Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Crafty: Pamper the body

We all deserve to get pampered now and then but I would hate to pamper myself at the cost of starving my wallet. Here are some crafty and budget friendly ways you can pamper yourself or others! Hmmmm..I think after Easter comes Mother's are some things that would make a great gift! 

Homemade Body Scrub How-To:
Slough off dry winter skin with an invigorating homemade body scrub. It's easy, all-natural, and so inexpensive, you'll want to make enough for gifts. 
Tools and Materials
Combine 1 cup of body oil with 2 cups of Epsom or sea salts or organic cane sugar (depending on how fine a grain you like). We added lemon zest for color and fragrance. Package in jars (plastic is safest by the tub). 

Pantry Soaps How To:

Raid your larder for materials that add texture, color, and fragrance to handmade soaps. The long, thin box shown holds a number of delectable bars.

Tools and Materials

  • Glycerin, Michael's
  • Honey
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground clove
  • Oatmeal
  • Chamomile tea
  • Yogurt cups, 1 1/4 inches deep, or cottage cheese containers

From top: Honey-ginger (for each cup of glycerin, add 1 teaspoon honey and 2 pinches ginger);cinnamon-clove (2 pinches cinnamon, 2 pinches ground clove): Oatmeal-honey (use only clear glycerin in this soap; add 1 teaspoon honey, 2 pinches ginger, 2 teaspoons oatmeal); Honey-ginger; and chamomile (1/4 teaspoon chamomile tea).

Use common household items for your molds. We filled round yogurt cups 1. inches deep; oval yogurt or cottage-cheese containers create other shapes. After each soap has set, press on sides of mold to loosen the soap and on bottom to release it.

Tea Tubs How To:
Nothing soothes the soul like a good long soak, especially with a heady infusion of calming scents. 

Tools and Materials:
Fill heat-sealable tea bags (perfect for one bath) with 1/4 cup lemon verbena, lavender, peppermint, or chamomile. For small bags, top 5 1/4-inch starched muslin circles with 1 tablespoon of botanicals; tie with waxed twine. Giving a few of these in different scents lets bathers customize each bath.

Thanks Go To The Martha Stewart Website for their great ideas!

Pamper Yourself and Send Me some Tub Teas~ LOL~
Bree and J
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