Pokemon Inspired Bath and Body Video Tutorials

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Whether you're a Pokemon Go fan are have Pokemon Go fans at home, these Pokemon inspired video tutorials for making your own Pokemon Pokeball Soaps and Pokemon Pokeball Bath Bombs mean more fun for the entire family.

Whether you’re a Pokemon Go fan are have Pokemon Go fans at home, these Pokemon inspired video tutorials for making your own Pokemon Pokeball Soaps and Pokemon Pokeball Bath Bombs mean more fun for the entire family.

Pokemon Inspired Bath & Body Video Tutorials

These DIY Pokeball Pokemon inspired soaps are sure to make bath time more fun the kids. Watch this video tutorial from Describe in One Word DIY’s to learn how it’s done. Then for more melt and pour soap recipes, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

Even if you don’t have Pokemon fever you may still get a kick from this DIY Pokemon inspired Bath Bomb tutorial. Make taking a break from Pokemon Go almost as much fun as playing with this video tutorial from SofiaStyled. Then be sure to check out more homemade bath bomb recipes from Soap Deli News blog here.

And, while not Pokemon inspired, you may also like this video tutorial from Describe in One Word DIY’s for making your own DIY Chocolate Bath Bombs.

If you are also a Star Wars fan by chance, then be sure to check out my Star Wars inspired bath and body recipes here. You’ll find several bath and body recipes for making your own natural baking soda free spray on and stick deodorants with fun printable labels as well recipes for melt and pour soap and jelly soap!

Of course, to make all of wonderful bath and body products, it will require you to put down your phone and stop playing Pokemon Go for at least an hour or so to give you time to prep, create and clean up. Of course, you can also always hold out for a rainy day.

For even more ideas and bath and body recipes, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’Tumblr, FacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.


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4th of July Nail Art

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4th of July Nail Art Inspiration and a Free Gift Offer

If you’re looking for red, white and blue 4th of July nail art inspiration, then you’ll want to consider one of these super-cute nail looks from Julep. You can get all of the nail polishes used in these looks for FREE in the Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift if you join Julep’s beauty box subscription program. Or, if you’re already a subscriber, then use code LETSGET20 to save 20% on any Julep polish or beauty purchase that you make.

To create the easy patriotic 4th of July nail dots (pictured above) first create your base with two coats of the red crème polish, Myriam. Once those coats have dried, use a toothpick or a dotting tool to make dots with the white polish, Brigette. Once your white dots have dried completely, then add additional dots with the peacock blue nail polish from Julep, Paulina. Don’t forget to complete your look with a top coat to extend the life of your new 4th of July nail art look!

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If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, then try creating stars and stripes nails. Begin by painting all of your nails with two coats of the red polish, Myriam. Allow to dry completely. Then, on your accent nails, use scotch tape as a guide to paint even stripes of the white polish, Brigette. Once these lines have dried, use a toothpick to draw blue stars on your accent nails with the blue polish, Paulina.

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If you’re a master at nail polish and have steady hands, then you may want to try these red, white and blue wave nails for your 4th of July nail art look. Begin by painting half of your nail with Myriam, your red polish, then add on a scalloped edge. Allow to dry, then apply the white scalloped paint layer with Brigette. Once that layer has dried, complete the look with a third scalloped layer of Paulina (blue). Optionally, you can also add a touch a sparkle on top of the blue with Kirby. Be sure to finish your completed 4th of July nail art look with a top coat to make your mani last and shine!

Free Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift from Julep when you join their monthly beauty box program.

Right now Julep is running a special offer to receive all of the polishes featured in the above nail polish tutes, along with three fantastic beauty products, in their free Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift! Simply enter promo code: FIREWORKS to get your free gift when you pay for your first month of Julep ($24.99).

Get $100+ of beauty surprises in the June Mystery Box for just $24.99! The Pool Party Mystery Box features a fabulous "Makeup the Rules" cosmetic bag (ideal for bringing your sunscreen & lip gloss to the pool or beach), plus SIX other mystery beauty or nail products - just $24.99 for $100+ worth of products.

Alternately, through 6/15/16 at 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last, you can get $100+ of beauty surprises in the June Mystery Box for just $24.99! The Pool Party Mystery Box features a fabulous “Makeup the Rules” cosmetic bag (ideal for bringing your sunscreen & lip gloss to the pool or beach), plus SIX other mystery beauty or nail products – just $24.99 for $100+ worth of products.

But hurry! You’ll want to buy your Pool Party Mystery Box in the next few days, because there are a limited number available, and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Julep is only offering their Mystery Boxes a few times a year now, so the next Mystery Box will not be available until August or September. (Please note that every Pool Party Mystery Box will include the “Makeup the Rules” BRIKA Bag, however other products vary. The purchase of multiple Pool Party Mystery Boxes may result in nail polish or beauty product overlap. This offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g Maven 20% discount). Also, no exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box or individual items. Estimated full retail value is at least $100. Taxes vary by location.)

You can discover more amazing beauty products by following my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest. Or learn how to make your own natural skin care products by following my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.


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Healing Winter Body Balm Recipe

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This homemade healing winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help heal damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The resulting product from this healing winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persisting skin conditions as well as those who wash their hands continuously such as hair dressers, crafters and teachers who work with children. Plus learn how to create your own custom labels.

This homemade healing winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help heal damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The resulting product from this healing winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persisting skin conditions as well as those who wash their hands continuously such as hair dressers, crafters and teachers who work with children.

This homemade healing winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help heal damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The resulting product from this healing winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persisting skin conditions as well as those who wash their hands continuously such as hair dressers and crafters.

Healing Winter Body Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. traditional emulsifying wax
1 oz. mango butter
1 oz. coconut oil (76° melt point)
.5 oz. lanolin
.5 oz. 100% neem oil
.5 oz. carrier oil (liquid at room temp)
2 mL (approx. 40 drops) rosewood natural essential oil blend

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the waxes and mango butter in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Then heat in the microwave at 50% power until the waxes and butter have melted completely. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

Next, weigh out the coconut oil and lanolin. Stir into the melted wax and butter mixture until these ingredients have liquified completely. (If you are allergic to coconut oil you may substitute the coconut oil with shea butter.)

Now weigh out the neem oil – learn more about neem oil here – and your carrier oil and mix into your previously melted ingredients. (I used my homemade chamomile infused olive oil as my carrier oil. A calendula infused carrier would be equally nice. However, it’s not necessary to use an infused oil. you can simply use any carrier oil you prefer as long as it’s liquid at room temperature. Good options include hemp seed oil, olive oil, rosehip seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil or avocado oil.)

Finally, using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out the rosewood essential oil blend and stir into the winter body balm recipe ingredients. Stir to combine thoroughly. (Pure rosewood essential oil is terribly expensive as rosewood is endangered. A rosewood essential oil blend – which is a combination of essential oils that are blended to smell like rosewood – makes a nice alternative and will completely cover the smell of the neem oil without being overpowering. Alternately, you can use any other skin safe essential oil of your choice.)

Now simply pour your completed healing winter body balm into containers of your choice and allow the product to fully solidify before placing the lid onto your container.

I chose to use eco-friendly 1/2 ounce brown paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging as my winter body balm containers. (This winter body balm recipe will yield ten .5 oz. jars.) Alternately you can also use any other container(s) of choice. A 4 oz. Ball jelly mason jar from the grocery store – like the ones I used for my homemade cranberry body butter recipe – also works great for this particular product.

This winter body balm recipe yields 5 oz. of product. To determine how many containers you’ll need based on your container choice, simply divide 5 by the number of ounces your containers hold.

Create labels for your natural skin care products.

To create the labels for my winter body balm containers, I purchased Winter Snowflake Clipart from Lilmade Design on Etsy. (She offers several lovely variations of snowflake designs that you can choose from that work perfectly for the lids of round containers including her Nordic Snowflake Clipart and Snowflake Galore Clipart.)

I used OpenOffice to create my labels using the clipart from Lilmade Design. I use OpenOffice as it’s a free open source program similar to Word. However, you can also use Microsoft Word if that option is available to you.

How to create custom labels for your healing winter body balm recipe.

To create your own sheet of custom labels begin by creating a new text document in OpenOffice. Now format your page with three columns by clicking on Format > Columns.

As I was using 1/2 ounce jars with a diameter of just over 1.25″ I increased the spacing to 1.60″ which made the width of my column the size I needed (1.24″) to fit onto my lids. Now hit OK. (Adjust this as necessary based on the diameter of your own container lids.)

How to create custom labels.

Next you’ll simply import your image(s) by clicking on Insert > Picture > From File. Choose the image you’d like to use and click OK.

Creating custom labels.

Your image will appear on the page in the size needed without you having to rescale the image size. With the image selected – you’ll see the green boxes around the image – hit COMMAND C (on Mac) or CTRL C (on Windows) to copy the image.  Now click just below the image and hit the enter bar. Then hit hit COMMAND V (on Mac) or CTRL V (on Windows) to paste the image again below the first one. Repeat this until you have the number of images needed for your containers.

Finally, print out your page of labels you just created onto a full label sheet -I get mine for a great bulk price from World Label – then cut them out and adhere to the lids of your containers. (You can find other easy to follow instructions for creating your own custom labels on my tutorials for making homemade chocolate body butterscustom wedding soap favors and DIY mix tape soap favors.)

This homemade chamomile balm recipe is divine. Scented with cocoa, ginger and espresso and packaged in eco-friendly paperboard jars, these make great gifts!

If you like my healing winter body balm recipe, then you may also enjoy my homemade chamomile balm recipe.

Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest to discover more of my own 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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New Natural Beauty Recipe Book from Shannon Buck

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DIY natural beauty book - 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty

Just released is the new natural beauty recipe book, 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beautyby Shannon Buck!

This new 4 1/2 star rated natural beauty book will teach you all that you need to know to make your own organic natural beauty products. Learn how to create homemade lotions and potions at home using natural and holistic ingredients like herbs and flowers. You’ll also be instructed on the properties of conditioning carrier oils and naturally moisturizing butters as well as aromatic floral extracts. Many of these natural beauty recipes are perfect for your overall health and include curative herbal extracts and therapeutic essential oils. This natural beauty book contains clear step by step photographs and instructions as well as expert tips and easy to follow natural beauty recipes.

You can buy 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty now in paperback here. Or save by purchasing the kindle version of this natural beauty book here. (Don’t own a kindle? Download the free kindle app. Or purchase the all new kindle paperwhite.)

If you like 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty by Shannon Buck, then also be sure to check out the collection of similar books by author, Rosemary Gladstar. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, a #1 best seller with a 5 star review, is among one of her many prized favorites. You may also enjoy Fifi M. Maacaron’s book, Natural Beauty Alchemy: Make Your Own Organic Cleansers, Creams, Serums, Shampoos, Balms, and More, in addition to Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman’s book, The Home Apothecary: Cold Spring Apothecary’s Cookbook of Hand-Crafted Remedies & Recipes for the Hair, Skin, Body, and Home.

To discover even more natural beauty recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’ or Tumblr as well as FacebookTwitter, G+ and Instagram for more great beauty book recommendations and natural skin care and homemade soap recipes.


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DIY Quick Tips and Must Have Soapmaking Equipment

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Turn a Pyrex Measuring Cup into a Double Boiler!

There are often times when making your own homemade bath and beauty products that you come across some rather heat sensitive ingredients that you just don’t want to use a microwave for. Sure a microwave is quick and easy but sometimes it can go a little overboard. Not to mention burnt waxes don’t smell pretty. If you’re just getting started and not ready to invest in a double boiler, no worries.

My friend and fellow blogger, Cari Dunn of Everything Pretty, told me that she uses a canning ring to convert a glass Pyrex measuring cup into a double boiler in a pinch. Simply place the canning ring your pot and set the measuring cup on top, then add your water around the measuring cup and turn on the heat! Or try a Universal Double Boiler for less that will fit your existing 2 quart and 4 quart sauce pans!

Speaking of Pyrex measuring cups, these have become a staple piece in my stash of soapmaking equipment. I own two each of the one cup and two cup measuring cups and one of the four cup or quart measuring cups. Following are some of my other favorite soapmaking tools and equipment I use on a regular basis.

Must Have Soapmaking Tools and Equipment

A good scale is an absolute must. I’ve been using a Baker’s Math Kitchen Scale for years. It measure in ounces, grams, kilograms, pounds and pounds with ounces. It’s heavier duty than standard kitchen scales and postal scales, doesn’t need re-calibrating and comes with a 30-year warranty. You’ll need it weigh out ingredients for soap recipes as well as many bath and body recipes.

A hand blender or stick blender is another must have accessory. It takes the hardest physcial part of soapmaking – the mixing – out of the equation and helps you not only achieve trace faster, but also ensures a evenly mixed batch of soap. In twelve years I’ve only gone through two stick blenders. My latest, and also the cheapest, has lasted longer than the first so it doesn’t need to be brand specific.

Loaf molds. While I regularly use my trusty wooden loaf soap molds my dad made for me – these are the size I use for the cold process soap recipes I post here on my blog – silicone molds have become commonplace and can help make crafting cold process soaps simpler. As there’s no need to line these molds it helps to save on time and waste. The Crafter’s Choice™ Regular Silicone Loaf Soap Mold is a great silicone loaf mold and most all of the soap recipes I create for Wholesale Supplies Plus’ eHandmade Magazine will fit perfectly inside this mold.

Bakers & Chefs 12″ x 3000ft. Foodservice Film continues to be a staple for my finished products. It’s not only inexpensive for the quantity but it sticks much better than regular plastic wrap making it a both a smart and simple choice for wrapping melt and pour glycerin soaps and giving them a more professional look. It also works great on cold process soaps. You’ll find that the 12″ size is perfect for most standard size bars of soap.

Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipettes are great for when you’re making smaller sized recipes for things like lip balm and salves where you need to measure out fragrance, oils and flavors in smaller quantities. These can be purchased in bulk and are relatively inexpensive so there’s no reason not to use a fresh pipette for each ingredient. The measurement marks make it easy to measure out your liquid ingredients in both millimeters and portions thereof.

Small graduated glass beakers or plastic beakers are great for pouring things by hand when you need a steadier hand. I love the 50ml beakers for pouring my lip balms into tubes. Trying to use a syringe can cause the lip balm to cool too quickly while a plastic transfer pipette can melt if you try to add the liquid lip balm to the tubes too hot. With the beakers both of those issues are solved and I find even without a lip balm filling tray, my not so steady hand can fill a lip balm tube on a kitchen counter without having to secure it in any way.

Silicone Spatulas are another tool I always have handy for helping get all of my soap in the mold as well as for random bath and beauty recipes. I also have an extra sturdy metal spoon with a thick handle that won’t bend when scooping out solidified coconut or palm oils from tubs and a basic 1 cup measuring cup scooping out ingredients to be weighed like sodium hydroxide and palm kernel flakes.

I also own a trio of stainless steel pots so I always have the perfect size to fit my cold process soap recipes whether they be large or small. It also allows me to make three small batches at one time.

Interested in learning how to make your own homemade cold process soaps from scratch? Be sure to check out my soapmaking tutorial or follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest for an ever growing collection of handmade soap recipes and bath and beauty DIY’s.

Do you make homemade soaps? I’d love to hear what your favorite tools and equipment are! Share your favorites along with any tips and tricks you have that make the job easier!


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