Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Frugal, Homemade Gift Idea: Bath Soak!

Here is a great Homemade gift idea for that special woman on your gift list! You could very easily go into a store and spend $15 on a jar of Bath salts, or a Bath soak, but that's not very good for our Budget's! You can make a Homemade Bath Soak! These are easy to make &
why not whip up a batch for yourself while your at it! These make a good gift idea for any occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, the possibilities are endless. You can get very creative with this!

Here is the basic recipe:

Combine 1 cup of Epsom Salts, and 2 cups of Baking soda. Then add your scent! Mix well, then put in a container of choice!

For mine, I used real, dried Lavender. I grow a Lavender garden in the warmer months, then I hang it to dry. Then I use the dried Lavender for a variation of things including this fabulous bath soak! I divided the bath blend into small Mason jars, added ribbon, or rick rack, a tag and voila it's done!

When you are making your Homemade Bath Soak, or Bath Salts, remember that the possibilities are endless, and use your creativity!

For Scents:

*I used fresh Lavender because it's what I already had on hand (Free). But there many more options....

Use essential oils! Some common scents include, Lavender, Chamomile, Cinnamon, or Peppermint!

Or you could add 2 TBS. of ground Ginger, for a Ginger soak.

Also, some people like to add color to their bath blend. Use food coloring to give it color, or you can leave it the way it is (like I did)!

*Remember, all of the items used to make bath salts, or a bath soak can become expensive at a specialty store. Many craft stores, and other stores (such as Wal-mart) also sell these items. I already had all of the items on hand, so I didn't have to spend anything. But, if you need to purchase items, always be on the lookout for the best prices.

For the container:

*Whatever you do, Do Not Spend A Lot of Extra Money on Fancy Jars! You could use clean Mason jars ( any size, I used small jars, or you can make a batch & put it in a larger jar), you could also use clean baby food jars, spaghetti or jelly jars, any kind really! If the lid has wording on it, just paint it!

* You can also find small cellophane bags, inexpensive at a craft store, or sometimes at a
dollar store like Deals, or Dollar General. These are also great for bath salts!

*After, you decide on your container, you can add ribbon, a tag, or however you'd like to decorate it!

Do you want more idea's? There are some great recipes for Bath salts & Free printable tags Here!

You can also find more Tips, and recipes Here and Here too!

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