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Thursday, December 8, 2016

DIY Bath Bombs & Body Butter


Anyone else looking for some simple DIY gift ideas? Well you're in luck! Today I've got 2 simple ideas to pamper someone special: bath bombs and body butter. Mmmmm sounds indulgent doesn't it? And the best part is there are no weird ingredients, just simple things like essential oils, baking soda, citric acid, and shea butter (which you can find at soap making supply stores and online). All you have to do is decide what scents you want and the rest is simple- these are even fun projects to make with the kids and they'll love trying out the fizzing bath bombs for themselves after all their hard work. Plus I've teamed up with Pam Lauzon of Young Living to share about some misconceptions about essential oils, so you can learn a little something while you get your DIY on (see that info after the DIY instructions). So who's ready to whip up some Christmas presents? 

Bath Bombs
Ingredients
1 cup citric acid
1 cup baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
3-4 tbsp melted coconut oil
Spray bottle with water
15 drops of pure, therapeutic grade essential oil
Food colouring (optional)

Directions
Combine citric acid, baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl and mix together well (If doing two colours or two scents, divide mixture into two bowls)

Add essential oil a few drops at a time and colour if desired and whisk vigorously to stop fizzing


Melt coconut oil and pour small amounts into dry mixture, whisking continuously to stop fizzing (listen carefully for fizzing and mix until it stops)



Spray water into mixture, one spray at a time, and mix with hands quickly to stop fizzing. Make sure there is no fizzing sound before you add more water




Add water until mixture holds together when you squeeze a handful in your hands, it should crumble apart still but hold a shape when squeezed together




Press firmly into molds (silicone works well or muffin tips are fine too)












Once tightly packed in, let dry for 24 hours or place in fridge until firm and remove from mold to dry overnight 








For gifting, line a box with shredded paper or tissue to prevent the bath bombs from breaking. Tie with a pretty bow and finishing touches like a sprig of fresh rosemary and your DIY gift is ready to go under the tree!

Body Butter

Ingredients
1 ¾ cups shea butter
½ coconut oil
¼ sweet almond oil
20 drops essential oil

Directions
Mix shea, coconut and almond oils in a pot and warm on the stove until melted but not boiling (stir until evenly mixed and place in fridge or freezer until firm but not hard). 


Use whisk to beat the mixture and add your essential oils




Scoop into mason jar or desired container and enjoy!






To wrap the body butter you can simply tie the container with a pretty ribbon (slip a sprig of fresh greens for a festive touch), or pop into a bag or box. Just make sure the lid is on tight.

Top 3 Misconceptions about Essential Oils
Essential oils are getting a lot of attention these days but there is still some confusion about them- education is key. According to Pam, here are the 3 things people ask her most about.

1.     Essential oils can be toxic and are dangerous
What is an essential oil anyways? Essential oils are in your home right now! You smell the oil in the zest of a lemon, in your fresh herbs and that fantastic smell that comes from your Christmas tree. The oils are the life blood of the plant. They carry oxygen and nutrients into the cells of the plant and waste out. They protect the plant from disease and repel unwanted pests. An essential oil usually comes from steam distillation and is much more potent than an herb. They consist of hundreds of different chemicals. Some of these chemicals on their own can be toxic, however in nature they are balanced and the toxic chemicals are quenched by the other chemicals in the plant. That is the key! The oils must be of good quality and tested to make sure that the chemical constituents in the oil are properly balanced and safe, and then used properly!

2.     All essential oils are the same
In North America there are no real regulating bodies for essential oils. This exists in Europe but here  in Canada they are considered to be cosmetics. Labels can say pretty much anything. For example, a bottle can read “Pure” if it contains only 5-35% pure oil. The term “organic” gets everyone excited but it only refers to the farming practices and has nothing to do with the quality of your oil. Many companies use 2nd, 3rd and 4th distillation which is like steeping a tea bag over and over. It smells the same but it’s weaker. This brings down the cost and often creates a sweeter smell but don’t be fooled! Very sweet smells often indicate a poorer quality product. Many companies also use synthetic oils to keep down costs. You will find these most commonly in soaps and lotions but also in many bottles of essential oil sold as pure oil. Using synthetics or low grade oils IS very dangerous, so buyer beware. Do you know what is in your bottle?

3.     Essential oils are “snake oil” and don’t do anything
If you use synthetic, or low grade essential oil you may like the smell but you will likely not see any amazing changes. What you may experience are headaches, rashes, burns, respiratory issues and more. I often have people tell me they can’t use the oils due to a fragrance allergy. I always tell people to work within their comfort zone but from my experience many with fragrance allergies do not react to pure essential oil. 


Want to learn more about essential oils?

Check out Pam's Facebook group dedicated to helping answer all your essential oil questions:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/573135652811774/

She's also got an online class coming up on December 10th if you'd like to learn more from Pam. RSVP at the link below to learn more:
https://www.facebook.com/events/237903493297007/


Other free online courses available at:

Email: 
pamela.youngliving@gmail.com 

About Pam
Pam Lauzon has been using essential oils with her family for three years and at first didn't know the extent to which they could impact health and well- being. Having two kids, one with severe food allergies and one with respiratory issues, making food from scratch became necessary for her family and that led to making their own non-toxic home products to help with issues like eczema. Pam and her family have experienced amazing results in her three years with Young Living and is now committed to providing the best education to others seeking natural and safe alternatives. Contact Pam at any time to setup an in-person or online class to learn more. She also works with doulas, massage therapists, and chiropractors among others and offers education on a variety of topics like essential oils for children, pets, hormones etc!

About Young Living
YL is the oldest and largest essential oil company in the world and are at the forefront of essential oil research and education. YL is the only company to own their own farms around the globe, with some located here in BC. The farms are sustainable, organic and ensure that plants are grown where they were meant to grow. Each batch is tested both in house and by a third party to ensure safety and quality.
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**Young Living Lavender Essential Oil is approved by Health Canada for headaches, digestive discomfort, relaxation, aches, pains, arthritis, colds and cough. It is gentle and soothing on skin.

**Young Living Lemon Essential Oil is approved by Health Canada for coughs and colds. It is uplifting and energizing and amazing for cleaning.