Man, I knew relaunching this site just a few weeks before the holidays would be tricky timing, but I never imagined how hard it would be to get back to balancing writing for myself (for free) and writing for other people (who pay me) after almost six months away…especially with a non-stop revolving door of house guests, including both moms and a foster dog. (If you need some greyhound puppy love in your life, 11-month-old Zoolander aka #ZanderWithaZ is the sweetest, snuggliest, goofiest, most special boy and is still looking for his furever home!)
But, after two 12-hours-of-sleep nights this weekend, I’m feeling recharged — and especially psyched to share with you the dozens of edible and non-edible recipes I’ve been cooking up this year while on a publishing hiatus, starting with this Texas Hill Country Lavender & Bluebonnet salt scrub for holiday gifts inspired by our anniversary weekend at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm back in October.
Salt or sugar scrubs and bath bombs are super simple recipes to make at home from pantry staples like salt, sugar, coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oils. Mix up a big batch and give as thoughtful yet inexpensive gifts to friends, neighbors, coworkers, family – anyone, really! – plus, you can save on packaging by checking the racks at Goodwill first. These lidded jars were just 99 cents each, a third to a fifth of the price at craft and kitchen stores. I have a Goodwill glassware “problem,” and that’s a good thing when it comes to gift giving.
Here’s an easy and very Texan version of my popular coconut oil & salt scrub using half coarse salt, half Epsom salt (for sore & tired muscles), dried Hill Country lavender & bluebonnet essential oil:
Texas Hill Country Lavender & Bluebonnet Salt Scrub
About 10 minutes, start to finish & less than $2 to make
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 1 cup coarse salt
- 1/4 cup dried Hill Country lavender
- 1 1/2 cups coconut oil (melted)
- 5-10 drops Bluebonnet essential oil from Fredericksburg Herb Farm
- 2 decorative glass jars, medium size – cleaned and dried
Mix the Epsom salt, coarse salt, and lavender buds together in a large mixing bowl. Microwave the coconut oil for about 1 minute, or until completely melted. Add the melted coconut oil to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl, then add the essential oil one drop at a time until you reach your desired scent strength, and mix thoroughly. Spoon into glass jars, wiping any excess from the outside, and secure the lid. Tie with ribbon or baker’s twine, add a gift tag or create custom sticker labels, and voila! You’re the new eco-friendly spa Santa in town.
Head over to the Austin Goodwill blog where I shared 5 more of my favorite holiday gift-giving DIYs using Goodwill glassware — many of which take 5 minutes or less! — or head over to Eat Boutique for my less Texan, more nostalgically Christmas-scented take on a sugar scrub using cloves & orange oil!