Dec 14 | LIVE BEYOND
DIY: Artisan Beauty Gifts
Still looking for the perfect holiday present? Consider creating your own homemade beauty products for family and friends!
Handmade gifts carry your individual signature, making them extra thoughtful. Plus, you can make sure that only the best organic ingredients find their way into your artisan products.
Below are 4 organic beauty product gifts you can whip up at home:
1. Lip Balm
Give the gift of soft, moist lips (especially to those whose lips you enjoy kissing!) This recipe makes about twelve to fourteen 1/4-ounce containers, so go ahead and pamper yourself, as well.
- 4 tablespoons almond, jojoba, coconut, or castor* oil (castor oil is more shiny if you want the shininess of a lip gloss)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 20 drops essential oils (I recommend: Lavender, Carrot Seed Oil, Peppermint or Spearmint)
Melt oil and cocoa butter, honey and beeswax. Remove from heat, add essential oils and pour into glass containers.
2. Body Scrub
A body scrubs makes a great gift for your sister, mom or best friend. This scrub awakens the senses while polishing and nourishing the skin and is best applied in the shower on pre-moistened skin.
- 2 cups coarse sea salt
- 3/4 cups coconut oil
- about 50 drops essential oils (I recommend: Peppermint, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Lime)
Melt the coconut oil and combine with sea salt. Add the essential oils and stir well to blend. Scoop into a pretty glass container with a tight fitting lid.
3. Coconut Butter
Baby, it’s cold outside! But that doesn’t mean your skin has to be dry. Give the gift of hydration with delicious vanilla coconut butter.
- 2 cups coconut oil
- 2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional, used as a natural preservative)
- about 50 drops of essential oils (I recommend Vanilla)
Put coconut oil (unmelted) and vitamin E into a high speed blender and whisk on high for about 5 minutes. The consistency should be light, and fluffy.
Add essential oils and blend well.
Spoon your coconut butter into a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and store at room temperature, or if oil melts, in the refrigerator.
4. Shaving Cream
To pamper your hubby, boyfriend, dad, or brother, create this soothing, healing, and masculine shave cream. This recipe makes about 8 ounces.
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
- 7 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 5 drops Vetiver essential oil
- 3 drops Juniper essential oil
Melt the coconut oil and shea butter over medium heat. Remove from heat, add the sweet almond oil as well as essential oils and stir well.
Pour blend into a glass bowl and refrigerate until it turns solid. Use your high speed blender or hand beater to whisk on high for about 5 minutes until fluffy and light.
Place blend into a pretty glass jar with a tight fitting lid and store in a cool place.
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