It’s time to turn your kitchen into a bubble bath
laboratory, babe! You can make your own goodies for a fraction of the big-name
stores, and better yet, you can personalize them to suit the sistah you’re
Instead of spending moolah on soap molds, start saving
round-bottomed plastic containers that might be getting tossed out. (Sour cream
containers are perfect—just make sure to clean them thoroughly before using
them as molds.) Get a brick of white, scent-free glycerin soap from the craft
store. Break it into chunks, and put it into a plastic bowl in the microwave on
high at 30-minute intervals until melted. Add several splashes of peppermint
extract or an essential oil your bestie will love plus a few drops of vanilla.
Pour about one inch of soap mixture into each mold. Put in a drop or so of red
food coloring, and mix thoroughly for pink or stir ever so slightly with a toothpick
for a swirly effect. Let soaps harden before removing from molds. Wrap in a
sheer fabric or cellophane like candies…but be sure to let your girls know
these goodies aren’t edible!
Holiday bathtub bulbs
No need to unwrap this gift. These sachets are for tossing
straight in the tub. Take squares of any meshy fabric, and spoon scoops of
oatmeal or dried lavender onto the centers. Gather up the edges and tie with
ribbon. These are for one-time use only—they can get moldy if used repeatedly,
so add a tag that says so. Give a few to each friend.
Homemade bath salts
Cranberry lip gloss
DIY nail polish
Give a deserving bud a spa-day-at-home. Fill a basket with
washcloths, candles, soaps and such. You can score all of this beauty booty at
the dollar store for under $10.
BY KELLY WHITE ON 12/15/2011 1:47:00 PM
POSTED IN gift guide, inexpensive gifts, gifts for your girls, diy gifts, relax