Bath and beauty items are the type of gifts that many women enjoy. However, most stores know there is a demand for these products and hike up the prices to match. Cut down on cost and add a personal touch by creating your own homemade bath and beauty gifts. As long as you have basic supplies, such as empty containers and quality oils, you can whip up a batch of spa-like potions for pennies on the dollar.
Salt Body Scrub
Epson salt and oil are all you need to create this indulgent body scrub. The large, dull salt chunks exfoliate the skin as the heavy oil moisturizes it and provides a protective layer to stop the salt from scratching. Mix equal parts Epson salt and olive oil in a wide-mouth container and screw on the lid. Add a note to your body scrub gift that warns the salt settles in the oil, so the recipient needs to mix the scrub with her hand before each use. To use, she just scoops out a handful of the mixture, scrubs it around her body and rinses clean with water.
Scented Cuticle Oil
Cuticle and nail oil is quality moisturizer that helps hydrate extremely dry skin and nails. The best thing about this beauty gift is that a little goes a long way, so you only need to make a few ounces for each gift. Clean any small lip gloss tins or miniature bottle to hold the oil. Mix any quality oil, such as jojoba or olive, with a few drops of vitamin E oil in the tin. Add two drops of your favorite perfume or two drops vanilla scented oil to the tin and mix well. Close the oil container, wipe away oil drips with a cloth and wrap a bow around to enhance your new present.
Bath powder, also known as refreshing powder or after-the-bath powder, is a lightly scented powder you can use to calm or dry irritated skin. Start with a base of cornstarch and/or talcum powder in an attractive container. Use a fork to stir the powder as you slowly add drops of scented oil. Try three drops peppermint and two drops lemon for 1/2 cup powder to create an invigorating scent or four drops chamomile and two drops vanilla to create a calming scent. Mix the powder well, screw on the lid and shake the powder well. Let the powder sit for a few days and shake occasionally to give the scent time to spread.
Turn waterproof fabric, plastic beads and suction cups into a luxurious bath pillow to create a low-cost gift that lasts for years. Cut and stitch a small rectangle pillow using soft waterproof fabric. Stuff the pillow three-fourths full with small, round plastic beads and sew up the pillow opening. Sew one short, sturdy plastic loop on the top-left of the pillow and one on the top-right. Place the pillow and two suction cup hooks in a box with a note that tells the recipient to secure the cups to the top of the bath and hang the pillow from the hooks.
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