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Aroma Sprays Make Perfect Scents

Aroma SpraysCreating your own line of aromatic body spritzes and room sprays is an excellent way of boosting your sales.

Mainstream retailers have long offered these fragranced products at prices ranging from $6 to $20 each — often for bottles as small as two to four ounces in size. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of creativity, you can quickly and easily create your own signature blends for both fun and profit.

Aroma sprays and body spritzes utilize the same basic ingredients. The primary, and most important difference is that anything you plan to offer for sale as a body spritz must be made with body-safe fragrance oils.

Here are the items you’ll need in order to create your own scented sprays:

  • Distilled Water
  • Witch Hazel Extract (alcohol distilled)
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Funnel
  • Plastic pipettes
  • Your favorite essential oils, or body-safe fragrance oils
  • Your desired packaging (colored glass, plastic or aluminum spray bottles)

A few combination ideas to get you started:

  • Lavender and Orange essential oil
  • Black Raspberry fragrance oil
  • Lemongrass and Peppermint essential oils
  • Vanilla and Peach fragrance oils.

Method:

In the glass measuring cup, combine 8 ounces of distilled water, along with 1 ounce of Witch Hazel extract, and 1 to 2 ml of your favorite essential or body-safe fragrance oil. Stir to combine, then decant into your desired packaging.

There may be a bit of oil and water separation in your blends, so be sure to include the instruction to “shake well before using” on your product label. It is also a wise idea to include notations to avoid using directly on fine fabrics, as well as wood finishes.

For professional looking labels that won’t break the bank, check out MyOwnLabels.com. They offer hundreds of color and style combinations, and you can order your custom labels by the sheet. They even offer coordinated hang tags, so you can coordinate your entire line of products with ease.

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Body Butter Recipe

bodybutterDry skin is universal, and most, if not all of us have suffered with it at one point or another. This shared discomfort is something that you, as an artisan product producer, should leverage to your benefit!

Creating skin-softening and soothing body butter bars is both easy and inexpensive. The basic ingredients are readily available; and, you can create seemingly endless variations by swapping them out with their moisturizing counterparts.

The Basic Bar – Small Batch

By starting out with a relatively small batch recipe, you can test a formulation without incurring a great deal of expense. The formulation can be changed by swapping out the oils or butters. You can fragrance your bars with essential or body-safe fragrance oils, or leave them unscented.

  • 2 ounces Mango or Cocoa Butter
  • 2 ounces beeswax pastilles (white or yellow is fine)
  • 3 ounces sweet almond oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon body safe fragrance oil

Method:

Combine the butter and beeswax into a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Heat slowly in the microwave in short segments of 5-10 seconds at a time, stirring in between each segment. Once the mixture is fully melted, remove from microwave and stir in the sweet almond oil, mixing until completely combined.

Allow the mixture to cool for 1 to 2 minutes, and then add in the fragrance oil. Stir until completely combined. Immediately pour the mixture into your desired packaging (push up lotion bar tubes or lip balm tubes are recommended options).

Putting Your Product to Use

There is no disputing the fact that offering samples will help you sell more product. Among the most affordable samples that you can offer are body butter samples. If you make up small batches and package them into standard lip balm tubes, they become smooth operators that open doors to potential customers.

Examples for Using Body Butter Bar Samples:

  • As a “thank you” gift with purchase
  • Promotional giveaway at craft shows and fairs
  • Hand them out with business cards to new contacts
  • Offer them as party favors at spa-at-home parties
  • Sell them with a full-size version as a set

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How To Make Your Own Luxurious Bath Bombs At Home

Here’s how you don’t have to spend a fortune for a relaxing spa treatment by making your own pampering “bath bombs” and turning your bath time into a luxurious spa time!  Drop one of these fragrant balls in your bath and it will start to fizz away, releasing a relaxing aroma that adds a touch of luxury to your life – without leaving home or spending a fortune!

So what is a bath bomb? A bath bomb is a colored ball (about the size of a tennis ball) that contains natural ingredients that “fizz” when placed in your bathtub. When placed in the bath, they fizz away, releasing skin moisurizers and delicate fragrances to turn your bath into a “home spa”.  You’ll love using bath bombs yourself or gifting them to those you love.

Try this Easy Bath Bomb Recipe:

Fizzy bath bomb uses basic ingredients that are easily found in almost any store and they are fairly easy to make.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 c baking soda
  • 1/2 c citric acid

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp oil (for oils use 1 Tbsp cocoa, mango or shea-butter melted)
  • 1/2 Tbsp carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed or sweet almond)
  • 3/4 Tbsp witch-hazel in a mister (can also use flower water, e.g. rosewater)
  • 15 to 20 drops essential oils or fragrance
  • 1/4 tsp or 1 large capsule Vitamin E oil
  • 1/4 tsp borax (an emulsifier)
  • Vegetable or other natural color

You will also need a bath bomb mold, ice cube trays or soap molds in order to shape your bath bombs.

Instructions for combining the ingredients

Start by blending the dry ingredients. A mixer comes in very handy. Next, add the dry coloring. There is no need to add too much color, since the addition of the witch hazel will make the color come to life (but don’t add the color just yet).

Now you’re ready to add a fragrance of your choice, followed by the witch hazel. Using a squirty bottle or mister, mist it into the batch while stirring. When the mix begins to stick together, you are ready to transfer the mixture to the molds.

Now you’re at the final stage. Place the mixture in the molds and wait for a few minutes before tapping them out to dry. Dry the bath bombs for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours. The harder your bath bombs get, the fizzier they will be in the bath!

Here are some of the countless variations to the basic bath bomb recipe: While baking soda and citric acid are staple ingredients, you can add half a cup of borax, cornstarch, sea salt, or epsom salts to create a totally different bath bomb. .

These ideas are just to get you started. Grab yourself a recipe book and instruction manual such as “The Handcrafter’s Companion” for more fun and creative spa product ideas. This manual makes it easy for you to make your bath tub into a home spa – with your very own “signature” brand of luxury bath bombs!