Saturday, November 2, 2013

Holiday Handsoap

Pumpkin spice and everything nice.  

Don't you just love the aromas of fall?






You can make some festive foaming handsoap with about as little effort as it takes to squeeze the refill bottle into your dispenser.  For all you non-crafty types, believe me when I say, "You can do this!!"




5 Reasons why you should make your own soap:


  • It's safe (completely non-toxic)
  • It's naturally anti-bacterial (killing 99% of germs without harmful chemicals such as triclosan)
  • It's cheap (one 32 oz. bottle of Dr. Bonner's will give you 16 refills)
  • Your kids can pump away with very little soapy mess 
  • It takes all of about 1.5 minutes

What  you need:

  • A foaming hand soap dispenser (you can recycle an old Bath & Body Works one)
  • Liquid Castile soap (I use Dr. Bonner's Baby Mild Unscented)
  • Distilled Water
  • Your choice of doTerra's CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils (usually about 4-6 drops) Here are four blending ideas:
Pumpkin Spice
4 drops OnGuard
2 drops Citrus Bliss

Fall Harvest
1 drop of Clove 
1 drop of Cinnamon 
3 drops of Wild Orange
1 drop Vanilla

Citrus Basil
4 drops Citrus Bliss
1 drop Basil

Lemon Herb:
3 drops of Lemon
1 drop of Wild Orange
1 drop Dill

Fresh Flowers
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia (a.k.a Tea Tree)

Deck the Halls
1 drop White Fir
1 drop Cassia
1 drop Cinnamon
1 drop Wild Orange
1 drop Cedarwood
1 drop Vanilla (I bought mine from essential depot)

Directions:

  • Pour 2 ounces of castile soap into the empty soap pump
  • Add your preferred essential oil drops and swirl around to let them dissolve in the soap (essential oils are lipid soluble, so they will emulsify in the castile soap)
  • Fill the pump with distilled water leaving about an inch at the top so that the foaming pump mechanism fits 
  • Screw the top on and give it a good shake.
  • Put a fun label on it if you want (I ordered waterproof vinyl labels from evermine labels)
Pair it with a hand towel and this makes a great homemade hostess gift.  You can even create your own themed basket.  For your lemon lovers add a box of lemon tea and some lemon candies. For your coffee lovers, add some pumpkin spice coffee and a cozy mug.  Now aren't you wishing someone would bring you a gift like this?!



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Monday, September 30, 2013

Mad Body Butter

September means colder weather is coming, so what better to make than a scrumptious body butter.  I love the recipes from the mommypotamus, and this one is a definite win.  All we did differently was add some different essential oils based on the preferences of the mixers.

Unlike the vast majority of lotions out there, this stuff is TRUE moisture for your body. A little bit goes a long way. And even though you'll WANT to eat it, don't. It doesn't taste as good as it smells! (although it is 100% organic!)

Mad Body Butter Recipe:


4 oz organic, raw unrefined shea butter
4 oz organic, raw unrefined cocoa butter
4 oz organic, virgin coconut oil
4 oz organic olive oil
2 Tablespoons non-GMO constarch (like Remford's)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil

If you are a vanilla sugar kinda girl, you can substitute the peppermint and rosemary for 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla fragrance oil.  Add 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil for a warming body butter that smells like Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Insanely yummy (again, smelling not tasting).

FYI, I have been really happy with the quality and the the price of the ingredients I have purchased through Essential Depot.com


Directions:

Melt the first 4 ingredients over the double boiler (med heat). Try not to boil, just stir and melt.  The less you heat the shea butter, the more you preserve it's inherent healing properties!
When you have a darkish and translucent liquid, remove from heat and gradually stir in the cornstarch.
Add the essential oils (or vanilla fragrance oil) and stir well
Cool the mixture either by ice bath or by putting directly into the refrigerator
Once the mixture is cool, it will appear opaque and off-white in color.
Whip using an electric hand mixer. Whip at least 5 minutes and maybe more if you still don't the desired consistency
Transfer to your containers for storage. I like to use these glass jars with the air tight seal.

This recipe yields 3 of these 7 oz jars plus a little extra.

Note: Do not store products with citrus oils in plastic containers. It is best to use amber or cobalt glass to minimize oxidation. However, clear glass is fine if kept out of direct sunlight.







Friday, August 16, 2013

Non-Toxic Homemade Toddler Toothpaste

TODDLER TOOTHPASTE CHALLENGE
PART I

Orajel® Toddler Training Toothpaste with Thomas & Friends
Have you read the back of your toddler toothpaste tube for the "safe if swallowed" ingredients?

Here is the product label from the Orajel Training Toothpaste that I have in my sons' bathroom (yes, the one with the Thomas the Train picture on the front). The part that concerns me is the "when used as directed". Unfortunately my two year old doesn't understand the concept of spitting, so he ingests a pea sized amount twice a day.  If I can avoid it, I'd rather him not have propylene glycol and methylparabens floating around in his system on a daily basis!

So what's the alternative? Glad you asked!! Make my own, of course. (Why??? my husband continues to ask as if I didn't have enough projects on my plate...)

What if there was a toddler-friendly toothpaste that could be delightfully squeezed out of an adorable, reusable squeezy pouch? (Like these. Thank you Squooshi).

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The recipe I am going to use has been tested and recommended by Wellness Mama.
And here is what it is supposed to look like.



Since Peppermint and Cinnamon are probably too spicy for the little ones, I am going to use doTerra's
Citrus Bliss, Wild Orange, and Spearmint essentials oils for flavor. Kindof a "Tooty Fruity" flavor.

Stay tuned for updates later this week...

TODDLER TOOTHPASTE CHALLENGE
PART II

...Ok, we're back and now for the TOOTHPASTE UPDATE:

In a nut shell, the recipe from Wellness Mama (while noble and brilliant in theory), just flat out tasted really bad. Even after doubling the amount of Xylitol (natural sweetener), and upping the drops of essential oils for flavor.  I think it's the calcium carbonate that makes the whole mixture taste metallic. I also had to tone down the baking soda and find something to make the mixture more smooth, less pasty, and less gritty over all. (The original formula seriously hurt my gums from the abrasion).

So, I found this recipe for a toothpaste gel on The Organic Sister blog. I thought a gel might work better and that maybe I could combine some of the elements from the remineralizing recipe.

After several attempts, I think I found a good middle ground!  Here are my secrets:

Homemade Tooty Fruity Toddler Toothpaste:

Ingredients:


1 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Calcium Powder
1 tsp Baking soda
3 Tablespoons Xylitol
5 drops doTerra's Citus Bliss Essential Oil
3 drops doTerra's Wild Orange Essential Oil
1-2 drop(s) doTerra's Spearmint Essential Oil

1 tsp Distilled Water (optional - if you want your gel to be more liquid)

Directions:

Combine first 6 ingredients in food processor and blend until very smooth. If adding water, do so and blend again. Finally, add the essential oils and blend to incorporate.  Fill your squeeze pouches and seal the deal! (I used a pair of household wire pliers to seal the pouches REALLY well). Test the pouch over the sink to be sure you don't have any leaks! (I learned the hard way).