Dec 28, 2011

The DIY Diary: Bath Soaks

I'm mid-way through my one-week winter break from work and somehow I still feel like I'm rushing around when I should be slowing down and enjoying time off to hang out with my family.  Christmas weekend was absolutely lovely but busy and each day since, I've found myself with little "to do" lists.  While I love being able to check off things from those lists, what I also want to make sure I do is take time to sit still, read a book, listen to music, knit, or just daydream.

There are people in my life who give themselves those types of moments because they love to indulge in baths. I wish I took more baths because they can be incredibly soothing, but I never seem to have the time for a good soak.  I even have a huge bathtub with jets and everything but it rarely gets used these days.  Still, I love bath salts and soaks and soaps and ... yes, fragrant bath goodies that make the air smell warm and cozy.  So, for this Christmas I made bath soaks as gifts and they couldn't be easier to put together.

Here are the simple ingredients -- sea salt isn't shown

In a large bowl, mix together 4 cups epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup sea or kosher salt, a few drops of essential oil, and herbs.  I love lavender and know how relaxing it is so used that as my oil and herb.

I got square jars with heavy glass lids and filled each to the top.  Tied with a bright red ribbon, these bath soaks made such a happy gift.  And I saved a little for myself to remind me to take a nice, long soak sometime this week!


  1. Lovely! You're a very thoughtful gift giver.

  2. Another awesome handmade gift recipe. I love the way you package these too! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love your cute little DIY's, please keep them coming!

    I also second the cute packaging, they look simply adorable.

  4. An interesting recipe...I may give it a try. Handmade gifts--they're the best as far as I am concerned.

  5. I seem to like the idea of a bath, more than actually taking a bath! I don't think I have gotten in the tub for a soak in 16 years! But showers? I love them-love to turn the temp up and let that water pour over me! Your bath salts look like a lovely gift and so easy to do. I am hoping to make some homemade hand scrubs for my mom and sister who have birthdays coming up in the new year. I sure love Pinterest for all the diy ideas. I hope you find some peace on your week-long break. I am off also, and while yesterday was spent knitting and yarn shopping with my lovely knitting friends, today will consist of de-decorating the house and cleaning it all up. Always a bit sad to put it all away.
    Happy New Years!

  6. I'm a shower gal
    but the thoughts of long lazy fragrant baths sounds wonderfully soothing.