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  • White Christmas Lemon Cake

     

    For those of us that would choose a citrus dessert over a pudding or pie this Christmas, our lemon cake is delicious. Made with a classic family recipe, it is light, moist and tasty. Topped with a few upended rosemary sprigs and a little dust of icing sugar, it certainly delivers a little touch of Christmas spirit

    You will need:

    - 170g butter

    - 283g white sugar

    - 2 eggs + 2 yolks

    - 2 cups self-raising flour

    - 2 scant cups of milk

    - 10 drops of lemon oil

    Method...

    1. Using a cake mixer, cream the butter and the sugar together adding the sugar a little at a time.

    2. Lightly beat the eggs and yolks and gradually add to the mixture.  Add half the sifted flour a little at a time, then half the milk. 

    3. Add remaining flour and then the milk.  Finally add the lemon oil.

    4. Pour even amounts of cake mixture into two 18cm sandwich tins.

    5.  Heat the oven to 200 degrees reducing to 180 when placing the cakes in the oven.  Bake for approximately half an hour or until the cakes are cooked when tested with a skewer. 

    6. Allow cakes to cool for 5 minutes in the tins and then turn out on a cooling rack.

     

    Vienna Cream Icing: 

    - 250g butter

    - 3 cups pure icing sugar, sifted

    - 4 tablespoons of milk

    - 4 drops lemon oil

    Beat the butter in the small bowl of the cake mixer until it is as white as it can be.  Add half the icing sugar a little at a time, then the milk and then the remaining icing sugar.  Finally add the lemon oil and mix.

    Level cake tops, if necessary.  Place 1 cake on a serving plate.  Spread top with Vienna cream mixture.  Sandwich the remaining cake.  Using a palette knife, spread top and side of cake with Vienna cream mixture.  Insert rosemary upside-down into top of cake to create trees.  Decorate with coconut, dust with icing sugar and serve.  Serves 10

     

    *** Like it a little spicy? Try this variation...

    Add 1 teaspoon of mixed spice to the flour mixture and substitute lemon oil for orange oil.

     

     

  • 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar DIY

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    Create an eco-friendly 12 days of Christmas DIY gift for friends and family, filled with all natural ready-made Aroma Botanics products in a perfect smaller size and essential oil infused rollers, soaks, perfumes, bath fizzers, balms and more. 

    For this project I picked up a long piece of driftwood and some Spinifex (the star looking thing I attached to the driftwood) when we took a walk on the beach. You will also need some twin, fabric ribbon or strips of fabric for tying around the tops of your little bags of goodies and attaching these bags from your stick.

    I created this for a friend, and included a great selection of all natural products to support her through the festive season, these included:

    Day 1 - Diffuser Ornaments with a Festive Essential Oil Blend (to decorate the house, pop on the tree or hang in the car and get her in the festive mood)

    Day 2 - Aroma Botanics Festive Lotion (her skin will be smelling so yummy like Cinnamon, Ginger and Orange, the perfect Christmas blend + all natural ingredients). I used one of three lotions in the Triple Set, and use the other two for gifts for other people.

    Day 3 - DIY Spiced Wine Sachet (to create a delicious spiced wine to enjoy with friends or by herself as she decorates the tree or watches her favourite Christmas movie). Get the recipe here.

    Day 4 - Aromatic Dressing Bowl Set (including a ceramic dressing bowl and fractioned coconut oil, for adorning her body with essential oils each day for self-love and relaxation, such a lovely ritual for this busy time of year)

    Day 5 -  Refreshing Face Atomiser Mist (Perfect for the party season, when you need a little pick-me-up between work and catchups. Fill a great hand bag sized 50ml amber glass atomiser with 10 drops of peppermint essential oils and perhaps a couple of drops of sweet orange essential oil too, a drop of natural and unscented liquid soap or detergent (acts as a dispersant for oils in water) and then fill bottle to top with demineralised water (or double boiled water from the kettle)

    Day 6 - DIY Christmas All Natural Bath Fizzer (so fun and a great way to melt away your 2021 troubles and relax with some old timer Christmas tunes in the background). Get the recipe here.

    Day 7 - 'Keep Calm' 10ml Essential Oil Roller, for when she has a big day of Christmas Shopping ahead or the anxiety of hosting a family Christmas Bash starts to build. Simply add 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of Clary Sage and then fill a 10ml roller bottle to top with fractionated coconut oil and your done!

    Day 8 - Natural Candy Cane Foot Soak (Use in the bath or in a bucket to simply soak tired feet after dancing the night away at a Christmas Party). Get the recipe here.

    Day 9 - All Natural Perfume, in our vintage inspired Dahlia Roller Bottle. Fill with 10-15 drops of your favourite essential blend and to the top with fractionated coconut oil or carrier oil of your choice. Natural perfume all the way and be rid of the nasty synthetic ingredients in regular perfume.

    Day 10 - Christmas Room Spray, to set the Christmas mood when you walk into the room. Get the recipe here.

    Day 11 - Aroma Botanics Body Balm Bar, perfect for moisturising the skin naturally and infused with pure lemon myrtle and red cedar pure essential oils, this bar is also wonderful for soothing skin irritations perhaps caused by pesky insect bites, but eating the wrong foods or too much sun!

    Day 12 - 'Silent Night' Sleepy-Time Pillow Spray, to keep by the bedside and spray on her pillow for a restful sleep, ready to bounce out of bed come Christmas Day. Add essential oils to a 10ml Primrose Spray Bottle to promote sleep (think Lavender, Sandalwood, Chamomile etc) and fill with fractionated coconut oil or carrier oil of your choice.

    For the 1 - 12 number tags that I used for this project, you can download for free and print at home to recreate for a friend or family member this Christmas.

     

  • 'Oh Christmas Tree' Bath Fizzers

    Bath fizzes are always a fun treat for the kids. They also lend themselves to being a great addition to advent calendars and bon bon surprises. 

    They are simple to make and store well in glass container for continued use. With only 4 drops of peppermint oil,  these fizzes are gentle so not too full on for  the kiddos at bath time.

    You will need...

    - 1 cup of baking Soda

    - 1/2 cup of citric acid

    - 1/3 cup of arrowroot powder (can be omitted if you don have on hand)

    - Green and pink mica powder 

    - Silicone moulds

     

    - 4 drops of Pure Peppermint Essential Oil

     

    How to make...

    1. Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl. 

    2. Add the essential oils and stir well to combine. 

    3. If you would like to colour your fizzers, now is the time to divide your mixture and add a little colour.  

    4. Spray a little water into the mix and then stir quickly to avoid a reaction. Repeat this step a couple of times until the mixture looks like damp sand and forms when pressed together. 

    5.  Scoop your mixture into the mould pressing down firmly as a spoon until well compacted. 

    6. Let the mix dry for 24 - 48hrs to harden. 

    Before use, run a full bath. Our kids love to hold these while they dissolve in their hards. 

     

  • Festive Spice Room Spray

    This festive spice room spray is a lovely night before Christmas addition to the room. Also perfect for a quick mist as guests walk in the door to set the mood on Christmas Day. It is simple to make with just 4 easy steps. 

    What you need….

    18 Drops of pure wild orange essential oil
    4 Drops of pure ginger essential oil
    5 Drops of pure sweet fennel or star anise essential oil
    2 Drops of pure cinnamon bark essential oil
    5 Drops of pure clove essential oil
    1 drop of eco friendly dish detergent
    Distilled water to fill your 100m amber glass fine mist spray bottle.

    Method…..
    1. Add the essential oil to your spray bottle. 
    2. Top up will distilled water
    3. Add 1 drop of detergent
    4. Shake and spray with love :-)