The recipe below for solid moisturising bars comes from Krissy Ballinger from The Inspired Little Pot. She is about to release a new children's book that puts these same bars into Donut shapes to inspire your little humans to diy as well.
Makes: 250 g | 8.8 oz Prep time: < 10 min (allow approx. 60 mins to set).Ingredients
Run the bar over body and massage in. In cold weather, it helps to warm the bar between your hands prior to use.
It turns out that people who write DIY books are pretty much the same as the rest of us. They just did more research and wrote the book. The good news about book writers is that their work is usually well researched, tried, tested and proven because once something is published in thousands of books, it can't be unpublished. (Unlike your favourite blog fantasy on Tic Toc for instance.)
These donuts are Moisturising Body Bars, currently being tested by Krissy Ballinger from The Inspired Little Pot for her next book, Just for the Kids! Would the little humans in your life be excited to DIY these?
Krissy has written a string of DIY books and her current one, Naturally Inspired has just gone into a second print run. Her recipes cover pretty much any kind of household cleaner or body product you can imagine. They are easy to make and they all work.
Krissy Ballinger says that when she had kids, she went from being someone who just used products on face value to someone who started asking questions. Driven by smells, reactions and pure inquisitiveness, she says:
"I JUST WOKE UP AND WENT HANG ON. WHAT'S EVEN IN THIS? I LOOKED ON THE BACK OF A WASHING POWDER PACKET AND FOUND INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS, BUT DIDN'T UNDERSTAND - EITHER THE INGREDIENTS OR THE LIST.SO I BEGAN TO FIND OUT BY RESEARCHING AND GOOGLING AND FINDING DIFFERENT APPS AND PLATFORMS AND I REALIZED THE MAJORITY OF WHAT WAS IN MANY PACKETS WAS ACTUALLY NOT SO GREAT. THEN I BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS IN THESE PACKETS WAS ULTIMATELY BEING PUT ON AND IN MY KIDS. AND THAT WAS IT."
That was when Krissy asked herself, "How hard can it be to make this stuff"? It turns out, and this is the message for all of us. It's not hard at all. In fact, it is very very easy and you can make it without all the extra rubbish. The Bath Bombs above for instance are made of Bicarb, Citric Acid, Essential Oil and colour. That's it. Nothing toxic and all of these ingredients can purchased at the supermarket very cheaply. The end product is easily as good as anything you would buy and you made it yourself.
Krissy started her DIY journey making washing powder and it's the cleaning product she recommends we all start with. She literally threw together some pure soap and some bicarb and salt and it worked. (I started with deodorant, which I can testify is also very easy and you can make it in any yummy smell you like.)
A couple of weeks ago, Krissy and 11 other eco businesses were part of ekko.world’s #snapshotsofgood Eco Channel launch. In her session, Krissy covered soooo much and the session is especially handy if you’re a beginner in the DIY space.
Watch and learn:
DIY Body and Cleaning is not only super easy, it also makes you way more aware of both what you really (don't) need to stay clean and what you are putting on and in your own body and those you love.