Pamper loved ones with a gift of this sweet-smelling moisturizing mixture. The ingredients are available from your local health-food and craft stores.
You will need: 1 cup almond or pecan oil Concentrated candle dye (optional) 1/4 teaspoon pure vitamin-E oil 1/2 teaspoon essential oil, for scent Dried herbs or flowers (such as lavender sprigs or rose petals) 8-ounce bottle with cork stopper Decorative label Rubber cement 12-inch length waxed beige cord 12-inch length 1/2-inch-wide ribbon Red sealing wax and stamp Vegetable oil Chopstick
What to Do 1. Measure almond or pecan oil. If coloring oil, pour off about 1/8 cup into custard cup. Shave 3 to 4 slivers of candle dye into custard cup oil, microwave on high 10 seconds and stir with chopstick. Repeat until dye is melted and color is evenly distributed, then return mixture to measuring cup. Add vitamin-E oil and essential oil, pour entire contents into bottle and insert cork stopper.
2. For visual interest, drop in dried herbs or flowers.
3. Create label and attach to bottle using rubber cement.
4. Loop waxed cord around bottle neck, catching ribbon at back.Then draw both ribbon ends over top of bottle and down front.
5. Wind cord around neck, tie off and cut excess. Trim ribbon ends. To apply sealing wax, cover stamp with a thin coat of vegetable oil. Light candle and hold sealing wax over flame for 10 seconds. Then cut a 1/8-inch circle from softened wax with a sharp knife. Using tweezers, position wax on ribbon ends, then impress with stamp.
Yields 1 cup bath oil.