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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. 

Cellulite Bar

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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I use a mold exactly like this one

 

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DIY Neapolitan Bubble Bath Bars (um. . . Scoops).

I’m always on the lookout for new DIY bath/body type products to add to the Etsy shop. And one of those things that I’ve had my eye on for a while were bubble bath bars. 

Now, you might have seen bubble bath bars sold at stores that sell Luscious bath products. See what I did there? Totally not going to say the name of the store, but you get it πŸ˜‰ 

But if you haven’t seen them before, here’s a little rundown on what they are. . . . 

DIY Bubble Bath Scoops

Imagine if you took a bath bomb, but instead of fizzing, it created lots of thick, creamy bubbles. And I really do mean lots of them. 

Now, what creates the bubbles? 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate.

Or better known as SLSa. Not to be confused with SLS (a.k.a. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), which is something totally different and unrelated. Now, for a little explanation about their differences. . . . Because honestly, I had to google it when I first started researching bubble bath bars. 

SLS is a chemical detergent found in most commercial shampoos, toothpastes, soaps (not mine, of course!), and cleansing products that need to foam or lather up. It’s used throughout the commercial bath/beauty industry because it is extremely cheap and it does it’s job. But here’s the troubling part, and why you won’t see it listed on any ingredients list of a product that I make. 

Because of it’s small molecular structure, SLS is easily absorbed into the skin. Which wouldn’t be so bad, if it wasn’t connected with skin irritations, headaches and migraines, nausea, possible carcinogenic ingredients, etc. 

SLSa, on the other hand, is derived from coconut and palm oils. It’s known to be skin safe, and because it has a larger molecular structure, it isn’t as easily absorbed. But it is a little more expensive, which is probably why most bath/body companies choose a cheaper ingredient for their products. 

So, there you have it, the difference between the two ingredients. Which means, it’s time to tell you how to make bubble bath bars. Um, I mean, scoops. Because it’s so much easy to scoop them than to do all that rolling, patting, and slicing . . . . no thanks!

 

The 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 Strawberry Kiwi Fragrance Oil

1 mL Chocolate Espresso Fragrance Oil

1 mL Vanilla Buttercream Fragrance Oil

1/4 teaspoon pink colorant

1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin

1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin

Small ice cream scoop

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

Begin by measuring the dry ingredients (Baking Soda, SLSa, Cornstarch, and Bubble Bar Hardener) and placing them in a large bowl.  

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Be sure to wear a face mask while measuring the SLSa as it is very fine and will irritate your throat/lungs.

Using a whisk or fork, stir together the dry ingredients until they’re completely combined together. 

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Measure out the Castor Oil and Vegetable Glycerin and add them to the mixture. Using your gloved hands, mix together the ingredients until the liquid is completely dispersed throughout. 

Divide the mixture into three different bowls. 

In a small cup, combine about a 1/4 teaspoon of pink colorant (this is the one I use) with just enough vegetable glycerin to wet the powder. Mix together and set aside. In another cup, combine about a 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder with just enough vegetable glycerin to wet the powder. Mix together and set aside. 

In one bowl, test to see if the mixture is the right consistency by squeezing a small amount in your palm. If the mixture holds its shape when you open your hand, then it’s ready. If it’s not the right consistency, add a small amount of vegetable glycerin. Mix it in by hand, and test again. Once it is the right consistency, set this bowl aside for now. . . . Since it is supposed to be the vanilla part of our bubble bath scoops, it will remain uncolored and unscented. 

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In the second bowl, add Strawberry Kiwi body safe fragrance oil and a few drops of the pink color mixture. Using your gloved hands, mix together until completely combined. Test to see if the mixture is the right consistency in the same manner that you did above. Set aside once it is.

In the third bowl, add the cocoa powder mixture and the Chocolate Espresso and Vanilla Buttercream fragrances. Because vanilla scented fragrances can cause products to turn brown, I added to this mixture instead of the white mixture. Mix together using your gloved hands (use a new pair of gloves to keep from contaminating the brown bubble bath mixture with the pink). Test to see if the mixture is the right consistency. 

Pour all three colors of bubble bath mixture into one large bowl. Very lightly mix them together using your gloved hands; you don’t want them to be completely mixed together. 

Pack an ice cream scoop or small cookie scoop with the mixture, pressing down hard. Place each scoop on a lined tray.

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***I know, I know. The above photo is completely the wrong color to be Neapolitan scoops. Simple explanation for that: I was actually making three different batches at once (Wild Blackberry, Neapolitan, and Frosted Cranberry), and I completely to take the requisite photo until the last batch. Which obviously wasn’t Neapolitan. 

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Allow them to air dry for at least 24 – 48 hours before using. 

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DIY Neapolitan Bubble Bath Scoops

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 Strawberry Kiwi Fragrance Oil
  • 1 mL Chocolate Espresso Fragrance Oil
  • 1 mL Vanilla Buttercream Fragrance Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink colorant
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • Small ice cream scoop
  • *There's a chance you might use more than what is listed.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (baking soda, SLSa, cornstarch, and bubble bar hardener. Stir together with a whisk or fork.
  2. Add the vegetable glycerin and castor oil. Mix together using your gloved hands.
  3. Separate into three different bowls.
  4. In a small cup, mix together pink colorant and vegetable glycerin. Set aside.
  5. In a different small cup, mix together cocoa powder and vegetable glycerin. Set aside.
  6. Add pink colorant and strawberry kiwi body safe fragrance to one bowl. Mix using your gloved hands. Test it for the right consistency.
  7. In another bowl, add the cocoa powder colorant and chocolate espresso and vanilla buttercream fragrances. Mix using your hands (with clean gloves). Test for the right consistency.
  8. Pour the three different colors of bubble bar mixture together into a bowl. Lightly mix together.
  9. Use a small ice cream scoop or a cookie scoop to scoop the mixture up. Pack tightly into the scoop. Place on a lined tray/pan.
  10. Allow to harden for at least 24 - 48 hours before using.
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DIY Bath Truffles

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 

Bath truffles are a new-ish addition to the Maiden Hill Farm lineup (visit the Etsy shop here), and let me tell you, they’ve been really popular. 

With good reason. Imagine a bath bomb (or fizzy, as they’re somtimes called) with a boatload of skin nourishing cocoa butter added to it. What does that make? A bath truffle!

So, how do you make these little truffles of goodness. Well, it’s as simple as three ingredients. 

No, seriously. There are three main ingredients in them.

Baking Soda. One.

Citric acid. Two.

And cocoa butter. That’s three.

Of course, if you’re like me and dream in bling-tastic, add a little fragrace (or essential oils), a bit of color, and the ultimate in bling, glitter, and you’ve got the bling-iest of bath indulgences. 

Okay, so maybe that’s a little much on the bling wagon, but these babies are seriously cute. 

Pink Champagne

So, let’s make some. . .

Ingredients:

5 oz baking soda
2.5 oz citric acid
3 oz cocoa butter
0.17 oz fragrance or essential oil (I used Strawberries & Champagne body safe fragrance oil for this batch)
1/4 tsp Pink Mica Powder mixed with vegetable glycerin (optional)
Silicon Ice Cube Mold

Drizzle on top:
2.5 oz baking soda
1.25 oz citric acid
1.5 oz cocoa butter
.08 oz fragrance or essential oil

Cosmetic Grade Glitter (optional)
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (optional)

Directions:

First, I should mention that all ingredients (other than colorants, glitter, etc) are measured by weight. 

Weigh the citric acid and baking soda into a heat safe medium sized bowl.

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Use a fork or your hands to break up any clumps and to also mix the two powders together. Set aside.

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Weigh the cocoa butter into a microwave safe measuring cup. Heat in 30 second bursts until completely melted, making sure to not leave it unattended. Handle with care when removing it from the microwave as it will be very hot.

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Slowly pour the melted cocoa butter into the citric acid/baking soda mixture, using a fork to completely combine them.

At this point, you can add in the fragrance and/or essential oil (I used Strawberries & Champagne for this batch). M It’s very important that you only use body safe fragrance oils. 

You can also stir in colorants if you’d like. To get a beautiful soft pink color, I used an eighth of a teaspoon of pink mica mixed with just enough vegetable glycerin to dissolve the powder. 

Spoon the mixture into the mold of your choice (I use a silicon ice cube tray – similar to this one)

Allow to harden for about 24 hours before unmolding. 

To create the drizzle on top, make a second smaller batch of bath truffle mixture, following the same instructions above. But instead of spooning it into the mold, place it into a plastic storage bag, snip one corner off, and drizzle a little on top of each bath truffle square.

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Then, add a little cosmetic grade glitter (regular glitter won’t work and can irritate skin) and a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt and voila!

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Directions For Use:
Drop one in to a warm bath (or foot bath) and enjoy.

Please note: Bath truffles may make floor slippery, so please use caution.

DIY Pink Champagne Bath Truffles

Ingredients

  • 5 oz baking soda
  • 2.5 oz citric acid
  • 3 oz cocoa butter
  • 0.17 oz fragrance or essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp Pink Mica Powder mixed with vegetable glycerin (optional)
  • Silicon Ice Cube Mold
  • Drizzle on top:
  • 2.5 oz baking soda
  • 1.25 oz citric acid
  • 1.5 oz cocoa butter
  • .08 oz fragrance or essential oil
  • Cosmetic Grade Glitter (optional)
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Weigh out baking soda and citric acid in a heat safe bowl. Combine completely with fork or hands, breaking up any clumps. Set aside.
  2. Weigh out cocoa butter in microwave safe measuring cup. Melt in a microwave in 30 second bursts until completely melted. Don't leave unattended and use care when removing from microwave as it will be hot.
  3. Slowly pour in to baking soda/citric acid mixture, using fork to make sure it's completely combined with no clumps.
  4. Stir in fragrance or essential oil and colorant if you're using any.
  5. Spoon in to mold. Allow to harden for about 24 hours before unmolding.
  6. Drizzle:
  7. Once the bath truffle squares have completely hardened, remove them from the mold and set aside.
  8. Weigh out baking soda and citric acid in a small heat safe bowl. Set aside.
  9. Weigh out the cocoa butter in a microwave safe measuring cup. Microwave in 30 second bursts until completely melted. Handle with care when removing from the microwave as it will be hot.
  10. Slowly pour the melted cocoa butter into the baking soda/citric acid mixture, using the fork to make sure it's completely combined. Stir in the fragrance and colorants if you're using any.
  11. Spoon into a plastic storage bag. Snip one corner off with scissors and drizzle on top of each bath truffle square.
  12. Top each square with a sprinkle of cosmetic grade glitter and pink Himalayan sea salt. Allow to dry for a couple of hours.

Notes

I can somtimes unmold the bath truffles a little earlier than 24 hours later, but not often.

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Talking Soap.

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to do a soap demonstration at the Claybank Master Gardeners Club meeting.

By the way, a big thank you for inviting us! We had such a wonderful time!!

We (Mom and I) had so much fun talking soap and goats and all of the benefits you get when you combine them (soap and goat milk, that is πŸ˜‰ ). And of course, making soap. 

Cotton Pickin’, one of my favorites to make because of the pretty blue color.

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I think it turned out really well (find it listed in the shop in about two more weeks).

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If you’d like to have us do a Soap Making Demonstration at your event or club meeting, feel free to visit the Contact Me page.