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Handmade Natural Spa Product Holiday Gift Ideas

Dec 05, 2014 12:01AM
by Mary Kearns, Ph.D.

If you enjoy giving one-of-a-kind gifts to friends and family, handmade spa products are a fun and practical choice. With just a couple of hours of your time, you can make a set of luscious handcrafted items using ingredients readily available at your local natural food store.

Following are some simple spa recipes. Each includes the necessary ingredients, as well as instructions you can include on labels for your giftees. If you want to get creative, you can experiment with different essential oils.

Soothing Massage Oil – Combine 1 cup almond, grape seed or jojoba oil with a teaspoon of lavender essential oil. Add the contents of a vitamin E capsule as a natural preservative/skin soother and stir until well blended. Pour into a clean, dry bottle. Instructions: Use as a massage oil or put a few drops in your bath. You can also massage into skin before a steamy shower.

Natural Clay Facial Masque – Thoroughly combine 3/4 cup cosmetic clay (e.g., French Green, Moroccan, Kaolin) with 2 tablespoons rice bran and 2 tablespoons finely ground herbs (e.g., calendula, chamomile, lavender, rose). Place in a clean, dry jar. Instructions: Mix one tablespoon of masque with enough water, orange juice, yogurt or herbal tea to make a paste. Apply evenly to face and neck, avoiding eyes. Leave on for about 10 minutes. Rinse with clear warm water.

Fragrant Bath Salts – Blend 1 cup course sea salt with 2 teaspoons floral or herbal essential oil (e.g., rose, geranium, eucalyptus, lavender). For color, you can add a tablespoon dried herbs or flowers (e.g., rose, calendula, lavender) to the mix. Package in a clean dry jar or bottle. Instructions: Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salts into the bath for a delicious-smelling experience that calms the mind and smoothes the skin. Or pour a little into large bowl and soothe your feet before giving yourself a pedicure.

Minty Foot Scrub – Mix 1/2 cup sea salt, 1/2 cup cane sugar, 1/4 cup sunflower or safflower oil, 1 teaspoon dried mint, and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint essential oil until well combined. Package in a clean, dry jar with a wide enough mouth for scooping out the scrub. Instructions: Place a small amount of scrub in the palm of your hand and scrub over moistened feet and ankles. Rinse and dry your feet before attempting to walk around since they will be slippery.

Once you have created these spa products, there are a number of fun ways to package them for gift giving. You can find a variety of baskets at yard sales, craft stores or thrift shops. Just add some paper shred or other natural fill (available at craft stores) to the bottom of the basket to prop up your items. Or use a small reusable metal tub or plastic tub, which can also be filled with shred. You can also display your products on a metal or wooden tray, securing the items with tape, covering in cellulose wrap and topping it off with a ribbon or bow.

Happy Holidays!

Mary Kearns’ mission in life is to make the world a happier, healthier, better-smelling place. As Founder of Herban Lifestyle, she fulfills this mission through the creation of high-quality skincare products crafted with certified organic and fair trade ingredients. Mary holds a doctorate in Psychology, with a focus on Behavioral Health. 

 

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