DIY Beeswax and Coconut Oil Wax Melts Recipe {VIDEO}

It’s so easy to DIY Beeswax and Coconut Oil Wax Melts! Video instructions included.

DIY Beeswax and Coconut Oil Wax Melts Recipe

Why make your own beeswax and coconut oil wax melts? Well, first, because it is fun! They are simple and inexpensive to make, and you can tailor the scents to your particular mood.

But the best reason to make your own is to make sure you aren’t releasing toxins into your home.

Did you know that some of the melts you purchase add to indoor pollution? In fact, some wax melts actually release formaldehyde into the air.

DIY wax melts offer a safe alternative to scented candles or scented melts that may contain harmful, toxic ingredients. When you make your own, you know they are safe to use.

A word of caution before you get started. Please be sure to use bowls and spoons you don’t mind getting coated with beeswax. The beeswax hardens quickly, so clean up can be difficult. Don’t use anything you don’t mind having to clean up, and act fast when cleaning before the beeswax has a chance to harden.

BEESWAX AND COCONUT OIL WAX MELTS

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup Beeswax Pastilles
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
10 to 20 drops Essential Oils per melt

You’ll also need a Fragrance Warmer (I have this darling mason jar fragrance warmer) and you will need molds. I just use our silicone ice cube trays as molds. They happen to be the perfect size!

Instructions:

In a double boiler, combine the beeswax and coconut oil. Heat and stir just until melted.
Remove from heat and pour into wax melts molds. Immediately add your choice of essential oils. Allow to harden. Remove from molds and they are ready to use in your fragrance warmer.

DIY BEESWAX AND COCONUT OIL WAX MELTS VIDEO

You can use whatever scent you personally prefer for your coconut oil wax melts. I like to make a variety of wax melts in different scent to add these aromatherapy benefits to my home.

Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Lemon is purifying
  • Lavender is relaxing
  • Peppermint is stimulating
  • Orange is uplifting

Once you start to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, you may enjoy making combinations.

Possible Essential Oil Combinations:

Sweet Orange and Clove
Peppermint and Sweet Orange
Lemon and Lavender

These are so inexpensive to make, you can experiment until you find the right combination for you.

Do you use wax melts in your home?

20 Ways to Use Essential Oils

20 Ways to Use Essential Oils. There are so many things you do with just Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. I received free product from Plant Therapy but was under no obligation to write about them or give a favorable review.

Looking for practical ways to use essential oils? Find out how you can use essential oils in just about every area of your life. Live more naturally with fewer toxins.

If you are interested in getting started with essential oils, investing in a basic starter set with lavender, lemon and peppermint is a great place to start.

These three oils have a lot of practical uses around the house. These are just some of the ways to use essential oils to live a more natural, toxic-free life.

20 Ways to Use Essential Oils

Fruit Rinse: Fill a large bowl with clean, cold water. Add 3 drops of lemon essential oil. Add fruit to bowl to clean off pesticides or waxy residue.

Make an All Purpose Cleaner: In an 16 ounce spray bottle, mix 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup of water. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda, 6 drops of lemon essential oil, and 6 drops of lavender essential oil. Spray and clean all the things!

Sleep Aide: Diffuse a few drops of lavender oil in your bedroom at night to aide in sleep. I can not stress enough how much you will love this. Treat yourself! You are worth it!

Queasy Stomach: When feeling queasy, take a few whiffs of peppermint oil to ease the quease.

Air Purifier: Diffuse a few drops of lemon oil to purify the air.

Toy Cleaner: In a large bucket or bowl, mix 1 cup hot water with 1 cup vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon Castile soap and 60 drops lemon essential oil. Dip toys in water and scrub. Rinse and let dry.

Carpet Spot Remover: Mix together 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 tablespoons baking soda, and 2 drops lemon essential oil. Apply the paste to the stain. Allow the paste to dry before vacuuming.

Sunburn Treatment: Add several drops of lavender essential oil to aloe vera gel (make sure it is the gel) and apply to sunburn.

Looking for practical ways to use essential oils? Find out how you can use essential oils in just about every area of your life. Live more naturally with fewer toxins.

 

Microwave: Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a bowl filled with water. Microwave for 3 minutes. The lemon steam helps loosen cooked on gunk so you can wipe it off.

Hot Flashes: Add a few drops of peppermint to witch hazel in a glass bottle. Use spray to relieve hot flashes. (Avoid face and eyes)

Carpet Deodorizer: Add 3 drops of lemon essential oil to 3 ounces of baking soda. Sprinkle on carpet before vacuuming. You will find yourself actually enjoying vacuuming!

Stay Awake While Driving: To help you stay awake while driving, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a wooden clothespin. Clip to your car’s vent to diffuse while driving.

Stainless Steel Polish: In a glass jar, mix together 1/3 cup olive oil with 3 drops of lemon essential oil. Dip a soft cloth is oil. Rub on stainless steel in small circular motions.

Homemade Soft Scrub: Add 3 tablespoons to 1/2 cup baking soda. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix into a paste. Scrub tub and tiles before rinsing.

Headache Relief: Add a drop of peppermint oil to one tablespoon olive oil. Rub into temples and on to back of neck to help with headache symptoms.

Bug Bite Relief: To one tablespoon coconut oil add 2 drops lavender and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. Rub on bug bites to relieve itch.

Looking for practical ways to use essential oils? Find out how you can use essential oils in just about every area of your life. Live more naturally with fewer toxins.

Degreaser:
Apply a few drops of lemon essential oil to your dish soap to help boost it’s degreasing power.

Antiseptic: Apply a drop or two of lavender essential oil to minor cuts.

Drawer Freshener:
Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a few cotton balls. Stash in your drawers to keep clothes smelling fresh.

Shampoo Boost: Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your shampoo. Peppermint not only helps to wake you up, it can help eliminate dandruff.

Those are my top 20. Now I want to know:

What are your favorite ways to use essential oils?

Fixer Upper Design Style Ideas For Your Kitchen

Fixer Upper Design Style Ideas for Your Kitchen. Steal some of Joanna's design style and add it to your own kitchen!

I am in LOVE with the show Fixer Upper. Are you?

Oh. My. Word. Why isn’t Joanna Gaines my BFF? Why doesn’t she perform miracles on 1950s ranchers in Colorado Springs instead of in Waco, TX???

I enjoy the show so much, my friends and I talk about making the 14 hour road trip to Waco, TX just to go to Magnolia’s. (not kidding)

When we purchased our home 2 years ago, I shared how I remodeled our kitchen using Craig’s List.

I love to upcycle and shop thrift store finds…just like Joanna. (You know in every episode you’ll see Joanna out scouring some antiques store for the perfect details for her Fixer Upper.)

Unlike Joanna, I have no real decorating sense of style. None. Nada. Zippo.

Sooooo, I’ve been studying the photos from the Fixer Upper remodels and I’ve found some awesome accents that show up repeatedly on the show.

Now, if you can find these items in a thrift store – buy them there! Use these design style ideas as a list to use while you thrift shop. But, if you simply can’t find them second hand, I’ve got some resources for you.

In keeping with what you will see on Fixer Upper, I tried to hunt down items that are American made or vintage/retro.

So here’s how you can copy some of the Fixer Upper design style in your own home.

We are going to start with a galvanized tray like in the kitchen detail below:

galvanized tray Photo Cred

Joanna oftens styles scenes with a Galvanized Tray. You can use it indoors or out and use it to serve items or to display them. (Don’t forget to get Biodegradable Green Striped Straws!)

There are two things I want to point out in this kitchen redo:

First, check out the retro Kitchen Scale next to the stove. It makes an appearance in so many of Joanna’s kitchens.

Second, look on the actual stovetop and see the Le Creuset Dutch Oven. Again, you will see this dutch oven out on many of her stoves.

Honestly? I just can’t do the price of the Le Creuset. It simply isn’t in my budget. So here’s a much more reasonably priced alternative: Lodge Dutch Oven. Lodge cast iron is American Made!

Okay, now check out this before and after:


Do you see the scale and the dutch oven again???
It’s her thing!!!

On to this gorgeous kitchen:

Do you spy with your little eye the iron cookbook stand? Joanna shows a cookbook stand in many of her kitchens. This Iron Cookbook Stand has the same little weights you use to hold your cookbook pages down. Cute, isn’t it?

There is so much to love about this kitchen (starting with no dirty dishes in the sink!):

mint green colander photo credit

But what I want to point out the vintage Mint Green Colander next to the sink. This may be an item you can find while thrifting or garage sale-ing. Or check in your grandmother’s cupboards! If not, you can get yours here.

This picture is similar to the one of the galvanized tray:

What I want to point out is: in almost every Fixer Upper I’ve seen, there are mason jars somewhere. They hold drinks, they hold straws, they hold flowers, they hold utensils, they hold crayons. To capture the Fixer Upper look, you just have to get yourself some quilted mason jars

The mason jars are sitting atop a serving board. Scroll through these pictures again and see how often she uses serving boards. It’s key to capturing the Fixer Upper style.

This makes me squeal. See the Anchor Hoking glass jars holding flour? I have some in my kitchen already!!! I’d like to say Joanna copied me, but somehow I don’t think so. (I really love these scoops to go with my jars. Just sayin.)

Look to the right of the stove in this swoon-worthy kitchen:

white crock wooden utensils photo credit

Do you see the white crock and the wooden utensils? Keep your eye out for them in all her kitchens! (You noticed the cookbook stand again, right?)

Neither you nor I may ever get to have a home designed and styled by Joanna, but we can copy her style ideas pretty inexpensively.

Do you already have any of these items in your house?

Homemade Linen Spray: Sweet Rose and Lavender Mist

Sweet Rose and Lavender Mist: a homemade linen spray.

Treat yourself to a luxurious homemade linen spray. This sweet rose and lavender mist will lull you to sleep when you use it before bed.

A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to Santa Fe. While she was there she stayed at a hotel that had, “The best turn down service.”

Turn down service?

We travel about 5 times per year for volleyball tournaments, and we stay as a team in decent hotel chains. None of which offer a “turn down service”.

She described to me the lit fire, laid out robes, soft music, a microfiber cloth laid out by their sunglasses, charging cords wrapped with ribbon…

All I could think was I wanted turn down service at my house every night!

Which is why I now have a Sweet Rose and Lavender Mist linen spray on my bedside table.

Treat yourself to a luxurious homemade linen spray. This sweet rose and lavender mist will lull you to sleep when you use it before bed.

No one will be turning down my bed for me at night, but I can give myself the simple gift of a luxurious aromatherapy spray.

It’s the little things, am I right?

While contemplating the perfect deluxe linen spray, I landed on a rose and lavender scent.

The scent from the rose hydrosol promotes well-being and peace, while the scent from the lavender essential oil promotes calm and relaxation. It’s a perfect combination for encouraging an optimal night’s sleep.

Sweet Rose and Lavender Mist

3 ounces organic rose hydrosol <–What I Used
1 ounce distilled water
1 tablespoon vodka
10 drops vegetable glycerin <–What I Used
45 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle.

To Use: Shake vigorously before misting your linens before bed.

Treat yourself to a luxurious homemade linen spray. This sweet rose and lavender mist will lull you to sleep when you use it before bed.

I used a 4 ounce glass spray bottle for this recipe. However, it would be perfect for dividing into two 2 ounce spray bottles. Use one for yourself, give the other as a gift!

While this is an excellent mist to spray on your pillow before bed, you can also use it on your clothes before ironing or on your clothes. Or, spray on clothes before putting them into storage for the winter. It will repel moths.

This formulation should not stain any fabrics. However, it’s always a good idea to test it in a small area before liberally applying.

Happy homemade turn down service everyone!

How to Make a Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner That Really Works!

Keep harmful fumes away from your family with this non-toxic bathroom cleaner.

How to Make a DIY Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner That Really Works. Homemade with essential oils, this spray is both natural and effective. The vodka and lemon oil means it is cleanses without bleach.

Given that the bathroom is one of the germiest rooms in the house, you want to use a non-toxic bathroom cleaner that really works.

I’ve been playing around with different formulas, and this is the one I enjoy the most.

Not only does it get my countertops clean, the sinks and faucets look great too.

Plus, the lavender-lemon smell is quite heavenly!

This DIY calls for water that has been boiled then cooled slightly. This will not only help the ingredients to dissolve properly, it will also kill any possible germs in the water. After all, we don’t need any extra germs in one of the germiest spots in our homes!

My “trick” for the vodka is to ask at the counter for the cheapest small size bottle of vodka. This is for cleaning, not for drinking. So no need to get an expensive brand or large size.

Just one extra note about the vodka. Because of it’s alcohol content, you do want to keep this spray out of the hand of babes. Keep it up high and inaccessible for the little peeps in your life.

How to Make a Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner That Really Works

Since you are going to be using lemon essential oil, you need to use a Glass Spray Bottle for this recipe.

Lemon essential oil will react with a plastic container, so please make sure you use glass.

I try to buy my vinegar in a glass bottle. Once my vinegar bottles are empty, I save them, wash them out, and use them for my homemade cleaners. All I need to do is add a spray top!

How to Make a Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner That Really Works

Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner

1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup vodka
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
1 1/2 cups boiled and slightly cooled water

To Make: Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake gently to combine.

To Use: Spray surfaces and allow to sit for 10 minutes before wiping off with a clean cloth.

This spray will last 2 months when stored in a cool, dark spot.

Happy Natural Cleaning!

Small Space Exercise Room Ideas

Have a small space exercise room? Here’s how I’ve set up mine!
Small Space Exercise Room Ideas

Do you own home exercise equipment? Where is it right now?

Ours is in a small space that used to be an entry way. Only now it’s not. It’s an odd shaped bump out that had no purpose.

In this random space that can’t hold any real furniture, we have set up a small exercise room.

Small Space Exercise Room

As you can see, we have quite a bit of home exercise equipment.

I have a total love/hate relationship with our Concept 2 Rower. This was purchased during our Crossfit stage. (We are no longer Crossfitters. Torn rotator cuff, pure hatred of burpees. Nuff said.)

The rower is a great workout and I do jump on there on days when I do my cardio at home.

But storing a rower is a whole other animal. These suckers tend to take up far more room than a treadmill because of their length. So please keep that in mind if you ever decide to purchase one!

We keep ours up against the wall, then maneuver it forward when we want to use it.

On the opposite wall we keep one barbell and a few plates. We’ve found it adequate for doing at home workouts. We’re not exactly throwing the weight around inside our own home, ya feel me?

Utlizing a small exercise space

In the back of the space we had room for a console table. This has worked out great!

On top of the table I keep a bottle filled with water, a few towels for mopping up sweat and wiping down equipment, and a plant to make it look homey.

Below the table I keep our exercise ball and a wicker basket with rollers, ab mats and yoga mats. It helps corral all that extra equipment.

In the drawer to the console table, I store quite a few things that makes this a happy exercise space.

Storing small exercise room equipment

Whenever I get a health or exercise magazine with an at-home workout plan, I tear out the pages and file them in this drawer. Then, if I have a leg day, I’ll look through the files and find one I want to do.

Next, I keep my heart rate monitor in this drawer. Do you use a heart rate monitor? I am HIGHLY motivated by watching how many calories I burn.

I also keep yoga mat cleaning spray, ear buds (I can’t hear my music over the rower), a small stand for holding my phone (best $8 I’ve ever spent!) to play music when lifting weights, a tennis ball for rolling any really tight muscles, and the pump for my exercise ball.

This small space exercise room actually holds quite a bit of equipment and works for days when getting outdoors or to the gym simply isn’t an option.

So that’s our exercise room!

What small space exercise room ideas have you found that work?

Easy Scented Homemade Playdough Recipe

This Easy Scented Homemade Playdough Recipe yields a smooth dough of non-toxic ingredients scented with any essential oil you choose.

Wait until you see how easy it is to make this scented homemade playdough recipe!

It takes less than 10 minutes to make a playdough that is softer and more supple than what you buy in the store.

We’ve played with this playdough extensively and have never ended up with those annoying little crumbles that end up all over.

Plus, this dough is WHITE!

Why is that a big deal? Because you won’t end up with colorful pieces ground up into your carpet! Are those not the worst???

This recipe is made from all non-toxic ingredients you can find in your kitchen.

There are several essential oils I’d recommend for use in this scented homemade playdough recipe:

Lavender – Use lavender essential oil for a quiet activity before naptime. Lavender is helpful for relaxation.

Peppermint Peppermint essential oil makes the perfect scent for around the holidays and for making playdough for gift giving.

Sweet OrangeSweet orange gives the dough an uplifting scent perfect for cranky kiddos.

Rosemary – If you homeschool, make a batch of dough scented with rosemary essential oil. This scent helps them focus.

To see just how easy it is to make homemade playdough, you can watch the homemade playdough recipe video.

Easy Scented Homemade Playdough Recipe

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
5 to 10 drops essential oil

In a saucepan, combine flour, salt and cream of tartar. Add the water and oil. Heat over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until a ball starts to form.

Allow to cool slightly. Add 5 to 10 drops of your essential oil. Knead a few times until it is smooth.

You are ready to play!

One recipe can easily be divided into 3 to 4 balls just the right size for gift giving.

Or, if you are making it for your own kiddos, you can store this is in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 9 months!

If you find the dough has lost some of it’s scent, simply add a few more drops!

What scent will you use in your playdough?