DIY Bath Salts + Sugar Scrub

This past Sunday I had a few ladies over for an evening of arts and crafts. Yes, you read that right. Arts and crafts are definitely not just for kids!

Today I'm sharing the homemade essential oil goodies we made - these are GREAT for last minute gifts, or for a fun vacation week activity.

Beyond the practical, creating something tangible with your hands is really satisfying, especially in a day and age where we do so much with our minds and on our devices.

I've found making time to make things with my hands is critical to balance out screen time. Cooking and baking fall into this category, as do arts and crafts. The last two years I've been building up my art supplies so that I can be creative outside the kitchen. Similar to when I was a kid, I have a basket of markers, pens, stickers, glue, tape, construction paper, etc. I save old make up containers and tissue paper, ribbons and other miscellaneous items that I could use in a future creative endeavor.

Coloring or doodling (or whatever art form calls to you) can be a great way to unwind after a long day, or a fun activity for a rainy Saturday afternoon. If you have kids, AWESOME - get right in there and play with them. And if you don't - invite a friend over to catch up while creating.

Beyond the pure FUN and relaxation that can come with crafting, many activities leave you with cool products - beautifully colored inspirational quotes, jewelry or (as was the case in my home this weekend) homemade bath and body products.

Below I'm sharing the "recipes" for the essential oil crafts I made with my friends this weekend: homemade bath salts and sugar scrubs.

These make AMAZING gifts (I gave out my first bath salt yesterday and the recipient was SO impressed and excited), but they're also fun activities for a quiet winter evening or lazy afternoon

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BATH SALTS

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Epsom salts

  • 1 cup fine sea salt (optional, can do all Epsom salt if you prefer)

  • 1/4 cup baking soda (optional, see note below!)

  • 20-30 drops essential oils

Directions:

  1. Add salts and baking soda (if using) to a large bowl and mix until well combined.

  2. Add in essential oils of choice. If you’re making multiple blends, transfer salt mixture to individual containers or baggies before adding the oils.

A note on baking soda: Baking soda is added to the salt blend for soft skin (salt can actually be slightly irritating). Almost every recipe I found online for homemade bath salts included baking soda. However, baking soda is also known to react with some essential oils. I’d skip the baking soda if you’re using glass jars to store the salts, planning on adding citrus oils or may be storing the salts for an extended period of time.

Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar (any kind will do but ideally something organic!)

  • 1/2 - 1 cup oil (coconut, olive, almond, etc!)

  • 15-25 drops essential oils

Directions:

  1. Add sugar and oil to a large bowl. If using an oil that’s solid at room temperature (like coconut oil) you may want to melt or soften it beforehand.

  2. Mix until well combined. You want your scrub to be moist but not soaked so adjust oil and sugar as needed.

  3. Add in essential oils of choice. If you’re making multiple blends, transfer sugar and oil mixture to individual containers before adding the oils.

What oils should I use?

This is where the creative part comes in - YOU get to choose the essential oil or oil combinations for your personal salts and scrubs.

I’ve included some combinations below to get you started.

You can learn more about my favorite essential oils and their therapeutic properties by downloading my FREE Essential Oils 101 Guide here.

Essential oil combinations:

  • Clear sinuses = equal parts eucalyptus and peppermint

  • Relaxation blend = equal parts lavender and bergamot

  • Clear mind = equal parts lavender and lemon

  • Balancing blend = clary sage, mint and tea tree (melaluca)

  • Stress relief = orange, clove, lemon and cedarwood

I solely use the doTERRA essential oils for their quality and sustainable business practices. Click here to purchase doTERRA oils.

One of my intentions for 2019 is to do more with my hands. So I'd love to hear from you:

are you into any arts and crafts? If so, what are they?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Hi my name is Emily and I love gifting.

I went through a phase in my life where I poo-pooed on the whole holiday presents thing. I don’t love commercialism and the gross excess that often goes into the holidays - the hours and hours of shopping and the overcrowded malls (and the stress that comes along with that!!), the gifts you end up returning and presents just for the sake of presents and omg ALL THE WRAPPING PAPER. So much wrapping paper. I didn’t want to participate in that.

And I kind of didn’t for a few years. I said “let’s just give each other the gift of our presence” and left it at that.

And while presence and quality time are better than any gadget or new item of clothing in my book, I missed gifting.

I enjoy thinking about the people I love and spending time finding a gift that feels true to them and their spirit. And I love that moment when someone opens a gift that you did spend time and energy picking out - the happiness (and sometimes surprise!) on their face is magical.

I realized that just because I didn’t believe in the commercialized Christmas or Hanukah experience didn’t mean I couldn’t participate in the holiday gift giving tradition in a way that felt good and true for me.

So my gift guide this year includes both experiences but also things. My hope is that this list provides you with some intentional ideas and inspiration for gifts you’ll give (or receive!) this holiday season.

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PALO SANTO ROLLERBALL

Palo santo is a tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “holy wood” and is known to be healing and energetically cleansing. I burn palo santo (the wood) in my apartment regularly to clear the air, but you can’t burn things in all apartments (or offices, or subway cars…) so I was very excited to find this palo santo essential oil.

To be clear: I’ve sampled a number of palo santo oil blends before. I don’t love the blends as I find they smell more like other things, not just palo santo. This “smokeless blessing” anointing oil by Brooklyn-based company Highborn is the real deal.

A SESSION WITH A HEALER OR INTUITIVE

Likely if you’re reading my blog, you’re at least a little bit interested in the “woo woo” things like astrology, tarot and energy work. If you’ve been curious in trying out one of these healing modalities, a session is a great thing to ask for as a gift.

It can also be a fun experience to do with your friends or loved ones as a shared gift. Last year my girlfriends and I decided to book an evening with an oracle as our holiday gift to each other, and it was AMAZING. Not only did we get to spend time together, but we also had an unforgettable experience that we may not have pursued on our own.

Here are a few ideas (plus some personal referrals) for healer experiences: tarot reading, astrological birth chart reading, oracle session, private or small group yoga, Universal Health Principles sessions (contact me for booking).

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A book that was meaningful to you

Gifting a book that was particularly meaningful to you, or that you feel would resonate with the recipient is a THING gift that also acts as an experience. You can chat about the book as your loved one reads it.

For some of my favorite books, check out my FAVORITE PRODUCTS page.

A CRYSTAL OR CANDLE

Like a book that has meaning, it can be special to give a crystal with specific properties or a candle that’s meant to be burned with intention. Again with this gift (and with many of the gifts on this year’s list) it shows that you really thought about the person in selecting the items.

My favorite crystals: amethyst (for protection), quartz (for clarity) and citrine (for personal power and creativity). I suggest actually going into a shop to pick out crystals as often specific stones will “speak” to you.

My favorite candles: House of Intuition candles

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A Magazine SUBSCRIPTION

Another gift that keeps on giving: a magazine subscription. I’ve been gifted both Yoga Journal and Runner’s World - each month when I received the magazine I would think about the person who gifted me the subscription. So nice!

A PRINT OR PIECE OF ART

Art is not the easiest gift to give because it is SO personal, but I’ve found smaller prints can make lovely gifts. I love Archie’s Press - they have cool prints of major cities. A fun gift, especially for someone who’s just moved. Archie’s Press also has fun prints of body parts, the zodiac and more.

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ESSENTIAL OILS + DIFFUSER

Everyone in my family gets essential oils as some part of their holiday gift, and no one complains. But really, essential oils are such a wonderful gift - they feel like a luxury item, but are also super practical since they can be used in so many ways.

If you’re looking for a full gift set, I’d suggest purchasing a few oils and a diffuser so that your gift recipient can immediately enjoy the oils in their home.

If you’re the crafty type, you can purchase a few oils yourself and make custom blends for your loved ones. This is what I do and not only is it super fun, but people love the personalized gifts!

To learn more + purchase essential oils, head here.

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That’s it for this years list!



Need more gift inspiration? Check out my guides from previous years:

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide