How to Get Rid of Your Farmer’s Tan (Using Sunless Tanner)

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I promise this isn’t some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend to cover up his farmer’s tan.

Do you have a farmer's tan? Then you must read this article on how to hide your farmer's tan. Learn how I tackled my boyfriend's farmer's tan using a sunless tanner - and what the results were like a week later. Plus tips for using sunless tanners and natural ways to give your skin that summer kiss of bronze without using a sunless tanning product with DHA.

Sunless tanners sort of terrify me. The last time I used a sunless tanner was toward the end of the 80’s. I distinctly remember being very very orange by the end. And of course the tops of my toes and my knees and elbows were uncomfortably darker than the rest of my body. For these reasons I have avoided sunless tanners like the plague ever since.

Last month I received a deluxe sample of St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse in my allure beauty box. Basically a sunless tanner in a pump bottle. Much thinner than a hair mousse, this sunless tanner goes on clear. The formula is supposed to allow you to be able to dress immediately after application. However I found that this product was still slightly tacky to the touch for about a half hour after applying.

Reviews for the St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse agree that this sunless tanner gives you a natural looking tan. Nothing too dark. Just more of a subtle glow. While subsequent applications build color for darker looking skin.

Still, as a Gen-exer who’s survived big hair, orange skin and what is probably the worst fashion decade ever – I was still hesitant to give this sunless tanner a try. So I turned my boyfriend (who is incredibly WONDERFUL btw) into a guinea pig.

My boyfriend often works outside for this job. As a result, he’s developed quite the wicked farmer’s tan. If you’ve ever had a serious farmer’s tan, then you know there’s not coming back from it. At least not until the middle of winter with three feet of snow on the ground.

So, as Greg (the BF) has zero plans for going shirtless this summer, I decided to try out this sunless tanner on this chest. That way, if this sunless tanner turned his skin orange AF, he and I were going to be the only two people to see it.

This Is What Happened When I Used Sunless Tanner - On My Boyfriend! I promise this isn't some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend.

Here is the before photo. Greg was adamant that I hid his face. Not because he’s self conscious, but because he’s a ghost on social media. He’s the kind of guy who enjoys private moments, well – privately. (I know. He’s already wondering WTF he’s gotten himself into.) Therefore, in this photo he has a frowny face. After all, his chest is white AF compared to his face, neck and arms.

My Review of St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse

After the first application Greg no longer glowed in the dark. However, there also wasn’t really a drastic change. Nothing was orange though, which was awesome. So the next day we decided to try it again.

This Is What Happened When I Used Sunless Tanner - On My Boyfriend! I promise this isn't some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend. Plus tips for using sunless tanners and natural ways to give your skin that summer kiss of bronze without using a sunless tanning product with DHA.

By the third application, Greg’s fake tan darkened considerably. And it definitely looked more natural than I had imagined it would. (Thus the super happy face!)

This Is What Happened When I Used Sunless Tanner - On My Boyfriend! I promise this isn't some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend.

And a side by side comparison. The lighting is unfortunately different. Not because I lacked the foresight to take photos at the same time each day, but because it’s been like Seattle in Southwestern Virginia lately. The rain just never stops. (Also I lacked the foresight to take photos at the same time each day.)

The results of this sunless tanner were pretty impressive at tackling Greg’s farmer’s tan. Especially when you compare them to what I had to work with over twenty years ago. You do, however, have to be really careful about applying it. Because you can’t see this tanner once you put it on, you won’t know if you botched your application until after the fact.

This Is What Happened When I Used Sunless Tanner - On My Boyfriend! I promise this isn't some spammy magazine article. It just sort of looks like one. But seriously. This really is what happened when I used sunless tanner on my boyfriend.

Here’s a photo where I had grabbed Greg’s arm, after the product had dried, but before I’d had a chance to wash my hands. (Oh no!)

We also found that the color started to lighten within a few days. By the end of the week, Greg’s chest looked nothing like the after photo. And the sunless tanner became uneven as it faded. The parts of Greg’s chest that had hair stayed darker than the other parts of his chest. So it almost looked like he had rolled around in dirt.

All in all, though, I think that the St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse is a decent product. While it’s not something I would probably ever use, it is perfect for hiding a farmer’s tan. I think this product would be great summer events or weddings that require something like a strapless dress.

Organic sugar scrub. This moisturizing body polish contains a luxurious combination of sunflower oil, shea butter and authentic monoi de tahiti oil blended together into a nourishing emulsion that resurfaces dry skin. Formulated using organic sugar, this natural body scrub gently removes dead skin and impurities. It also helps skin to attract & retain moisture, while revealing a smooth, dewy glow.

Tips for Using A Sunless Tanner

1. Exfoliate.

If you’re planning to use a sunless tanner this summer, then you’ll want to be sure to exfoliate first. This helps to ensure an even looking tan. Otherwise self tanning products tend to look blotchy and will fade unevenly. You can easily make your own custom body scrubs. Or you may like this organic sugar scrub (pictured above) from BK Apothecary.

This moisturizing body polish contains a luxurious combination of sunflower oil, shea butter and authentic monoi de tahiti oil blended together into a nourishing emulsion that resurfaces dry skin. Formulated using organic sugar, this natural body scrub gently removes dead skin and impurities. It also helps skin to attract and retain moisture, while revealing a smooth, dewy glow. (Buy it here.)

2. Moisturize.

After exfoliating your skin in the shower, be sure to apply a moisturizer. You’ll want to apply an oil free, fragrance free moisturizer on your hands as well as on the backs of your heels and on knees and elbows. The skin on these parts of your body tend to be drier than the rest of your skin.

Because dry areas of skin tend to absorb more pigment, applying a moisturizer beforehand will help your sunless tanner look natural and even. When applying a sunless tanning product, you’ll also want to skip these areas every other application for a more natural look.

Natural Self Tanning Lotion. If you find that sunless tanners dry out your skin, opt for a natural self tanning product. Essenu's Steal A Tan™ Dark Indoor Sunless Tanning Lotion not only contains natural tanning boosters, it also contains naturally moisturizing shea and cocoa butters as well as aloe vera and green tea. It's also formulated with marine elastin and caffeine extract to help to tighten and tone your skin for a smooth, beautiful tan.

If you find that sunless tanners dry out your skin, opt for a natural self tanning product. Essenu’s Steal A Tan™ Dark Indoor Sunless Tanning Lotion not only contains natural tanning boosters, it also contains naturally moisturizing shea and cocoa butters as well as aloe vera and green tea. It’s also formulated with marine elastin and caffeine extract to help to tighten and tone your skin for a smooth, beautiful tan. (Buy it here.)

3. Apply in a cool, dry location.

Additionally, always apply your sunless tanner in a cool, dry area. You definitely don’t want to be a perspiring mess when using a self tanning product. Dead skin cells along with sweat, dirt and oil can cause streaking. This is because dirt and sweat form a barrier between your skin and your sunless tanner preventing an even application. So steer clear of that steamy bathroom and opt for an A/C vent instead.

4. Dust on powder where you tend to sweat.

You may also want to dust the insides of your elbows, armpits, the backs of your knees and, um, under your boobs (Hello?! AMIRITE?) with arrowroot powder once your sunless tanner dries. A talc free alternative to baby powder, arrowroot powder helps to prevent creasing or sweating while the product develops. And, of course, once you’ve done the deed, be sure to wait at least four hours before getting wet to avoid streaking or partially washing off the product.

Are DHA Sunless Tanners Safe?

Though FDA has approved DHA, a “natural” sunless tanning agent as safe for cosmetic use, there is some controversy surrounding this ingredient.

DHA, or dihydroxyacetone, is a chemical derived from beet or cane sugar. Restricted to topical use only, “DHA works by reacting to the amino acids present in the top layer of the skin, the dead cells of the stratum corneum, to create a browning effect.” (Source.) It’s generally believed that DHA is safe to use as a tanning agent as long as you avoid inhaling the product. You should also avoid applying your self tanning product to mucous membranes.

If inhaled, or applied to unapproved areas of the body, DHA has the potential to cause asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cancer. For this reason, spray tans containing DHA are not recommended. Additionally, even with the topical application of a DHA tanning product, there is a risk of an allergic reaction that can lead to itching or even hives.

Natural Coffee Sunless Tanner. Holly + Nectar sells a Summer Daze Sunless Tanner that's DHA free. This natural coffee sunless tanner is all natural, vegan, and super moisturizing. Free of harsh chemicals, this natural streak free sunless tanner instead uses a blend of nutrient rich oils and coffee that revitalize skin, add moisture, and give your skin a healthy looking tan.

DHA Free “Tanning” Alternatives

There are other options if you’d like a sunless tanning product that offers a golden glow without DHA. Holly + Nectar sells a Summer Daze Sunless Tanner (pictured above) that’s DHA free. This natural coffee sunless tanner is all natural, vegan, and super moisturizing. Free of harsh chemicals, this natural streak free sunless tanner instead uses a blend of nutrient rich oils and coffee that revitalize skin, add moisture, and give your skin a healthy looking tan.

As if that wasn’t enough, the bonus is the scent! There’s none of the chemical smell that comes with self tanning products that contain DHA. Instead, this natural hazelnut sunless tanner smells like hazelnut and espresso. And, it won’t clog pores! (Buy it here.)

BK Apothecary's Goddess Glow Body Oil & Bronzer. This ultra hydrating, shimmering body lotion contains a blend of bronze and gold micas to give you a natural, sun-kissed glow. More of a gel than a true oil thanks to the addition of cera bellina wax, this captivating formula is easily absorbed and is satiny-smooth. This product is perfect for temporarily bronzing your skin.

Alternately, you may also like BK Apothecary’s Goddess Glow Body Oil. This ultra hydrating, shimmering body lotion contains a blend of bronze and gold micas to give you a natural, sun-kissed glow. More of a gel than a true oil thanks to the addition of cera bellina wax, this captivating formula is easily absorbed and is satiny-smooth. This product is perfect for temporarily bronzing your skin. (Buy it here.)

Bronze Goddess Shimmer Body Oil from Naturally Beautiful Skincare. Made with real gold flakes and bronze mica pigment, this light weight body oil smells like a sexy day at the beach! It beautifully tints skin with a slight glowing tan and works like a sheer body makeup blurring any imperfections. Simply put, it's the perfect way to get a summertime glow without spending time at the tanning bed or getting too much sun.

I also like this Bronze Goddess Shimmer Body Oil from Naturally Beautiful Skincare. Made with real gold flakes and bronze mica pigment, this light weight body oil smells like a sexy day at the beach! It beautifully tints skin with a slight glowing tan and works like a sheer body makeup blurring any imperfections. Simply put, it’s the perfect way to get a summertime glow without spending time at the tanning bed or getting too much sun. (Buy it here.)

Makeup stick bronzer for sunless tanning and a summer glow. The bronzing highlighting makeup from River Organics gives you a light bronze shimmer and is easy to use.

Or, if bronzing oils aren’t your preference you can also try a bronzing makeup stick, like these pictured from River Organics, as well as an all over bronzer mineral makeup foundation from Earthtones Minerals.

For more natural alternatives to sunless tanners, be sure to check out these makeup, beauty and natural skin care favorites. I’d also love to hear about your experiences (good or bad) with sunless tanning products in addition to your favorite beauty products for summer. So be sure to share your thoughts with me in the comments!

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Kids Craft Projects for When You’ve Hit Your Limit

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Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you’ve hit your limit! (Plus a rockin’ printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you've hit your limit! (Plus a rockin' printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

We’ve all been there. The weather’s been crap for days. The kids are going stir crazy and you, well you’re trying to contain yourself so you don’t scream at anyone and come off as a raving lunatic. As someone who has already raised a child to adulthood AND seen him off to college, becoming a new stepmother in May admittedly came with a new set of challenges.

Granted my son turned out better than I could have ever hoped and I’m incredibly proud of both him and his accomplishments. However, he was one kid. I now have three more. Two we have on a 50-50 split and a third accompanies those two every other weekend. So I basically went from being a quite content empty nester to dealing with kid overload in an instant. And when your parenting skills are a lot different than what they expect and are used to, well. It becomes a learning experience for the entire family.

However, before I share with you one of the ways I dealt with recurring issues I had with the kids, I first want to share a collection of my favorite kids craft projects to keep them entertained WITHOUT television so you can get that break from chaos that you need.

Kids Craft Projects They’ll Love

DIY Light Bulb Aquariums for Marimo Moss Balls that Kids Can Make! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

This easy kids craft project for a DIY light bulb aquarium is suitable for kids of all ages (elementary school and up.) They’ll have a blast assembling small toys, stones and beads inside a glass light bulb to create a tiny aquarium home for a marimo moss ball! Find the tutorial at Soap Deli News here.

Fun Kids Craft Projects! Learn how to make these DIY food erasers via The Paper Mama blog. Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Food Erasers

These fun food erasers are a great way for kids to explore creativity while also making a functional craft that they can use afterwards! Your kids will have a blast using using eraser clay to create their own custom erasers to use at school and share with friends! Find this DIY now at The Paper Mama blog here.

DIY Polar Bear Soap Tutorial for Kids! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Polar Bear Soap

This easy polar bear soap project is made using a melt and pour soap base. So if your kids can use a microwave, they can make this soap! Not only will they enjoy using these homemade soaps in the tub, but they can make extras to gift to friends and family! Find this soapmaking project at Soap Deli News here.

Kids Craft Project Idea for making DIY Shrinky Dink Charms with free printable patterns - including a unicorn! - via Ooly blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Shrinky Dink Charms

Kids will love making their own DIY Shrinky Dink Charms! They can turn use the free printable templates or create their own drawings to turn into charms for their backpack or fun necklaces or magnets. Find the tutorial and free printables at Ooly blog here.

DIY Wood Bead Doll Necklace via Craftberry Bush Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Wooden Bead Doll Necklace

There are so many possibilities with this necklace DIY from Craftberry Bush. Kids can paint doll faces or even make fun animals like panda bears or cats! Not only are the materials for this kids craft project easy to source, but this is a fun idea for a girls only slumber party too! Find the tutorial at Craftberry Bush here.

Borax Free Slime DIY for Kids from DIY Candy! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

Borax Free Play-Doh Slime DIY

This easy Play-Doh slime recipe is borax free so there’s no worry over mixing mishaps or potential chemical burns from extended playtime. Plus, if you have younger kids, it’s likely you already have all of these ingredients on hand! Find the recipe now at DIY Candy blog here.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

DIY Gelli Printing

If your kids love art, then they’ll definitely love gelli printing! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into! And your kids can create artwork for their rooms and the fridge! (These are also amazing framed!) Find the tutorial at Soap Deli News here.

Kids Craft Projects! Learn how to make these super cute DIY craft stick dolls via Teawagontales blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Craft Stick Dolls

These super cute craft stick dolls are so much fun to make at just about any age! (I even want to try these myself!) Design little dolls on wooden craft sticks using washi tape, buttons, colored pens and embellishments you have stashed in your craft drawer! Get inspired via the original post at Teawagontales blog here.

Get your kids to make these fun and functional DIY winter magnet clips via hello, Wonderful! When not keeping chips and cereal bags closed they can be used to create fun scenes on the fridge for imaginative playtime. Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Winter Magnet Clips

These fun and functional DIY winter magnet clips are perfect for both the kids and parents alike! When not keeping chips and cereal bags closed they can be used to create fun winter scenes on the fridge for imaginative play. Find the tutorial to make them now at hello, Wonderful blog here.

Kids will love this DIY craft project via hello, Wonderful! blog for making a rainbow town from recycling materials! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

Recycled Rainbow Town DIY

Kids can scourge through the recycle bin for this fun DIY project! With a collection of free printables on the website along with your own discarded cardboard and printer paper, kids can create and color a happy little town for stand up characters to play in. This is a great kids craft project for families with kids of mixed ages because everyone can join in on the fun! Find the tutorial now at hello, Wonderful! blog here.

Kids Craft Projects! Kids will have a blast painting these DIY galaxy rocks via Color Made Happy Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Galaxy Painted Rocks

Painted rocks are quickly coming back around as a hot craft trend – and for good reason! Now only is this kids craft project inexpensive to explore, but kids can also have fun hiding and hunting for their painted rocks inside on a rainy day. Find the tutorial for these painted rocks at Color Made Happy here.

Kids Craft Project for DIY Painted Dinosaurs from Craft & Creativity Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Painted Dinosaurs

These painted dinosaurs are loads of fun! Transform toy dinosaurs into party animals using paints and pom poms, googly eyes and little toy hats! Learn how to make these now at Craft & Creativity blog here.

Now that I’ve (hopefully) inspired you with some of my favorite kids craft projects, why not also us them as incentives for good behavior? (And give them a break from all that screen time overload.)

As I stated previously, zero to three kids within a two week time frame was, well, insightful. At some point I just hit pure exhaustion. Not only was I starting to feel like everyone’s maid, but there was the mouse incident.

The kids aren’t allowed to have food in their rooms for obvious reasons. And as it turned out, one child had forgotten about chocolate under her bed, while another had hidden plates of food in her hideaway bed. We got mice. And by the time we finally discovered all of the hidden food, the mouse incident was more like an infestation. As cute as they were, those little rodents kept growing. And then they started multiplying.

Unfortunately, it took us a while to get rid of all the resident mice. So I’m still checking their favorite spots weekly to make sure new mice aren’t moving in partially out of paranoia. And thus my chore chart system was initiated. My husband, well, he had his doubts at first. (It’s a guy thing, right?) But after several weeks we were in agreement that it really has made some positive changes within our new mixed family.

Kids Chore Chart Idea with Kids Craft Projects from a Prize Box as an incentive to go above and beyond and to help them explore their creativity.

For the Love of Chore Charts

The goal of my chore charts was to gear them toward an introduction into real life once they’re out in the world and getting jobs of their own. It requires they do a minimum number of chores on a point system. If they meet the seven day point requirement then they did their job. If they fall short, they lose television and internet privileges the following weekend. However, if they go above and beyond, there are rewards. It also teaches them responsibility, respect for their space and that of others and it helps us all work together toward common goals. The prizes then encourage their creativity in the form of kids craft projects. (Not to mention they’re developing better habits so it all seems less like work to them moving forward.)

The minimum number of points each child needs over a two week period (in which we have them for seven days) is 25 points. This leaves room to skip or forget a few things. (I mean, I’m not Cruella.) They can then do bonus chores to earn bonus points if they slip or to reach the reward goal of 30 points.

Kids Chore Chart Idea with Kids Craft Projects from a Prize Box as an incentive to go above and beyond and to help them explore their creativity.

30 points is where it gets crafty. Literally. Because I basically created a prize box for 30 points. It’s filled with $5 options that include craft kits and supplies, stickers, treats or winner’s choice for a family game night – even their choice of an after dinner dessert. There’s also the option of a big box pass. Choosing two passes from the small box allows them to then choose a prize out of the big box. Big box prizes include cool kids craft projects around $10-$15 (I found a lot of these on sale or purchased them with 50% off coupons) like a wood burning kit with a tv tray and a tie-dye kit with a t-shirt.

Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you've hit your limit! (Plus a rockin' printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

Want to give my chore chart a try for your kids? You can print fill-in-the-blank version of my chore chart here. Then be sure to let me know how it works for your family. Or, share successes you’ve had using your own chore chart system as well as some of your favorite kids craft projects!

For more kids craft projects that challenge their creativity, be sure to visit my DIY for Wee Ones Pinterest board. It’s full of great crafts projects for kids they can make themselves as well as cool projects you can craft for them!

For even more of my ideas and kids craft projects you can follow me on PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. You can also subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

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How to Throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party

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I’ve hosted several craft & cocktail nights already this summer. One project in particular however that a lot of friends and acquaintances wanted to try was bath bombs. But the logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people was a bit daunting.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people can be a bit daunting especially with everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs. It takes a bit of planning to pull the whole thing off. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to learn how!

As I only own one scale and everyone wanted to create their own custom bath bombs it took a bit of planning to pull the whole thing off. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Keep reading to learn how!

How to throw a DIY bath bomb party!

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Step One

Your first step in planning a DIY bath bomb party is to choose a bath bomb recipe. (I used a spin off of my fizzing bath truffles recipe here for my DIY bath bomb party. Pictured above is my mermaid lagoon bath bomb for which you can find the recipe here.)

My recommendation is to look not only for a simple beginner bath bomb recipe, but perhaps use a no fail bath bomb recipe. You’ll also want to consider how your bath bombs are going to hold up in your current climate. Heat and humidity have a bad habit of turning a bath bomb success into a bath bomb fail and you don’t want your party guests to be disappointed.

Once you’ve found a recipe you think will work for your DIY bath bomb party, try it out! You’ll not only need to be sure that the recipe is easy to create, but that it’s going to be the success you’re hoping for. In addition, you’ll need to be confident in making the bath bomb recipe that you’ve chosen so you’re able to instruct your guests on not only the ins and outs of this project, but also to offer helpful tips if someone seems to be struggling to get it right.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

Step Two

The next step will be designing a bath bomb instruction sheet! This sheet should offer customization choices for your party guests.

I created my recipe and instruction sheet with the title of the bath bombs at the top of the page followed by a space that my guests could write in their name and the creation date of their custom bath bombs. I then typed out a list of the basic ingredients that would be needed to make the backbone of the bath bombs. This was followed by customization choices where party guests were able to write in the types and amounts of the additional ingredients they chose to use.

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

You can offer just one or two options for customization such as color and scent for a quick and easy project. Alternately, if you have a lot of various materials on hand, you can also offer different options for butters, carrier oils, clay, micas, lake dyes, and/or botanicals. For each of the additional ingredient options, you can either pre-fill in the amounts needed or let your guests choose which ingredient to use. You can also create the recipe so that all of the additional ingredients are entirely optional.

I used a high amount of cocoa butter in the DIY bath bomb party recipe I chose to help the bath bombs stay together and unmold easily even in the summer heat. However, if you also want to give your guests the choice of using hard or even soft butters in their bath bomb recipe, then keep in mind you will need a way to melt the butters.

I have only two microwaves and very little kitchen space. Therefore my guest created bath bombs in stages in sets of two with one group picking up where the next group left off. This also allowed for those a little shy about plunging right into the process time to get a feel for how it all worked.

For my liquid additives, I designed my DIY bath bomb party recipe sheet so that carrier oils, fragrances, etc. were measured out in mL using graduated plastic transfer pipettes which can be purchased inexpensively in bulk. The dry ingredient additions were also measured in teaspoons rather than a weight measurement as I currently only own one scale. This way no one was on the sidelines of the process for too long.

Once you have the logistics for your bath bomb recipe worked out, type up an instruction sheet for your DIY bath bomb party guests in a word program. Then simply print off enough sheets for everyone who will be in attendance. (You’ll want your guests to RSVP early so you have time to purchase enough supplies for everyone as well as to print off the correct amount of instruction sheets you’ll need. It’s up to you whether or not you’ll charge a materials fee.)

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

Step Three

Once you’ve decided on your recipe and options, you’ll need to decide what type of bath bomb mold to use. I opted for halving the bath bomb recipe I chose in order to use smaller 1.75″ diameter round bath bomb molds. This allowed everyone to make a handful of bath bombs rather than just one or two large ones.

In addition, it also enabled everyone to take their bath bombs home while they were still in the molds. This way no one felt pushed to unmold their bath bombs too early. And no one had to worry about picking them up later if they chose to wait. It also kept their bath bombs from being damaged in transport home and they got to keep their molds. The smaller molds also allowed more guests to attend without driving up the cost of purchasing enough large 2.75″ bath bomb molds for everyone to create several bath bombs each.

Otherwise, you’ll need to allow enough time during your DIY bath bomb party for the bath bombs to harden enough to be unmolded prior to your guests leaving.

Step Four

Either the night before or the morning of, create a basic DIY bath bomb party kit for each of the guests who will be in attendance. By doing this, your guests don’t need to fight for access to a scale in order to weigh each of the ingredients. It also makes the process less daunting for first timers and leaves more time for social interaction.

For my DIY bath bomb party kits I weighed out 1 oz. of cocoa butter (per my recipe sheet) for each guest and put it into a snack sized zipper bag. I then weighed out and combined baking soda and SLSA into a sandwich zipper bag for each guest along with a third bag with the citric acid. Each kit was then placed into a brown paper bag with the three ingredient bags and bath bomb molds.

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Step Five

With your DIY bath bomb kits ready to go and guests arriving later in the day, it’s time to lay out your additional ingredients that your party guests can choose to use in addition to the kits.

For my carrier oils and Polysorbate 80 I filled 2-3 small 2 oz. bottles for each liquid ingredient. This allowed more hands to access the same ingredients at the same time. This also helped to prevent cross contamination on larger bottles of ingredients that you’ll be using in future products. You can do the same thing with your fragrance or essential oils if desired. Or simply be sure everyone is using a fresh pipette when they are adding more valuable resources that you aren’t able to divide into smaller containers for this purpose.

Make sure to label your smaller containers with sticker paper so everyone knows what’s inside of each one.

I then filled low profile jars with various clays and botanicals and labeled them as well. I left my mica colors and glitter in the original containers.

Be sure to set up a container of fresh pipettes and measuring spoons on your ingredient table along with large glass mixing bowls – one for each guest – utensils and/or large glass Pyrex measuring cups. If you only have one set of measuring spoons and are short on glass mixing bowls, ask if some of your DIY bath bomb party attendees can bring a set of their own.

You’ll also need to set out the bath bomb recipe instruction sheets and some pens. In addition, I also included a roll of masking tape for everyone to tape their bath bomb molds closed together once they were made for easier transport home.

Step Six

It’s finally time to get your party on! Once everyone arrives for the party I recommend kicking things off with light appetizers or a cheese tray and some wine or sangria. Unless of course you’re hosting a teenage DIY bath bomb party. In which case you could whip up one or two pitcher mocktails just for fun!

Once everyone has had a chance to get settled in, do a meet and greet to get comfortable. Then pass out the instruction sheets, kits and pens to each party guest. Go over the basics of making their bath bombs then instruct the group as begin the fun filled journey of making their very own DIY bath bombs!

How to throw a DIY Bath Bomb Party! The logistics of setting up a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of people with only one scale and everyone wanting to create their own custom bath bombs is a bit daunting. So, just how do you throw a DIY bath bomb party? Click through to Soap Deli News blog now to learn how to throw a DIY bath bomb party for a large group of friends!

Once everyone had completed their individual bath bombs at my party, my guests also combined the leftover bath bomb mix they’d made into layers into a popsicle mold to make unicorn horn bath bombs. These made for some really creative unicorn horn bath bombs especially since everyone chose different additives and fragrances.

I unmolded the unicorn bath bombs the next morning – you do need to give these a solid tap to get them out – and distributed them among my friends in attendance the next time I saw them.

If there’s time after everyone has made their bath bombs and not everyone is ready to rush off, then I recommend relaxing with a fun party game afterwards! My friends and I recently had a ton of fun playing Exploding Kittens with the first expansion pack, Imploding Kittens, after a DIY Nail Polish Craft & Cocktail Night.

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

If you like my ideas for throwing a DIY bath bomb party, then you may also like my ideas for having a unicorn party! You can find my guide on how to throw a unicorn paint party here!

For more entertaining and party ideas, be sure to visit my Party Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find some great cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe + My Weekly Wrap Up!

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This weekend I wanted to share my new apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe! It’s a refreshing and light cocktail that can be made with either vodka or gin. Plus it’s a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics.

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe! This apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe can be made with either vodka or gin. And it's a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics!

I know not everyone particularly enjoys the taste of apple cider vinegar, but it’s surprisingly easy to hide. Just to be sure, however, I had my friend Cathy also give my apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe a whirl and she enjoyed it as much as I do!

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka or gin
.5 oz. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
.5 oz. simple syrup
3 oz. club soda
several dashes Wigle Organic Rosemary Lavender Cocktail Bitters

Notes:

I use Bragg’s raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar specifically for this recipe as it contains the “mother.” The “mother” is what offers all that probiotic goodness. Not only is Bragg’s apple cider vinegar rich in potassium, but it also helps to support a healthy immune system.

I’ve been buying my Bragg’s apple cider vinegar from Thrive Market as they have such great prices on natural and organic foods – plus freebies a few times a month with a $49 purchase! But you can also find Bragg’s apple cider vinegar in the organic section of your local grocery store.

Vinegar has historically been used in cocktails and in recent years has been making quite the comeback in handcrafted artisan cocktails. Typically called drinking vinegar or shrubs, these vinegars come in a variety of amazing flavors with the simple syrup already added. They are incredibly delicious both in cocktail recipes as well as when mixed with regular filtered water or club soda.

You can learn more about shrubs from the book, Shrubs: An Old Fashioned Drink for Modern Times, by Michael Dietsch. This book is available in both hardcover and for kindle. (If you don’t own a kindle you can still purchase and read the kindle version with Amazon’s free kindle reading app.)

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe! This apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe can be made with either vodka or gin. And it's a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics!

Instructions:

To make my apple cider vinegar cocktail simple measure out and combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice and stir to combine. If desired, you can garnish your drink with a twist of lime or rosemary or even muddle a bit of lavender to add to the mix. Then simply sip and enjoy!

(If you like my apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe, then you may also like my cocktail recipe for Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch!)

As usual I’ve also been working on quite a few new projects this week. While some of them make the cut, not all of them always do. While it can be frustrating, I always learn something new from my DIY fails and sometimes I simply discover something unexpected.

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One interesting discovery I made this week is that bath bombs made using a mini bundt cake silicone mold will travel in your bath water (as illustrated by my instagram video above.)

The Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that orders Prime members a surprise box of delicious treats from small-batch artisans anytime you want, at just the press of a button.

Also this week I finally made it off the waitlist for Amazon’s Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button! Being a fan of ipsy as well as a few other monthly beauty programs, I REALLY wanted to try this. The Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that orders Prime members a surprise box of delicious treats from small-batch artisans anytime you want, at just the press of a button. It’s my first ever dash button and I’m actually excited about this one. (I mean it’s perfect for those once a month cravings for sweets during a hormone surge, right?!)

You can purchase the Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button here. (Or alternately, if it’s not available, you can get on the waitlist. I was approved after about a week.) Like other dash buttons, you’ll pay $4.99 up front which is then credited back to your first order. (Not an Amazon Prime member? You can sign up for a 30-day free trial here.)

Pineapple Rose Shea + Clay Artisan Soap Loaf by Skin Kitchn

I also fell in love with a new Etsy shop I discovered this week called Skin Kitchn. This Sacramento, California small business is run by Dori Nicole who creates lovingly crafted artisan soaps for sensitive skin. You can buy artisan soaps by the loaf or by the bar.

Pictured is Dori’s wildly popular Pineapple Rose Shea + Clay Artisan Soap Loaf made with shea butter and sweet almond oil. It’s lightly scented with a tropical mix of pineapple and papaya with Rose Clay added for color. You can check out the full line of Skin Kitchn products on Etsy here. You can discover more artisan products to fall in love with by visiting my Etsy favorites here.

I hope every enjoys the rest of the weekend! Be sure to follow me across all of my social media including PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram for more exciting finds and recipes. Or sign up to receive new posts directly to your email via FeedBurner.

Craft & Cocktail Night: DIY Nail Polish

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As mentioned in last week’s weekly wrap up, I’m going to be doing Craft & Cocktail Night about every other week with friends and acquaintances this summer. The first of such nights was this past Saturday when we made DIY nail polish!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I had been wanting to try this project for a while but had kept putting it off. So I finally took the plunge, bought the supplies and my friends and I all made DIY nail polish together.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Creating custom nail polish makes a wonderful DIY for a Craft & Cocktail Night as it’s actually a really easy project to do. This way everyone can have fun and catch up with friends – as well as make new ones! – without having to worry about making mistakes with a project and going home disappointed.

Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To start off our DIY nail polish Craft & Cocktail Night, we first settled in with a cheese board I threw together and cocktails comprised of vodka and Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower and Rose Lemonade. (These are SO good. I buy my Elderflower and Rose Lemonade from The Fresh Market. You can mix it with either vodka or gin as strong as 1 part vodka to 1 part lemonade and it’s delish!)

After everyone was comfortable and we’d chatted for a bit we dove into making our own DIY nail polish.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I purchased my supplies for this DIY nail polish project from Brambleberry. You’ll need their suspending nail polish base and nail polish mixing balls for this project, along with mica pigment powders to color your polish and solvent resistant or nail polish glitter, tiny 18mm funnels, mini .15cc scoops and nail polish containers of your choice. Toothpicks also come in handy. (If you don’t want to buy everything individually, Brambleberry also sells kits.)

I also bought some cute little decorative bags from my local craft supply store for everyone to take their completed projects home in. Once, you’ve gathered all of the materials needed for your DIY nail polish, you’re ready to begin!

DIY Nail Polish

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To make your own DIY nail polish, you’ll begin by carefully pouring the suspending nail polish base into the nail polish bottle. We tried using a funnel for this but the funnel opening is too small to really get the nail polish base into the jar. This does take a little bit of patience.

Fill your nail polish bottle about 3/4 of the way full with the suspending nail polish base. Once you’ve added the base, drop 2-3 nail polish mixing balls to the nail polish container.

(As a side note, be sure to do this on a dedicated craft table or with a placemat underneath your work surface. The first time I made this some of the nail polish base spilled onto the tablecloth and went through to the table, taking the paint off.)

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Next, using a funnel, add mica pigment powder in your color(s) of choice to the bottle. I recommend 4-5 of the mini scoops for an opaque color. Or use less for a sheer color.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Tap the funnel into the nail polish jar to fill it. You can use a toothpick to help push more of the color into the jar if the funnel gets clogged.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

If desired, you can also add glitter to your custom DIY nail polish. We found using a small scoop for the glitter worked best and omitted the use of a funnel for this step.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve added the color and glitter, add the brush and lid to your nail polish container.

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Shake well then test out your new nail polish on a finger. If desired, you can add additional mica and/or glitter to suit.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Be sure to keep track of the mica color(s) and the number of scoops you use for your nail polish in a notebook or an a piece of paper so you can recreate it later.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve achieved your perfect nail polish color, you can decorate your nail polish bottles.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We used washi tape to decorate our nail polish bottles but paint pens work great too.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

And that was it! Our new DIY nail polish was ready to rock!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We had a LOT of fun with this project and were each able to make more than one nail polish.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Afterwards, as there was still loads of time left in the evening, we broke out the card game, Exploding Kittens. None of us had ever played before so Bambi, who loves games, took the lead and read the rules. She also kept us straight when got confused.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy got a kick out of the card instructions. (I’d purchased the NSFW version.)

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Once we’d played our first game of Exploding Kittens, we played a second with the first expansion pack, Imploding Kittens.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy rocked the cone of shame as she was already wearing her kitty ears! She is always such fun and a great sport about everything!

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this super easy DIY nail polish tutorial as well as a peek into my first Craft & Cocktail Night of the summer! If you’ve thrown your own Craft & Cocktail Night, I’d love to hear what you did. So be sure to give me the skinny in the comments!

For more entertaining and party ideas, be sure to visit my Party Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find some great cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.

Or to discover even more great DIY craft ideas, be sure to follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

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