Home Spa: Handmade Potpourri

For the final installment of our Home Spa Collection of projects I made a short video on how to make your own potpourri. I used many of our dried herbs & flowers and placed them in a container in pretty layers. It’s very simple and the results are beautiful and much less expensive than a store bought version.

Interested in our other Home Spa Collection projects? Check out our Emulsified Scrub, Soothing Eye Pillow, Gentle Gel Serum, and Pink Salt and Shea Bath Bar.

To make this project you will need:

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Sparkle Power Bath Bomb Tutorial

Here’s a kid-friendly bath bomb tutorial guaranteed to make bath time tons of fun. It’s a spin off of the recent Hidden Color Bath Bomb tutorial, where a secret stash of super concentrated color appears once the bath bomb is activated in water. This time around, instead of color the secret stash is full of glitter! What a fun and unexpected treat for bath time adventures.

Sparkle Power

Recipe:

1 Cup Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)

1/2 Cup Citric Acid

1/2 Cup Corn Starch

1/2 Cup Coarse Epsom Salt

1.5 Tablespoons Avocado Oil

9 mL Love Spell Fragrance Oil

Rosy Pink LaBomb Colorant

Iridescent Glitter

Rose Mold

Witch Hazel

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Oatmeal Facial Scrub and Mask

Here’s a quick and adaptable recipe for a gentle facial scrub and mask. It works great as a simple exfoliater, but for an added boost leave it on your skin as a mask to absorb oil and clean pores. Skin-loving ingredients and gentle oils make this scrub and mask a soothing addition to any skin care routine.

Oatmeal Facial Scrub and Mask

Recipe:

2 1/2 cups Oatmeal (NOT quick oats)

1/2 cup Bentonite Clay

2 Tablespoons Lemon Peel Powder

3 mL Oat Extract

3 mL Vitamin E Oil

Hungarian Lavender

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Egyptian Geranium Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

2 – 8 oz. Glass Bail Jars

Aloe Vera Liquid or Chamomile Tea (for hydrating the mask)

OPTIONAL: Lavender Grade 1

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New Year, New Fragrance (tutorial)

Have any plans for this evening? Here’s what I’m up to (yes, yes, you guessed it: difficult to get a baby sitter on New Year’s Eve). Recently I made a wonderful spray perfume for my mom that smelled amazing using a blend of different fragrance oils. However, it’s not always necessary to blend fragrance oils. A quick and easy way to get a perfectly lovely scent is to use a fragrance oil that is already a bit complex on it’s own. All the blending is done for you, and you can get on with your fancy New Year’s Eve parties and champagne toasts at midnight!

Sweet and Easy Perfume

Recipe: 

10 mL Cyclomethicone

9 mL DPG (Dipropylene Glycol)

10 mL 91% Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol

1-2 mL Fragrance Oil

3 Mini Spray Bottles

Droppers with Suction Bulb

Small Funnel (optional)

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Rose Clay Sugar Scrub

With the gift giving season right around the corner, it’s hard to ignore the quick and easy ideas available with every one of Bramble Berry’s fragrance oil samples of the month. October’s sample is Spiced Mahogany. Be sure to take a peak at the tutorial (especially if you’re a fan of adorable little birdies). There’s also quite a few from previous months that are worth checking out: Cherry BlossomFresh BambooSweet Meyer LemonVioletWhite Ginger & AmberButter Cream & Snickerdoodle, and Moonlight Pomegranate. We don’t always repost them on the blog so be sure to check them out if you haven’t seen them at the Bramble Berry site before.

Now, onto the weekly Soap Queen tutorial; Rose Clay Sugar Scrub with Black Amber and Lavender Fragrance Oil is an exciting way to add diversity to your product line, or make it a sophisticated addition to a gift for that someone who has everything. With minimal ingredients and a vast number of packaging options, this recipe is sure to be a hit this season!

Rose Clay Sugar Scrub

Recipe:

10 oz Foaming Bath Whip

1 oz Sweet Almond Oil

0.4 oz Black Amber and Lavender Fragrance Oil

3 teaspoons Rose Clay

12 oz Sugar

Jar or other container (for packaging/storage)

Hand-held or Stand Mixer [Read more…]

How to Make Perfume Video

Learn how to custom blend your own perfume on Soap Queen TV. In this episode, I’m going to show you how to blend fragrance oils to create your very own unique scent. Then I’ll share my recipes for an all natural solid and a luxurious, floral spray perfume.


How to Make Perfume from Soap Queen on Vimeo.

To make the Solid Perfume you will need:

 

 

To make the Spray Perfume you will need:

 

Color Block Rainbow Soap Tutorial

This fun and whimsical soap is perfect for anyone a little unsure of working with powder colorants because it uses Color Blocks! Color Blocks are pre-mixed, intensely colored little nuggets of soap. You just shave off a bit to get the color you want and mix it into your melted soap. There’s no pre-mixing with oils or glycerin and the colors work well every time. For this project, we went rainbows mixed with books; the colorful stacked blocks embedded in white soap kind of remind me of a perfectly disheveled book shelf. Stacks of read and well-loved books are one of my favorite sights ever (and you can always see what I’m currently reading here).

Color Block Rainbow Header

Recipe:

72 oz Clear Melt and Pour Base

22 oz White Melt and Pour Base

Electric Bubblegum Color Block

Fizzy Lemonade Color Block

Tangerine Wow! Color Block

Ultraviolet Blue Color Block

Shimmer Amethyst Purple Color Block

Green Oxide Color Block

Citrus Green LabColor

1.8 oz Pikake Flower Fragrance Oil

12 Bar Silicone Mold

5 Pound Slide Bottom Wood Log Mold

5 Pound Wood Log Mold Liner

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