Handmade Christmas for Her

Hello hello! It’s DIY time again! :)

Did you like last week’s All-Natural Aftershave DIY? This week Claire and I teamed up again to bring you a scrummy Myrrh & Palmarosa Lip Balm. It turns out lip balm is actually pretty easy to make! And this stuff is all-natural, with no icky ingredients – yay! And like the Aftershave, we’ve used some beautiful essential oils to make it smell heavenly.

I can imagine making these for little girls and grown-up girls alike, I mean… who doesn’t love pretty-smelling cosmetics? :)

DIY Lip Balm

To get the most out of these lovely lip balms, we asked herbalist Alina, from Abundant Earth, to tell us which essential oils would be the most beneficial for our lips. She recommended that we use Myrrh and Palmarosa Essential oils, which will give a very soft rose scent. YUM! And as an added extra, both these oils have health benefits! Myrrh, treasured for its spiritual significance, heals dried, cracked lips, and makes them super soft. Palmarosa moisturises the lips, and gives a soft, rose-like aroma. Cool huh!

So let’s get started, shall we?

DIY Lip Balm

Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 Tbs Shea Butter
- 2 Tbs Almond or Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbs Beeswax (the natural-coloured beeswax is fine too)
- 2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
- 3 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
- Small bowl & burner (we used a small ceramic bowl and candle, a small saucepan on the stove would also work)
- Small jug
- Small empty lip balm pots (or repurpose little jars)

Step 1.
Put the Shea Butter, Beeswax, Almond/Coconut Oil, and Essential Oils into the bowl above your lit burner. If you’re using the stove, make sure it’s on very low, and always keep an eye on it.

DIY Lip Balm Step 2.
Keep an eye on the mixture and gently stir every now and then until everything is melted and it becomes clear. It should never boil, just gently melt. Be very careful when handling the pot/saucepan as it will be hot.

DIY Lip Balm

Step 3.
Using a dry cloth to hold the bowl if it’s hot, transfer the melted mixture into a small jug. Then use the small jug to fill the lip balm pots. This amount of mixture was enough to fill 2 small pots.

DIY Lip Balm Step 4.
Leave the lip balm to set. Once it’s opaque and solid, you’re good to go! Seal it up and get to thinking about how you’re going to decorate the jar…

Head over to Fellow Fellow and scroll to the bottom to get your free printables! 

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Handmade Christmas for Him

If you’re looking for a gift for the man in your life, this homemade Aftershave Gel is perfect! It’s so simple to make, smells yummy and will leave his skin soft and looking great! Plus, I’ve teamed up with Fellow Fellow, an amazing crafter and designer who made this recipe gift friendly – at the bottom, check out the set of free printables which you can use to dress up your bottle!

DIY Aftershave

This is a great DIY gift for him, but honestly – make an extra batch for yourself too! I’ve been using it on my legs after shaving and it’s brilliant!

Our Herbalist and friend, Alina from Abundant Earth, gave us the low-down on which essentials oils will work best (and smell best!) in an Aftershave! So it’ll not only be cooling and fresh on your man’s face, but the essential oils picked have benefits of their own: Patchouli is fantastic for the skin as it moisturises and regenerates the skin, and Petitgrain has a toning effect, and helps keep oil production in check.

How perfect is that! OK. Let’s get started…

DIY Aftershave

Here’s what you’ll need:

- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gell (look for 100% pure!)
- 1/4 cup Witch Hazel
- 1 Tablespoon Glycerin
- Water to thin if needed (2-4 Tbs)
- Petitgrain Essential Oil, and Patchouli Essential Oil
- Small bottle
- Small jug
- Bowl
- Whisk

Step 1.
Combine the Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, and Glycerine in a bowl and whisk until all combined.

DIY Aftershave

Step 2.
Add 12 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil, and 6 drops of Petitgrain Essential Oil. Whisk again to combine. If it’s thicker than you’d like, add some water, a little bit at a time, mixing in as you go until the desired consistency is reached.

DIY Aftershave

Step 3.
Make sure your small jug is completely clean and dry. Transfer the mixture into your jug, and then from the jug into the clean bottle. You can also use a funnel if you have one.

DIY Aftershave

Step 4.
Give it a test! Trust me – your skin will love it!

DIY Aftershave

Now let’s make it gift-ready! Fellow Fellow created some lovely black and white labels for you to download and use as you like. Once you’ve downloaded the file you need (A4 or Letter) you’ll noticed that there are two pages – one with the labels the right way around, the other with the labels in reverse.

 To download your labels, head over to Fellow Fellow and scroll down for the free PDFs!

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In the Kitchen Making Series – DIY Peppermint Mouthwash

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Hi! Welcome to my brand new series: In the Kitchen Making – where I keep doing what I’ve always done – show you things I’m making in my kitchen – but now with a brand new title!

Lately I’ve been wanting to make my own mouthwash – it’s another product, often full of chemicals that I felt I could simplify. But, the problem with making any water based product is the shelf life, water breeds bacteria. So, inspired by powdered toothpaste, I thought, why not make a powdered mouthwash That way we can simply dissolve it when needed…. Exactly! Why not? Let’s do it!

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Baking Soda: Often used in toothpaste, baking soda is alkalising – which means it can help to rebalance acidic conditions in the mouth (a major cause of gum disease and ulcers). It also kills germs and neutralises bad odours – like morning breath and of course, the infamous garlic toast breath.

Peppermint Oil: Baking soda works wonders, but tastes a bit… salty. A couple drops of peppermint essential oil will not only brighten up the flavour, but it also helps with toothaches, inflammation of the mouth and adds some serious antibacterial fighting power to the mix! Make sure you use a pure essential oil!

That’s where I stopped with my recipe. I’ve read that some add salt to promote healing and to kill bacteria. Others add Stevia to sweeten. I didn’t, but feel free to play with your recipe!

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Peppermint Mouthwash

ingredients: 

directions:

  1. In a container, thoroughly blend the baking soda with the peppermint oil.
  2. Close the lid and keep it handy near your sink.
  3. To use: dissolve 1 tsp of peppermint baking soda into roughly 1/3 cup of water.
  4. Swish for 30 seconds and spit out
credits:
title image only: photography by Fellow Fellow for Little Green Dot

Green Cleaning DIY – Soapy Surface Scrub

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I know. Cleaning is not fun… but making a green cleaning product is! And you’re going to love this scrub, so maybe you’ll like using it too! It’s so easy to make, crazy cheap and you can feel good knowing that you’re cleaning your home, simply and without harsh chemicals.

We’re using a soap bar for this Soapy Scrub – which is smart because the product keeps dry – that means you don’t have to worry about it going off. Make sure the soap you buy is all-natural, it can be any brand. This is Doctor Bronner’s with Tea Tree Oil, which is antimicrobial, giving my scrub extra cleaning power. A natural soap is important because when you use it in your home and wash it down the drain, it biodegrades – leaving no chemicals behind to linger.

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Zest your soap bar right into a container of baking soda, stir it up and you’re done! It’s barely a recipe!

You can use a blender to mince up the soap. Cut off slivers with a knife and blend just until finely broken down – only for a few seconds! Otherwise it heats up, the soap will soften and clump up. If you have a microplane, I think it’s best. If you don’t have one… why not?? Go get one, they’re awesome!

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To use: just sprinkle it on, wet your scrub with water and get to work. The best way to wipe it clean is with your Infused Vinegar Cleaner. The vinegar breaks down any baking soda residue and wipes up sparkling clean!

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Give this a go – it will take you seconds to make, and you’ll feel good all day. You’ll walk around looking for something to scrub!

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Soapy Surface Scrub

Ingredients: 

  • natural soap bar (look for something that says: all-natural, biodegradable)
  • baking soda

Directions:

  • Find a large mouth container to store your product
  • Fill it with 2 parts baking soda, 1 part finely grated soap (ex: 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup soap)
  • Mix well
  • To use: sprinkle over surfaces, floors, countertops, tubs, sinks and showers. Use a wet brush, scrub or towel to clean. Wipe away with water or a Vinegar Infused Spray

Three Fall Ideas

There are so many awesome fall ideas going around and three of my favorites happen to be all about food, no surprise, and super easy to make – again, no surprise! Hope they inspire you to get in the kitchen and play!

Three-Fall-Ideas

 

  1. Pumpkin Spice Creamer – skip the boxed stuff and make a homemade creamer! Lasts 1 week in the fridge and looks absolutely delicious!! If you have friends over – serve this with freshly brewed coffee, I think they’ll fall off their chairs!
  2. Vanilla Pumpkin Seed Clusters - for snacks, for friends, for gifts… perfect!
  3. Powdered Sugar Cake Stencil - what an awesome idea! Use a stencil and a sprinkling of powdered sugar to create something that looks like it came from a bakery. Try chocolate cakes or brownies!
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