Office De-Stress Diffuser Blend Recipe
Today we wanted to share with you one of our staff favorites! This blend of bright, energizing citrus rounded out by soothing lavender makes for a productive, upbeat work day!
10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops of Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
3 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
*Mix in diffuser.
Easter Egg Bath Bombs Recipe
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 C. Sodium Bicarbonate
1 C. Citric Acid
10 – 30 drops Forget Me Not Blossoms Fragrance Oil
2 t. Sweet Almond Oil
Spray bottle of Witch Hazel
2 Large/Medium Bowls
Empty plastic eggs (I got mine at the local dollar store)
In a large bowl, combine the citric acid and sodium bicarbonate by mixing with a whisk or large spoon. Alternatively, you can used your gloved hand. Just like baking, it is important to mix the dry ingredients before the wet ingredients. Divide the mixture evenly into two bowls.
Add coloring as desired – I chose pastel colors for this project. If you use mica, remember to use a teaspoon of Polysorbate 80 – this is an emulsifier and will keep the color from staining you or your tub. Mix until the coloring is evenly distributed.
Once the dry mix is ready to go, add the fragrance oil and sweet almond oil. Mix, mix, mix! Spritz witch hazel into the mixture as needed until the consistency is that of wet sand. You should be able to clump this mixture in your hand without it falling apart.
Layer the colors as you loosely pack the mixture into the mold, leaving the top of each side of the mold heaping with mixture. This will allow the bath bomb to fully form when you press the two sides of the mold together. There may be some trial and error in this – don’t give up! Sometimes this takes a little patience and practice.
Place the mold in your hand and gently remove the top. Turn the bath bomb over and remove the remaining half. Allow to dry overnight. Enjoy!
Coffee Cup Candles
You might have seen those adorable candle mugs at the craft fair or online. Some are selling up to $25.00 for a small size mug. Today I am going to show you how to make these adorable mugs at a fraction of the price. Look in your cabinets, do you see any mugs that you love, but just don’t use anymore? We all have our go-to morning mug, am I right? Look for something that you wouldn’t mind sitting on your counter or stove. I found two that I bought and totally forgot about. Those worked out just perfect!
Mug (I used a 16 oz)
Whole coffee beans ( I used vanilla beans)
Place the candle wick in the center of a clean mug. I used a little dab of glue from a hot glue gun. It worked perfectly, however if you prefer to not use glue, simply place wick in center of the mug and prop up using pencils or skewers along with tape. This method works just as well.
Using a microwave safe bowl begin melting the wax flakes. Start at 35 seconds intervals. For best results, only do a cup or two at a time. Re-melt if needed, only at 10 seconds intervals or until you hear the wax my pop. You can also use the double boiler method if you prefer. Just make sure to stir every few minutes.
Add 5 drops/shakes of Nature’s Oil Creamy Root Beer Float Fragrance Oil and 1/2 cup of whole coffee beans. I used vanilla beans. The combination together smells amazing!
Slowly pour the hot wax mixture into the mug, avoiding the centered wick. Be careful not to move around the mug. Let set for 24 hours before using.
Trim the wick, light and enjoy your new coffee candle!
We would love to see your creations. Instagram and Twitter followers use hashtag #bulkapothecary. We can’t wait to see what you created 🙂 Enjoy!
Coffee Cup Candle Recipe
Galaxy Soap Bar Recipe
These bars are really out of this world! This recipe is so simple and you can use just about any color re-batch (leftover) soap bars. This past week I made Valentine’s soap, needless to say, I had plenty of pink and purple leftover. Re-batching is the simplest way to create something beautiful and unique. Let’s get started, shall we?
Matte Black Oxide Pigment Powder– 1/4 tsp
Any color left over soap bars (I used 2 colors)
Fragrance or Essential Oil of you choice (I used Be Enchanted Fragrance Oil)
Step 1: Cut Clear Organic SFIC (all natural) Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base into small chunks and add 1/4 tsp Matte Black Oxide Pigment Powder. If using the microwave method, heat on high at 30 second intervals. Continue melting until the soap base is completely melted. Add, 7-10 drops of fragrance oil. I choose Be Enchanted Fragrance Oil. This scent definitely smells enchanting. Slowly pour hot soap mixture into a silicon soap loaf pan. Small bubbles may begin to appear, simply spray a spritz of rubbing alcohol on top of your soap loaf.
Step 2: Cut your re-batch soap into different size pieces, lengths or shavings. Drop into the soap mixture. Some pieces will sink down, others may float. The different sizes, shapes and placement will give the finished soap loaf a really unique look once sliced. Step 3: Once soap loaf has hardened, remove from silicon loaf pan and slice into desired size. I used a crinkle cutter for that extra pizzazz. This soap loaf is really “out of this world!” Enjoy!
I wanted to incorporate all colors of the rainbow in this special confetti soap. My favorite part about doing this type of soap is that you never quite know what you’ll get until you begin slicing the bars of soap. This recipe is a little more time-consuming than most because it includes many colors. Alternatively, this recipe provides a great opportunity to use up any leftover soap ends or scraps!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
Begin by cutting the clear soap into uniform sized cubes. This process will take a bit of time, as it requires melting down six individual colors and pouring them into the block cavities of the soap mold.
Separate each bar of clear soap base into four parts. Using half of the remaining clear soap base, cut in half and quarter. We now have enough soap to make six colors.
Quarter each color block and place one quarter into each container of 0.25 lb soap. Microwave for 45 seconds, stir, and then microwave an additional 45 seconds until completely melted. Pour the soap into the cavity of the soap mold, spray with alcohol, and repeat with each color until complete.
Allow the soap blocks to cool thoroughly before unmolding.
After removing the soap from the mold, I grated each color into a big bowl. Don’t forget to wear gloves – this can get messy! As always, please use extra care and caution when using the grater. (You can pick one up at your local dollar store for $1)
Now that I’ve got all the preparation complete, it’s time to make the loaf! After cubing the white soap and microwaving on 45 second increments until liquified, it is time to add fragrance.
How could I not choose our Rainbow’s End (our version) fragrance oil for this soap? It is a soft, fresh delightful scent and will not discolor the white soap. This makes a nice unisex fragrance.
It’s time to pour the soap! With the colored “confetti” soap nearby, pour the scented white soap into the mold. After the mold is approximately ¾ full, spray with alcohol and start grabbing handfuls of colored soap confetti and start sprinkling it in! Use as much or as little as you’d like. Be sure the spray the top of the soap with alcohol one more time once you’ve added the confetti.
Allow the loaf of soap to cool completely for at least 12 hours. Once unmolded, it will look something like this!
First look inside…
Once cut, the soap is ready to use. Enjoy!
Rainbow Confetti Soap Recipe
Botanical Bath Bombs Recipe
After the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received from our Bath Bomb Ornament tutorial, I wanted to do a similar recipe, this time using botanicals as part of the formed bath bomb. Since this recipe calls for soap molds rather than classic bath bomb molds, it is a great way for the beginner to become familiar with formulating bath bombs, without worrying about pressing each side of the bath bomb mold together. Make these for yourself or someone you love and treat them to a homemade spa-like experience! Rose petals floating in the bath water is sure to make you feel like royalty. PS Check out our ready-made Madly in Love bath bombs – these can also give you the same experience without having to do the work! 🙂
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 C. Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
1/2 C. Citric Acid
1 t. Arrowroot Powder
1 t. Bentonite Clay
10 – 30 drops Japanese Cherry Blossom (Our Version Of) fragrance oil
1 t. Sweet Almond Oil
Spray bottle of Witch Hazel
Large spoon or whisk
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly using a whisk, large spoon or your hands. Be sure to get to the very bottom of the bowl to incorporate all ingredients. I chose to use bentonite clay because it is believed to be abundant in minerals and serves as a way to remove toxins from the skin. The arrowroot powder will serve as an agent to help keep the bath bomb hard and sturdy. Alternatively, you may use cornstarch or cream of tartar.
After the dry ingredients are mixed and you begin to add in the fragrance and oil, you will notice small clumps forming. Spritz 10-20 sprays of witch hazel at a time while working through with your hands. Keep mixing thoroughly until the texture of the entire batch is that of wet sand.
Prepare the mold by lightly placing small pinches of the botanicals in the heart cavities. Be careful not to overdo it – we still need surface area for the bath bombs to adhere.
Firmly pack the bath bomb mixture into the cavities. Allow to set for ten minutes, then carefully flip over onto a hard, flat surface. I prefer to do it on a baking sheet so I don’t get crumbs everywhere.
Allow the bath bombs to dry for at least 24 hours, and be sure to enjoy! <3
Hello Wine Lovers,
I bet you didn’t know Bulk Apothecary carries many different wine fragrance oils. Well, we do and they all smell terrific! Just trying to figure out which scent to use in this recipe was a pretty difficult decision! Grab yourself your favorite glass and let’s get started with this soap bar wine recipe!
Pink Moscato Soap Bar Recipe
Shea Butter Stephenson Melt and Pour Soap Base– ½ cup melted
Silver Glitter (or any you have on hand)
Melt ½ cup of Shea Butter Stephenson Melt and Pour Soap Base (simply cut off a chunk of the soap base and add more if needed). Slowly pour lines, swirls or designs, leaving open space in the guest rectangle tray soap mold. Sprinkle or spoon in the empty spaces with small amounts of glitter.
Cut and melt 2 lbs of Oatmeal and Shea Butter Stephenson Melt and Pour Soap Base. You can use the stove top or microwave, whichever works best for you. Once completely melted add ¼ block of Shimmer Raspberry Melt and Pour Soap Block and melt for an until 25-30 seconds. Stir until you achieve a pretty pink color. If you’d like a darker raspberry color, add another ¼ block. Either color will come out looking beautiful! Next, add 10 drops of the Moscato Fragrance Oil. Doesn’t it smell delightful? Pour on top of the soap mold tray and let harden.
Removing soap out of a plastic tray is sometimes tricky. It can be hit or miss! A great tip is putting the tray in the freezer for 10 minutes before removing, next firmly push on the tray. The soap will pop right out. Slice into 10 rectangular shape bars. These bars are a perfect little Valentine’s Day gift for your friends and loved ones. Wrap in clear cellophane or burlap and tie with a big white, pink or silver bow. You’ll be a hit at your next wine night! Enjoy!
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to make a soap that could be a versatile gift – yielding eight bars a tray, this is a great way to show the people in your life that you love them! What better fragrance to use than Bulk Apothecary’s version of “Falling in Love?”
Here’s what you’ll need:
Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
Begin by cutting 1 lb. of soap in half. Put one half aside (we’ll use that later) and cut the remaining half into two. One half will be for the bubblegum pink color, the other for magenta. Cut the soap base into cubes and then quarter the color blocks and then use ¼ of the block in each measuring cup. I sliced a quarter of the color block into three slim slices to allow it to melt faster. Microwave for one minute, stir, and microwave again for an additional 30 seconds.
Add 10-30 drops of fragrance oil to each measuring cup and stir. The soap is ready to pour. Carefully pour the soap into the heart cavities of the mold. If you pour extra, do not worry – you can scrape the extra soap off the mold before pouring the second layer (not everything has to be perfect)! Spritz the hearts with alcohol to eliminate bubbles, and allow to cool for 20 minutes before pouring the next layer.
Melt the remaining 1.5 lbs. of cubed soap, along with ¼ of the shimmer pearl color block, for one minute. Stir, and then continue to microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted. Add the remainder of the fragrance oil, stir, and pour very carefully. Be sure not to pour the soap directly onto the hearts – this could cause the layers to mix together.
After allowing the soap to set for two hours, carefully pull away at each side to release the vacuum seal that has formed. Flip the mold over and lightly push the soap out onto a flat surface. Your soap is now ready to cut! Use a knife of soap cutter to divide the tray up into eight individual bars.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Bulkers!
Valentine Soap Recipe
DIY Stress Relief Balm Recipe
What can you do to reduce your level of stress? Need a pick me up midday?
Here’s a simple DIY recipe you can whip up in no time. You’ll be making a small amount. But, a little goes a long way. Hand these little tins to a few friends this week. They’ll thank you! 🙂
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons beeswax
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
5 aluminum empty round lip balm tins (double or triple the recipe to make more)
organic eucalyptus (lemon) essential oil – 6 drops
organic orange essential oil – 3 drops
organic cinnamon leaf essential oil – 4 drops
This blend of essential oils has a strong uplifting scent. It works great for that added stress and tension! Why? This is what these oils are known for:
Eucalyptus essential oil- very refreshing , typically cooling, helps with healthy breathing.
Orange essential oil- can promote detoxification, enhances mood and calmness.
Cinnamon Leaf essential oil- helps energize and awaken senses.
These are just a few of the wonderful benefits that essential oil have.
- Melt beeswax in a microwave safe bowl for 15 seconds. Since we’re using such a small amount, it will melt quickly. Stir until completely melted and clear in color. Melt the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, stir and pour into beeswax. Depending on your microwave, I would suggest melting at 10 second intervals. Pour 1 tablespoon of the sweet almond oil into the mixture. Then, add essential oils. You can always add more or less depending on your preference for the strength of the scent.
- Scoop ½ teaspoon into each tin container. Let cool and harden. The balm mixture will setup pretty quickly. However, I would wait an hour or two before putting tin lid covers on.
- Your creation is ready to use, label or package for your friends, family or customers.
This balm in very convenient for anyone on the go. Store in your desk at work, purse or night stand. To use, simply apply a small amount to temples, back of neck and even your ankles and wrists. Enjoy the blend of stress relieving aromas.
Now that the holidays have passed, I wanted to experiment with a skin-loving, floral soap. With freezing, below-zero temperatures, I found myself wanting to complain and shudder, but then I realized I am lucky enough to live somewhere that we get to experience all four seasons. Beauty can be found anywhere – you just have to look for it! Envision walking through a snowy, winter rose garden as you’re all bundled up with some hot chocolate, tea, or coffee, as you become inspired to make this soap for yourself, family or friends. This would also be a fantastic gift idea for Valentine’s Day!
½ oz. Rose Fragrance Oil
½ C. Rose Buds & Petals
Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
Begin by cutting the SFIC All Natural Oatmeal Soap Base into cubes. Once the soap is cut, place the cubes in a glass measuring cup with the small ⅛ portion of the Magenta Color Block and microwave on 30-second increments, stirring in between, until the soap has melted and liquefied. Using such a small amount of the color block will give the soap a beautiful pastel pink hue.
Gently pour the soap into the mold and spray the top with rubbing alcohol as this will eliminate bubbles that may have formed on the top of the soap. Wait a minute or two and then lightly drop the rose petals on the top of the soap. If they sink into the loaf, the soap is still too hot. After the rose petals have been placed, give the soap loaf a final few spritzes of rubbing alcohol from at least 12 inches above. If you spray too close, the spraying action may blow the petals off the soap.
Keep in mind that the rose buds are organic matter and they can potentially tinge parts of your soap green. This is why when I am working with botanicals, I take the extra time to pick out the prettiest, most colorful petals, leaving behind the green plant matter at the base of the buds. I went the extra mile and added a sprinkling of biodegradable glitter – optional!
Allow the soap to remain in the mold for at least six hours before removing. I love this mold because it allows me to make a loaf of soap without committing to the full size, which is typically 3 lbs! When I am trying new recipes, I do not always necessarily want to make a large batch – this mold holds 1 lb. of soap and it works so well, especially with the SFIC brand. Just unwrap a 1 lb. block and you’re ready to go!
I used the wavy soap cutter because I thought it would really accentuate the feminine, floral look of the soap. Of course, this is a matter of personal preference – you can use whichever soap cutter you’d like. Enjoy!
Winter Rose Soap Recipe
Winter Soap Bars
Winter has arrived! That fresh scent of the brisk winter air, combined with woodsy smells such as cedarwood and birch. The smell alone will have you feeling like you’re walking through the woods. Plus, that earthly scent will instantly wake up your senses.
In this recipe, we will be combining 3 wonderfully-scented essential oils. Sweet Birch, Cedarwood and Cypress. This combination, along with oatmeal and shea with goat milk soap, will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This recipe is perfect for dry winter skin, or for someone who just loves this combination of essential oils.
Let’s get started!
Oatmeal And Shea Butter Stephenson Melt and Pour Soap Base (Crystal OS) – 2 lb
(we will be using 1 lb, so you can save the rest for later)
Sweet Birch Essential Oil
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cypress Essential Oil
Oats- ½ cup ( if desired)
- Cut and cube soap bases into two separate microwave save bowls. Start melting the oatmeal and shea butter first. Melt at 35 second intervals. The oatmeal soap base has a speckled look, which I absolutely love. It gives each recipe its own added depth and looks great. The added exfoliating oats make it even better. Once completely melted, add ¼ block of the chrome green oxide melt and pour soap color block. If you’d like a darker green tone, simply add more to your liking. Melt for an additional 35 seconds. Stir until the color is completely blended. Add 7 drops/shakes of cypress essential oil and 9 drops/shakes cedarwood essential oil. Stir, and slowly pour into the silicone soap mold.
- Melt the goat milk soap base and follow directions for heating times from above. FYI: Goat milk melts very quickly. Once melted, add ½ teaspoon of matte woodland green pigment powder (this powder is very rich in color, it will darken quickly). Stir until completely dissolved. Add 10 drops/shakes of sweet birch essential oil. Slowly pour soap mixture on top of first layer. Let mold set up for 5 minutes, then, using a knife or any kitchen utensil, make swirls designs into soap. Get creative here! Let your soap mold harden before slicing. Enjoy this outdoor woodsy scent. Happy soaping!