DIY Gift #3 Bath Bombs! \\\ Cadeau-Maison #3: Bombe pour le bain!

 

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To continue with the wellness gifts, I made some bath bombs for my family! My boyfriend really loves Lush bath bombs, and so I thought I would try and make him some. Well, they were fairly easy to make and a lot cheaper than buying them! I have to admit, I got tired of using the bomb molds I got for this, and so I just filled up little jars with the powder. I think this will make a fun addition to our bathroom. I’m calling these “effervescent bath salts”. Very fancy, I know!

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Again, I used some essential oils to perfume these. I stuck with my favourites, which I also used for the bath salts I made. Lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint and lemon are great in baths. Of course, you can personalise the bath bombs by using essential oils that you like.

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To colour them, I used some food coloring because it was really cheap, and I have to say it worked really well! Of course, this is completely optional, but I thought they made everything look a little bit more fun and festive. Plus, it doesn’t stain bathtubs, so that’s a plus. Alright, let’s start!

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Here is what you need for one big bath bomb:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup epsom salt
  • 3 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbs water
  • 10-20 drops of essential oils
  • 4- 6 drops of food coloring

To prepare: gloves

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients with a whisk.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix the wet ingredients.
  3. Start whisking the dry ingredients and slowly add the wet ingredients while you continue to whisk. Make sure not to add too much at once to avoid activating the citric acid. The final mix should be wet enough for it to stick together when you grab some in your hand.
  4. If you are using molds, press some of the mix in tightly and let it sit for 20 minutes before unmolding. If you are going for the easier option, just put about 1/2 cup of the mix in a jar. You could use a bigger jar and layer different colors too!

That’s it! Super simple and fairly quick to make, I really love how effervescent these are! They also smell incredibly good! Because there is some oil in them, they are also very hydrating. It also means that you might have to rinse out your tub after having a bath with these.

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If you are wondering where to buy the supplies to make these, I found mine at Coop Coco in Montreal, but you can easily find them online.

Let me know if you try them out!


Pour continuer avec les cadeaux faits maison et de bien-être, quoi de mieux que des bombes pour le bain! Mon copain adore les bombes pour le bain de Lush, alors je me suis dit qu’il serait amusant d’essayer de lui en faire. Elles étaient vraiment simples et rapides à préparer, mais surtout, beaucoup moins chères que celles de Lush! Bon, je dois admettre que je me suis rapidement fatiguée d’utiliser les moules ronds. J’ai donc commencé à mettre le mélange dans des pots pour faire des sels de bain effervescents. Ça sonne bien, non?

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Encore une fois, j’ai utilisé des huiles essentielles pour parfumer ces petits trésors. J’ai utilisé mes préférées: lavande, eucalyptus, menthe poivrée et citron! J’avais également utilisé ces huiles essentielles pour les sels pour le bain. Bien sûr, vous pouvez utiliser vos odeurs préférées!

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Pour les rendre plus festives et amusantes, j’ai utilisé des colorants alimentaires pour les colorer. C’était une alternative facile et peu dispendieuse. En plus, ça ne tache pas les baignoires! C’est bien sûr complètement optionel. Bon, on commence!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin pour faire une grosse boule pour le bain:

  • 1/2 tasse de bicarbonate de soude
  • 1/4 tasse d’acide citrique
  • 1/4 tasse de fécule de maïs
  • 1/4 tasse de sels d’epsom
  • 3 c. à thé d’huile de coco, liquide
  • 1 c. à table d’eau
  • 10-20 gouttes d’huile essentielle
  • 4- 6 gouttes de colorant alimentaire

Pour préparer: des gants!

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Dans un grand bol, mélanger tout les ingrédients secs à l’aide d’un fouet à main.
  2. Dans un plus petit bol, mélanger les ingrédients liquides.
  3. Commencer à mélanger les ingrédients secs avec le fouet et ajouter les ingrédients liquides petit à petit tout en continuant de mélanger le tout. Allez-y lentement pour éviter de trop activer l’acide citrique. Le mélange final devrait se tenir lorsque vous le pressez.
  4. Si vous utilisez des moules, pressez le mélange dans le moule et laissez reposer 20 minutes avant de démouler. Si vous préférez une option plus simple, mettre environs 1/2 tasse du mélange dans des petits pots. Il serait également très joli d’étager differentes couleurs dans une belle bouteille.

Voilà! C’est vraiment simple et facile, et j’adore à quel point elles sont effervescentes! Et elles sentent vraiment super bon! Parce qu’elles contiennent de l’huile, elles sont également très hydratantes. Il sera également important de rincer votre baignoire après les avoir utilisées.

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Si vous vous demandez où acheter les ingrédients pour ces bombes pour le bain, je me les suis procurées à Coop Coco à Montréal, mais il est également facile de les commander en ligne.

Dites-moi si vous en faites!

Oneka Shampoos, a product review

If you have been following me for a while, you know that my favourite place to go is probably Beat et Betterave in the beautiful Frelighsburg village. Well, my friends Eloise and Ludo are not the only ones to have taken this tiny village as their playground.

Two doors away, you can find the Oneka headquarters. Another family business, Oneka offers a range of shampoos, creams, lotions and soaps. I tried their shampoo first last June while visiting the Beat, and thoroughly fell in love with their Cedar and Sage scent.

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After briefly meeting with Stacey and Phillippe at their farm over the summer because of a Joel Salatin workshop, I never looked back. These are two of the most authentic and rigorous people I have met, and it shows in their products.

The shampoos are wonderfully scented with natural, local and organic plant essences. They also do not contain any environmentally damaging chemical components which means that they are good for you, but also for the waters in which they end up.

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As if this was not enough, you can also refill your plastic bottles in different health food stores around the city of Montreal. This is a big thing for me because the use of plastic was one of the reasons why I abandoned traditional shampoos for shampoo bars.

Now the real deal: are they actually good for your hair? YES! These shampoos make my hair soft, cleaned but not dry, and oh so light! I really like how gentle they are, and how they don’t weigh my hair down. As a result I have a ton of volume, and my hair is more manageable. Also, because they all contain rosemary essential oil, these shampoos will help your hair grow strong and healthy. I have seen a real difference in the growth speed of my hair.

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I really enjoy the three scent they offer, but usually use the Goldenseal and Citrus one during the summer, and the Angelica and Lavender during the winter. As for the Cedar and Sage one, I just grab it whenever! Because my hair tend to be dryer during the cold season, I also like to use their Angelica and Lavender conditioner at the tip of my hair. I leave this is as a mask for a few minutes before rinsing, and my hair is much softer! However, if you don’t like scented products, they also have an unscented range.

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So, big love for Oneka products, and to the creators of this great line for making products that are respectful of the environment and people. How amazing! Seriously, you need to smell these!