Got a few requests this week, here’s what I am up to this evening.
1 oz Jojoba Oil
1 oz Sweet Almond Oil
2 tablespoons Argan Oil
3-5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
3-5 Sandalwood Essential Oil
Mix all ingredients together and then pour onto dropper bottles.
Coffee Scrub with Coconut Oil
1/2 cup fine ground coffee
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Mix well, (don’t forget to add the preservative of your choice) place in wide rimmed container or 4 oz canning jars. The coffee and pumpkin pie spices takes a few days to defuse into the coconut oil. When that happens a wonderful scent develops.
A problem I have with coffee scrub is it looks like the yummiest cake batter you have ever seen when you mix it.
I’ve got a respiratory infection so in the interim of filling a few orders for people I’ve been mostly dead, my love bought me roses and I am using them to the best of my ability, in my condition. I put a few in each of my vases and placed one vase in each room for a few days, I took one with me each day I went to work and randomly gave it to someone. I started doing this after I got stood up for a birthday party and I gave a random stranger a bouquet of wild flowers and it made me feel fabulous seeing this girl’s face light up. Then I slept in a rose petal strewn bed, but I’m sick so it wasn’t as romantic as I hoped, I was like a dying, fever ridden, not quite princess, but it did make me feel better somehow. Then quick dried most of the rest of them for later use before they wilted too much and used the remainder in some foot soaks and baths.
Moroccan Red Clay Foot Soak with Fresh Roses
1 teaspoon Red Moroccan Clay
1 Rose, petals removed and stem discarded
1/4 cup Epsom Salt
1 large pan of comfortably hot water
or for a bath…
3 teaspoons Red Moroccan Clay
2 Roses, petals removed and stem discarded
1 cup Epsom Salt
Quick Drying Rose Petals
Gently remove petals from stem and discard stem. Place a paper towel on a plate and arrange the rose petals on the paper towel so they aren’t overlapping.
Place in microwave and microwave for 1 minute. After a minute the petals will have lost some volume due to moisture loss so they can be better arranged to not overlap at this point if needed. Microwave in 1 minute bursts, checking after each minute. Generally after three minutes the petals are mostly dried and stiff. Remove from microwave, the plate will be very warm. Transfer petals to a drying rack or layer in paper towels and set in a dark dry place with no air drafts for about 2 days. Bag up your rose petals for when they are needed.
This is probably one of my most used creations and I have gotten the best feedback on it from people who I have gifted it to. It is perfect for dry winter skin or for people who tend to scratch the skin off their legs while sleeping(I’m guilty of that one myself). It’s great for morning showers, the smell of coffee and caffeine absorbing into the skin is soothing and refreshing at the same time. For this recipe the amount of oil vs sugar can be played with… find what works best for you. I prefer enough coconut oil that it is the consistency of a thick lotion.
2 oz sugar(white or brown)
2 oz coffee infused coconut oil
2 tbs coffee grounds(optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon(or pumpkin pie spice)
Heat coconut oil just until it becomes a liquid, add all ingredients and mix well. Pour into a clean container with an air tight lid. Enjoy thoroughly.
2 oz sugar (white or brown)
2 oz coconut oil
2 tbs coffee grounds
1/2 tsp cinnamon(or pumpkin pie spice)
Heat coconut oil just until it becomes a liquid, add all ingredients and mix well. Seal in container and let sit for a few days to a week for the coffee to work its way through the coconut oil.
I made my way down to the herbal supply store, I haven’t lived here long (just over a year) so I googled what I needed and found a place called Herban Wellness( near an awesome thai place) and it was absolutely wonderful, they had everything I needed for this project and then some… so I ended up buying stuff for crafts I hadn’t even thought of making.
I wanted to focus mostly on my feet so I automatically thought of tea tree. It is naturally antimicrobial and can combat athletes foot on top of smelling wonderful. I also picked up dried lavender flowers and dried eucalyptus leaf and some natural food dye while I was there.
Foot Soak Ingredients you will need
Epsom salt or sea salt
dried herbs or flowers(optional)
containers for finished product
spoon (for mixing)
I recommend reading about any essential oils you pick up before using them. Tea tree is toxic when ingested, and although rare, some people can have allergic reactions to tea tree. Concentrations of tea tree oil at 10% or more is not recommended as it may irritate skin. You only need 5 – 8 drops of tea tree oil for a large mixing bowl full of salt. Studies on tea tree oil show that it is indeed antimicrobial and has some effect in treating athletes foot, can kill MRSA in laboratory settings, and 5% solutions have shown some effect at eliminating mild to moderate acne.
Measuring: When I measure this recipe I generally pour plain salt into the containers in which it will be stored in when I am finished … in this case I wanted to fill four 8 oz jars. After filling the jars I then dump them into the mixing bowl. ( additionally you can fill the same jar for each container of the same size you will be using. You’ll have just the right amount when you are done.
I then added a tablespoon of dried lavender flowers and crushed eucalyptus leaf. You don’t need much and you may exclude it all together. I personally don’t mind flowers and herbs (or tea) in my water. I dropped in about 8 drops of tea tree oil and 1 drop of food dye(for appearance) or instead you can get specialty salts like pink Himalayan salt.
Mix well and you’re done! Place the salt in containers, decorate and label as you wish.
For a second batch I followed the same routine and used pink grapefruit and bergamot essential oil. I also cut open and dumped in a bag of lemon zinger tea. You can create your own scents though tea tree, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender are all great for feet. For a foot bath I like to have particulate leaves or herbs mixed in, if you are taking a full bath however, particulate may be undesirable, I make an exception for dried flowers, if you have fresh roses about though, a special scented bath with your bath salts and fresh rose petals may be in order as soon as they begin to wilt and droop. Dry your rose petals and they can be added to your foot soaks. Also the amount of essential oil needed will be dependent on the kind you are using, the tea tree is very strong where the grapefruit and bergamot I picked up were more delicate, you may need to use more.
Tea Tree Salt Scrub
For salt scrubs you follow exactly the same process as above. Excluding any particulates. Add oil of your choice to the container until it fully saturates the salt and covers a bit over the top.