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Giving eggs at Easter time is both traditional and symbolic. We are used to seeing dozens of chocolate eggs in the shops, but Easter eggs can take many different forms. Here are some ideas for unusual fragrant Easter egg gifts using essential oils. This article contains the basic directions for making Fragrant Soap Eggs, Scented Candle Eggs, Bath Bomb Eggs and Aromatic Egg Draw Fresheners. You’re sure to find lots of ways to decorate and personalise them. Have fun!

Suitable essential oils to use at Easter time include:-
Basil, (sharpens concentration; alleviates depression and migraines) Bergamot (a good insect repellent), Black pepper (stimulates circulation and eases muscle aches), Chamomile , Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine (aphrodisiac), Lavender (antiseptic, calms, soothes cuts, burns, and headaches), Lemon (anti-stress), Rose (aphrodisiac), Sandalwood (aphrodisiac), Thyme, Tea tree (antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic and antiseptic), Yarrow (for colds and joint inflammation), Ylang ylang.  Make a blend or simply choose one.

Now for the Eggs.....

Fragrant Soap Eggs
Make egg shaped guest soaps using Easter egg moulds. I use Ivory, but you can also recycle any regular unscented hand soap “ends” and scraps which you’ve saved up. Glycerine -based soap, is the easiest as it doesn’t separate or congeal. Plastic moulds for making chocolate Easter eggs are easy to find - each mould makes half an egg - which then have to be joined together. Making new soap from old scraps is a simple process
1 Finely chop or grate soap scraps or bar into a saucepan.
2. Add water to just cover the soap and leave it to soak for about 24 hours. Stir every few hours with a wooden spoon.
3 Put the pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in 1-2 tbsp. of vegetable oil.
4. Add soap colouring (or food colouring), two drops at a time, until the desired colour is reached. Add 5 -10 drops of essential oil. (You can also add glitter, petals, dried herbs etc.) Stir well.
5 Reserve about 2 tbs. soap - set aside. Pour the rest into the moulds. Leave in a cool, dry place for about two weeks then remove the soaps from the moulds.
6 Melt the reserved soap (same colour and scent), and drizzle onto the flat sides of the soaps. Take two halves and gently press the flat sides together, lining them up nicely. The melted soap acts as a glue to join the two halves together Allow to set until firm.

Scented Candle Eggs
If you use candles at all, chances are that you have some odds and ends and scraps of candles left over. Here is a quick and easy way to put unscented/uncoloured scraps to good use.
First prepare the shells.
1 You’ll need a few empty egg shells. You can tap the top of a raw egg to break the shell, and empty out the egg (to use for cooking later), then take off the top quarter of the shell. OR you can use the empty shells from the soft boiled eggs you had for breakfast. They should look cracked and a bit uneven. Wash out the shells well and dry completely. Set in egg cups.
3. Take your candle scraps and trim off as much of the burned wick as possible. Remove any tabs or labels. Scrape off dirt or dirty areas.
4 Put the pieces in a coffee can. Stand the can in a pan of water, and melt the candle pieces down slowly. The wax must be heated to 108. Don’t overheat. Stir gently
5. Remove all stray debris from the melted wax with tongs or a fork. Or you can strain it.
6. Add chips from a wax crayon to colour your wax. If you want to make more than one colour, you have to do each one separately). Add a few drops of essential oils.
7: Reserve a little wax to use later. Use gloves to hold the coffee can, and pour the wax into a glass measuring cup. Then carefully pour it into the egg shell moulds. Use a funnel if you need to. Fill to just under the lowest crack on the egg shell.
8. Set the wicks and hold in place by wrapping the end around a pencil laid across the egg. You can trim them later. Allow the wax to cool and harden completely (it may take several hours). You can put them in the fridge to speed up the process. The tops may sink a bit - that’s OK.
9. Melt the reserved wax and pour a little into the tops to fill up the sunken areas. Leave until the new wax sets. Remove the pencils and trim the wicks to about ½".
Now you have scented Easter egg candles complete with their own egg cup holders.

Fragrant Bath Bomb Eggs  
Ingredients
1½ cups baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
½ cup citric acid (from winemaking store)
1/4 cup sea salt or Epsom salts (ground fine)
1/8 tsp. powdered colour or 10 drops food colouring
14 drops of Essential oil or blend of your choice.
First prepare the moulds. You need two identical sheets of Easter egg candy moulds for these. Leave one sheet as it is. Cut around the moulds on the second sheet so that they are all separate from one another.
Sift dry ingredients then mix all the ingredient together in the order given. Rub between thumbs and fingers to ensure that there are no lumps. Stir until colour is even throughout. If you want to make different colours, you can separate the mixture and add colours separately. Spray with water and stir. Work fast - keep spraying then stirring until it all sticks together but doesn’t begin to fizz (damp but not wet like damp sand). Press tightly into moulds. Slightly overfill the moulds on the first sheet. Take the individual moulds and one at a time invert carefully onto its twin on the first sheet. Do not remove it. Press down for about 30 seconds to fuse the two half-eggs into one whole one. Now you can remove top mould very carefully. Put them all into the fridge or freezer for an hour or so, then carefully remove from moulds (you may have to tap them) onto waxed paper. Spray with a little rose water or witch hazel if you have it to help keep them together. Let the bombs dry for three or four days. Wrap in clear cellophane, or put into a glass jar. When dropped into a bath, the bombs will fizz, making lots of fragrant bubbles as it dissolves.
NOTE: Do not make these when it’s wet outside, as they’ll activate on their own.
Variation: A real luxury Milk and Honey bath bomb. Instead of ½ cup cornstarch use 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup powdered milk. Add 1 tbs. grated cocoa butter or shea butter, 1 tabs honey and 1 tbs. olive, coconut, Jojoba or grape-seed oil (heat the butter, honey and oil in the microwave 15 seconds at 50% before adding to the dry ingredients). Proceed as above.

Aromatic Eggs (drawer fresheners)
1 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 2 tsp cream of tarter, 1 tabs oil, and 1 cup warm water Food colouring
Mix flour, salt, cream of tarter, oil, and 1 water in a medium pot until well blended. Cook over medium-low heat until it forms a thick dough that is no longer sticky (about 5 minutes). Stir continuously. It’s done when it no longer sticks to the sides of the pan, but forms a clump of dough in the middle. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
Remove the dough from the pan and place on waxed paper. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
Divide the dough into as many pieces as you like, and colour each a different colour with food colouring. You can add some glitter too if you like. Knead until the colour is blended into the dough.
Add about 8-10 drops of different essential oils or blends to each piece of dough and knead for about 60 seconds.
Form into egg shaped balls. Store each piece of dough in a Ziploc bag, or other airtight container.


By Sylvia Richards 28th March 2011

 

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