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When my girls were small, they had lots of fun making me perfume from all kinds of ingredients.  Sometimes they would mix things like soap, water, old perfume, and flower petals to make a concoction that only a mother could love.  They took great pride in mixing and then bottling in the prettiest container that they could find.

So, with Mother’s Day on the horizon, I decided to look into some ideas for making bath/beauty products at home. I am sure that everyone whose mother is living or anyone with a grandmother, aunt, or some special friend wants to give a Mother’s Day gift to say, “I love you and I want to do something special for you.”   I found some very interesting information and want to share it.

I think that the charm of this first one is in the packaging.  Buy a sugar shaker… they don’t cost much.  Then, get some lavender flower heads and grind them up to make lavender flakes.  Add bath salts and assemble.  Don’t forget  pretty ribbon and maybe a personalized tag.  Following this recipe, I will tell you how to make your own bath salts if you do not want to buy them.

lavender bath shaker via notthehighstreet.com

via:  crystalchannelers.wordpress.com

Bath Salts

6 cups Sea Salt

3 cups Epsom Salts

1 cup baking soda

add a few drops of essential oil

optional:  add few drops food coloring

Store finished product in air-tight container to keep out moisture. If the mixture becomes “hard” & sticks together, use a hair dryer on low heat to dry it out and repackage. This means it has gotten too much moisture from the air.

My friend, Kathy Brown, told me that when she was a Girl Scout leader, she helped her girls make hand cream using ingredients that she would buy at the Dollar Store.  I tried the recipe and found that it was one of the best I had ever used.  I need to remember to collect pretty glass containers so that I can give it as gifts…if you don’t have pretty containers, you can use plastic containers like you have in the kitchen. One recipe will fill at least four generously sized containers.

Hand Cream

1 8 oz. jar Vaseline

1 16 oz baby lotion

8 oz. Vitamin E Cream

Stir it together and put in pretty glass container or a pump container

Don’t worry that this cream will be too greasy….it is just wonderful.

Homemade Bath Products

Concoct your own bubble bath, scented soap, and more with these recipes.  A few simple steps, and some pocket change is all it takes to create an  all-natural, inexpensive, and luxurious bathroom experience in your  home.

From: Homemade, Reader’s Digest Canada

Almond Rose Soap

Here’s a simple method of soap-making using just a few basic tools. You’ll create a fragrant soap that gently cleans.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons dried red rose petals

235 g pure soap flakes

2/3 cup boiling water

1/2 cup rose water ( I used to make rose water by adding rose scented essential oil to distilled water.)

2 tablespoons ground almonds

9 drops geranium essential oil

1. Pound the rose petals with a mortar and pestle. In a large bowl,  combine the ground petals, soap, and water and stir until smooth. If the  soap starts to solidify, place the bowl over near-boiling water.

2. Stir in the rose water and ground almonds. Allow to cool. Stir in the essential oil.

3. Shape mixture into six balls and flatten them slightly. Allow the  soap to harden between sheets of wax paper. Keep unused soap in a cool,  dark place until needed.

Liquid or Gel Soap

This bath or hand soap is easy to cook up and is a good way to use up old slivers of bar soap. Transfer the liquid soap to an empty pump  container and you can supply your bathroom for just a portion of the  price you’d pay at the store.

Ingredients

2 cups soap flakes or grated bar soap

2 litres water

2 tablespoons glycerin

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine all the ingredients. Cook  over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the soap flakes have  dissolved.

2. Transfer the mixture to a clean 2-litre container and cover tightly. For a thinner gel soap, increase the water to 4 litres.

When it comes to giving a gift to your mother or other special women for Mother’s Day, you can surpirse them and have lots of fun in doing so….just create and be happy!

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