Gifty Crafty Things – For The Young and The Young at Heart

Simple Sugar Scrub
Non- irritating for sensative skin!!!

1 Clear Plastic, or Glass Jar
1 to 1 1/4 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Light Olive Oil  (Grapeseed, Almond, or Coconut Oil can be substituted)
Juice from 1 Lemon or Lime (optional)
scented essential oil, amount of drops are according to desired scent strength (4 – 8 drops) (optional)

Mix the sugar and olive oil in the container.

Add essential oils – if desired, and stir/mix well. Peppermint, orange, lavender, Ylang-Ylang, grapefruit, and sandlewood are all other good options, some of which can be combined with wonderful results!

Usage Directions –  Place some on a wash cloth and rub in circles anywhere you need exfoliation. Sugar may settle to the bottom between uses, so a good shake prior to use (the jar, not you silly) may be in order.

NOTES: Recipe can be doubled, or tripled, at will.

***Makes a wonderful gift from the kids that they can actually make up themselves!!!

***Can substitute Salt for the Sugar if you prefer Salt Scrubs


Sinus/Head Cold Relief Bath Salts

Makes 3 cups

3 cups epsom salts
1 cup dried peppermint, ground to a fine powder
10-20 drops peppermint oil
2 slices cucumbers
Mix the first three ingredients together. Place in a glass jar.
Put 1/2 cup into a bathtub with warm water.
Soak in tub with cucumber slices over eyes.

Flu Relief Bath Soak

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon dried chamomile
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon lavender
Add all ingredients to a small jar (I use a baby food jar) and shake until well-mixed.
Add 1 tsp to a sachet (you can use a coffee filter tied with a twistie) and toss in a very warm bath.
Let it steep for about 10 minutes, then soak away!


Relaxing Bath Salts

2 lbs of salts

2 lbs epsom salts
1/2 teaspoon fragrance oil (lavender, chamomile, peppermint,vanilla, orange, etc – or any combination of)
2-3 drops food coloring
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
All ingredient amounts can be changed to suit your tastes.
If the color or the scent is too strong, you can add more salts to even it out.
Add a few Tbs to your next bath.

Mint Bath Salts

Using store bought Epsom and Rock salts, peppermint oil & red food coloring, makes lovely gifts.

Makes 2 (20 oz.) Glass Jar gifts.

4 cups epsom salts
1 cup rock salt or sea salt
6 drops peppermint oil (not extract)
6 drops red food coloring
peppermint candy or candy cane, for decoration

In one large sized bowl, stir together both salts, and peppermint oil.
Mix until distributed evenly.
Pour half of mixture into separate bowl and add red food coloring and stir well.
Layer each color into your 2 Glass Jars with lids (20 oz size) with alternating layers of each color, making it look like a striped peppermint candy.
Put lid on and decorate jar with peppermint candies or candycanes glued on.


Bath Bombs  (non-edible!)

Makes 8 Bath Bombs

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup cornstarch
1-2 drop food coloring (optional)
fragranced essential oils (whatever “flavor” you like best)
crushed, dried flower petals or spices (optional)

Mix together – WELL – a small amount of baking soda, food coloring and 10-20 drops of fragrance oil in a bowl.
Add this mixture to the remaining baking soda, citric acid, and corn starch (and crushed flowers or spices, if using).
Mix well.

Spritz the mixture with water while mixing with your hands.
Keep spritzing and mixing until a handful, when squeezed, keeps its shape.

Press the mixture firmly into your mold (try plain 2″ or smaller chocolate molds) or roll in hands to form balls.
(If using molds – Do Not use molds that are large, nor those that have intricate detail- they will break.)
CAREFULLY pop out of mold immediately,  set balls or shapes on wax paper and let dry overnight.
The bath bomb will grow slightly when drying.
Store by wrapping individually, or store in a jar with a tight lid. Makes great gifts!!

More to come soon…..


One Response to “Gifty Crafty Things – For The Young and The Young at Heart”

  1. giftythings Says:

    the cat peeking over the basket made me smile! how cute. I am going to try your recipes. I was trying to search my own blog…gifty ideas..when yours came up so I read it. (No idea where mine is) but anyway sometimes when one gets lost one finds something interesting..(driving too)
    Perhaps I can offer some other suggestions? Christmas coming. different gift ideas direct from Italy.

    Cheers and all the very best wishes to you!

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