Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spa-Rific Bath Mixes to Give

Fragrant Bath Salts Mix 
(Wonderful as a foot soak!)
1 c. borax
1/2 c. sea salt or Epsom salts
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 t. lavender soap fragrance
1/4 t. orange soap fragrance
1/4 t. sandalwood soap fragrance
Combine borax, sea salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl and mix well.  Stir in fragrances.  Pour into decorative 1-pint container with tight-fitting lid.  Attach gift tag with raffia or ribbon.  Yield: 2 cups.
Fragrant Bath Salts Directions:  Pour 1/2 c. Fragrant Bath Salts Mix into tub of running warm water and swish to dissolve.

Victorian Milk Bath Mix
(Use up powdered milk that's a little too old to drink!)
2 c. powdered milk
1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
1/2 c. dried lavender flowers
1/2 to 1 t. plumeria or other floral soap fragrance
Process powdered milk and oats in blender or food processor until fine; transfer to medium bowl.  Stir in lavender flowers and fragrance.  Pour into decorative 1-pint bottle or jar with tight-fitting lid.  Attach gift tag with raffia or ribbon.  Yield:  3 cups.
Victorian Milk Bath Mix Directions:  Pour 1 cup Victorian Milk Bath Mix into knee-high stocking, knot and toss into tub while filling with warm water.  Squeeze stocking a few times to release all the oats' skin-soothing features.

Oatmeal Facial Scrub
(For amazingly softer skin!)
1-1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
1/2 c. cornmeal
1/2 t. jasmine soap fragrance
Process all ingredients in a blender or food processor until oats are very finely ground.  Pour into a decorative 1-pint container with a tight-fitting lid, or into cellophane bags.  Attach gift tag with raffia or ribbon.  Tip:  If your gift recipient has especially sensitive skin, you can make an even gentler scrub by substituting baking soda for the cornmeal.  Buy soap fragrances at arts and crafts stores.
Oatmeal Facial Scrub Directions:  Pour 1 teaspoon Oatmeal Facial Scrub Mix into palm of hand.  Moisten with a little water and gently massage into skin with fingertips in a circular motion.  Rinse off immediately with plain water.

See Also:  Aromatherapy Bath Potpourri Bags

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