Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mother's Day is coming (in North America)! Products for newbies!

I'm embarrassed to say that I only just realized it was May, which means it's time to celebrate the mothers in your world. My own mother has requested a personal shredder, but she knows she'll get an assortment of prezzies I've made (which she might have to ooh and aah over before putting on the fridge for everyone to see!).

What to make your mom? If you've never ever made a bath & body product or if you're relative new to making them, consider making her bath salts, a whipped butter, a body oil, or a lotion bar. These are all lovely and fairly foolproof products.

100 grams Epsom salts (about 1/4 cup)
A titch of colour
up to 2 ml (2/5 tsp) fragrance or essential oil

Mix all three ingredients together. Package. Rejoice.
You can add up to 1/2 the amount (50 grams or 1/8 cup) fine sea salt. Do not use Dead Sea salts here as they will draw water to the package.

1/4 cup Epsom salts
2 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp citric acid
up to 2 ml fragrance or essential oil
Colour (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together. Package. Rejoice. Do not use a ton of liquid colour in these as they will set off the fizz in the baking soda and citric acid and ruin the product.

If you're feeling really ambitious, check out my foot care kit in this post complete with minty foot salts, fizzing foot bath bombs, and a foot scrub. Couple this with a lotion bar and you've got yourself an awesome gift your mom will adore! She might even squee a little!

And if you think you can make lotion bars, check out this recipe for bath truffles (aka bath melts). Awesome!

And don't forget packaging! There are so many cute containers and bags and labels - they really do make the product go from great to un-freakin'-believable! Here's a list of templates you might like.

Related post: Mothers Day's (2010) - more complicated recipes

Related recipes:
Bath salts with Natrasorb
Creating foaming bath salts with Natrasorb
Bath bombs & bath salts
Modifications for whipped butters
Lotion bars (the start of a series of four posts)


Aljonor said...

This is a wonderful idea Susan. I just made lotion bars for a few co-workers and they loved it. I am going to make some more for mother's day for my church.

Aljonor said...

Hi Susan:

When you said to add a hint of color to the salt. Did you mean food coloring?

felyn said...


I will just like to ask something. How do you go about filling up a tube with lotion? Do you still use piping bag?

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

I've answered these questions in today's Weekend Wonderings. The short answers - food colouring or any other body safe colours and yes.

Michele Clarke said...

Is Epsom salt a carrier? What exactly is it? I see many using it place of a carrier oil when it comes to diluting.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Michele. Epsom salts are salts that you can find in the grocery store that we put in our bath to relax and soothe muscles. I'm not sure what you mean by being a carrier?

Happy Ascension said...

If I add essential oils to the salts, do I need to add antioxidant to avoid the smell will go off? What type of antioxidant and how much I should add? For body scrub which is the best preservative to add?

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Happy Ascension. No, you should be good. Please do a search for the topic of body scrubs to find the many many posts I've written on this topic.