Who’s up for round two?!
Okay, so I know I only just did a DIY post on the planters (see here).
But I really wanted to share another DIY project I did at the same time: Homemade Bath-Soak in cute little jars.
I decided to make Bath-Soak for a couple of reasons:
1. It seemed super easy; &
2. It’s a cliche, but timeless gift idea
And if truth be told, I was running out of ideas on what to get individual people.
MY INSPIRATION CAME FROM:
I didn’t really know where to start when I started looking at making Bath Soak, so I just started Googling and roaming around on Pinterest until I found something I liked.
Soap Queen’s Lavender recipe and method seemed relatively straightforward and manageable, which was great for someone like me.
Although everything was in Imperial measurements, Soap Queen’s step-by-step page was a great starting point for me.
Soap Queen also had a similar recipe, but for Rose Bath Salt, which I also sussed out.
I decided to stick with Lavender, because I wanted to use Essential Oils rather than Fragrance Oils (as they’re much better for you), and Rose Essential Oil is quite pricey.
The Spruce Crafts kind of confirmed to me that there are really only a few ingredients needed for Bath Soaks and Salts, and that less is more.
This website recommended using food colouring, but I decided against that for my final recipe, as I didn’t want any of it transferred to my family and friends’ bodies.
I really liked this website in general, as it has so many cute DIY projects – I’ll definitely be visiting again to get some new ideas!
And with that, I got started!
LAVENDER BATH-SOAK RECIPE:
1 Cup of Pure Epsom Bath Salts
1 Cup of Pink Himalayan Rock Salt
1 Tablespoon of Bi-Carbonate Soda
1/2 Cup of Dried Lavender
20 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
10 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
*Simply mix these ingredients into a bowl and you’ll have roughly 630g of Bath Soak.
Much like my Planter Pot project, I wanted to keep the cost of my DIY Bath Soak down as much as possible.
I wanted this Bath Soak to be as luxurious, organic and simple as possible – without costing an arm and a leg.
The best thing about this recipe is that it can be changed to suit your needs – simply adding different essential oils, salt-types and petals can give it a completely new look.
The below gives you an idea of how much individual products are – you may already have some of these at home (like I did), which is great!
|Salts&CO. Pure Epsom Bath Salts 1.5kg||Costco/ Nocelle Foods||$10|
|SAXA Natural Pink Himalayan Rock Salt 500g (x2)||Coles||$4 ea|
|McKenzies Bi-Carbonate Soda 500g||Coles||$2.40|
|Dried Lavender 500g||Ishka/ Happy Herbs/ N-Essentials||$4 – $6|
|Lavender Essential Oil*||DoTerra/ Ishka||$25 – $30|
|Peppermint Essential Oil*||DoTerra/ Ishka||$20 – $30|
|Clip Lid Glass Jar||Kmart||$1 ea|
NOTE: The above table has a couple of options for those looking for cheaper alternatives/ similar products. The below breakdown is based on what it cost me personally – this might differ for some.
NOTE: For those interested, below is a price break-down of everything I bought – this will obviously change depending on how much you plan on making… I made 12 jars and had roughly enough for 2 jars left over (I kept that separate and used it myself!).
In total, I bought: 12 jars from Kmart ($12), 1 bag of Epsom Salts ($10), 2 bags of Himalayan Salt ($8), 1 box of Bi-Carb Soda ($2.40), 2 packets of Dried Lavender ($8), 1 bottle of Lavender Essential Oil ($25) and 1 bottle of Peppermint Essential Oil ($25).
|HOMEMADE BATH SOAK||STORE/ MARKET BOUGHT BATH SOAK|
|12 Jars = $90.40||12 Jars (Average RRP of $15) = $180|
This means the total price for each DIY jar came to half the price of store/ market bought bath soak, at $7.50 a jar. Stoked!
NOTE: I decided to spruce my little jars up a bit – I didn’t really get many photos of them before I wrapped them for Christmas – but stickers, stamps and twine are always a good choice!