Category Archives: Homemade Stuff

Christmas Crafting

You won’t find me posting a ton of crafts on here because I don’t seem to be very good at them – even ones that are supposed to be easy, lol. There are quite a few projects I’ve attempted that didn’t work out. But here’s one that I can say I actually finished! And it was one I could do with my nieces, so that makes it all the more fun. The instructions are extremely simple – cut a pipe cleaner in half and begin threading beads onto it, bending the ends so the beads don’t fall off. Shape it like a candy cane and there you go!

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Happy Fall, Y’all Body Scrub

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Before fall is completely over, I wanted to post the sugar scrub that my sister and I made together. Sugar makes a great exfoliant, and this one smells good enough to eat!

You’ll need:

1 1/2 cups white sugar (brown works, too)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 Tbsp vitamin E oil (optional)
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (adjust as desired)
About 8 drops orange essential oil
About 8 drops vanilla essential oil

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. Then mix everything together. Scoop into a jar and store in the shower. To use, apply to moist skin. Using your hands, a washcloth or a body puff, massage thoroughly into skin, and then rinse off to feel all soft and smooth, and to smell wonderful! Happy fall, y’all!

Beach Spray for your Hair

I’ve always heard that ‘beach spray’ was great for giving straight hair some wave and volume. But I had no idea until recently that it can also be used on curly hair to help define and de-frizz curls. There are higher quality beach sprays that are said to work great and don’t dry out your hair, but they can be quite expensive. Therefore, I decided to try making my own! That ‘beach’ hair we are going for is largely due to the salt in the ocean. So, the key ingredient in the spray is pure magnesium oil, made with minerals from the seabed. Here’s how I made it – I was really happy with how it worked on my hair:

You’ll need:

Empty squirt bottle (low quality ones can get clogged FYI)
1 cup spring water
2 Tbsp pure magnesium oil (found at many health food stores)
1/2 tsp natural salt
1 tsp pure aloe vera gel (also found at health food stores)
7 drops almond oil (or 1/2 tsp quality conditioner)
3 drops lemongrass oil (optional – any scent can be added)
3 drops vanilla oil (optional)

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Add all ingredients to squirt bottle and shake until combined. This spray can be used on damp or dry hair.

Sugar Scrub

If you like exfoliating scrubs, here’s one you can make at home. And the scents used can be any combination you like – experiment!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 Tbsp vitamin E oil

About 8 drops vanilla essential oil

About 8 drops lemongrass essential oil

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Mix melted coconut oil, vitamin E oil and essential oils together. Stir into sugar until well combined.

This homemade scrub can be used on the face and body for wonderfully smooth skin!

 

 

Lavender Spray

Today I made lavender spray at home. And if you can boil water, you can make it, too! This stuff has multiple uses. You can spray it on your pillow. Lavender is a calming scent – great when you want to drift off to sleep! It can be used to refresh curls. It also makes a nice linen spray. And you can use it like you would Febreeze if you want to freshen anything up. Sounds like a good thing to have around! Here’s how to make it:

You’ll need:

1 quart water

Pure lavender essential oil 

Spray bottle(s)

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First, heat the water to a boil. Once boiling, let it simmer, covered, for one hour. This removes impurities from the water. Remove from heat and then add a few drops of lavender oil. Cover it and let the water cool. Fill your spray bottle(s) and, voila!

Lip Smackin’ Lip Gloss

I’ve had supplies for making homemade lip balm for more months than I’d care to admit, but I finally got around to it today! I’m a big fan of lip gloss. I have to have some type of lip product with me at all times. Otherwise, my heart rate goes up and I can’t think straight. Okay, maybe not that bad, but I really don’t like to be without it! So, I thought it would be fun to try making my own.

Here are the materials I used:

glass measuring cup – not one you use for cooking 🙂

1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil

1/4 cup grated beeswax or beeswax pellets

1 tsp vitamin E oil

1/4 tsp vanilla essential oil

1/4 tsp raspberry candy flavoring

lip gloss containers

This website sells containers in smaller quantities: http://www.thesage.com/catalog/LipBalmContainers.html

I ordered the 10 mL jars – super fun!

A 2 to 1 ratio for coconut oil to beeswax was recommended; however, I was guessing on the rest of the amounts. But they seemed to work. I bought a block of natural beeswax at Hobby Lobby, so I had to grate it by hand. Beeswax pellets would be much easier. For the essential oils and flavorings, you can certainly get creative!

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To begin, add the beeswax and vitamin E oil to the coconut oil in your glass measuring cup. Heat this in the microwave or on the stove top by placing it in a pan of shallow water and heating it until mixed, stirring a few times.

Next, add the essential oil and candy flavoring and stir until combined. Then, pour the mixture into the lip gloss containers, and it will solidify as it cools.

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Now, I can keep lip gloss in every room!