Handmade Holiday: part 1

In light of my soap-boxing about handmade gifts this holiday season, I have decided to make all (or close to all) of my gifts. The following few posts will be How-To's on the Christmas craft projects I will be making for my friends and co-workers. These projects are simple enough that even non-crafters will (hopefully...) be able to get into them. 

My first project was Essential Oil Bath Salts. Bath products are great gifts, but I have a major bone to pick with many of the "body product" stores you find in the mall, particularly because I worked at one in college. They shall remain nameless here, but suffice it to say that I found it LAME that all of the products (even those touted as 'natural') were full of bad for your skin and water shed damaging chemicals as well as not a single container in the entire joint was recyclable. I call shenanigans upon this and have decided that no further crap bath products shall be bought!! 

*crickets

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stepping off of soap-box

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ahem

But I digress... and on to the crafty holiday fun!

For the Bath Salts, you will need:

  • Course sea salt
  • Epsom salts (optional, I use it for it's relaxing & skin soothing properties)
  • Almond oil -- or any other nut oil of your choice
  • Essential oil -- I used lavender and eucalyptus 
  • Jar or other container (preferably reusable)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Spatula

Measure 1 cup epsom salts and 1 cup coarse sea salt into the bowl and mix

Mix in approximately 2 tbs of the nut oil, or until the salt is coated but not too runny. Add more salt if you get over-zealous on the oil. Then add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice until it is fragrant and mix well.

I poured the salts into mason jars from the hardware store. Then using festive stamps (I love those clear gel stamps & Color Box ink, both available at any craft stores) and cream colored cardstock made some cute tags. 

Finally, I wrapped the jar with raffia and tied on the tag. TA-DA! You have now completed your first adorable hand-made gift! These are also really easy to go organic or vegan if that's your style.

On the back of each tag I wrote the flavor of bath salts and a little holiday message. I opted to do two different flavors (Lavender and Eucalyptus) to give myself more ways to personalize it for my friends when it comes to the gift giving.

Next project is a loose-leaf sampler Tea Kit!