Monday, April 11, 2011

Bath bombs

I've always had a fledgling interest in aromatherapy, and now that I'm studying massage my interest is starting to develop into something more practical. I bought myself a starter kit of six essential oils; geranium, lavender, lemongrass, orange, peppermint and Roman chamomile.

Over the weekend I popped two drops of Roman chamomile and a drop of mandarin in my oil burner to relieve some irritability and today I've made some bath bombs for the first time.

In a clean, dry metal bowl I mixed;
225g bicarb baking soda
115g citric acid
115g cornflour
115g lectric washing soda (which is just the same as Epsom salts, only cheaper!)

Then in a clean, dry glass jar I mixed;
3 teaspoons water
15 drops of essential oil mix*
2.5 tablespoons of cold pressed oil (I used the easy wash massage oil I use at school which is a mix of soya bean and sweet almond oil, but any cold pressed vegetable oil will do)
1-2 drops food colouring (optional)


Make sure the dry ingredients is lump free by mixing thoroughly with a whisk.
Shake up the wet ingredients thoroughly. Don't worry if it doesn't form an emulsion.
Gradually, one teaspoon at a time, mix the wet ingredients into the dry, whisking to combine and prevent a reaction (ie. bath bomb fizzle!)

Once all the ingredients are mixed together, press the mixture into moulds. I pressed 1/3 cup of mixture into cling wrap lined muffin tins. This made nine bombs.

Wait for them to dry and store in an airtight container for up to six months.



*Essential oil mix
For this batch I used a calming/relaxation mix

Other suggestions are;
Fight Depression Blend

Insomnia Blend


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Learn 2 Screen Print

I had a great day out today at Learn 2 Screen Print in Pascoe Vale. Laura Day is an artist and designer who runs screen-printing workshops out of her garage studio. No experience is required, just a general interest in the process and maybe some design ideas. At the end of the day you come away with your designs on some gift cards, a bag and what ever else you take to print on.

Cut stencils


Placing the stencil onto the screen





Printing



The finished product

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Easter

Easter is fast approaching and I'm really looking forward to the next time I'm at Rose St Artist Market, because I've been working on some Easter goodies and a cute display for my stand...




...bunnies, carrots and egg patterns from Retro Mamma

Don't forget Mother's Day is approaching too. I made these eye masks filled with wheat for the rooftop festival at my school (Southern School of Natural Therapies). They're good for yoga, meditation and massage and relaxation as well as migraines, as they can be heated or cooled. Great present for mum's!

I'm selling them for $8 each (plus postage) and am happy to do custom orders. Please message me if you'd like some.