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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.