Monday, December 16, 2019

More Homemade Bath Gifts

Bath, Bathroom, Bathtub, Bubble, Shower
 When I make bath gifts for Christmas, I always include body scrubs, bubble bath, and bath salts because it is more fun to give them a variety of choices.  These three items are so easy to make and people enjoy using them to relax, or escape, or just feel better.

Bubble bath isn't that hard to make.  All you need is one cup of clear unscented castle soap mixed with two-thirds cup of vegetable glycerine, a quarter cup of water, and three to four drops of your favorite essential oil.  You can add a few drops of food coloring if you want. Carefully mix the ingredients together before placing in a jar.  The car could be fancy or it could be a mason jar with a lid and finished off with a ribbon tied around it.

Some people prefer a simple bath salt that is easy to make.  For this, you need three cups of Epsom salts, two cups sea salt, half a cup of baking soda, and two or three drops of essential oils.  Begin by mixing the two salts together until completely blended, sprinkle in the essential oils and mix again until there are no clumps.  Finally add in the baking soda before pouring in to decorative glass jars.

If you mix up two different bath salt recipes like cinnamon and vanilla, you can layer them in a glass jar to make it more interesting and allows the recipient to get a possible three scents.  They could have a bath with cinnamon, one with vanilla, and one with a mixed scent.

There is also a milk bath mix that is quite easy to make.  Take one and a half cups of powdered milk (dairy or nondairy) and mix with half a cup of Epsom salts until completely blended. If you want a colored milk bath, add in two to three drops of food coloring, mixing until the color is fully distributed.  At this point add in 5 to 8 drops of essential oils and mix well.  If you want to add a bit extra, you could add in half a cup of flower petals but make sure to let the recipient know.  Mix well and bottle in a cute bottle.

Should you want to add ground up oatmeal as an additional softener, you can add about half a cup to the mix.  It is also possible to add honey powder to the mix because honey moisturizes the skin.

Finally, I always include body scrubs because they leave you feeling so soft and clean.  In addition, they are not that hard to make.  One easy recipe is to take one cup of Himalayan Sea Salt, half a cup of olive oil or favorite oil, and a few drops of essential oils.  Carefully add the oil to the salt, one teaspoon at a time until the mix has reached the desired consistency.  Add the essential oil, mix and place in a bottle or jar.  Note the oil in this mixture can make the bathtub slippery.

Another nice scrub mixes one cup of brown sugar mixed with half a cup of melted coconut oil and bottle.  This mix is great for softening elbows and other rough patches of skin.

Have fun creating baskets for people this Christmas.  It makes a nice change from the usual gifts and is fun to do.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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