Bubbles on Bubbles 

So I attempted to film a bath bomb demo and take some photos and that resulted with the death of my iPhone 6s. Welcome to team android.  Needless to say I am determined to review my beloved Smargadine Bubble Bath! Since this was my second attempt I decided go big, so for this bath cocktail we are going double boubles! I am adding and reviewing the flowering tea reusable bubble bar.
This bad boy who literally means emerald in Greek, was released in the lush kitchen a few weeks ago. It is a blend of patchouli, peppermint, lavender, and sandalwood this thick dark green bubble bath turns your water a light green color. The best part is it’s vegan. Your bathroom will smell like a minty forest. The bubbles will speak for themselves!

This giant tea bag is filled with blue corn flowers, and scented with rosewood oil, neroli, and orange. This bath dunk is so skin softening and has the most beautiful surprise with the blue petals bursting out. This was a floral yet orange scent. The best part is it’s reusable, you can get more than one use out of it! That’s right 1-3 uses. Lot’s of bubbles and milky glittery water? Yes please !

So this double bubble mix was bursting with bubbles. This cocktail was a match made in heaven. The forest in a bottle could use some florals and the flowering tea is bursting at it’s seams. The two came together for a refreshing and calming bath that I highly recommend.

Rating Smargadine: 4/5

Rating Flowering Tea: 3/5

Lavender, Purple Bliss

Lavender is my personal favorite, I love everything about it. I love the color, smell, the way it looks, the benefits, I can go on forever. Lavender has been used for over 2500 years. Egyptians used it for mummification and as perfume. The Romans used it for baths, in cooking, and scenting the air. The name lavender comes from Latin lavare that means “to wash”. Today you can find Lavender growing in Southern Europe, Australia, and the United States. The essential oil is extracted from the fresh flowers of the plant and used for many purposes. This is the most used essential oil in the world today.

  • Some benefits include:
  • reduces anxiety and stress
  • helps heal burns and wounds
  • improves sleep
  • restores skin completion & helps reduce acne
  • improves eczema & psoriasis
  • alleviates headaches

These are just some of the amazing benefits associated with lavender. Researchers from China discovered that it can help your body produce three powerful antioxidants. This can help slow aging skin. It also used to treat stress, anxiety, depression, and migraines. Two different studies showed it helped with PTSD and postpartum depression. Due to its antimicrobial properties it prevents infections and combats fungal disorders. Another great use is for hair, helps with thinning hair and hair growth. As a person with chronic migraines lavender is my go to, inhale for about 15 minutes and feel some relief. When it comes to lavender and it’s benefits everyone thinks sleep. This might be one of its most powerful benefits. It can help with the length of sleep you get, time it takes to fall asleep, restfulness, and reduced symptoms of insomnia.

Lavender and Rosemary Hair Detangles DIY Recipe:

  • What you need:
  • 6-8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/12 ounces purified water
  • 2 ounce spray bottle
  • small funnel (optional)
  • Directions
  1. Place the lavender and rosemary oil into the glass bottle
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar and water using the funnel if needed
  3. cap the bottle tightly and shake well
  4. it’s now ready to use! Spray after showering or before brushing to help detangle! Enjoy !

I cannot get enough lavender. After finding out so many of the amazing benefits I can see why everyone loves it. It smells amazing and is good for you too. That doesn’t come around often!

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Sources:

Dr. Axe

University of Maryland

 

Clay, a Perfect Skin Care Match

Clay, no I’m not talking about play dough! I’m talking about that amazing stuff that we pull out of the ground, yeah I know not what you were thinking. Dirt is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of skin care but the purifying properties are just too good to pass up. Clay is a soft, fine, mineral substance. Depending on where it comes from, there are many different types of clays that can be used for different reasons. Depending on your skin type one clay might be better for you than another. Clays are usually best for normal to oily skin types because they absorb moisture.

What some of us don’t know is our skin type. Each of our face is different, facial skin is different from person to person. We can be dry, oily, or combination. What does that mean?  Think about your face midday with out product how does it feel. Are you comfortable or are you tight? There is your answer!

Some examples of clays used in skin care products:

Brazilian Clay is naturally colored an does not contain dyes or pigments. The various shades are achieved by variations in the minerals found in the soil in the different regions of Brazil.

Kaolin Clay is a very fin powdered clay and can come in a variety of colors. It is a generic clay with less liquid absorbing abilities than most. It’s best for sensitive and dry skin.

Sea Clay is a dark green clay that comes from mud laid under the sea millions of years ago. It’s best for normal to oily skin.

DRY/NORMAL:Rose Clay,Kaolin Clay,Brazilian Clay

NORMAL/OILY:Sea Clay, French Green Clay, Bentonite Clay, Brazilian Clay

At stardustfunk we have been working hard testing products (never on animals!) to see what clays work best in our recipes! Good news is we are getting ready to launch our new line of masks and scrubs!

Lavender Clay Face Mask- formualted for dry skin

Sea Clay Face Mask- formulated for oily skin

Turmeric Clay Face Mask- formulated for combination to oily skin

PS my crazy face shows my level of stress, and yes that is myself testing out the face mask

DIY Last Minute Christmas Gifts

So if you’re like me you are still scrambling to get last-minute gifts for some of those

special some ones on your list. If you’re really like me you want something on a budget and that comes from the heart not from the mall. I got something easy and won’t break your bank. One project is for the females in your life, the other is for the bearded males in your life. Don’t think you can hack these projects? Don’t fret you got this, I have made sure that any one can handle these easy instructions and these ingredients. The first recipe makes a lot so you will have quite a few to give out. The second recipe is so yummy I want to steal it from my boyfriend and use it on my hair.

So first what you need. I made two stops for everything I needed. Fist stop Walmart, second stop Hobby Lobby. I tried to get everything I needed at Walmart and everything I couldn’t find I got at Hobby Lobby. It all depends on what you are willing to spend and the look you are going for. Hobby Lobby has really pretty bottles and the essential oils. Walmart has the epsom salt and mini mason jars at really great prices. I grabbed what I needed from both stores and hurried home to make the gifts.

EASY BATH SALTS

What you need:

1: 2 lbs Epsom Salt (8 lb bag available at walmart)

2: 2 Oz Lavender Essential Oil

3: 2 Oz Rosemary Essential Oil

4: 3 OZ Lavender Buds

5: Glass Bottles

Directions:

1: Add salt in large bowl.

2: Add essential oils and lavender buds and mix together.

3: Once mixed together bottle into glass bottles or 4 oz mini mason jars.

EASY BEARD OIL

What you need:

1: 6 Oz Sweet Almond Oil

2: 2 Oz Jojoba Oil

3: 2 Ml Buckthorn Extract

4: 0.5 Ml Essential Oil

(you can use lavender or cedar wood or a combo of both!)

5: Glass Bottles

Directions:

1: In a container combine oils (almond and jojoba)

2: Add extract and essential oil

3: Pour into glass bottles

Pretty Simple huh? I told you so! These are some easy DIY ideas to give as little presents to your loved ones. . You can always tweak the recipes and make them your own, or to use whatever you have in your home. I love making these as much as I love using them. I think gifts from the heart are more special than store-bought gifts but that’s just me!

 

 

**pictured above are the easy bath salts with added rose petals**