Easy homemade holiday gifts

Last year, when I needed a last-minute hostess gift, I whipped up this salt scrub. This year, I wanted something else that would be just as good for winter skin and came up with this chocolate oatmeal bath salt.

It’s really a mixture of epsom salt, ground oatmeal and cocoa powder.


The first step is to grind the oatmeal in the coffee grinder, you’ll need half to a full cup, ground. It doesn’t have to be super fine. In fact, fair warning, if it is too fine, the whole mixture will be “fluffy” and could potentially create a bath mixture cloud when you open it. Step two is to mix the oatmeal and about a half cup to a whole cup of epsom salt in a bowl, just stir by hand to combine. Add the cocoa about a tablespoon at a time. You won’t need a lot, less than three tablespoons probably. The cocoa powder will coat the oatmeal and the epsom salts pretty evenly. When everything is mixed, add it to your favorite jar.

IMG_6707Include a note with directions and you’re done!
Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 3.14.41 PMHappy Holidays!




Easy Homemade Holiday Gift

Lemon Scrub
Lemon Scrub

If you’re looking for a last minute hostess gift or something for yourself, consider making a salt scrub. I know Pinterest and others are raving about sugar scrubs, but I find sugar scrubs to be stickier, messier and not as moisturizing as a good salt scrub.

1-2 cups oatmeal, finely ground (I used a coffee grinder)
1-2 cups fine salt (I found a box of sea salt on clearance at our local grocer for $1.)
1/2 cup oil of your choice (I’m partial to olive and sunflower for moisturizing, feel free to use infused, but don’t use the good stuff. This is just going to go down the drain)
If not using infused, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender is a great choice)
*depends on the size jar you’re using. I used the 8 ounce sizes.

If the salt or oatmeal aren’t ground, do so. Add dry ingredients to the jar. Put the lid on. Shake until well mixed. remove the lid. Add oil and sir making sure there aren’t any dry spots. Put the lid on and tie with a bow.



My opinion:
I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift last year and liked it so much I had to make some of my own this year. It’s simple to use and great for dry spots. It goes on easier if applied to wet skin. For extra moisture, I use it as a soak. That way I get the most out of the ground oatmeal.