Handmade Beauty Box: January 2015 Review

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Handmade Beauty Box delivers ingredients and instructions each month for a DIY beauty project. Subscriptions are around $30 a month.

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This is the box’s second month, and it featured a lavender herb bath bomb.

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If I’d known how darn easy it was too make bath bombs, I could have saved myself hundreds of dollars spent at Lush! I started by gathering my supplies and ingredients.

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I matched up the molds and cut out the labels before things got messy.

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I managed to lose my instructions overnight, so I adapted a recipe from the Soap Queen’s site (she is the founder of HBB). I know they would have sent me the instructions again – love their quick and friendly customer service! – but I was too excited to wait. I started by adding the citric acid and sodium bicarbonate, mixing them together by hand.

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Next I added the fragrance oil. The whole bottle of fragrance oil. I later realized you were only supposed to add about a quarter of the bottle… I do like strong scents at least! I also deviated a bit from the recipe and added some moisturizing jojoba oil.

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Then I mixed and put about two thirds of the mixture in a separate bowl and added the blue mica.

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I sprayed enough witch hazel on them to make the mix stick together in my hand.

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Once that was done, I packed them in the molds, layering the two colors and squeezing the two halves of the mold together to form a ball.

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Here’s where I wasn’t sure if I should take them out of the mold to dry or leave them in. So I did a little of both.

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The project was a little messy, but cleanup was a breeze! Baking soda and lavender are great countertop cleaners.

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And the mix left in the bowl just fizzed right up, then dissolved in water. You can see the lovely blue tint.

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I’ll give these guys some time to dry overnight, then tomorrow I’ll add the labels and ribbon.

Verdict: I’m a complete beginner at making my own products, but this box makes me feel like a beauty badass. I have so much fun making these products, and love chatting with and getting tips from the Handmade Beauty Box staff. It’s my new favorite box. I can’t wait to see what next month brings!
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Next day update: Leaving them in the molds seems to be the way to go. You can see how the ones that didn’t (top row) flattened where they were drying on the counter, and got paper towel stuck to them. Overall, they turned out beautiful, and very strongly scented.
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