DIY Lavender Oatmeal Soap

As seen in The Drive Magazine

This winter season has definitely taken its toll on my skin. So since one of my 2019 new years resolutions is to practice more self care, I thought what better way to get started than to whip up a batch of some super moisturizing soap. If your skin is begging for some hydration, you need to try this super easy and quick recipe below.

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What you will need: 

(Makes 6 soap bars) 

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To begin, dice up the soap base into cubes and place them in a medium microwave safe bowl.  This will help it melt quicker and more evenly.  Once diced, place the bowl of cubes into the microwave, heating it in 1 minute intervals until melted.  About 2.5 minutes.

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While the soap base is melting, place a pinch of lavender buds into the bottom of each soap mold.  This will give you a nice layer of lavender buds at the top of the soap bar once it is complete. 

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Next, add in the oatmeal and essential oil to the soap base and mix it. 

Finally, transfer the mixture to the soap molds. To do so, grab a large liquid measuring cup and transfer your mixture to it.  It will make it much easier to pour your mixture into the molds from the measuring cup vs straight from the mixing bowl.   Pour up to the top of each mold then set aside to cool (approx. 2 hours).

Once the soap bars have solidified, you can store them in a cool, dry place, separated with wax paper to prevent them from sticking to each other. If you decide to gift your soap bars, the style you package them in is endless! For these soaps, I used craft tissue paper and thick twine to give them a rustic look. I tore the tissue paper instead of cutting it to help add to that effect.

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY soap recipe. I could not believe how easy and quick it was to make! I am already thinking of what other scent combinations I will do next!

-Mona

DIY Holiday Party Crackers

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It’s that time of year where all the sparkles, trinkets, and pretty papers come out to play! I was so excited to put together this DIY…it’s only been on my to do list for the last 3 holiday seasons LOL.  I remember making these in elementary school and it being so much fun…They didn’t make it home, of course popping them was way more fun.  This time around, however, I thought I would go fancier than the usual  and use funkier tissue paper designs and wrap.  My forever favourite is Rifle Paper Co. anything or Abbie Paulhus Illustrations. But there are so many cute wraps out there to choose from, so go nuts!

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For this project you will need:

  • Wrapping paper (Cut to the size of the recycled toilette paper tube)

  • Recycled Toilette Paper Tube

  • Tissue Paper

  • Cracker Snaps

  • Ribbon

  • Small items and/or Candy to fill

  • Decorative items like pom poms or pipe cleaners

  • Tape

  • Scissors

  • Glue Gun

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I found these cute nutcracker ornaments at Michaels!

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To begin:

  1. Insert your cracker snap centred in the toilet paper tube.  Tape one end down to the tube from the inside.  This will hold it in place when you go to grab the ends later to pop the cracker. Next, add your treats inside.

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2. Roll the tissue paper over the tube and tape it to hold it in place.  The ends at this point will be much longer than needed.  However, wait to trim them to a later step.

3. Cut your wrapping paper to the width and length of your toilet paper tube.  Leave your self about an inch in extra length to work with. Then, wrap it around the tube and tape in place.

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4. Next, tie a couple pieces of ribbon around the ends of your crackers and trim the excess off the ends.

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5. Now the fun begins.  Feel free at this point to add additional decorations to your crackers like pipe cleaners, pom poms, sparkles, stickers, etc.  I added pom poms to the ends of mine using a glue gun.  Others I just left as bows.

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That’s it! Super easy right?!  The only thing to note is to not fall in love…their days are numbered and I am already sad to have to pop mine soon! Haha

Let me know your thoughts below! If you make some of your own crackers, be sure to show me by using the tag #ohsomonaDIY. I can’t wait to see! Happy Crafting!

DIY Citrus Bath Bombs

Happy Friday!! I hope you've had a great week so far.  I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm seriously looking forward to the weekend! We have plans to finish up some small projects around the house that I just can't wait for.  What are your weekend plans?-and if you say lounging around in PJ's all day....I'm super jealous!! But if that is the case, and you’re feeling you want to take on a DIY, I got you covered ;).

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I have been working on perfecting this DIY Citrus Bath Bomb recipe for longer than I would like to admit.. LOL. But the good news is it's finally perfect!

I'm a huge addict to the Lush Bath Bombs and love how they are 1) Super Fizzy, and 2) Usually have a small surprise inside.  I've made bath bombs in the past and although they were super moisturizing and smelled great, they never fizzed as much as I would have liked.  So now, it's recipe 2.0 (really like recipe 3241234242).  I replaced the usual moisturizing ingredient in bath bombs of castor oil with coconut oil.  I find it to be much more moisturizing, however, you can use any type of oil you see fit! Ex. Avocado Oil, Almond Oil, etc.

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For this recipe, I used this Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil as well as some Dehydrated Lemons for decoration.  To Dehydrate the lemons, I placed thinly sliced lemons on a baking sheet with parchment paper at 170 degrees for two hours then flipped them over and baked for another 2 hours.  If you don't wish to have a citrus bath bomb, totally feel free to swap out your essential oil scents! I'm thinking the next batch I make myself will actually be a Jasmine scent. To get the round bath bomb shape, I used clear plastic Christmas ornaments.  However, you could really use any type of mold you would like!

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Below you will find the recipe for these super cute DIY Citrus Bath Bombs!

PS: If you wanted to gift your bath bombs, Take a small square of parchment paper and wrap it around the bath bomb.  Then, take some twine or whichever string you prefer and wrap it around like you would a gift.  I like using parchment paper because it can withstand oil stains from the bath bomb vs. kraft paper.

I would love to see what bath bombs you create! Be sure to tag me or shoot me a comment below :)

Have a great Weekend!

Makes 5 bathbombs

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Baking Soda

  • 3/4 cup Citric Acid

  • 3/4 cup Corn Starch

  • 3/4 cup Epsom Salt

  • 13 tsp Coconut Oil Liquid Form

  • 1 tsp Grapefruit Essential Oil

  • 1.5 tbsp Water

  • 3-4 drops Food Colouring Any Colour

Instructions

  1. Mix together epson salt, baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch in a large bowl.  

  2. Slowly add the coconut oil, essential oil, and food colouring to the dry mixture. This has to be done slowly so the baking soda does not start to bubble.  

  3. Once the above is mixed, slowly add your water. Add small amounts at a time, mixing with your hands during the breaks. The mixture is ready once you can form it without it falling apart. 

  4. Once mixed, add the ingredients to your bath bomb forms. For these bath bombs, I used clear plastic Christmas ornaments but you can really use anything you would like! 

  5. Let dry overnight. Once dry, you can remove them from their forms and use however you would like :). I individually wrapped these for gifts by taking a small square of parchment paper and tying together with twine.

Recipe Notes

-You can use any food colouring colour you wish.  For this recipe, I used 5 drops of red food colouring.  You can add more or less just depending on how intense you would like the colour.

 -Be sure to add wet ingredients slowly to prevent activating the baking soda.  However, do not be alarmed with some minor fizzing!