DIY Mother’s Day

Get creative for Mothering Sunday and give the gift that keeps on giving…

Homemade Floral Candles 🕯️

Instructions

  • Add water to a large pan, place a small saucepan on top of the water (a saucepan you wont be using for cooking anymore). Heat the water and add the wax to the small saucepan to melt, stirring frequently.

  • Once the wax is melted, remove from the heat, add 15 drops of lavender and 30 drops of rosemary and mix.

  • Secure the wicks to the bottom of the candle friendly containers by dipping the cord in the melted wax. Leave to dry. Secure the wick with a pencil on top.

  • Carefully pour the wax into the containers, stop to add dried flowers throughout. Leave to set then cut the wicks down to size.

DIY Rose Petal Perfume

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place your petals and a sprinkle of rose buds into the bottom of a clean glass mason jar, pour the vodka over the petals, cover and leave for 24 hours.

  • Squish the petals with a wooden spoon, tip in the water, cover and leave for 4 to 7 days in a dark place. Make sure you take it out once a day and mix and pulverise the petals.

  • Strain the mixture into a glass perfume bottle or two, shake before you spray and store in the fridge.

DIY Pink Tinted Lip Balm

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt the grated beeswax, coconut oil, almond oil and lipstick in a double boiler. Do not boil or overheat.

  • Stir using a throw away tool like a chopstick or bamboo skewer.

  • Remove the mixture from the heat, add the essential oils and mix. Using a syringe, fill your lip balm containers and top with died flowers.

  • Leave to sit at room temperature or in the fridge until hardened.

Pink Himalayan Salt Bath Bombs

Instructions

  • Melt the shea butter in the microwave in 1 minute intervals. Leave to cool for 10 minutes then stir in the essential oil of your choice.

  • Sift the baking soda and citric acid into a bowl to remove lumps. Stir in the Himalayan salt, strawberry fruit powder and dried rose petals.

  • Knead the melted shea butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Spritz with witch hazel, mixing between each spray until a damp sand consistency forms. (You should be able to press the mixture into a ball).

  • Overfill both halves of a bath bomb mould with mixture, creating a high heap in the middle. Push the sides firmly together, wipe away any excess mixture and leave to dry for 24 - 48 hours.

  • Carefully remove the bath bombs from the moulds and store in clingfilm in an airtight container.

Soothing Milk Bath 🛀

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the milk to a large bowl, tip in the salts and baking soda and mix to combine. Break up any clumps during this process.

  • Add the essential oil (you can also use vanilla, mint or rose). Mix together well, keep in an air-tight jar and use 120ml while running a bath. Sprinkle with dried flowers and orange slices.

Homemade Shampoo Bar

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the shea butter, argan oil, vitamin E oil and soap base to a bowl and mix until combined. Add the dried marigold petals, stir, add the essential oils and stir until combined.

  • Pour into moulds, place in the fridge for 3 hours and carefully remove.

Spirulina Bath Bombs

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the baking soda, citric acid, arrowroot powder, bentonite clay and sea salt.

  • In a separate bowl, melt the coconut oil and shea butter together in the microwave and combine. Add the coconut oil/shea butter to the dry ingredients a long with the essential oil. Mix to break down any lumps until a wet sand consistency forms.

  • In a bowl, combine the spirulina and green tea, add to the bath bomb mixture until completely incorporated.

  • Stuff bath bomb molds with the mixture, allow to dry for at least 24 hours and enjoy!

Natural Bath Bombs

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix the baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt and cornstarch together in a large bowl.

  • In a separate bowl combine the melted coconut oil, water and the essential oil of your choice.

  • Whisk the dried ingredients while slowly whisking in the liquid mixture until combined. The texture of the mixture should be similar to sand.

  • Tightly pack the mixture into a mold, add a little beetroot powder in the middle and some rose petals. Place a rose bud in the other side of the bath bomb mold and press the two sides together. Leave over night then carefully tap around the mold with a spoon to release the bath bomb.

Get Glowing Sugar Scrub

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine the sugar and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil at a time until the consistency is sandy. Mix in the vanilla extract and store in a clean, airtight container topped with lavender flowers.

  • Use after a shower or bath then rinse well to leave skin soft.

DIY Lip Balm

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil together and stir in the essential oil. Pour into pots and leave to cool before using.

Avocado Face Mask

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place half the avocado into a bowl, mash with a fork until as smooth as possible, place the oats in a food processor and pulse until ground. Mix the oats into the avocado.

  • Add the lemon juice, coconut oil and essential oil and mix until combined.

  • After carrying out a patch test, apply a few tablespoons to your clean face and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Parsley Soap

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line a container with baking paper, place the parsley in a pan with the water, bring to a simmer and allow to cook for a minute then remove from the heat.

  • Pour the mixture into a blender with the essential oil, pulse until you have a fine texture. Shred the bars of soap with a grater and place in a slow cooker and pour the parsley water over the top. Turn the heat on to high and stir every five minutes.

  • After 45 minutes have passed, remove the mixture from the slow cooker, press it into the prepared container and leave to cool overnight. Thoroughly wash the slow cooker. Once set, cut the soap into bars and enjoy!

DIY Soy Candles

Ingredients

  • Candle Soy Wax
  • Heat-proof Container
  • Essential Oils
  • Candle Wicks
  • Candle Container
  • Spatula
  • Thermometer
  • Pencils

Instructions

  • Measure out how much wax you need to fill a container then double it. Tip the wax into a heat-proof container over a low heat and leave to melt while stirring frequently.

  • Add your choice of essential oil until you reach the desired fragrance and stir.

  • Dip the bottom of the wick in the melted mixture, hold in place at the bottom of your candle container and leave to sit until hard. (You can also use superglue).

  • Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, once it reaches 140 degrees carefully pour the mixture into the candle container. Hold the wick in place using the pencils and leave for up to 4 hours.

  • Reheat remaining wax and pour back on top for a smooth finish. Trim the wick less than half an inch long once the candle has set.

DIY Cucumber Face Mask

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel the cucumber, chop up and blend into a puree. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, coconut oil and aloe vera and coconut sugar. Add the cucumber puree to the milk mixture and mix. Store in the fridge, apply to face once a patch test has been carried out and wash off after 15 minutes.

Put Your Feet Up Floral Tea

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Crush the liquorice root, fennel seeds and cardamom pods slightly. (Use a pestle and mortar or carefully use the back of a knife).

  • Boil the water, add the liquorice root, fennel, cardamom to a saucepan and pour over the hot water. Leave to steep for 9 minutes, add the petals and rose bud, mix and leave for 1 minute.

  • Use a tea strainer to pour and enjoy!

Rose Face & Body Moisturiser

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the almond oil, coconut oil and shaved beeswax in a heat proof pan, heat slowly until the oil and beeswax has melted.

  • Remove from the heat, leave to cool to room temperature and a salve consistency has formed.

  • Mix in the aloe gel, rosewater and essential oil and whisk until a lotion consistency forms.

Basic Homemade Soap

Ingredients

  • 225g Coconut Oil
  • 425g Olive Oil
  • 310g Palm Oil
  • 135g Lye
  • 320ml Distilled Water

Instructions

  • Add the lye to the water, stir until dissolved and leave to cool. In a separate container, combine the coconut oil, olive oil and palm oil and mix until bubbles reach the surface.

  • Gently pour in the lye water, stir until the mixture comes together and starts to thicken. (You may want to use a hand blender). Pour the mixture into your soap mould, tap the box on the counter and leave to sit for 4 days. Remove from the mould and cut into bars.

  • Get creative with different scents by adding ingredients such as dried flowers and cinnamon!

Summer Soap

Ingredients

Colours & Scents

Instructions

  • Place the Castor, Coconut, Tallow and Avocado Oil and Glycerin into a clean slow cooker and melt together. Add 152g of water to a jug, poor in the lye and stir. Pour the lye solution into the oil mixture and blend using a handheld electric blender.

  • Melt the stearic acid in a jug that's placed in a pan of hot water. Once melted, pour the stearic acid into the main mixture and blend with the hand blender until thick.

  • Cover the mixture with a lid and set to cook for 2 hours. In a pan, combine the sugar and 83g of water over a high heat until the sugar dissolves.

  • Add the sugar solution to the slow cooker and mix. Cook for half an hour then add your chosen essential oil scents and colours and mix thoroughly. Pour into soup molds, spray with alcohol and leave for 24 hours. Leave for up to 4 to 6 weeks before using.

Homemade Natural Deodorant

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the shea butter and coconut oil into a jug, melt the ingredients together and stir. Add the arrowroot powder and baking soda and mix to combine.

  • Add the essential oils, mix well, pour into a tin and place in the fridge for an hour.

Homemade Moisturiser

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place water in a pan over a low - medium heat, place a bowl above the water and add the almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter. Stir until melted.

  • Add drops of your chosen essential oils and vanilla extract then carefully pour into a clean glass jar with a lid. Use as a moisturiser within 6 months.

Orange Peel Facemask

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together and add small amounts of water until a thick paste forms. Massage on to face and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off.

Coffee Body Scrub

Instructions

  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and store in mason jars or other air tight containers.

About the Author

Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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