How to Make Solid Perfumes

I haven't worn perfume in years. I only own one perfume, and it's actually a men's cologne. I find the synthetic fragrances so overpowering that I just ditch them altogether. Recently I've just swiped a drop or two of my favorite essential oil on my wrists and then rub it behind my neck. 

I figured why not experiment with some solid perfume? I could customize my favorite scent and then skip all the nasty ingredients! And that's exactly what I did. It was so much easier than I thought it would be, I think I'm hooked now and will have to make a few. One for my purse, one to keep in the car, one in the bathroom. There will be solid perfumes everywhere when I get done! 

You'll need the following before you get started:

These amounts are for one 1 oz tin size amount. The key is to keep equal parts carrier oil and beeswax. First you'll want to heat up some water in a saucepan and place your beeswax in a jar to melt. Place the jar inside the saucepan to serve as a double boiler. 

While the beeswax is melting, take this time to blend your oils to create your perfect scent. Set the oil aside in a small bowl. Within a few minutes the beeswax should be completely melted, then pour in your carrier oil and give it a slight stir. Remove the combined oil and beeswax from the heat and quickly add the essential oils. Give it another quick stir and immediately pour into your tin. 

It will look like this right after pouring.

And within a few minutes it will harden, it happens really fast! It will lighten in color as it hardens. Then label your tin and just use your finger to rub some on whenever you feel like you need a pick me up or you want to smell really really fantastic.

2015 Family Week 9/52


Week 9 in the 52 Family Week Project

We spent a few days in Mammoth for our annual ski/snowboard trip. My camera battery died at the end of day 1 on the slopes. With zero photos of the five of us on it. And with no battery charger or backup battery packed. Fortunately the family we travel with are more prepared and didn't lose battery power so they snapped this on our last morning right before we headed home. This week Greta switched from skiing to snowboarding and I am so proud of that tough girl. It's really really hard to go from being so good at a sport to completely starting over from scratch. But she did it and by day 2 she was on the slopes with us. We had warned her that her first day would pretty much suck, and it did. She was exhausted and sore. No tears, but just a lot of whining. She kept telling us skiing was so much easier. Which it is, especially because she has been skiing for 5 years. But by the next day she had some determination. The group lessons were packed so we opted for a solo private lesson for an hour. She rocked that hour with her teacher and then we were told she was ready for chair lifts. She spent all day on the slopes with me. She told us she would be doing jumps in a few years, and also estimated she would be as fast as her brothers by next winter. Easy girl, easy. However part of me thinks she is totally right, when she sets her mind to something, there's no turning back. And I know she will thank us in a few years when she's the adorable snowboarder chick. My kids take turns surprising us each year. Last year Sawyer was amazing on his board and we were blown away with how he could go go go. Never a complaint and preferred all the really steep runs. This year Gunnar completely shocked us. He finally got to the point where he was adventurous and more daring than he's ever been. Rails, jumps, turns, you name it he was all over it. And it was so fun to watch him fall inlove with the sport again. And there you have another successful family snow trip, Aaron and I are ready to sleep for the next 72 hours straight to recover, but it was worth it. More photos and hopefully some video to follow soon. 

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I haven't seen too much of this guy lately. We are adjusting to his new schedule, and that means I'm adjusting to waking up way too early. I think it's messing with my whole sleep cycle because I have had the strangest most vivid dreams. About once a month I usually end up standing on the bed reaching for the chandelier or trying to crawl up the tree in our bedroom corner. Usually it involves me finding a lost baby, or saving a baby from falling out of the chandelier, there's always a baby involved. But this week I've been doing crazy stuff every single night. It's exhausting. Aaron usually finds me and wakes me up and walks me back to bed. But this week, I think he's given up. I had dreams of setting off explosives, working as a terrorist agent, breaking up prostitution rings. And I wake up with the scrapes and bruises to prove it. All this tells me I just need more sleep, ha, you like how I made that unqualified conclusion?

The photo above is our attempt at a day date this week. Are we the only people that go see the movies nominated for Oscars after the awards are handed out? I'll take it though, even if it means he's on his phone right up until the lights go out and he leaves 2-3 times to answer emergencies. Because in between those moments we held hands and put up the arm rest between our two chairs, and we pretended that it was a Saturday night. 

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Sometimes I feel like this mother.

This is a beautiful, and such needed cause

All you mamas with little ones, these are so great for motor skills. We loved lacing cards when the kids were little, and these are free!

Inside a house that I drive by when I go to my parents house. Pretty fun to see what's beyond the concrete walls of the rectangle. 

We are going on a road trip for the rest of this week, so I probably won't be back until our next 52 Weeks Family Project. Until then, you can keep tabs on us here