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My husband made this bag roughly following a tutorial.  It needs some strengthening around the strap and also a lining.  I’m going to make a bag lining that sits inside and can be transferred to other bags.  Possibly in a more waterproof material although we have waterproofing spray.

 

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Firstly, I tend to wing things, I’m fairly sure there are recipes out there that aren’t mushy like mine, but I prefer to mould mine this way.  I don’t have moulds so hands had to do.  You will need:

Baking Soda 2 parts

Citric Acid 1 part

Essential Oils – I used patchouli, geranium and rose.

Carrier Oil – I used coconut oil and about a teaspoon for what I made.

water

Mini Cake Cases

A Mixing Bowl/Jug

Dried flowers to decorate

food colouring if you want to colour them, I forgot so mine are natural 😉

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As I needed a few as gifts, I guessed the amount and it worked out pretty well.  I got 14 bath bombs from 6 dessert spoons of baking soda and 3 of citric acid (I’d recommend using a more accurate measure but I cook like this, what can I say).

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I’m sure you all know how to add bicarbonate of soda and citric acid into a jug but just to show you the differences in textures before and after I have put it in.  Next you add the oils and need to mix them well, patchouli needs to be almost crushed in as it’s thick.

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Then start adding water, I recommend a spray bottle, typically I couldn’t find one so I trickled it in, mixing vigorously (not what I’d recommend to be honest lol).  Again, this worked fine and I ended up with the image below, you’ll notice it is clumping together.

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I then moulded them by pushing rather than rolling.  I did this by hand.

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I then put it into a case and pushed some petals into the top.

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Mine tend to puff up a bit, so I just push the petals in a bit more to make sure they stay there, I suspect that they aren’t meant to puff up, maybe I add too much water when I make them, but they work so I just make them anyway 🙂

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They took me about 10 minutes to make 🙂

The mixture can get a little hard quite quickly but if you keep mixing it you can keep working it 🙂

 

I say this is a toner but I find that I can use that alone with my eye gel and only need to moisturise about once a week.  What you will need for this recipe:

 

1/2 Cucumber

Essential oils (I used rose, clary sage, lemon, rosemary and orange)

Rose Water

Boiled water

Distilled pure witch hazel

Recycled bottles (I used small juice bottles from work, drank the juice, reused the bottle)

Sterilising medium (I have what I use for wine making but you could use any method you like)

 

I first sterilised my equipment, rather than put anything to waste I sterilised a batch ready for other projects.

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I then juiced the cucumber as I’m lucky enough to have a juicer, you could blend it or grate it, if you do you might have to squeeze out the juice with cheesecloth.  I then placed cheesecloth over a jug and secured it with an elastic band letting the cucumber juice drain through to give a clearer liquid without sediment.  

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I had already boiled and cooled some water (not enough it seems).  The cucumber juice amounted to 2.5fl oz.  I topped up to 1.5 pints with the cooled boiled water.  I added 1 tsp of witch hazel, 1 tsp of orange oil, 2 tsp rose water, 15 drops of rose, 5 drops of clary sage, 3 drops of rosemary and 3 drops of lemon (be careful with lemon in skin preparations it can cause sun sensitivity, hence the low amount), I then filled my bottles.

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(You’ll probably notice the condensation on the bottles which shows my water wasn’t completely cool)

I adapted this recipe but will post a link to the original. I have to say that it has out performed shop bought items every time. Our dishwasher smells clean and fresh and our dishes don’t smell at all.

8 parts bicarbonate of soda.
3 parts citric acid
Tea tree and\or eucalyptus oil to scent.

Add and mix into a coarse powder. Add 1 TSP to each load

We are currently undergoing the VERY expensive process of having our products approved for sale.  Considering I only use organic ingredients and those are certified I have to pay to have each individual ingredient tested vigorously due to new EU legislation.  Despite it being against what we wanted, to encourage people to make things themselves, I have decided to make a very low profit and donate 30% of that to charity (a local food bank and an anti bullying charity).  So once I have the go ahead (the product is approved but it’s undergoing stability testing) our lip balm will be on sale (I could only afford one product at a time).  My recipes will still be free on here and maybe people might want to try it then make it themselves, who knows.  

Some herbs, inspired by James Wong and taken from http://www.theecologist.org

 Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) – soothes indigestion and colic, eases tension, and is good for skin irritations.

Echinacea – boosts the immune system, and lessens the severity of colds and flu

Lavender – calms and relaxes, eases pain and is antiseptic for cuts and bruises.

Lemon balm – soothes nervous tension and anxiety, promotes sleep, and is good for cold sores.

Marigold (Calendula officinalis) – good for sunburn, and for acne and spots, soothes ulcers and digestive problems.

Peppermint – good for digestion, wind and headaches.

Rosemary – helps memory and concentration, improves mood, sweetens breath.

Sage – for coughs, colds and congestion, hot flushes.

St John’s Wort – anti-depressant and promotes skin healing

Viola (Viola tricolor) – anti-inflammatory, good for eczema and skin eruptions, and 

These are only the oils I have and use personally.  Always check with your doctor if you have any medical conditions, always do a test patch and please be aware if you use this information you do so at your own risk.  I realised I forgot Tea Tree, antiseptic, anti viral, we all know it’s good 🙂 

Aromatherapy Oils
Oil Uses Warnings
Benzoin I use this neat on burns, I think it works wonders, however it has many uses and is often found in prescription medecines, you can use it for sores, cuts, swollen gums etc.  You need to ensure you have the right benzoin from the styrax family.
Bergamot analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, deodorising. Can cause sensitivity to sunlight, use caution in skin preparations. 
Black Pepper I use this for muscle aches, other uses are pain relief, rheumatism, chills, flu, colds, increase circulation,  increases the flow of saliva, stimulates appetite, aids digestion. Can cause skin allergies, should not be used when pregnant. 
Camphor Pain relief, increased blood flow I tend to not use this often, you need to be very careful with camphor and the quantities used need to be researched very well.
Carrot Seed Oil Antiseptic, calming, natural sun screen (low factor, I combine it with shea butter and raspberry seed oil) Do not use when pregnant
Cardamom It works as a laxative and soothes colic, wind, dyspepsia, coughs and nausea It’s fairly safe, it is also safe to use for morning sickness. 
Chamomile  analgesic, anti-spasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-viral, anti-neuralgic,  antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal,  sedative and digestive.  I use it in facial products. Do not use when pregnant
Citronella Bug repellant (I don’t really like this, but neither do bugs) Can cause skin irritation.
Clary Sage Anti depressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, eases headaches, dizziness, night sweats and anxiety.   Do not use with alcohol.
Coriander analgesic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, deodorant, calming and some say lowers glucose levels.  Do not use large doses
Eucalyptus Cooling, deodorising,  helps with fevers, migraine,coughs, asthma, throat infections, sinusitis and catarrhal conditions. It soothes inflammation and eases mucus, is excellent in a bathroom deodorising spray.   People with high blood pressure and epilepsy should avoid this.
Lemon  Lemon is antifungal, antibacterial, cleansing, anti anemic and anti microbial, making it an excellent addition to cleaning products Can cause photo sensitivity to skin, use caution using in skin preparations. 
Lemongrass analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial. antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal,  deodorant, diuretic,  fungicidal, insecticidal,  nervous system sedative and tonic. Can cause skin irritation.
Mandarin Sleep aid,   
Myrrh gum disorders, mouth ulcers, sore throats, skin ulcers, bed sores, athletes foot, eczema, diarrhea, flatulence, hemorrhoids, colds, catarrh and coughs. Large doses are toxic, use with caution.
Niaouli uplifting, clears sinuses, analgesic, anti-rheumatic and antiseptic Safe, always test first though. 
Orange (Sweet) antiseptic, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and cleansing. Can cause photo sensitivity to skin, use caution using in skin preparations. 
Patchouli antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent can cause loss of appetite in some
Peppermint anitseptic, antibacterial, good for headaches, colds, healthy hair, gallbladder, aches and pains and asthma. Can cause skin irritation.
Pine Needle antiseptic, anti-viral, can ease muscle pain, sinus pain and respiratory issues.   Can cause skin irritation.
Raspberry Seed Oil Natural SPF, high levels of vitamin E, eczema, rashes, anti oxidant, good for lip balms and sun creams Considered safe
Rose  antidepressant, antiseptic, reduces wrinkles in skin preparations, moisturising. Not to be used during pregnancy
Rosemary analgesic, antidepressant, astringent, headaches, migraines, good for hair Not suitable for people with high blood pressure or epilepsy.  
Sandalwood antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, sedative and calming Considered safe

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These are light and crispy, it’s a similar recipe to the lime and chocolate so shows how it can be adapted. Makes 12 small cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup of plain flour

1tsp baking powder

4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup vitalite or vegan margarine

1/4 cup icing sugar

Add to the mixing bowl, the flour, baking powder, sugar, margarine and coconut oil.  I used the coconut oil solid and worked the mixture until it was melted.  Kneed together ingredients with your hands until all fats are dissolved and you have a dough.  Take a small piece of mixture into your hand and roll into a ball, slightly larger than a walnut and place onto a baking tray with parchment, press your thumb into the centre to make a dent, you don’t see it when cooked, but it helps them spread evenly.   Cook on 170 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, check after 15, they should be golden.