Soap Wedding Favors – Buy Them or DIY Them!

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Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you’re planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

If you’re brave enough to embark on making your own custom soap wedding favors for your wedding (or for someone else’s) then my soap wedding favor tutorial will guide you through the process! Within this blog post you’ll learn how to make natural mango & coconut milk soap soap wedding favors with labels!

Included within my soap wedding wedding favors tutorial are two recipes for making natural mango & coconut milk soap. There’s a luxury soap recipe as well as a budget soap recipe. Simply choose the version that works best for your budget.

These heart shaped homemade soaps are perfect as DIY wedding favors or homemade Valentine's day gifts!

However, if you find these recipes a bit intimidating, or if you’ve never made soap before, then you can also give my beginner’s soap recipe a try.

In addition to the soap recipes in my tutorial, I’ve also included step-by-step written instructions on how to create custom labels for your soap wedding favors. My custom label tutorial also includes screenshots of each step along with information for obtaining free software you can use. There are also links to beautiful wedding themed  clipart that’s available to customize your soap wedding favors even further.

If it all still seems a bit challenging, you can also find a label template to work with on Canva. Or you can design and have your labels printed through a 3rd party like StickerYou.  StickerYou offers not only wedding & event templates to create your own labels, but they will also professionally print and mail your pre-cut labels to you.

Ready to get started? Learn how to make your own soap wedding favors here.

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

Not quite sure about taking on yet another task with everything else going on? Following are some of my favorite handcrafted bath, body and soap wedding favors that you can buy!

Olive oil soap wedding favors from Olive Street Mercantile. Luxurious artisan soaps created in small batches with ethically sourced ingredients including essential oils, botanicals and clays. Eco friendly, gentle and palm oil free.

I love the labels on these olive oil soap wedding favors from Olive Street Mercantile. These luxurious artisan soaps created in small batches with ethically sourced ingredients including essential oils, botanicals and clays. They’re also eco-friendly, gentle and palm oil free. More here.

Rose cookie soap wedding favors from LolliLuscious. These handcrafted soaps are layered with delicate peony pink & shimmering pearl topped with a beautiful, blooming rose & delicate leaves.

These rose cookie soap wedding favors from LolliLuscious are perfect for warm weather months. These handcrafted soaps are layered with delicate peony pink & shimmering pearl topped with a beautiful, blooming rose & delicate leaves. More here.

Garden Butterfly Soap Wedding Favors from LolliLuscious. These artisan soaps are delicately created with perfectly pink rose buds nestled in green grass with a soft pink butterfly. They are available packaged in either a party-ready cello bag or pretty gift box.

LolliLuscious also sells these Garden Butterfly Soap Wedding Favors. These artisan soaps are delicately created with perfectly pink rose buds nestled in green grass with a soft pink butterfly.

Boxed Soap Wedding Favors from LolliLuscious

They are available packaged in either a party-ready cello bag or pretty gift box. More here.

Medium 2.3 oz. soap wedding favors from Rustic Joy Soap. These handmade artisan soaps are available in your choice of colors and scents.

I really like the simplicity of the labels on these medium 2.3 oz. soap wedding favors from Rustic Joy Soap. These handmade artisan soaps are available in your choice of colors and scents. More here.

These beautiful assorted soaps from Kopa Kauai are perfect for soap wedding favors. Choose from a mix of scents or get them all in your favorite fragrance choice.

These beautiful assorted soaps from Kopa Kauai are perfect for soap wedding favors. Choose from a mix of scents or get them all in your favorite fragrance choice. More here.

These cute bath salt and lip balm wedding favors from Little Flower Soap Co. come tucked into a natural muslin drawstring pouch.

Or set your sights on these super cute bath salt and lip balm wedding favors from Little Flower Soap Co. They come tucked into a natural muslin drawstring pouch. More here.

These homemade lemon honey lip scrubs from Solis & Mare make both great wedding favors AND bridesmaid favors.

Another non soap wedding favor idea are these homemade lemon honey lip scrubs from Solis & Mare. They make both great wedding favors AND bridesmaid favors. Plus the packaging is to die for! Learn more here.

These test tube bath salts from Shore Soaps are perfectly packaged for gifting as wedding or bridesmaid favors!

These test tube bath salts from Shore Soaps are also perfectly packaged for gifting as wedding or bridesmaid favors! Learn more here.

For more wedding favors you can buy or simply additional wedding inspiration, be sure to browse my Wedding Wishes board on Etsy here. Also be sure to visit my DIY Wedding Pinterest board here for wedding favor ideas you can buy or DIY as well as inspiration for planning your wedding.

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Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe

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This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Made using healing chamomile infused olive oil, this homemade chamomile balm recipe is perfect for hands, feet, body and even lips! (Use only lip safe fragrances or flavor oils if using on lips.) If you’re sensitive to fragrances you can leave your balm unscented. Or use cocoa, ginger and espresso for a fantastic fragrance that’s just as divine as this balm itself. (I have to admit I’m a sucker for all three of these things.)

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Once you’ve created you own homemade chamomile balm, package it in sustainable, eco-friendly brown paperboard jars. Then top each container with cute bee sticker embellishment for a thoughtful homemade gift idea. These are perfect as homemade stocking stuffers, DIY wedding favors or even as part of a handmade gift basket. Here’s the recipe…

 This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. chamomile infused olive oil (or other infused carrier oil of choice)
.5 oz. shea butter
.25 oz. mango butter
.25 oz. beeswax
25 drops cocoa absolute
15 drops steam distilled ginger essential oil
12 drops espresso fragrance oil

Instructions:

You’ll need to begin by making the chamomile infused olive oil. (Alternately you can use any other “liquid at room temperature” carrier oil of your choice.) I made mine by filling a mason jar with organic chamomile flowers – and few lavender blossoms just because – then covering the chamomile completely with olive oil. I set it in a cabinet for a several months, shaking occasionally.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

However, you do not need to wait months for your chamomile infused oil to be ready. (I was saving mine for the perfect recipe!) Your chamomile infused oil should be ready for use within about two weeks. Or, to speed up the process, you can simmer the chamomile flowers in olive oil on the stove, covered, for 30 to 60 minutes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

Once you’ve infused the olive oil with chamomile, you must now strain it for use. You can do this by either using cheesecloth or a coffee filter. I chose to use a coffee filter to keep my chamomile infused olive oil free of any plant material for a clear oil.

You can easily strain it by inserting the cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter onto a mason jar then using a canning ring to hold either the cheesecloth or coffee filter in place.

Once you’ve strained your chamomile infused olive oil, it’s now ready to incorporate into your homemade chamomile balm recipe.

How to make a simple homemade chamomile balm recipe.

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax and mango butter. Heat until melted in a double boiler or at 50% power in the microwave.

Now weigh out the shea butter and stir into the melted beeswax and mango butter. Heat again so the shea butter melts completely.

Next, weigh out the chamomile infused olive oil. Stir into the melted beeswax and butters.

If you would like to scent your chamomile balm recipe, use a dropper or plastic transfer pipette to add the cocoa absolute, ginger essential oil and espresso fragrance oil.

I found my cocoa absolute at my local co-op. However I had to purchase the ginger essential oil online. The espresso fragrance oil is the same one I had left over and on hand from my homemade orange and espresso soap recipe here.

The amounts listed within this chamomile balm recipe for the cocoa absolute, ginger eo and espresso fo will give your homemade chamomile balm a light scent of gently spiced mocha espresso. For a stronger fragrance, increase the amounts of each ingredient slightly until you’ve achieved your desired scent strength. (Be sure to stay within use guidelines for the essential oil and fragrance oil!)

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Mix these ingredients so they are fully incorporated into the base of your chamomile balm then pour into your containers.

For my homemade chamomile balm recipe I used eco-friendly 1/2 ounce brown paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging. I was able to fill six containers, each with .3 oz. of my homemade chamomile balm.

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Once the chamomile balm solidifies, place the lid on each of the containers.

I then decorated the lids of my homemade chamomile balm with Jolee’s Boutique’s Bee Dimensional Embellishment Stickers.

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Your homemade chamomile balm is now ready for use or for gifting! If you are selling your homemade chamomile balm, label accordingly with and INCI ingredient listing, your DBA or business name, and contact information.

If you like my homemade chamomile balm recipe you may also enjoy the best selling book, Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive, by Petra Ahnert. This book provides a multitude of exciting uses for beeswax including beauty and skin care recipes, homemade soaps and candles and even scented beeswax ornaments that are simply perfect for the upcoming holidays! You can learn more about this book here.

Follow me on Pinterest to discover more of my homemade bath, body and beauty recipes you can make for your family or as homemade gifts as well as some of my favorite beauty recipes from around the web. You can also find and follow me via Blog Lovin’and TumblrFacebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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How to Use Neem Oil for Plants as a Natural Pesticide

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How to Use Neem Oil as a Natural Non-Toxic Garden Pesticide

Do you need a non-toxic natural pesticide alternative for your home and garden? Learn how to use neem oil for plants as a natural non-toxic pesticide!

In addition to neem oil’s many medicinal uses – for which I’ve already created multiple recipes for soap, shampoo, salves and lip balm – you can also use neem oil for plants in your garden as a natural broad spectrum pesticide. Neem oil is extracted from the seed of the tropical neem tree and contains thee active ingredient, azadirachtin, which acts as an insecticide, fungicide, and miticide.

You can use neem oil for plants in the garden as a natural, non-toxic pesticide to help control slugs, snails, fruit flies, white flies, squash bugs, Colorado potato beetles, Mexican bean beetles, Japanese beetles, aphids small leaf eating caterpillars and other harmful insects.

In your home it works against fleas, ticks, ants, bed bugs, dust mites and cockroaches as well as scabies mites.

Simply combine between .5% and 2% of neem oil to warm water depending on severity of infestation. (So for every 16 oz. of water by weight, you’d want to use between .08 oz. and .32 oz. neem oil.) For the garden you can also include insecticidal soap or detergent at .01% – .02% of the water amount. Use the solution within a day or two and then make up a new solution to use as needed. If you have an existing infestation drench soil and leaves and apply once a week until infestation clears. As a preventative measure, use the neem oil at .5% dilution with warm water once a month.

Also be sure to check my natural homemade skin care recipes that contain neem oil: Natural Neem Oil & Rosemary Salve Recipe, Natural Homemade Neem Oil Cold Process Soap Recipe, Homemade Neem Cream Recipe, Natural Topical Anti-Fungal Toenail Treatment, Homemade Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe, Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo and my Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe.

For more home and garden tips and recipes like this one, follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new projects and recipes by following me on Blog Lovin, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google + and Instagram!


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Eco-Friendly Artterro DIY Collage Jewelry Craft Kit Giveaway

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Eco-Friendly Arrtterro Collage Jewelry Craft Kit Giveaway

Hooray for Earth Day! Celebrate Earth Day with Artterro who relaunched their line of eco-friendly art kits today! Now packaged in 100% recycled cardboard, Artterro’s art kit packaging features not only bright and colorful project ideas printed using green, soy based inks, but also a sturdy outer box that can be reused for other projects like a mailbox, birdhouse or even a special treasure box while the inner tray is perfect for reusing as a frame for finished art. Further, the bead bags used for packaging are also now biodegradable. Plus customers will find even more beautiful, completely natural materials in each kit like natural beads, felt, copper wire and even soy-based foam pad.

Eco-friendly Natural Artterro Art Kits for Kids

Here’s a peek inside Artterro’s Collage Jewelry Kit that I received featuring wooden pendants, beads and a bangle bracelet that you can embellish and decoupage with a wide variety of papers and beads included within this kit. The kit also includes cotton cord, jewelry findings for necklaces and earrings, two brushes, glaze and instructions.

DIY Decoupage Jewelry and Bangle Bracelet

For this project, Hunter, from down the street came over to lend some of her creativity. Her favorite project was the bangle bracelet.

How to Make Decoupage Collage Jewelry

For this project she used a brush to “paint” on Artterro’s gloss glaze onto the wooden bangle, applying decorative tissue papers onto the glaze and then painting over them.

DIY Decoupage Collage Bracelet for Kids

She repeated this all the way around the wooden bangle bracelet until it was completely covered, then allowed it to dry.

How to Make DIY Collage Decoupage Jewelry

She applied the same method to the pendants she turned into necklaces. She also glued bead onto some of these as well.

Artterro's Eco-Friendly Kids Collage Jewelry Art Kit

DIY Decoupage Collage Jewelry Kit from Artterro

Here Hunter is decoupaging the beads for earrings.

DIY Collage Jewelry and Craft Kit Giveaway

Interested in trying Artterro’s Eco-Friendly Collage Jewelry Art Kit for you and your family? Simply enter via Rafflecopter below through May 8th, 2014. One winner will receive a DIY Collage Jewelry Kit valued at $29 suitable for ages 8 and up.

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Quick & Easy DIY Eco-Friendly Reuable Swiffer Pad Solution

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Easiest Ever DIY Eco-Friendly Reusable Swiffer Pad Solution

One Good Thing By Jillee recently posted her homemade solution for making the easiest ever DIY Swiffer Sweeper refill pads. Her simple alternative solution for eco-friendly, reusable pads is to use chenille socks. However, you could easily use the same concept and up-cycle a pair of old socks that are stretched out or have acquired a hole. Visit One Good Thing By Jillee here for the skinny on how she does it. Plus discover how to refill those canisters of Swiffer Wet Jet solution as well as how to make your own DIY eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaner to refill it with!

For more great DIY homemaking tips and solutions, be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest. It’s filled with tips for making every aspect of your life easier for tips and how to’s to home remedies and natural non-toxic cleaning recipes and everything in between.


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