diy, Essential Oils

Bath Fizzies

Bath time has been one of my favorite routines with Olive. I couldn’t wait to bathe her in her bloom plush flower when she was an infant (which I later realized was pretty useless and not the best registry item from my baby shower. Bath time in our home is pleasant and fun, at least that is my intention. Enter bath fizzies!!!

I’ll admit, bath time is not always fun, Olive and I will just hop in the shower together most days. Bath bubble baths are standard for Olive when she does bathe, my favorite brand is Alaffia. We use their bubble bath and shampoo, they are made with clean ingredients (synthetic fragrance free) and they have such a huge focus on empowerment projects throughout Africa.

Essential oils, baking soda, epsom salt, and bentonite clay all entered our bath routine when they became needed for Olive. For instance when she would get a diaper rash, I would use baking soda, bentonite clay and essential oils; it would clear up her rash within a day of the bath! Before making bath fizzies I had a jar of 1:1 baking soda and epsom salt and Olive would scoop it out and wait for me to drop 5 drops of lavender on it and then plop it in the tub. It became routine and Olive knew just what to do but when that ran out I wanted to make something different. Before I get to the fizzie instructions let me explain the reason for each of the ingredients, it helps to understand the role it plays.

Baking Soda

An alkaline compound, sodium bicarbonate that is partly responsible for the bubbles in bath bombs or any fizzy bath action. Baking soda reacts with citric acid and together they produce carbon dioxide, bubbles! It has dozens of benefits from soothing, cleansing, detoxifying, anti fungal, and so many more.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate. It’s a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. It’s actually not salt but is called salt because of its appearance. In water, it breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. The theory is that when you soak in an Epsom salt bath, these get into your body through your skin.  Epsom salt is thought to alleviate physical pain, soreness, sunburn, swollen feet, bruises, swelling, and promote peaceful sleep. For kids, the reasons are also countless, think growing pains, toddler bruises (Olive gets them because she’s clumsy), or sunburn.

Citric Acid

Citric Acid is key for the fizz it makes in conjunction with baking soda. This ingredient is sometimes more difficult to find but I recently got some at Target in the canning section.  Citric acid is a mild preservative that’s often used in canning and other applications like candy making.  It’s also naturally found in citrus fruit. There are some recipes all over the web substituting citric acid, but from what I’ve made and experimented with you don’t get very much fizz, which is the best part to bath bombs or fizz rocks.

Corn Starch

By binding to the baking soda as well as the citric acid, the cornstarch slows down the rate at which both of them dissolve. The effect is that the fizziness may last 3 or 4 minutes, instead of only seconds.

Salt, Herbs & Oils

Himilayan salt: Our body organs resonate with the natural frequency of the minerals in the salt bath, your body is naturally recharged, boosting metabolism and triggering its self-healing powers.
Coconut Oil:  Coconut oil contains loads of fatty ingredients like saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Nutritionists say that these ingredients are not good to consume but the coconut oil does greatly benefit the skin, softening it and even healing minor damage. Soothe dry skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema by bathing regularly with this gentle emollient.
Herbs: Plants are healing! Putting them in your bath allows you to soak up all of the oils as they are broken down in the warm water. An even better option? Essential oils! Pure essential oils are extracted from plants and are potent little drops. Did you know that one drop of oils had 40 million molecules of that compound!

Bath Fizzies

  • 3 cups epsom salt
  • 1.5 cups citric acid
  • 1.5 cups baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Alaffia bubble bath
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 30 drops lavender oil
  • dried herbs (optional and honestly not recommended because it’s more to clean up)
  • food coloring or mica (optional)
  • large bowl
  • small bowl
  • 2 baking sheets
  • parchment paper

  1. Mix epsom salt, citric acid, and baking soda in large bowl. (and herbs if you are using)
  2. In a small bowl or jar blend coconut oil, bubble bath, essential oil and food coloring.
  3. Gently and gradually add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix gently because adding liquids means reaction begins between citric acid and baking soda.
  4. It will begin to fluff and foam up. Pour it between the two parchment lined baking sheets. The mixture has to harden which can take 1-3 days.
  5. Once the mixture is dry, break up and place in a jar or container.

Also I wanted to note I made a large batch of this but you can definitely make half of it. Another idea… this would be such a great party favor for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday, etc. or gifts! If you, like me, enjoy making gifts for birthdays or holidays— this is a great option for that!

Hope you enjoy this! Please comment below if you would like blends for diaper rash since I did mention that in the post.

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New Year, Más Chingona Pt. 2

If you want to try this roller out… apply to be a rep!

Wow this month feels like it’s been so long (in a good way) because I’ve accomplished so much.   Let me just say this isn’t a one woman show.  I have a lot of support from my husband and mom (Olive’s abuela) to be able to dedicate so much time to planning and organizing for the blog and new ventures.  I also have a couple of friends that are really helping me with Galentine’s Day planning.

I wanted to detail all the happenings for Olive la Vida, Aceite Mama and Chingona Clinics.  While they are all technically me, they all have different objectives and goals.

Essential Oil Basics Online Class

This will be my first time hosting an online class for oil basics.  I first did a live class online when I released my Essentials for Baby ebook.  I learned a lot and hopefully won’t make the same mistakes this time around.  If you want to learn the basics ie: how to use oils, what are oils, why dōTERRA oils and how to get them— then join my online class!  See details below and click to register.  You will be emailed a link to join the online class after you register.

#winter10x10 Challenge

You guys, I’m a wannabe minimalist.  In the last two years I have purged SO MUCH and yet I still have a long way to go to being a minimalist.  My intention is to live with less and produce less waste.   I saw the #winter10x10 challenge on Alli Cherry’s instagram and she is such an inspiration when it comes to intentional living.   The idea is to select 10 pieces of clothing, shoes included (accessories don’t count) to wear for 10 days.  It makes picking an outfit reaaaaally easy.   If you’ve never done a challenge like this, or a capsule wardrobe, I definitely recommend it.  Having less options to sift through each morning definitely puts into perspective why we (culturally) own so much.

Side Story

I used to work at Crossroads Trading Company… while there I learned all about pricing clothes we would buy for the store.  Fast fashion brands would obviously be priced the least, or not bought at all because they retail for so little.  I also learned so much about fashion, hot brands and dressed like a fashion blogger every day I worked, because well, it was on brand for the store.  I made more intentional purchases and wanted to stop buying “fast fashion”.   I wanted to buy better quality pieces at a better than retail price at Crossroads.

I need to get back to buying clothes intentionally and selling/trading clothes when I can.

Galentine’s Day Party

Wow!  18 Days and counting to the big party.  I can’t wait to dance and create and drink mimosas with you all.   Tickets are selling so fast and every time one sells, my phone dings (I get an email) and I literally do a happy dance.   So get your ticket before they sell out, you seriously won’t want to miss this!

1k Giveaway

I’m so excited to have hit 1,000 instagram followers.   It’s just fun to celebrate because I started the blog in April 2017 and hitting this milestone feels like a new beginning.  If that makes any sense.  Honestly I just love any reason to celebrate!  So I’ve partnered with some chingonas to give one lucky winner some amazing goodies from some chingona makers.  (not sure what chingona means?  Head to New Year, Más Chingona pt. 1).  Head to the photo below on my Instagram feed to enter the giveaway!

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Time for a giveaway!! Photo is from my bachelorette weekend (‘14) but my face is how I’m feeling right now!! I’ve partnered with a few other boss babes into bring you a giveaway to celebrate hitting 1k insta friends & to thank you for following along mi vida loca. This is the year to turn my instagram-fan-girling into real friendships! Wait until you see the winnings 😱 basically all the necessities to be your chingona-boss-babe self! 💖 To enter follow me & all giveaway sponsors AND tag a friend below with your fav emoji. 👇🏽 @iamkarlavianey @crystal_domi @yeseniawittman @chingonaclinics @aceitemama For ADDITIONAL entries tag a different friend in a new comment, each comment = one entry! 💖 Swipe to see all the lovely giveaway items… a custom stamped My Intent bracelet @iamkarlavianey, a digital daily planner kit @crystal_domi, a MexiSocket @yeseniawittman, a ticket to @chingonaclinics Galentine’s day, and Chingona essential oil roller from @aceitemama. Giveaway ends on SUNDAY, Jan 28 at midnight PST! 💖 *Giveaway is not sponsored or administered by Instagram.* Galentine’s day Ticket is non-transferable (event is in Orange County, transportation not included).

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Now I’m off to continue the planning of Galentine’s Day!

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New Year, Más Chingona

What. A. Year.

I started this blog as an outlet to share my unique voice. What makes me unique is I am me. Before starting this blog I had officially retired a blog that I had very poorly maintained since 2011. I imagine where I could be as a blogger, maker and created had I really committed to that blog, but that’s in the past and this post isn’t about that. Here I am now, living Olive la vida (all of the life) and sharing it with you.

The new year is upon us and I for one, love the shift in positive energy. Though, in pretty much every way it’s just another day, our bills are still due, our laundry has to be done, dishes washed etc. — in its own magical way, it’s a fresh start.  It’s like the start of a new semester in school, anything is possible- you’re energized and totally going to do all the reading assigned.

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See Angelica Becerra’s Instagram for a link to her shop and see her other work.

Since my last post where I mentioned that I would be starting a separate, but related business and Instagram, I launched the instagram @aceitemama and hosted a giveaway!

I am launching a new year campaign… new year, más chingona.

Si por pendeja me caigo, por chingona me levanto.  —Jenni Rivera

A lot of words in Spanish don’t have an English word equivalent.  Chingona (chingón- masculine) is what you would call a woman in charge, badass, a grown woman who can do anything she wants, a boss.  I love this definition by SussexMemphis on Urban Dictionary:  “To aspire. A maker of her own camino, this is her path and she is going to follow it, regardless of what culture says.”

My goal for 2018 is not only to share but to empower and educate.  Our health is our wealth and with the use of natural remedios we can support our own health and wellness.

If you want to help me in empowering and educating, apply here to join my campaign.  You will receive a chingona roller for free!  The blend is uplifting and energizing, just what we need to start 2018.  I will be unveiling what is in the blend in a future post.

I want to know your new year traditions.  Do you make resolutions?  Set goals?  Make a vision board?   Share on instagram with #newyearmaschingona.  Do me a huge favor and follow @aceitemama!

Cheers to 2018! Out with the new year, new me. I’m the same me, just better– más chingona.

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Flavoring Kombucha with Essential Oils

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A few years ago I brewed kombucha regularly.    In the moving process 2 years ago, I gifted my scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to a friend and only until recently began brewing again.

(Just a note on the scoby…. read more in the article I linked below. It looks like a slimy pancake and it’s what ferments the tea. Every batch you brew a new scoby is made so your initial scoby is the mother. If friends want to try to brew themselves, you can simply peel one of the baby scobys off the mother, jar it with some of the tea and give it to them to brew their own kombucha. You can find a starter scoby online.)

Ive been buying a bottle in stores here and again but the $4 drink and endless glass bottles didn’t seem sustainable on my budget and on the earth.

If you don’t know what kombucha is, here are the basics.  This isn’t a detailed post on how to brew, but you can find a good one here.

I had read somewhere that you could flavor kombucha with essential oils and I was so intrigued.  Kombucha that is flavored after the initial brewing is flavored simply by adding fruit pieces, juice, or herbs directly into the bottle.   This isn’t difficult, you just have to have everything on hand (frozen fruit works well too).   Now that I live that crazy, mom at home life, adding a drop or two of essential oils to the bottles after brewing sounded sooooooo easy.

So a few weeks ago I did just that: my kombucha had sat for 21 days, I bottled it in recycled glass bottles and then flavored away.  To keep track of the bottles, I used washi tape to label them.   There’s a store-bought bottle of kombucha I buy and love, it’s lavender + melon flavored.  In one bottle I put 2 drops of lavender and it was the first bottle I drank, or rather, attempted to drink.   Essential oils are highly concentrated, so when I sipped on this bottle it tasted like I was drinking perfume, no bueno, and it made me afraid to try the rest of the bottles I had in the fridge. When I got the courage a few days later, I tasted another bottle and it was tasty!  Today I cracked open On Guard + Lemon and it was really good!

I definitely recommend trying this if you brew your own kombucha!

Here are some flavor combos I loved and will experiment more in future batches:

Flavor your home brewed komucha with essential oils (only  1-2 drops needed)

On Guard + Lemon

7up: Lemon + Lime

Ginger

Grapefruit

Wild Orange + Ginger

Zendocrine (detoxifying blend)

Tangerine + Ginger

Grapefruit + Lime

You can mix and match these oils to find your favorite.  Try lavender at your own risk! haha

You might be reading this and wondering a few things…. I’ve imagined some of those questions and answered them below….

  • Is brewing komucha hard?  It’s actually really easy.  You add 3 things in a large wide mouth jar: sugar, brewed black/green tea and a scoby (bacteria that ferments).  Once you place it all in the jar, it needs to sit undisturbed for 7-21 days (this explanation is very basic and if you are really considering brewing, learn more with the links I added above).  I’m happy to put the work into brewing and bottling because it costs very little to made a huge jar, yielding 10 bottles of kombucha vs. paying $4-6 dollars a bottle!
  • You can drink essential oils?!?!?  YES, but quality, pure oils, like the ones pictured.  If you’d like to learn more, contact me!  I always encourage you do your own research too, to decide if internal use is right for you.
  • But oil and water don’t mix…?!  This is true, basic science, but the oils are concentrated, so you get the taste of the oil in every sip of the drink.  Because kombucha is slightly carbonated, I would recommend shaking the bottle, but a couple inversions of the bottle help to blend the bottle before drinking.
  • Does it taste oily? No! When I first started putting oils in my water, I thought the water would taste weird, or the flavor of the oil (grapefruit is my go-to) would taste like the rind of the fruit.   This was not the case at all!  It tasted like an actual grapefruit.

I also wanted to share an update…. as I continue to share about essential oils and my business is growing… I decided to start an Instagram for my oil business– Aceite Mamá (oil Mom). I will also be opening a small online shop!!! More details definitely to come. The Instagram will go live soon, the new shop will open after the new year.

Stay tuned!

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Just Say No to Synthetic Fragrances

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The “new second hand smoke” is all around you right now.  Scary thought, right?   Look at your bottle of lotion for the list of ingredients and notice the word “fragrance” listed?   You’d be surprised to know that that word alone can be up to thousands of chemical properties that the FDA has allowed companies to list as simply fragrance.  

I have to admit that my old self used to LOVE plugging in fresh air fresheners around the house.  All my life, using my cucumber melon lotion (oh so early 2000s), getting seasonal with autumn scented candles and spritzing myself with my favorite perfume I had no idea the potential side effects of wanting to smell good.

From air fresheners, scented candles, perfumes, and lotions, what’s the danger?  The artificial fragrance and harmful chemicals in those products can exacerbate asthma, cause skin irritations or disrupt hormone production.  This is oversimplified.  Think of people that are particularly susceptible to disruptors.  In pregnant woman where hormone levels are especially important or teenage kids dousing themselves in aerosol deodorants the negative affects can be drastic and more detrimental to their health.

While this topic might be on your radar already, my objective is to give you some tools to clean up your medicine cabinet and home life of these toxins.  I am in no way a perfect example of green, clean, living but I am on a journey to live more sustainably and eco-conscious.  Always do your own research, a simple google search may do the trick, but be mindful of the source!   Below you’ll find some ways I rid my home of synthetic fragrances

Read more on: Women’s Day, TIME, Huffington Post, National Center for Biotechnology Information, Non Toxic Revolution


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