Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thrifty Moisturizing Bath Soak Recipe

Long about a Saturday night
A rub-a-dub, just relaxin' in the tub

But alas....too much soaking can make my already dry skin even drier!
I have enough skin sensitivity to be afraid of many commercial bath products....
I am too cheap to spend what they cost!
Read on to discover the "Sweetwater Style" solution!

My Thrifty Recipe

2 parts Lavender Epsom Salts (from Target)
4 parts Baking Soda (huge bag from CostCo)
1 part Sea Salt (CostCo)
 A little Coconut Oil (Cub Foods)

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl

Heat the coconut oil so that it is liquid (only to 75 degrees)
pour that on top of the dry ingredients and stir

Use your hands to mix the oil into the dry ingredients....
as the coconut oil cools it will become lumpy and mix in sort of like oil into pie crust....

There you have it!
Some great, natural, great smelling bath soak!

I keep this in a large ceramic container on the tub edge.....
  • The green glass container holds regular old "Ivory Liquid" Dish Soap that is my thrifty "bubble bath"!
  • Ivory Liquid is great for my sensitive skin....
  • The little glass container is pure Coconut Oil...solid because in the cooler months my bathroom is not above 75 degrees :(
  • I use Coconut Oil as a moisturizer all winter....try is amazing!

You COULD buy 1 envelope of Lavender Bath Salts for $5......

    But I decided that it would be way more fun to package my own for the gift closet!

    I have these cute little transparent box/bags that I scored at AxMan Surplus for 25 cents a piece.... because they have advertising printed on them....

    No problem.....I just covered it up with a folded piece of scrapbook paper!

    I Hand wrote a little message on the card......

    Filled a ziplock bag with the bath salts...
    Found A spoon....
    Some tissue paper.....
    A pretty ribbon.....

    And I have a pretty nice little hostess gift....for a pretty nice little price!
     Now THAT is Sweetwater Style....

    I bet I could use the little folded gift bags from this post too!

    what about adding a coordinated candle and matches too?

     Read the tutorial for making these HERE

    Read the tutorial for making these HERE

    Planning all these projects has stressed me out....I think I will go relax and take a bath!

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    Wonderfully Messy Mom


    1. That sounds like a wonderful "recipe", Mary. I always use Dreft for bubble bath for the little girls...the pink liquid for diapers. It is hypoallergenic and they smell wonderful and their skin feels like silk. I never buy the commercial stuff either. This bath salt recipe is one I would try. I have been using olive oil on my skin because I am so sensitive to everything commercial I have tried. I have not tried coconut oil yet though. I think I will give it a try. xo Diana

    2. Thanks for the recipe.... it looks easy and I'm sure it smells great.
      I also love the packaging ideas.
      Thanks for posting.


    3. I'm giving the bath salt recipe a try. Thanks for posting all this great smelling information.❤

    4. It must smell wonderful! I am going to file this one away until the December holidays when I will have some time to make some too:)

    5. What great little gifts!

      Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
      Hope you have a great week!
      Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    6. Love this! I have at least 3 of those ingredients laying around here! Thanks for linking up to Eat, Grow, Sew!

    7. Uh...I want some!!! This is amazing. I'm totally going to have to make some. Thanks for linking to Totally Tutorial Tuesdays. Be sure to check back Friday to see if you were featured.


    8. This looks soo good! Makes me want to take a bath right now! Your newest follower,

      I'm hosting Spa{ahhh} Sundaze, and I would love if you would love it if you would join the party!

    9. Mary,

      I also have sensitive & dry skin ... and I have all those ingredients in my home right now ... I just might be soaking later on today! Great gift idea as well.

      Thanks so much for your comment on my blog about the museum putty; I really appreciated that you mentioned you were pinning from my post as that was such a courteous FYI to me as the author ... I'm going to **try** and hold myself to that "standard" when I pin as well. Thanks so much for being a great blog reading / pinning role model.


    10. Those would make amazing gifts! I need to get to work on these!

      I'm your newest follower!

    11. Thanks for linking up to Totally Tutorial Tuesdays. You were featured today!!

    12. I love the idea of giving this for gifts. I can think of all sorts of pretty jars and stuff I could make. Thanks for sharing!

    13. Great recipe and gifts. I didn't even know they made lavender epsom salt! Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House.

    14. I make my own bath salts too but have never added coconut oil. I will definitely be adding that in my next batch! I love your ideas in this post-thank you!

      Best wishes,

    15. These are fantastic! I've been meaning to try to make my own bath salts too but haven't yet. Thanks for the motivation & inspiration, I'll be trying this soon!

    16. What an AWESOME gift idea! I'm an using this for Christmas!!

    17. I love this idea!!! It would make a nice little Christmas gift for a neighbor, or a fun stocking stuffer! :) Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays... by the way... SOMEONE has a feature! Hope you'll check it out and grab a button!

    18. I've never seen lavendar epsom salts before. I'm going to have to look for those so I can make this. One of the best parts of winter, a nice warm bath.

    19. Oooh! Looks fantastic! I would be delighted if you would link this post to Spa{ahhh} Sundaze. (

    20. How much is a "little" coconut oil?

    21. Thanks for sharing, what an awesome gift idea!! New follower from Mom Blog Monday, I look forward to reading :)


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