24 Handmade Bath and Spa Gift Ideas
DIY PEPPERMINT SOAP
via: The Soap QueenThis recipe combines two intermediate melt and pour soapmaking techniques: embedding and layering.
If you have never soaped using these methods, brush up on your melt and pour skills by watching the Soap Queen channel.
DIY BATH SALTS
Most of us are deficient in magnesium, and soaking in a bath with Epsom salt, which is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a boost.
Not only is a bubble bath the best way to unwind at the end of the day it is also super healthy for you with Epsom salts added.
DIY BODY SCRUB
Scrubs are a luxurious way to pamper skin since they exfoliate and moisturize at the same time and will leave skin feeling smooth and soft.
There’s no need to buy expensive stuff, make it yourself for a quick and easy way to have a spa experience right at home. They make great gifts too!
DIY LIP BALM
via: Torie JayneLip balms are super easy to make and they make really cute stocking stuffers. All you need is some beeswax, a flavored oil and food coloring. Torie made two different flavors: strawberry for the gals and mint for the lads (she’s so British!).
And if you’re feeling a little fancy, you can add a vanilla flavored mini shape lip balm piece on top. Finish them off with a pretty label and seal the jar by wrapping them in (of course!) washi tape.
DIY BODY OIL
via: BeautylishDuring the winter months, your skin can become extra dry, flaky, or ashy from hot showers, skin-chapping winds, and moisture-sucking indoor heaters.
The use of body oils can soften your skin and keep it supple. Body oils should be massaged well into the skin. It’s best to apply them right after a shower so that the oil can seep into the upper layers of the epidermis and hydrate the skin.
DIY Body Butter
We often forget that our skin is the largest organ on our body and absorbs what we put on it. If you are using lotions and body butters with chemicals in them (fragrances, preservatives, color additives, etc.) be aware that your skin absorbs the chemicals, too. Not exactly desirable.
Body butters, made with pure oils and essential oils for fragrance are just the thing. The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.
DIY FACE MASKS
via: 7 Beauty TipsDry skin is itchy and uncomfortable. There is nothing better than treating your dry skin with natural moisturizing ingredients.Your kitchen is a wonderful place to find all the right ingredients.
Also, it’s a great way to save money and save your skin from harmful chemicals. Everybody loves glowing skin, the natural ingredients remove dead skin and all the dullness to give you a lasting glow.
DIY BODY WASH
via: Little Seed Farm
The author of this recipe, searched out different recipes and ingredients that would be good for her skin – not so easy when you have been fighting a lifelong battle against the frustrating combo of hypersensitive skin and acne.
Here’s what she came up with: an infusion of oats and rosemary to soothe and tone, coconut oil to moisturize and the essential oils of chamomile, lavender, and lemongrass for their scent. It smells amazing, produces a great lather, gets you clean, and actually leaves you moisturized. Also, it’s an amazing shave gel for legs.
via: How About OrangeGrandma G, author of this recipe, came across someone selling homemade deodorant nearly a year ago, tried it out, and found that it actually kept stinkiness away better than store brands.
Plus most popular brands of deodorant contain aluminum, so if you can avoid stuffing metal into your pores, that seems like a good idea. After using a few types of natural deodorants and figuring out which ingredients she prefers, she decided to make her own.
DIY EYE CREAM
via: Fashion IndieAs we all know, the under eye area is extremely sensitive. Anything from crying to sleep deprivation can cause unflattering puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles.
A lot of under eye creams available contain tons of unnecessary chemicals. Your peepers deserve only the best, and this all-natural DIY eye balm will give you nothing less.
DIY HAND TOWELS
via: Coordinately YoursHand towels are a great gift idea. Everybody loves fresh, new, clean towels.
This project is so easy, you can do it in under 10 minutes and it costs less than $10 bucks.
DIY HAND LOTION
via: A Sonoma GardenThis hand lotion recipe is ridiciously easy. You can make your own all natural hand lotion in less that five minutes with only four ingredients for less than a dollar a jar.
And it works even better than anything you’ve ever bought. Now you can make some for yourself and everyone you know.
DIY HAIR MASKS
Hair masks can help maintain the balance of nutrients in your hair, and also help maintain your hair’s healthy shine. If hair is dry or damaged, here are a few recipes to try that will both nourish it and bring it to a healthy shine. These are made with natural ingredients that are probably already in your pantry.
via: DempeauxThis sunscreen recipe has 20% Zinc Oxide, which provides excellent sun protection, is invisible on the skin, and works more effectively than Titanium Oxide.
Moreover, it contains antioxidants which boost the sun protection of the Zinc Oxide, and the formula is nourishing to the skin and it doesn’t get cake-y or white.
DIY DRY SHAMPOO
via: Free People BlogDry shampoo is a miracle worker. Just a quick spray and your hair looks clean and fresh. It’s a live saver if you’re short on time or traveling, but as we all know it can be pretty pricey!
Fortunately you can get the same results by using household items to make your own dry shampoo – for dark or light hair.
DIY LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
via: She KnowsCreate your own DIY spray-on, leave-in conditioner for super shiny locks. Jojoba oil is the main mix in this recipe.
Used in many commercial hair care products, jojoba oil is a pure, natural plant extract. It’s been found to help strengthen and nourish hair, and to keep it from breaking. It also contains vitamin E and has both antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
DIY SCENTED CANDLES
via: MenachérieScented candles are the perfect gift for a hostess, teachers, neighbors, your son’s girlfriend and any other acquaintances you pick up along the year.
The process of making candles (specially these ombré ones) is time consuming, but easier then you think and way cheaper than the store bought ones.
DIY BATH FIZZIES
via: Practically FunctionalWinter is the time for long hot baths. And a bath is not a bath without some fizzies. Not only do they make your bath smell nice, but watching them fizz up in the water is fun too.
DIY SPA SLIPPERS
via: One Charming PartyA Christmas basket full of mani and pedi favors is a great gift.
You can make these cosy, comfy spa flip flops with a few simple supplies.
DIY LOOFAH SOAP
via: Humblebee & MeThis soap looks great; like a slice of orange embedded in the center of a square of creamy goodness. It’s an easy two-step soap that’ll take about three days, most of that downtime.
DIY STRETCH MARK OIL
via: Delighted MommaSometimes stretch marks are unavoidable and there are many factors that play into whether or not you get them. However, what you do or do not put on your skin can make a difference.
Follow this simple recipe of combined oils and use twice daily.
via: Paper BlogIn 17th Century France, potpourri was made by drying flowers, herbs and fruits to dry along with a mixture of sea salt to enhance the drying process. Through the growing season, more and more layers would be added to the mixture until the height of summer, when it would begin to mold and ferment. In the autumn, fixatives and spices were added to create a pleasant fragrance.
DIY ROSE WATER SPRAY
via: Honestly WTFWhile summer spritzers used to be reserved for the ubiquitous Evian bottle, refreshing water mists now come in a variety of scents heeding a multitude of benefits.
The most popular face and body spray would have to be that of rosewater because of it’s cleansing, hydrating and anti-aging properties.
DIY MANICURE KIT
via: Tidbits & TwineYou’ve seen these on Pinterest before. What a great idea for a Christmas gift. Affordable, quick and incredibly cute.
The author of this tutorial went one step further by adding a electronic candle to the kit. That way, it doubles as a adorable hanging lamp.
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