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  1. Christine

    I love this! Thank you, yet again!

  2. Ok, I feel like a kid at Christmas. First the recipe cards, now this. I was planning on making some homemade beauty gifts this year and was trying to figure out what to make. I’m a terrible gift giver, I try, I just can’t ever think of the right thing. And here you are, saving the day and making my life easy. It’s like having a personal assistant who knows my wife better than I do (you know what I mean). Love it! Can’t wait for tomorrow. Can I peek?

    • Crunchy Betty

      I was terrible at gift giving before last year, too! Mostly because I’d spend two or three months in absolute anxiety about whether or not I was choosing the right things. I’d make three trips to the store, returning and exchanging things, because I couldn’t ever decide.

      However! All that changed when I started making things at home. I think it’s the thought and heart that goes into it, y’know? There’s no indecision once I’ve picked something out. And I figure the recipients HAVE to love it. Who doesn’t love a homemade gift that’s useful and thoughtful? I mean, it’s not like we’re making ashtrays out of clay here. Right?

  3. These sound truly fab! And I love using the big fluffy powder puffs… so unabashedly girl-y!

    Let’s see… now all you need are two more cats and you’ll be all set! :)

    • Crunchy Betty

      Oooh. You wouldn’t happen to actually know WHERE to get the big fluffy powder puffs, would you? I’ve been on a mission for a year to find a good one, and keep coming up empty handed. I’m not fond of any of the ones I’ve found on Amazon, but those seem to be the only ones I could find.

      Last year before Christmas, I must’ve hunted through 20 different stores that carry bath and body products. And NOTHING.

      • Sorry, haven’t a clue where to find good powder puffs. :( The only one I have right now is a sparkle-powder one from MK (was a gift). Let me know if you find any though!

        Next best thing are those really big fluffy make-up powder brushes. Some of those are really soft and wonderful. Good luck with your search.

  4. Very excited! There was a dusting powder from lush that my sisters and I use to love. I am now on the hunt for fancy jars. I’m going to be needing some new EO’s. Vanilla is calling me.

    • Crunchy Betty

      I actually spent some time contemplating the vanilla powder by Lush last night when I was hunting and hunting for a large powderpuff.

      Vanilla EO is just about my favorite – and it’s always my favorite base scent to put in powder and body oil. When we do the body oil post, you’ll see why.

  5. Very cool! We had jean nate all over our house, too. It dates us :)

    So, when you grind the herbs, what do you use to do it?

    And where do you get the nice poofy puffs?

    I could totally do this! Love it! Of course, I have no essential oils….!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Jean Nate and Old Spice. Totally my grandparents’ house. I wonder what our grandkids are going to associate with our houses. (GRANDKIDS??)

      Anyway, I use my food processor to grind my herbs, which is why I have to sift and sift again to get all the bigger pieces out. No doubt if you have a spice or coffee grinder, one of those will do a MUCH better job at giving you powder faster.

      The poofy puffs have been an issue for me. I went in search of them for weeks last year before Christmas (and giving body powder to family) and couldn’t find ANY big ones – except on Amazon, and I wasn’t really thrilled with what I found there. I searched again last night, hoping to include a great find in the post, and came up empty handed AGAIN, so if you run into one somewhere, let me know about it.

      I find, though, that the powderpuffs aren’t really necessary – you just sprinkle a little on your skin and rub it around. Works just fine for me!

      • In the spirit of powderpuff searching, I came up with this search result – several of the puffs are listed as singular buys (no powder attached). Is this what you were looking for?

        • Crunchy Betty

          Thanks, lady! I’m still having a hard time finding a “big” powderpuff. Most of the ones I can find are the little ones (like you use on your face).

          Hmmm. If we’re looking for them, there has to be other people looking for them, too, right? Wish I knew a single thing about manufacturing and branding. I’d make Crunchy Betty powderpuffs!

          • AllieK

            I’m a newbie to the site and I was just skipping through articles and I’ve been on here for about an hour and a half now. This is my first (but certainly not last) comment on here so I sincerely hope it’s helpful. I found 5″ powder puffs on Amazon.
            I’m not sure if you were looking for bigger but I figured I would post it just in case. LOVE this site btw. You WILL be hearing more praise from me in the future I guarantee it. and Eventually a food covered face to see as well! :)

          • Crunchy Betty

            Woot! Thanks for the link, Allie! That is DEFINITELY the size I’ve been looking for – I’ll have to check it out more thoroughly (and probably order some for Christmas gifts) Thanks!

            Haha! I love that your first comment here ever you were so ridiculously helpful. Way to make an entrance!

            Can’t wait to see your beautiful mug with food on it. Seriously. Do it. DO IT!


          • Diana

            Victorian Trading Co. has 5″ powder puffs – soft as Kittens!

        • Tamsyn

          I have also done some online searching and it seems that Target (US) and Sears (Canada) sell powder puffs for body powder but I haven’t seen them in person so I couldn’t say how puffy they really are (I never trust the picture on the package LOL).

  6. Thanks for this recipe! Do you know which essential oils and herbs are safe/better for pregnant women? Lastly — this may be a dumb question — why can’t I find vanilla essential oil anywhere? Vanilla is my favorite scent and I can’t find it anywhere. Does it have a secret code name?! Do I just use vanilla extract? Very lost on that one…. lol.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Okay, first of all, I don’t even want to approach the realm of offering advice on essential oils during pregnancy. There are TONS of opinions – all differing – on that. But here’s a website that gives some insight: http://www.earthyfamily.com/arom-caution.htm – there’s a list of essential oils to avoid during pregnancy at the bottom of the page. Hope it helps!

      Next – vanilla essential oil. You can find it here: http://www.iherb.com/Aura-Cacia-Vanilla-in-Jojoba-Oil-0-5-fl-oz-15-ml/17893?at=0

      The thing about vanilla EO is that it’s EXTREMELY expensive in pure form. Like, stop your heart expensive. However, I use that particular brand/product above and think it’s pretty darned good. You get lots of vanilla goodness without the horrific price tag. It’s just vanilla EO mixed with jojoba oil.

      That being said, if I’m ever rolling in the dough, one of the first things I’ll buy is pure vanilla EO. Heaven.

  7. Two things. Well, three, but.

    1) Is it a possibility to use mica in these recipes? You know, for a little extra sparkle? I love me some sparkle.

    2) In lieu of a big poofy powder puff, which I will admit does hold quite an appeal, why not use a blusher or powder brush? Not a powder puff, but something. (Or just, you know, use your hand.)

    3) This is going to be the most awesome year of Christmas presents EVER. The girls are going to love me.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Oh yeah. Okay. Three things back atcha:

      1. You definitely could use mica in them. How pretty, and what a great idea! I’ve actually never worked with mica, so I can’t really give you much advice, but if you try it, let me know what you do/how it goes!

      2. I’ve actually thought of the big blush brush idea (which I should DEFinitely look into more), but I’ve found the hand thing works just fine. It just seems so much fancier to use a powder puff. Sigh.

      3. Yay! I think I’ll just take Christmas off this year and live vicariously through yours. Give the girls a smushy hug for me!

  8. Drya

    How exactly do you use the dust with the oil? if you use the oil first and then the dust, I believe it will be kinda sticky, no? :-)

  9. Hamham

    I’m loving this post – definitely going to try over my winter break.

    Also, not sure if you sew, but I found this post on making your own powder puffs – looks simple enough.


    • Crunchy Betty

      Okay. This rocks my world. I don’t sew, but this is totally convincing me to try.

      I can see it now: Personalized powder puffs. One for every reader.


  10. Christy

    I am in love with this idea, all the females in my life are going to be getting matching body oil and powder this year! I also love the idea of sewing the powder puffs, that’s amazing, but since the holidays are almost upon us at this point I will just order mine here this time around: http://www.rachelssupply.com/powpuff.htm

    They have all different sizes including an 8″ puff that looks fantastic and a bunch of containers for the powder. I am totally excited and can’t wait to get going with this!

  11. Chrissy

    For the cinnamon essential oil, is it the leaf or the bark…or does it matter?

  12. Juddaski

    Where is the best place to buy essential oils. I puchased a vanilla that just smells terrible. It smeels more like an extract than vanilla.

  13. Josie

    I know this sounds slightly silly, but I guess this could not be used on the face (clogging pores and all), could it? 

  14. Slim Wright

    Do you have samples and do u wholesale my # is 404 499 4262 ask for mr.Wright

  15. Chrissey

    Could you use it as deodorant? I’m currently putting lemon juice under arms and it’s working very well for odour, but it doesn’t prevent wetness. I was thinking I could maybe put this on over the lemon to keep me dry?

  16. chandeluse

    Dear Betty,
    Since Caswell Massey fled brick and mortar, I have been at a loss for dusting powder. I Ann not old but wonder why no one but me seems to want my armpits not to be glued together by my deodorant.
    I just made a batch and aside from how messy it was,a and how h hard to pack in my vintage Yardley powder can, and how many mixers I gummed up (other sites said to use a blender or food processor, but neither of mine were having any parts of that, it worked great, is slippery as lard, and even my swipe finger on the phone here is smoother.
    Thanks a lot, and as soon a I get to a real computer I’ll write some more.


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