‘Tis the season of goodwill…of giving and receiving…some homemade gift ideas…

Scented bath bombs: These fizz when dropped into water. When selecting an oil for scent, read warnings about use. Some oils are not intended to have direct contact with skin. Number of applications (6). Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups bicarbonate of soda

1/2 cup citric acid

8 drops essential oil (Suggestions: Lavender; Lemon and lime [4 drops of each]; tea tree; jasmine blend; rose blend; neroli etc)

1/2 teaspoon sweet alomond oil

2 drops food colouring

  • Combine all ingredients
  • Press into muffin pan or mould of your choice
  • Release from mould
  • Wrap in coloured cellophane and tie with a ribbon or raffia

Scented body powder

Ingredients:

1 cup bicarbonate of soda

1 cup cornflour

10-20 drops essential oil (your choice: any of the suggestions used in the bath fizz could be used)

Glass jar

Combine the bicarb and cornflour in the jar. Add the essential oil, a few drops at a time, shaking well after each addition. Break up lumps with a fork. Test the scent after each addition to guage the strength of the scent. Allow the powder to set for a day or two before using, to allow the essential oil to completely absorb. Decorate jar with ribbons, handmade labels etc.

Honey and almond scrub bar

Ingredients:

1kg Glycerine soap base

2 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon cedarwood essential oil

  • Melt soap base in a double boiler.
  • Add oatmeal and honey. Mix
  • Add essential oil. Mix
  • Pour into moulds and allow to set thoroughly.
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