DIY Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Already?? If you’ve been busy like I have you might be pressed for time when it comes to buying or making a Mother’s Day Gift. Maybe you want to make a gift because you feel like it’s more personal but because there isn’t much time left you’re afraid you can’t. Well, I’m going to share a recipe for a DIY Mother’s Day gift that will take you only 10-15 minutes to make! Not only will it save you time, but it’s also very cost-efficient as well and something that will make Mom feel pampered, which is exactly what Moms deserve! A DIY sea salt scrub!

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Sleepy Time DIY Sea Salt Scrub

This sleepy time sea salt scrub is a great way to unwind after a long day full of mom duties. Made with a Night Time essential oil blend to promote relaxation and help Mom wind down.

What you will need:
1/4 cup of finely ground sea salt (or ground to your preferred texture)
1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Essential Oil of Your Choice
1/4 measuring cup
Mixing bowl
Rubber spatula
Recycled or new container

In my recipe I am using a Night Time essential Oil blend, but you can use any essential oil. (*Update 5/7/15 – The company I used to buy essential oils from like the one used in this recipe no longer offers them. I use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils and would recommend RutaVaLa for this particular recipe).* Lavender is also a popular essential oil used in pampering products and would be good fort his recipe. Please remember my tip in my DIY isn’t always “natural” post – make sure you use essential oils NOT fragrance oils! Fragrance oils are synthetic whereas essential oils are natural. When mom is pampering herself you also want to be able to rest assured that the ingredients are safe!

DIY Sea Salt Scrub

First I ground the salt until I had 1/4 cup of Sea Salt and added it to my mixing bowl. Then I measure *just under* 1/4 cup of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I find the full 1/4 cup is just a tiny bit too much, so I make sure I use just a little less. I add it to the Sea Salt in the mixing bowl and mix them with the rubber spatula. I then add 3-5 drops of the essential oil. I mix it up again, and that’s it! Easy, right?

salt scrub

The final step is choosing a container! If you’re like me, you like to recycle containers and have a variety of containers saved up for such an occasion. If you don’t, though, no problem! Check your local craft store, beauty store, retail store, etc. You’ll be surprised where you can find the perfect container! You can even add a special touch by decorating the container in a way you know she will appreciate! Remember, though, since this container will likely be used in the shower/bath stickers would need to be waterproof or they will come off. Decorated container or not, the gift is Mom knowing you thought of her enough to make something special she can use to pamper herself and feel appreciated!

salt scrub

For more great Mother’s Day gift ideas for under $25 or even to share your own head over to NerdWallet for the Mother’s Day Your Way Contest!

*Runner-Up!* I’m excited to announce my DIY sea salt scrub was nominated as a Runner-Up in the NerdWallet contest!


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  1. Angie McFarren says

    That seems so easy to do. Maybe I will do this for myself as well. Thanks!

  2. Julie Wood says

    This is an awesome homemade gift to give to mom, and I can make this and I have the perfect container to put it in. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  3. Lynda Thomas says

    Thanks for this recipe! I have made a sugar scrub similar to this as gifts for people over the years and I always forget to write down what I do!

  4. This would be a wonderful gift. As Christmas approaches, it would be great to make a big batch and put it in individual jars for co-workers. Thanks!

  5. Tamra Phelps

    I love this type of thing: homemade scrubs, etc. Going to try this one!

  6. I really loved reading on how to make a DIY Mother’s Day Gift for Mom! I know this is an old posting, however, Christmas is coming and fast! Also, My Mother’s Birthday is 12/12! This would be a great thing to give her for her birthday or even for Christmas! I have sea salt and I also have the Virgin Olive Oil! All I need to get would be the Essential Oil! I could probably go into like a Vitamin World or some place like that to get the Natural Essential Oil! I will be checking into this before her birthday this year! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! I Truly Do Appreciate It!!!! Thanks again! Michele ๐Ÿ™‚
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  7. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says

    This looks so easy. I’m going to make this for my sisters.

  8. Judy maharrey says

    I really like this idea! I think I will make this for my grandson 15 mos, to give to his mother. Then I might make me some too. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. This looks so easy, what a great idea. Thank you for joining in and sharing with Throwback Thursday Blog-Style. It’s great to have you participating. I hope you will stop by again.
    I thought it was sort of cool that your post was randomly selected this week for the featured post.
    Have a great day.
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  10. Lori Pouncey

    I really love this! how awesome. I am all about DIY ideas and tips! I try to make as much of my own products as possible but I am pretty new to all of this so I have not gotten very far in my trek lol this is a great gift idea for anytime! I have all of these ingredients her at the house, I will be making this one for ME, today lol Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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