FIZZING BATH (BOMB) TRUFFLE

 

Making Your Own Bath (Bomb) Truffles

Have you ever tried to make your own bath bombs only to have them crumble on you, dry out your skin or not turn out quite right? I have  tried many different bath bomb recipes and experienced all these unpleasant results. The fizzing bath truffle is different than most recipes
and is my absolute favorite.
Soothing cocoa butter helps hydrate your skin while the Himalayan sea salt provides healing benefits for the body. A luxurious bath  experience with just the right ingredients to soften the skin.

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Himalayan Sea Salt
3 Tablespoons Citric Acid
10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil *

DIRECTIONS:

In a small sauce pot melt cocoa butter on low heat. As soon as it is completely melted, remove from heat and add baking soda, Himalayan sea salt and citric acid. Mix quickly and add essential oils. Mix again and press into a silicone type mold made for ice cubes or candies. The mixture should be a thick paste like consistency.

Put in the refrigerator and let cool for about 2 hours. Pop out your bath truffles and store in a cool, dry place.

OPTIONS (for gift giving):

1. Put in cute little cardboard boxes.
2. Wrap in waxed paper or candy wrappers or leave unwrapped.
3. Pour into small disposable paper cups instead of a mold and press a dried flower into the top.
4. Sprinkle dried flowers into the bottom of your mold before pouring in your truffle mixture to add
a romantic touch.
5. Test out different essential oils, i.e. Lavender, Lemon, Orange or Frankincense.

HOW TO USE:

Place one or two bath truffles into warm bath water and enjoy.
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WHY CAFFEINE IN SKIN CARE?

Coffee and green tea both contain caffeine which can help stimulate the skin. They also contain antioxidants which can help protect the skin and slow ageing. I originally created a coffee serum for under eye treatment. Primarily, to combat puffiness and dark circles. However, I loved the results of the coffee eye serum so much that I began using it as a full facial serum. This facial serum helps fight acne, discoloration, puffiness and makes my skin nice and smooth.

THE BENEFITS

Not only is caffeine helpful at stimulating the skin by increasing blood flow, it can also help with discoloration. Green tea contains vitamin K which can help with dark circles. If you have sensitive or fair skin, or suffer from allergies, you may be more prone to dark circles under the eyes. Thankfully there are natural solutions, such as a coffee serum.

Green tea has anti-inflammatory elements which can be very helpful with eye puffiness. Green tea also contains polyphenols (catechins) which have therapeutic effects. Catechins are anti-bacterial agents that suppress acne-causing bacteria. Coffee can also reduce inflammation and redness. The two ingredients together can give some amazing results. Try the serum for yourself.


INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon ground coffee
1 tablespoon loose green tea
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon almond oil


DIRECTIONS

Heat the above ingredients on very low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir the mixture frequently. Remove from heat and let the mixture sit for about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you want your mixture. Strain by using a coffee filter and letting the oil slowly drip through into a separate container (a tall glass works well). The oil takes several minutes to go through the coffee filter because it is so thick. But this is the best way I have found to strain the mixture well.

THE ESSENTIAL OILS

10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil

DIRECTIONS CONTINUED…

Add the above essential oils to the strained oil mixture. Lemon is great for brightening the skin. Chamomile calms the skin and can help with breakouts. These two essential oils together are my favorite blend for the coffee serum. Transfer into a 2 ounce glass dropper bottle or two 1 oz glass dropper bottles.

 

HOW TO USE

Every evening put about a half dropper amount into the palm of your hands. Rub your hands together and apply evenly all over your face and decollete area.


MAKE A COFFEE EYE CREAM

You can use the coffee facial serum as an eye serum. However, I found that having a thicker eye cream is more beneficial. It is so easy to make. Give it a try!

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons of the coffee facial serum
1 teaspoon of beeswax

DIRECTIONS

Heat on very low heat until completely melted. Pour into little containers. Let cool for several hours or let sit overnight.

HOW TO USE

Apply the coffee eye cream every evening before bed. Pay special attention to the under eye area and outside corners. Apply gently.

Enjoy!

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MOTHER DAUGHTER SPA DAY – DIY FACE MASKS

One of the greatest blessings in my life is the opportunity to be a mother to my children. My youngest daughter and I really have a lot in common when it comes to seeing beauty in the world. She loves to play dress up and try new things. When she sees me wearing facial masks she wants to try one too. This Mother’s Day I thought it would be a wonderful treat for us to have a spa day together and let her try out her own face mask.

There are not a ton of face mask recipes out there for children and teens. I definitely did not want my young daughter using one of mine since they can be too strong for her young skin. I want her face mask to be moisturizing and nourishing.

This is a great face mask that can work for ALL AGES. It is extremely moisturizing and gentle so works great for dry or dehydrated skin and also can help relieve eczema.

CHILD’S MOISTURIZING MASK
INGREDIENTS:

1 TABLESPOON RAW ORGANIC COCONUT OIL
1 TABLESPOON HONEY
1 TABLESPOON OAT FLOUR

Combine all ingredients. Apply gently to your child’s skin or if they are older they can do it themselves. Leave on about 3-5 Minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

I really wanted to treat blackheads with my face mask for our spa day, so I used the Activated Charcoal Mask, which you can find at this LINK.

I hope you enjoy your spa day with your children!

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DIY SOOTHING FOOT CREAM ~ LEMON-PEPPERMINT

I like to keep my feet soft all year round so I began using different foot creams. This recipe is actually a body butter recipe that I have turned into a foot cream because I loved the ingredients. The essential oils in it provide a bit of a cooling effect and can also help smooth out calluses. I only use this foot cream AT NIGHT after I am in bed, because it can be a bit greasy.

In the morning your feet will be nice and soft. Here is a quick video for those of you who are more of a visual type learner, like myself.

SOOTHING FOOT CREAM INGREDIENTS:
1/4 Cup Shea Butter
1/2 Cup Grapeseed Oil
1/4 Cup Almond Oil
2 Tablespoon Beeswax
1 Tablespoon Glycerin
1/4 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
12 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
10 Lemon Essential Oil
8 drops tea tree Essential Oil

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

First combine the Shea butter with the beeswax and melt on low. Remove from heat and add all other ingredients except xanthan gum and essential oils. Stir together and then add in the xanthan gum and essential oils. Whip together with an electric mixer removing as many lumps as possible. The mixture should be a pretty, creamy, light yellow color. Pour into desired container and let cool for at least four hours. I like to let mine sit overnight. Do not seal your container until it has completely cooled.

This is a natural product so it may begin to separate after several weeks. So use it up! I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂

 

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Easy DIY Zit Zapper (aka Blemish Roller)

Hey Everyone!

Bethel here with Green Eyed Grace. I have had a few friends mention that I should do a video so I thought I would give it a shot!

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a licensed estheticians, do-it-yourselfer and small business owner. My motto is that if you cannot afford quality skin care products, then make them yourself!

Today I want to share with you HOW TO MAKE A BLEMISH ROLLER, or ZIT ZAPPER (which is more fun to say).

I like to make things as easy as possible so I put mine in a little glass essential oil roller.

The basic ingredients are:

VODKA, WITCH HAZEL, CALENDULA EXTRACT AND ESSENTIAL OILS

HERE’S THE FULL RECIPE:

50/50 vodka/witch hazel
1/8 dropper calendula
4 drops tea tree essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil

Why Vodka you ask? Because it’s awesome (hehe). No but seriously – Alcohol can act as a disinfectant for the skin, breakouts are caused by bacteria, so it can help cleanse the skin.

Many skin care companies will use rubbing alcohol for blemish control, which actually has poisons/toxins added to it because they do not want people walking around drinking rubbing alcohol. I am a lot more comfortable using Vodka because the less toxins on the skin the better.

Witch Hazel is actually shrub that acts as a natural astringent. The leaf, bark and twigs are used in a distillery process which gives us the amazing witch hazel astringent found in stores. You can get it at King Soopers or a natural type grocery store.

I like to use a Calendula extract because it is amazing for the skin. I get an organic calendula from Mountain Rose Herbs but you can also get it online or from a natural type grocery store.

The essential oils that I will be using are tea tree (or melaleuca) which is wonderful at helping repair the skin and kill bacteria, lemon which helps with cleansing and evening skin tone and frankincense which is one of my all time favorite essential oils because it has healing properties.

Together they make a wonderful roller that is highly affective.

I had a little zit pop up last night and rolled the zapper on there, it is already feeling better this morning. It is very nice for spot treatment. Try not to touch your face too much when you have a break out as it can spread bacteria and oil and cause more breakouts.

Give it a try. If I get good feedback on the video I will try to make another. Please let me know what you think. Check out the other posts on the website at greeneyedgrace.com for more recipes. Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day!