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The 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas --- Day 1: Winter Wonderland Bath Soak

My favorite things to give and to receive are handmade gifts.  And, since Christmas will be here before we know it, I've put together a series that will help you make dozens of fabulous, cute, easy handmade gift projects.

I'm calling it the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas series.  For the next 12 days, I'll post instructions on how to make a new winter- or Christmas-themed skin care item.  Make sure you check back every day.

So, let's get started with today's handmade gift instructions -- Winter Wonderland Mineral Soak.  It's sparkly pretty and the perfect wintertime treat for dry skin.

This mineral soak is made with Epsom salts, which aren't actually salts but rather crystalized minerals.  These minerals make for a super healthy bath soak.  The best part is, they're so inexpensive and you can find them at any drug store or big box store like Target.

This recipe below makes for one gift, but it's easily doubled or tripled if you need more.

Winter Wonderland Mineral Soak
2 cups Epsom salts
1 teaspoons sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon Winter Pagoda fragrance oil
1/4 teaspoon blue cosmetic-grade glitter

In a medium-sized bowl, pour in Epsom salts.  Add the sweet almond oil and stir until it's completely coating the salts.

Add in the fragrance oil and stir well.  I love this fragrance by From Nature with Love.  It smells so crisp and sweet, like a winter's day.

Lastly, stir in the glitter.  Make sure it's cosmetic-grade and not typical craft glitter.  Craft glitter has sharp edges that won't be too comfortable on the skin.  You can get cosmetic-grade glitter at the craft store in the soap-making aisle.

Now, pour the salts into a cello bag and tie with a ribbon.  Cute, right?

These salts are easy to make, they're great for children to make up as gifts for the grandparents.

More in the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts Series:
Day 1: Winter Wonderland Bath Soak (You're here!)
Day 2: Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub
Day 3: Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow Mask
Day 4: Winter Forest Bath Salts 
Day 5: Lavender Orange Bath Bombs
Day 6: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Lip Balm
Day 7: Moisturizing Shaving Soap for Men
Day 8: Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans & More Yummy Treats
Day 9: Snowball Sugar Scrubs
Day 10: Handcrafted Potpourri  
Day 11: Peppermint Orange Body Balm
Day 12: Marbled Christmas Soap

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