Homemade Bath Salt & Body Scrub

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It’s time to start making Christmas gifts! Hubby and I like to give homemade gifts to our relatives and friends when we can. I admit I am a bit behind this year! However, I just experimented with homemade bath salt and body scrubs. This project takes just a few minutes to throw together. These are great for a last minute gift since most likely you will have the ingredients on hand. It is also easy to make substitutions and variations.

Bath Salt

3/4 Cup Epsom Salt
1/4 Cup Canning Salt (pickling salt)
3-6 Drops Essential Oil
Food Coloring

In a bowl combine both types of salt. I used two different types for a different consistency- Epsom salt is coarser than the canning salt. Add essential oil a couple of drops at a time. I used Orange Blossom but you can use whatever you want. Add a 1-3 drops of food coloring. Mix really well. You don’t want to add too much food coloring so the salt doesn’t dye the skin when used.

Add a couple of tablespoons to hot bath water and enjoy!

Mocha Vanilla Body Scrub

3/4 Cup Epsom Salt
1/4 Cup Canning Salt (pickling salt)
1/4 Cup Oil (Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Safflower Oil or Light Olive Oil)
1/4 Cup Instant Coffee
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix really well. Use as a scrub in the shower for smooth and moisturized skin.

If you prefer, you can use sugar instead of salt. If you don’t like the smell of coffee, omit the instant coffee in the scrub and add your favorite essential oil. I used olive oil because it is what I had on hand. However, it does have a slight odor. Jojoba Oil had no scent so you might want to use that.

If you are looking for more homemade gift ideas, make sure to check out my Heartfelt Holidays posts!

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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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