DIY Spa Products at Home – minty lip balm and fizzy bath bombs

By Jennifer Dyck, PHEc

Making your own home spa products is all the rage. With a few simple ingredients you can create scrubs and masks. Use them yourself, package them for gifts, host a party or get the kids involved. Your options are endless. See a previous post from Jennifer on scrubs and masks, too.

Minty Manitoba Lip Balm

A smooth, soothing lip balm that will keep your lips kissable all year long!

  • 1 Tbsp grated unbleached beeswax or beads
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp liquid honey
  • 5 – 6 drops peppermint essential oil 5-6 drops

Place all ingredients a small jar, tin or heat proof container. Fill a small saucepan with 1 inch of water. Place tin in water. Bring to a simmer. Stir with a wooden stick until completely melted. Remove pan from heat. Pour into pot or tubes. Let sit until completely set (30 minutes).

To use: Rub finger over pot surface a few times, then rub on lips or twist bottom of tube to push balm up about 1/8 inch to rub over lips. Repeat as necessary to keep lips feeling smooth and protected.

Yield: 45 ml (3 Tbsp) or 3 15 ml pots or 6 to 7 ml lip balm tubes.

Recipe credit: www.canolaeatwell.com

Fizzy Bath Bombs

A soothing, fizzy treat that can be added to your bath.

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp essential or fragrance oil
  • 4-6 drops food colouring 4-6 drops
  • water in spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • mould for shaping bombs

Mix the baking soda and cornstarch together. Add the canola oil, the drops of food colouring and the essential/fragrance oil. Using a spray bottle, mist the mixture lightly one time. Mix well until there are no lumps

and the color is well blended. Add the citric acid. Heap as much of the mixture as possible into a mould. Press down very firmly packing the mixture well. Do not add more mixture to the mould after firmly packing it as it will not create a cohesive bath bomb. Let the bath bomb air dry for 1-2 days on a baking rack.

Note: use Lavender essential oil as well as 1/2 tsp (2mL) of dried lavender blossoms. Add the lavender blossoms when mixing the baking soda and cornstarch together.

All recipes credit: www.canolaeatwell.com

Jennifer Dyck is a Winnipeg-based Professional Home Economist, mom of 2, avid baker and passionate about yoga.  She works with the Manitoba Canola Growers in education and promotion and blogs for Canola Eat Well, a blog dedicated to recipes and articles from experts to keep your mind, body and soul working at its best.