I didn't use all the items recommended in the kit, but we got pretty close. Most items were from Walmart or the dollar store. The only thing left to do is to sew up a bag to keep everything in and iron on something fun, perhaps a last name. Or, if I run out of time, the no-sew version will do just fine.
Shower soothers. Remember these? You drop them in the bottom of your shower and have a lovely steam bath of sinus loving vapors. They were a great blessing to my burdened cold season head. It turns out that SudaCare stopped selling them because some people were eating them. *blink*blink* Now the cheapest box you can find of this discontinued product is about $50.
Anyway, I found a recipe for something similar using menthol crystals and Eucalyptus and made my first batch. I almost burned my eyeballs out making them but the finished product was lovely. My next step is tweaking the recipe (found in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products) because they only lasted for 2 minutes in the shower before they fizzed out... which is not even close to long enough. Look out kids! It's menthol day again!
These will be packaged handsomely and given to some of the men on our list. I'm also thinking of adding them to our Etsy shop once I have the recipe right because they are so nice.
The funniest moment at the show was when they raffled off our donated items. "And now, from Melody at table number 12, we have some lovely... laundry soap!" I felt badly for the woman who won it. She was probably hoping for the tissue box cover shaped like a turkey. :)
I will be writing a full post about laundry soap and other allergy friendly household stuff in the near future. Hopefully, the shop will be fully set up by that time and I will link it then. It has been quite a while since we've been open since I generally close for new babies and busy times, but Cookie and I are getting the itch to get busy again.
(Incidentally, if I run out of time to buy or make you a Christmas present, you are getting laundry soap. But feel free to inquire about purchasing in the meantime.)
|Tutorial at Wild Olive|
Since I know the recipient of this soap does not read my blog, I can post it here for your viewing pleasure...
*Warning* A post is coming in the near future in which I will preach at length about the benefits of avoiding most commercially manufactured cleaners, make-up, soaps, and lotions. It will include information about how to make your own products (much cheaper than purchasing), where to buy them if you can't make them, and a lengthy monologue in which I will whine about my desire to make my own cold-processed soap but can't because I don't want to have caustic materials (lye) around the house while the children are still young.
Do not be alarmed. I am still a comfort-loving, dishwasher-using, climate-control kind of girl. I do not love camping and I still shop at Walmart. I have no desire to live off the grid (although I think that would be objectively cool) and I can't grow a garden because I can't figure out how to keep the hoards of suburban deer out of it. But some lifestyle choices just make sense. Now if you excuse me, I have to put on my bonnet so that I can go hug some trees, eat my additive-free lunch, and nurse my 2-year old. :)
Joining Jennifer at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday