I found out, a couple of weeks ago, that I am sensitive to essential oils. Really? How could this be? They are natural, yes, but apparently some people, like me, just don't react well to essential oils. Needless to say, I was bummed. Quite a few of my favorite beauty products contain them. So, here I am, learning how to make more beauty products at home from whole ingredients and without essential oils.

Even if you aren't sensitive to essential oils, I think your skin and senses will love this combination of ingredients—most of which you probably have in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. 

DIY lemon rosemary bath salt

Shopping list:
• 2 Cups epsom salt
• 1 Cup course sea salt
• 1/2 Cup baking soda (aluminum free, if possible)
• 1 Fresh rosemary sprig, the leaves picked off and chopped into small pieces
• The rind of one lemon, grated

Directions: Combine the epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda in a glass bowl. Mix well. Add in the chopped rosemary and grated lemon rind. Mix well. Store in glass jars until ready to use.

Tipoftheday • Double or triple the batch, store in recycled, pretty glass jars and embellish with a pretty ribbon for a delightful Christmas gift (or other special occasion).

• Looking for other gift ideas? How about giving a bottle of homemade vanilla extract?