Lotion Bars for Mother’s Day

IMG_20190430_162157Last year I ran across some really nice recipes for making lotion bars. Well, what I ran across first were some super cute lotion/soap bar molds that I fell in love with! So I ordered the molds, then decided to try making lotion bars. Someday I will try soap, but for now, I’m enjoying using beeswax from local honey bee keepers and experimenting with different combinations of essential oils.

I someday hope to have a little shop set up on our “homestead” where I can sell things like this and other crafts, but for now, I’m going to just spread the word and likely add these to my Etsy store.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these lotion bars and live locally, I’d be happy to prepare one for your wife, sister or mom for this upcoming Mother’s Day 🙂 I have them in the form of larger 4oz size flowers, which come with/on an antique (or antique-ish) saucer for $8 or in a smaller 2oz size in tin for $6.

Lotion bars are made with beeswax from local beekeeper, shea butter or mango butter, coconut oil and an essential oil. They have a very light fragrance – I have used a mixture of lavender and orange with some, and peppermint and orange for others. They work great for rubbing onto really dry spots on your skin, for travel, and for sitting next to your kitchen/bathroom sink or on a night stand… having it rest on the little saucer makes it handy to keep anywhere! And it looks cute! (if I do say so myself!)

Since the flowers are all in various designs and the saucers have been collected from second hand shops, there’s no guarantee that you will get exactly what you see online… please allow me to pick the right flower and saucer combo for you 🙂 Your purchase will come in a little bag with tissue paper and a tag, ready to give 🙂

Please fill out the contact form or send an email to jennifer at turningleafstudio.com if you would like to place an order 🙂 Thanks!

Natural Tick & Lyme Disease Prevention

As yucky of a topic as this is, I thought this was a very good and informational article by Whole-Fed Homestead about ticks, how they work, and how to use natural products, and common sense, to help prevent being bitten by the little buggers… it is so hard to decide between using something chemical that has proven nasty side effects, but is effective, and some natural options which require more effort and applications, and may be less effective. Either way, there are pros and cons. Every year, we weigh it out and often use both methods. But I felt this article covered a lot about how ticks work, which helps me decide what to do to protect myself and my children. Good luck!!

 

Essential Oil Diffusing Necklace

Recently I was given the opportunity to try out a piece of essential oil jewelry from Essential Charms, a company that sells products to help you experience the benefits of wearing essential oils on your body through pieces of jewelry.

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I selected the necklace called “fragrant blooms” as it was simple and pretty. It came with my choice of lava stone, which basically soaks up the essential oil and then sits inside the little silver “case” around it.

I had seen these kinds of things for years and a lot of times they were not of a design that I was attracted to… they looked a little gaudy or were of some kind of pattern I did not really care for. But when I browsed through Essential Charms’ selection of jewelry, I found that I was attracted to most everything they offered. I’m always on the lookout too for the integrity of the company I purchase things from, or promote. I was happy to learn that Essential Charms is a husband and wife owned company, based in the US. The small company designs all the jewelry themselves.

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I’ve been wearing my necklace now on and off for a couple of months and have finally gotten around to writing about it. I have found that I like the style of the necklace very much and not only do I like having the gentle scent of my favorite oil on me throughout the day, but my kids will come up and smell it and enjoy it as well. So far I’ve only used things like Sweet Oasis or Lavender from my favorite oil company Rocky Mountain Oils, but I am planning to also use my necklace to ward off mosquitoes and gnats with their Bug Away, Cedarwood or Geranium. I think this will be another great use for this type of jewelry!

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Aren’t these earrings cute?!

Do you wear your EOs on any type of jewelry? I was originally drawn to the necklace, but I am now quite interested in the earrings because they are pretty cute, plus, if I put some of the oils that repel gnats and mosquitoes on the earrings, I would imagine that would be a great way to deter them from my neck and face! I think I just talked myself into a new piece of jewelry! Thanks to Essential Charms for this opportunity to try something new!

DIY Essential Oil Playdough

I think I may even play with this stuff! I haven’t made play dough for my kids in ages, but seeing this pic and thinking of the yummy smelling essential oils I have from Rocky Mountain Oils may inspire me to make this today, since it’s only 9 degrees out right now, on April 5…. good grief! If you try this, let me know how it turns out for you, and which oil(s) you used! Click here for the recipe.

Immune Strength Essential Oil for Fall

Starting to prep for the fall and winter “sickie seasons” by restocking some of my favorite oils from Rocky Mountain Oils. One of the top oil blends I like is Immune Strength, which we use on the kids’ feet and diffused in the air if we start getting ill.

They have some new fall scents out that sound like they would smell wonderful running through our diffuser at home. Check them out here!

Best Essential Oils to Help Ward Off Bugs & Ticks

Rocky Mountain Oils posted an article about the best oils to use to help combat a variety of pesty bugs and ticks. We have Bug Off as well as a variety of other oils such as geranium and thyme that I have mixed in a spray bottle. The kids like it if I add a little bit of vanilla as well. So far so good! Check out their website here.

Bugs, Away!