Thursday, November 7, 2019

Simply Earth takes Self Care to the Next Level with November's Bath-Themed Essential Oil Recipe Box

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I've never really thought of myself as a big essential oil user, but Simply Earth has quickly changed my mind! I was first introduced to the brand this summer with their essential oils and recipes all geared towards face care, and I have been loving these recipe boxes ever since! Since then, I have made soaps, candles, lip balms, pain relief products, and a variety of diffuser blends to suit the changing seasons. This month, Simply Earth has curated a box designed to help you pamper yourself and your loved ones with do-it-yourself bath products.

Each Essential Oils Recipe Box comes with four essential oils and any additional necessities to help you follow along with the recipes created that fit the theme. This month, subscribers will receive the following:

Cinnamon Essential Oil (15mL)
Eucalyptus Essential Oil (15mL)
Lime Essential Oil (15mL)
Tranquility Essential Oil Blend (15mL)
Dried Lavender Flowers (0.1oz)
Powdered Whole Milk (4 Tbsp)
Fillable tea bag

There are six recipes created for the November box, and I enjoyed testing out a few of them.

Tranquility and Lime Diffuser Blend

I can admit that while I was familiar with oil diffusers, I've only recently picked one up. I was intrigued with the Simply Earth diffuser blends and wanted to enjoy the fragrances throughout my house. I actually really enjoy the Tranquility blend on its own, but the addition of the lime is delightful!

Oatmeal & Milk Bath

Soaking in the tub is one of my favorite self-care activities, and regrettably, it os one I never do enough. The Essential Oil Recipe Box already came with the powdered milk, and all I had to do was add oatmeal and baking soda. The recipe calls for the tea bag in the ingredients but the directions have no use for it. This wasn't the first recipe in the box like this. I didn't notice it in the previous boxes, but it does make some of the recipes confusing to follow.

Lime and Eucalyptus Roll On

The Simply Earth Roll On recipes are always so easy to follow and can be made in less than a minute. While I'm not opposed to longer recipes, I love when I get recipes that are super quick! This particular recipe is great because the roll on has an uplifting aroma that can help relieve congestion. With cold and flu season starting up, this is going to be living in my purse!

Eucalyptus Shower Steamers

These shower steamers were teased in last month's box, and this was the recipe I was probably the most excited to be trying. This was another one of those recipes that had a listed ingredient (lavender buds, in this case) but no use for them when it came to the recipe directions. In the end, I opted to toss them in prior to pressing in a silicone mold. After waiting for these to dry, I went to pop them out, and I just ended up with a powdery mess. While I followed the recipe closely, I found the mixture to be very dry. I wasn't surprised the steamers couldn't hold their shape. I was able to salvage the mess by collecting the powder and spritzing in with hazel until I got the texture of wet sand. I then pressed into the molds for them to dry before popping out. The downside of this technique is the witch hazel turned the lavender buds a brown shade. These steamers are fully functional, they just look less attractive. I don't think I'll be following this exact recipe again, although I will definitely continue to use this oil combination in another version! 

The last two remaining recipes are for Lavender Buds & Tranquility Milk Bath and Chai Tea Bath Salts. My bag of epsom salts ran away from me and I have to pick up a few additional ingredients for the chai tea bath salts.

The Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box is a subscription service with two subscription options:

The MONTHLY BOX is $39 per month, and you will receive a box every month.

The QUARTERLY BOX is $45 every three months, and you will receive one box every three months.

There is no additional membership fee for subscribing, and you can skip boxes if a particular monthly theme doesn't suit your needs.

If you decide to subscribe for the Essential Oils Recipe Box, feel free to use the code LAUGHLOVECONTOURFREE . This code will get you a $40 gift card with your first purchased subscription box and a free Big Bonus Box. Please note that this code is not a discount off your first box but an incentive for first time subscribers. The value can be applied to your next monthly box or towards individual items offered by Simply Earth. These boxes are fantastic for yourself, and the monthly themes makes these a fun gift for friends and family. The holidays will be here soon, and what better way to show you care than giving a handmade gift!

If you decide you're not in the market for an essential oils box but still want to pick up a few assorted essential oils, please consider using my referral link. I don't have any special discount codes to share for this type of purchase, but using my referral link helps to support my blog so I can keep bringing you the great content you enjoy!

As always, 13% of every purchase at Simply Earth is donated to help stop human trafficking. This month, donations are going to The Daughter Project. The Daughter Project is a modern day abolitionist group rescuing women out of human trafficking. To date, The Daughter Project has directly helped 50 different women and children plus countless more through their speaking and education programs. I love knowing when money generated from my purchases is also doing good; this is just one of so many great things about Simply Earth!

December Essential Oil Recipe Box Sneak Peek

When I first started sharing these Essential Oil Recipe Boxes, I had mentioned the creations would make great gifts, and apparently Simply Earth agrees! The them for the December box is "Gift Giving" and will include recipes for sugar scrub, salve, room spray, lip balm, a Christmas inspired diffuser blend, and a congestion roll-on. Whether you're planning to gift others or just like to treat yourself, this looks to be a fun box. The oils included next month will be Mandarin, Pine Scotch, Peppermint, and Candy Cane Blend.

Are you a DIY crafter? Do you enjoy incorporating essential oils into your every day life? Would you be interested in the Essential Oil Recipe Box, either for yourself or as a gift to your favorite DIY-er? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Monday, November 4, 2019

KBShimmer for the November Fairy Tales-Themed Polish Pickup

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! It's been crazy around here the past few weeks as the hubby has been out of town, my mother-in-law has been visiting, and trying to finish up last minute things for Halloween. I'm playing catch up and wanted to get this post up in time for the November Polish Pickup. Today is the last day of the Fairy Tale-themed pickup, and I have two special items to share with you. Created by indie brand KBShimmer, I have the pleasure of sharing a sugar scrub and a nail polish with you. Let's jump in and check them out!

In a land called Thra, two new races, the Skeksis and the urRu came into being when a powerful crystal cracked. The evil Skeksis use this cracked crystal to grant immortality. Jen, a Gelfling and the hero of the story, learns that the crystal can be repaired if done before the three suns aligned. This sets off the quest that makes up the story of The Dark Crystal.

The Dark Crystal sugar scrub is inspired by this story. Like the crystal from the movie, its rich fuchsia color is warmed by the lush scent of amber. Sugar and citron combine with juicy plum notes, accented by cashmere musk for a deep and complex scent.

Check out that sparkle! This only decorates the top layer of this scrub, but what a great introduction to a new jar!

I'm a big fan of KBShimmer's sugar scrubs! I like to use them to keep my hands soft, and they work perfectly to remove any residual shimmers hanging out on my skin. Of course you can use them on your body as well, and I often have a jar in my shower for gentle exfoliation.

I'm a fan of fruit scents in general, and this warmed plummy option is a delight!

Retail: $10 per 9.5oz jar

"We all have movies that we loved as children that can still bring to mind fond memories when we look back on them as adults. For me, The Neverending Story was one of them. Maybe it was because I loved to read, but the thought of reading a book and becoming part of the story was captivating to me. Bastian, a young book-lover, steals The Neverending Story against the wishes of a bookstore owner and is soon caught up in a world called Fantasia, its fight against The Nothing, and a journey to save the Childlike Empress. I won’t spoil the movie, but I was caught up in the twist toward the end and really wanted a pearl headdress."

A magnetic polish, this shade starts out as a rich emerald green color that shifts to navy blue. When a magnet is used, the added array of holo glitters and pink-to-blue-shifting micro flakes give this polish a galaxy-like feel.

There is something about a magnetic polish that I really enjoy. Perhaps it's the idea of having two polishes in one: apply as a normal polish and you have one look or pull out the magnet and you have something quite different.

As seen with magnetic polishes in general, the formula of The Nothing is a little thicker than your average polish. On my short nails, one coat actually was enough to cover any visible nail line, although I followed up with a second coat for these photos. Once a second coat was applied, I held the KBShimmer Neodymium ring magnet over my nail for about 45 seconds while the polish dried. Once I had finished all my nails, I followed up with Clearly on Top top coat for a glossy finish.

Retail: $10 per 15mL bottle

Both these items can be picked up from the Polish Pickup website. Please note today is the last day to submit an order, so you'll want to jump on this quickly if you haven't already. Also, all orders are submitted as a preorder. Please allow three weeks for orders to ship out to you.

Have you pickup up any items from the November Polish Pickup yet? Have you added either of these items to your list? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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