All posts by Michelle Falardeau Marchand

Writer, traveler, essential oils educator, wife and mother of three. I dream of a simple life of writing, creating and animals, but I have too many plans and ideas to settle down!

DIY Geode Bath Bombs

I love the way geodes sparkle when the light hits the crystals inside. These DIY geode bath bombs feature that gorgeous gemstone glitz along with deep, rich colors and your favorite essential oils!

If you need a gift for a friend or loved one, or if you’re due for a bit of pampering, these on-trend bath bombs are a creative combination of sensuous skin-loving oils paired with an elegant, geologically inspired look.

Yield: 3-4 bath bombs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup citric acid
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ½ tablespoon water
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • Natural soap dye
  • 10 drops essential oil (see options below)
  • Round plastic bath bomb molds (ours are 80 mm across)

Instructions:

1. Combine ¼ cup of Epsom salt, citric acid, corn starch, and baking soda. Stir well until completely incorporated.

2. Add 1½ tablespoons of melted coconut oil, drops of essential oil, and ½ tablespoon of water to the mixture. Stir well.

3. Pack contents into your mold, creating a thin layer across half the sphere, with more concentrated at the base. Let dry for 1 hour.

4. Separate the remaining Epsom salt into three bowls. Using soap dye, dye one bowl a darker shade, one bowl a medium shade, and one bowl a light shade.

5. Beginning with the lightest shade, spoon some Epsom salt into the middle of the bath bomb. Drizzle melted coconut oil on the salt, and spread it across the bath bomb to create a thin layer. Repeat with the middle shade. Finish with the darkest shade, leaving space in the middle; a slightly more concave shape makes it look more like a real geode!

6. Place the bath bomb mold in the fridge for 4 hours to set. Pop it out of the mold, drop one into your bath, and soak into bliss!

Note: Keep your bath bombs cool, especially in warmer weather, as the coconut oil will cause them to separate. Also, the coconut oil that makes these geode bath bombs so luxurious can also leave your bath feeling a bit slippery, so please be aware the next time you step in!

OTTAWA NATIONAL WOMEN’S SHOW

Phew, what a weekend at the Ottawa National Women’s Show!

If we met you this weekend, it was our pleasure to introduce you to Young Living Essential Oils! We‘re excited to get you started on your journey with Young Living’s life-changing products that are:

  • 100% pure
  • Organic, vegan, kosher and fair trade
  • Toxin-free
  • A natural alternative to conventional products for health, personal care and home care!

Essential oils can seem overwhelming for newbies. No worries, we’ve got you covered with helpful resources, books, and our incredible Facebook community. We are here for you!

Here are some helpful links:

To check out our beautiful product catalogue and see our extensive product lines and collection of Health Canada approved natural health products, click here

To check out our lifestyle lookbook and learn about our farms, foundation and lifestyle, click here

To join our oils education group on Facebook, click here

To order a Premium Starter Kit or other Young Living products, click here

** Women’s Show weekend special — order one of our starter kits and get a $20 cash refund! Offer valid until Tuesday October 23rd **

We would love to hear from you! To connect with us, click here

Simple and Satisfying Brownies for One

Do you ever just want a warm fresh brownie-for-one? Usually about 10pm, while you’re watching your favourite show, curled up under a blanket — with or without a glass of red?

My daughter came up with this genius hack. Make a batch of rich, fudgy homemade brownie batter and keep it in the fridge (uncooked). When you are craving a warm home-baked brownie, scoop some into a mug and pop it in the microwave for about a minute. BOOM! Instant chocolatey goodness.

Here’s our favourite brownie recipe. It’s simple and satisfying. And if you’re feeling fancy, you can doctor it up with a handful of chocolate chips, nuts, or our fave — a few drops of Peppermint essential oil.

FUDGE BROWNIES

1/2 cup butter

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Optional add-ins:

1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips

4 drops pure Peppermint essential oil

 

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in eggs, sugar, and vanilla (and optional Peppermint essential oil). Using a wooden spoon, beat lightly until just combined. Stir in flour (and optional nuts or chocolate chips).

Store in a covered container in the fridge. When a craving strikes, scoop out about a 1/2 cup into a mug, and microwave for about a minute. ENJOY!

** added bonus: pure Peppermint essential oil soothes upset stomach, so if you eat too many brownies… you are covered!

 

Salon national de la femme de Montreal

Venez nous voir cette fin de semaine à la Salon national de la femme de Montreal!

Vous voulez commander votre Trousse de démarrage prémium? Cliquez ici:

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Veuillez nous contacter avec vos questions! michelle@drop-vox.com

Come see us at the Montreal National Women’s Show this weekend!

Ready to order your Premium Starter Kit? Click here:

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Contact us with any questions! michelle@drop-vox.com

 

Magical Moisturizer

Whipping up some magical facial moisturizer 😍 You won’t catch me spending big bucks on skincare when I can make the real deal for myself! Why do I call it magical? Because this base of coconut oil, jojoba oil and rosehip seed oil has been incredible for my balancing my oily skin 💥

Many of you have asked for the recipe for this magical moisturizer, so here it is. Please note a couple things:

1. you should choose your base oils based on your skin type. I have posted a graphic about base oils and skin type at the bottom of this post.

2. there are many many essential oils that are great for the skin. I chose these ones based on my needs, but you aren’t limited to these. Except to say — ALWAYS use Frankincense. Always. It’s magic for healthy, youthful skin.

My recipe:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp jojoba oil
1 tsp rosehip seed oil

Whip these oils together (I just used a fork)

Add these essential oils:

8 drops Frankincense
6 drops Lavender
6 drops Geranium
2 drops Myrrh
2 drops Rose

Mix them all together and put in a jar.

You may find that this moisturizer takes a little longer to absorb into your skin than what you are using now, but that’s a good thing. It gives you time to really massage it in, and massaging your skin increases blood and oxygen flow, which in the long term increases collagen production — which gives you a youthful glow.

What makes Young Living different?

 

What’s the difference between Young Living essential oils and all the other essential oil companies?

Young Living has something that no other company can claim: their Seed to Seal® quality commitment. Seed to Seal is supported by three pillars:

Pillar 1: Sourcing
Young Living’s essential oils are sourced from their corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers. This empowers Young Living to source conscientiously and with sensitivity to local communities and ecosystems.

Pillar 2: Science
While product quality starts in the fields, it’s proven in Young Living’s state-of-the-art labs. Their Research & Development and Quality teams are staffed with more than 50 highly trained, highly skilled scientists, who use advanced testing methods to help ensure that all products meet Young Living’s lofty standards.

Pillar 3: Standards
Inexpensive essential oils are often synthetic, adulterated, or unethically sourced, which is why Young Living chooses partners who produce pure essential oils and ingredients ethically and legally. This practice sets a top-tier standard for legal and ethical sourcing. Their efforts also go beyond a conscientious supply chain. Young Living’s commitment to sustainable business includes reforestation of harvested trees; recycling at Young Living offices; and the construction of their brand-new, LEED-certified headquarters in Lehi, Utah.

Why does Young Living uphold these rigorous Seed to Seal standards? Because they result in a superior quality product, providing you and the Young Living family with quality beyond anything else on the market.

As the industry continues to expand, Young Living users can feel confident passing by the “other guys” on the shelves, knowing that no other label comes with Seed to Seal promise of uncompromised quality.

Interested in learning more about Young Living’s commitment to quality? Visit https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/seed-to-seal

Mineral makeup you can feel good about

As you know, I’ve been making a concerted effort to get toxins out of our lives and home as much as possible. There are so many things in our lives we can’t control, I try to do what I can. So for our cleaning products and personal care, it’s toxin-free all the way.

I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I always like to use some foundation to even out skin tone, and accentuate my eyes so they pop a little.

Before and after using only Savvy Minerals products!

So when Young Living released its Savvy Minerals makeup line last summer, we were all over the moon. Makeup was one of the last barriers for us to go toxin-free! I’ve completely switched over all my makeup products — what you see in the “after” pic is nothing but Savvy 

This is the cleanest makeup on the market. No talc, parabens, petrochemicals, or any other toxins that are found in makeup and can mess with your endocrine system or damage your skin.

Our daughters don’t wear makeup yet, but when they do, you can bet this will be the only kind they will be allowed to use (have you seen the posts about the toxins found in the makeup from Claire’s and Justice??)

Young Living just released 4 Savvy Minerals starter kits! The kit comes with your choice of foundation, a foundation brush, misting spray (seriously the secret weapon of this makeup), blush, 3 eyeshadow shades, lipgloss, and a bottle of Lavender essential oil for skin support. Everything in this kit is catered to your skin tone and will give you a flawless, yet natural look with just the right amount of “pop”. You get a wholesale membership (that means 24% off ALL Young Living products!), the safest makeup on the market, full support from me and an amazing community along the way into your new journey!

Here’s an example of one of the kits:

Warm No. 2

** so far, this kit is only available in the US, but it will be coming to Canada in the future. All the Savvy Minerals products are available in Canada, Europe, Australia though — just not bundled into a starter kit 

Click here to see the whole product line!

Ready to get started? Let’s do it!

Click here to order!

Dreamy Lotion Bars

I had made these lotion bars to give as gifts — turned out so cute, right?? — but the dry winter air has left my hands super dry and flaky at the knuckles… so I unwrapped one and used it for myself. Sorry mail carrier or paper boy or whomever this one was earmarked for, it’s mine now.

It’s made with shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax. Plus some essential oils thrown in there to boost skin health. I went with Lavender and Northern Lights Black Spruce for both their scent and their skin-supporting properties.

Super easy to make, they smell like heaven (hello, cocoa butter!) and leave your skin really soft. Here’s the recipe. Do yourself a favour and skip the double boiler situation on the stove. Just melt everything together in the microwave, and add the essential oils after. Awesome gifts, but be sure to keep a few for yourself!

https://www.youngliving.com/blog/diy-lotion-bar-recipe/

Growing the future

Everyone has defining moments in their lives. Experiences that carry weight, and that you know have changed you on a fundamental level. I had one of those on Saturday.

I visited one of Young Living’s worldwide farms today, and experienced firsthand the grassroots, authentic process of producing a pure essential oil. I planted a Lavender plant in the field, which will grow and be harvested in the future.

 I saw the distillers distilling the oil from the raw material, and some of the scientific equipment they use to test the oil for purity.

I walked the fields and toured the farm, and saw Young Living’s absolute commitment to the natural world, to the plants and the animals.

 

I saw their unwavering commitment to bring their members nothing but pure essential oil for the health and nourishment of our bodies and minds. And I felt the heart of the leadership and the team who make it happen at every YL farm and distillery worldwide for us.

If I was proud to be working with this company before, I am ALL IN now. This company is my future.

And I’m so excited for everyone on my team who has hitched their wagon to this wild ride. We are growing the future together

Being a happy mama sometimes takes a little help

This is my daily perfume. It’s got a permanent place in my purse, and I often gift it to friends. Because with three kids, two dogs and all the stuff a person needs to deal with on a regular basis, sometimes I need a little … uh … help staying in the best mood, and figure my friends could sometimes use a little help too.

If you’ve found something great, don’t keep it to yourself!

Welcome to Drop-Vox!

Hi, I’m Michelle Falardeau Marchand, and I’m so glad you dropped in!

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Wondering who I am and where I’m coming from? Click here to learn a little bit about me and my background!

I am proud to be a Silver Leader, distributor and educator of Young Living Essential Oils. To learn more about their products, click here.

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