In a lather about what to give friends this year? Not anymore. These DIY soaps, sugar scrubs and bath melts are as delightful to make as they are to receive. And besides being quick and fun projects, these little bundles of exfoliating goodness are great for combating that dry winter skin. Elegant, useful and made with love. Now there’s some comfort and joy.
This recipe is for cranberry-orange shea butter soap, but you can easily concoct your own signature blend by altering the essential oils, “scrubbers” and soap base.
(makes 4 bars)
1 lb melt-and-pour shea butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp orange zest (patted dry with a paper towel)
10 drops orange essential oil
Soap colourant, optional
Chase away the cold with these mojito-inspired bath melts. We used peppermint oil and citrus notes to create a soothing bath, perfect for those nights when you feel a cold creeping in. Creating a custom aromatherapy is as easy as selecting an oil—or combination—that you enjoy. Experiment with lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus—whatever soothes or invigorates you. A glass of wine never hurts, either.
Coconut Oil Bath Melts
(makes 12 bath melts)
1 cup coconut oil
2 tsp lime zest
2 tsp lemon zest
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops lime essential oil
This recipe is for vanilla latte sugar scrubs, but you can easily concoct your own signature scrub by altering the essential oils and “scrubbers” to suit your fancy.
Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrubs
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup melt-and-pour shea butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
5 drops vanilla essential oil
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup used coffee grounds
Used coffee grounds have great scrubbing power, but so do lots of items right in your pantry: oats, flaxseed and chia seeds. Just be sure to use your sugar scrubs from the neck down (sugar is too abrasive for your face), and watch your step in the shower—coconut oil is slippery!
This is definitely the time to gild the lily. We’ve packaged our goodies with scrapbooking paper, twine and Mason jar labels, but let your imagination guide you. Some beautiful options include: wrapping paper, satin ribbon, sprigs of evergreens or herbs, gift tags—even wax seals.
We used melt-and-pour shea butter, but craft stores carry lots of soap-base options: goat’s milk, olive oil, glycerin, honey, and many that contain oatmeal.