wellness Choices

DIY Mocha Mint Cupcake Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This mint chocolate cupcake soap recipe is easy to make with melt and pour soap. These soap cupcakes are adorable and are scented with a natural mocha mint fragrance oil. The unique soap mold makes the process easy. They make a great holiday gift for friends, teachers, or anyone who loves fun soap.


πŸŽ„ Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri Gift Ideas

See how to make a DIY stovetop potpourri gift! These simmering potpourri recipes make your house smell like Christmas and are wonderful homemade holiday gift ideas. The tutorial comes with free printable labels and gift tags for packaging and gifting.




DIY Beeswax Air Freshener With Essential Oils

Yield: 1 cup
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $15
prep time: 30 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 30 M
These DIY beeswax air fresheners are made with beeswax, soy wax, and essential oils.

materials:

tools:

  • Measuring cup
  • Double boiler
  • Spoon
  • Clamshell molds
  • Chopstick or something similar to poke holes
  • Scissors

steps:

  1. Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax and soy wax over medium heat. This will take a while because beeswax takes a long time to melt.  I set a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup on top of a canning ring in a sauce pan to make a double boiler.
  2. When the wax is fully melted, carefully remove from heat and add the essential oils. Stir for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Carefully pour into the mold. Let it set up slightly on the bottom and then add the dried spices.
  4. Insert the end of a chopstick or something similar into the end. Hold it about 10 seconds and then it should stand on its own.
  5. Let the DIY air freshener with essential oil cool completely.
  6. Carefully remove from the mold. Loop string through the hole and tie to make a hanging air freshener.

NOTES:

Never use a microwave to heat the beeswax and soy wax.  Do not heat over direct heat either.

Beeswax sets up quickly, so you'll have to work fairly fast if you use the dried spices.  I had mine set out for each scent before I poured.  

You can use any mold for these air fresheners.  They would look cute in a snowflake mold or even a rectangle soap mold.  If using a large mold, you can fill half way because that will give off plenty of scent.

If you're giving these as gifts or want to sell them, the clamshell molds are perfect.  Fill them about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  There should be plenty of room for the string and the dried spices to fit in the clamshell.

If you don't want to add any dried spices, you can color them with mica and use biodegradable glitter.

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05 November 2019

Things to Make Life Easier For Older Adults

Thank you to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for sponsoring this post. As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

If your older loved one is living alone, here are some things to make life easier for him/her.  By improving nutrition and safety, both of you will feel more confident in your loved one's ability to be happy and healthy at home alone.

My mom's independence is important to her, but it's also a concern for me as her caregiver.  Over the last few years, it's become more and more evident that she needs some extra help.




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She wants to stay at home as long as she can, so I help her as much as I can.  While I want to help her, being a caregiver is stressful.  It's worth it, but I need to take steps to make it easier, so I have time to be a mom to my own kids, work, and help her.

Over the last year, I've been taking steps to help support my mom and make caregiving easier and less time consuming.  Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers access to services that can make caregiving easier for people like me, so that older adults, like my mom, can get the help and support that they need.


Things to Make Life Easier For Older Adults


This is my third post in a series about caring for the elderly.  Based on the age of my readers, I'm guessing that several of you are in the same life situation  or will be in the coming years.

If you're caring for an aging parent, be sure to check out my tips for caregivers of elderly.  I also talked about whole person health care and why it's important for the elderly.

Meal Prep


For my mom, one of the biggest things to make life easier was to help with meal prep.  She lives alone, and cooking for one isn't easy.  She has some dietary needs and problems with meal prep, so I give her hand with her cooking.

She has a small freezer, so I cook her freezer meals that she can thaw as needed.  When I'm making food for my family, I freeze leftovers for her.



Things that freeze well are:


  • chicken noodle soup
  • chili
  • meatloaf
  • pasta dishes
  • egg dishes

I also precook some types of meats for her to reduce her meal prep time.  I use my pressure cooker to cook several chicken breasts at once and then cut or shred it and freeze in smaller portions.  She can just grab a pack of chicken and use it to cook her meal.



She also needs help meal planning.  This keeps her on track with her dietary needs, and then she doesn't need to go to the store for any ingredients since it's not always easy for her to get to the grocery store.

I've made cards with recipes and shopping lists on them.  She can grab a card from the breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack stack to create her meal plan and shopping list.

With its 2020 Medicare Advantage plans, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will also help older adults who come home from the hospital or have chronic conditions by giving them the option of with healthy, home-delivered meals.  They will give health plan enrollees the option of nutrition support and counseling.


Home Helpers


My mom isn't able to do as much as she'd like around the house.  My kids and I help as much as we can, but we can't be there every day.



Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also offers access to personal home helpers to help with daily activities.  This will really make life easier for many older adults!

Loneliness


My mom is trying to stay active so she doesn't get lonely.  She joined a Bible study and book club because she likes to read a lot.  She lives in a retirement community, so she sees her neighbors often, too.



Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also gives enrollees the option of access to adult day center visits which can help combat loneliness.  This can be a big help for caregivers since many live far away from their loved one.  This type of service can put a caregiver’s mind at ease that their loved one has some place to go and things to do.

Transportation Services


My mom still drives, but she's not always able to get to doctor's appointments if they are far away.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also gives members the option of health-related transportation services.  This can be big time-saver and stress reliever for caregivers as they often work and have other commitments.

If you're caring for an aging loved one and need ideas for things to make life easier for him/her, check out the new Medicare Advantage plans from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to see what services are available.

The annual enrollment period ends on December 7, 2019, so you and your loved one need to make a decision soon.  Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has plans that provide whole person care, which is very important to me as a caregiver.

This year, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield expanded their services to add the option of nutrition support and counseling, pest control, and service dog support.  They also offer healthy food delivery, transportation for health-related appointments, adult day centers, alternative medicine, and personal home helpers to make life easier for the elderly.

Providing whole personal health care and reducing barriers to health care can make it easier to manage chronic health conditions and help the elderly reduce preventable health related conditions.

Visit Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to learn more before the enrollment period ends in December.

Thank you to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for sponsoring this discussion.


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31 October 2019

Keto Hot Chocolate Recipe Sugar Free With Stevia

How to make a delicious keto hot chocolate recipe.  This sugar free hot chocolate tastes delicious and is easy to make with heavy whipping cream and almond milk.

There are few things better than sipping a delicious creamy cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night.  Sometimes you just need a sweet treat.  This keto hot chocolate recipe is the perfect blend of chocolate, vanilla, chocolate, and cream.

This recipe is easy to make by the cup or double or triple it for a crowd.  You can make it on the stove and then pour into a slow cooker to keep it warm for a crowd.

How to make keto friendly hot chocolate. This can be dairy free or vegan by using all almond milk. Homemade hot cocoa recipe with cocoa powder made on the stovetop.  Make a home made creamy drink for one person or for a crowd by doubling or tripling the recipe. This is the best healthy recipe that's so easy to make. #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #chocolate #drink


This skinny hot chocolate recipe makes three servings, but I've put leftovers in the fridge and reheated them the next night. 

I've tried other diet hot cocoa recipes before, but they always tasted watered down.  I like creamy drinks.  I wanted a hot chocolate recipe that was rich, creamy, tasted good, and was sugar free.

Is that really possible?

Yes, yes it is!

29 October 2019

6 Easy DIY Bath Recipes

How to make 6 easy DIY bath recipes with the Simply Earth Essential Oils Recipe Box.  This has 6 recipes that are easy to make at home for a milk bath, shower steamer, bath salts, roller blend, and diffuser blend.


Simply Earth sent me the November 2019 Essential Oils Recipe Box.  It's a monthly subscription box with goodies to make 6 natural recipes each month.  

Each month there's a theme.  I've made DIY cleaners, DIY bath and body, roll ons, diffuser blends, and even stuff for pets and kids.  This months theme is DIY bath recipes.



When you subscribe to the monthly box, you get four bottles of essential oils or blends, pretty sticker labels, recipe cards, and supplies to make 6 natural recipes at home.  

If you use my code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE to sign up, you also get a free bonus box with small bottles for blends, roller bottles, and carrier oils to make your next six boxes.  You'll also get a $40 gift card to use on a future purchase.  You can use it for your next box or to stock up on essential oils.

6 Easy DIY Bath Recipes


The November 2019 Simply Earth Recipe Box is all about DIY bath products.



In the box, you'll get:


These are the DIY bath recipes that are included in the November box.  A * indicates that the item is not included in the box or in the bonus box.

Oatmeal and Milk Bath


This moisturizing milk bath is easy to make.  The oatmeal soothes irritated skin, and the baking soda and powdered whole milk moisturize.



Ingredients

Directions


Mix the milk powder, ground oats, baking soda, and the contents of the tea bag together.  Add the essential oils and stir well.

Pour it into the bath as its filling.

If you like milk baths, try my hot chocolate milk bath recipe or my lavender chamomile milk bath recipe .

Eucalyptus Shower Steamers


Use these when you have congestion in your chest or nasal congestion.  Do not use this as a bath bomb because the concentration of essential oils is too high.



Ingredients


Directions


Heat the coconut oil until just melted.  Add the essential oils.  Pour over the baking soda and stir until it's crumbly.   It should just stick together and will be crumbly.  Press it into an ice cube tray or something similar.  Let dry for 24 hours.  Place one shower steamer on the bottom of the shower away from where the water will hit it directly.

Try my bedtime shower melt without citric acid, cold and flu shower steamers, or my wake up shower melts recipe.   

Lavender Buds and Tranquility Milk Bath


This is another fun milk bath recipe that would make a pretty gift.  Lavender is great for your skin and suitable for most skin types.



Ingredients


Instructions


Use a coffee grinder or blender to grind the whole milk powder and lavender buds.  Add them ot the Epsom salt and then add the essential oils.  Stir well. 

Pour into the bath while it's filling.  

Chai Tea Bath Salts


This fun recipe uses real spices and tea for a wonderfully smelling bath.



Ingredients


  • 1/4 cup Epsom salt*
  • 1/4 cup ground oatmeal*
  • 1 teaspoon clove spice*
  • 1 tablespoon Anise star spice*
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces*
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil
  • 1 tea bag (I used green tea)
  • 2 drops Cinnamon essential oil

Directions


Combine the Epsom salt, oatmeal, clove, Anise star, broken cinnamon stick, and tea in a blender or coffee grinder.  Process until fine.  

Combine the almond oil and the essential oil.  Add the finely processed dry ingredients and stir well.  Pour into the tea bag and tie closed.  

Place the tea bag in the bath to let it steep.

Try my lavender chamomile tub tea or my pumpkin spice chai tea bath salts.

Tranquility and Lime Diffuser Blend


Use the wonderfully smelling blend in your diffuser.



Ingredients


Directions


Combine the essential oils in your diffuser.  You can also add 50 drops of each oil to a small bottle from your bonus box to create a master blend.  Use 1-3 drops of the master blend in a diffuser.

Lime and Eucalyptus Roll On


This is an uplifting blend that doubles as natural congestion relief.



Ingredients


Directions


Add the essential oils to the roller bottle.  Fill with fractionated coconut oil.  Apply to pulse points for congestion relief, energy, and an uplifting aroma.

If you use my code, you get a free bonus box plus a $40 gift card for a future purchase!  The last several months have sold out, so order early!

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24 October 2019

African Black Soap Benefits for Skin

African Black Soap has many benefits for your skin.  It's suitable for most skin types, including oily skin and dry skin.  It's exfoliating, moisturizing, and is a great natural soap to use for acne.  Learn more about the benefits, how to use it, and where to buy it.

When I first heard about African Black Soap, I was intrigued.  It's said to be an excellent bar of soap for most skin types.  I have combination skin, so I wanted to learn more and try it.


 The benefits for African black soap for your skin. Add this soap to your skincare regimen for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dark spots. Learn directions on how to use this soap for your skin, hair, and as a face wash. It is as a bar, paste, or liquid. Learn more about the ingredients and storage for best results. This is the best natural skincare product for most skin types. Where to buy raw real African black soap. #blacksoap #africanblacksoap

African Black Soap may be an ugly bar of soap, but many people swear by it.  It's an excellent bar of soap to use for acne prone skin on the face or body.

This soap is unique in that you don't use it directly on your body.  Instead, you have to wet it and get the lather and use that to cleanse your body or face.

Learn more about the African Black Soap benefits for skin, how to use it, and where to buy it.

23 October 2019

Homemade Eczema Body Butter With Aloe Vera

How to make a homemade eczema body butter with aloe vera.  This easy recipe has shea butter, herbal infused oil, and essential oils that can promote healing and better looking skin.

As a mom of three kids, I figured eczema would hit us at some point.  Caleb is allergic to several environmental things and has asthma and breathing problems, so I figured it would be him.

Nope.  It's me.

I'm glad it's not Caleb or one of my other kids because eczema kinda sucks.  It's itchy, gross looking, and annoying.  Recently, it was even painful.


How to make a whipped body butter for eczema or dry skin. This home remedies for eczema helps relieve dry skin and moisturize with shea butter, cocoa butter, and aloe vera butter and essential oils. It also has herb infused oils. This is like a lotion or cream but with more oil and no water.  Use during a flare up for natural relief. Use on hands, legs, or arms for relief. Homemade DIY treatment for eczema with an easy to make recipe. #eczema #bodybutter

Eczema is a common skin condition that affects millions of people in the United States.  It can cause itching, oozing, dry skin, scaly skin, and inflamed skin.

There isn't a cure for eczema.  Common prescription treatments include steroids to thin the skin.  You can talk to your doctor about using natural ingredients like shea butter or aloe vera to manage your symptoms.

17 October 2019

DIY Unicorn Bath Bomb

This DIY unicorn bath bomb is easy to make!  Use mica to paint stripes on the bath bombs for a fun and unique look that's easy to replicate at home.  This uses a natural fragrance oil called Unicorn Kisses for the scent.

My daughter is 12, and like most 12-year-old girls, she's obsessed with unicorns.  She likes most things with fun colors (especially pink) and glitter, too.  She also loves bath bombs.

Since she has a cool mom, I let her help make some DIY unicorn bath bombs.  Most unicorn bath bombs have alternating colors, but I wanted something that was easier for her to make.

How to make DIY unicorn bath bombs recipe.  These unique bath bombs are natural and made with Epsom salt and without cornstarch. These cute bath bombs are great for kids.  They are moisturizing thanks to coconut oil and baking soda. The citric acid makes them fizzy. It uses a natural Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil scents. These pretty home made bath bombs are easy to make and make great gift ideas. #unicorn #bathbomb


I decided to have her paint the bath bombs with mica for unicorn colors.  I really like this because it's different, and you can make several different kinds of bath bombs.  

It was also easier for her to do without worrying about mixing different colors and forming the bath bomb while alternating colors.

If you're making these DIY unicorn bath bombs as gifts, you can make different designs with the colors to make fun set for the recipient.

DIY Unicorn Bath Bombs


Dry Ingredients


For the dry ingredients, I used baking soda, citric acid, arrowroot powder, Epsom salt, and kaolin clay.  Citric acid and baking soda are what makes these DIY unicorn bath bombs fizz.  

When they come in contact with water, they create a chemical reaction that releases carbon dioxide to create a fun fizz.

Like a true homeschooling mom, even something fun like making bath bombs becomes a science experiment.

How to make DIY unicorn bath bombs recipe.  These unique bath bombs are natural and made with Epsom salt and without cornstarch. These cute bath bombs are great for kids.  They are moisturizing thanks to coconut oil and baking soda. The citric acid makes them fizzy. It uses a natural Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil scents. These pretty home made bath bombs are easy to make and make great gift ideas. #unicorn #bathbomb


I added arrowroot powder and kaolin clay to harden the bath bombs.  If you just use baking soda and citric acid, your bath bombs will be soft and likely to crumble.  

I added some Epsom salts because they help detox.  They have magnesium in them, and the magnesium can be absorbed through the skin too boost magnesium levels in the body.



Wet Ingredients


I used coconut oil and polysorbate 80 for wet ingredients.  I added coconut oil because it's a solid at room temperature.  This helps firm and strengthen the bath bomb so it won't crumble.

Coconut oil is also moisturizing for your skin.  It has fatty acids that moisturize the skin, which is good if you have dry skin.  My daughter has dry skin, so I like to use carrier oils on her skin to moisturize and prevent dry skin.

How to make DIY unicorn bath bombs recipe.  These unique bath bombs are natural and made with Epsom salt and without cornstarch. These cute bath bombs are great for kids.  They are moisturizing thanks to coconut oil and baking soda. The citric acid makes them fizzy. It uses a natural Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil scents. These pretty home made bath bombs are easy to make and make great gift ideas. #unicorn #bathbomb


The coconut oil and mica won't mix with the water, so they just sit on top of the water.  They will form a foam on top that isn't very pretty and leave a ring on the tub. 

I added polysorbate 80 to act as an emulsifier.  It binds with both oil and water, so it helps the coconut oil and mica get dispersed in the water.  This also help make the bathtub less slippery after you use this DIY unicorn bath bomb.

Unicorn Kisses


I asked the owner of Crafty Bubbles for a unicorn blend, something fun and fruity.  He created a Unicorn Kisses blend that has a mix of fruits and berries.



He made it with natural fragrance oils.  These are natural, but they have scents that you can't find in essential oils, like fruit scents.  


It's a very fun scent.  I use it as a perfume and diffuse it when I want the house to smell good.  

Mica


You'll use mica to paint the bath bombs to turn them into fun unicorn bath bombs.  I bought ORAK mica powder from Amazon.  

It has 24 different colors.  Each bag has 0.1 ounces.  That doesn't seem like a lot, but I'm pretty sure I'll be using it for many years.  I've had it over a year and haven't used more than 5 percent of any of the bags.

I use the mica in soaps, bath bombs, scrubs, and pretty much most of my DIY beauty recipes.

Molds


I used my Makarios bath bomb molds.  I love this set because it's so sturdy.  The small bath bombs we made were from a different bath bomb mold that doesn't have a brand name.  


I really prefer the Makarios bath bomb molds, but we had a little leftover and used a smaller one to use up the rest of the mix.  

I used these bath bombs to make these easy bath bombs with Epsom salts and for my succulent bath bombs.

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Ingredients 




Supplies





Directions


Step #1


In a large bowl. combine the baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salts, kaolin clay, and arrowroot powder.  Stir until mixed well.



Step #2


Melt the coconut oil if it is hard.  Add the polysorbate 80 and the Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil to the coconut oil.  Drizzle over the dry ingredients and stir.  

With a gloved hand, squeeze a handful of the bath bomb mixture.  It should stick together.  If it falls apart, spray lightly with rubbing alcohol until it holds together.

Step #3


Place the bath bomb mixture on each side of the bath bomb mold, overflowing both sides of the mold.  Press the two halves together and grind gently to remove excess bath bomb mixture.



Step #4


Tap each side of the mold gently to release the bath bomb.



Step #5


Set the bath bombs in a mini muffin tin or on a cookie sheet to dry for 24 hours or until hard.

Step #6


Put 1/2 tablespoon mica in the small bowls.  Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to each bowl and stir well.



Step #7


Paint the DIY unicorn bath bombs with stripes or whatever design you want.  Get creative!

Let the mica paint dry, and they are ready to use!

How to make DIY unicorn bath bombs recipe.  These unique bath bombs are natural and made with Epsom salt and without cornstarch. These cute bath bombs are great for kids.  They are moisturizing thanks to coconut oil and baking soda. The citric acid makes them fizzy. It uses a natural Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil scents. These pretty home made bath bombs are easy to make and make great gift ideas. #unicorn #bathbomb




Unicorn Bath Bombs

Yield: 8
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $10
prep time: 15 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
These cute unicorn bath bombs are made with a natural Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil blend.

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steps:

  1. In a large bowl. combine the baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salts, kaolin clay, and arrowroot powder. Stir until mixed well.
  2. Melt the coconut oil if it is hard. Add the polysorbate 80 and the Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil to the coconut oil. Drizzle over the dry ingredients and stir.
  3. With a gloved hand, squeeze a handful of the bath bomb mixture. It should stick together. If it falls apart, spray lightly with rubbing alcohol until it holds together.
  4. Place the bath bomb mixture on each side of the bath bomb mold, overflowing both sides of the mold. Press the two halves together and grind gently to remove excess bath bomb mixture.
  5. Tap each side of the mold gently to release the bath bomb.
  6. Set the bath bombs in a mini muffin tin or on a cookie sheet to dry for 24 hours or until hard.
  7. Put 1/2 tablespoon mica in the small bowls. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to each bowl and stir well.
  8. Paint the DIY unicorn bath bombs with stripes or whatever design you want. Get creative!
  9. Let the mica paint dry, and they are ready to use!
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How to make DIY unicorn bath bombs recipe.  These unique bath bombs are natural and made with Epsom salt and without cornstarch. These cute bath bombs are great for kids.  They are moisturizing thanks to coconut oil and baking soda. The citric acid makes them fizzy. It uses a natural Unicorn Kisses fragrance oil scents. These pretty home made bath bombs are easy to make and make great gift ideas. #unicorn #bathbomb