Nat­u­rally gifted

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - LIVING / BEAUTY - Writ­ten by MELISSA SHABIN­SKY Photography by MARK HOLLERON

Healthy, spa-in­spired gifts to in­dulge, made with ingredients from your kitchen, make gift giv­ing more per­sonal this hol­i­day sea­son. Hand­made bath treats for ev­ery­one on your list don’t re­quire a trip to the mall, just one to your kitchen cup­board. Eco-friendly all­nat­u­ral bath salts, body oils, bath bombs and body scrubs are made sim­ply with a hand­ful of ba­sic ingredients and a lit­tle cre­ativ­ity. If you can nav­i­gate around a kitchen, you can eas­ily whip up fresh food skin care.

Be­sides mak­ing a gift that is unique and per­sonal, it is re­as­sur­ing to know what is ac­tu­ally in your bath and shower prod­ucts. Pure, nat­u­ral ingredients like or­ganic oils, nuts and salts nour­ish, re­plen­ish and hy­drate while cane su­gar sloughs away dry skin and cof­fee can help to re­dis­tribute fat cells and even min­i­mize the ap­pear­ance of cellulite so a home­made mix­ture of ground cof­fee, almond oil and su­gar are sure to perk up any­one on your list.

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