Glitter Snowflake Soap Recipe with Peppermint Essential Oil

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I had planned this sparkly, glitter snowflake soap recipe to share with you all a bit closer to winter. However, with the realization that many of the Northern states are already enjoying that cloud of white falling from the sky, I decided not to wait. (Nor’easter anyone?)

Sparkly glitter snowflake soap recipe with natural essential oils. Crafted using natural melt and pour soap bases, peppermint essential oil and eco-friendly biodegradable glitter, this easy beginner soap recipe is perfect for natural winter skin care and DIY holiday gifts.

I know that many of my readers on Facebook have requested more melt and pour soap recipes. So I hope this instructional melt and pour soap tutorial helps to deliver just that. Not only is my glitter snowflake soap recipe easy to make, it’s also a joy to use. I mean, there’s GLITTER!

My homemade glitter snowflake soaps make great seasonal gifts throughout the winter holiday season. However, don’t you dare let anyone tell you that the homemade soaps you create are too pretty to use! My BFF gave me that line and I (not) yelled at her to use it anyway. After all, I can always make more.

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Which of course brings me around to a rather unsettling discovery a few years back. When I was shocked to find my “pretty” homemade soaps from ten plus years ago still stored in my parents’ bathroom closet… I know. Don’t get me started. (They don’t do it anymore though thankfully. Not after they tried switching back to commercial bar soap.)

Anyhow, if you’re a fan of glitter, then you’re really going to love my glitter snowflake soap recipe. Scented with peppermint essential oil and filled with shimmering biodegradable glitter, this glitter snowflake soap recipe is a must for your next weekend DIY project!

Ready to get your sparkle on? Then let’s do this!

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Glitter Snowflake Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

7.25 oz. clear natural melt and pour soap base
15.75 oz. white natural melt and pour soap base
.25 oz. peppermint essential oil
fine electric blue bio glitter, to suit
fine white bio glitter, to suit
fine silver bio glitter, to suit (optional)

Materials & Supplies:

6-cavity silicone snowflake mold
4-cup heat safe glass measuring cup like Pyrex
utensils for stirring
digital scale
spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
cutting board, optional

Instructions:

You’ll begin by making the glitter layer of your glitter snowflake soaps first. To do this, start by weighing out 7.25 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks and place into a heat safe, glass measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.

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Remove the melted soap from the microwave using a folded tea towel as the glass may be hot. Now weigh out .1 oz. of the peppermint essential oil and stir into the melted soap base. Next, add your choice of biodegradable glitters in your colors of choice. Have fun with it, but be careful not to go overboard. Too much glitter can make your snowflake soaps feel scratchy!

Now stir well to combine so both the glitter and the peppermint essential oil are evenly distributed throughout the soap base. Allow the melted soap base to cool slightly.

Place your silicone snowflake mold on a cutting board. Then stir the melted soap again.

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Pour the glittery soap base evenly into each of the mold’s six cavities. Then spritz the tops of your soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles. If desired, use the cutting board to carefully transport the mold to the refrigerator to hasten cooling times.

While the first layer of your glitter snowflake soap cools, you can get started on the next step.

Wash and dry the measuring cup you used to melt the clear soap base.

Next, weigh out 15.75 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Cut it into chunks. Then place the soap inside the measuring cup and heat until melted, in 30 second increments, stirring occasionally.

Once melted, weigh out and stir in .15 oz. of the peppermint essential oil.

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Once the first layer of soap has fully hardened, spritz it with rubbing alcohol. Then pour the white peppermint scented soap based into the cavities of your mold on top of the first layer.

Spritz the tops of the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Then allow the soap to cool and harden. (Again, you can transfer your soap to the refrigerator to speed up the process.)

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Once your glitter snowflake soaps have hardened, carefully remove them from the mold.

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Then wrap your glitter snowflake soaps tightly in foodservice film for storage or gift giving.

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More DIY Winter Holiday Gift Ideas

If you like my glitter snowflake soap recipe, then you’ll love these other winter DIY holiday gift ideas!

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For more great gift worthy project ideas, check out my DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board on Pinterest.

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DIY Halloween Bat Soap with Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Glitter

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You know how you have a great project idea? Then when the time comes to actually make it, you only just then realize you don’t have that one thing you absolutely need. Well, that’s exactly how my DIY Halloween bat soap was born.

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If you recall from my Halloween solid lotion bar recipe, I have this super cute silicone Halloween soap mold. Not only does it have a toothy bat mold, there’s also a witch, two pumpkins and a sweet little sugar skull.

As sugar skulls were trending on Pinterest, I really wanted to make little sugar skull soaps. I was planning to dust the inside of the mold with biodegradable eco-friendly glitter in a collection of bright colors. Then fill it white melt and pour soap. The finishing touch, however, was going to be painting on details with cosmetic mica powders. As it turned out however, I realized as I was gathering all of my materials for my sugar skull soaps, I didn’t have that one crucial supply.

Ordinarily I pretty much have everything I need to create just about anything. Despite scaling back on soap making supplies with each move, I alway have more than enough to throw an impromptu craft party. However, with my divorce finally (FINALLY!) final, I’m in the process of moving in with my boyfriend. Because of that, not everything I need is in his apartment yet. Some of it is still at my friend Bambi’s house.

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Rather than take a fifteen minute drive, lose a half hour and as a consequence also lose my motivation in the process, I opted for a DIY Halloween bat soap instead. With glitter. (I mean there’s no time to start sullying someone else’s apartment with glitter than the present, right?

By now you’re probably wondering what the heck I didn’t possibly have on hand for those sugar skull soaps if the glitter was a go.

In the end, my project was derailed by an absent paint brush.

Oddly enough, Greg and I had also just run out of Q-tips. So my back up plan was also a no go.

I’m a little dismayed I likely won’t be able to make my sugar skull soaps in time to blog for Halloween. However, I actually love how my DIY Halloween bat soap turned out. It’s cute. It was fun to make. And now I have a really easy soap making project to share with you!

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DIY Halloween Bat Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.15 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
24 drops (around 2 mL) peppermint essential oil
matte black soap making color bar or black mica
fine cosmetic bio glitter in color(s) of choice

Instructions:

My DIY Halloween bat soap recipe will yield a single bat soap. If you’re interested in making additional soaps for the silicone Halloween soap mold that I used, I did get the approximate amount of melt and pour soap you need for each cavity. Keep in mind that this is by weight. Additionally, as not all soap bases weigh the same amount, weights may vary slightly from base to base.

Amount of melt and pour soap (by weight) needed for each cavity.

  • Bat – 2.15 oz.
  • Skull – 1.65 oz.
  • Middle pumpkin – 2.1 oz.
  • Witch hat – 2.35 oz.
  • Ghost – 1.95 oz.
  • Bottom pumpkin – 2.15 oz.

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Getting started.

To recreate my DIY Halloween bat soap, you will need several supplies. These include the following.

Step #1

Using a digital scale, weigh out 2.15 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base for your DIY Halloween bat soap. Cut into chunks with a knife. Then place the soap into a heat safe glass measuring cup.

Step #2

Heat the soap base in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. Be sure to stir the soap after heating.

Step #3

Once the soap has melted, add a small sliver of the black color black. Stir the soap until the color block has completely melted. (Alternately you may also use a pinch of black mica.) You can add more color as needed. However, keep in mind that overuse of colorants may cause the soap to bleed and can potentially stain skin.

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Step #4

Now add your desired amount of fine, cosmetic eco-friendly biodegradable glitter in your color(s) of choice. (For a more subtle sparkle, try this eco-friendly ultra fine biodegradable glitter instead.) Stir to incorporate.

Step #5

Using a plastic transfer pipette or dropper, add the peppermint essential oil to the melted soap base. Mix again.

Step #6

Place your soap mold on top of a cutting board. Once your soap has cooled somewhat and starts to develop a film on top, remix the soap. Then pour the melted soap base for your DIY Halloween bat soap into the bat cavity of the mold. Spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Step #7

Using the cutting board for support, transport the soap mold to the refrigerator. Allow the soap to cool and completely solidify.

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Step #8

Once your DIY Halloween bat soap has hardened, remove it from the mold. Wrap it tightly in foodservice film until ready to use or to give as a handmade Halloween gift.

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More Homemade Melt & Pour Soap Recipes

If you enjoy making my DIY Halloween bat soap, then you may also want to give these other homemade melt and pour soap recipes a try.

Learn how to make these easy winter snowflake soap favors to gift as wedding favors or even teacher gifts. You won't believe how simple they are to make!

Also be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board on Pinterest for more great DIY soapmaking ideas you can make at home.

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Simple Plantain Salve Recipe in Natural Cocoa Mint

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This simple plantain salve recipe is naturally scented with a lovely cocoa mint fragrance. Lovingly crafted with ingredients like roasted cocoa butter and plantain herbal oil, this natural herbal salve is a must for your herbal apothecary. Use this multi-functional, natural skin care product on eczema prone or dry skin, minor cuts and scratches or as a natural lip balm for seasonal winter skin care.

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When I was a little girl I used to pick the leaves from weeds to make play salads for my parents. What I didn’t realize then was that those leaves I picked were actually edible! It wasn’t until many years later, long after I stopped making dirt pots and grass dolls, that I discovered that the weed I was so fond of, was actually an herb. That herb was plantain.

Plantain is a common broad-leaf herb commonly mistaken for a weed. This healthy, hardy plant can be found in backyards across North America and is nutritionally similar to dandelion leaves. Used medicinally by cultures around the world, plantain is a common herbal home remedy for both nutritional and topical skin care applications.

What is Plantain?

Plantain is a common broad-leaf herb commonly mistaken for a weed. This healthy, hardy plant can be found in backyards across North America and is nutritionally similar to dandelion leaves. Used medicinally by cultures around the world, plantain is a common herbal home remedy for both nutritional and topical skin care applications.

Nutritional Benefits of Plantain

Plantain leaves are best consumed while still young and tender. They have a nutty asparagus like taste that is delicious when pan fried or when added to salads. A naturally healthy herb, plantain leaves offer the following nutritional support (source):

  • Maintains healthy cholesterol levels
  • Can offer relief from irritable bowel syndrome
  • Calms irritation from constipation or diarrhea
  • Offers relief from hemorrhoids
  • Helps with indigestion and ulcers
  • Supports healthy kidneys and bladder function

You don’t have to eat plantain leaves to enjoy their nutritional benefits, however. You can also get herbal support through tinctures for cleansing & detox. Or enjoy a natural herbal tea made using organic dried plantain leaves.

Plantain Infused Olive Oil! Plantains have anti-inflammatory,analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this the plant is well suited at soothing insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

Skin Care Benefits of Plantain

In addition to nutritional support, plantain leaves are also lovely when infused in a carrier oil for topical skin care applications. There are a number of natural skin care products that would benefit from the inclusion of plantain herbal oil. These products include after sun moisturizers, burn relief balms, creams or lotions for eczema or dry skin, and anti-itch salves for insect and spider bites.

Dr. Christopher’s Stings and Bites, for example, is a top selling plantain ointment. It’s crafted with natural herb constituents like plantain leaf, extra virgin olive oil and beeswax to reduce and relieve the pain, swelling and itching caused by insect stings and bites.

Due to plantain’s herbal skin care properties, it’s often used as a key ingredient for the following topical skin care applications to promote skin health:

  • Minor burns and sunburns
  • Minor cuts, scratches and lesions
  • Rashes and skin inflammation
  • Psoriasis and eczema
  • Dry or chapped skin or lips

To learn more about medicinal plants and herbs, be sure to check out the book, Making Plant Medicine, by Richo Chec.

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Formulating An Herbal Plantain Salve Recipe

Mountain Rose Herbs has a new roasted cocoa butter available that I really wanted to try. So I was really pleased when it arrived at my doorstep last week. This stuff smells amazing. I love that it’s suited for both food and cosmetic use.

As it smells so wonderful, however, I really wanted to create a product that would highlight the natural scent of the roasted cocoa butter. I also knew I wanted something to create a natural skin care product that would be suitable for seasonal skin care and gift giving. Therefore, in the end, I opted for crafting a simple plantain salve recipe with a cocoa mint scent.

I love the simplicity of my natural plantain salve recipe. It’s formulated using just five simple ingredients – roasted cocoa butter, plantain herbal oil, beeswax, rosehip seed oil and peppermint essential oil. The cocoa mint scent, of course, is naturally derived from the inclusion of the organic peppermint essential oil and roasted cocoa butter.

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Roasted Cocoa Butter

The roasted cocoa butter wafers from Mountain Rose Herbs aren’t deodorized. Therefore they retain their natural cocoa scent. Expeller pressed from the roasted seeds of the cocoa tree, these cocoa butter wafers are naturally rich in vitamin E. They can be combined with cocoa powder to make chocolate, but also make a nice addition to recipes for lip balms, body butters, homemade soaps and salves.

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Plantain Herbal Oil

While plantain herbal oil is easy to make, you can also enjoy the convenience of buying pre-made plantain herbal oil. This is especially helpful if you’re wanting to make natural skin care products using plantain herbal oil right away. Or if plantain is out of season throughout the cold winter months.

I used plantain herbal oil from Mountain Rose Herbs for my simple plantain salve recipe. An emollient oil formulated using solar infused plantain olive oil and vitamin E, this herbal plantain oil is especially nourishing for dry hands and skin. Crafted with certified organic Plantago major leaves, this natural herbal oil is perfect for gardeners, wild harvesters, climbers – or anyone else who works with their hands frequently. I also like to use this herbal oil, as is, on my dog’s minor cuts and irritation for a simple and safe natural remedy for his skin.

Rosehip Seed Oil

As I have both maturing skin, as well as skin that tends to dry out more in the winter, I also used rosehip seed oil for my plantain salve recipe. While this may shorten the shelf life of your salve somewhat, I highly recommend this unique carrier oil for its essential fatty acids. Popular in natural anti-aging skin care recipes, rosehip seed oil offers marvelous hydration for dry skin and a quick absorption rate. It can also be used solo as a natural daily facial cleanser or hydrating oil.

Beeswax

A key ingredient in homemade salve recipes, beeswax gives this plantain salve recipe its thick, rich texture. It also acts as a natural skin protectant while still allowing skin to breathe. In addition to its skin protectant properties, beeswax is also a humectant (meaning it attracts water to hydrate skin) and helps to temporarily reduce and soothe itching.

The beeswax pastilles from Mountain Rose Herbs have a deep, golden color and aroma. Globally sourced from less-developed countries like South America and Africa, their beeswax helps sustain the local economy of these areas while using traditional (less-modern) processing techniques.

Peppermint Essential Oil

A sweet, candy-like scented peppermint, the organic peppermint oil from Mountain Rose Herbs helps bump my simple plantain salve recipe into peppermint patty like status. This naturally steam distilled, certified organic essential oil has a fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous fragrance with a vegetative back note. Perfect for all types of recipes including cleaning sprays, perfumes, aroma mists and natural skin care, this is a truly aromatic essential oil.

Peppermint essential oils is commonly included in natural skincare recipes and homemade salves and balms for topical pain relief, its anti-itch properties and the cooling sensation. It also supports circulation and can calm acne inflammation.

Ready to learn how to make a plantain salve? You’ll find my simple and easy plantain salve recipe below.

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Simple Plantain Salve Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. roasted cocoa butter
1 oz. plantain herbal oil
1 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. rosehip seed oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for my plantain salve recipe. In addition you’ll also need a one or two cup heat safe glass measuring cup (such as Pyrex) and a utensil to stir your salve. I typically use a fork. You’ll also need containers for your plantain herbal salve. I used 1 oz. metal tins with rolled edge covers.

Once you’ve gathered the ingredients and supplies you’ll need, you’re ready to begin.

Start by weighing out the roasted cocoa butter wafers and beeswax. Combine in a heat safe glass container. Then heat either on the stove top using the double boiler method or in your microwave at 30% power until halfway melted.

Next, weigh out the rosehip seed oil and the plantain herbal oil. Add these ingredients to the same container as the cocoa butter and beeswax. Continue gently heating the ingredients until all of the ingredients for the plantain salve recipe have completely melted.

Once melted, remove the plantain salve mixture from heat and stir to combine. Then stir in 20 drops of organic peppermint essential oils.

Now pour your plantain herbal salve evenly into five 1 oz. tins. Allow the salve to cool completely then pop on the lids and it’s ready to go.

To use, simply apply to affected area as desired and massage in. You can also keep my plantain salve tucked inside your purse to use a natural cocoa mint lip balm throughout the year.

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If desired, you can decorate the lids of your tins. I used nature stickers from Art By Sharell to decorate the lids of my plantain salve containers. However, washi tape also makes a fun addition and makes a simple, yet pretty package decorating idea.

Should you wish to sell the products you make from my plantain salve recipe, there is important information that you need to know if you live in the United States. Not only do you need to follow all FDA guidelines for labeling your products, you’ll also need to refrain from making any medical claims in regards to said product. It can all be very confusing. However, Marie Gale has a great book, titled Soap and Cosmetic Labeling, that can help steer you in the right direction.

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More Ways to Use Plantain Herbal Oil

If you love my simple plantain salve recipe as much as I do, then I encourage you to give these other natural skin care recipes a try. Each one is made using plantain herbal oil for nourishing natural skin care that you can make and gift.

For more great natural skin care and herbal salve recipes, as well as updates from Soap Deli News blog, be sure to follow me across all of your favorite social media platforms. You can find me on G+PinterestFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’ and Instagram.  Alternately, you can also subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.

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Homemade Cleaner Recipes with Essential Oils

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I love essential oils! They’re perfect for all types of uses, not just making bath and body products. I also use essential oils to create my own homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils. However, I don’t always have the time to create my own products. I mean, life can be crazy sometimes, right?

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Honestly, there are days I feel like I can’t catch up much less get ahead. Add in those weekly shopping trips, meal planning, cleaning – it’s hard to squeeze in some free time. And if you have kids? I don’t know how many of you do it.

Anyhow, for those of us whose lives are always running in overdrive, I wanted to share a really special deal that Grove Collaborative is offering this month. And, of course, share some of my favorite homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils too! First, however, I have to let you in on Grove’s new offer!

New Eco-Friendly Hand Soap with Essential Oils

Grove recently released a new line of their own dish and hand soaps in addition to stylish refillable glass containers for each one. Naturally scented with essential oils, their natural fragrance options include Lavender & Thyme, Lemon, Eucalyptus & Mint and Pomegranate. Not only are these products eco-friendly options to your regular brand, they can also save you a trip to the store!

As someone who’s always trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, I always excited when I find a natural and sustainable product that works as well as its traditional counterparts. I love the new Grove hand soap. Not only is is eco-friendly, it doesn’t dry out my skin like other soaps. I’m also a sucker for reusable glass containers. And the glass soap pumps from Grove? They don’t just look great. They also work incredibly well. I love mine so much, I also bought a set for my BFF who is somehow (shhhh.) a wee bit more type A than I am.

Try Grove’s New Eco-Friendly Hand Soap Free!

For a limited time you can be among the first to try their new hand soap along with a few bonuses! Here’s what new Grove Collaborative Customers get with their first $20 purchase:

  • Free Grove Collaborative Hand Soap Vessel
  • Free Grove Collaborative Hand Soap Pouch
  • Free Grove Collaborative Stoneware Tray
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

(If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive a free set of Grove walnut scrubbers — they’re sustainably made and tackle tough messes on dishes or countertops.)

Grove’s new hand soap pouches are every zero-waster’s dream come true! Instead of buying a single-use plastic soap pump, you just twist off the top, fill up your soap dispenser, and voilà!

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Benefits of Grove’s Hand Soap with Essential Oils

Each pouch of Grove Hand Soap contains approximately three refills. The pouches use 60% less plastic than a traditional soap bottle and cost a lot less to make, fill, and transport. This means you end up saving a lot of money in the long run.

While these soaps are wallet friendly, the scents are decidedly luxurious: Lavender & Thyme, and Lemon Eucalyptus & Mint. Both are formulated with essential oils and aloe vera for extra moisture, and are perfect all-season scents. (For those of you who prefer fragrance free, check out the Free & Clear.)

The set also includes a gorgeous refillable glass hand soap dispenser. Think of it as a “grown up” version of your typical plastic pump bottle. The glass is thick and sturdy, and the brushed metal pump complements any decor.

Along with Grove’s new hand soap and dispenser, this versatile stoneware tray has quickly become one of my favorite items. I’ve purchased a few so I can have one by the kitchen sink and one on my nightstand. It’s perfect for everything from loose sponges to jewelry and glasses.

Grove Collaborative has become my go-to for laundry detergent, toothpaste, vitamins and more because they share my passion for healthy, beautiful household products. They hand-select the best natural products and deliver them (carbon offset) right to your doorstep, on your schedule. I love that their products save me not only money, but that their autoship option also saves me time. This is especially important for those products I just can’t find locally. And I’ve never been surprised by a charge or delivery I didn’t first authorize.

Using Grove is a simple switch that can make a big difference in the health of your home. An added benefit: Once you’ve submitted your first order, you’ll also be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. I have gotten some really get free gifts from Grove. Kitchen and hand towels, reusable zipper bags, a bamboo prep board – all as a VIP member. And there’s a new free gift available every single month!

If you’re like me and trying to reduce your carbon footprint and create a healthy home, I can’t recommend Grove enough. Here’s how to get your free gift and give Grove a try:

Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the free hand soap vessel, hand soap pouch and stoneware tray for free when you sign up! To receive this offer, your order does need to be a minimum of $20.  (I just recently tried their European Dish Cloth Set and was hooked! Just in case you’re looking for more eco-friendly products to try.) Choose the combination of products and scents you love, place your order and then your receive your products in a just a few days!

Natural & Reusable DIY Disinfecting Wipes with Essential Oils via A Life Adjacent. These DIY disinfecting wipes make it easy to keep your home clean without chemicals. They’re easy to make, natural, and reusable — just wash and re-use! These homemade cleaning wipes are made without vinegar, so they’re safe for use even on porous surfaces like marble & granite. Read on to learn how to make your own DIY disinfecting wipes with essential oils.

Homemade Cleaner Recipes with Essential Oils

Ready to save even more by making your own homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils? Give these simple, eco-friendly homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils a try. And don’t forget to add your favorite essential oils to your Grove order!

Natural essential oil home and linen spray recipe. This easy DIY Christmas Room Spray recipe boasts the fresh, deodorizing fragrance of rosemary and fir needle!

Peppermint essential oil foaming soap recipe & decorative winter soap pump tutorial. This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your existing soap pumps. Or make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap with just three simple ingredients! These make great homemade teacher gifts too!

For more ideas for creating your own homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils, be sure to check out this article on the best essential oils for cleaning. You can also learn how to make your own DIY holiday foaming soap pumps to give as quick & easy gifts! Find that tutorial, along with a simple peppermint essential oil foaming soap recipe, here.

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No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Fall

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If you’re ready to decorate with pumpkins for fall, then be sure to check out this amazing collection of no carve pumpkin decorating ideas! These handmade fall pumpkins are exactly what your home needs! Whether you’re buying seasonally inspired pumpkin fall decor for your home, or you simply need some inspiration for your own DIY no carve pumpkins, you’ll love these handmade fall pumpkin ideas!

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas for fall. If you're ready to decorate with pumpkins for fall, then be sure to check out this amazing collection of no carve pumpkin decorating ideas! These handmade fall #pumpkins are exactly what your home needs! Whether you're buying seasonally inspired pumpkin #falldecor for your home, or you simply need some inspiration for your own #DIY no carve pumpkins, you'll love these #handmade fall pumpkin ideas!

I loved carving pumpkins a kid. And then, of course, doing it all over again with my son throughout his childhood. At this point in my life, however, I’m kind of over the gooey, slimy pumpkin guts, kids stealing through the night to smash the neighborhood jack-o-lanterns and the eventual downfall of my creations.

Assuming my carved pumpkins survived being demolished by tricksters, watching something you spent a good deal of time on shrink and fade and rot, seems almost self defeating. To be honest, I’m of that mind to simply paint a faux pumpkin that I can reuse every year. If dealing with messy pumpkin guts and seeds aren’t your thing either, then consider these fall pumpkin decorating ideas instead.

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Fall

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Fall. As featured in 'House Beautiful' October 2017 issue, this collection of one of a kind handmade crocheted & knit pumpkins from Candyfleece are a must for your Thanksgiving tablescape. These pumpkins will add a wonderful rustic touch to your holiday or fall home decor. Offered in an assortment of colors, you'll receive these pumpkins in orange, rusty brown, oatmeal, white and blue.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Decor

As featured in the ‘House Beautiful’ October 2017 issue, this collection of one of a kind handmade crocheted & knit pumpkins from Candyfleece are a must for your Thanksgiving tablescape. These pumpkins will add a wonderful rustic touch to your holiday or fall home decor. Offered in an assortment of colors, you’ll receive these pumpkins in orange, rusty brown, oatmeal, white and blue. Shop now. (Or browse pumpkin patterns to create your own!)

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas for fall. Live Fall Succulent Pumpkin Decor. If you love the look of real pumpkins and have a weakness for succulents, then this pumpkin centerpiece is a must for your sunny dining room. Available from PetalsPetiteSD, live succulents are arranged on a real pumpkin ready to be used as living decor in your home throughout fall.

Live Fall Succulent Pumpkin Decor

If you love the look of real pumpkins and have a weakness for succulents, then this pumpkin centerpiece is a must for your sunny dining room. Available from PetalsPetiteSD, live succulents are arranged on a real pumpkin ready to be used as living decor in your home throughout fall. Shop now. (Alternately, you can also create your own similar faux arrangement using a Durafoam short foam pumpkin and faux succulents.)

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas for fall. Velvet Pumpkin Centerpiece. Velvet pumpkins are all the rage this year and are one of the top no carve pumpkin decorating ideas this fall. This collection of four handmade velvet pumpkins from Your Heart's Content is the perfect way to stay on trend. You can buy this collection of velvet pumpkins nestled in a round metal tray with faux grapevine and sunflowers to make a gorgeous, fall centerpiece! Or purchase the any of the elements separately based on your fall decorating needs.

Velvet Pumpkin Centerpiece

Velvet pumpkins are all the rage this year and are one of the top no carve pumpkin decorating ideas this fall. This collection of four handmade velvet pumpkins from Your Heart’s Content is the perfect way to stay on trend. You can buy this collection of velvet pumpkins nestled in a round metal tray with faux grapevine and sunflowers to make a gorgeous, fall centerpiece! Or purchase the any of the elements separately based on your fall decorating needs. Shop now.

Rustic Pumpkin & Black Cat Fall Home Decor. If you're looking for outdoor no carve pumpkin decorating ideas, then look no further than this rustic, pallet wood pumpkin with a black cat from Polished Expression. This kitty cat pumpkin stands on his own and would look super cute on a porch, patio, or even indoors with your Halloween decorations. This hand cut pumpkin is marked by attention to detail and is well constructed for many years of use.

Rustic Pumpkin & Black Cat Fall Home Decor

If you’re looking for outdoor no carve pumpkin decorating ideas, then look no further than this rustic, pallet wood pumpkin with a black cat from Polished Expression. This kitty cat pumpkin stands on his own and would look super cute on a porch, patio, or even indoors with your Halloween decorations. This hand cut pumpkin is marked by attention to detail and is well constructed for many years of use. Shop now. (You can also create your own version using a pre-cut wood pumpkin.)

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas for fall. This purple and gold glam hand painted resin pumpkin from Pearles Painting makes a super cute fall accessory for your home! It's perfect for your fireplace mantel or as an accent to your living room decor. Or, buy several pumpkins to combine for a stunning Thanksgiving tablescape for the holidays!

Purple & Gold Glam Hand Painted Pumpkin

This purple and gold glam hand painted resin pumpkin from Pearles Painting makes a super cute fall accessory for your home! It’s perfect for your fireplace mantel or as an accent to your living room decor. Or, buy several pumpkins to combine for a stunning Thanksgiving tablescape for the holidays! Shop now. (Inspired to paint your own pumpkin? This white pumpkin is up for the task!)

Black & White Fabric Farmhouse Pumpkin. This non-traditional, checked black and white pumpkin is making waves as another one of the top no carve pumpkin decorating ideas for fall. Handmade by SheriSewSweet, these stunning pumpkins are made with the latest trending black & white buffalo check fabric, and are guaranteed to make your fall and Halloween decor stand out from the crowd.

Black & White Fabric Farmhouse Pumpkin

This non-traditional, checked black and white pumpkin is making waves as another one of the top no carve pumpkin decorating ideas for fall. Handmade by SheriSewSweet, these stunning pumpkins are made with the latest trending black & white buffalo check fabric, and are guaranteed to make your fall and Halloween decor stand out from the crowd. These fabric pumpkins are a wonderful accent to your fall farmhouse decor in any room. Shop now. (Is sewing on your list of “I’ve got this!”? Craft your own fabric pumpkins with this easy sewing pumpkin pattern!)

Pumpkin Needle Felting Kit. Prefer your pumpkins in miniature? Why not try your hand at needle felting? These needle felted pumpkins are super cute! Not to mention, needle felting is a LOT easier than you might think. This pumpkin needle felting kit from Bear Creek Felting comes with everything you need to make an adorable needle felted fall pumpkin for your Halloween or Thanksgiving decor.

Pumpkin Needle Felting Kit

Prefer your pumpkins in miniature? Why not try your hand at needle felting? These needle felted pumpkins are super cute! Not to mention, needle felting is a LOT easier than you might think. I made needle felted wine bags this past spring and had a blast making them. In fact, I’m all signed up for another needle felting class next week – to make needle felted pumpkins and gourds! This pumpkin needle felting kit from Bear Creek Felting comes with everything you need to make an adorable needle felted fall pumpkin for your Halloween or Thanksgiving decor. Shop now.

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas for fall. Repurposed Book Pumpkin. If your preference is paper crafts, then you'll love this eco-friendly pumpkin crafted from an upcycled book! The repurposed paper book pumpkins from Treecycled Crafts are covered in hand cut paper book page roses made from old discarded paperback books. They are then decorated with twine, berries, ribbon or ink for unique, one of a kind fall decor.

Repurposed Book Pumpkin

If your preference is paper crafts, then you’ll love this eco-friendly pumpkin crafted from an upcycled book! The repurposed paper book pumpkins from Treecycled Crafts are covered in hand cut paper book page roses made from old discarded paperback books. They are then decorated with twine, berries, ribbon or ink for unique, one of a kind fall decor. Shop now.

Ready to buy those faux pumpkins to create your on fall decor using these no carve pumpkin decorating ideas? Then be sure to check out the great selection of craft materials at Consumer Crafts. Or, shop my fab fall favorites for a creative selection of handmade fall style, accessories and home decorating ideas.

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