DIY Sugar Scrubs

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It’s the start of a new week, crafty people. Are you planning on trying anything new this week in your craft endeavors? Don’t forget to challenge yourselves. Try something you’ve never tried before. You might find a whole new hobby to take up more of your already dwindling time!

This week, I’d like to feature how to make your own sugar scrubs. In the next year, I set a goal for myself to try and use more natural things in my day to day life. One way to do this is homemade sugar scrubs. These are a great way to exfoliate your skin and some prefer sugar scrubs to salt scrubs as the granules are smaller and less abrasive. So if you have more sensitive skin, I would recommend sugar scrubs.

The basis of almost any sugar scrub is sugar and oil. General rule is 80% sugar, 20% oil. You can add essential oils for homeopathic and aromatic benefits but you don’t have to. Below, are a few basic & easy sugar scrub recipes.

Sweet Orange Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup almond oil, & 7-8 drops of sweet orange essential oil.

Directions: Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well and store in air-tight containers (bail or mason jars work best).

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 1 cup traditional white sugar, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil, & 4 drops of cucumber essential oil

Directions: Melt coconut oil. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well and store in air-tight containers (bail or mason jars work best).

Vanilla Lavendar Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 1 cup traditional white sugar, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, & 5 drops lavendar essential oil.

Directions: Melt coconut oil. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well and store in air-tight containers (bail or mason jars work best).

Honey & Brown Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup almond oil, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, & 1 teaspoon pure raw honey.

Directions: Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well and store in air-tight containers (bail or mason jars work best).

You can use other oils for the base. Olive oil works really well and jojoba oil can be a great benefit for your skin. Adding a little vitamin E is never a bad idea and can help fight against aging in your skin.

So the next time you want to feel a little sweet, add a sugar scrub to your shower.

~ScribeSarah~


Feature: 42 Nerdtastic Place

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Happy Monday, Hackers!

Today I want to tell you about a wonderful place you should all visit: 42 Nerdtastic Place.

Last month, I was working at a convention out in Schaumburg, IL for the television show, Gotham. It was a small show, it only had a few vendors but there was a new booth that I hadn’t seen before. I was intrigued. A friend of mine and I went over to check it out on Friday night during pre-registration and the young woman I spoke to was an absolute delight. She told me all about her products and that they are all handmade. I told her about my quest to become truly cruelty-free in my product usage and asked about that. She said that not only are her products cruelty-free, they are 100% vegan. What caught my eye was the comprehensive selection of lip balms she had out (and it wasn’t even all that she offers). I had found out that the balm/chapstick I had been using most of my adult life wasn’t something I was comfortable using anymore (short version: the company itself is cruelty-free but the parent company is not). So I had been looking for a balm to replace it and was finding it difficult. You don’t want to spend money on something like that only to discover you hate it and you have this whole tube of it you won’t use. So a lot of the online options I was finding, I was hesitant to purchase. But here, I had testers.

Long story slightly less long, I fell in LOVE with these balms. It was like smoothing silk onto my lips and the scents were unique but still heavenly-scented. The best part was that they are GEEKY. This woman taylors her recipes and products to a myriad of fandoms.

I walked away from that convention with four new lip balms (two of which were Gotham-themed).

Now, I want to share this fabulous person and her equally fabulous products with you all!

Amanda Mayer launched 42 Nerdtastic Place on Etsy in 2014, starting out with fandom-themed jewelry and coasters. But Amanda’s crafty mind didn’t just stop there. She branched out, wanting to provide a plethora of items for shoppers. She started making other items, like scented candles and melting waxes, lip balms, room sprays, etc in addition to original items like necklaces, bracelets, and bag clips. Her site’s About page states that they “wanted the feel to be of a place you would go to when shopping for your Hogwarts school list or a place you might go to cozy up to fellow enthusiasts.” Amanda and her crack team have accomplished this goal resoundingly!

42 Nerdtastic Place sells both online and maintains a presence at local fan conventions so you have different ways to purchase products. They are also always expanding. The Gotham blends, for example, were created specifically for the Gotham convention (though Amanda had been asked by shoppers in the past). And it doesn’t just stop with television and movie fandoms. There are products that feature animation (both American and Japanese), fantasy creatures, literature, even musicals (I personally need to try the Forgotten Spot in the Caribbean – Hamilton body spray).

42 Nerdtastic Place offers the following items: Bag clips, bracelets, necklaces, Hogwarts House combs, air fresheners, candles, hair care & grooming products (like Asgards’s Finest Beard Oil…You too can have the beard of a god!), lip balms and lip sheers, perfumes, and wax melts. They also have some lovely gift sets and they offer samples (not something you come across for online stores much, in my limited experience).

Amanda has also generously provided all our Craft Hacker readers a discount code for 15% off any regular priced items. Simply input code CRAFTHACKER15 to receive 15% off any of their regular priced items!

Hope you all enjoy as much as I do, Hackers! Be beautiful to each other.


Cauldron Bath Bombs

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I’m sure some people are sick to death of seeing posts about bath bombs, but it’s the month of Halloween, and these were just too cute!

 

This is a Cauldron Bath Bomb designed by LeBijouDesign of Louisiana. Shop owner Kaeli Creel is a big Harry Potter fan and decided to use that passion to create all sorts of lovely magical inspired items. Each plastic mini cauldron comes filled with a bubbling and fizzing ‘potion’ that will help turn your bath experience into a magical one. Sadly they are sold out right now, but be sure to keep an eye on her shop of restocks in the future. 🙂


DIY: Bath Bombs

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While not what you’d typically call a craft, I feel like these beauty products can have a lot of visual and creative appeal that just calls to my crafty side. I first encountered these at a LUSH store in Canada and immediately fell in love with the idea (even though I don’t take baths often cause I like a full body soak 🙂 ) and seeing several articles on making your own has inspired me to create my favorite fragrance as one! Until my supplies come in though I wanted to share my excitement with everyone else as well. 😀

The best recipe I’ve found comes from intimate weddings. Bath bombs can be a fickle thing to make so it may take several trial and error steps until you get them right.

The supplies:

    • 8 oz. baking soda
    • 4 oz Citric Acid
    • 4 oz. corn starch
    • 4 oz. Epsom salts
    • 3/4 tsp water
    • 2 tsp. essential oil (I will be using coconut and lime)
    • 2.5 tsp almond oil or other light oil
    • A few drops food coloring
    • sugar flowers (the kind you use for decorating cakes)/sprinkles/confetti/glitter/extra features you desire
    • Clear Plastic Fillable Ball Ornamentor other plastic molds

Those gathered, start by mixing all the dry ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, epsom salt) together in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. In a separate small jar/bowl mix your wet ingredients together (water, oils, food coloring).

Now this is the tricky step that will take practice. Pour your the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and quickly whisk together. If you take too long the water will react with the dry ingredients and your bomb will, well, prematurely detonate 😉 . What you want is a mixture that still looks dry but can easily be pressed into a shape if you grab it in your hand and make a fist.

With our base set up, now is the time to add in decorations such as the sugar flowers, glitter, and similar features. I recommend making sure the products you use are safe to be in the water/not ones you would regret having to clean up later though. These decorations are going to go in the bottom of your mold, or in one half if you are making a fully 3D one.

Once your decor is in place, start adding in your bath bomb mixture firmly, like you’re making a sand castle or a snowball. If you’re just using a tray mold and half shapes, simply pop your finished bomb out and set it aside to dry for about a day. With spheres/3D designs, you’ll want to fill both halves but leave some lose mixture in the middle so you can press the 2 halves together and fully compress your bomb. If it has trouble sticking then your bomb may not have had enough loose mix to bind it together. Simple pop the halves out, crumble and try again. These larger ones will take up to 2 days to dry.

Once they do dry you’re ready for your next relaxing soak! 😀 These are also great little DIY favors for parties and showers as smaller tray molds can be used to make shower bombs for those of us on the go. ^_^

~Nicole