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Shimmer Lotion

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When Bramble Berry brings in new frangrance oils it’s hard to decide which product to start experimenting with first.  We thought a holiday lotion would be perfect for the fruity floral scent of Bramble Berry’s Juicy Couture Type!  This easy DIY tutorial is perfect for any last minute gifts or even to use for a subtle shimmer before you have a night on the town.  We hope you enjoy the smell and sparkle we’ve chosen, but feel free to change things up and create your own combinations 🙂

What You’ll Need:

14 oz Basic Lotion Base
2.5 mL Bramble Berry’s Juicy Couture Type Fragrance Oil
1/2 tsp. Snowflake Sparkle Mica
Lotion Bottles

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Empty the basic lotion base into a small pyrex container, and heat in the microwave on 15 second bursts. Mix with a stainless steel or silicone whisk between each burst, while watching for a thinner consistency. But be sure you don’t exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit during the heating phase.
(The preservative in this lotion starts to degrade at 176 degrees.)

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Once you have reached a thinner consistency, add 2.5 mL juicy couture fragrance oil and mix in with a stainless steel or silicone whisk until the fragrance is fully incorporated.

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Next you will add 1/2 tsp snowflake sparkle mica to give your skin that perfect glow and extra shimmer!

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After everything is mixed in, using a funnel pour the lotion into the lotion bottles. In our case, we used one 8 oz bottle, 4 oz bottle, and a 2 oz bottle.

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Let the bottles sit with the caps off until the lotion has reached room temperature. Cap and enjoy!

*After a while, there is a possibility the lotion may discolor to a slight yellow color as the fragrance oil tends to discolor.*

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Chocolate Lotion Bars

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It’s officially fall, the air is becoming crisp, and the holidays are just around the corner. If your schedule is anything like ours, your calendar is starting to fill up quickly, and there is even less time for pampering. Luckily we have an easy moisturizing solution for any person on the go! Warm chocolate lotion bars are super travel friendly! So easy to throw into your car or purse, and there is no worry about having it spill everywhere either. Honestly, who loves cleaning up a lotion explosion from inside their purse? So, keep your skin glowing and soft this holiday season with this decadent recipe and let’s rock the rest of this season together!

What You’ll Need:

2 oz Sweet Almond Oil
0.5 oz Argan Oil
2 oz White Beeswax
2 oz Cocoa Butter
2 mL Chocolate Espresso Fragrance Oil
2 mL Warm Vanilla Sugar Fragrance Oil
Push Tubes

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In a small pyrex container, weigh out the sweet almond oil, argan oil and beeswax. Then heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts until the beeswax is completely melted.

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Once the beeswax is all the way melted, add in the cocoa butter and stir until melted. The heat from the wax and oils should help melt the butter, but if needed put it in the microwave on 15 second bursts until completely melted.
Be sure not to over heat as this causes the butter to crystallize.

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Then add in the fragrance oil and mix thoroughly. You can then pour into your choice of containers. We used push tubes and screw top tins, but the possibilities are endless!

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These lotion bars are great for on-the-go, and the tins are especially good for those pesky areas like the elbows!

Before using this healing lotion bar, scrub your skin with this Castile Salt Scrub! Get your skin nice and smooth then finish with this chocolate-y lotion bar.

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Working Man’s Salve

Do the men in your life work outside for a living? Maybe they work with cardboard and have very chapped dry skin. If that’s the case, this Working Man’s Salve is perfect for them! With hydrating and moisturizing oils and essential oils, this will help soothe any working mans’ hands!

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What You’ll Need:

3 oz Coconut Oil
2 oz Cocoa Butter
2 oz Yellow Beeswax
2 oz Avocado Oil
0.5 oz Vitamin E Oil
1 tsp Tapioca Powder
1 mL Carrot Extract
1.5 mL Lavender 40/42 EO
0.5 mL Patchouli EO
1 mL Ylang Ylang EO
4 oz Plastic Bail Jars
2 Screw Top Tins

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1. Melt down the coconut oil until it is completely liquid. Then weigh out 3 oz into a pyrex.

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2. Once you have weighed out the coconut oil, add the cocoa butter. Put the pyrex back into the microwave on 15 second bursts until melted.

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3. In a separate container, weigh out the yellow beeswax and avocado oil. Melt down on 30 second bursts until the beeswax is completely melted.

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4. Once the beeswax is melted, combine the coconut oil/cocoa butter with the beeswax. If it starts to solidify, just pop it back in the microwave for 15 seconds.

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5. Now, add the vitamin e oil, carrot extract, and tapioca powder. Using a whisk, mix in well.

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6. Once all the ingredients are added and mixed in well, add in the essential oil blend then stir well.

7. Grab your containers and carefully pour the salve into them.

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Give this to the men in your life who have dry hands due to working! It will help add moisture and soothe those chapped hands.

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Crafter’s Corner – Nail Polish

We have lots of projects to choose from in the Crafter’s Corner, but one of our personal favorites is Nail Polish! With summer just around the corner it’s time to prep those fingers and toes for some fun in the sun!

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We portion out Bramble Berry’s suspending nail polish base into our large nail polish bottles. To help with the mixing process, we also put 2 tiny mixing balls into the bottles.

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We love the suspending nail polish base because your color and glitter won’t sink to the bottom of your bottle. Plus it’s 3-free, meaning it does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP. This makes it safer than your average nail polish, especially for the nail biters.

When deciding to make nail polish in our Crafter’s Corner, there are two options: 2 bottles for $10, or 5 bottles for $20.

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You get to choose from 10 of our beautiful micas that are easy to mix to create your own colors. Plus, there are 4 fantastic glitters from which to choose!

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As an added bonus we have 8 fragrance oils available so that your polish has an extra flare. It’s a fun addition that lasts for days after your polish has been applied.

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The combinations are endless and fun for all ages!

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When adding color, add no more then 10 mini scoops of color. If you add glitter, add only 3 mini scoops. Then shake!
7After you have added your color, add 10 drops of fragrance oil to the polish bottle. Tighten lid and shake again!

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Recently Otion participated in a Wine Walk put on by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership. Not only did we get to show off our new floors, we were able to utilize our Crafter’s Corner space for the event. We were paired up with Tulip Valley Vineyard & Orchard. They’re located just south of us in Mount Vernon.

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We made special lotions and candles, and had little morsels for the ticket holders to munch on. Plus, we made sure to have Crafter’s Corner projects on display because who can resist making homemade soaps, lip balm, nail polish, bath bombs and sugar scrubs? It was fun seeing all of the new faces and even some of our regular customers came to the event.

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The event completely sold out, & with only 11 venues participating, downtown Bellingham was alive with joyful people!

Each ticket holder was given 13 tasting tickets. There were 13 wineries, but each winery brought 2 choices to try. This made it easy to appeal to everyone’s palette.

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Let’s just say it was a nice change of pace for our little store and we can’t wait to participate again next year!

Don’t forget to hurry in and get 15% off all Crafter’s Corner projects for the month of May!

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Wine Lotion

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This weeks tutorial is for all you wine drinkers! This week we used Red Wine Candle & Soap Fragrance Oil to create the most amazing lotion!

What You’ll Need:

16 oz Aloe Vera Liquid
8 oz Distilled Water
1.8 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
0.7 oz Green Tea Seed Oil
0.6 oz Shea Oil
0.5 oz Coconut Oil
1.3 oz Stearic Acid
1.7 oz Emulsifying Wax
1.5 oz Shea Butter
0.4 oz Optiphen
0.3 oz Carrot Extract
0.3 oz Red Wine Candle & Soap Fragrance Oil
Large Lotion Container
Glass Bowls
Stick Blender

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1. Weigh out Apricot Kernel Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil, Shea Oil, Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax and heat gently in the microwave until waxes are completely melted. (Approximately 1.5 minutes)

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2. Once the oils and waxes are completely melted, use a whisk to melt in the Shea Butter. If the oils don’t melt the Shea Butter, put it back in the microwave for 15 seconds. Set aside.

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3. In a separate glass pyrex weigh out Aloe Vera Liquid and Distilled Water and warm in the microwave.

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4. While the Aloe and water are warming up, weigh out Optiphen, Carrot Extract and Red Wine Fragrance Oil in a small container.

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5. After all of the ingredients are weighed out, you are ready to make some lotion!
Grab the stick blender and put it in the melted oils and waxes. Be sure to burp it so you won’t be mixing air into the lotion. Next, pour the Aloe and water mixture down the shaft of the stick blender. Start blending!

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6. Blend, blend, blend! If you think you are done blending, blend for another 2 minutes! Once the lotion has started to thicken you can now add in the Optiphen, Extract and Fragrance Oil mixture. You will notice that the moment you add this to the lotion is will become very liquid-y again. Not to worry! Keep blending.

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7. After you have mixed in the fragrance oil mixture you can now pour into your desired bottles! If you blended the lotion back to original thickness you might have a harder time pouring into the bottles. If the lotion is still very liquid-y, use a funnel to pour into the lotion bottles. This makes it much easier!

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8. You will notice that there will be foam on the top, not to worry, it happens! Do not put the cap on the lotion bottle for at least 30 minutes! You need to let the lotion cool down and thicken up before using.

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Peppermint Pampering In A Jar

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Do you know someone who is on their feet all day long? Well, we have the perfect remedy for them! This jar filled with amazing goodies is the perfect stocking stuffer for someone who doesn’t often get to treat themselves to a pedicure. What makes this even better is that it is all handmade! I don’t know about you, but getting a handmade gift always warms my heart!
Read on to find out about all the goodies you can make for your Pampering In a Jar!

What You’ll Need – Candle:

Flower Pot Candle Container
3.5 oz Advanced Wax
0.4 oz Moroccan Mint Fragrance Oil
CD-12 Wick

What You’ll Need – Epsom Salt Soak:

Test Tubes or any container
1 cup Epsom Salt
20 drops Peppermint 2nd Essential Oil

What You’ll Need – Foot Lotion:

2 oz Clear Bottle
2 oz Shea Body Butter Base
20 drops Peppermint 2nd Essential Oil

What You’ll Need – Nail Polish:

1 large Nail Polish Bottle
Suspending Nail Polish Base
8 mini scoops Cellini Red Mica
10 drops Moroccan Mint Fragrance Oil

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Candle:

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1. Measure out 3.5 oz Advanced Wax and heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts. Then pour 0.4 oz Moroccan Mint Fragrance Oil into your melted wax and stir until completely incorporated.

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2. Dip the bottom of the wick into the melted wax and stick to the bottom of the candle container. To keep the wick in place, you can lay a pen over top to keep it anchored. Pour the candle wax into your container and cover with a box to insulate it.  This helps the candle to cool slower, which helps with cracking and frosting. Wait at least 2 days before lighting in order to ensure an accurate scent throw!

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Epsom Salt Soak:

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1. Measure out 1 cup Epsom Salt into a glass bowl. Add 20 drops Peppermint 2nd Essential Oil and mix well with a fork. If there are any clumps, be sure to break them up.

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2. Scoop your Epsom Salt Soak into your choice of containers. We chose to use these small test tubes so they would fit in the jar! They’re the perfect size for one time uses of the the Soak!

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Foot Lotion:

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1. Scoop out 2 oz of Shea Body Butter Base into a microwaveable safe container; preferably something with a spout so it’s easier to pour into your lotion container. Since the body butter base takes very little time in the microwave to get thin, pop it in for just 15 seconds. Microwaving the base makes it much easier to incorporate your fragrance or essential oil, and also helps with pouring it into your containers. However, getting it too hot will kill the preservative, which is another reason why it is important to limit the amount of time spent in the microwave.

2. Once your base is thin, add 20 drops Peppermint 2nd Essential Oil and mix well. Immediately pour into your lotion container and let cool for about 30 minutes before capping.

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Nail Polish:

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1. Pour Suspending Nail Polish Base into an empty nail polish bottle. Next, put 8 mini scoops of Cellini Red Mica into the bottle and shake well!  If you like, you can add 10 drops of Moroccan Mint Fragrance Oil to make it a
scented nail polish.

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Now you are ready to put all your goodies together.  We choose to put them into a jar with a simple ribbon around it. The finished product will fit perfectly in a stocking and is a gift guaranteed to bring smiles to anyone who receives it!

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