Frugal Handmade Gift Ideas: Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes
A great idea for frugal handmade gifts would be to make homemade bath and beauty products and put them in pretty packaging such as jars, baskets or cute containers. There are so many free bath and beauty recipes out there it can make your head spin. I managed to round up some that I thought might be easy and fun to make. From bath fizzies to body scrubs, you CAN make just about any bath or beauty product at home. I think any of these would make an awesome homemade gift.
Before we get going I want to warn you that your mouth may start watering when you read about and see some of these! Some of them sound good enough to eat. However, they are NOT edible. A very special thank you to all of the talented people who shared these awesome recipes and tutorials.
Square Bath Fizzies
Martha Stewart has a recipe for these square bath fizzies. You drop them in the bath and they start to fizz. They have skin softening ingredients and smell good, too. You choose the scent you want to use. I love the jars used with the attached ribbons and tags. These jars of fizzies would make excellent gifts for any occasion.
Cupcake Bath Bombs
At Anita's Crafty Creations via Craftster.org there are these YUMMY looking cupcake bath bombs! Yes, I said BATH BOMBS.... do they NOT look delicious enough to eat! I can't believe they aren't real- my mouth waters when I look at them! Make up a batch of these bath bombs for your favorite person and give as a gift. Who wouldn't LOVE to have some of these?! I would definitely mark the gift NOT A FOOD PRODUCT- DO NOT EAT! Thank you Anita's Crafty Creations for sharing this awesome tutorial!
Scratchlove has the free recipe and tutorial to make these lovely homemade bath salts in cute, decorated jars. It's a simple recipe with great photo illustration. The jars used are lovely but any jars will do, even those old jars you have been saving. Thank you Scratchlove for this awesome homemade bath salt tutorial!
I checked around for even more homemade bath salt recipes and found San Francisco Salt Company with TONS of great free aromatherapy bath salt recipes. Go check it out.
Warm Vanilla Brown Sugar and Coconut Body Scrub
Bath.Body.DIY has this homemade warm vanilla brown sugar and coconut body scrub recipe. It LOOKS and SOUNDS amazing! I swear this stuff makes my mouth water just by the sound of it. A good body rub will smell great and moisturize the skin too. This one definitely sounds like it fits the bill. I love the cute, small jar it is in.
Handmade Heart Shaped Soap
According to Kelly has a nice, easy tutorial for making these heart shaped soaps. It's easy to understand with great photos. The base is glycerin so it will leave your skin feeling super soft. I can imagine making these and putting them in a nice clear jar with a cute tag or putting them into a cellophane bag with a pretty ribbon tie. These heart shaped soaps are so pretty!
Lemon Salt Body Scrub
Noble Pig has this super tutorial for a refreshing lemon salt body scrub. With only 3 ingredients it's super simple too. Make it, put it in jars and wallah! I love the jars used in the photo but any jar will do..it's a great way to recycle used jars too. I can't wait to try this one myself!
Neopolitan Ice Cream Body Scrub
Uhm....Craftista via Craftster.org has another mouth watering beauty recipe for Neopolitan Ice Cream scrub. It looks just like the ice cream.. but its actually a great, exfoliating body scrub. I love how they have it layered in the jars. What a "sweet" handmade gift this would make.
That's so Cuegly has a link on her page to make these round bath bomb fizzies. These are so pretty with such huge pops of color and I hear they are truly easy to make. Whip up some of these and put them in your favorite container, such as a jar, basket or box, to make a great homemade gift.
Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub
Learn how to make these super cute homemade vanilla brown sugar body scrubs at She Is Dallas. There is a great tutorial with the recipe for the body scrub and also instructions on how to decorate the jar!
Peppermint and Lemon Foot Soak
Or so she says has shared a Peppermint and Lemon foot soak recipe. It sounds so relaxing. I bet anyone would love to soak their feet in this stuff. It is made with simple ingredients and the tutorial is wonderfully illustrated with great photos.
Cinnamon Oatmeal Milk Bath Powder
At Two Plus Four is a free recipe for cinnamon oatmeal milk bath powder but also two other great complimentary recipes/tutorials to go along. Either one or all of these together would make a super nice handmade gift for the one or ones you love. The instructions are easy to understand with beautiful photo illustrations. Go have a look, you won't be disappointed! Thank you Two Plus Four.
Cocoa Vanilla Bath Melts
How about some homemade Cocoa and Vanilla Bath Melts from Be Beautiful... Don't these sound amazing! My mouth is watering again. This stuff sounds so good I want to eat it!! Just drop the finished product in a hot bath and relax while they melt. I bet these leave your skin super soft, too. You could make some up and put them in a pretty container or jar and give away as a gift. Thanks for sharing, Rebbeca at Be Beautiful!
Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter Body Butter
Gourmetician has shared an easy recipe for Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter Body Butter. Doesn't this look and sound amazing? Another great idea for gift giving. Whip some up and put it in pretty jars. If you are giving as a gift be sure to put on the label,discard after a few months because it does not contain preservatives. Preservative free is a good thing.
Milk Bath Recipes
Doesn't a milk bath sound so relaxing and soothing? Just like anything else, you can make this at home. I found lots of different DIY milk bath recipes at Tipnut. Go there and see the different variations. You are sure to find one that sounds good for you or maybe one that friends or family would love. The recipes are simple. Just fix some up and put it in jars for a great homemade gift.
Chocolate Face Mask
Chocolatebottle has a great recipe for a Chocolate face mask. My mouth is REALLY watering now! This is a super easy recipe with only 3 ingredients and it's been tested to leave the skin clean and smooth. This would make a really nice Mother's Day gift or could be a fun thing to do at a home spa day. I think just about any woman would loved to be pampered with a luscious chocolate facial. P.S. Although it smells great, it tastes bitter... may want to sidestep tasting it. Thank you Chocolatebottle for this sweet chocolate facial recipe!
Homemade Tea Soaps
Cucumbersome has shared a really nice tutorial on how to make these simple yet elegant Tea soaps. I love how they are wrapped in a tea bag with the hanging tags. The packaging is great! She explains how to make the soap and how to package it. She even shares a download for the free printable tags to embellish them with. It's very detailed and easy to understand with great photo illustrations. Any tea lover in your life would probably love to receive this handmade gift! Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial, Cucumbersome!
I hope everyone has enjoyed my hub about frugal homemade gifts with bath and body recipes. In the right packaging, any of these would make a great handmade gifts. I hope you have found some inspiration here. I surly do enjoy gathering these up. Take care and have fun with these!