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Love-Inspired DIY Body Care Gifts for Your Home Spa

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to love—love for a partner, for friends, or for family, yes, but it's also the perfect excuse for some self-love too. Simple to create, our plant-based recipes are perfect for pampering those whom we cherish. These sumptuous preparations are formulated to relax the body and mind, uplift the spirit, and incite feelings of closeness and love.

A love elixir infuses herbs like roses, cacao, cinnamon, and vanilla in brandy for a concentrated extraction. Sweetened with raw local honey, it can be used as a tincture or in culinary recipes.

Love Elixir

Makes about 2 cups.

This delightful elixir is uplifting, warming, relaxing, and “opens the heart”. Perfect for sharing with your sweetie, friends, or loved ones, it’s also wonderful anytime that you need a delicious little mood lifter.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine brandy and dried botanicals (not the honey) in a glass jar, cap tightly, and shake.
  2. Store the jar in a dark place and shake daily. After 4 to 6 weeks, the elixir will be ready!
  3. Strain out and compost the spent botanicals. 
  4. Add honey and stir well until completely dissolved. Add more honey as needed to taste.
  5. Transfer into glass bottles and label

This elixir will last about a year and is delectable on its own, drizzled over ice cream, or blended into cocktails. Yum!

Lavender bath bombs are made with baking soda, epsom salts, citric acid, and essential oils for a relaxing bath time experience.

Floral Bath Bombs

Makes about 2 cups of bath bomb formula.

Enjoy a luxurious soak with these fizzy, aromatic bath bombs. Not only are bath bombs a fun addition to the bathtub, this recipe is also filled with skin-loving ingredients.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine baking soda, citric acid, and Epsom salt together in a large bowl. 
  2. While stirring, gradually drizzle in coconut MCT oil and essential oil a little at a time, mixing well. 
  3. Slowly spritz with witch hazel extract while stirring constantly until the mixture begins to clump together. The blend should be just moist enough to hold together when shaped with your hands.
  4. Mix in the dried flowers of your choice (optional).  
  5. Firmly pack the mixture into bath bomb molds (see Pro Tips below for suggestions) and let dry 2 to 3 hours before removing from molds. 
  6. Allow the bath bombs to cure for one week before using them, then store them in an airtight container.

To use, simply add 1 to 2 bombs (depending on size) to a bathtub filled with warm water.

Pro Tips:

  • Constantly stirring will help stop the ingredients from fizzing too much.
  • Adding too much moisture or adding it too quickly will cause the blend to over-fizz in the mixing bowl or molds.
  • If you don’t have bath bomb molds, you can use candy or soap molds, silicone molds, mini muffin tins, ice cube trays, or 1/4 cup measuring cups.

A vanilla body scrub using brown sugar, cacao powder, sunflower oil, and vanilla extract is stored in a clear glass salve jar and used for exfoliating and nourishing the skin.

Brown Sugar & Vanilla Body Scrub

Makes about 2 cups. 

This exfoliating scrub will leave your skin glowing and feeling silky smooth.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Blend sugars and cacao powder together in a bowl.
  2. Add oil and vanilla extract, and mix well.
  3. Transfer to airtight jars, and enjoy!

To use: With dry, clean fingertips, remove product from the jar. Spread over damp skin in gentle circular motions, and then rinse off with warm water. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin.

NOTE: The oil in this recipe will make your tub slippery, so watch your step!

 

A love-inspired massage oil uses essential oils of lavender, atlas cedarwood, and ylang ylang along with jojoba oil to create a golden oil for relaxing massages.

Lover’s Delight Massage Oil

Makes 1/2 cup of massage oil.

A floral and earthy blend to help melt away stress and promote closeness.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all essential oils in a glass bottle.
  2. Add jojoba oil, and roll bottle between palms to blend oils.
  3. Shake before each use, applying to skin as needed for a smooth massage.

Lavender bath salts are prepared by combining epsom salt, sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, baking soda, and essential oils. The final solution is used to elevate the bathing experience with fragrance and skin smoothing qualities.

Sweet Lavender Bath Salts

Makes about 1 1/2 cup of bath salts.

Soak away tension and stress with these floral salts. This simple, relaxing blend is the perfect addition to any bath and will leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine salts and baking soda together in a large bowl.
  2. Add essential oil and lavender flowers, mixing well.
  3. Package in a jar, or use right away. 

To use, add to a warm bath and soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

 

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Love-themed diy projecs include lavender bath salts, a love elixir, and vanilla salt scrub for home spa uses.

 


Topics: Natural Body Care, Herbal Gift Ideas, Recipes

Irene

Written by Irene on January 24, 2020

Irene, Chief Marketing & Customer Officer, supervises the daily operations of all our customer-facing activities at Mountain Rose Herbs. Her extensive experience with herbal products and DIY recipes goes back to 1997, and since 2012 she’s owned her own skincare business where she specializes in botanical-based facial care products. Irene’s recipes have been featured in local and national publications including the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) Journal, Amaze Magazine, Willow and Sage magazine, MaryJanesFarm Magazine and Newsletter, Earth First Journal, Farming Magazine, Eugene Magazine, and the Eugene Weekly. Irene also served as a member of the Board of Directors for nonprofit Cascadia Wildands from 2013-2016. When she isn’t ensuring your experience aligns with the goals and mission of our company, she can be found taking care of her adorable twin boys, harvesting wild plants, and gardening.


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