How to make rose bath bombs

Friday, September 25, 2015



The first time I heard about bath bombs was through Instagram. Someone took a video as they plopped one into the water. I was hypnotized by the swirling colors and the gentle fizzing sound.

Since then I've been hooked.

LUSH is one of my favorite stores now and I love how everything there is not only good for you, but good for the environment. They're so friendly in there too: one girl who helped me out with my purchase actually graduated from the same college I'm going to and enjoys writing just as much as me!

I'm obsessed with their rose scents, particularly their bath bomb rose queen. Yet my world crashed when I heard they might be discontinuing it. I knew I had to do something...

So, here's my honest attempt to make something similar. It may not be rose queen, but it sure is nice!

If you're interested in giving it a shot, here's what you have to do:


Here are the dry ingredients. Don't add the rose petals until later!

Thing's you'll need:

  • Citric acid (4 oz)
  • Baking soda (4 oz)
  • Epsom salt (4 oz)
  • Coconut oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Water (2-3 tablespoons)
  • Rose absolute essential oil (18 drops)
  • Lavender essential oil (4 drops - believe it or not this scent helps enhance the rose scent)
  • Beet juice (6 tablespoons - this is for coloring and turns the bath bomb light pink)
  • Rose petals (a bowl-full)
  • Two big bowls (one for dry ingredients, one for wet)
  • Rose-shaped molds (I found mine on amazon)
  • A whisk
  • Several spoons (depends on how many you see fit to help you scoop things)
  • A measuring cup
  • Plastic wrap
Note: this can be very messy and tiring. It takes about an hour to prepare.


Some of the wet ingredients. This was taken on my first attempt, before I used Lavender essential oil too so it's not in the picture. 

Directions:

  1. Fill one bowl with your dry ingredients (citric acid, baking soda and epsom salt) and mix well. Try to get all the clumps out.
  2. Fill the other bowl with your wet ingredients (coconut oil, water, essential oils and beet juice) and mix well. If you need to make the beet juice, as I did, use at least two organic beets, peel the skin off, cut them up and juice them.
  3. Slowly start to add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. As soon as you do this it will start to fizz so have a whisk handy. Start whisking it until it stops fizzing, then add some more wet ingredients to it. This is a lengthy process but don't rush it! If you add too much liquid at once it will cause your dry ingredients to become too absorbent and they will literally grow in size which makes it hard to mold them (trust me).
  4. Once you've added all your wet ingredients give it one last mix. Use your hands to feel it: it should feel like wet sand. You should be able to mold it into a ball with your hands without it growing, fizzing, or crumbling. If it is too dry, add a tablespoon more of water and mix again. If it is too wet (fizzing/growing), add a bit more dry ingredients.
  5. Now add your lovely rose petals! I used some from my miniature red rose plant. The petals are dried now but are still very fragrant and pleasing to the eye. If you don't have a rose plant of your own, you can get organic dried rose petals online. My favorite resource is https://www.mountainroseherbs.com for any organic ingredients, although their rose petals are not always in stock.
  6. After mixing in the rose petals, you can start molding. Simply take some of your mixture, roll it into a ball and pack it into your mold. Be sure to pack it in good and not overfill it.
  7. When you're done, wrap the mold in plastic wrap just to make sure nothing spills. Then, put it in the freezer. Leave it overnight and take them out the next morning.

And, done! They look absolutely beautiful when you take them out of the mold. Hope this helps my fellow bath-bomb lovers!

How to make a simple organic rose fertilizer

Friday, September 11, 2015

The last thing any gardener likes to see is leaves that have lost their luster and flowers that look way beyond stressed out.
Unfortunately, that's how my mini-rose plant was starting to look. I had just gotten a new one after my fragrant red roses died (this one is pink) so I didn't like what I saw. Even after I transplanted it to a bigger pot the pink beauties still looked like they were having some trouble.
That's when I knew I had to do something I had never one before: I had to use fertilizer.
I'm normally not a fan of these. I like the idea of growing something as naturally as possible. When I went online and searched for some organic fertilizers I was taken back by some of the prices. Plus there was the element of waiting: my roses needed a quick fix and they needed it now. By the time the fertilizer got here whose to say my roses wouldn't be dead?
Finally, after some more digging around, I found a great and simple recipe online that I could create on the fly. All it takes is some egg shells, Epsom salt and a little time!

Egg shells and Epsom salt never looked so good.

 
Grind up those egg shells!

Epsom salt and egg shells

You will need:
 
  • Two eggs
 
  • Two tablespoons of Epsom salt
 
  • A bowl
 
  • A spoon
 
  • A container to store the fertilizer in
 
 
Directions:
  1. Take the two eggs and crack them open. You can use the egg in cooking, as I do whenever I do this, to prevent wasting it. However, when you're done eating or what have you, clean out the egg shells thoroughly in the sink. When you feel all the goop is gone (and you haven't cut yourself) put them in the bowl.
  2. Start smashing with your spoon! You can break up the big pieces with your fingers, but be careful. You have to crush the egg shells down to grain-like consistency. Do not let any remain bigger than the size of your pinkie. Tip: go back and forth between using the back of the spoon as well as the tip of the spoon for the best crushing effects. This may take a little while.
  3. When you feel you've crushed enough, add in the two tablespoons of Epsom salt! Mix the two together and congratulate yourself. You just made rose food!
  4. Combine about one spoonful of your new rose fertilizer to water. Mix well and water your roses. You will probably have leftover so store it in a container of some sort. You can use this mix every month, once a month and you'll be surprised at the boost it gives your plant!

These beauties deserve all the love they can get.

    Let me know what fertilizer you use for roses in the comments before!
 

Autumn, are we ready for you?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Image source: Google search.


Whenever school rolls around my thoughts shift like the colors of the leaves do.
Each season brings with it it's own tone, mood and feelings. Summer, for example, exemplifies happiness, play and abundance. The summer months sing of flowers in full bloom, nature at it's peak and beach-filled afternoons.
Fall on the other hand takes a quieter approach. Nature is so busy during the summer months, always hyper-alert, always producing offspring be it through pollen or newborn babies. Yet, slowly but surely, autumn rolls in, hushing summer. Kindly, it says, 'rest now my sister, I'll take it from here. You must sleep.'
And so, nature starts to yawn. The trees give way to golds, reds and purples. The air cools and becomes crisper. The flowers retreat and become reserved, save for a select few, like chrysanthemums, that can't bare to fall asleep just yet.
There is something to be said about this time of year. It shows, even in death, there is beauty. For as much as I love the summer, I love autumn too. The rich colors inspire something within me, a different sort of mood. I become reflective, thoughtful, wistful even. I look forward to all things apple, pumpkin and cinnamon related. I crave cuddly sweaters, steaming hot mugs of tea and scented pine cones. I look forward to picking apples, riding hay rides, wearing plaid and harvesting pumpkins with my family.
I think autumn brings about an innate instinct in humans we sometimes do not realize: an instinct to survive. It may sound odd at first, but hear me out. We see the world around us slowing down in autumn, going into hibernation. Everything in the natural world is telling us to stop, to listen, to slow down. Yet we persist on in our busy lives as if summer were still here, staring at glaring smartphone screens, rushing to work and blocking others out by blasting music on our iPods.
We want to stay awake, to beat nature, to survive.
I believe that is why so many people suffer from insomnia: they are not in tune with the seasons, with the natural rhythm of life. I'm sure this is not the only reason for insomnia but I do not doubt it is one.
Am I saying to go to sleep? To hibernate like a big bear? To collect nuts like squirrels do before the big frost?
No.
I am saying, however, to let yourself slow down, however you see fit. What our bodies do not realize is that even if we were to slow down, just a bit here and there, we would still survive, if not thrive.
Take a few moments of your day to look out the window: do you see any leaves starting to turn red or yellow?  Take a moment to just sip your tea without scrolling mindlessly through Facebook.
Did anything bad happen? Did your world crash down and collapse because you took a breather and actively noticed your surroundings? I doubt it, and if they did, I apologize sincerely for the ill advice.
But for the 99% of you that are still alive after taking a moment to breath in your surroundings, don't you feel better?
I know I do.

What are some of your favorite fall-themed activities? Share below in the comments! 
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