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DIY Bathbombs

I though I would share with you this simple recipe for making bath bombs, with a little added magic of course.

We love a good bath bomb here, but standard high street ones, while they look and smell amazing, can irritate my skin. These home made ones are completely non toxic.

This is a great activity to make with kids of all ages and these can be adapted for all kinds of occasions, they make lovely handmade gifts too, as always is another great example of learning through play.

Here is what you will need;

Make sure you weigh and measure all the ingredients out and have them to hand. I have included the weights but I always just go by cups.

225g baking soda (about 1 cup)

120g Citric Acid (about 1/2 cup) Wilko’s sell this in a box.

120g Salt. I love using Epsom and pink Himalayan, but sea salt will do just fine (about 1/2 cup)

120g cornflower  (about 3/4 cup)

2 Tbsp of oil choice. Olive oil and coconut oil are great choices and not too expensive, we went with coconut oil for these particular ones.

2 tsp rose water/ witch hazel (or just plain water) plus a little more if needed, we used witch hazel here.

If you would like to add a natural colour to your bath bombs, instead of plain water, you would use the water from a natural dye, which can be found in this simple tutorial here. The water left from berries/ plant material is what you would add.

Herbs/Essential Oils. Here you can use anything you like. Use around 30 drops of your chosen oils, you can also use chopped herbs/rose petals, or both! We used lavender oil and I picked a beautiful yellow rose that had the most delicious scent, I also added a few sage leaves, for cleansing.

Moulds – You can just use your hands to make them into a rounded shape, but it is more difficult. I am using round steel moulds (search bath bomb moulds on eBay!) but you will probably have something in your house you can use, silicone baking moulds even cupcake cases will do.

Finally a crystal of your choice, for the added magic….

How to make them.

1. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and corn powder)

2. In a small bowl, mix the oil, rose water/witch hazel/water and stir well. Add your essential oils here too.

3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients a tiny bit at a time. Use your hands to squeeze it all together, you may want to wear gloves if you have really sensitive skin. Here add your dried herbs if you are using them.

Add your magical crystal!

4. The Mixture should hold together well when squeezed without crumbling. To achieve this you may need to add a little more water, just a tiny bit at a time. I had a little spray bottle with lavender water, I used this to spray the mixture to spread the water evenly.

5. Your mixture is now ready to pop into the moulds. Press it in firmly and leave it for at least 24 hours, or until completely hard. You may need to check in on them and push back into moulds as it does expand a little.

6. When they are ready, yippee!! Take them out and store them in an airtight container, they look lovely in a big mason jar in the bathroom, they are best used within 2 weeks.

I hope you have enjoyed making these. There are lots of ways you can amend them.

Particular oil and crystal combinations can be used for different healing properties.

For self care/ love, rose quartz, lavender and rose petals make a beautiful combo.

They can be amended according to the season, Christmas could be eucalyptus and a beautiful red garnet, imagine summer, a happy bright citrine crystal and lemon oil for a refreshing summery soak.

I’d love to know if you make some, thank you so much for reading.

Amy 💚

Zero Waste On The Go

With all this lovely weather and picnic season about to begin (although I’m up for a picnic anytime of the year) I thought I would share with you our most used zero waste items.

Not too long ago, while I may have been doing great at home, eating out and picnics with the kids were my downfall. One trip to the park could easily create a fair bit of waste.

Reusable coffee/ tea cup.

If you have read my latest post you will know I really love my takeaway coffee, but I really don’t like the takeaway cups they typically come in. A lot of takeaway coffee cups are difficult to recycle due to the plastic used to laminate the cups, leading to huge amounts of waste. A lot of coffee shops also offer 25p off for bringing your own too.

The takeaway cup that is my favourite is my Keep Cup. I like to drink my coffee right away, this one doesn’t keep it hot, which works for me! Gimme that coffee!

If I was driving for a while and making a coffee/tea to take with me I would use a Klean Kanteen Cafe Cap pictured below. The 16oz is the perfect size for me, a medium in most coffee shops.

If we are heading out for the day, into the woods, a Home Ed meet etc, I use the Klean Kanteen 20oz insulated bottle. This holds 2 cups of tea. Perfect! I have a little weakness for pretty enamel cups too, but I am going to use this one until it can’t hold my tea anymore, ha!

The Klean Kanteen cafe cap cups are amazing, and here are a few other game changing uses for them….. Fill them with ice cream, you can keep ice pops/ lollies in them, hot chocolate in cold afternoons, slush puppies, these are fab waste and money saving hacks that I have tried and tested!

Also, there’s not much that makes me happier than a lovely cup of tea, outdoors, with a beautiful view.

Reusable Bottles.

We each have our own water bottles. These are an essential for us and get used so much. The Klean Kanteen ones we use are so durable. I can imagine they most certainly will last forever! They come in insulated/ non insulated and lots of different sizes. The kids have their own and love finding places on the go to refill them. I honestly cannot remember the last time we had to buy a bottle of water.

This is Arthur’s, they are so durable, it doesn’t matter how many dents and scratches it gets, it works perfectly.

I also carry around a couple of reusable straws for us.

Food Containers.

Most of the time I will be well prepared for our day out/ picnic and take food with us. Food on the go can come in a lot of unnecessary packaging.

I have found the Elephant Box stainless steel tubs to be my favourite. Perfect for those little snacks. Most people I know will have plastic Tupperware in their cupboards, it’s always best to keep using what we have rather than buy brand new, although I’d love to replace all my plastic with these beauties eventually.

I always carry a few bits of cutlery too. You can but purpose made, eco friendly cutlery, especially designed for on the go zero waste. They are pretty, these lovely ones were a gift, but to be honest just grab what you already have!

On the days that making food at home to come with us is not an option, or I forget, or more than likely I’m not organised enough, I have a back up plan…I pop to the local bakers and buy sandwiches/ snacks/ tray bakes. I just take our containers and snack pouches and pop them straight in there. I always have a handy mesh bag with me incase I stop to grab some fruit too.

Reusable Wipes

I always have a little pouch of reusable wipes with me for sticky fingers/ spills. We keep them in this handy planet wise zip pouch. At the moment I am using the GroVia cloth wipes and these are my favourite. Honestly the switch to cloth wipes is so easy. A set of wipes is around £10, or even better, use fabric scraps you already have. I pop them in a small wet bag. Before I go out I just rinse them under the tap, squeeze off the excess water and in the bag they go. They stay nice and damp all day. Nothing fancy here, you could add oils etc if you wished but these always do the job for us.

All of these things pretty much covers us for a day out. They all fit in one bag, usually leaving space for the odd nin, ha!

All it takes is that little extra preparation. As for downsides, the only two that come to mind is the initial cost. I have gathered our collection up slowly and honestly they have more than earned their keep over the last year or so. After all Buy Well, Buy Less A lot of things we will have already have in our home that we can use. Another is I always come home with a bag of washing up to do, but in the grand scheme of things I’ll happily take that.

If you have any questions please ask me and thank you so much for reading!

Amy 💚