And we’re back for the second instalment of Recession Versus Christmas and I am most determined for Christmas to win! (I really shouldn’t have started that first sentence with ‘and’, my writing really is going downhill!)
As you can see from the title we are going to explore making home-made Christmas presents this week and this one’s for the girls. Soaps, moisturisers, scrubs, bath bubbles and all manner of toiletries which are used to relax and pamper can be ideal gifts at Christmas time. The only problem is, is that it can cost a fortune for a nice set of toiletries so in this blog I am going to explore the making of home-made bath salts (I will be covering bath bombs in a later blog but keep your eye on this recipe for that). How thrilling!
These can be great gifts for the females in your family or friendship group and this is a fairly low-cost way of giving something to them which will not only be used but will also be that much better because you made it yourself!
Ingredients and costs:
- Essential Oils – £1.50
- Sea Salt – Approx £2.00
- Epsom Salt – Approx £2.00
- Baking soda (Acts as a skin softener and water conditioner – Who knew that!) – Approx £1.00
- Liquid Soap Colours – £2.50
- Glass Bottle – £2.00
Total – £11 – This may seem like a large total but you can stretch bath salts and if you find cheaper containers you will find yourself with many presents at little cost with much more personal value! You can also consider just using Epsom salt instead of adding sea salt which will minimise your costs.
Step 1 – Epsom and Sea salts should be mixed at a 3:2 ratio. Usually 3 cups of Epsom Salt to 2 cups of Sea Salt. Add ½ ounce of essential oil to complete the basic mixture. (Between 1-2% essential oils are in bath salts which works out a ratio of 3:2:1 altogether).
Mix all these ingredients together in a metal bowl with a whisk and rubber gloves to prevent your hands smelling strongly of the essential oils!
Step 2 – You can either leave the colour as white and pop them straight into your airtight bottle or other container.
You can add a few drops of liquid soap-safe colorant to the salt and stir in to add a splash of colour to your bath and salts.
Step 3 – Make sure all the lumps have been worked out of the salt and try and package it fairly quickly after making it to ensure the scent is kept. Pop it into the bottle and your done!
How easy is that?!
Hope you enjoyed and feedback on these ideas or questions will be appreciated!