I used to love holiday baking. But as a recovering sugar addict who recently discovered she cannot eat gluten, baking has lost its allure.
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that my son is a swimmer. Years ago I researched ways to help him combat chlorine damage to his hair and skin and found a swim spray that worked wonders. The problem was that it was expensive – and he was using a bottle every week. After ordering several bottles I finally took a close look at the ingredients and was shocked to find 2 simple items: water and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).
So I did a little more research and discovered I could make my own après swim spray for pennies!
If you have swimmers in your life, this is a great gift to make them!
Après Swim Spray: 12 ounces of water + 1 tsp ascorbic acid powder
The chemical structure of Vitamin C neutralizes chlorine, so after swimming, spray both hair and skin with the swim spray, rub in, and rinse in the shower (preferably one without chlorinated water).
The other gift I enjoyed making this year was a sensual salt scrub. Healthy skin is covered in a very thin, slightly acidic film called the “acid mantle” that is secreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands. The pH of bacteria, viruses, and other chemicals are primarily alkaline in nature, so the acid mantle acts as both a physical and chemical barrier to bacteria, viruses, and other potential contaminants from penetrating the skin.
Bathing or swimming in chlorinated water dries the skin and strips the acid mantle. By exfoliating with the salt and then rubbing in coconut, almond, sesame, macadamia nut or jojoba oil (my faves), your skin will not only feel super smooth, but also have an extra layer of protection – and smell delicious!
Sensual Salt Scrub: 2 cups sea salt + 1 cup organic almond oil + your favorite essential oils (I used lavender, orange and jasmine)
The best part about making these gifts is that you can chant and pray as you make them, so the person who uses them will receive all your good intentions for them every time they use the spray or scrub.
These simple, inexpensive gifts are proof that price does not determine the value of a gift.
And while you’re at it, make a jar of salt scrub for yourself. It’s sort of like licking the batter when you’re making cookies – except it’s actually good for you ☺