Jan 5

My daughter loves crafts of any kind. Hand her a piece of paper and she does some pretty amazing things with it. Also a tad of a mini-scientist, she loves “making experiments” that usually end up with her in trouble. So for Christmas I got her the Scientific Explorer’s Spa Science Chemistry Kit off of Amazon. It was an absolute hit, but lacked in some supplies.

When Elements Bath & Body landed in our inbox as a new advertiser on Idea Queen, it got me thinking…and surfing. Little kits that make just a handful of various items are fun and all, but they’re also just a tease for kids that really want to dive into doing stuff like this as a real hobby. Maybe not a business, but a hobby at the very least.

I guess I hadn’t really looked to close into places that sell supplies, simply because they quantities they sell in are just too much for no more than we’d want to do. However, Elements sells in small enough qualities so we can make soaps and other items just as a hobby. I was also pretty impressed with their variety of melt and pour soaps, as well as long list of various soap molds. There’s some pretty cute stuff there, especially for a 7yr old girl making her own.

While I’m sure you could invest a little more money into real supplies vs a kit, in the long run if your interested in making your own soaps and bath products even on a semi-regular basis, checking into sites that sell wholesale is a great idea. Plus these types of items make WONDERFUL birthday and Christmas gifts for family and friends!

Have fun!

Feb 28

Have you ever had a bath bomb? If not, you are missing out! I absolutely love these, and they are easy to become addicted to. It’s even more fun to make them yourself.

It’s the citrus acid that makes them fizz. This ingredient is actually easier to find that you would think. There’s two different places online we’ve managed to find it. One of them is Shaman Shop, and the other is Mountain Rose Herbs.

Here’s a real basic and easy recipe for making fizzy bath bombs:

Bath Bombs/Bath Fizzies
2 tbs. citric acid
2 tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
3 tbs. coconut oil  (or any other emollient oil like almond, avocado or apricot kernel oil)
1/4 tsp. fragrance oil
3-6 drops of food coloring (if desired)
Paper candy cups

Place all of the dry ingredients (first 3) into a bowl and mix well. Place coconut oil into a small glass bowl and add fragrance and food coloring. Slowly add oil mixture into dry ingredients and mix well. Scoop up small amounts of the mixture and shape into 1″ balls. Let the balls rest on a sheet of waxed paper for about 2 to 3 hours, then place each ball into a candy cup to let dry and harden for 24 to 48 hours. Store bombs in a closed, air-tight container. To use, drop 1 to 3 bombs into warm bath water.

You can find more bath bomb recipes at Idea Queen.

Feb 13

Making your own bath salts really isn’t as hard as you think it would be. The main ingredient is “Epson Salt” in most homemade bath salt recipes, and really isn’t that hard to find.

Epson Salt can be found in bulk at Mountain Rose Herbs, and really isn’t as expensive as you think it would be. Last we checked, a pound was only $3.50! Plus you’ll find other items for natural bath products on this website as well, including different types of salts, essential oils, and other important ingredients.

The recipe listed below for how to make bath salts uses 2 tbsp of Epson Salt, which means you should get about 16 different batches out of one pound of salt. Sea salt is less hard to find, and can be seen at just about any store with the regular salt. However, if you are concerned about the quality, do be sure to check out Mountain Rose Herbs (link above) for their selection of sea salt as well.

Balancing Epson Salt Bath
Epson Salt–2 tbsp
Sea Salt–1 tbsp
Baking Soda–3 tbsp
Essential Oils–16 drops
Jar–4 oz

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, and Rosewood.
Add sea salt, baking soda, epson salts and oils to jar. Gently shake to mix, mix well.

*Note: Since you are using several different types of essential oils, it’s not necessary to purchase larger sizes of any of the oils listed. 1/2oz bottles go a very long way, especially when you are only using a few drops of each. Although do keep in mind if you make other types of bath and body products, having at least an ounce or more on hand of several different essential oils is not a bad idea.

Need more recipes? Check out our ebook which lists over 250 easy bath and body recipes!

Nov 14

Here’s an interesting idea for a homemade Christmas gift - lip gloss! If you have beeswax, there are a lot of different recipes for lip gloss out there. We have quite a few on Idea Queen, which we’ll share here.

Basic Beeswax Lip Gloss
1/2 ounce beeswax beads, refined
4 ounces sweet almond oil
2 teaspoons essential oil or food flavoring oil

Put the 4 ounces of sweet almond oil in measuring cup, add beeswax beads and melt in microwave. Stir with spoon, and when cooled a bit, add essential or flavoring oil. Pour into jars or containers.

Honey Lip Balm
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. beeswax
1/2 tsp. cocoa butter
1/2 tsp. honey
3 drops essential oil
1 vitamin E capsule

Measure oil, beeswax and cocoa butter into a glass or enamel pan. Melt over low heat. A hotplate works well and reduces the risk of overheating the oils.
Stir the mixture often until the wax is melted. Remove from heat and stir in the honey and essential oil. Pinch open the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into the mixture. Stir well. Pour the mixture into containers.
See more lip gloss recipes at Idea Queen. Have fun!

Oct 19

The other day we posted some lye soap recipes, and figured we’d also post some glycerin soap recipes. After all, it is the most popular right now for both consumers and soap makers.

This particular recipe doesn’t get much easier. It includes only 3 ingredients, two of which are completely your choice. The other ingredient is glycerin of course! You can also find this recipe on our homemade soap recipes page, and in the Bath & Body Recipes ebook.

Herbal Glycerin Soap Recipes
1 pound Glycerin
1/2 ounce fragrance oil or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon essential oil, amount depends on oil used.
1 T. herbal powder of your choice and/or 1 T. dried flower of you choice

Melt the glycerin in the microwave until completely dissolved. This usually takes one to two minutes. Avoid stirring as much as possible because stirring causes bubbles. Pour in herbal powder, dried flowers, and fragrance oil while still in liquid state. Stir lightly to evenly distribute the ingredients.

Pour in the mold of your choice and let set for 1 to 2 hours or longer if desired. If you have trouble with the bar releasing from the mold, place in the freezer for a few minutes and the bar should release easily. I have found that the bar of soap lathers better when it is allowed to cure for 3 to 7 days before use.

This recipe yields 4 - 4 ounce bars of Glycerin Soap

Oct 17

While glycerin, melt & pour, and goat milk soap may be the most popular right now, some of us still like to make old fashion lye soap. The following is a recipe pulled out of the Bath & Body recipes ebook. So if you like this one, you might check out the ebook for additional ideas!

Oatmeal Soap
10 oz. palm oil
4 oz. coconut oil
2 oz. olive oil
1/4 c. oatmeal, run through the blender or coffee grinder
2 oz. lye
1 c. water
Scent (optional)

Mix lye and water and set aside to cool. Melt palm oil and coconut oil together and set aside to cool. Mix the olive oil and oatmeal. When the lye reaches 100 degrees and the fats are 120 degrees, pour the lye into the fats and stir until it traces. Add the oatmeal, and stir until well mixed. Pour the soap into molds. Allow to sit for 24-48 hours. Unmold and cut if needed.

PS - These make great Christmas gifts!

Oct 8

Witch Hazel is a key ingredient in many different bath and body products. It acts as a natural preservative when you are making bath products at home. On our money saving page, there are several different bath and body recipes that feature witch hazel. You can also find more recipes in the Homemade Bath & Body Recipes ebook.

Here’s a few recipes we pulled out of the book. Enjoy!

Herbal Astringent For Oily Skin
1 oz Chamomile
3 tb Witch hazel
1/2 ts Cider vinegar
1 oz Peppermint extract
8 oz Water
Few drops of peppermint extract
1/4 ts Boric acid — optional

Boil chamomile, witch hazel, vinegar, peppermint and water. Cool and strain. Add remaining ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. Keep refrigerated.

Basic Bubble Bath Recipe
Use only 100% pure soap flakes.
Almond Oil–2 cups
Distilled W ater–2 cups
Soap Flakes (or grated soap)–1 cup
Witch Hazel–2 Tbsp

Boil the spring water and melt the soap in it. In another container, mix
the witch hazel and almond oil together and shake well. (If possible, do
this in a blender.) Then slowly add the soap mix ture to the witch hazel and oil blend and again, shake or blend well. These amounts will make a large quantity of basic bubble bath mixture to which you can add the essential oils of your choice as and when required. For each 2 tablespoons of base bubble bath, use 15 drops of essential oil and mix well. Use 1-2 teaspoons of the final product in each bath.

Soothing Summer Body Spray
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon cucumber extract
1 cup water

For a refreshing cool feeling, make an after shower spray by combining all the ingredients. Place in a pump spray bottle.

Sep 24

This page seems to be a bit hard to find on Idea Queen, so I thought it deserved to be in the spot light. There is actually quite a few bubble bath recipes available, complete with details on where to find supplies.

All the bath and body recipes are listed under “Money Saving Ideas” at Idea Queen because it can be cost effective to make your own. Especially if you decided not only to use them for yourself, but gifts as well.

You’ll need to keep in mind that most of these bubble bath recipes do NOT include a preservative of any kind. They will not keep for more than a few months. Do be sure that if you are giving bubble bath as a gift you let them know this. On the plus side, the ones that use only natural ingredients are free of toxins and better for your body. This is especially great for those with sensitive skin.

For supplies, we’ve found two GREAT places to pick up just about any type of natural ingredient you need for ANY bath and body product. Shamanshop.net has some fantastic options for essential oils and other types of oils. Mountain Rose Herbs has the supplies you need for glycerin and other natural bases for bath products.

Before you start shopping for supplies though, do be sure to stop by and check out our bubble bath recipes!

Sep 19

Did you know we actually have our bath & body recipes within the money saving ideas section of Idea Queen? We figured there’s no better way to save tons of money than to make your own bath and body items. This includes homemade soap, bubble bath, bath salts, and lots of other recipes.

Anyway, here is the easiest homemade soap recipe we found:

Herbal Glycerin Soap

1 pound Glycerin
1/2 ounce fragrance oil or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon essential oil, amount depends on oil used.
1 T. herbal powder of your choice and/or 1 T. dried flower of you choice

Melt the glycerin in the microwave until completely disolved. This usually takes one to two minutes. Avoid stirring as much as possible because stirring causes bubbles. Pour in herbal powder, dried flowers, and fragrance oil while still in liquid state. Stir lightly to evenly distribute the ingredients.

Pour in the mold of your choice and let set for 1 to 2 hours or longer if desired. If you have trouble with the bar releasing from the mold, place in the freezer for a few minutes and the bar should release easily. I have found that the bar of soap lathers better when it is allowed to cure for 3 to 7 days before use.

This recipe yields 4 - 4 ounce bars of Glycerin Soap.
Need more bath & body recipes? This one along with over 250 more can be found in the Bath & Body Recipe ebook available at Idea Queen.

Sep 14

Some of us absolutely can not style our hair without some sort of gel. Especially those of us with curly and hard to manage hair. It adds up though, and can get quite expensive buying different hair care products.

The following recipe for homemade hair gel is on our home hair care recipes page at Idea Queen.  It’s also found (with many, many others) in the Bath & Body recipes ebook, which has over 250 different recipes you can try out at home.

Homemade Scented Hair Gel
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons flax seed
2 drops scented oil — your choice of scent

-Combine water and seeds in a small saucepan.
-Bring to a boil then remove from heat.
-Allow to set for a half an hour.
-Strain through fine collander.
-When completely cooled, add scented oil.
-Transfer to a wide-mouthed jar with lid.

NOTES : Use as you would any hair gel product.