Homemade Spa Treats

This year for Christmas some of the ladies on my list received homemade bath treats which I was able to put together surprisingly easily.  The projects were great fun and turned out wonderfully.  I’m amazed at how easy it is to make up homemade spa treats!  Below are just a couple of the recipes that I used for this holiday.

Citrus Body Butter

What You’ll Need –

1 cup of shea butter (softened in the microwave)

1/2 cup of cocoa butter (softened in the microwave)

2 tsp of honey

1 cup of almond oil

a few drops of orange essential oil

Warm a pan over medium heat while softening the butters in the microwave.  Mix the shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil, and honey together over the medium heat until they are all completely melted and blended together.  Mix in a few drops of the essential oil – I found that four or five drops was enough to get the scent I was looking for.

Remove from heat and cover.  Cool in the refrigerator for twenty minutes.

Remove from the refrigerator and whisk together.  Within five minutes the mixture should turn from all liquid (resembling vinegar) to a fluffy cream.  Spoon into a glass jar and use when needed.


Peppermint Bath Salts

What You’ll Need —

1 cups of Kosher sea salt

2 cups of Epsom salts

1 tsp of vegetable glycerin

several drops of peppermint essential oil

Red food coloring

For two colors, start by splitting the recipe between two separate bowls.  Mix together the salts and then blend in the remaining ingredients.  A 4-8 drops of the peppermint essential oil, depending on the strength of scent desired.  Then in one bowl, mix in a few drops (I did about five) of the food coloring, until you have your desired shade.

Spread the salts on a cookie sheet or flat surface for 12-24 hours to let them dry thoroughly.  Then package as desired and use a few teaspoons in your next bath!

ready for xmas

You can have a lot of fun with the scents in both recipes, and the shading on the bath salts.  With the right scent and colors you can make an appropriate gift for any time of year.

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