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If you know me well then you know that I love bath and body care products. Back in the day I had my own line of products called Omniscents. It was a fun hobby that sparked my creativity and deepened my knowledge of natural skin care products. I sold my products mostly around the holidays in craft markets, to family, friends and co-workers.
If we were close you likely got a basket filled with soap, a personalized aromatherapy perfume roller, bath salts and lip balm. I still make a few of my own products: bath salts, body butters, hair oil, cocoa bath melts and bath spritzers. It's something I love to do (even with my 4 year old!), and it's empowering because I know exactly what I'm putting on my skin, and if I really wanted to, I could eat it...but that's not likely going to happen!
Our skin is the body's largest organ and our first line of defense, so what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put into our bodies! Think of all the skin and body care products you use in a day, from the moment you wake up to just before bedtime. It may look something like this: toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant/antiperspirant, more soap, lip balm, makeup, cologne or perfume...the list can go on, but that's at least 15 right there. Now if you're still using conventional products, think of all the chemicals they're made with that are being absorbed right into your body...circulated into your cells, day in and day out for months, years, decades. What's the saying...a little goes a long way...
Daily use of highly toxic chemicals can place burden on the body’s systems, especially adrenal, digestion, immune and reproductive. Some chemicals found in these products can be stored in the body for many years. The beauty industry generates $500 Billion annually. The chemicals are cheap, have a long shelf life and don't give a shit about your well-being. The main goal is to correct, conceal and camouflage. What kind of message is this sending to society and very importantly, what is it DOING to your body, not to mention the environment.
Two decades ago I woke up to the deceptions of the conventional "beauty" industry and have chosen to either make my own products or support companies that have my (and the environments) well-being in mind. The main goal for the products I choose to use on my body is to accentuate, inspire and uplift. What criteria do your skin and body care products have to meet?
Bath Spritzers (aka bath bombs) were the second body care product I ever tried making...right after castille soap. They make such a lovely gift, are relatively easy to make and you can get really creative with different spices, flowers, herbs, colors and packaging.
Here is my basic recipe. One word of caution. When spraying your dry mix with water, only start with a few spritzes. Too much water can result in "soggy" looking bath spritzers once they've dried. They'll still work but won't look as nice. You are adding just enough water until the mixture sticks together...and it's likely less water than you think! This took me a few tries to figure out, so please trust me on this one! Otherwise it's super easy so have fun and get creative!
1 large mixing bowl
1 small mixing bowl (for essential oils)
Mixing spoon or whisk
Molds for spritzers. You can use cookie molds, cut open tennis ball, egg carton etc..
Tray or plate for drying
Spray bottle with water, flower hydrosol, or witch hazel
1 cup Baking soda
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1-3 teaspoons carrier oil (jojoba, almond, olive oils)
15-20 drops of your favorite blend of essential oils
Herbs and spices for decoration & color (optional)
If you're giving as gifts get creative with the packaging. Add a tag with a list of ingredients, empower other people to know what they're putting on their skin. Give the spritzers with a beeswax candle and encourage self care. We could all use a little (or a lot) more of that!
Spices for light coloring:
Paprika - orange or red
Beet Root Powder - pink or red
Turmeric - yellow or orange
Carrot powder - orange
Chlorophyll or Matcha - green
Cinnamon - red or brown
Espresso or Coco - brown
Activated Charcoal Powder - black
Flower petals - lavender, chamomile, jasmine, rose, mint
Dried citrus fruit
Star Anise (whole), cinnamon
Essential oil blends:
Wild Orange, Peppermint - pick-me-up, increase alertness
Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary - refreshing, cleansing
Lemon, Orange, Lime, Grapefruit - uplifting, happy
Bergamot, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang - grounding, relaxing
Geranium, Lavender, Roman Chamomile - floral
Orange, Cinnamon, Clove, Cardamom, Nutmeg - Xmas spice
Frankincense, Bergamot - calming, soothing
Lavender, Chamomile, Vetiver - promotes peaceful sleep, calming
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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