GET FIZZY WITH IT: BOMB-A$$ GIFTS
TO MAKE FOR YOUR FRIENDS
We’re just gonna come out and say it: Holiday shopping is for suckers. Why fight deal-seekers, miserable traffic conditions and fired-up protesters just to find a blahzay-blah, got-it-from-the-mall gift? We think it’s so much cooler to make gifts for friends and fam–and turn the experience into a weekend-long party too.
Since frigid, dry weather calls for soothing baths and more hydrating skin care (sad fact: radiant heat, wind and cold weather all dry the dickens out of skin), we’re gearing up to make gifts that will help our friends handle both.
Never made skin care products before? Yeah–neither have we. Thankfully, 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes Author Jessica Ress has got our backs and is sharing her organic recipes for skin-smoothing bath products that are every bit as indulgent as the pricey blends found in spa retail shops–but without the ridic price tags.
Each day this weekend, we will post a recipe from Ress’s book of all-natural beauty potions to help you and your posse go from ashy to classy. Grab a few friends, some warm cider and a rainy-day playlist and craft your way to finished gifts-to-give list–all without having to leave home.
Bath Fizzies are a fun and effervescent bath treat. Have fun customizing these skin-softening
fizzy bath treats by adding dried flowers or substituting extra-virgin coconut oil for the
cocoa butter. Make them extra cute by using decorative molds in the shape of hearts or flowers.
This recipe will work with metal, plastic, or silicone molds. Package them in decorative glass jars and tie with ribbons for an extra-special homemade gift.
(the number of Bath Fizzies you make depends on what type of mold you use.)
¼ cup cocoa butter
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
¼ cup cornstarch
½ cup fine-grained sea salt
2 x essential oil blend, see below
Dried rose petals, optional
Dried lavender buds, optional
What you will need: rubber gloves, face mask, measuring cups; mixing bowl, sifter or sieve, wooden spoon, spray bottle; small silicone molds or ice cube tray
1. To Make: Start the double boiler on medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Place the cocoa butter in the top of the double boiler and cover. Simmer until melted, stirring occasionally. To preserve the beneficial botanicals, do not overheat. Remove from heat,
take the top pan off the double boiler, and wipe the water off of the bottom.
Put on the protective rubber gloves and face mask. Carefully place the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and salt into the sifter. Sift the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl. Carefully stir the powders a little. Add the melted cocoa butter a little at a time, stirring in between. Next, add the essential oils a little at a time, stirring in between. For this recipe, you will need to double the essential oil blend recipes in Appendix A. Break up any clumps with the back of the spoon. If adding decorative flowers, prepare the molds ahead of time by putting a few petals in the bottom of the molds. This will be the top of the fizzie and the petals will make a pretty decoration.
2. Put the witch hazel into the sprayer bottle. I prefer to mix this stage with my hands (in gloves) like you would a pie crust, but you can also use a wooden spoon. Spray a little at a time—5–6 spritzes—and mix well in between. Repeat this process until the mixture has become moist enough to hold a shape when pressed together, but not wet enough to start fizzing. You want to be careful not to get the mixture too wet, as this activates the fizz. If you hear it start to fizzle, stop spraying and mix together. Press tightly into the molds and set out to dry. Let stand for 4 hours or overnight, until completely dry and hardened.
3. To Store: Carefully remove the Bath Fizzies from your molds. Store the Bath Fizzies in a sealed container labeled with contents and expiration date of 1–1½ years.
4. To Use: To use, simply drop 1–2 Bath Fizzies into a hot bath for a fun, effervescent, moisturizing treat.
Using essential oils in the bath is a wonderfully healing aromatherapy experience where gorgeous scent combines with therapeutic effects. As soon as you add the products to the bathwater, the essential oils begin evaporating into the air. To get the most benefit from the essential oils, add your goodies to the tub right before you get in and the healing botanicals will be in full strength to work their magic.
Essential Oil Blends
Sweet Citrus: Combine eight drops chamomile, 24 drops lemon, 34 drops sweet orange and 20 drops lime
Sunny Day: Combine 10 drops chamomile, 32 drops sweeet orange, 20 drops lemon and 18 drops lavender
Herby Herb: Combine 18 drops rosemary, 30 drops lavender, 16 drops tea tree and 18 drops peppermint
Pretty FLowers: Combine 30 drops sweet orange, 30 drops rose geranium and 20 drops ylang-ylang
Hippie Love: Combine 24 drops patchouli, 24 drops lavender and 30 drops sweet orange
Herbal Luxe: Combine 20 drops rosemary, 10 drops cardamom, 10 drops patchouli and 30 drops lemon
Freshness: Combine 28 drops peppermint, 20 drops eucalyptus and 30 drops lemon
Lavender Lovely: Ninety drops lavender
Minty: Combine 45 drops spearmint and 30 drops peppermint
Some people are allergic to essential oils, so be sure to test spot your skin before using a product with essential oils inside and consult a doctor if irritation develops