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DIY Bubble Bars and DIY Detangling Spray with Essential Oils

(Both videos and recipes were posted on Young Living’s YouTube channel.)

These are fun activities you can make with your kids to help with your bath time routine and make it a bit more fun. Watch young kids carefully. I’d recommend this for kids 5 or older, as they know not to put their hands in their eyes.

DIY Essential Oils Bubble Bars

 

 

Whether you are taking a bath for some “me” time or are getting the kids ready their bed time, these bubble bars make bath time more relaxing and fun.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda, plus some extra
  • 1 cup sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (SLSA)*
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/3 cup cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 20-30 drops essential oil
  • Natural soap dye or food coloring
  • Wax paper

Directions:

1. Measure out all dry ingredients, and strain them through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of any clumps. Mix together with your hands.

2. In a separate bowl, measure out all wet ingredients, including your essential oils. Mix together.

3. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Mix with your hands until you form a dough with a somewhat crumbly texture.

4. Separate the dough into two bowls, and add natural soap dye or food coloring. Mix well by kneading with your hands until the color is fully incorporated. This may take a few minutes.

5. Put one piece of colored dough onto a sheet of wax paper sprinkled with baking soda. Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough into a rectangle shape about ½ inch thick, pressing together any cracks in the dough with your fingers.

6. Place the second piece of colored dough on top of the first, and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to the same rectangular size as the first. The result is the two pieces layered on top of each other.

7.Using your wax paper, slowly begin to turn the dough over on itself to roll it up. Gently press any cracks together when they form, keeping the roll intact as much as possible. Keep rolling until you have a cylinder. YL Tip: If your roll is cracking a lot, drizzle a tiny amount of vegetable glycerin on cracking spots to help them stick.

8. Squeeze the ends in to make the roll tight.

9. Cut the roll into slices that are 1-2 inches thick.

10. For best results, let the bubble bars dry for at least 72 hours before use.

DIY Essential Oil Detangling Spray

 

NOTE: If your child or you has epilepsy, please skip this activity as Rosemary is not an essential oil epileptics should use due to its ability to trigger seizures.

This detangling spray has been great with my daughter’s VERY LONG hair. Since her hair is straight AND very thick, comes down to her toosh, and can’t be washed every day, we live on detangling spray between washes to ensure her hair is in good shape.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 8 oz. spray bottle
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural conditioner (or just use your favorite brand)
  • 1 cup distilled warm water
  • 4 drops Rosemary essential oil

Here’s what you will do:

Pour conditioner into spray bottle. Add warm distilled water into the spray bottle and shake until the conditioner is dissolved. Add Rosemary essential oil and shake again. Spritz the mixture on hair to make combing through tangles easier.

For best results, use Homemade Hair Conditioning Detangler mixture within two months.