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Nov
22

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe


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Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe

Our next Christmas Craft Recipe is our Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe.  Now, while this may seem like an ordinary bath bomb, it is nothing but ordinary.  First, we found these festive sprinkles that were the inspiration for our holly berry bath fizzies.  I am in love with them and have to use them for my Christmas Cookies this year!  However, these sprinkles also worked perfectly to go with Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil.  This fragrance oil smells delightful and happens to be a holiday favorite among the Natures Garden team members.  In addition, we have created the look of snow on the bath fizzies.  While this part was entirely accidental, it truly kicked these bath bombs up a notch, making them my personal favorite recipe of the season.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need: 

Witch Hazel (in spray bottle)
6- Clear Round Acrylic Fillable Ornaments
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Scale
Holly Berry Sprinkles (Find these From Wilton)

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prior to Preparing This Bath Fizzy Recipe

First, you want to make sure your work area is clean.  Also, be sure your mixing bowls and molds are clean and ready to use.  I also highly recommend wearing an apron to protect your clothing and gloves, glasses, and a mask. The glasses and mask are simply because the baking soda tends to float a bit on me when I add it to my bowl.  In addition, you want to prepare a bottle of witch hazel using your bullet bottle and sprayer.  I would also like to note that bath bombs should be prepared in non-humid climates.  Since bath bombs are activated by water, they can be slightly activated by moisture in the air.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the White Portion

The Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe has two colors.  First, we will prepare the white half of the bath fizzies.  This half will also include the holly berries that decorate the bath bombs.  We will also talk about an optional idea at the end to make the white half look like snow!

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the White Portion:
256 grams Citric Acid
560 grams Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
9 grams Safflower Oil
8 grams Holly Berry Fragrance Oil
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the White PortionHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the White Portion

First, we will prepare the dry ingredients for the white portion of the bath fizzies.  So, in a deep mixing bowl, add 256 grams of Natures Garden’s citric acid.  Then, use your hands to break up any clumps you find.  Then, add 560 grams of baking soda.  Again, use your hands to break up any clumps you may find.  Also, mix the ingredients together as you are breaking up the clumps.  You want to make sure the ingredients are fully mixed and clump free before moving on.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Add the Wet Ingredients for the White Portion
Next, we will be adding the wet ingredients for the white side of the bath fizzies.  To the bowl with the dry ingredients, add 8 grams of Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil.  Then, add 9 grams of safflower oil to the mixture.  Finally, once again, use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Continue to mix until the ingredients are completely and thoroughly mixed.  Once the ingredients are mixed, set the bowl aside, we will come back to it.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Red Portion

Next, we will prepare the red portion of our Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe.  This portion will be the second half of the bath fizzy.  It will simply be an easy bath bomb recipe.  It is just a simple bath bomb, with added oil and red colorant.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the Red Portion
256 grams Citric Acid
560 grams Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
9 grams Safflower Oil
8 grams Holly Berry Fragrance Oil
6 grams Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the Red PortionHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the Red Portion
The dry ingredients will be citric acid and baking soda.  So, in a deep mixing bowl, add 256 grams citric acid and 560 grams baking soda.  Use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Make sure you break up any clumps you find in the mixture.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Wet Ingredients for the Red PortionHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Wet Ingredients for the Red Portion

Now, we will prepare the wet ingredients for the red portion of the Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe.  So, to your dry ingredients, add 9 grams of your safflower oil, 8 grams of Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil, and 6 grams of Natures Garden’s Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant.  Then, use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Make sure the red colorant is fully and evenly dispersed.  Then, set the red portion aside for the moment and we will come back to it in just a little bit.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Bath Fizzies in the Molds

This bath fizzy recipe uses a traditional sphere bath bomb mold.  However, prior to putting the bath fizzies in the molds, we have a few more steps to complete.  You will need to get your molds out and put them in front of you.  We used a medium sized bath bomb mold and made six bath bombs using this recipe.  You can see a picture of the mold we used below.  They were simply the round plastic ornament type molds.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Holly Berries to the MoldsHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Holly Berries to the Molds

Next, we will be adding the holly berries to the molds.  The holly berries were created using holly sprinkles mix from Wilton’s.  These sprinkles contain red beads and green leaves that resemble holly berries.  For our bath bombs, we used three red beads and three green leaves in one half each bath bomb mold. So, go ahead and place three red beads in the center of one half of each of your bath bomb molds.  Then, place three of the leaves around the red decorating beads.  The goal is to make them look like holly berries.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the White Bath Fizzy Mixture to the MoldsHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the White Bath Fizzy Mixture to the Molds

Now, we will be adding the white bath fizzy mixture to one half of each mold.  The white portion of the bath fizzies will be added to the same side that you added the holly berry sprinkles.  So, with clean gloves, begin spraying the mixture lightly with witch hazel.  You want to have a crumbly dough like consistency.  Once your bath bomb mixture is at the proper consistency, add the white bath bomb mixture to holly berry half of each bath bomb mold.  Make sure you pack the fizzy mixture tightly in the mold so that they form properly.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Red Bath Fizzy Mixture to the MoldHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Red Bath Fizzy Mixture to the Molds

Now we will be adding the red bath fizzy mixture to the molds. So, begin by spritzing the red bath fizzy mixture with witch hazel.  Continue to spray and mix until you are sure that all of the mixture is at a crumbly dough consistency.  Once the bath bomb mixture is at the proper consistency, add it to the second half of each mold.  Pack the molds tightly and be careful not to overfill your molds.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Two Halves TogetherHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Two Halves Together

Finally, we will be attaching the two halves.  First, we need to lightly spray each half of the bath fizzy with witch hazel.  So, lightly spray one white half and one red half with witch hazel.  Then, press the two halves together.  You need to do this with the remaining molds until you have completed all six of your bath bombs.  Lastly, allow them to completely setup before you remove the handmade bath fizzies from the molds.  Your bath bombs should come right out of your molds very easily.  Simply use the hooks to pull the molds apart.  Then, place your bath fizzies in a place where they will not be disturbed or roll around.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day One

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day OneI really have to start from day one to fully explain how this happened. I should also say, this is totally optional and dependent on the humidity as well.  When I created this recipe, I will be honest, it was raining cats and dogs, and did so all day and all night.  Obviously, this is not the best time to create a bath fizzy with all of the extra moisture in the air.  However, when I found the Wilton holly berry sprinkle, I was instantly inspired.  I HAD to make them for everyone to see.  Of course, this meant I would need to create them and immediately take pictures to share with all of you.  So, my bath bombs setup.  I removed them from the molds.  I quickly took pictures right away!  As you can see the white half is perfectly smooth.  They looked great.  I was totally happy with them.  Then, I set them aside.  I was having a bit of a problem getting the bath fizzies to stay in one place. The problem was, they kept wanting to roll off the table.  So, I set them back in half of the bath bomb mold.  The little hook on the mold prevented them from rolling away.  Now, for whatever reason, I only used half of a mold for each bath fizzy. I placed each bath bomb with the red side in the mold.  You can see how they looked when I went to bed that night in the picture to the left.

 

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day Two

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day TwoHowever, the most wonderful thing happened overnight!  This left the white half exposed to the air.  After an exhausting and very long day, I accidentally forgot about them and left them sitting out on my table all night.  As we talked about at the beginning of this article, bath bombs a best prepared in non-humid climates.  Well, of course, the bath fizzies attracted some moisture from the air.  Of course, the bath bombs were slightly activated.  However, since the red portions were still in the molds, only the white halves were affected.  Guess what this created, it made the white half look like snow!!!  They looked amazing and festive and absolutely perfect!  You can see how they looked in the morning in the picture to the left.  I would never have thought to use the moisture to my advantage, but it worked out wonderfully for this time of year.  I actually recreated these for my own personal use, using this technique intentionally and for those wondering, yes, the bath bombs still fizz perfectly.

 

Tell Us About Your Happy Accidents

We all have those moments where we think, man I just messed that soap, candle, bath bomb, etc. up big time.  Then, there is that moment where you realize that big mistake turned into the most wonderful thing that you never planned for.  I couldn’t be happier with how these bath bombs turned out.  Personally, I am absolutely obsessed.  I make baskets each holiday for family and friends.  I fill them with bath and body products and totally intend to create these and other bath fizzies using this technique.

We would love to hear all about your happy accidents.  We would even love to hear what inspired your projects and see pictures as well!  Tell us all about them on our Facebook or Twitter pages.  You can even post pictures on our Instagram @ngscents.  If you are looking for a little inspiration, be sure to check out all of our Free Recipes and Classes available right on our website.

 

Feb
27

Easter Egg Fizzies


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steps for making easter egg bath fizzesEaster is quickly approaching, and although typically Easter gifts exchanged between loved ones are filled with chocolates and sweets; sometimes you just want to think outside of the candy wrapper.  This is where the entertaining bath bomb can come into play!

Bath fizzies can be enjoyed by everyone young and old!  But, there is just something about them that amazes children.  This is most likely the fun fizzing action that occurs when the bath bombs hit the water.

One of the most unique aspects of bath bombs is that they can be scented, colored, and molded into any shape.  And, one of the best things about bath bombs is that they are a great project to make with your kids for a fun family activity.

If you are looking for a great spin on Easter basket gifts, using this recipe you can now make your very own Easter Egg fizzies.

Besides the ingredients that are needed to make the Easter egg fizzies (which can all be purchased at Natures Garden), you will also need (10) regular sized fillable Easter eggs, baking soda, and some witch hazel in a spray bottle.  If you do not have any leftover plastic eggs from last year, these eggs can be purchased almost anywhere including Walmart or even your local Dollar Store.  The witch hazel that is called for in this recipe is used to help get the crumbly consistency of the mixture as well as to adhere both sides of the Easter eggs together in the final steps.

Here is the rest of the ingredients and supplies that you will need to make this recipe:
Citric Acid
Bentonite Clay Powder
Arrowroot Powder
Castor Oil
Olive Oil- Pomace
For this project, any body safe fragrance oil will work.  We suggest: Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil to match the theme of Easter.
For the color of the Easter egg fizzes, any of the FUN Soap colorants will work.  For this project, we selected the colorants: Neon Blue, Neon Red, Neon Yellow, and Ultramarine Violet to achieve somewhat of a pastel color in the eggs.
Disposable Pipettes
Mixing Bowls (5)
Large Mixing Bowl
Spoon

Once you are ready to get started, here are the steps (pictures included):

Step 1: In your large mixing bowl, place 184 grams of citric acid, 265 grams of baking soda, 11 grams of bentonite clay, and 90 grams of arrowroot powder.  Thoroughly mix these ingredients.  If you have any clumps, break them up using your fingers and thumb.  Set this aside for now.

how to make easter fizzes

Step 2: Now, in a separate bowl, weigh out 26 grams of castor oil and 21 grams of olive oil.  Then, carefully pour this over your dry ingredients, mixing well with your hands.

mixing ingredients for easter bath fizzes

Step 3: Next, place 30 drops of Jelly Beans scent into the mixture using a pipette.  Stir this again using your hands.

making scented bath fizzes

Step 4:  Now, slowly spray the mixture with a few squirts of witch hazel.  Mix the mixture between each spritz.  Continue until the mixture is like crumbly dough in your hands.  Do not over spray. 

making easter bath bombs

Step 5: Now, lay out your other 4 mixing bowls.  Into each bowl place approximately 150 grams of the mixture.

making different colored bath fizzes

Step 6: In the first bowl place 4 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Blue.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is light blue.  Then, set it aside.

blue bath bomb

Step 7: In the second bowl place 6 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Red.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is pink.  Then, set it aside.

pink bath bomb

Step 8: In the third bowl place 4 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is yellow.  Then, set it aside.

yellow bath bomb

Step 9: In the final bowl place 5 drops FUN Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is light purple.  Then, set it aside.

purple bath bomb

Step 10:  Now, count out 10 of your fillable Easter eggs.  If the eggs halves that you have are connected together by a small piece of plastic, break them apart now.

prepping your bath fizzy mold

Step 11:  Each colored bowl of the mixture will fill (2.5) whole eggs.  To fill the eggs, press the mixture down firmly into each egg half.  Once both of the halves are completely filled, spritz each one with witch hazel.  Then,  close the egg.  Repeat this step until all eggs are filled and sealed together.

prepping easter bath fizzy

Step 12: Once all eggs are sealed, allow them to harden overnight.

allowing your easter egg fizzes to harden

Step 13: When the eggs are ready, using a spoon gently tap several times on the outside of the oblong egg half.  This will help release the bath fizzy from the mold.

Step 14:  Carefully slide the plastic egg (oblong side) off first.  Then, slide the bottom portion of the plastic egg off.  If the bath fizzy egg is not  stuck together, spritz each half with the witch hazel then place the two halves together.  Gently hold these two halves in place, and using your thumb, reinforce the seam of the egg halves until they do stick together.  Then set aside and allow to harden for about 15-20 minutes.

connecting your easter egg fizzes

The Easter egg bath fizzes are now ready for use.  If you want, place the fizzy eggs into an Easter basket and give as basket to give as an Easter gift.

Easter bath fizzy basket

If you are looking for other unique projects to make visit Natures Gardens free recipes page by clicking on this link!

Jan
08

All Natural Cleaner


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shutterstock_123478006 (2)Any habitual coffee drinker knows that your coffee maker shows signs of use after a little while, especially if you have hard water.  Anyone who has worked in the food industry as a server knows a little trick you can use to clean your coffee pot using, cold water, salt, and lemon slices.  However, having lemon slices (or lemon juice) at your disposal is not always the case.  But, when you are a homemade crafter, you will have citric acid on hand!

This recipe is a natural cleaner to remove those pesky hard water and coffee stains with two simple ingredients.  This method can be used once a month, on a regular basis.

Here are the items you will need:
Citric Acid
Water

How to clean you coffee pot:

1.  Rinse out your coffee pot, and place it back onto the machine.  Remove the filter and rinse out the funnel, replace the funnel when done (do not place a filter in the funnel).

2.  Weigh out 28 grams of citric acid.  Then in a separate container, weigh out 880 grams of hot tap water.

3.  Slowly pour the citric acid into the water.  Allow it to dissolve.

4.  Next, weigh out 880 grams of cold tap water.  Add this to the citric acid solution.  Stir gently.

5.  Now, pour all of the solution into the water tank portion of your coffee maker.  Allow the coffee maker to run until 4 cups of the solution has “brewed”.

6.  When this occurs stop the coffee maker and allow it to set undisturbed for at least 20 minutes.

7.  Next, start the coffee maker again, and allow it to fully finish “brewing”.

8.  Allow the mixture to set again for 20 minutes undisturbed.

9.  Before dumping out the cleaning solution from the coffee pot, pour a little bit into a bowl, and dump out the rest of the solution.

10.  Now, using a sponge, clean the outside and top of the coffee pot to remove any outside stains.  Then, rinse the coffee pot and place it back into the coffee machine.

11.  To rinse the machine, weigh out 1760 grams of cold tap water into the water tank and allow it to “brew”.

12.  Once “brewing” is complete, repeat step 11 at least 4-5 additional times before making coffee in the machine.

This recipe is an easy and quick way to clean your coffee pot and machine naturally without a ton of work on your behalf.  Citric acid is an amazing all natural ingredient that deodorizing and cleans.  You can purchase citric acid from a trusted supplier by clicking on this link.

You will love how great your coffee tastes after you clean your machine using this method.

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Jan
07

Citric Acid


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citric acidCitric Acid

Naturally found in bitter/sour tasting fruits such as oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits, etc; citric acid is the naturally occurring organic acid that gives such fruits mentioned above their typical sour taste.  Although citric acid is found in various fruits and vegetables including raspberries, tomatoes, and some peppers, it is most potent in limes and lemons consisting of up to 8% of the dry fruit’s weight.  This amount varies based on factors like climate and soil conditions.

Besides fruits and vegetables, citric acid can also be produced from cane sugar, molasses, and dextrose as well.

For biochemistry means, citric acid occurs in the metabolism of nearly every living creature.  This is due to citric acids vital role in the Krebs cycle.  Outside the metabolic role of citric acid, it is also a common go to ingredient for cosmetics, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, and cleaning industries.  In fact, citric acid has been deemed safe by all major food regulatory agencies both on the national (FDA) and international end.

Sold most commonly in a powdered or crystalline form that is white, citric acid can be used as an antioxidant, preservative, pH adjuster, emulsifier, additive, cleanser, and stabilizer.

The industry yielding the most use out of citric acid is food and beverage.  This is because citric acid is an additive that can be found in everything from meat to ice cream to candy and especially soda pops.  Obviously, citric acid can be ingested and very few people are allergic to this ingredient.  Although a typically harmless additive; this natural substance is sour and when consumed in larger quantities, may cause an upset stomach.

On the cosmetic end of things, citric acid is starting to gain popularity.  More and more, people are starting to realize the benefits of using citric acid in their homemade bath and body products because of its pH adjusting abilities.  Items like bath tablets and bath bombs (or bath fizzes) require citric acid as a base ingredient for their formulation.  It is solely this ingredient’s interaction with baking soda that produces carbon dioxide the characteristically known and sought out fizzy action when introduced to water.  Citric acid is also used in masks, peels, creams and lotions because it is an alpha hydroxy acid, giving products great exfoliate and emollient properties.

To view some great bath bomb recipes, click here.

When it comes to antioxidants, citric acid is phenomenal.  Not only does this natural substance help to rejuvenate and refresh the skin, but it also helps to stall the aging process in your skin.  Citric acid also works as both a tonner and a cleanser.  For recipes outside of bath bombs, citric acid can be used up to .5% of the total recipes weight.  To add this ingredient to bath and body recipes, simply dissolve the citric acid in a liquid, and heat the mixture to 165 degrees Fahrenheit before blending it into your other ingredients.

The cleaning industry also has many uses for citric acid.  It is considered an environmentally friendly cleaning agent.

This natural substance makes a great water softener, breaking down the small amounts of metal that is commonly found in water.  When it comes to treating hard water, citric acid is an optimal choice for an all natural water softener.

As for a cleaning agent, citric acid is quickly gaining popularity in kitchen and bathroom cleansers.  Not only does citric acid remove hard water stains from glassware, but due to the nature of this natural ingredient, it works great as a deodorizer with its instinctive clean citrus scent.

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There are some cautions that should be noted with the hands on use of the concentrated (powdered form) citric acid.  Always use caution when dealing with citric acid.  Skin irritation may occur from interacting with large amounts of citric acid, especially if you have sensitive skin.  Always wash your hands after touching citric acid.  Never rub your eyes after touching citric acid.  Finally, when using products with citric acid for its alpha hydroxy acid benefits; prolonged and aggressive use is not advised.  Doing so will cause skin irritation.  Most skin treatments that involve alpha hydroxyl acid are followed by applying a facial toner that neutralizes the skin’s ph.

To store citric acid, it should be placed in an air tight container away from moisture.  The container should be kept at room temperature.  This will eliminate any chance of humidity from activating its fizzing ability.   If housed in this manner, citric acid can have a shelf life of up to multiple years.