I. Love. Scent.
When I was pregnant with my kids, the one thing that changed drastically was my sense of scent. It got freakishly sensitive...so sensitive that my coworkers joked that they didn't need to bring in the drug dogs any more, they could just send me out to do a search.
So I have always gravitated to scented items - from candles to laundry soap. At one point I even became a Scentsy consultant so I could get a discount on all things smelly that I loved!
Then about two years ago my son started breaking out in hives and rashes. We didn't know what was going on, but fast forward to the allergists appointment where it was confirmed that he was allergic to artificial scents, specifically ones that came into contact with his skin. This meant no more fun Scentsy laundry for me. (But we do get to keep using the wax bars.)
But it did mean that we went on an adventure to find products that were better for our family and safe for him to use. To be honest, I was at a loss. For so long I had fallen victim to the idea that oils were expensive and making my own products at home were time consuming and difficult.
I was beyond wrong. While some of the ingredients used for natural products can seem a bit spendier, the reality is is that they go farther, are generally more efficient, and can be more easily tailored to meet specific needs. Also, items like spray bottles and lotion containers can be reused over and over again, reducing the amount of waste that we are adding to the environment.
For other products that I don't make, we go with companies like Shaklee that focus on quality ingredients that I can trust. (Plus, they scent their laundry soap with natural oils so no breakouts there!)
So what have we made so far?
I've made sugar scrubs and I definitely prefer them to the ones I've purchased in the past. We also made a room spray that took a whole 5 minutes to put together and makes not only my home, but my classroom smell amazing. There is a bottle of fabric softener sitting on my counter that needs to be tried yet. Fingers crossed on that one.
I have had some flops as well. I made a toilet fizz tablet that did NOTHING to help clean my toilet. But I learned that castile soap does make a difference and we will be trying an alternative recipe next time. And I am still experimenting with shower melts and bath bombs.
What's up next? Lotion. I found a recipe from a really great site that looks pretty easy to manage. And when I told my son about being able to not only help me, but also pick the oils that he wants to use in the lotion, he was beyond excited.
My son has gotten really good at asking "have you washed that?" or "does that have scent?" and I have to admire the fact that he has so easily adjusted to looking out for his health. It just comes naturally at this point. He even makes sure to pack his own blankets and pillows on sleepovers.
Here are a few product links to get you started on your oily journey:
And a few recipes:
A little about me
I blog for fun, to get my thoughts in order. I am a mom to two frustrating and wonderful kids and one diva dog. My full-time gig is teacher and I do some side hustle with a few DS businesses. I love working with people...but I also value my alone time since in reality I'm a huge introvert.