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This is a blog post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. If, like me, you feel that child-like magic when you get to close yourself in the kitchen with a mortar and pestle, a bunch of herbs and essential oils, bees wax, and other magical ingredients, and just create, this post is for you.

To be clear, not all my creations have turned out. I have found that it is much better to have recipes, a list of ingredients, and a method, if you want consistent results. However, I will also  say that the act of simply creating, blending a little of this, stirring in that, and just enjoying the creative process has some insane mental health benefits as well. Whether or not the end product is a raving success.

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So my goal here is to give you some basic recipes that will give you some products you can use yourself, or bottle up and give away as birthday and Christmas presents. Not only will it save you money-you will be so incredibly upset when you realize the markup on your favorite bath salts and scrubs- you can create things that are fun, smell amazing, and come from the heart, in very little time.

I’ve created a pdf with a checklist of common ingredients that you can print up here.   

Here are a couple of recipes for body scrubs that are divine, delicious, and wonderful for your skin.

Also, a disclaimer: Always always always do a 24 hour test on any new product, even ones you create to make sure there is no allergic reaction, either for yourself, or others who use it. Test a small amount on the inside of your elbow and wait 24 hours. If you have skin issues, consult your doctor first. 

Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup brown sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 10 drops of vanilla essential oil
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup of light oil, like almond, grape seed, or other light oils.
  • 1/4 cup honey if you have dry skin
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil if you would like some extra nourishment for your skin.
  • Mix it all up and store in an airtight container.

Sea Salt Scrub

You can get a bag of sea salt at Walmart and mix it with other sea salts, like black sea salt, Himalayan sea salt, and other mineral rich salts that are good for our skin and bodies. Epsom salts are a good edition too. Mix and match.  Or you can use just one kind. This, my friend, is entirely your choice.

  • 2 cups of salt
  • 1 cup of oil, like avocado, or almond oil or some other light oil. Coconut oil could also be a great addition, especially combined with some pineapple extract and vanilla for a lovely tropical scrub.
  • 2-3 tablespoons of finely ground herbs like chamomile and mint. A coffee grinder is good for this.
  • 20-30 drops of essential oils like vanilla and eucalyptus, or your favorite extracts from the kitchen.
  • Now ask yourself, how much did this cost to make? Put in a sealed jar, and store in a dry place.

Gardener’s Hand Scrub

Now this is one that I make throughout the season and I do use olive oil for! The heavier consistancy of olive oil helps remoisturize the skin on those dried out gardening hands at bedtime.

Ingredients:

  • Regular white, granulated sugar
  • Olive oil to just cover
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils
  • A container with a lid to cover.

I find using it at bedtime provides moisture and gets rid of a lot of built in grime. By the time the residue of olive oil has soaked into your hands overnight, the skin feels much better, less itchy and dry.

Foaming Bath Salts

You know how grandma always had a big jar of foaming bath salts in the bathroom? Here’s how to make your own jar full to keep handy.

3 cups epsom salts

1/3 cup citric acid or vitamin C powder

1/3 cup baking soda

20-30 drops of essential oils

This is not a recipe where you can use your kitchen extracts. The chemical reaction of this combination of ingrediants with any kind of water based liquids will cause it to foam. However, essential oils work fine.

 

As much as I enjoy playing around with potions and lotions, I have full respect for people who have taken their craft to the next level.

Let me introduce you to Jane Church, from The Handcrafter’s Companion.

If you would like to really learn the secrets of making your own soap, body butters, fragrances, and other delicious products, go check her out here. She is one of the few affiliates I promote because her book and recipes are just so amazing. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’d like to experiment with making your own hand soaps, lip balm, or you’re looking for a hobby or second income, the knowledge she has to share is incredible.

Christmas is Coming!

Think how amazing it would be to have all these delicious smelling gifts ready to go for birthdays, or Christmas too.

You’ll have to let me know what you end up creating and how your family and friends like it 🙂

Leave me a comment below and share your recipes and success!

 

 

 

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