Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is coming quickly. If you are in the unfortunate few that haven’t picked up something special for your sweetheart, your window of opportunity is closing quickly. Although the holiday has earned its reputation of extravagant gifts, and bold romantic gestures, most women prefer something thoughtful and simple. Check out this micrographic for a few last minute, heart-felt gift ideas.

One idea for your darling is the gift of massage lotion. Although minimal, accompanied with a spa night in, this can make for a memorable Valentine’s Day.

Another great idea is the gift of relaxation in the form of aromatherapy oils. These little presents range from lavender to peppermint to sandalwood and everything in between. Your Valentine will feel like a royalty as they enjoy their favorite scent, and let go of their stress.

Last, but not least is the oldest trick in the book– a bouquet of flowers. Go above by picking up their favorite flowers to go together with a fun night out on the town.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Torn Workout Hand Cream Recipe

Torn Workout Hand Cream Recipe

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Okay, so today we have a recipe for those of us suffering from torn up hands due to working out. Anyone that has tried the popular Crossfit workout will notice that their palms begin to dry up and callouses form. Anytime we lift or even just do pull-ups from a traditional pull-up bar, we are putting a strain on the skin in our palms. Fortunately, there are some treatments that work a bit better than basic moisturizer. The problem can be prevented by wearing gloves, but many Crossfit-certified facilities recommend building up the strength of your skin and staying away from gloves. For those people, we have a simple moisturizing recipe. Just apply a small amount to your hands after your workout and/or before bed (apply up to 3 times a day). It will feel a bit sticky, but after a few applications you will be used to it. Even if you aren’t suffering from callous hands, you can use this recipe to soften the skin–just think of it as a more intense moisturizer for tough hands!

This recipe is a great gift for anyone you know that appreciates a good workout!

 

 

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Lanolin

1 teaspoon of Tincture of Benzoin (this product can be found at your nearest drug store/healthy supply store under the name Friar’s Balsam)

1- 4 oz. plastic jar with lid

Just mix the lanolin with the tincture of benzoin in a small jar. Add more lanolin to make the product less sticky. You only need about a small-dime size amount per use. Mix in a drop or 2 of essential oil for scenting and added moisture. I recommend Eucalyptus Essential Oil as it has added healing benefits.

 

*Store in a cool/dry place for re-use.

 

Torn Workout Hand Cream Recipe

Aromatherapy Stretch Mark Removal Using Cocoa Butter Recipe

Aromatherapy Stretch Mark Removal Using Cocoa Butter Recipe

Most of us have had to deal with stretch marks at one point or another in our lives. If you’ve had kids, chances are you’ve had the marks around your abdomen and hips. There are countless ways to treat these marks, and while nothing may get rid of them completely, you can reduce visibility significantly. Below is a recipe for getting rid of those marks using aromatherapy and cocoa butter.

If you prefer to work with shea butter, you can certainly substitute or use one of the butters alone. Furthermore, if you are pregnant and cautious of using essential oils, just use without. It is always good for pregnant women to check with a doctor before direct contact with essential oils. The below mixture is the best recipe we’ve found for dealing with stretch marks.

 

Stretch Mark Recipe

Ingredients:

4 ounces of Cocoa Butterย (I prefer the pure/natural, but choose the deodorized if you want to scent the product in another way)

2 ounces of Avocado Oil

4 drops of Neroli Essential Oil (optional for pregnant women)

8ย oz. or larger jar with lidย (the plastic jars are perfect for this product, and the 4 oz. size will work if you scale the ingredients)

Steps:

Melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler. Stir in neroli essential oil and avocado oil. Put the mixture into a separate bowl, off the heat, for 2-4 minutes. Pour into jar and let further cool.

*Note: Adding more oil will make the product softer, adding less will make it a harder consistency. Adjust accordingly.

**You can mix in 2-3 drops of your other favorite essential oils for scent or other aromatherapy benefits. For instance, add some Eucalyptus Essential Oil and you will have a mint-scented product that is great for calming nerves as well as the stretch mark benefits of the rest of the product.

 

Enjoy!

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Aromatherapy Stretch Mark Removal Using Cocoa Butter Recipe

Creating Your Own Knock-Offs Using Fragrance Oils

I don’t know about everyone else, but every time I go into a Bath & Body Works or Victoria’s Secret, I bee-line straight to the lotions, perfumes and skincare products. The scent is practically dragging me to the table. However, I don’t always have the cash to burn when it comes to getting my favorite things. Rather than getting sad, why not create your own knock-offs? Not only can you replicate the products fairly easily, you can customize to your liking. If the scent is too strong in the retail version, you can add less. If you want something strong, add a little more fragrance oil. Perhaps you want a soap instead of a lotion, just mix the fragrance oil into your melt and pour soap base. Plus, you can make gifts for friends and family. Package them up in some red bags with pink ribbon and you have the perfect Valentine for your loved ones or friends who may be celebrating the holiday solo.

Below is a basic recipe for knockoff Bombshell lotion (the Victoria’s Secret Bombshell). Bulk Apothecary has tons of other fragrance oils available that are pure, super-concentrated oils. You can add them to any base you like. You can also mix into your candle-making or soap making. As always, get creative!

Victoria’s Secret Imitation Bombshell Hand & Body Lotion

1 Gallon Premium Hand & Body Lotion Base (Mix the fragrance oil with any of the unscented bases for similar effect)

1/2 ounce Bombshell Fragrance Oil (If you prefer a different scent, check out the selection of other fragrance oils)

Empty Bottles/Dispensing Caps

Mix 1/2 ounce Bombshell fragrance oil into 1 gallon of Premium Hand & Body Lotion Base. Let sit for 20 minutes, stir. Fill into bottles with black or white dispensing caps. You can also use the pumps if you prefer. Finish with a homemade label or ribbon and you have the perfect gift! Enjoy!

homemade lotion

Jasmine Hand and Nail Balm

Jasmine Hand and Nail Balm

Now that the stress from the holidays has ended, it’s time to make this year about taking care of yourself. Pampering yourself at home is an inexpensive way to indulge in life’s little pleasures. Today, I have a simple recipe for those dry winter hands. There’s nothing worse than dry cracked knuckles during the cold winter months.
Taking care of your hands will make you feel younger, and it’s a huge plus for your cuticles and nail beds. This recipe will moisturize your hands while keeping them nice and soft. It will also help with extremely dry skin and restore your natural oils. ย This balm is such as huge hit at my house that I’ve given it as a gift to everyone in my family… I mean who doesn’t deserve a little self love!
Jasmine Hand and Nail BalmJasmine Hand and Nail Balm
Ingredients:
The ingredients above will work wonders on our dry winter skin ๐Ÿ™‚
Steps:
1. Using a kitchen mixer, mix the Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter together for 4-5 minutes.
2. Melt the beeswax granules in the microwave for 15 seconds. Slowly pour into mixture.
3. Add the Jasmine Essential Oil and Jasmine Fragrance Oil.
4. Once mixture is well blended, transfer into a container or jar of your choice. Mixture will harden within a few hours.
Using this terrific smelling balm throughout the day will make your hands feel luxurious. The smell alone is intoxicating!
To gift, I place this balm and other lotions in a clear plastic bag, tie with a bow and add an adorable name tag. It makes it so personal and thoughtful!
If you have any other suggestions feel free to comment below ๐Ÿ™‚

Recipe: Beeswax Candles

We’ve included some recipes for candle-making in the blog before, but today we want to spotlight the absolute easiest and quickest candle-making recipe we have. This recipe is for the beeswax pearls (yellow and white available) with one essential oil. We did our best to break it down in the simplest way possible. Once you get the hang of this recipe, it’s pretty easy to start adding other ingredients like colorants, essential oil mixed and finishing the candles with some fancy packaging. This will get you started.

*Please not you can make this recipe even easier by omitting the essential oil. The beeswax pearls have a very slight honey scent, so if you are sensitive to smells, you can leave out the oil.

Ingredients:

Yellow Beeswax for Candles (I prefer the yellow as it gives a little natural coloring to the final product, but you can also use white)

1/2 oz. Eucalyptus Essential Oil (I used this oil because it gives the candle a honey-mint-type fragrance. I tend to think this scent is great for anyone that is sick as the mint/honey properties can help clear the nasal passages AND it smells delicious/clean!)

Pipette Dropper

1?Low Smoke Zinc 21 Candle Wick (6″ length for 3-4″ diameter candle)

16 oz. Country Kitchen Jar w/ Matching Cover

Super Glue (You can use a hot glue gun if you have one)

Steps:

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Glue the bottom of the wick to the bottom of the candle jar. Hold the wick up while you fill the surrounding jar with the beeswax pearls. Once filled, put in the over for approximately 40 minutes or until the beeswax has completely melted. Once melted, fill with desired amount of oil (the candles are pretty large, so you can add the full 1/2 ounce if you want a strong scent).

The wax will harden quickly. Cut wick down to size, top with jar lid and your candle is ready to go! Enjoy! These really are so simple to make and are wonderful gifts. You can make various sizes and save so much money creating your own candles instead of buying the expensive ones at your nearest retailer! Plus, once you’re comfortable enough making them, you can experiment and get more creative!

Aromatherapy For Cold or Flu

Aromatherapy For Cold or Flu

Today we are going to tell you how to mix some of your essential oils to ensure you don’t spread viruses during the cold/flu season or to make you feel better if you’re already caught that awful cold. Make sure you diffuser is dusted off, cleaned up, and ready to go! Don’t worry you don’t need a diffuser but it’s always nice to have ๐Ÿ™‚

Aromatherapy For Cold or Flu 1

Recipe #1: These oils should be mixed in a diffuser for steam inhalation.

1 Part Eucalyptus Essential Oil

1 Part Lemon Essential Oil

1ย Part Rosewood Essential Oil

1 Part Lavender Essential Oil

 

This blend can be used in your diffuser (electric diffuserย pictured below), or you can put a few drops around the house, on the radiator to evaporate and fill the room, or use in a spray bottle.

Aromatherapy For Cold or Flu 2

If you don’t have a diffuser, drop the mixture into boiled water. Put a towel over your head and breath in the steam. Be careful as the mixture will be hot. The oils and steam will help loosen mucus (and you will feel like you’re getting a pretty great facial at the same time).

Recipe #2: This recipe will help protect your throat from airborne viruses.

Mix 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil with 1 drop of Lemon Essential Oil in a glass of warm water. Gargle. DO NOT swallow.

 

Recipe #3: This is to help get rid of the chills once you already have the flu.

Run a bath. Add 3-4 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil and 3-4 drops of Black Pepper Essential Oil. You can alter this by adding this mixture to the end of the shower. Breath in. Relax. Enjoy.

Again, we recommend getting plenty of rest and fluids when you are sick!

 

 

 

 

Aromatherapy For Cold or Flu

Natural Throat Spray for Sore Throat Recipe

Natural Throat Spray for Sore Throat Recipe

Today’s blog will be continuing with our cold and flu recipes, we have an all-natural remedy for that pesky sore throat. If you’re like my hubby, being sick is the end of the world! Anything I can do to ease his pain will help. So I’ve come up with this recipe just for him but it’s great for me too! As always, you can adjust depending on your sensitivity to the ingredients. Also, use with caution as essential oils are quite strong. You will want to check with your physician before taking any pure oils internally. With that out of the way, on to the recipe!

Natural Throat Spray for Sore Throat Recipe New

Ingredients:

Plastic Bottle with Sprayer (Bulk Apothecary has various sprayers available to fit the bottles)

15 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice

1/4 Cup of Water

Steps:

Just mix the essential oils, other liquids and fill into spray bottle. Spray into back of throat as needed. Store the mixture in the refrigerator for up to 14 days.

This is a great alternative method to the over-the-counter sprays that are sold during cold/flu season. Lemon essential oil is a known throat soother, and the peppermint essential oil will help counter-balance the scent, as well as help sooth any redness and inflammation.

*Be sure to use a brand new bottle/sprayer. If you use an old sprayer or bottle, the previous product will still have some debris left and may not mix well with the oils. In addition, it will ensure you aren’t ingesting anything dangerous.

It’s just that easy and you’re on your way to feeling better and getting back to your everyday life ๐Ÿ™‚ Be sure to drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest!!

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Natural Throat Spray for Sore Throat Recipe

Witch Hazel Cold and Flu Remedy

Witch Hazel Cold and Flu Remedy

It’s cold and flu season, and we all know someone suffering from the symptoms. This week we will try to provide natural remedies to help alleviate your symptoms. Many people find that aromatherapy can be quite helpful when dealing with the nasty sickness. Specific scents can uplift your spirits even if they can’t clear those sinuses. Aside from aromatherapy, you can also try something like the Neti Pot. Below is a recipe for those of you using the Neti Pot and are still extremely congested or have a sinus infection already. The mixture is meant to break up the mucus on the sinus walls that has hardened.

As always, please use with caution. If you are sensitive, please consult with your physician first. The regular sea salt mixture that is used in a Neti Pot can be quite strong for a lot of people, so if THAT is too strong for you, we don’t recommend the following. However, the below recipe can be great for those of you unable to clear those sinus passages!

Ingredients:

Neti Pot

Warm Water

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 teaspoon Baking Soda (also known as Sodium Bicarbonate)

1 Tablespoon of Witch Hazel

Steps:

Fill Neti Pot 3/4 of the way with warm water (not too hot). Add sea salt, baking soda and witch hazel. Follow the Neti Pot instructions when using.

Witch Hazel Cold and Flu Remedy

Finally, drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch Hazel Cold and Flu Remedy

 

Shea Butter Hand Cream Recipe

Shea Butter Hand Cream Recipe

They say that the hands are the first to age. For those of us getting older, it’s clear to see the wrinkles appearing every time we look down. To help curb the aging, we recommend finding a solid hand cream or lotion. Shea butter is so great for your skin, and mixed with essential oils and cocoa butter, you really can’t go wrong! You can certainly pick up an already-created base, or you can try the recipe below for an all-natural, homemade product. Package them up, label them and give them to your friends. They will thank you later!

Ingredients:

6 ounces of Unrefined Shea Butter (softened)

1/4 ounce of Cocoa Butter (softened)

6 ounces of Sweet Almond Oil

1 tsp. Cornstarch

1/4 ounce of Essential Oil (Lavender Oil or Peppermint Oil work best)

Large bowl

Medium Metal Bowl

2- 6 oz. Jars with Lid

Ice

Hand Mixer

 

Steps:

Fill large bowl with ice. Place metal bowl in larger bowl.

Mix all ingredients in the metal bowl. Stir.

Sift cornstarch over the essential oils.

Use a hand mixer to mix ingredients together. Whip.

Put into jar and use at night. It’s a great way to rejuvenate your hands for the next morning!

*Store in cool, dry place and it will keep for quite some time!

Shea Butter Hand Cream Recipe

You can alter the recipe by using different essential oils. Lavender and Peppermint tend to be the most popular, and have soothing scents. I also really like the smell of Jasmine Essential Oil as it is pretty unisex and fresh. Either way you can customize this to your audience – manly scent for men, floral scent for women and give as gifts. Or you can be greedy and keep it for yourself!

If you have any hand cream recipes please share in the comments below!

Shea Butter Hand Cream Recipe

Essential Oil Spotlight Tea Tree Oil

Essential Oil Spotlight Tea Tree Oil

We are wrapping up this weeks blog with a spotlight on a wonderful essential oil, a personal favorite, Tea Tree Essential Oil. There are countless uses for this oil, but it is most known for assisting in clearing up acne. The oil fights against bacteria, viruses, and assists the immune system in warding off disease. It’s no wonder it’s known as a medicine cabinet in a bottle. Below are just some of the many uses of the oil.

Acne– This oil is one of the few that can be applied directly to the skin for most all skin types. You can dab it onto acne-affected areas with a cotton ball, or massage into skin as a face wash at night. Be careful around the eyes, and be sure to wash off after cleaning a specific area. Your skin will feel fantastic after washing. Apply some lotion directly after, and you have a wonderful, all-natural face wash.

Antiseptic– If you have a cut or burn, use tea trea oil as an anti-septic.

Cold– If you have chest congestion from a cold or flu, add a few drops to a vaporizer to loosen! Perfect home remedy for flu season.

Lice– Add a few drops to your shampoo to assist in getting rid of head lice.

Body Odor– Add a few drops to your bath. It will help get rid of body odor.

Aromatherapy– It can help treat coughs, and other cold systems through it’s aroma.

Cleaning– Since it is an antiseptic, it can be mixed with water and soap to create homemade cleaners.

Laundry– Similar to helping to rid body odor, a few drops mixed into your load of laundry will get your clothes smelling cleaner!

Bug Bites– Going camping? Bring some tea tree oil to treat bug bites AND mix with water as an insect repellant!

Essential Oil Spotlight Tea Tree Oil

There really are countless uses for Tea Tree Essential Oil. As an acne treatment/face wash, it is great because it is all-natural and doesn’t contain many of the harmful chemicals found in popular over-the-counter acne meds. As always, we recommend going as pure as possible, and tea tree oil is one way to go green and pure.

Try Tea Tree Essential Oil today!

 

 

Essential Oil Room and Linen Spray

Essential Oil Room and Linen Spray

Today we have a quick update for a room spray! This recipe is great for scenting your living room or kitchen, and it can also be used on linens.

1) The easiest method is to buy a room spray base that is already mixed. Bulk Apothecary has an unscented base available in various quantities. All you have to do it mix in your essential oil (or fragrance oil), put into a spray bottle and you are ready to go! We recommend starting with 1/2 ounce of fragrance or essential oil PER gallon of base. This is a starting point, and you can also mix in more or less depending on the strength of scent you are looking for. You can also use the base as a body mist by adding your favorite fragrance oil to it.

2) The second method is for those of you that want to create your own. This recipe calls for rubbing alcohol, so just be aware if you are using it on surfaces or furniture in which you don’t want affected.

Let’s get started with this essential oil room and linen spray!

Ingredients:

Distilled Water

Spray Bottle– Be sure it is a new bottle as old ones will be filled with residue. Bulk Apothecary has bottles and sprayers available as well.

Rubbing Alcohol

Essential Oil/Fragrance Oil — You can use whatever oil you prefer. Lemon oils tend to be great for the kitchen, and they are known to scare off fruit flies. If you are looking for a fall scent, you can mix in pumpkin, OR use orange and cinnamon together for a spicy/seasonal fragrance. This is the part where you get creative with the oils!

Steps:

Fill spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water and 1/4 rubbing alcohol, with just a tiny bit of room at the top for the oils.

Add 8-10 drops of essential oil/fragrance oil. Mix and spray. Be sure to mix before each use and do not spray it around food! You can alter by JUST using distilled water without any rubbing alcohol if you prefer, but the texture will vary.

Essential Oil Room and Linen Spray

 

Essential Oil Room and Linen Spray

Essential Oil Aphrodisiacs

Essential Oil Aphrodisiacs

Essential Oil Aphrodisiacs

Yesterday we provided an infographic with some helpful information on a variety of essential oils. Today, we are getting a bit more specific. After all, Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and we want everyone to know the best essential oil aphrodisiacs when it comes to aromatherapy. So pour the champagne and light the (hopefully homemade) candles, because we are about to break down the best oils to get the romance blossoming!

Before we get into the oil, please note that aromatherapy works in a variety of ways. The idea is that the aroma will ignite certain feelings within. For instance, citronella oil is used as a bug repellant. The scent will chase away nasty bugs. When it comes to aphrodisiacs, the following scents are known to spark up endorphins when inhaled. These oils can be mixed into your homemade soaps, candles, or put into your diffusers to make the room smell great. When dealing with igniting the love, I recommend adding a few drops to a bath or the end of a shower. If you are flying solo, you can also put a few drops into a wet washcloth and apply to your head for a relaxing night in. However you decide to use these oils, just note that they will put you in the romantic mood, so plan accordingly!

Jasmine Essential Oil (Absolution 3%)— This is a floral aroma, also known to fight depression as it is a mood enhancer. You will notice many of the hotels you stay at around the country use jasmine in their amenities because the smell enhances your mood, making you feel like you had a great time even if the hotel was less than stellar. Personally, it’s my favorite because it is floral, without being too feminine.

Lavender Essential Oil (Population)— Another floral aroma, this one is often thought of as the antiseptic oil, but it can be very soothing and romantic. When the scent fills the air, you are often reminded of a bouquet of flowers. It can be described as a bit more feminine than Jasmine, but it is a wonderful all-around scent nonetheless.

Bergamot Essential Oil— This oil is also known for treating depression and anxiety because it is a mood enhancer. It’s more citrus scented than the others, so if you have an aversion to floral scents, this may be your best bet! After you infuse it into your romantic night, you can use it to help treat acne and other skin disorders, so it’s versatility is definitely a plus!

Peppermint Essential Oil (Supreme)— For those that don’t want citrus or floral, try the peppermint essential oil. This is a proven aphrodisiac and a very versatile essential oil. The mint aroma will make you feel clean, and is a fantastic year-round scent in candles and soaps. The oil also has a cooling technique when applied directly, so it will make the skin cool down after a steamy night!

There are countless other essential oils that will enhance the mood! You can even mix a few to get a unique flavor. Everyone tends to react differently to scents, so try them out before your Valentine’s Day celebration. See which ones you like best so you can plan the perfect romantic evening! There are countless ways to use these oils as aphrodisiacs, so get creative! You may want to try your hand at candle making, or just purchase the oil, unscrew the top and let the scent fill the air!

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Essential Oil Aphrodisiacs

Spotlight on Essential Oils by Bulk Apothecary – Infographic

We always have people asking for more information about our essential oils. There are so many various oils, as well as so many various uses that it can be incredibly confusing for the average consumer. Essential oils can be used for aromatherapy, scenting product or even cleaning. Since everyone tends to use them differently, it’s important to know a bit more about your product before using. Furthermore, you want to make sure to find 100% pure oils. What you will find in doing research, is that many companies cut the essential oil with what is called a ‘carrier’ oil. The company then drives up the cost on a synthetic product that will not have all the benefits you need. Finally, from a marketing standpoint, it is a great benefit to you, the seller, to provide a product with 100% pure ingredients as much as possible.

Below you will find an informative graphic that will help clear up some of the confusion you may have. If you’re in need of essential oils, let us be your guide! You can click the link for a bigger image.

Spotlight on Essential Oils - Infographic

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Recipe: Valentine’s Soaps Using Rose Essential Oil

Valentine’s Day is coming up, so get prepared for the season of love by creating some homemade soaps! The recipe below can easily be altered, depending on the scent you want and the mold you want to use. Bulk Apothecary has fantastic heart and rose-shaped molds that are great for the holiday. These are great for spicing up the shower/bath with a little added romance, or packaging them up to give to friends and family as a Valentine! They are useful and easily customizable! Get creative! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

How to get started:

Buy a?melt and pour soap.

Your melt and pour soap can be one of many. ?All of Bulk Apothecary?s melt and pour soaps?are different. ?Low sweat refers to the way the final product reacts in water. ?Organic means that all of the ingredients are certified organic. ?All natural is free of harmful added chemicals. ?You can choose your color, decide between glycerin, oatmeal or olive oil bases. ?The possibilities are endless. ?I recommend if you?re creating soap for the first time, start with an SFIC clear glycerin. ?It is a basic base that will be easy to work with. ?Furthermore, if you want a wonderful natural coloring that will absorb the essential flavoring, I recommend the shea butter base.

Once you have your melt and pour base picked out, you will need either mitre box or soap cutter, or you can get one of the square/rectangle trays.

Other ingredients:

2-3 Drops Rose Absolute 3% Dillution Essential Oil. You can substitute with other oils? use?peppermint oil?if you have some leftover from the holidays. The mint flavoring smells great on the skin, year round! You can also just use a simple Rose fragrance oil, if you want a stronger scent and you aren’t looking for the added benefits of an essential oil.

Heart/Rose Soap Mold— there are a variety of molds available that fit into a Valentine’s theme. If you want to make a bunch of tiny heart soaps, you can also use those heart ice trays they sell at the grocery store. Those make wonderful, small soaps that can be put in a basket for the perfect Valentine.

Soap Colorants (Optional)– Add these if you want your soap to be a specific color. The red hues look great for this recipe!

 

 

Steps:

1. Cut melt and pour base into small cubes. ?Place in microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. ?Mix base, heat for another 30 seconds.

2. Once melted, add approximately 2-3 drops of rose essential oil.

Note: This is the step where you would add colors if you wanted something more vibrant. Add a pink, a red, or split the base into two containers. ?Add white colorant to one, and red to another. ?Then mix together for the swirl effect. ?Just be familiar with mixing so it doesn?t turn out muddy color. ?You can also skip the colorant to give the soap a simple, natural coloring.

3. Pour soap into Valentine mold.

Note: Spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to reduce bubbling.

4. Let sit for 3 hours.

Note? some people put the soap into the freezer to harden.

Now your soap is ready to use! It?s very simple to create your own soap, and you will find that you can get incredibly creative over time. ?More advanced soapmakers can add two colorants, and swirl for a wonderful swirling effect that looks GREAT with your other Valentine’s decorations. ?As stated above, if you want the entire soap to be all-natural, skip the colorants. ?It won?t be as vibrant, but it will be all-natural and still have some coloring. ?The shea butter soap base has a great natural coloring, and looks wonderful when mixed with things like cocoa powder. ?Either way, this soap will put you in the mood when you lather up in the mornings, or simply add a special holiday touch to your kitchen or bathroom!

**Due to the ingredients, the soap has a shorter shelf life. You will notice the product loses much of it?s scent after about 5 months or so. Be sure to get use out of it before the holidays are over!? ๐Ÿ™‚

Winter Skincare Using Essential Oils

Winter Skincare Using Essential Oils

Winter Skincare Using Essential Oils

Yesterday we gave you some recipes for facial cleansers, and today we continue our skincare advice with some tips on taking care of yourself during the cold winter months. Making your own skincare products is great for the budget, and it also allows you to control what you are using. Oftentimes we go to the store and purchase products with tons of ingredients, many we’ve never heard of and can’t pronounce. At Bulk Apothecary, we always recommend using as few ingredients as possible, and if you can get away with using only natural ingredients, it is worth it in the long run. Below you will find a few recipes to keep yourself hydrated and glowing!

For Dry, Mature Skin:

100 ml of Rose Water

90 ml Vegetable Glycerin

90 ml Aloe Vera

8 Drops Palmarosa Essential Oil

5 Drops Rose Essential Oil

Mix all of the ingredients into a bottle and apply. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend reducing the amount of Palmarosa oil to 4-6 drops.

Nighttime, Dry Skin Makeup Remover:

75 ml Almond Oil

75 ml Jojoba Oil

10 Drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Mix and apply with a cotton ball.

Carrot seed oil is fantastic for the skin, and something many people forget about. It’s not as popular as some of the other essential oils on the market, but when mixed with carrier oils, it can be very beneficial for your skin.

Other skin tips:

After showering or taking a bath, massage coconut oil into the skin. It is extremely moisturizing, and great to use in the winter.

Avocado oil is also perfect for the winter. Just mix with a carrier oil, like sweet almond, sunflower or jojoba and massage into the skin after bathing.

Enjoy!

Winter Skincare Using Essential Oils