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DIY Bug Repellent Floating Candles With Essential Oils

These easy to make DIY bug repellent floating candles with essential oils will help keep you protected from bugs in your backyard this summer. I live in a rural area, so there are a lot of bugs.  We have three ponds and are surrounded by corn fields, so spending time outside without being bit can be a bit of a challenge. In an effort to live a chemical free life, I started using essential oils to repel mosquitoes and other bugs a few years ago.   This year, I added DIY bug repellent floating candles with essential oils to my bug repelling arsenal.  Not only do they repel bugs, but they also look cute sitting on a patio table while you're entertaining. One benefit to making floating candles is that you don't have to keep them lit for hours at a time.  With candles, you need to burn them about an hour per inch of diameter.  If you blow them out before that time, they can tunnel down the middle. These can be lit for an hour or more and then relit the next time you go outside

DIY Natural Summer Beauty Recipes with Essential Oils Simply Earth

Get six easy DIY natural summer beauty recipes with essential oils.  These recipes help your skin, hair, and mood all summer long. It's the end of the month, and that means it's time to share next month's Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box with you.  The June 2018 Simply Earth box is all about summer.  There are six great recipes to try for your hair, skin, and overall wellness. If you're new to the Simply Earth box, it's a monthly subscription box that has ingredients and supplies to make six natural products at home.  Each month, you'll get four essential oil bottles in either straight oils or blends. You'll also get supplies to make the recipes.  You'll have to provide only very common ingredients.  These vary by month, but I've had to add Epsom salts, vinegar, and baking soda in previous boxes.   When you purchase a Simply Earth Recipe Box through my link and use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE, you also get a free Bonus Box with roller bottle

What Are Carrier Oils?

What are carrier oils?  How do you use them, what do they do, and how to choose the best one to use with essential oils or in DIY bath or beauty recipes. If you make DIY beauty or bath and body recipes or use essential oils, then you've heard about carrier oils.  But you might be wondering, what are carrier oils? When using essential oils topically, it's important to use a carrier oil to dilute it with.  Not all essential oils can be applied neat (without dilution), so you have to use a carrier oil to dilute the oil. You can also use carrier oils in DIY recipes.  Each oil has its own properties, so you can choose the best one for the needs of your skin and hair type.   Carrier oils are so named because they carry essential oils or other products.  They can be also be used on their own or infused with herbs to get the benefits of the herbs, too. The most common carrier oils are olive oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil.  There are actually more than

How to Make Whipped Soap from Melt and Pour

How to make whipped soap from melt and pour soap.  This mermaid soap is light, fluffy, and perfect for bathing or use to shave your legs.  To celebrate summer coming, I have this adorable whipped soap recipe made from melt and pour soap in a fun mermaid theme.  I've also teamed with with eight other bloggers to bring you summer themed DIY recipes, so check those out at the bottom of the post. I've been wanting a good whipped, fluffy soap for a while.  My son has sensory issues, and he likes to play with putty and playdoh, so I thought he'd like it.  My daughter loves slime, so I knew she would love it too. You can buy a foaming bath whip, but I will be honest in that I do not need more supplies.  I have an insane amount of supplies, so I wanted to use what I had to make a foaming soap instead of buying something new. I tested some ways to make a whipped soap from melt and pour soap, and I found a winner. This makes a base recipe for whipped soap, and it's

Succulent Sugar Scrub Soap Recipe

Exfoliate and cleanse at the same time with this adorable succulent sugar scrub soap recipe.  The succulents are sugar scrub cubes embedded in soap  This easy DIY soap recipe takes just a few hours to make. Succulents are all the rage right now.  I have flowers, vegetable, and herb plants outside, but I don't keep plants inside because I have two cats.   Carly probably wouldn't touch them, but Chloe chews on non-food items like a teething baby.  Seriously, it's like she has pica or something.  Can cats have pica?  So I settle for cute succulent soaps instead of the real thing.   Earlier this year, Rebecca from Soap Deli News posted sugar scrub soaps for Valentine's Day with heart sugar scrub cubes embedded in soaps.  They were so cute, so I asked her if she minded if I used the same idea for this mold. This sugar scrub soap recipe is easy to make, but it does take three pours.  You only have to make one batch of sugar scrub soap and one batch

Best Summer Body Scrubs to Buy or DIY

Get glowing skin this summer with the best summer body scrubs to buy or DIY.  If you love making DIY sugar scrubs, then you'll love these.  If buying is more your style, I have you covered there too. I don't know about you, but winter wrecks havoc on my skin.  It gets so dull and dry that by the time summer comes, I certainly don't have a summer glow. Exfoliating your skin with a sugar scrub helps slough off those dead skin cells for better looking skin.  Since you'll likely be in shorts or a bathing suit, this will help your skin glow. Body scrubs also help you get a closer shave.  Use a scrub before you shave, and you'll add some time between shaves, too. If you want a tan without raising your risk of skin cancer, try sunless tanning.  (I really like Jergens  Natural Glow Mousse because it doesn't streak.)  For a longer lasting tan, use a body scrub before you use the self-tanner. Whether you are into DIY or just want to buy a scrub, here are

Dandelion Oil Lip Balm Recipe for Dry or Chapped Lips

Heal dry lips and add moisture with this easy dandelion oil lip balm recipe.  It's made from oil that is infused with dandelions for their healing effects on your lips and skin. I may or may not have had to rush outside when I heard my husband start the John Deere so I could save some dandelions from a certain death.  We actually didn't have a lot of dandelions this year.   With almost 12 acres of grass to mow, you'd think there would be 1000s of them, but they were just in certain spots this year.  I did manage to pick a few cups worth of flowers to make some dandelion oil. After I made the oil (learn how to make dandelion oil and learn about its benefits and uses here), I used it to make dandelion oil lotion bars and now this dandelion oil lip balm recipe .   This lip balm recipe is excellent for dry lips.  My lips are dry in the winter because of the heat, and they are dry in the summer due to the sun.   If you've ever had your lips burned