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Eggshell Candles

Eggshell Candles

With Easter fast approaching, and the majority of the world locked inside their homes (thanks a lot COVID-19, you can bugger off now), I thought this little DIY candle recipe and craft idea might come in handy for those of you looking to stay occupied (and get off Netflix)!

These Eggshell Candles are so easy to make! They’re fun and eco-friendly, and aside from beeswax pellets, you probably have everything you need to make them, in your pantry right now. The concept is not new, I’ve seen it floating around in magazines and websites for years, but I finally decided to give them a try and document it for you.

EGGSHELL CANDLES

Makes: 3 Prep time: < 10 min. (assuming eggshells have been pre-dried)

Ingredients 

3 eggs (feel free to double or triple this recipe)

50 g | 1.8 oz beeswax pellets

15 g | 0.5 oz olive oil

3 cotton wicks (tealight size is best)

Method

1. Crack eggs carefully so that the top 1/4 breaks off. This takes practice and patience!

2. Wash eggs and remove remaining membrane. Dry thoroughly.

3. Place eggshells in an egg carton, for support.

4. Place cotton wick in the centre of an eggshell. (Ensure wick is long enough for your eggshells. To help wick stay vertical, pinch between two wooden skewers or chopsticks, securing ends with tape or rubber bands, then rest on eggshell so wick is centred).

5. Add beeswax and olive oil to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted.  (Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.

6. Carefully but quickly pour mixture into jar, making sure not to displace wick.

7. Allow to set and trim wick down to 1 cm | 0.4 in from wax.

To Use

Light wick and enjoy. Never leave candles burning unattended. Eggshells are wobbly and unless you secure them safely, they could be a fire hazard. Popping them in a glass bowl of water, as I have done, is a good idea. I don’t recommend lighting them while they are in cardboard cartons due to the fire risk they pose.

Recipe Notes

Make a habit of washing, drying and keeping any eggshells that you incidentally use at home. Or crack, and scramble, on the go, if you’re not that organised!

You can colour your eggs but I love them au naturel! If you want to dye them, simply pop eggs shells in a glass of warm water with a splash of vinegar and some food dye (sadly the natural dyes don’t really work) for 10-20 minutes. The longer you leave them the more intense the colour will be.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Deluxe Foaming Face Wash

Deluxe Foaming Face Wash

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I already have a few foaming wash recipes.

One for the face, body and hands. So why introduce another face wash recipe?

Because this is AMAZING! It is delicious, divine, lush. I am officially in love with this Deluxe Foaming Face Wash, and my face is a fan too! The inclusion of rose water is a luxurious ingredient in this recipe (it helps to calm irritation, soothe and hydrate skin) however, it may be out of budget for some.

If this is the case, you can try lavender water; plain ‘ol water works too – it just won’t have the same blissful aroma in my opinion. 

Note that the video below is for my hand/face/body wash. The only difference is that you’ll use switch out the water for rose water.

DELUXE FOAMING FACE WASH

Makes: 200 g | 7.1 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

65 g | 2.3 oz liquid castile soap

15-20 drops of essential oils

135 g | 4.8 oz rose water

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are ylang ylang and frankincense, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Special container required…

Foaming Pump Bottle

Method

1. Add castile soap and essential oils to a bowl and mix until combined.

2. Wait a few minutes (this gives the essential oils time to disperse within the castile soap), add rose water and mix until combined.

3. Transfer into foaming pump bottle.

To Use

Massage 1-2 pumps of foam over face and neck. Rinse with warm water.

Recipe Notes

You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your soap dispenser (a foaming pump bottle must be used for this recipe).

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Natural Fabric Softener

Natural Fabric Softener

This is my simple recipe for natural fabric softener. Fabric softener as we know it – the commercial stuff that is – is really not good for us. It’s not good for the environment either. It often contains some very questionable ingredients that are known to stick to clothing, irritate skin and aggravate allergies.

Companies (in Australia anyway) are not required to tell you what is in cleaning products, so we often won’t see panels on packets of softener which makes it hard to make educated decisions when out shopping. It often takes a little searching on the internet to find comprehensive lists, and even then, it is the companies choice whether they publish them or not.

Here is an example of ingredients within one popular supermarket brand of softener. From what I can see, most softeners available are similar in their contents.

Here’s a brief look into these ingredients:

Water

Any time you see water in a product, look for preservatives. Usually, not a good sign.

Quaternized Triethanolamine Diester

I can’t find much reputable data on this but Triethanolamine is petroleum-derived and may cause contact dermatitis.

Isopropyl Alcohol

not much to worry about in a cleaning product but not something I would use on my skin.

Quaternary Ammonium Acrylate/Acrylamide

Quaternary ammonium compounds rate poorly with EWG (my go-to for chemical research and advice). Although the data covers a broad scope, there is mention of toxicity to aquatics and moderate concern for asthmatics.

Fragrance

A toxic minefield and my most hated ingredient, unless derived from essential oils! Watch out for this one. There is a list of hundreds of chemicals used for fragrance formulation, and companies don’t have to tell you what they use – it’s their trade secret. Fragrance is associated with allergies, skin irritation, asthma, headaches etc.

Preservative

Interesting that they don’t tell you WHAT preservative. Some preservatives, such as Formaldehyde, are known to be carcinogenic to humans, others, salt, for example, is fine. So I’m dubious here.

 

You know how when you’re at the supermarket, you can smell the softener aisle a mile away (if you’ve been living a lower-toxin lifestyle for a while now, you’ll know what I mean!)? It really is something I like to avoid. I can even smell people’s washing when I take my daily walk if they’ve used softener – that’s how potent this stuff is! It sticks to your clothes, it coats your machine in slime making it hard to clean, and it’s terrible for septic systems and our waterways in general.

Have I convinced you to make the switch to natural yet?

For a long time, I have been using straight vinegar as a natural fabric softener. And it works well, so if this recipe seems like a little too much effort for you, then stick with that. But this recipe for natural fabric softener, ooh-la-la, it really does make my laundry nice and soft!

Natural Fabric Softener

Makes: 1.1 lt | 37.2 fl oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

½ cup | 140 g | 4.9 oz fine salt

1 cup | 250 ml | 8.5 fl oz hot water (see recipe notes)

3 cup | 750 ml | 25.4 fl oz white vinegar (look for naturally fermented)

2-3 drops of essential oils (per use)

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and eucalyptus, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add salt and hot water to a bowl and mix until salt has dissolved.

2. Add vinegar and stir until combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Shake well, then pour approximately ½ cup of liquid and essential oils (if using) into the designated softener compartment of your washing machine.

Recipe Notes

Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.

If the salt doesn’t fully dissolve, don’t worry too much – it will dissolve over time.

If you’re concerned about your washing machine then don’t use this recipe. I personally have had no issues at all, after years of using vinegar in my washing machine, but it is ultimately up to you.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Creamy Body Wash

Creamy Body Wash

If you’re looking for a change from my super-simple foaming body wash or hand wash and want something thicker and creamier, then look no further.

This recipe for natural hand and shower wash is seriously amazing and with 5 ingredients, you can’t go wrong!

Enough with the chemicals hiding in even so-called ‘eco’ and ‘green’ brands. Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine – all ingredients we need to steer clear of.

Read this blog post for some more info on chemicals to avoid. If you have a spare 2 minutes, whip up this natural hand and shower wash, your body and the planet will give you a big high-five for it!

Creamy Body Wash

Makes: 380 g | 13.4 oz  Prep Time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

50 g | 1.8 oz hot water (see recipe notes)

25 g | 0.9 oz coconut oil (the type that solidifies)

1 tsp xanthan gum

200 g | 7.1 oz water – additional (see recipe notes)

100 g | 3.5oz liquid castile soap

30-50 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are peppermint and orange, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add hot water, coconut oil and xanthan gum to a bowl and whisk until smooth and combined.

2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk again, either by hand or with an electric beater, until mixture is light and fluffy. This could take quite a few minutes if you’re whisking by hand. Periodically, scrape mixture down from sides of bowl.

3. Transfer into soap dispenser.

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add hot water, coconut oil and xanthan gum to thermal appliance bowl and mix for 5-10 seconds on medium/high speed, or until smooth and combined.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on medium/high speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.

3. Using a silicone spatula, make sure all of the xanthan gum is unstuck from around the blades, and scrape down sides of bowl.

4. Mix again for 5-10 seconds on medium/high speed, or until mixture becomes light and fluffy.

5. Transfer into soap dispenser.

To Use

Dispense body wash as required and massage over body. Rinse with warm water.

Recipe Notes

Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.

It’s so important to ensure you’re mixing the xanthan gum fully into the mixture.

You may need a wide-mouth funnel to get the mixture into your dispenser. I found that using a skewer to gently swirl/push the mixture through a funnel helped a lot.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Blank Canvas Fizzies

Blank Canvas Fizzies

These Blank Canvas Fizzies are PERFECT for so many applications:

  • In a steam bath or as shower drops for congested airways;
  • In the bath for a fun time for kids, or to help them with relaxation or congestion;
  • As toilet-cleaning drops (they work wonders with a light scrub);
  • In a foot spa;

…and the list goes on, and on, and on!!

I do have a little secret to share though, this Blank Canvas Fizzies recipe is exactly the same as my Fizzy Bath Drops.

BUT, this recipe is like a blank canvas.

Store your drops in a container or jar and add your choice of essential oils just prior to use. It’s so versatile and even a makes for a beautiful gift to give, perfectly paired with a bottle of lemon, peppermint or lavender essential oil for someone’s birthday, or maybe with eucalyptus or lemon for an under-the-weather friend. 

I’ve chosen to call this recipe Cleaning Fizzies in my new book, Naturally Inspired, but don’t be confused – it’s all basically the same 😉

BLANK CANVAS FIZZIES

Makes: 460 g | 16.2 oz (approximately 15 small, 5 large) Prep time: < 5 min. (allow 24 hours to set)

Ingredients

300 g | 10.6 oz sodium bicarbonate (bicarb)

130 g | 4.6 oz citric acid

30 g | 1.1 oz carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)

2-3 drops of essential oils (per use)

My choice of essential oils…

This varies depending on the intended use. See recipe notes below for ideas.

Extra equipment required…

Silicone moulds

Method

1. Add sodium bicarbonate and citric acid to a bowl and mix until combined.

2. Add carrier oil and mix until combined. Mixture should just hold form when squeezed together. If it isn’t holding together, add an extra teaspoon of carrier oil and mix again.

3. Spoon mixture into moulds and press down firmly until full.

4. Leave to set for 12-24 hours in a cool and dry place. After this time, turn moulds upside down and gently tap the bottom – fizzies should fall out easily.

5. Place on a tray or sheet of baking paper and leave to dry for a further 24 hours before storing in container of choice.

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add sodium bicarbonate and citric acid to thermal appliance bowl and mix for 5-10 seconds on medium speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.

2. Add carrier oil and mix for 5-10 seconds until combined. Mixture should just hold form when squeezed together. If it isn’t holding together, add an extra teaspoon of carrier oil and mix again.

3. Spoon mixture into moulds and press down firmly until full.

4. Leave to set for 12-24 hours in a cool and dry place. After this time, turn moulds upside down and gently tap the bottom – fizzies should fall out easily.

5. Place on a tray or sheet of baking paper and leave to dry for a further 24 hours before storing in container of choice.

To Use

Add essential oils directly to one fizzy (see recipe notes below for ideas for various applications). Drop into water (basin, bath, toilet etc.) and allow to fizz. Store in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place.

Recipe Notes

To colour these fizzies, you can use food colouring (natural is obviously my choice – beetroot powder or spirulina are my go-to’s); powder is the best option if you want to avoid the risk of premature fizzing.

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are as follows:
– congested airways (in the shower, facial steam, bath) – lemon, eucalyptus and tea tree.
– relaxing bath – lavender, frankincense, orange, ylang ylang, vetiver etc.
– toilet cleaner (drop in the toilet) – clove, tea tree and lemon.
Remember: don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Did you know that adding one teaspoon of vitamin C powder to bath water while it is filling, helps to neutralise the chlorine present in unfiltered tap water, and I highly recommend getting some. For more info about the effects of chlorine, head over to the Super Soak – Bath Salts recipe.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

Magnesium Oil

Magnesium Oil

I am obsessed with this “oil”! I have honestly never felt better since I started using it. This recipe came about after I saw a small bottle in a health food store with a price tag around $30. I read about the success people experienced with commercial magnesium oil and thought I’d give a DIY version a whirl. Let me tell you a little about magnesium…

Did you know that 80% of us are deficient in magnesium? It is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium “helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heartbeat steady, and helps bones remain strong.

It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein. There is ongoing research into the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes” (source). While it is naturally present in many foods, unfortunately, our soils are not as mineral-rich as they used to be, due to over-farming; this means our crops are lacking in nutrient density.

Caffeine, alcohol, medications and processed food may also affect our body’s ability to absorb and maintain magnesium levels.

Low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms as it is hard to get an accurate gauge through blood tests alone. Here are a few symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • High stress levels
  • Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
  • Restless legs
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headaches, migraines, cluster headaches
  • Muscles aches and pains
  • Hair loss

Magnesium oil isn’t actually an oil, rather magnesium suspended in water. Research suggests that magnesium is absorbed much more effectively transdermally, with studies proving that levels are boosted after topical application. So, I figure I have nothing to lose and everything gain; are you on board the magnesium train now too?

MAGNESIUM OIL

Makes: 100 g | 3.5 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

50 g | 1.8 oz hot water (see recipe notes)

50 g | 1.8 oz magnesium chloride flakes

30 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until magnesium has dissolved.

2. Transfer into container of choice (I store mine in a master jar and refill a glass spray bottle).

To Use

Start with 6-8 sprays – all over body but particularly the abdomen. You may feel a little tingle or even a burning. If it bothers you, wash it off after 15-20 minutes, but it is fine to leave on. You can also spray directly on ailments for relief. Increase the number of sprays if required and tolerated. Shake well prior to each use.

Recipe Notes

Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.

If the tingly feeling doesn’t subside or it bothers you too much, spray your feet before bed and wear socks. The same applies when using the spray on children.

Check out my Whipped Magnesium Cream recipe too!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 30,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her latest, award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.

 

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