December 17, 2012
Even after perusing all the beautiful gift guides that come out each holiday season, finding the right thing to give to everyone on your list can be tough. Personally, I typically only buy things for Adam and my family, but I usually wish I had a little something for my wonderful friends as a small token of my love for them. Last year my friend Anne gave me some lavender hand salve that she had made, simply packaged and a delight to use. It’s still sitting on my bedside table. I love the handwritten label and, it might sound cheesy, but whenever I put it on before bed I always feel a little extra love. Likewise, a dear friend gave me some beautiful room spray she made this year and I’ve loved spritzing it around our little house—there’s something so special about these simple handmade gifts and the people they come from.
So, this past week when I was at the grocery store and saw a small piece of paper next to the Epsom salts with instructions on making your own salt scrub, I knew this would be the year I (try to!) start a new tradition: making a batch of something simple and handmade for people I love.
Affordable, really easy and a delight to use, here’s how to do it:
What You Need:
This made eight jars with a little extra massage oil and lots of extra essential oil and Epsom salts
2 4 lb bags Epsom salts
2 16 oz bottles body/massage oil (I used grapeseed but you can also use almond, jojoba, or whatever else you prefer)
Essential oils of your choice (for this one, I made a grapefruit and orange combination which reminds me of the old Trader Joe’s scrub that I loved so much. Lavender is always lovely, as would be ginger, mint, lemon or whatever else you love. Mix to make your own blend!)
Mason Jars (the short squat ones work best so the scrub is easy to access)
Cute packaging of your choice
Combine salts and massage oil to get a good consistency. The recipe I had suggested 1 cup salts to 1/2 cup oil, but I played around with it and just eyeballed everything—didn’t really want to use my kitchen measuring cups for body oil and bath salts. Do whatever suits you to get it to a consistency you like. And remember, not every one has to be the same! Remember that part of the fun of a handmade treat is the uniqueness of every one. Add 5-15 drops essential oil and stir to combine.
It doesn’t get much easier than that does it? Do you make homemade gifts for loved ones? I’d love to get more ideas!