DIY soaps and body scrubs – perfect pamper-me package!

This weekend was extremely tiring for me. My hubby was sick throughout the weekend – so no break for mommy. It got so bad that he ended up in hospital for 1 night due to dehydration (worst night of my life). When he got back he was doing much better, but then last night, Dean got sick as well which led to another bad night’s sleep. So I began thinking what DIY’s I could attempt, that will also pamper and relax me…

So I am in desperate need of a relaxing and an oh-so-special-pamper-me night. Starting with a shower! Yes, I know a bath would be much more relaxing (I am a firm believer in baths!), but unfortunately our new apartment only has a shower (sigh) – but not to fret. I am certain with the right aromas, lighting, music and pampering treats even a shower can be relaxing!

So; the playlist is ready, the candles are waiting, all we need are some luxurious and yummy smelling soaps and body scrubs to get the relaxation started! So here are a few simple and awesome DIY soaps and body scrubs that I’m sure will elevate your shower from mediocre to extraordinary (even if you aren’t in as dire need of relaxation as me).

So first up, a few great DIY soap recipes:

As this will be my first attempt at soap making I will be using a melt-and-pour soap basis for my recipes as I am not comfortable working with lye yet; and there is no way to make soap without lye other than using a melt-and-pour base. As soon as I feel comfortable in my understanding of working with lye I’ll make a post containing some lye recipes as well.

Basic recipe (customizable for your enjoyment) for two standard bars of soap:

  • 8 ounces Natural Soap Base (melt-and-pour soap)
  • Molds
  • Herbs/plants (as much as you want)
  • Essential Oils (few drops to ‘taste’)
  • 1 – 2 ounces liquid (water, tea, coffee, infused herbs, etc.)

Basic steps:

  1. Grate 8 ounces of natural soap that is free of fragrances (unless you want to use that fragrance as a base – but I think making your own fragrances sounds like more fun) and chemicals.
  2. Heat a pot on very low and add the grated soap. Pour in your liquids and stir frequently until melted.
  3. As soon as the soap has completely melted, remove from the heat.
  4. Add your essential oils (or essential oil combos) and any other herbs or plant extracts.
  5. Pour into molds or parchment lined tins, and allow to cool for 24 hours.
  6. Remove from the molds and allow to air dry for a couple of days.
  7. Use as you would or wrap up as a great, personal gift!

My favorite recipes: 

  • Peppermint Mocha Soap (as seen on ‘Offbeat and Inspired’ here): add melted chocolate, cocoa powder and peppermint essence.
  • Lavender Soap (as seen on ‘A pumpkin and a Princess’ here): add lavender essence and fresh shopped lavender.
  • Vanilla Bean Late soap (as seen on Offbeat and Inspired here): two separate batches swirled together – one batch contains coffee (fresh brewed, and essence) the other contains vanilla bean powder and essence.
  • Sandalwood soap (as seen on ‘Country Farm Lifestyles’ here): add Sandalwood essential oil and powder.
  • Honey-Walnut mil soap (as seen on Offbeat and Inspired here): add frozen milk (blended to a slush-like state), honey and ground walnuts. 

(Please note these recipes are a guide only as some of them are made from scratch using lye; which I have ‘bypassed’ by using the melt-and-pour method)  

Other combos I would like to test out myself: 

  • Rosemary and Cedar wood
  • Patchouli and Orange
  • Peppermint and Tea tree
  • Ylang-ylang and chamomile
  • Lavender and Bergamot

Now, a few great body scrub recipes to further the relaxation:

Basic recipe (customizable for even more creativity):

  • 1 cup Epsom salts (regular coarse salt, or sugar can also be used)
  • 1 cup Carrier liquid (oil, glycerin or honey)
  • Your choice of scent (to ‘taste’)

Basic Steps:

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Pour into a lidded jar.
  3. All done!

My favorite recipes:

  • Lavender and Vanilla Body Scrub (as seen on ‘University Foodie’ here).
  • Coffee Body Scrub (as seen on ‘Simply Stacie’ here).
  • Pepper and Mint Body Scrub (as seen on ‘Made in Pretoria’ here).
  • Mango Body Scrub (as seen on ‘Hello Glow’ here).

Now comes the difficult part… where to start?

So, I will be playing around with these, trying them out and attempting to make my own pamper kit! Any ideas on combos you want to try? Let us know in the comments.

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