I thought I’d make a little tutorial to show how I make one of my favorite (and easiest) DIY home spa products, the Exfoliating, Cleansing Pouch. These are easy, customizable, and make nice gifts. (They look especially nice tucked into a gift basket of homemade bath & body care items.) If you’ve been toying with the idea of learning how to make your own spa/beauty products, but wanted to start with something simple, this is a great project!
What you will need:
- Small or medium organza bags (doubled cheesecloth can work also, but it has a more rustic look), If you’re only making a few, most craft stores should have these. I often sell these, or include them as thank you gifts when I sell my soap or other body care products, and purchase them online from paper mart.com. (I’m not affiliated with them, I just like their product selection and prices when buying in larger amounts.)
- A quality bar of soap (I’m a soap maker, so I prefer to use homemade, but choose your personal favorite for this!)
- A cheese grater(to shred the soap)
- Dried herbs of choice such as lavender flowers, calendula petals, chamomile, rose petals, mint leaves, sage, etc.
Optional: A few drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender, and lemongrass are both nice choices! (Don’t go too crazy with the essential oils, however. It’s really just for a pleasant, natural fragrance, and too much can irritate the skin.)
First, decide what dried herbs your going to use, and mix them with the oats. For one medium pouch, I’d suggest using about 3/4 cup of oats, a couple tablespoons worth of the herbs of choice, and about 1/4 cup of grated soap. You can add a few drops of essential oil at this point, and incorporate it well into the oat, herb, soap mixture.
Gently spoon the mixture into your organza bags, pull the drawstrings, and tie pouch closed. Your Exfoliating, Cleansing Pouches are now ready to gift, or use!
To use, when in the bath or shower, moisten pouch and softly “scrub” your skin. It will have a gentle exfoliating effect, while it cleanses! I should state that if you have sensitive skin and can’t normally use things like sugar scrubs, or “scrubby” soaps, this is probably not a good product for you. If this is the case, you could always leave out the soap shreds, and use it like a “tub tea” bag, in a bath, rather than using it directly on your skin.
The pouches can be used two or three times, as long as they are allowed to dry in between uses. (Please don’t leave them in a puddle, in the corner of your shower! Yuck!) I’ve even emptied out the old filling, and replaced it with a new batch, after washing the pouch.
I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, and would love to hear from anyone who decides to try this! Feel free to hit me up with any questions you may have, also. I’ll do my best to answer them.