Homemade DIY Gifts: 25 Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes

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Are you hearing that sound?  The tick tock of an imaginary holiday clock heightening the angst about your last minute gift giving?  Teachers, coaches, neighbors, the ladies in the school office, your postal carrier; all those people whom you want to acknowledge but are finding you are running out of ideas and possibly resources.

For the last two weeks I’ve shared a collection of ideas for Homemade DIY gifts; the first for Seasoning Blends and Extracts, the second for Liqueurs and Infusions.  This week I have rounded up a delicious, luxurious collection of homemade Bath and Beauty product recipes most of which you can make from your pantry.  With the dozens of cookies being baked I’m sure you have not given pause to consider that granulated sugar you are using by the pound right now can be whipped up with some moisturizing oils and used on your winter skin and aching feet.  Honey is not only great for sweetening edibles but bears fabulous restorative and anti-bacterial properties making it perfect to slather on your face for a bit of rejuvenation.  Herbs are not only wonderful for flavoring food but for aromatic effects on your energy; lavender is very calming where rosemary is stimulating and a great early morning wake up when blended in shower products.

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Baths are completely therapeutic as well.  Epsom Salts which can be purchased in large inexpensive bags at the drug store aid in achy muscles, and paired with vibrant scented oils create a home spa on-the-cheap.  I found a completely fun, easy holiday recipe for Peppermint Bath Salts a few years ago and made a large batch of red and white peppermint scented Epsom salts that are layered in a mason jar like the pattern of a candy cane.  No one could resist them.

There is no better time of year when gift recipients need and appreciate homemade beauty products as a gift.    They are quick to make and inexpensive too!  This luscious list includes Sugar Scrubs for the Body and Face, recipes for the Face, for the Bath and some extra fun surprises.  Some of the recipes are holiday-perfect and highlighted in red font if you want to coordinate perfectly for your winter gift-giving.  Lastly a number of the recipes include free printable labels; could it get any easier?!

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Scrubs for the Body and Face

Sugar Facial Scrub with Honey
Lemon Sugar Scrub {I Heart Naptime}
Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub {Bell’alimento}
Tangerine Sugar Body Scrub {Healthy Green Kitchen}
DIY Exfoliating Coffee Scrub {Bell’alimento}
Ginger and Coconut Oil Sugar Body Scrub {Food for my Family}
Honey Lemon Lavender Face Scrub {Tasty Yummies}
Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub {Healthy Green Kitchen}
Peppermint Foot Sugar Scrub {The Idea Room}

For the Face

Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask {Gourmande in the Kitchen}
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner  {Tasty Yummies}
Chocolate Facial {Tidy Mom}
Homemade Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser {The Messy Baker Blog}
Lavender Lotion Bars {Gourmande in the Kitchen}

For the Bath

Homemade Bath Salts {Healthy Green Kitchen}
Lemon Rosemary Bath Salts {Tidy Mom}
Lavender Milk Bath {Life As Mom}
Oatmeal Lavender Bath Soak {Always Order Dessert}
Homemade Peppermint (Candy Cane) Bath Salts with Printable Labels {Mom Advice }
Oatmeal Cookie Bath Soak with Printable Labels {Mom Advice}
How to Make Really Cool Bath Bombs {Northwest Edible Life }
Bath Snowballs {Martha Stewart}

Other Delicious Creations

Eucalyptus Mint Whipped Body Butter {Food For My Family}
Homemade Natural Lip Gloss {Our Best Bites}
Burn Ointment 

Photo note:  Spa photos by iStock.


  1. Evie Dawson @ natural antibacterial soap says

    Amazing! Depending on the types of natural soap you choose, you could be treating your skin for many skin troubles as well. It is best idea to refresh and renew you skin with stuffs directly from nature.

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