Showing posts with label personal care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label personal care. Show all posts

Thursday, May 23, 2019

best healthy natural sunscreen guide

You would probably have to be living under a rock to not know that sunscreen has come under fire recently. 

Sketchy ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate have been demonstrated to cause harms to coral reefs and in some areas like Hawaii and Turks and Caicos have banned sunscreens that use those ingredients.

A study published in early 2019 showed that common sunscreen chemicals are absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream in amounts many times higher than FDA standards (read Consumer Reports' write up about it here)

Mermaid inspired DIY bath bombs

These delightful mermaid-inspired bath fizzy sprinkles are easier to make than a bath bomb but just as fun to use!

Instead of having to make sure your moisture balance is just right for packing the bath bombs into molds, the fizzy bath sprinkles get the same bath-time effect but with less work and a larger margin of error.

If you have kids who love mermaids, they will love these mermaid-inspired bath sprinkles.

Just sprinkle the dry bath sprinkles over a warm tub of water for a fun and fizzy experiment!

The essential oil blend I used for this bath fizz is soothing and calming. You may find after a soak in a warm bath with the "sweet slumber" scent that your kids are ready to snuggle in and go to bed more calmly than normal.

Let me know how it goes for you!

Love bath fizzies? Want to learn how to make bath bombs for kids with toys inside?

Learn how to make bath bombs for kids with this super simple bath bomb recipe >> How to Make Bath Bombs for Kids

DIY Mermaid Bath Fizz
easy homemade bath fizzy sprinkles

Learn how to make easy DIY bath fizz powder. This easy recipe lets you make fizzy bath products with baking soda, citric acid and essential oils. It's a fun way to get an at-home spa experience. Your kids will love adding these to their bath water. This easy beauty craft makes a great gift for mother's day, stock stuffers or your favorite mermaid wannabe. #creativegreenliving #bathbomb #bathfizz #bathsalts #DIYbeauty #greenbeauty #essentialoils

Bath Fizz Supplies

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Essential oils for bath bombs - get the sweet slumber kit from Plant Therapy to get essential oils and bubble bath that you can turn into bath fizz
Plant Therapy sent me this "Sweet Slumber" set and I love the bubble bath and sweet slumber oil blend for this bath fizz recipe. The roller bottle is also perfect for applying right before bed to help kids settle in for a gentle good night.

This kit is super affordable and comes with the bubble bath, essential oil blend, essential oil roller bottle, a sleep mask and a very nice carrying case - perfect for travel.

How to Make Bath Fizz Sprinkles

How to Make Bath Fizz Step 1: 

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, carefully whisk together the baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch.

How to Make Bath Fizz Step 2: 

Add in the drops of Sweet Slumber essential oil blend.  Don't have that? Lavender essential oil will work in a pinch.

Use a whisk to mix it into the dry ingredients.

How to Make Bath Fizz Step 3: 

Slowly start to mix in the bubble bath a teaspoon at a time.

Pour just a little bit in at a time and mix thoroughly to help make sure you have an even moisture level. I find mixing it with a gloved hand works the best.

Keep adding a little bubble bath at a time until you can squeeze the mixture together and it will hold its shape. It's ok if you don't end up using the full amount called for in the recipe.

How to Make Bath Fizz Step 4: 

Crumble the mixture into small pieces and chunks onto a baking sheet and let air dry for a few hours.

How to make mermaid inspired bath fizz sprinkles

How to Make Bath Fizz Step 5: 

Transfer the mixture into your jars and add in the sprinkles on top.

How to make fizzing bath salts

How to Make Bath Fizz Step 6: 

These make super fun gifts and will last in an airtight container for a couple months.

Learn how to make easy DIY bath fizz powder. This easy recipe lets you make fizzy bath products with baking soda, citric acid and essential oils. It's a fun way to get an at-home spa experience. Your kids will love adding these to their bath water. This easy beauty craft makes a great gift for mother's day, stock stuffers or your favorite mermaid wannabe. #creativegreenliving #bathbomb #bathfizz #bathsalts #DIYbeauty #greenbeauty #essentialoils

How to Make Bath Fizz Step 7: 

When ready to use, simply sprinkle over a warm bath and enjoy the fizzy little bubbles.

That's it!
How to make DIY mermaid-inspired fizzing bath salts. This easy recipe uses essential oils, baking soda, citric acid and a secret ingredient to make a fun, fizzing bath salt recipe that is perfect ffor a DIY spa day. This Lush inspired experience will help you unwind. These homemade bath salts make a great gift as well! #creativegreenliving #lush #bathsalts #bathbomb #bathfizz #essentialoils #DIYbeauty #DIYspa #giftideas

Mermaid inspired DIY bath fizz

How to make DIY mermaid-inspired fizzing bath salts. This easy recipe uses essential oils, baking soda, citric acid and a secret ingredient to make a fun, fizzing bath salt recipe that is perfect ffor a DIY spa day. This Lush inspired experience will help you unwind. These homemade bath salts make a great gift as well! #creativegreenliving #lush #bathsalts #bathbomb #bathfizz #essentialoils #DIYbeauty #DIYspa #giftideas

If you love this Fizzing Mermaid Bath Salts tutorial, be sure to pin it to save it for later!
How to make DIY mermaid-inspired fizzing bath salts. This easy recipe uses essential oils, baking soda, citric acid and a secret ingredient to make a fun, fizzing bath salt recipe that is perfect ffor a DIY spa day. This Lush inspired experience will help you unwind. These homemade bath salts make a great gift as well! #creativegreenliving #lush #bathsalts #bathbomb #bathfizz #essentialoils #DIYbeauty #DIYspa #giftideas


Homemade Mermaid Bath Fizzy Sprinkles

Yield: 2 jars of bath sprinkles
Author: Carissa Bonham
Estimated cost: $5
prep time: perform time: 10 Mtotal time: 10 M
These fizzy bath sprinkles are fun and easy for kids to make. Sprinkle a little or a lot over a warm tub of water to watch them make a fizzy, soapy foam. Your kids will love adding these to their bathtime routine. Soothing essential oils make them perfect for winding down in a nighttime bath before bed.


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 drops of "sweet slumber" essential oil blend
  • 2-3 tablespoons bubblebath
  • Sprinkles


  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Jar for storage


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, carefully whisk together the baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch.
  2. Add in the drops of Sweet Slumber essential oil blend. Don't have that? Lavender essential oil will work in a pinch.
  3. Slowly start to mix in the bubble bath, you’ll want to pour just a little bit in at a time and mix thoroughly to help make sure you have an even moisture level. Only add in more bubble bath until you can squeeze the mixture together and it will hold its shape.
  4. rumble the mixture into small pieces and chunks onto a baking sheet and let air dry for a few hours.
  5. Transfer the mixture into your jars and add in the sprinkles on top.


To use, sprinkle the bath fizzy sprinkles over the top of a bathtub full of warm water.
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Get More Summer Beauty Ideas!

Some of my blogger friends and I teamed up to bring you a great collection of beachy, summery inspired beauty!

If you love DIY beauty products, you will love these ideas. Get the links right below this graphic!

Discover 9 summer-inspired DIY beauty ideas that will keep you looking gorgeous all season long. Some of the beauty recipes make excellent gifts that you can craft to surprise your friends with a thoughtful, seasonal homemade gift. Included are melt-and-pour soap recipes, mermaid bath salts, a solid perfume recipe, a coffee body scrub and an aloe vera face mask, as well as a sunscreen lip balm and strawberry lip scrub.

Best DIY Beauty Products for Summer:
  • Natural Sunscreen Lip Balm from Garden Therapy
    My friend, Stephenie, has a great sun screen lip balm recipe that will help keep the skin on your lips smooth and protected.
  • How to Make Solid Perfume from Life N Reflection
    If you are tired of chemical laden perfumes, you will love this DIY solid perfume tutorial that lets you make your own - no sketchy ingredients required.
  • Whipped Mermaid Inspired Soap from Your Beauty Blog
    If you love all things mermaid, you will extra love this whipped soap. She teaches you how to make both the cute mermaid adornments and the pretty whipped soap. 
  • DIY Aloe Vera Mask from A Life Adjacent
    This face mask is super moisturizing and great for soothing angry, sunburnt skin.
  • Strawberry Lip Scrub from Country Hill Cottage
    Use this gentle lip scrub to buff away dry, chapped skin from your lips. This is great to do right before moisturizing.
  • Melt and Pour Soap with Seashells Inside from Soap Deli News
    This fun melt and pour soap recipe can be used to embed anything you want inside!
  • Lime Scented Cactus Soap from Lydi Out Loud
    Cactuses are super trendy right now and you can make your own cactus shaped soaps scented with lime essential oil using Lydi's recipe.
  • Beach Body Coffee Scrub from Botaneri
    I love a good coffee scrub myself, and this one is a super simple, pared down version with no essential oils added - just the power of coffee to slough off rough dry skin!

About the Author:

Carissa Bonham is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY Blogger" in 2018.

Her creative pursuits don't stop at crafts - she is also the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017) and several ebooks. Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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Monday, December 24, 2018

Bath bomb recipe with activated charcoal

So you want to learn how to make black bath bombs? Want to make your bath water black? I've got you!

Last year, black bath bombs blew up on Instagram (check out black bath bombs on Instagram here).

For the most part, black bath bombs are made black by their use of activated charcoal rather than black dye or soap coloring.

Activated charcoal has been used in traditional health care settings as something you take internally (you swallow it!) to help poisoning or overdose for basically forever (learn more about medical use of activated charcoal here).


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cake Mix Bath Bombs with essential oils and sprinkles

Bath bombs make a wonderful Christmas gift! Luckily, learning how to make bath bombs at home isn't hard!

This Christmas bath bomb recipe features some yummy smelling essential oils. It might just end up becoming your favorite bath bomb recipe yet!

These DIY bath bombs smell like a vanilla cake topped with candy canes! Of course, you can use whichever essential oils you prefer for your homemade bath bombs but I especially love how these smell together!

You could even make this a family project. Make some bath bombs with your kids for winter break. They make lovely gifts and will make you kids look forward to bath time!

Tell the Lush bath bomb recipes to move over - this yummy cake mix inspired bath bomb recipe is the bomb!

Friday, December 7, 2018

AvoBath Inspired Lush Bath Bomb recipe - make it with or without soap coloring to make your homemade bath bombs your desired color

Lush is highly regarded as the makers of some of the best bath bomb recipes. This recipe will teach you how to make bath bombs with avocado and essential oils just like the AvoBath bath bombs at Lush!

The official Lush bath bomb recipe is a little different (and of course top secret!). We do know that they use avocado and extra virgin olive oil along with bergamot and lemongrass scent.

These homemade bath bombs use avacado along with coconut oil and essential oils that still capture the same scent profile as the Lush AvoBath recipe. 

Rumor has it that the real Lush bath bomb recipe uses rosewood essential oil. Even at my favorite provider of essential oils for bath bombs, it's really expensive!

To make our DIY Lush bath bomb recipe more affordable, we use the Love essential oil blend.  It still uses bergamot and other yummy citrus oils. We also add in lemongrass oil for that fresh, avo bath scent.

I start with lower amounts of essential oils in my DIY bath bombs so that they are safe for everybody. If you love a really strong scent to your homemade bath bombs and you know you don't have sensitive skin, go ahead and add more! Sniff and adjust as you go!


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Bubblegum scented DIY bath bomb recipe inspired by Lush
Looking for a Lush inspired bath bomb recipe that's perfect for your kids? 

You're in the right place!

Learning how to make bath bombs isn't hard to do and the results are magical! Let me show you how to make a fun bath fizzy that smells great and is perfect for gift giving.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Easy bath bomb recipe - the best basic bath bomb recipe to learn how to make bath bombs for kids

Are your kids obsessed with bath bombs? I can teach you how to make bath bombs for kids!

This easy bath bomb recipe features simple ingredients and teaches you how to put toys inside bath bombs as well! Fun!

Some DIY bath bomb recipes include essential oils that aren't kid safe. This super simple DIY bath bomb recipe is the perfect plain, basic bath bomb.

If you are comfortable using essential oils on your kids, you can try a soothing kid-safe oil like this Organic Lavender Essential Oil from Rocky Mountain Oils, which is a kid safe oil that promotes relaxation.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

How to make green tea bath bombs with essential oils - even better than Lush
If you've been near a Lush store, you have probably figured out that bath bombs are all the rage.

These giant fizzing balls release ingredients that feel nice on your skin and can have other therapeutic properties. 

This particular bath bomb recipe features green tea along with lemongrass and lavender essential oils. These three ingredients together are great for helping you relax achy muscles especially if you have had a hard day gardening or working out. Just draw a hot bath, add your bath bomb and relax.

Monday, April 30, 2018

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How to make bath bombs - even better than Lush bath bombs

If you are looking for the best bath bomb recipes, you are in the right place! 

If you are addicted to Lush bath bombs, why not save some money and learn how to make bath bombs at home? Most of these bath bomb recipes make multiple bath bombs, so keep some for yourself and give some as gifts! 

Bath bombs make an easy DIY gift idea that everyone loves!

Who wouldn't love a little bath fizzy that you can drop in your bath tub to make bubbles, soothe your skin and make you smell good? 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DIY face scrub recipe with essential oils
Making a homemade face scrub isn't hard! You can whip up this easy DIY face scrub recipe and have a soothing spa experience at home all for pennies on the dollar compared to expensive pre-made face scrubs (not to mention sketchy ingredients like parabens and phthalates and hormone disrupting chemicals, oh my!). 

This homemade face scrub is made with aloe, sugar and lavender oil. Aloe is a natural skin moisturizer and is used in a Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for all kinds of skin problems (read more about aloe in skin care here). Lavender essential oil is very soothing to the skin and helps reduce redness and irritation. Sugar is a gentle exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells without the use of microplastics found in some storebought scrubs. 

I'm sure you will love this soothing homemade face scrub recipe! Just as with any face scrub (even the kind you buy at the store!), be sure to keep it away from your eyes and if any sign of irritation develops, discontinue use immediately. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

How to make a body scrub at home - ideas for homemade sugar scrubs, salt scrubs and coffee scrubs

Have you been wanting to learn how to make sugar scrub? It's so easy to make a great homemade sugar scrub with ingredients you already have in your cabinet. 

Making your own scrubs also lets you avoid the sketchy ingredients in some store bought body care products (parabens and phthalates and synthetic fragrances, oh my!).

Try making your own DIY sugar scrub, salt scrub or coffee scrub with this collection of homemade recipes. Or try all three! 

Body scrubs are super easy to make and make great gifts. I've collected more than 20 tried-and-true body scrub recipes from my favorite bloggers to share with you here - including my own peppermint sugar scrub recipe that went viral last Christmas!

If you are looking for high quality essential oils to use in your scrubs, be sure to check out Rocky Mountain Oils - their oils are high quality, reasonably priced and you always get free shipping (even if you just buy one bottle!). 

I also love that they release the GCMS test results for every batch of oil they produce - this is something that DoTerra and YoungLiving consider proprietary information!

But now what you came here for!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Making DIY body scrubs like this yummy cinnamon sugar and coffee scrub are a great way to energize at the start of your day. Making this homemade sugar scrub means you can avoid sketchy ingredients that are often in commercially produced scrubs like artificial fragrance, parabens, phthalates, petroleum based ingredients and more.

The coconut sugar used in the scrub lends a toasty, caramelized scent while the coffee helps wake you up. Caffeine is known to be great for your skin as well and this coffee scrub is a great way to get it! The sugar and coffee work together to gently exfoliate your skin while the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling soft. Overall, this homemade body scrub will leave you feeling energized and your skin will feel pampered as you get ready to take on your day.

This sugar scrub makes a great gift as well - maybe even add an "I like you a latte" tag for a little punny humor.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

How to make sugar scrub with peppermint essential oils
If you want to learn how to make sugar scrub, you're in the right place! This peppermint sugar scrub recipe combines vanilla and peppermint essential oils to get a yummy smelling scrub that you layer to get a pretty candy cane effect - perfect for gift giving!

I love giving healthy personal care products for quick and easy Christmas gifts. Using staples that you already have in your kitchen and some yummy essential oils, you can create a great peppermint sugar scrub that will exfoliate dead skin and smell delicious at the same time! One of the best parts about this project is that you do not have to be crafty to pull it off.

To make a delightful peppermint scrub, start with an organic peppermint oil and combine it with sugar and coconut oil to make an awesome sugar scrub. I love using mine to exfoliate my whole body in the shower or to scrub dirt off my hands after I have been in the garden.

Update: This recipe was originally created by using Rocky Mountain Oils' "Blend of Vanilla" and "candy cane" oils. Due to shortages in the worldwide vanilla crop, vanilla essential oil is in short supply and RMO is no longer carrying it. This recipe was updated in 2018 to reflect oils that are currently available on the market.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When I was pregnant with my second baby, I wanted to be sure to take great care of my skin. While your tendency to get stretch marks is determined in large part by your genetics, there are definitely things you can do to support your skin to help it adapt as your baby grows! When I was pregnant, I spent time researching oils that supported skin healing and stretching and came up with this concoction. I would apply it in the evenings, after showering - being sure to take my time to massage it into my skin with my fingertips. I did this so that my skin could absorb it while I was sleeping (a naturally healing time for your skin anyway!) and by morning my skin would just be soft and not at all oily.

In addition to using this oil, I was very good about drinking water and taking my prenatal vitamin so my skin was supported from both the inside and outside. While I did get stretch marks from my first baby, as far as I can tell I didn't get any new ones with my second pregnancy and my skin's texture is soft instead of dry or stressed looking.


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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Please note that I am not a doctor. This is a personal opinion piece and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult a doctor or naturopath regarding your family's personal vaccination and health care plans.
We are a family that does not do flu shots. Reasons we skip this vaccine include:
  • Flu vaccines are one of only three vaccines that still contain mercury, a known neurotoxin.(source)
  • H1N1 vaccine is linked to increased incidence of miscarriage.(see the abstract of study here)
  • A 2011 study showed a significant connection between receiving the flu vaccine and subsequently catching H1N1 flu.(read the study here)
Whether your family does flu shots or not, you'll want to adopt some extra practices during cold and flu season to keep your family in tip top shape.  Here are 15 ways to keep your family healthy and flu-free this winter.

15 Natural Ways to Avoid Getting 

the Flu (No Flu Shot Required!)

1) Wash your hands before eating. I admittedly am horrible at this normally. It's easy to just pull up a chair at the table to eat. But take a couple minutes to wash your hands first -especially during flu season.

2) Wash your hands before and after you use the restroom. Starting with clean hands before you touch delicate areas can help prevent you from introducing germs to an area where you are susceptible.

3) Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet. It might feel wasteful to let the water run a bit longer while you get a paper towel but it will go a long way to prevent re-contaminating your freshly washed hands in public washrooms. If you're in a paperless bathroom, use your elbow to turn off the water instead.

4) Open restroom doors with paper towels. Again, you don't want to contaminate your freshly washed hands with bathroom germs. If you're in a paperless bathroom, grab some extra toilet paper or keep a travel pack of tissues in your purse for this reason.

5) Sanitize frequently. I'm not normally a huge fan of hand sanitizers but I keep a bottle in my car and one in my purse specifically for use during flu season. Be sure to avoid sanitizers with the toxic ingredient triclosan. My favorite is this Aloe & Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer from Burt's Bees.

6) Use cart wipes. Use cart wipes to clean shopping carts or shopping basket handles before use. Most stores provide these but I keep some extra Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes in a baggie in my purse as back up.

7) Do a daily wipe down. Once a day, take a minute to cruise through your house and wipe down the door knobs and faucet handles. These are high contact areas where germs will build up. Wipe them down every day to mitigate the germs being shared with your family. Check out some great cleaning supply recipes here.

8) Boost your immune system with probiotics. The more we learn about the immune system, the more science is saying that a lot of our immunity is based in our gut. Probiotics from yogurt, kefir or a supplement (we like American Health Acidophilus and Bifidus Chewable Tablets, which come in several flavors, are lactose free and taste good) will help enhance your natural immunity by boosting the population of beneficial bacteria in your gut. When shopping for supplements, be sure to find one that measures the quantity of bacteria in the billions.

9) Boost your immune system with vitamins. Ideally you would get all the nutrition you need from the food you eat. The sad truth is that most Americans just aren't able to do that because our food is so nutrition poor. I personally prefer vitamin gummies like Nutrition Now Gummy Vitamins because they are more pleasant to take than swallowing pills. Nutrition now makes several formulations including one for kids, women and more. My son takes their kids line of vitamins and I take their women's multivitamin. Pay particular attention to how much Vitamin D and C are in the vitamins you shop for.

10) Prevent the flu with elderberry syrup. Elderberry syrup is a natural preventative and protects cells from being able to be infected with viruses. Make your own (it's really easy!) or buy it on amazon.

11) Get enough rest. When we don't get enough rest, our systems start to stress out. When our systems stress out they are not as efficient at fighting off the the daily germs we come in contact with. I know this can be easier said than done for most moms, but if possible try to take advantage our our increased number of dark hours and turn in early.

12) Reduce sugar intake. Too much sugar suppresses immune system cells responsible for attacking bacteria. Even consuming just 75 to 100 grams of sugar (about the same as in two 12-ounce sodas) reduces the ability of white blood cells to overpower and destroy bacteria. This effect is seen for at least a few hours after consuming a sugary drink.(source)

13) Stay hydrated. If plain water isn't for you, try hot tea or iced tea (make your own!). Despite Coca Cola's campaign to tell you otherwise, soda and coffee do not count. These beverages tax your system instead of supporting it. Stick to water and tea-based beverages.

14) Stay home. If there is a particularly bad outbreak in your area, stay home except for essential trips. Avoidance of sick people goes a long way to keeping you healthy.

15) Wash hands as soon as you come home. If you're been out and about be sure to wash your hands once you come home to avoid contaminating your personal space with germs you picked up on your hands while out in public.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This article is not intended to be medical advice. Please consult your doctor or naturopath before trying any home remedy. This remedy is not appropriate for kids under 1 year of age.

I first wrote about elderberry syrup in January of 2013. I was introduced to elderberry syrup by fellow green blogger and nurse, Alicia of The Soft Landing as a way to keep my family healthy during flu season.

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