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How to: DIY bath bomb
What you’ll need:
• 8 oz. of baking soda
• 4 oz. of citric acid
• 4 oz. of corn starch
• 4 oz. of Epsom salts (make sure these are fine grained)
• ¾ tsp. of water
• 2 tsp. essential oil
• 1 tsp oil (i like almond or coconut oil)
• A few drops of food coloring
• Round, plastic, snap together dome molds
• Bowl and cup for mixing
• Fluffy towel
note: for your essential oil, use any oil with the scent you prefer. you can go with floral scents like lavender or a citrus blend. common bath bombs use vanilla, peppermint, or chamomile.
1st: Combine dry ingredients. Dump all of your dry ingredients (citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salts and baking soda) into a big bowl and stir together with your whisk.
2nd: Combine wet ingredients. Place all of your wet ingredients (water, essential oil, almond oil and food coloring) into a cup and stir until well mixed.
3rd: Mix together. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir them. (The mixture should begin to clump together.)
4th: Pack mixture into molds. Grab your plastic mold and pack the mixture into the first half of the mold. Pack it as tightly as you can! Then, do the same with the second half.
5th: Press together. Add some extra mixture on top of the second half and squeeze the molds together to create your sphere. Press firmly!
Tip: If the mixture isn’t packing well, place the ingredients back in the bowl and add a tiny amount of water.
6th: Let it dry. Wait a few minutes, and then carefully remove the bath bomb from the mold. Place them on wax paper on top of a fluffy towel. Let the bath bombs dry for at least one day before you use them! If your bath bombs are a gift, wrap them in cellophane or tissue paper. To store them, keep them in a plastic, airtight container.
I have compiled a list of 100% natural, chemical free beauty tips to have you beautiful and glowing and at your natural beautiful best.
1. Yogurt and Honey face pack:
Take 2 tablespoons yogurt and a teaspoon of honey and you have an amazing face pack ready in seconds. It leaves you skin feeling clean and softer than ever.
2. Lemon juice is an effective way of getting rid of tan.
3. Have an old compact case lying around? Fill it with ground cinnamon, cornstarch and cocoa powder for a natural bronzer.
4. Apply almond oil to your eye-lashes every night before sleeping and you won’t need mascara anymore!
5. Brown sugar and honey. Best lip exfoliator ever.
6. Rose water is a natural facial toner. Apply it with cotton after using face wash for glowing skin.
7. Avocado is a great conditioner for hair. Apply alone or mix with mayonnaise until it is mint green. Leave for 5 mins and rinse off. It can replace store bought conditioners effectively.
8. Rub some toothpaste on your fingernails to get nice pink clean nails.
9. Chick pea flour. I cant stop raving about this! mix some with yogurt, turmeric and rose water for a beautiful, natural face cleanser. It leaves your skin soft, clean and glowing.
10. Beet juice gives a lovely long lasting tint to lips and cheeks.
11. Puffy eyes on the morning of a big day? Put two used tea bags in the freezer while you take a bath. Come out and put them on your eyes for 4-5 mins. Also helpful- chilled spoons or cold cucumber slices.
12. Mix some sea salt and olive oil (add some essential oils if you want) in a bowl. Mix them in a tub of very warm water and soak your feet in them for soft smooth feet.
I’m starting this list because as a born and bred Curly Top, I know first hand what a struggle it can be to figure out how to manage/become comfortable with your hair (and do so on a budget). So, please feel free to add, reblog, and share with the curly heads you love (Please don’t delete the source.)
1- Kiss sulfates goodbye.
I didn’t even know sulfates were a thing until it was brought to my attention. Basically, they are chemicals inside many of the shampoos and hair products that you know and love, ie; Aussie, Suave, Garnier, etc.
A couple of the biggest problem-causing sulfates are called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, they promote bacteria, reduce proteins, and basically leave your hair covered in a thick layer of wax that sucks all of the natural oils out of your hair. I have been sulfate free for about a year now, and anytime I am forced to use a shampoo with sulfates in it, I can immediately tell the difference in the texture of my hair. As someone who will never spend a dime over the necessary price for beauty products, I’ve compiled a small list of my favorite Sulfate free or low sulfate products that you can find just about anywhere and that will not break the bank:
- -L’Oreal Paris EverCurl
This was the first product I tried after making the switch and I love it. It averages about $10 at places like Walmart and it lasts a while. They have a bunch of different options in this line like gel, style milk, etc. It’s cheap and it smells REALLY GOOD!
- -Shea Moisture
My favorite is their Coconut Hibiscus line, where they also offer several different types of products. This is probably my favorite out of everything that I’ve used (I’m partial to the Curl and Style Milk and the Hold and Shine Moisture Mist.) They also have a wonderful set of Shampoo and Conditioner, each product also averaging about $10.
- -Miss Jessie’s
This one is a little more expensive, each bottle averaging around $22, but it’s definitely worth the money. I love the Pillow Soft Curls product, but right now I’m working my way through a bottle of Multi Cultural Curls and it’s great, though not my favorite.
- -Suave Professionals
Now, I know that I mentioned Suave earlier in the ‘bad list’, however, they have a line of Keratin Infused shampoos that are really low in sulfates AND in price! I usually never buy the shampoos and conditioners from the lines listed above, because it’s a lot of money for a little bit of product, and, let’s face it, in a Curly Haired’s world, there’s no such thing as ‘Family Size’! I can usually hit up Walmart or CVS and get a giant bottle of both this shampoo and conditioner and pay around $9 TOTAL! THAT, my friends, is a deal!
2- Find a good oil.
I’m partial to a salon quality Argan oil, but you can use whatever suits you best depending on your type of curl. You’re probably going to pay a little more for the oil than you would some of your other products, but at a couple of pumps a few times a week, one bottle can last months.
3- Develop a solid after-shower routine.
This was a hard one for me to figure out, but once I got the hang of it, what used to be an hour long process now only takes about 15 minutes. Each routine will vary from person to person depending on your curls/resources/etc., but here is mine:
- -First of all, I never wash out all of my conditioner. I don’t walk out of the shower with my hair still sudsy, but I leave just enough in that it makes the next 15-20 minutes a smoother process.
- -I start by squeezing all of the excess water out of my hair, (honestly, I’ve learned that my life post-shower is so much easier if I just stand on a towel) making sure that it’s still pretty damp, but not dripping down your shoulders. It’s a fine line.
- -Then, I rub a little bit of whatever curl milk I’m planning on using later into my hair (I only just learned this about a month ago and it has SAVED MY LIFE!) this seriously makes the whole brushing your hair out thing eight billion times easier. I know that people say you’re not supposed to brush your hair when it’s wet, but most of those people have board-straight hair and no actual valid opinions. You can brush curly hair when wet, or not at all. There is no in-between.
- -Brush it out. I start from the ends and work your way up to avoid as much breakage as possible.
- -Now I add my oil. A few pumps of Argan into my palm, and I make sure to rub it all over my hands so no matter how I touch my hair, the oil is making contact. Try to avoid the roots, just because you have your own natural oils living there and they get kind of angry (greasy) when you invite other people in. I’ve found the easiest method in doing this is to start at the highest point you plan on putting the oil, and then twisting your hair into sort of a faux-pony tail, it spreads evenly and you don’t have to worry about your hair tangling again.
- -Flip and scrunch! Put however much curl milk you feel necessary into your palms, flip your hair and get to work! I like to start in my biggest problem area, which is the base of my neck. I put a little more product there than I do anywhere else because it dries out so quickly. Once I’m done, I flip my hair back and scrunch up the curls on the crown of my head a little more, just because I have an issue getting a lot of volume up there.
4- Satin pillow cases are expensive.
It’s true. I know everyone says that the way to keep moisture locked into your hair is to sleep on satin pillow cases, but they’re expensive and my head slides around. No bueno. So, I’ve found a loophole! The messy bun! It’s a life saver, really. I usually wash my hair before bed, so when I’m done putting the products in, I flip my hair over again, collect it all into a bun at the very top of my head and tie it off (I use scrunchies. They don’t leave those annoying hair-tie lines in your hair). Make sure you’re not tying it too tight though, or else it could ruin the curls and you’ll wake up with a frizzy head. This locks in the moisture and protects your curls from those pesky cotton pillow cases.
5- Stop hurting your hair!!
It’s okay. We’ve all done it. Spent hours in the bathroom with a fan and a flat iron trying to look like Megan Fox. (and proceeded to sweat out all of that hard work in a matter of hours). Stop it. Throw out the flat iron, the curling rod you use after the flat iron to get those pretty beach waves, and the hair dryer- YES! I said the hair dryer. Even with a diffuser, you’re causing unnecessary damage to those beautiful curls of yours! Be nice to your hair!
Biotin. I’m not kidding. It keeps your hair long, curly and most of all- Healthy! It’s cheap at any Walmart or drug store and as a bonus, it helps out your hair and skin too!
That’s all I’ve got for now. If I think of some others, I’ll come back and add them, but if you have any opinions or tips that I didn’t mention here, PLEASE add them! Let’s have a discussion, learn and GROW together! (See what I did there?)
So, I posted about trying a natural deodorant recipe a few weeks ago. What prompted me to do this is that I have ultra sensitive skin and I thought this could be a kinda cool witchy activity that I would actually use on a regular basis, so it was worth a shot.
Now that I’ve been using it by itself for a few weeks, I can solidly say that it works! Not only has it not irritated my skin as much, but I honestly feel a boost both physically (I think kinda taking a step back from all of those chemicals helped me personally) and magically. So, if you’re interested, the base recipe is below and I’ll share my preferred scents and their correspondences.
• ¼ cup baking soda
• ¾ cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (I use cornstarch, but arrowroot works if you’re going for super natural)
• 4-6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, though you can add more if you prefer a creamier mix to apply. I just like mine solid.
1) Add the baking soda and cornstarch together and mix.
2) Melt down your coconut oil, add to powders, and mix together until you get a nice smooth mix.
3) Optional: add your essential oils! I don’t recommend using more than 30 drops in total in this particular mix, as it might be too harsh for the delicate skin.
4) Put in preferred storage container (a mason jar would work, I use a little reusable food container because I’m that kind of upcycling trash) and let sit for a few hours to solidify and mellow out.
GENERAL DISCLAIMER: I recommend you play with these, as you might like a different proportion than I do. You can find these essential oils on Amazon for fairly cheap. I’m not a brand stickler, but I do recommend DoTerra and Eden’s Garden for higher quality oils that are safer to use on your skin. The oils will be diluted in the coconut oil, so this should be fine. However, listen to your body and don’t use anything you feel wary about. Do your research and be careful!!!
Purifying: lavender, lemongrass, tea tree. I use this to cleanse my body and aura of general grossness. Plus, it smells heavenly.
• lavender: antiseptic and antimicrobial. peace, protection, purification, friendliness.
• lemongrass: known for skin healing, antibacterial, astringent. Cleansing, centering self, calming, warding off evil.
• tea tree: basically the skin care god, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic. purification to the max, strengthening, mental clarity, aura cleansing.
Protection: OnGuard (which is basically Thieves oil), Rosemary, Oregano. I use this one to double up on my personal wards, help fight off illness (hello, flu season), and when I want something a little less floral smelling.
• OnGuard/Thieves: rich medicinal history, used to fight off illness. Repels negative energies, protects the body and aura from attacks, and strengthens barriers and personal wards.
• Rosemary: we all know that I have a serious love affair with rosemary, and for good reason. Boosts the immune system and circulatory system, antioxidant. Protection, exorcism, powerful ward against evil, improve mental clarity and memory, popular cleansing and purifying agent.
• Oregano: Boosts immune system, antioxidant, antibacterial. Good health, luck, happiness, cleansing, protection, tranquility. Be careful with this one, as some people use it to lower high blood pressure. So consult a doctor before usage.