I’ll tell you what, as my daughter grows the need for versitile play clothes becomes ever the more important.
We juggle activities throughout the day, often coming from the playground or park and headed straight to a family dinner or activity. Sometimes it’s a huge benefit to have a garment that’s easy to play in AND presentable for grandmas to see.
I love the Helsinki pattern by Ikatee for those reasons. I chose the Nohara knit by Japanese designer Hitomi Osumi for Cotton + Steel paired with an Eggshell stretch denim from Harts selection. I just loved the whimsy of the knit print, soooo soft and cute 🥰
The pairing is great for allowing comfort and stretch while also guaranteeing a bit of durability with the denim on bottom.
The difference in fabric weight gives almost a hoop skirt affect which is just adorable on a baby (toddler 😭) Goldie’s age.
The pattern was relatively easy to work with and well explained. They had clear step by step instructions as well as the instructions for the optional alterations (like sleeveless or pocketless).
I found the sizing to run on the large side, but honestly that’s kind of to Ikatee’s benefit since kids grow like weeds!
I can’t wait to try more of their patterns!
This post is my honest opinion using fabric and a pattern I received free of charge from Harts Fabric as part of their Harts Fabric Street Team.
I’ve wanted to do a tutorial on a lip scrub for a while. It wasn’t until around five years ago that I realized lip scrubs existed. I suffer from bizarrely chapped lips, even products that are meant to moisturize can turn my lips peeling and puckered. For that reason, I don’t use lipstick too much because it just ends up looking like shit within an hour or two. Because of my bad luck in beauty, I’ve been diligent over the past couple of years about finding beauty products and solutions that work for my skin, budget, and lifestyle. This lip and body scrub DIY will demonstrate to you the basics of creating a delicious, fragrant, and natural beauty product for your friends and family.
Lip and Body Scrub DIY
Exfoliating Lip Scrub
I’m absolutely in love with the sweet citrus and cardamom notes that come from both of these scrubs. When I used the lip scrub for the first time, I was immediately transported back to Bali in my mind. There’s something about the combination of fragrances and flavors that are truly tropical and luxurious. I’m obsessed with this lip and body scrub DIY—I might even develop a lip balm for my upcoming online shop.
1/4 cup brown sugar (or sugar in the raw)
1+ tbsp. coconut oil or honey/ agave
5 drops lime essential oil
1-2 drops vanilla oil or extract
A pinch of cardamom spice
Combine your sugar with your oil or honey/ agave. Combine well until the mixture is a paste
Add the essential oils and spices to the mix. Mix well
Bottle your delicious lip scrub in a glass or plastic container. If you’re trying the recipe as a gift option, you can get cute bottles in bulk on Amazon.
This lip scrub is so delicious and edible! To use: apply a small amount to lips, rubbing around to exfoliate, and lick away excess.
Face and Body Scrub
One of my favorite parts about this face and body scrub is that it reuses used coffee grounds. This is an excellent way to repurpose household items to make sure you’re less wasteful, and you’ll get a luxury product out of it that smells divine! Used coffee grounds already have so many practical uses in and around the home, but bath and beauty products are great! The coffee helps to wake you up as it invigorates your senses while the lime oil energizes as it’s astringent qualities cleanse.
**I don’t recommend using your used coffee grounds if you have low-quality coffee in the house (the worst part of waking up is a bad cup of coffee and the breakout it caused your face after using it in a scrub recipe).
1/2 cup used coffee grounds, pressed to get rid of excess moisture
2 tbsp. coconut oil
10 drops lime essential oil
1/4 tsp. cardamom
Combine your used coffee grounds with your coconut oil. Work together until a paste begins to form
Add your essential oils and spices while stirring together
Bottle your scrub and gift/ use accordingly
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for Lip and Body Scrub DIY!