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Treat yourself to a spa day with these easy DIYs

Treat yourself to a spa day with these easy DIYs

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Bath salts, bombs and scrubs make great gifts. Hint: Mother’s Day is May 10.

Social distancing got you down? A mini spa day is sure to change your mood. These rose-scented DIY products will help you dream of flowers and warmer weather, too, as you draw a bath and light a candle for 20 minutes of unadulterated bliss.

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This DIY bath salt recipe can be made in three easy steps.

Rose Bath Salts

What you need

  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • Essential/fragrance oil
  • Rose petals (optional)
  • Food processor or blender
  • Jar or container

What you do

1. Place petals in food processor or blender and mix for a few seconds until the petals are broken into tiny pieces.

2. Add Epsom salt and 2-4 drops of your chosen oil. We used rose.

3. Blend again for a few seconds, and pour mixture into a jar.

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This sugar scrub has just three basic ingredients: sugar, baby oil and your favorite fragrance oils.

Sugar Scrub

What you need

  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup of baby oil
  • Food processor
  • Jar or container
  • Essential/fragrance oil
  • Rose petals (optional)
  • Soap dye (optional)

What you do

1. Place the sugar, oil and rose petals into a food processor. (A blender works, too.)

2. Blend until desired consistency is reached.

3. Gradually add sugar and oil for desired texture.

4. Mix in a few drops of soap dye to give the mixture a little color.

5. Pour mixture into a jar or container.

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These DIY bath/shower bombs can be made with items you have at home. No citric acid required.

Bath/shower bombs

What you need

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • 4 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • Essential/fragrance oil
  • Mold or muffin tin

What you do

1. Mix baking soda, cornstarch, Epsom salt and cream of tartar in a bowl.

2. Add coconut oil and mix well.

3. Add ¾ tablespoon water and your choice of fragrance (up to 2 tablespoons).

4. Mix well and transfer to mold. (If you don’t have a mold, a muffin tin will work fine.)

5. Let sit for 24 hours. Remove from mold, and package or use.

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Hands dry from too much washing? Make your own travel-sized lotion bars.

Lotion bars

What you need

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup beeswax pellets*
  • ½ cup shea butter
  • Mold
  • Soap dye (optional)

*Beeswax blocks can be used, but they may take longer to melt.

What you do

1. Boil water over high heat with a jar or bowl in the pan.

2. Once the water boils, lower the heat to medium and add the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. Stir occasionally. (For colored lotion bars, add soap dye before the mixture hits the heat; otherwise, it won’t mix.)

3. When beeswax is completely melted, carefully pour the mixture into the molds. (If you choose to add essential oils, do so before transferring.)

4. Refrigerate molds for about 2 hours to let the mixture solidify.

5. Store the bars in an airtight jar. They have a shelf life of one year.


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Omaha World-Herald: Inspired Living

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