Who couldn’t use more bath and body products? No one, that’s who!
Here are a few of my favorites. The best part about them (besides, of course, their overall awesomeness) is that all of these are very cheap to make and very effective. Well, the tattooed soap is just the normal amount of effective for soap, but the rest of the stuff is super effective.
The first is this wonderful Hand and Foot Cream (although because I accidentally made so much, I now use it all over my entire body). I first found the recipe over at Crazy Suburban Mom’s blog (http://www.crazysuburbanmom.com/) and she found it over at Colorado Lady’s blog (http://coloradolady.blogspot.com).
Mix together 1 jar of Vitamin E cream, 1 bottle of baby lotion, and 1 jar of petroleum jelly. I know it doesn’t look like a lot when you are staring into the bowl but, take my word for it, it’s a lot. I made a double batch. You can get all the ingredients for one batch at Dollar General for $3.50 plus tax. I got this jar at Wal-Mart because it was made in the USA (go Wal-Mart!).
Isn’t it pretty and fluffy? The baby lotion also makes it smell very good. I cleaned out the Vitamin E jars and altered them so I could package some of this lotion as gifts.
The next is a homemade Salt Scrub. Mix together 2 cups of Epsom salts and 2 cups of baby oil. The baby oil also makes this smell really good. I think you could also use mineral oil and add some essential oils if you don’t care for the smell of baby powder.
I packaged this in these little jelly jars (garage sale find – $1 for 4 of them! Woohoo!) that I decorated on top with just a little bit of scrapbook paper.
I don’t have a picture of it, but you can also mix together your leftover Epsom salts with a little bit of essential oils for a nice homemade Bath Salt.
The next items are decidedly more decorative in nature. The first is Tattooed Soap which I found over at Dollar Store Crafts (see link at right). All you do is apply a temporary tattoo to a bar of soap per the instructions on the package (the tattoo package, not the soap package).
Finally, I have the gift that my daughter made for my mom last year for Mother’s Day. I just had her color on regular bars of soap with permanent marker, then I tied a ribbon around each one. I got the basket at Dollar Tree and hot glued the butterfly (also a Dollar Tree find) onto the front. I finished out the basket with a bottle of (store bought) lotion.
There you have it! That’s all the bath and body products I know how to make. So far.