The English Aromatherapist


Last minute gift

Easy last minute homemade gift idea

Looking for a super-easy, super-quick last minute homemade gift recipe?


You can’t beat a pretty jar of aromatherapy bath salts! It only takes 5 minutes to whip these up, and costs less than £2 to make each jar – including all the packaging!


What you need


  • 130ml clip-top Korken jar (IKEA – £2.50 for pack of 3)
  • 130g Epsom salts (Westlab – £2.99 for 1kg from TK Maxx/Home Bargains)
  • 1-2 tsp. carrier oil (e.g. sunflower; fractionated coconut oil; grapeseed; sweet almond)
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • Dried lavender buds (optional)
  • Label



What to do


  1. Measure out the Epsom salts into a mixing bowl.
  2. In a small beaker or mixing jar, measure out 1-2 tsp. carrier oil and mix in 6 drops of lavender essential oil.
  3. Pour the oils into the salts and stir well to combine.
  4. Stir in the dried lavender buds, if using.
  5. Spoon the salts into a clean jar.
  6. Securely close the lid and add a label.


How to use


Empty the whole jar into a hot bath and allow to dissolve for a couple of minutes before jumping in. Enjoy!


Top Tips


  • Experiment with different essential oils, but do check they are bath-safe first. Avoid known skin irritants, e.g. cinnamon.


  • Try including dried rose buds or other dried herbs for decoration.


  • When gift-giving, always include a label or note detailing the ingredients and safety precautions.


For more homemade gift ideas:


The Little Book of Homemade Gifts


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