A few weeks ago, I was brainstorming with my Mom on what to get my neighbors and friends for Christmas. I had made small jars of Blackberry Jam earlier in the year for this purpose, but what else do you give with a little jar of jam!? After hearing my tales of the magic and overabundant Luffa in my backyard (a full tutorial on how to grow Luffa and turn them into sponges coming soon!), my Mom suggested that I ditch the jam and gift each person with a jar of homemade epsom salts and a luffa sponge. It was the perfect idea (that’s why she’s my Mom, I guess!) that incorporated my love of baths (who doesn’t love a bath?), essential oils, and gardening. Today I’m going to show you how to whip up this affordable and adorable Christmas gift, perfect for neighbors, church friends, family, and family friends!
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Making Bath Epsom Salts
Making your smell-goody epsom salts is so very simple! You’ll need a few things to get started:
What You’ll Need:
These measurements are based on a per-jar measurement. So, multiply these measurements by the number of jars you hope to make:
- 2 Cups of Epsom Salt
- 2 tbs of Baking Soda
- 6-8 drops of Essential Oil (use a mix of any of the oils listed below, you’ll want a total of 6-8 drops for each jar)
- Dried herbs (optional, just for pretty)
Tools & Decorations:
- Funnel (I use a canning funnel)
- 1 Pint Mason jar, lid, & ring
- Luffa or some sort of scrubby and/or washcloth
- Sprigs and twine for decoration
- Brown lunch bag
- Gift Tags
I haven’t talked about it much on the blog, but I’ve recently really found essential oils to be beneficial if they are pure essential oils. I trust and regularly use Young Living brand. If you’re interested in learning more about Essential Oils or signing up for a Young Living account, definitely get in touch with me, I’ll be happy to teach you what I can!
Making the Salt
Using the measurements listed above, combine all ingredients into a glass bowl. Shake or stir until everything is evenly distributed.
Use your funnel to pour everything into your Mason Jar.
Wipe down the rim and edges to make sure that nothing sticky or oily escaped.
Place the lid on top and tightly screw the ring on.
Presentation is Everything: Decorating Your Gift
Presentation is the best part of the whole process! You’ve done all the detail work, now it’s time to bring it all together!
Putting it Together
First, you’ll want to print or write out your labels. There’s a thousand different options out there for sweet little labels, Amazon is a great place to start your search, but feel free to design or make your own!
Cut a long piece of twine or ribbon and wrap it around your jar a few times, thread your tag on your last loop around. Tie a pretty little bow. If you have troubles getting this to stay in place, a small dab of hot glue should help!
Now it’s time to add a few sprigs of lavender, rosemary, evergreen (Christmas tree trimmings are perfect for this), holly, or whatever you can find! Oftentimes, the best little sprigs of things are right outside of our back door.
Tuck your sprigs into the twine, behind the bow and tag.
Once you’ve got it all set, grab your brown paper bag and cut it in half, roll down the edges to be about the same height as the top of your mason jar.
Write a little note, so they know who it’s from:
Then tuck your Mason jar in along with your luffa or other delicious scrubby. Make sure that your greens are peeking out over the edge!
Step back, and get silly over how adorable this gift is!
Now it’s time to sneak over to the neighbor’s house and nestle this little gift set in front of their door. Snap a picture and share it in the comments below or on Facebook & Instagram!