Mothers Day – Make your own gifts

Mothers Day Bath Bombs

When I was a little girl going to Brownies and then Girl Guides I always used to make my own gifts for Mothers Day. Our Brown Owl was certainly a fan of Lavender as I remember making lavender draw sachets, Lavender coat hangers and even these little round lavender bags to hang on your coat hangers. The things you remember from childhood! Somehow making your own handmade gifts seems more personal. Even my girls love making me something special. If you would like to make your own gifts this year, then here are 3 of my favourite recipes to try. There’s my famous Choc Orange Lip Balm, Roller Bottle Perfume and Bath Bombs. I buy my roller bottles and my bath bomb moulds from eBay.

Lip Balm 


  • 2 tsp Beeswax
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil (the real stuff not the fractionated coconut stuff that I hate)
  • ½ tsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp cocoa butter
  • 10 drops Orange Essential Oil
  • 4-6 Lip Balm tubes or glass jars
Choc Orange Lip Balm


  • First, sterilise and set up your containers for the mixture to be syringed in to them straight away. 
  • Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler 
  • Add the essential oils and raw cacao powder and stir till combined.
  • Using a syringe, fill up the lip balm tubes. 
  • Let cool before using them.
  • They will melt so keep them in a cool place.

Mothers Day Perfume 



  • Firstly, add the essential oils to the roller bottle and fill up with carrier oil.
  • After that, pop in the roller top. 
  • Shake to combine.
  • Roll a small amount on wrists and behind ears.

Bath Bomb Recipe 


  • 1 cup Bicarb Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • ½ cup Epsom salts
  • ¾ cup cornflour or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbs lavender flowers
  • 15 drops Lavender essential oil 
  • Food Colouring
  • 2 TBS V6 Vegetable Complex Carrier oil 
  • 2 tsp witchhazel


  • Firstly, in a large, clean mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients. If possible, use a sieve or sifter when adding your dry ingredients to the bowl to ensure they are free of clumps. 
  • Mix well.
  • Then, add your essential oils and food colouring (if using) drop by drop and stir into the dry ingredients. It is normal for the mixture to fix a little. 
  • Slowly add your carrier oil and witch hazel while mixing the ingredients with your hand or a whisk.
  • Finally, press the mixture into moulds, or use melon ballers to form your bath bombs. Set them onto wax paper to dry. Allow them to dry at least a day, depending on the time of year, temperature and humidity.
  • Most important – keep your bath bombs in an airtight container or bag otherwise they won’t fizz as well at bath time. Drop one or two of the bombs into your bath, then enjoy an aromatic and fizzy bath. 

You can find more Mothers Day gift ideas and another great recipe here.

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