Monday, November 21, 2016

Okay, it's time for the hand-crafted spa items giveaway! Plus how I made bubble bath for gifting


I've gone through everything that I've made, and I have a small parcel of spa items to give away. Use these items for yourself, or save them as stocking stuffers or a small gift for someone at the holidays. And please, don't be critical of my novice knitting! Ha ha! (Unless that's constructive criticism, of course.)

What's in this giveaway?
  • a bar each of Goats Milk Lavender soap and Honey Almond Oatmeal soap
  • a packet of Lavender Oatmeal bath tea and a packet of Peach Rose bath tea
  • one lavender spa cloth and one ecru spa cloth

This giveaway is open to USA residents (even Hawaii and Alaska) only. To enter, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. This giveaway ends at midnight, PST, on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Check back Monday morning, November 28, for the winner, and I'll get this in the mail as quickly as I can!

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Now, on to making bubble bath.

This bubble bath went into the spa basket that I gave to my son's girlfriend for her birthday this past weekend. (Photo of the completed basket was on facebook a couple of weeks ago, and will be in tomorrow's post, FYI.)


At the end of summer, I found this pretty bottle on clearance at Michael's, for $2.37.


Hobby Lobby carries bubble bath/shower gel base in 32 oz buckets. I used a 40% off coupon, and paid $4.80 for 32 ounces of bubble bath base. To the base, I added a tiny amount of lavender soap colorant, lavender oil and vitamin E oil. It's very, very bubbly stuff, so it can take thinning. My pretty bottle holds 8 ounces, so I used just under 8 ounces of bubble bath base, at a cost of about $1.20. I had the soap colorant, lavender oil and vitamin E oil at home. My estimated cost on those items is 25 cents.

My total cost on the homemade bubble bath in a pretty bottle, was about $3.82. While that's not super-duper inexpensive, it's about half to one-third of what I might spend on a pretty bottle of bubble bath, retail, at a place like Marshall's. (I now have 24 ounces of bubble bath base leftover, in my craft cupboard, to make bottles of bubble bath for gifts in the future.)


The whole process took less than 10 minutes. The base is thick, so I melted what I needed in a glass measuring cup in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Then I stirred in the color and oils. When completely mixed, I poured the bubble bath into the glass bottle. Easy peasy.

The bubble bath base was difficult to locate, retail, in small quantities. I found it at Hobby Lobby, in the soap-making supplies. I also read that you can use unscented, baby shampoo for the base. Although, this bubble bath base was quite thick and bubbly. A retail product like baby shampoo is thinner. So, I'm not sure how much of a savings you'd achieve by using an unscented baby shampoo.

For a quick and easy hand-crafted gift, particularly for making several gifts at once, bubble bath could knock 4 to 5 gifts off your list, with no special skills or equipment required. Honestly, this is much simpler than making soap.

You may already have a couple of bottles that could be used, such as specialty vinegar, steak sauce or condiment bottles, or you could check thrift shops for bottles, if this idea interests you.

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Anyway, don't forget to enter the giveaway before Saturday, midnight, November 26, 2016. And come back on Monday, November 28, 2016 for the announcement of the winner.

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Pick me :)

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  2. Good morning Lili, I am not a big fan of 'pampering' stuff mainly b/c of the scents, etc, but your display and presentation of them are just so cute... just looking at them, makes me feel more relaxed! So put me down for the give away! Have a great week, enjoy your Thanksgiving as well.

    Lisa

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  3. Presentation is everything with gifts and you are tops at that, Lili. Put me down for the drawing. Things are pretty busy right now, so it would be nice to have such a lovely gift for someone.

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  4. As usual, your creativity is astounding! It would be wonderful to be the recipient of such loveliness! Thanks for being so generous.

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  5. Someone is going to be very pampered! Please include me in the drawing and thanks for having such a lovely giveaway!

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  6. Thanks for the chance to win some of your beautiful creations, Lili. I would enjoy using those wonderful items. I've always been a big fan of specialty soaps.

    That bubble bath bottle is so pretty. We don't have a Hobby Lobby in Portland, but that is something I'd like to find.
    Mary

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  7. The bottle you found for the bubble bath is beautiful! I bet your son's girlfriend was thrilled with the basket.

    I didn't know I can buy bubble bath base! Hmmm...now I have even more gift ideas. Thanks!

    Please enter me for the drawing also. The spa items are lovely!

    Have a great day!
    Angie

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  8. Thank you for a most beautiful and generous giveaway!!

    I love handcrafted gifts, never tried any of these products, store bought even, so I'm pretty excited to enter your giveaway!

    Have a wonderful day!!

    YHF

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  9. Lili,
    Such beautiful spa items. I had no idea you could buy bubble bath base,how fun. Please put me down for the give away "|:) We had Thanksgiving with friends on Sunday. It was really fun. Kristi made a giant cheese
    ball and bought crackers. So no work
    for me, just fun and visiting. It was great to visit with old and new friends.
    Have a great day.
    Patti

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  10. How pretty. And I never criticize other people's knitting, since I'm not an expert knitter, either! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  11. What a lovely give away! Toss my name into a hat, please!

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity -- these look lovely indeed! I love long, hot baths in winter -- my Number 1 go-to for relaxing, and these pretties would make it even all the more calming and pleasantly self-indulgent......!

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  13. please enter me for the give a way!
    ellenbt63@yahoo.com

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  14. I love your blog and would love to win!

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  15. You are so very clever! I would love to win these products. The soaps looked lovely and since I'm a knitting failure :( I'd love to see how it's really done. Please add me to the drawing and thank you for the opportunity. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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  16. What a wonderful gift. You are very creative.
    Ronda P

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  17. HI Lilly,
    Thanks for the instructions for making these spa fits. I especially love your homemade envelopes and soap wrappers. Incidentally, I found myself eyeing the cellophane wrapper from a box the other day in a whole new light! ;0)

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  18. I bought the ingredients to make goats milk soap after reading your posts. Looking forward to it this weekend. Thank you for your blog. I learn something with every post.

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  19. I ask for homemade type soaps every year for Christmas. I use them to wash my hands at the kitchen sink. I wash my hands many times per day & my fair skin gets so dry. That's why I like the homemade bar soaps--they're easier on my hands. This is a lovely giveaway, Lili. Melissa

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  20. Thanks for the chance to win! I love handmade soap.

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