i've had on my list of homemade gifts spa items for friends & family. i knew they would be rather easy to make and I loved the idea of the simplicity of them. i already had a lot of the supplies on hand and asked Alexi if she wanted to make some with me. We set up a weekend day to create all of these gifts. Alexi, Cheyenne, & i created lots of homemade spa gifts including Bath Bombs, Bath Salts, and Sugar Scrubs. Anthony even joined in creating Bath Salts and we all had a great time creating. The house smelled so good.
After making sugar scrubs, we started making bath bombs. If you've never used bath bombs before...they are HEAVENLY. They are meant to react with water and will bubble & fizz when you drop them in your bath. i have been purchasing bath bombs for awhile but i know after making them, i don't think i will ever purchase them again.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid (found near canning ingredients or online)
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 2 1/2 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil (or other oil)
- 3/4 Tbsp water
- 5-7 drops of essential oils
- 1/4 teaspoon borax
- a few drops of food coloring (optional)
- witch hazel in a spray bottle.
You'll need two bowls, one larger & one smaller. Mix the dry ingredients in the larger bowl. You can add in oats or lavendar bits in the dry mix. In the smaller bowl, mix the wet ingredients (including borax but not including the witch hazel). You can add in items like lavender or oats for a nice pretty touch.
Very slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. If it starts fizzing, slow down. We used a spoon at first and then our hands. Spritz the mixture with 2-3 sprays of witch hazel. Because we live in a dry climate we ended up doing 3-5 spritzes. You want the mixture to clump together but still breaks apart.
You can use anything to make molds: cookie cutters, plastic ornaments, 1/4 -1/3 measuring cups, etc. Pack the powder into the mold just like you would pack brown sugar into a up.
We used plunge cookie cutters i got last year for christmas and they worked perfectly.
Let them dry overnight so they are super hard. We wrapped ours up in white tulle and tied them with twine. Super cute!
Bath salts are super easy to make. You can use Epsom salt, Sea Salt, or a combination of both. I personally like the Epsom and that's all we used.
- 3 Cup Epsom Salt
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 5-10 drops Essential Oils
- Food Coloring
The baking soda is great for beautiful skin and can also help detox your skin. Add salt & baking soda togther and mix well. Next add in the oils and food coloring.
Keep track of your mixes by color. We wrote out a list and kept it nearby so we wouldn't get confused. Here are some of our favorite scents.
- Lavender + Lavender herbs
- Patchouli + Bergamot
- Patchouli + Ylang Ylang
- Peppermint + Eucalyptus
- Tea Tree + Lavender
They all smell amazing and i cannot get enough of them. We made some for ourselves and used mason jars for our packaging. Tie up the sets in Tulle and place in a bag for a great christmas gift. The sets could be all the sugar scrubs; a body scrub, a bath salt, & bath bomb; a face & foot scrub plus bath bomb; etc. Lots of possiblities for homemade christmas gifts.