Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cupcake Molds



Cupcake Molds

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bath Muffins/Cupcakes - Basic


Materials:

1 1/2 cups of Baking soda or Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 cup of Citric acid
2 tsp of Almond Oil or Apricot kernel oil
1/2 tbs of Water
5 drops of coloring (1 tsp mica powder)
10-15 drops of Fragrance oil or essential oil

This recipe is for Bath muffins or fairy cakes, You can embellish your simple muffins with sprinkles, 100 and 1000's of even chocolate drops.

Combine the dry ingredients in bowl and stir until well mixed.

Drizzle in the almond oil and stir until mixture is moistened. Add more oil and fragrance and stir until well mixed.

Then add the water.

If mixture is crumbly then add more oil or a dash of water.

Roll the Mixture into a ball using your hands then press that ball into the patty cake. Use your hands to round off the top of the muffin. Add any sprinkles to the muffin at this point, gently pressing it into the wet mix.

Leave the muffin to dry till it is hard. It may take several days.

Makes 5 medium sized Muffins

To Use: Add 1 muffin to the bath under running water for a lovely relaxing fun bath.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Which Herbs Will Help Me?

Below is a breakdown of some of the common herbs used in treatments. Choose herbs that are suitable for you skin condition or complaint.

Herbs

Aloe Vera - Soothes and Heals.

Neem Leaves-Anti bacterial, anti fungal.

Rose Petal Powder - Stimulates Circulation.

Alfalfa Leaf powder- Relives muscle and joint pain, fatigue.

Calendula powder- Heals broken skin.

Chamomile Powder -Anti inflammatory, Calming.

Stinging Nettles Powder- Deep cleanser, soothes irritated skin.

Parsley Powder- Detoxifying, soothing.

Peppermint Leaf- Stimulation, soothing, stomach upset.

Rosehip Powder -Vitamin c, nutrients.

St Johns Wart Powder- Healing nutrient.

Basil- colds, coughs, exhaustion, insect bites, muscle aches, rheumatism.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Natural Anti-itch Insect Bite Salve

1 oz pure, filtered beeswax
1 teaspoon Lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon Tea Tree essential oil
½ teaspoon Peppermint essential oil

Combine beeswax and sweet almond oil in a small, pourable container (a glass measuring cup works well). Place this container in a saucepan filled with approximately 2 inches of water. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the beeswax is complely melted. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Pour into a lidded jar (or several small jars) and let cool completely before use.

Natural Insect Repellent Spray

10 drops each:
Citronella, Lavender, Peppermint and Litsea Cubeba essential oil
4 oz. distilled water

Add essential oils to 4 oz. amber or cobalt glass spray bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. Shake and spray!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Easy Lotion Bars

4 ounces mango or shea butter
4 ounces beesweax, yellow or white
5 ounces liquid oil (jojoba or grapeseed are both excellent)
2 teaspoons of essential oil or fragrance oil

This lotion bar does not use cocoa butter so you can use any fragrance or essential oil that your heart desires and not have a chocolate over-smell.

Melt the beeswax in a separate container and the butter/oil in another container. Add together, mix well, stir in FO/EO and pour into containers. Mixture will harden in approximately 1-2 hours. The cooler the mixture is upon pouring it, the less 'divets' you'll get in the bar (that sunken spot at the top of the bar).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bodacious Bath Bombs



Ingredients:
2 tbsp citric acid
2 tbsp Cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 tsp fragrance or essential oil
3-6 drops liquid color
3 tbsp coconut oil(any emollient oil will work, coconut works best.)

Put all of your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them together. Put your emollient oil in a microwave safe plastic mixing bowl and heat if it is not in a liquid state, then add your fragrance or essential oils and liquid color. Slowly incorporate your liquid ingredients with your dry ingredients and mix well. Take some of the mixture and form ping pong size balls. Balls should be placed on a sheet of waxed paper for about 24 hours. Place your bath bombs into a small candy cup. Store in a closed container until you are ready to use them. To use drop 1-2 balls under warm running bath water.

Bath Bomb Molds

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kaolin Clay


Fluffy white kaolin clay, also known as white clay which is one of the purest forms of clay. This is used in many procedures:

Soap making - it will add a soft slippery feel to your soap bar soaps, excellent in products used for shaving (men and women)

Face masks are easy to produce at home by adding a few drops of essential oil for your skin type and mixing with distilled water until it is creamy yet holds together.

Mineral Makeup may contain kaolin clay for it's adhesion and sensitive skin properties.



Makeup - for you handmade makeup lovers this is a must have in those powder foundations. Oily skin loves this, it will absorb 1 1/2 times its weight.

Eyeshadows - this is great to add to your mattes to give it a better slip, tone down your oxides and you can really spread your mica to go a very long way.

Face Mask - I highly recommend using only purified water to moisten your clay, you only need a small amount, try 2 teaspoons of clay, add a bit of purified water just until it is a nice paste consistency, add skin safe aromatherapy essential oil of your choice ( please study before using an essential oil, lavender is good for all skin types), add a bit of infused rose water in place of purified water. This should only be used once a week, up to 2x a week on oily skin complexions.

Other uses: Wash your car using Kaolin Clay
Kaolin Clay pulls out gently grit, grime, road tar, bugs and more. It is non abrasive and helps you to get rid of bumbs and rough spots before you do the waxing. Have you ever looked at a wax applicator or a buffing pad after applying wax? If it is dirt you see, you are actually waxing over dirt. This is why high end body shops do use Kaolin Clay. You will see and feel the difference. It is also used in tooth paste as well as an ingredient pest patrol of fruits.

Great New Tip


Unrefined African Shea Butter:



When used nightly (sparingly) on lash line, helps promote longer lusher lashes. Wash before applying mascara.