OK, so it may not be the most imaginative of gifts, but deep down even the burliest of us love a good soak in the bath, so why should the habitual Christmas gift of smellies be so frowned upon? We think a lovely bath gift is always a good idea, but how about making them even more special by making them yourself? And what better place to start than with our wonderful lavender essential oil and dried lavender? We’ve gathered together some of our favourite Homemade Lavender Smellies recipes for you – so go on really treat your mum, granny, rugby playing brother this year!
Homemade Lavender Bath Salts
To be honest, these really couldn’t be easier – bath salts by name, bath salts by nature! First simply choose your salt(s), we like a mixture of Epsom salts and sea salt (about 3:1) and then add some of our fantastic lavender essential oil drop by drop, stirring all the time to break up any lumps that form until your salts are emitting wafts of lavender loveliness. The sprinkle over some of our dried lavender and incorporate this. How much dried lavender you add is really up to you, but remember too much and you will emerge from the bath covered in lavender freckles! Then simply decant into clean, very dry jars and add some pretty ribbon and a gift tag.
Homemade Lavender Bath Melts
Drop one of these into your bath and let it slowly melt until you are swimming in a pool of lavender scented deeply moisturising luxury. You will need to source some pure cocoa and shea butter (these can both be found fairly easily online) and some small silicone moulds (such as ice cube trays or those used to make chocolates). First of all break equal amounts of cocoa and shea butter into a bain marie. Let these slowly melt together and then add 2 drops of our lavender essential oil per melt. Stir this in and then mix in 1 teaspoon of dried lavender per melt. Remove from the heat and decant into the moulds, leave until cool and then unmould and store in pretty jars.
These lovely gifts can make a perfect Christmas present, however if it’s lavender smellies that you want but without the effort, have a look at our great Bath, Shower and Body range, gorgeous Soaps, Gentlemen’s Range or simply our Gift Range!