Living With Essential Oils: A Good Soak

Living With Essential Oils: A Good Soak ~ DIY Bath Salts and Milk Bath ~ Gift Giving Tutorial

 

I’ve got to admit, I don’t get to sneak away for a warm soak in the bath tub too often. Even when I do, Mister Sam typically comes to “check” on me and conveniently brings a book along to read {he plunks himself down on the floor of the bathroom waiting for me to finish}. But even on those occasions, I get to enjoy a soak in some homemade bath salts or a milk bath mix. We keep a variety of ones on hand, stored in mason jars. Now that I think about it, it’s really Sam who gets the most use out of these, since I tend to sneak them into his regular bath. They make great gifts though too! So join me for a little DIY bath treat mixing!

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Living With Essential Oils: A Good Soak ~ DIY Bath Salts and Milk Bath ~ Gift Giving Tutorial

 

There’s two bath treat recipes to share with you today. Both are newer concoctions, but we’ve like them so far {and yes, I’ve even managed to try both out for myself a couple times}. Of course, there are several other bath salt recipes on the blog and another milk bath recipe that I posted about last Christmas. All of which are great gifts to make for friends!

When I make bath salts for us to keep or even when I am gifting to friends, I usually put them in a mason jar. Jars are awesome for everything, they look cute, and are totally reusable. You can use whatever size jar you have on hand/prefer. I’ve played around with different ways to label things. Some cute, some colourful. In the end, I prefer a good ‘ol label maker. It’s not super “Pinterest-mom-perfect”, but it works for me {and they’re super easy to remove… no fuss, no muss}.

 

Living With Essential Oils: A Good Soak ~ DIY Bath Salts and Milk Bath ~ Gift Giving Tutorial

 

Sleepy Time Bath Salts

  • 2 cups Epsom Salts
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1-2 tea bags Chamomile Tea {I used Pukka Love tea, because it’s what we had on hand, but feel free to experiment with other Chamomile varieties}
  • 1/3 cup dried Lavender

To make, simply combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Add essential oils. Stir well. Place in jar. Label. Done.

 

Living With Essential Oils: A Good Soak ~ DIY Bath Salts and Milk Bath ~ Gift Giving Tutorial

 

Peppermint Milk Bath

  • 1 cup Milk Powder
  • 1/2 cup Goat/Coconut Milk Powder
  • 1 bag Peppermint Tea bag
  • 5 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
  • 7 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Whole milk powder is much better than skim milk. This is meant to be a super moisturizing bath soak, so the more milk fat, the better. I made this up with goat milk originally because I was gifting some to a friend that keeps a completely nut-free home {coconuts can be an issue sometimes, so she asked me to avoid them}. I love coconut milk powder in my own mix though. To make, again simply combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Add essential oils. Stir well. Place in jar. Label. Done.

 

Living With Essential Oils: A Good Soak ~ DIY Bath Salts and Milk Bath ~ Gift Giving Tutorial

 

If you’re trying to figure out how to make these bath soaks more of a special gift, try pairing them with a unique scoop or spoon. I picked up a beautiful local, hand carved wooden spoon a couple years ago. We keep it next to the stack of bath salt jars in the bathroom. Every time I scoop bath salts into the tub, though, I have a vivid flashback to my Grandmother’s house. She kept a big bowl of bath salts next to the tub with a beautiful seashell to scoop them out. It was always such a treat to take a bath at her house & have the privilege of using the seashell scoop. Funny, the things we remember. I might switch our wooden spoon over to a shell.

Anyway, get creative with a unique scoop, tie it onto the jar or slip into a bag or basket of bath treats. It will make your recipient feel like a queen and very, very loved.

Happy Making!

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