Best Gift Ideas for your Lavender Lover

Looking for GREAT gift ideas for your lavender lover? Lavender is such a popular scent and flower, you can find it almost anywhere—in candles, soap, room and linen sprays, even in dried flower bouquets and lavender wreaths. We LOVE lavender! So we’ve picked some of the best gift ideas for the person on your list who loves ALL things lavender!

Who doesn’t love to pamper herself with a luxury bath? Indulge in these JUMBO bath bombs by Cricket n Willow, and take your bath experience to a whole new level. Nourishing for your skin, amazing scents, including Jasmine Lavender and Lavender Citrus!  www.cricketnwillow.etsy.com

Who doesn’t love to pamper herself with a luxury bath? Indulge in these JUMBO bath bombs by Cricket n Willow, and take your bath experience to a whole new level. Nourishing for your skin, amazing scents, including Jasmine Lavender and Lavender Citrus! www.cricketnwillow.etsy.com

2. Lamb’s Ear Lavender Wreath By Spring Rose Farms

The perfect natural farmhouse wreath for your wall or front door. Comes in a variety of sizes to meet your decorating needs. Beautiful! www.springrosefarms.etsy.com

3. Lavender Bud Wedding or Party Toss

LOVE this fragrant wedding toss idea! Abby from Mavora has lots of wonderful wedding decor, stickers and favors to complement any wedding. www.mavora.etsy.com

4. Lavender prints

There are some amazing natural prints and photos in this shop! Browse to your heart’s content, because Dia has plenty of prints and styles to choose from! I love these for their simplicity, they go with a natural or minimalist decor. www.diamoderndesign.etsy.com

5 .Lavender Eye Pillow

Stress relief, headache relief, yoga and post workout, these lavender eye pillows soothe away the cares of the day. Made with organic flax seed and quality lavender buds. Comes in a variety of floral fabrics for choosy gifters. Anyone who needs to de-stress should have one of these. www.kendraleighdesigns.etsy.com

6. Tea Tree and Lavender with Emu Oil Soap

Beat the dry skin winter blues with this amazing handcrafted soap, made with organic ingredients and pure emu oil. Scented with a spearmint and tangerine essential oil blend for the perfect pick-me-up whenever you need it. Great for sink or shower! www.cricketnwillow.etsy.com

7. Lavender Bud Earrings

Perfect gift for the lavender lover, now they can wear their lavender in a unique way! Lavender buds captured in bulb earrings, beautiful and functional. This shop features many different flowers and herbs in various jewelry pieces. www.wishesonthewind.etsy.com

8. Lavender Sachets

Who doesn’t love a lavender sachet to lightly fragrance a drawer or closet? These are beautifully decorated and filled with quality organic lavender. Continue to enjoy lavender fragrance by dotting with the lavender essential oil of your choice. www.lavenderapothecary.etsy.com

9 .Dried Lavender Bouquets

Natural home decor at its finest! The simplicity of lavender bouquets brings beauty to any decor, there are so many uses for dried lavender. Bonue: it smells amazing! Add beauty to any corner of your home with these dried lavender bundles. www.yoonaexpress.etsy.com

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10. Heirloom Lavender Seeds

For the lavender gardener at heart, what could be better than heirloom lavender seeds? This is a great company with quality seeds of all kinds, you’ll find everything you’re looking for right here. Lavender is easy to grow and lovely to look at! www.underthesunseeds.etsy.com

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it! All of these product ideas support small businesses, we hope you will too!

How to Create the Perfect Bath Bomb

Yep, we’ve all been there…the Pinterest fail.

How many times have you scrolled through Pinterest, saw something beautiful, and said, Hey, I can do that! Next thing you know, the project ingredients or supplies are sitting in a corner in the garage (maybe with the OTHER Pinterest fail supplies…), OR, maybe you actually tried it, and, well, it didn’t quite turn out like the picture.

Natural Bath Bomb Fizzies by Cricket n Willow

Natural Bath Bomb Fizzies by Cricket n Willow

And then, after a LOT of trial and error, you get it JUST right.

Bath bombs were MY Pinterest fail, at first. But after a few months and a LOT of work, I can proudly say that not only do I make TERRIFIC, nourishing bath bombs, I can honestly say that I really love making them! And I’ve learned a few tricks along the way that may help you in your bath bomb journey!

Bath Bomb Making Process

Bath Bomb Making Process

TIP #1

Humidity makes a difference, but so does where you live

Most bath bomb makers will tell you that it just doesn’t work to make bath bombs on a super-humid day. I’ve had everything from warts (bath bomb bumps popping out all over the bomb) to crazy-sticking in the mold. At one point during the heat of our Virginia summer, I just said No More! and took my bath bombs off my listings until the weather settled down. But as a military family, we’ve lived in a lot of different regions of the country, and you would be amazed at the variances in temperature, weather and humidity. If you live in a warm, humid area, you may have to wait til you have a really dry day to try your hand at bath bombs. The good news? Once you’ve made them and dried them, you can shrink wrap, and that will keep out any moisture for several months. Keeping them in a glass apothecary jar allows a little air in, which is good, and also makes a beautiful bathroom display.

TIP#2

Don’t overwet your mixture

This is especially important if you do live in a higher humidity area. Your mixture should be like “just” damp sand, and for me, it was a drier mixture than what I thought at first. Your oils, fragrance and/or essential oils, and your binding agent all add to the moisture content, so add more of those with caution and only a little at a time.

TIP#3

Don’t overpack the mold

This one has been really important for me. At first, I was really packing the mixture into the mold, and then there was no room for the mixture to adhere to the other side of the mold. Use a lighter touch, and then really pack the two sides of the mold together once you’re joining the molds, so that the two sides adhere to each other.

Fizzy Bath Bombs

Fizzy Bath Bombs

TIP#4

Don’t be afraid of SLSa

This was a bit of a hurdle for me, as I wanted to create a truly natural product. However, I found that adding a little bit of SLSa to my bombs really brought out the fizz and longevity of the product. What is SLSa? SLSa is Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, and those words may leave you wanting to run for the hills, but don’t worry! This is not the same compound as SLS, or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ( a harsher chemical compound), but rather one that is naturally derived from coconut and palm oils. SLSa is a natural, non-GMO product, and in truth, it really helps by adding more bubbles and fizz, and also helps your bath bomb experience to last longer. A little goes a long way with this product, and it truly does bring out the best in my bath bombs.

TIP #5

Give those bombs a cushy resting place!

Once those bath bombs are done and looking great, let them dry for 1-3 days on a cookie sheet or other flat surface lined with a clean towel, some bubble wrap, or other cushioning material, so they don’t go flat on one side. It won’t hurt for a bath bomb to have a “dent”, but hey, it’s all in the presentation, right? Oh, and do make sure those bombs are COMPLETELY dry all the way through before packaging, or they WILL get soft once they’re inside your shrink wrap. Ask me how I know. You can check them by breaking one open and making sure it’s dry all the way to the middle of the bomb. My bombs are an extra large size and sometimes take longer, if they’re smaller they will dry through more quickly.

WANT TO RELAX IN A SPA BATH RATHER THAN MAKE BATH BOMBS? WE GET IT!!

That’s why we sell a great selection of nourishing bath bombs in our shop. We even have a bath bomb gift set you can give to someone you love…or just keep for yourself, we won’t tell! Pair them with one of our amazing soy candles for the ultimate spa experience!