Layered Soap and Sugar Scrub Bars

Layered Soap and Sugar Scrub Bars

2 Soap Molds (Mine are approximately 3 1/4″ wide x 2 3/8″ x 1″, but adjust recipe for your molds).

For First Layer:
2 oz Clear Melt And Pour Soap Base
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Rubbing Alcohol in a Spray Bottle

For Second Layer:
4 oz Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base
1 teaspoons Jojoba Oil (or other Carrier oil)
20 Drops Essential Oils
Soap Colorant (Optional)
4 oz Sugar


For First Layer:
Melt Clear soap in double-boiler, or use a small sauce pan with 1 inch of water and a glass measuring cup. Once soap is fully melted, remove from heat, and add Lavender Essential Oil. Stir to combine, and pour into your molds dividing the soap equally. Spray with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles, and let cool completely.

For Second Layer:
Melt Goat’s Milk soap using instructions for First Layer. Once soap is fully melted, remove from heat, and add Jojoba Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, and Soap Colorant if using. Add Sugar, and stir to combine. Spray the First Layer with Rubbing Alcohol again, and then pour sugar scrub layer into molds and allow to cool completely.

Remove from molds and package!

If you use plastic molds, I find the soap comes out MUCH easier if you place them in the freezer for 5 minutes once soap has cooled completely. Then, they take a little muscle, but they will release much easier.


My Cruise Kit

Essential Oil Cruise Kit

We’re going on a Cruise for vacation, so I definitely wanted to be prepared. This is the first time we’re cruising with a child (she’s 5), so I made sure everything was Kid-Safe.

From left to right:

After Sun Spray from!

So, full disclosure. This did NOT fit all in a 4 oz container as suggested on the blog, but I just used the full measurements for everything EXCEPT the distilled water and added that at the very end as much as it would hold with room to shake.

Motion Sickness Inhaler
10 drops Ginger and 5 Drops Grapefruit (for my 5 year old and maybe ME!)

Calming the Child Inhaler
15 Drops

Tummy Ease Roll-On
2 Drops Roman Chamomile, 2 Drops Spearmint & Two Drops Ginger in a 10 ml roller-bottle filled with FCO
This will be good if any of us eat too much and need some tummy relief. Apply a couple of swipes to the abdomen and rub in.

Better than Kisses Roll-on
I keep one of these on hand always. Works great for going around cuts and scrapes (no essential oils on open wounds please!), and also is a great headache relief because of the marjoram!

Germ Destroyer Spray for surfaces
2 Ounces witch hazel or vodka, 2 ounces distilled water and 2% (~70 drops) Germ Destroyer.

I think I’m set. Now come on Saturday!

Menopause Cool Off Mist

Menopause Cool Off Mist

From Essential Oil Blogging

In a 4 ounce bottle combine 1 ounce witch hazel with 9 drops each Lavender, Clary Sage, & Peppermint. Let sit for an hour, and then add 3 ounces distilled water.

Shake well prior to use, spray face*, arms & chest as needed for relief.

*Be sure to keep your eyes closed when misting the face.

Even though I’m making this for my mom, of course, I had to try this myself. I find it LOVELY. Super nice and cooling.

Jen’s Pumpable Lotion Recipe

Jen's Pumpable Lotion

First of all, Pretend this is full. I went ahead and did 4 ounces instead of 2 ounces because I’m pretty sure I can’t get it mixed well if I only do 2 ounces.

INITIAL NOTE: PLEASE, if you choose not to use a preservative, make sure you either refrigerate for two weeks MAX OR use all 4 ounces in one week.

Also, ALL items in contact with lotion should be sterilized before work begins.


Kitchen Scale
Small saucepan with 1″ water
Pyrex/Glass Measuring Cup
Measuring Cup of your choice
64g Fresh Distilled Water
19-20g Hydrosol (I used Chamomile)
5g Stearic Acid
4g Emulsifying Wax (NOT BEESWAX)
21g Grapeseed Oil
PLUS 1 ml Optiphen (Preservative I’m comfortable using to prevent nasty skin infections/rashes. I choose to use a preservative because 99.6% of my recipe is natural, I can live with 0.6% that prevents me from harmful bacteria. You may choose to not use a preservative. See note above.)
15 Drops Essential Oil (I used 7 drops lavender and 8 drops Roman Chamomile)


In Pyrex/Glass measuring cup, measure stearic acid, emulsifying wax, and grapeseed oil. Tare between each ingredient for measuring purposes.

Place pyrex/glass measuring cup with previous ingredients in a small saucepan with 1″ water and heat over medium-low heat until emulsifying wax and stearic acid is completely melted.

While waiting for the previous items to melt, measure out distilled water and hydrosol. Heat in microwave for a few seconds just to bring up the temperature of the water. For this recipe in MY microwave, 45 seconds is plenty.

Once oil, stearic acid, and emulsifying wax is melted, pour warm water/hydrosol mixture into the oil phase. Using a candy thermometer, verify temperature is under 140 degrees before adding 1ml Optiphen and 15 drops essential oils.

Using a immersion blender/stick blender, place the blender in the bottom of the pyrex/glass measuring glass and lift up slightly to burp. Return to the bottom of the glass and continue blending for 1 minute. If making a much larger amount (say 32 ounces), you’ll need to blend for at least 2-3 minutes.

While lotion is still warm, pour into your containers. I’m showing you a picture of a previous project because I didn’t have another 4 ounce container as I thought. Let cool completely before covering with lid.

For more information on the rules of lotion making, please google the following: Gift Series – Lotion Tutorial (from scratch) Soap Queen

This will give you excellent information on percentages for creating your OWN lotion recipe. Let me know if you try this one!

Don’t forget, ANY hydrosol and ANY essential oils can be used as long as, In this Recipe, you only use 15 drops.

DIY Bath Fizzies!

DIY Bath Fizzies


1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Citric Acid
2 Cups Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
Essential Oil (I used Calming the Child as my daughter loves these)
1/4 Cup Witch Hazel
Food Coloring (optional)


In a large bowl, sift Baking Soda, Citric Acid, and Arrowroot Powder and whisk until combined. Set aside.

In a small spray bottle (about 3-4 ounces), add 1/4 cup witch hazel and 3-4 drops of food coloring if using.

In a medium bowl, add 1 cup of your powdered ingredients and whisk in 12 drops of your essential oil. Spray powder 3-5 times and whisk. Continue this process until you can take a handful of the mixture and squeeze in your fist so that it holds it’s shape once opened. Be very careful to not to get it too wet. If you do, your bath fizzies will “melt” after un-molding.

Once the powder holds it’s shape, tightly pack into a heavy-weight silicone mold being mindful to make sure the edges are really pressed down so they don’t fall apart once dry. DO NOT use a flimsy silicone mold. See that pink one up there? It’s REALLY thin…and well…let’s just say those were a major fail.

Let set out for 2-4 hours until completely dry. You can even leave them molded overnight if wanted. Remove from molds and store in an air-tight container or zip-lock bag until ready to use.

Yields about 12 large bath fizzies.

DIY Bath Fizzies

Pain Relief Massage Candle

Pain Relief Massage Candle

65 grams soy wax
10 grams shea butter or mango butter
45 drops essential oils (2% dilution)

I did 8 drops Roman Chamomile, 8 drops Black Pepper, 8 drops Clove, 8 drops Lavender, 8 drops Self Esteem Synergy, & 5 drops Cinnamon Leaf.

Use a kitchen scale to measure soy wax and shea butter and tare (zero) in between. Add to a small saucepan and heat on low heat just until melted. Remove from heat and add essential oils.

Pour into 4 oz tin container and add wick. You may have to trim it to make it stand up on it’s own. Theoretically, you should tie it to something and let it hang straight down, but I’m a rebel.

Light candle for about 10-15 minutes until some wax melts. Blow out candle and wait 1-2 minutes before using melted wax to massage into the skin as you would a massage oil.