How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Friday, December 8, 2017

DoTerra Candy Can Sugar Scrub

From DoTerra's blog:

Ingredients
¾ cup white sugar
12 drops Peppermint oil 
Skin safe food coloring
 
Tip: In place of white sugar, you could use sea salt. In place of Fractionated Coconut Oil you could use almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil. 
 
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and Fractionated Coconut Oil in bowl. 
  2. Divide mixture equally into two bowls. 
  3. In one bowl, add red skin safe food coloring. 
  4. Layer red and white scrub to create a ‘candy cane’ effect. 

DoTerra Holiday Room Spray

From DoTerra's blog:

This easy DIY Holiday Room Spray welcomes all those who enter your home. It is inviting, uplifting, and will promote a happy environment during your holiday festivities. 
 
Ingredients
15 drops Frankincense oil
15 drops Grapefruit oil
30 drops Douglas Fir oil
Water
 
Instructions
  1. In glass spray bottle add essential oils and top off with water. 
  2. To use, shake the bottle then spray.
Note: Depending on the size of your spray bottle you may wish to use more or less, but make sure to keep the ratio of twice the amount of Douglas Fir to equal parts Frankincense and Grapefruit.

Pooch Paw Balm

2 T coconut oil
2 T any other oil (I use avocado or olive)
2 T shea butter
2 T beeswax pellets

This is really a basic balm for any/all cuts, bumps, bruises and owies . . in the puppy paw balm, I just don't add anything else to it ;)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Honey Pumpkin Sugar Scrub Cubes

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shredded soap

Melt together over medium double boiler.  When smooth-ish, remove from heat and pour into:

1 cup of white granulated sugar

Mix well, then add:

1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp of honey

Mix well.   Press into molds and allow to firm up.   When firm, remove from molds and make gift presentation.   * Note:  this can be kind of crumbly and will fall apart if left to open air . . so maybe a cute baby jar?

Brown Sugar & Maple Syrup Soap Scrubbies

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shredded soap

Melt together over medium double boiler.  When smooth-ish, remove from heat and pour into:

1 cup of brown sugar

Mix well, then add:

A big splash of maple syrup

Mix well.  Press into molds and allow to firm up.   When firm, remove from molds and make gift presentation.   * Note:  this can be kind of crumbly and will fall apart if left to open air . . so maybe a cute baby jar?

Vanilla Coffee Sugar Scrub Cubes

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shredded soap

Melt together over medium double boiler.  When smooth-ish, remove from heat and pour into:

1 cup of white granulated sugar

Mix well, then add:

A big splash of vanilla
about 1/2 cup of coffee grouds

Mix well (should look like smashed up oreos, but smells like chocolate . . . . total sensory overload!)

Press into molds and allow to firm up.   When firm, remove from molds and make gift presentation.   * Note:  this can be kind of crumbly and will fall apart if left to open air . . so maybe a cute baby jar?

Essential Oil Lip Balm

2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp beeswax pellets
2 tbsp shea butter
EO to reach scent, as desired (the sweet spot for me is 40 drops of peppermint, but that changes based on what you are using an what your desired end result is)

You'll need .  . .
double boiler (I think easier than the microwave method)
a tiny, disposable pipette
lip balm blanks or tiny containers
something to stir with

In the double boiler, melt the coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter.  Do this over medium heat and be patient.  Keep stirring.   When it's smooth, take it off the heat, but leave it over the water.   Add the EO and stir.

Stand all the blanks up or prep them in such a way that you can fill one and quickly move to the next.  Use the tiny pipette to fill the blanks.   Let set until hardened.   Make a cute label & spread the love by giving as a gift :)   Give or take, this recipe yields about 18 tubes of lippy.