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Still searching for that special something to put under the tree? Try these super simple DIY beauty gifts.

Oatmeal Cookie Bath

Use your leftover cookie ingredients to whip up this little treat.

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Clean jar


Fabric scrap

Cinnamon stick

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend on high speed until you have a smooth mixture like whole grain flour. Pour into a jar and top with a piece of fabric and cinnamon stick. Add a note: "Pour entire jar into running water. Then relax and enjoy!"

Colored Bath Salts

1 cup Epsom salts

1/2 cup rock salt or kosher salt

3 to 5 drops food coloring

4 to 5 drops essential oil (my faves: peppermint or lavender)

Clean jar or gift container

Stir all ingredients together until mixed in a large plastic Ziploc bag. Pour bath salts into a clean jar or pretty gift container. Add a little note with instructions: "Pour 1/2 cup into running water. Then relax and enjoy!"

Source: EcoBeauty by Lauren Cox with Janice Cox