Dear Fairy Friends,
Whether homeschool, public school or private school, learning is so exciting! With the excitement, I often forget how challenging school days can be on children. My eldest comes home, bubbling with new information and things she cannot wait to tell me. This week, she sat eating her dinner and told me “The reason I can eat my dinner is because I have many bones in my face. Otherwise, my face would be a gloopy, melty mess”. I learned that you can pass your hand through a bubble if you wet it first from her and I hear about the exploits of the class turtle.
She gets so excited, she has difficulty turning her mind off when it is time to sleep. It is a poorly concealed fact that I am not at all a morning person and when she gets little rest, she is the grumpiest bear ever – next to her mama bear. We don’t make the prettiest pair in the morning, so I’ve started working on what I can do to change that for us.
We have started a night time routine where we include a soothing bath. Together, we talked about what we can do to relax as we made Sylph Slumber Bath Bombs with gorgeous dried lavender, lavender essential oil and of course, some glitter!
The recipe to make these bath bombs is really easy! To make them, you will need:
- Cream of tartar
- Baking soda
- Olive oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Dried lavender, if you like
- Glitter, if desired
- Food colouring is optional (we used some but I will be using only plant-based or soap colouring in the future, if any)
- A clean spray bottle with some water in it
To make the bath bombs, start by mixing 2 cups of baking soda with one cup of cream of tartar. Add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, roughly 8 drops of lavender essential oil and any colouring if you wish. We used about 4 drops of food colouring, but I will be looking for a plant based, organic colouring in the future so that even people very sensitive to food dyes can use these.
Mix these liquids in well, pressing with a spatula to evenly distribute. Next, spray the mixture two or three times with your spray bottle. Start mixing, it may fizz a little when the water comes into contact with the baking soda, but it will stop when you start mixing.
The mixture will appear crumbly but you will know that it ready to be put in trays when it holds the shape of an indented spoon relatively well.
We mixed in some dried lavender next. You do not have to add a lot, a little goes a long way and it is less likely to clog any tubs! We also added some glitter into the trays before packing them with the bath bomb mixture so that when they are popped out, they have glittery tops.
Once you are happy with what you have added to the mixture, pack it into ice cube trays. Leave these somewhere to dry for two days. We got mason jars ready to store them in, but you can also use Tupperware containers. We put a soft, clean kitchen towel on the table and gently turned the ice cube trays over after the 2 day drying time and the bath bombs slid right out.
We jarred some for gifts and put a small batch in a little vase for immediate use.
We gave our bath bombs a test run, filling the bath and letting the children have nice, long soaks. These were followed by a book and bed and the result? My eldest slept soundly and much quicker than she has been, my middle child slept in until 8 am! This alone is unheard of! Whether you will credit the lavender, as I do, and the tranquil routine or not, they enjoyed making them and using them so much. In addition, my bathroom smells amazing!
I got thinking about how something that makes you feel amazing can alter your mood. I decided to try a little experiment on myself. I emptied a pretty basket the children were storing play food in, I made a small space for myself in the bathroom and filled the basket with happy, green, amazing goodies from The Green Goddess.
In my basket, I put the Blood Orange Flower Power hydrosol. I mist it on my face and wipe with a cloth instead of washing my face with soap and water. The smell perks me up and leaves my skin so nice without any of the dryness of soap. The next item in my basket is the Rejuvenating Elixir for oily skin. I was hesitant about switching to a oil-based product from regular cream but oh my gosh! It is amazing! The biggest switch in our home was from toxic anti-perspirants to a natural deodorant, but I am loving the black cherry one in my basket. The last item always brings me back to Faerie, the land of the Fey. It is a champa perfume roller and I am addicted to it! It has grounding properties, which I need so much in the morning, and smells like fields of blooming fairy flowers. It feels like a huge indulgence but it makes me feel like a queen even driving in my car to drop my daughter off at school!
I’ve been feeling beautiful, wholesome and a little peppier since the basket came to be. I think every mother needs a little self-care routine and I am so happy I built this quick one into my mornings. The Green Goddess products are fey-friendly and the packaging can be recycled and are made with ethically sourced ingredients, some are even wildcrafted from the region we live in. They are amazing additions to my home and are so reasonably priced for the outstanding quality and crafting, so I don’t feel so guilty for my indulgent mommy-basket!
I would love to know what you put in your bath bombs and how they work for you! If you have a mom self-care routine, I am curious what it might be, sharing ideas just might give another mom the deep breath she needs to get through her day!
May you sleep well and smell like fields of lavender and champa!
Your Lady Star