DIY: Homemade Spa Gifts
Homemade bath and body products make the perfect gifts for any occasion but especially the holidays! Not to mention your friends and family will be blown away by your craftiness! Here are some of my favorite easy bath and body DIY recipes you can whip up at home in your kitchen!
Classic Sugar Scrub
+ 1 cup of raw sugar or brown sugar
+ 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of oil (I prefer coconut oil or grapeseed. (How much oil depends on how oily/abrasive you'd like it.)
+ 5-8 drops total of therapeutic grade essential oil of your choice (Lavender, geranium, rose are great alone. Vanilla + orange for a creamsicle scent is delightful or rosemary + eucalyptus is a manly favorite!)
+ 10 drops of pure vitamin E oil (as a preservative)
1. Measure out your sugar and any dry ingredients and place in a medium bowl.
2. Measure out your oil and pour over sugar. (If you are using coconut oil it's much easier to mix if you melt it in the microwave for 15 seconds to liquify.)
3. Add drops of essential oil and vitamin E oil
4. Mix it, jar it and label it!
+ Chocolate Lover: Add 1 tablespoon of organic cocoa powder (You can also make it minty with 3 drops of peppermint essential oil added!)
+ Flower Power: 5-8 drops of either geranium, lavender or rose essential oil
+ Sleep Tight: 5-8 drops of lavender essential oil and 1 opened bag of chamomile tea or lavender buds
+ Wakey, Wakey: 5-8 drops total of any citrus essential oil - grapefruit, orange, lemon or lime essential oil
+ Antioxidant Boost: Add 2 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder
Coffee, Coconut + Cinnamon Scrub
1/2 cup of ground coffee (You may use fresh or already brewed
1/2 pure cane sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1-3 drops of therapeutic grade orange essential oil
1-3 drops of therapeutic grade lemon essential oil
1. Measure out all dry ingredients and place in a medium bowl.
2. Measure out coconut oil, melt in the microwave for 15 seconds to liquify and pour over dry ingredients.
3. Add drops of essential and vitamin E oil
4. Mix it, jar it and label it!
Check out my full blog post on Coffee Scrub
Coconut Whipped Body Butter
+ 1/4 of a cup of coconut oil
+ 1/4 of a cup of shea butter
+ 1/4 of a cup of cocoa butter
+ 1/4 of a cup liquid oil like olive oil, grape seed oil or hemp seed oil
+ 10 drops of vitamin E oil (as a preservative)
+ 5-8 drops of therapeutic grade essential oil of your choice (This is optional as it smells amazing alone!)
1. Measure out the oils and butter and place in a double boiler. (If you don't have a double boiler you can fill a pot with water half way and place a glass bowl over the pot and it will work in the same way.)
2. Let everything melt together stirring occasionally.
3. When completely melted remove from heat and add vitamin E and essential oils (if using.) Stir well.
4. Refrigerate for roughly an hour or until the mixture has turned white and firm.
5. Remove from refrigerator and with a hand mixer whip until creamy. (If it is not light and creamy refrigerator longer.)
6. Jar and label!
My favorite type of jar for the above scrubs and body butter are these 16 oz flip top glass jars They are perfect for not getting water in your scrub while in the shower and they look oh so pretty on your bathroom countertop!
Brown Sugar + Honey Lip Scrub
+ 1 teaspoon of honey
+ 2 teaspoon of brown sugar
+ 1 tablespoon of shea butter or 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil (I prefer shea because it's thicker but either works.)
+ 1 drop of vanilla essential oil or therapeutic grade lemon essential oil (optional if you would like a scent)
1. Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl
2. Place in a tiny jar and label
Coconut Milk Bath Soak
+ 8 drops of essential oil of your choice (I recommend relaxing lavender or rose and adding organic lavender buds or organic rose buds is a nice touch
+ 1/4 cup of matcha green tea powder for an antiaging and antioxidant bath boost
1. Place all dry ingredients together in a large jar and shake.
2. Add essential oil, shake again.
3. Let sit 24 before giving the gift or using for yourself!
4. To use mix 1/2 cup of milk bath in a warm bath.
Milk Bottle or Jar
With the directions for this recipe, you use a 1/2-1 cup of milk bath you definitely want to make a decent sized jar so your gift receiver gets a few uses out of. These 32 milk bottles are super cute for the recipe above or if you double the recipe these 67 oz mason jars are perfect for living next to a tub.
I love making holiday gift tags with kraft paper, twine and tying a branch cut off my Christmas tree. You can either purchase kraft paper card stock, print a label from your computer then hand cut them or use a punch. Or you can purchase already cut tags like these pretty scalloped tags or classic rectangle tags. Just tie your tags on with some twine and they are pretty and ready to be loved and scrubbed!
Enjoy this glorious season!