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DIY Pumpkin Spice Bubble Bath Bar

Remember the Bubble Bath Scoops from a while back? Well, since it is finally starting to feel a little more Fall-like around here, I’m in a pumpkin everything kind of mood. 

Which, of course, means a pumpkin inspired bubble bath bar.

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This recipe makes about four 3.5 oz (weight will vary, of course) bars, and each one is good for 2 to 4 (maybe even 5) baths. I made a test batch to start with and halved the recipe below. I’ve included links to the fragrances and colorants I used. 

The Main Ingredients: 

1/2 cup baking soda 

1/2 cup Lathanol LAL Powder – aka SLSa 

2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Cornstarch 

2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Bubble Bar Hardener (a.k.a. Cream of Tartar)

3 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin*

3 teaspoons Castor Oil

*There’s a chance you might use more than what is listed. 

Fragrances Used*

1.5 mL Pumpkin Pickin’ Fragrance Oil

.5 mL Apple N Spice Fragrance Oil

1 mL Maple Pecan Streusel Fragrance Oil

*These are just the fragrances I had on hand and used. You can, of course, use any body safe fragrances or essential oils. 

Colorants*

1/4 teaspoon yellow oxide mixed with about 1/2 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin in a cup or small bowl. 

1/2 teaspoon red orange mica mixed with about 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin in a separate cup or small bowl.

1/2 teaspoon chocolate brown mica mixed with about 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin in another separate cup or small bowl.

1/4 teaspoon gold mica

*The colorant measurements are estimates and you don’t to be exact with them.

Equipment I Used:

2 bowls (1 medium sized and 1 smaller)

Digital Scale

Measuring Cup

Measuring Spoons

Whisk

Spoons (for mixing the colorants and glycerin and for assembling the pumpkins)

3 Disposable Cups (for mixing the colorants and glycerin in)

Face Mask

Plastic Dropper (for measuring the fragrances)

Soft Bristled Brush (I use an eye shadow brush that is reserved solely for bath product making).

1. In a medium bowl, measure out the dry ingredients and mix them together using a fork or whisk until thoroughly combined. When measuring the SLSA and mixing it with the other ingredients, you should definitely wear a face mask, sort of like this one (excuse the really bad photo):

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SLSA is very fine and will cause irritation to your throat and lungs and leave you with an unpleasant, temporary cough if inhaled.

2. Measure out the needed amounts of Vegetable Glycerin and Castor Oil and add them to the dry ingredients. Use your gloved hands to mix the ingredients together until thoroughly combined. 

3. Divide the mixture into two portions. One portion much larger and a second portion much smaller (about 1 1/2 ounces in weight or less). Set aside the smaller portion in a small bowl. 

4. To the larger portion, add the red orange mica and yellow oxide colorants and a couple of drops of the brown mica colorant. Using your gloved hands, knead the mixture until the colorant is completely combined and there aren’t any streaks. The resulting color of the mixture should be similar to the color of a pumpkin. 

5. Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Roll each one into a ball. Using your palm, slightly flatten the bottom and top of each ball. Using the handle of a spoon, make an indentation in the top of each ball (this is where the stem of the pumpkin is going to go). Set aside.

6. Add the brown mica colorant to the small portion of bubble bar mix that you set aside earlier. Using your gloved hands, knead the mixture until the colorant is thoroughly dispersed. You may need to add more colorant or if the mixture is too wet, more baking soda. When you’re satisfied with the color, divide the mixture into four pieces. Shape each one unit it resembles the stem of a pumpkin – I did this by rolling each one into a ball and then rolling the ball between the palms of my hands until it began to flatten and lengthen. Insert the stems into each pumpkin. Use a dull knife, wooden skewer, or the handle end of a spoon (like I did) to score lines down the side of each pumpkin.

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7. Using a brush, dust each pumpkin with gold mica dust (This step is completely optional). 

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Allow the bubble bath bars to dry for at least 24 to 48 hours before using (or longer). 

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Pumpkin Spice Bubble Bath Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Lathanol LAL Powder – aka SLSa
  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Bubble Bar Hardener (a.k.a. Cream of Tartar)
  • 3 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin*
  • 3 teaspoons Castor Oil
  • 1.5 mL Pumpkin Pickin' Fragrance Oil
  • .5 mL Apple N Spice Fragrance Oil
  • 1 mL Maple Pecan Streusel Fragrance Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow oxide mixed with about 1/2 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin in a cup or small bowl.
  • 1/2 teaspoon red orange mica mixed with about 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin in a separate cup or small bowl.
  • 1/2 teaspoon chocolate brown mica mixed with about 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin in another separate cup or small bowl.
  • 1/4 teaspoon gold mica
  • .5 mL Apple Jack Peel Fragrance Oil
  • 1 mL Maple Pecan Streusal Fragrance Oil

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, measure out the dry ingredients and mix them together using a fork or whisk until thoroughly combined. When measuring the SLSA and mixing it with the other ingredients, please wear a face mask as it will cause throat and lung irritation.
  2. Measure out the needed amounts of Vegetable Glycerin and Castor Oil and add them to the dry ingredients. Use your gloved hands to mix the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
  3. Divide the mixture into two portions. One portion much larger and a second portion much smaller (about 1 1/2 ounces in weight or less). Set aside the smaller portion in a small bowl.
  4. To the larger portion, add the red orange mica and yellow oxide colorants and a couple of drops of the brown mica colorant. Using your gloved hands, knead the mixture until the colorant is completely combined and there aren't any streaks. The resulting color of the mixture should be similar to the color of a pumpkin.
  5. Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Roll each one into a ball. Using your palm, slightly flatten the bottom and top of each ball. Using the handle of a spoon, make an indentation in the top of each ball (this is where the stem of the pumpkin is going to go). Set aside.
  6. Add the brown mica colorant to the small portion of bubble bar mix that you set aside earlier. Using your gloved hands, knead the mixture until the colorant is thoroughly dispersed. You may need to add more colorant or if the mixture is too wet, more baking soda. When you're satisfied with the color, divide the mixture into four pieces. Shape each one unit it resembles the stem of a pumpkin - I did this by rolling each one into a ball and then rolling the ball between the palms of my hands until it began to flatten and lengthen. Insert the stems into each pumpkin. Use a dull knife, wooden skewer, or the handle end of a spoon (like I did) to score lines down the side of each pumpkin.
  7. Using a brush, dust each pumpkin with gold mica dust. (optional)
  8. Allow the pumpkins to air dry for at least 24 - 48 hours before using.
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DIY Cellulite Zapping Lotion Bar

Since it’s officially Summer, now, you know what that means. . .  . Shorts, swimsuits, and a lot less coverage. Which, of course, draw attention to something most women would rather not: Cellulite. 

A.k.a. Orange peel. Cottage cheese. Dimples. Adiposis edematosis. 

Which brings us to Cellulite Zapping Lotion Bars. Made by infusing the oils with coffee grounds for at least a month, so that the bars are packed with caffeine to plump up skin and temporarily minimize the appearance of cellulite. The addition of whole coffee beans on top turns these into a massage type bar and a small amount of lemongrass essential oil makes the scent ultra refreshing and invigorating. 

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Don’t want to bother making it? Cellulite Bars are currently listed in the shop.

Also available, Vanilla Latte Coffee + Goat Milk Scrubby Soap. 

Or check out the full shop on Etsy, MaidenHillFarm.

Now, before I begin, let me mention that there are two parts to this DIY recipe. Infusing the oils with caffeine and then using those caffeinated oils to make the cellulite bars. 

How To Infuse The Oils

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of coffee grounds

6 oz olive oil

1.5 oz safflower oil

1 oz avocado oil

10 drops vitamin E 

.50 oz argan oil

.75 oz evening primrose oil

*Feel free to substitute any liquid oils you’d like. 

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients in a seal-able glass container (I usually use a large mason jar). 

Seal and store in a cool, dark place (I store mine at the back of a cabinet) for at least one month to give the oils plenty of time to become infused with caffeine. While the oils are infusing, at least once or twice a week, give the jar a good shake to mix everything up. 

After the month long infusion period, strain the oils into a separate container (I use cheesecloth to strain it). Discard the coffee grounds.

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz oils
  • 4.5 oz beeswax
  • 4 oz cocoa butter
  • .25 oz lemongrass essential oil

Instructions

  1. *All amounts are in weight.
  2. In a microwave safe container, melt the beeswax and cocoa butter. Start off by heating for 1 minute. Check the wax and cocoa butter to see if it is melted. If not, then melt in 30 second increments, checking after each time. Do not leave unattended. Alternately, you can also use the double boiler method to melt the wax and butter.
  3. Once completely melted, add in 4 ounces of infused oils and a quarter of an ounce of lemongrass essential oil. Stir really well to make sure the mixture is completely combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a mold. Sprinkle whole coffee beans on top.
  5. Allow the bars to cool and harden for at least an hour. Then, place the mold into the freezer for 15 minutes. This helps in unmolding the bars.
  6. Remove from the freezer and turn the mold upside down over a table or countertop. The bars should immediately drop out of the mold.
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DIY Dollar Tree Color Changing Cone Tree.

I might have a left a couple of trees out of the Christmas Tree Tour. But only because they’re not all decked out with glitz and glitter. And ribbons and bows.

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I also left out the cute little cone trees.

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An illuminated cone from Dollar Tree.

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Gold beads, also from Dollar Tree.

A little hot glue and a couple of burnt fingertips later, and voila!

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Hint: I quickly learned to overlap the beads as much as possible – placing the next row of beads in the gaps between the previous row. 

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Now, to show what they look like lit up. 

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Sophie had to get in on the action, of course.

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DIY Business Card Holder

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a soap seller, it’s that you can never have too many business cards.

Especially when selling at festivals, craft fairs, and even farmer’s markets.

Usually I just toss a stack of business cards on a little tray and call it done with. But this year, I thought I’d change it up. And since we had an upcoming festival to attend (note: the festival was this past weekend), sooner was better than later. 

Enter Pinterest. Which I’m convinced should coming with a warning. Something along the lines of: Beware! Enter here and you may never leave. 

After a little browsing and a raid on my ribbon stash, I think it turned out cute. 

 DIY Business Card HolderHere’s what you need:

Empty Altoids tin

1 inch wide gingham satin ribbon

1/4 inch side stitched satin ribbon

Scrapbook Paper

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Printer (optional)

I started by cutting a large piece of patterned scrapbook paper to fit my printer.

Then, using a word processor program, I wrote a little message, “Take One”, in a cute font, and printed it out. This step is totally optional.

The next step was a little trickier. Place the Altoids tin face down on top of the paper with the message as centered as you can get it. Then, trace around the tin and carefully cut it out. 

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Repeat this step again, tracing and cutting out another piece of paper (without a message, of course).

Hot glue the one with the message to the inside top of the tin. 

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Hot glue the other to the outside top of the tin.

Glue the larger ribbon around the sides of the tin, overlapping the ribbon on the top and folding it like wrapping a gift.

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To add a little contrast, glue the smaller side stitched ribbon on the sides,including on the hinges in the back (so that the top will stay sort of propped up and not fall back).

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Add a little bow, and voila!

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And here it is in action. . . . 

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Lemongrass Lime Sugar Cube Scrub

This post contains affiliate links. 

I have two faults that almost anyone would agree with.

Number one: Being unwaveringly frugal. . .  or as my mother would say CHEAP. But is that really a fault? To me, it’s not. I just like making sure that I get the best deal possible. 

And number two: As my grandmother would say, never leaving well enough alone. I can’t help it, I like improving things. I like adding my own twist to recipes or updating old tried and true ones. And I don’t discriminate. I have no problem updating my own recipes at all. Everything can always be improved upon. 
For example, the recipe I posted a couple of years ago for Sugar Cube Scrubs

My old recipe was simple and basic:

1 part melt and pour soap

1 part liquid oil (example: olive, apricot kernel, avocado, grapeseed, safflower, sunflower, etc oils)

3 parts granulated sugar

I’ve learned a little bit about scrub making in the past 2 years, and I wanted something packed with even more moisturizing ingredients. Enter the new recipe. . . .

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With mango butter (you could easily substitute shea or cocoa butters) for its wonderful ability to both moisturize and protect skin and safflower oil for its easy absorption, this is my new go-to recipe for making sugar cubes. 

Ingredients:

2.95 ounces melt and pour soap

1.1 oz olive oil

.4 oz safflower oil

2 vitamin E capsules**

.35 oz mango butter

7.5 oz granulated sugar

Colorant (about an 1/8 teaspoon of hydrated chromium oxide green powder mixed with just enough natural glycerin to make sure that all of the powder is incorporated)

Lime essential oil 1/4 tsp

Lemongrass essential oil 1/8 tsp

*The first 5 ingredients are measured by weight. 

**Just the cut or puncture the end of each capsule with scissors and squeeze out its contents to use.

Equipment I Use:
Microwave safe bowl

Whisk

Disposable Cup

Measuring Spoons

Digital Scale

Spoon

Silicon Mold similar to this one.

I start off by getting the colorant ready and mixing it with just a bit of vegetable glycerin until the powder is completely incorporated and there are no clumps. Most of the colorants that I use are natural or semi-natural, and most come from one of my favorite suppliers, TKBTrading.com. They have a huge selection of quality colorants. 

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Start off by weighing out the mango butter and melt and pour soap into a microwave safe bowl.

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Microwave in 30 second increments, making sure to check it after each time and to never leave it unattended until melted. 

Add in the liquid oils and whisk until completely incorporated. Add the essential oils and the colorant and whisk.

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Now, add in the granulated sugar and stir until it’s all completely incorporated. It will probably be fairly thick, so place back in the microwave and heat in 30 second increments until the mixture is thinner and a much more easily pourable consistency.

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 Remove from the microwave and whisk again to make sure all of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Then spoon or pour into your mold. 

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 Wait about an hour or until the cubes are completely hardened before unmolding. 

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The best thing about making sugar cube scrubs is that if they don’t turn out exactly how you’d like, simply pop them in a microwave safe bowl and remelt them. 

To use: In the shower, smash a cube (you can use a whole cube or break one into pieces) in your hand. Rub all over dry or rough skin (they’re also great for heels that need a little exfoliating) avoiding any sensitive areas. Rinse off. 

Or put them in a pretty box with mini cupcake liners, add a ribbon, and ta-da! Perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. 

Don’t want to make your own? The Lemongrass Lime Sugar Cube Scrub is listed in the Etsy shop right now, along with Neapolitan, Lavender Mint, and Lemon Meringue Pie. Click here to visit the Scrub section of the shop. 
Lemongrass Lime Sugar Cube Scrub
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 2.95 ounces melt and pour soap
  • 1.1 oz olive oil
  • .4 oz safflower oil
  • 2 vitamin E capsules
  • .35 oz mango butter
  • 7.5 oz granulated sugar
  • Colorant (about an ⅛ teaspoon of hydrated chromium oxide green powder mixed with just enough natural glycerin to make sure that all of the powder is incorporated)
  • Lime essential oil ¼ tsp
  • Lemongrass essential oil ⅛ tsp
Instructions
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, weigh out the melt and pour soap and the mango butter. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, checking after each time and not leaving unattended, until melted.
  2. Whisk in the liquid oils. Then, add the colorant and essential oils, and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the sugar and combine.
  4. If the mixture is too thick, heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, checking after each time and not leaving it unattended.
  5. When the mixture is a thinner and pourable consistency, remove from the microwave (being careful in case the bowl is hot). Whisk again to make sure everything is well incorporated.
  6. Spoon or pour into the mold.
  7. Wait for about an hour before unmolding.