For the last few years I have given home-made gifts to my family and friends. Two years ago, I made food hampers with jars of home-made preserves, sauces, cookie mixes etc. Last year everyone received a sewn gift, handbags for the girls and pj pants and t-shirts for the boys.
This year, thanks to Pinterest, I have made bath products.
I love a bit of kitchen chemistry, so trying my hand at soap making seemed a perfect way to spend an afternoon. I found a great tutorial via Pinterest and gathered my supplies. Go to Down to Earth to find the instructions.
My first batch was a triumph. I made a basic coconut oil and olive oil castille soap with lemon and grapefruit essential oils for that pick me up scent. My second attempt was not so good, a soap volcano erupted on my stove top as a result of the oils being too hot. Still, at least my stove top was sparkling after the clean up.
Eager to get back on the horse, I tried a slightly more difficult recipe using coconut milk in place of water. Again it was Pinterest to the rescue, and Hoegger Farmyard's site provided excellent instructions on how not to burn the milk when adding the lye. The end result was a bar of super moisturising soap with a great lather.
After all that I was hooked, on making my own bath products and on Pinterest. Hours have be whiled away browsing through the DIY and Crafts section, pinning more tutorials and ideas than I'll ever have time to do. If you don't have an account already, I highly recommend getting one. Why not follow me here and see what I pin to my boards?
I have also made, hand cream with the Local Kitchen Blog, coconut body scrub with Bath Body DIY, bath melts with Soap Deli News, lotion bars with Coconut Oil Blog and bath salts with Live Strong.
All of these can be seen in the picture above. I used the tutorials as guides and modified the recipes to suit as I went along. At the end of this post is a download of all the recipes and the accompanying directions as a pdf.
Each hamper will have 2 bars of soap, a lotion bar, a jar of bath salts, a jar of body scrub, a jar of hand cream and a bag of bath melts. It will be wrapped in cellophane and tied off with a ribbon The tags are made of cinnamon salt dough and shaped as Christmas trees. They can then be reused year after year as tree decorations and they smell amazing.
Hopefully the hampers will be well received and I see a soft and scented new year approaching.
Merry Christmas everyone. x