Favorite Household Oils: Purification, Lemon, and Citrus Fresh are household ROCKSTARS. Yes, they smell as good as the names imply and have so many great uses. We use lemon oil to get stickers and labels off in seconds flat, and diffuse it with lavender for a spa-like scent. Purification gets rid of stinky odors– everything from animals to stinky shoes to laundry that’s been in the washer too long (oops)! Citrus Fresh does all of the above and is also heavenly to diffuse.
While it may not look a lot like Christmas around here yet, it’s sure beginning to smell like it! My daughter Britta and I decided to do a little experimenting yesterday to come up with a blend of essential oils for diffusing that would make the house smell “merry and bright!” I’ve been diffusing it non-stop ever since. It has definitely given me a much needed mental boost. My grinch-like mood has been greatly improved….much to the delight of my family. :-)
Here’s a really easy DIY essential oil project to try.   Only 3 ingredients.    Melt, mix, and pour- that’s all it takes to make this fantastic essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin.   Plus, of course, there’s a free PRINTABLE with recipes for 25 essential oil blends to customize soap that you can use for yourself, share with your team, or use as a class handout.   Find the recipes here
While I’ve never had an opportunity to go to a fancy spa for a day of luxury, I do make time for myself to incorporate some beauty treatments into my personal time to help me relax, get refreshed, and a little pampered before mom and wife duty calls again. This holiday season, bless a lady in your life with some luxury for herself by gifting her an easy and delightful Spa Gift Basket!
No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts!  They’re a great way to add aromatherapy to your shower!  Shower steamers are really very easy to make and only take a few ingredients.  The basic recipe is 1 cup baking soda , 1/3 cup distilled water, and 25 drops essential oil.  Yep, the recipe is very simple.  I think the really fun part is choosing which fun shape you want to make and which essential oil blends to use.  Find instructions here
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Commercial soaps have so much junk in them, are loaded with synthetic fragrances and chemicals and many are drying and irritating to the skin. Not this one, AND it’s made without using lye! Homemade soap is a CLASSIC gift – one that never gets old and the scent possibilities are endless. I love this one using dried lavender and essential oils. Grab the tutorial here. 
Are you hosting friends and family this year for the holidays? I’ve teamed up with some amazing bloggers for two events this year: first, we’re bringing you over 70 awesome DIY essential oil projects and recipes that are perfect for hosting for the holidays, and second, we are hosting a HUGE Facebook party on December 1st where we’ll share all kinds of great essential oil recipes, tips and tricks, and answer any questions you have!

Hi there! The reason that you need to use dark bottles is because of the Essential Oils that go into the recipes. Essential Oils are AMAZING, but really sensitive to light. Using a dark colored glass bottle or jar is what helps to keep them safe. If you do use something that is clear make sure to store it in a cool, dry, and dark place so that it isn’t heated and definitely no direct sunlight! Also, if you use plastic the essential oils will eventually eat away at the plastic because they are potent. When I use a plastic container I only use it once. You can find storage bottles and supplies at abundanthealth4u.com
Put your shea butter and coconut oil in a double burner. Put on low heat and let the fats melt. Take off of heat and pour your oils into a glass bowl. Add your olive oil. Let slightly cool and add your Castile soap and essential oil. Put in refrigerator for about an hour or until the solution starts to solidify. Then remove from fridge and whip your solution with an immersion blender until it forms a whipped cream texture. Scoop into your glass pot. Close with lid and store in a dark, cool place. Scoop out silver dollar scoop of cream and spread before shaving.
**Directions: In one bowl, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk until very well combined.  In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Slowly combine wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Note: if the mixture is foaming, you are adding too fast.  Keep whisking together until very well combined.  Using silicone baking molds, firmly pack mixture in each mold. Let air dry for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.  Pop out and keep in an airtight container.

The first one I ordered was scratched on the front. Amazon credited my account,I returned it and I re-ordered it again. I just got the second one last night. I have yet to use and wear it. It appears from a functional stand point that it will work just fine. However, I don't know if it will discolor over time. I will try to post a new review after a few uses. The picture of this item is very deceiving. It is much smaller in size that what the picture leads you to believe. If your looking for a small and more petite face this is good for you. If your wanting something with a large face I would suggest looking at other bracelets.

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