How to Create Fabulous Gifts this Christmas

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Lavender World

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With Christmas less than 30 days away you may think it is a little too late to start making your own gifts, well fear not we have selected our 3 favourite, easy and utterly fabulous home-made gifts to give to that special someone this Christmas.

If you have a friend or family member that loves bath products, we recommend the ‘Super Luxurious Body Whip Butter’ recipe. Delightful, decadent, easy to make and it will leave the recipients skin feeling silky smooth.

It is easy to forget that our skin absorbs what we put on it. If you’re using products with nasty chemicals in them be aware that your skin absorbs the chemicals, too. This is one of the reasons why making your own products is becoming more popular. Not only do you know exactly what is going into the products, you can feel immensely proud that you have created these products yourself.

Super Luxurious Body Whip Butter

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1 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond oil
10-20drops of your choice of essential oil (I like to use Lavender or Peppermint essential oils)

Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler or glass bowl. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.

Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.

Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill.

Wait until oils start to partially solidify then whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved.

Place in clean, glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.

You can use what ever oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid.

The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.

Since this recipe does not contain any water, it will not mould. You should keep in a cool place but it does not have to be refrigerated.
I do not know the exact shelf life but I know it will keep at least a few months, plus.

The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.
(recipe source http://www.rawmazing.com/homemade-body-butter-recipe/ )

Simply sweet Skin Scrub

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Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Sugar
Mason jar
Essential Oils

Things to do:

Melt coconut oil. Or, if you can’t find coconut oil, use olive oil which is just as beneficial for your skin although it does have a stronger scent. The amount of oil to use depends on how big a batch you want to make.

Pour in enough sugar to make a paste.

If you like, you can enhance the treatment with an aromatherapy effect by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Pour the skin treatment into a clean glass jar with a secure lid.

Scoop a bit out every day when you shower and rub it over the parts of your body that need help exfoliating like elbows, knees and feet.

Unlike some home beauty treatments, which should be made in small batches and used immediately to avoid spoilage, this one keeps beautifully for months. You can make this a beautiful gift for a friend by pouring in into a mason jar. Decorate the jar with stickers or decoupage images to personalise it.

Wrap the jar with a towel to protect the artwork as you pour the body scrub in. Tie some colorful ribbon or raffia into a bow and give your friend a gorgeous gift.
(Recipe Source http://factorydirectcraft.com/factorydirectcraft_blog/simply-sweet-skin-softening-keywords/ )

Romantic Rose Bath Milk

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1 1/2 cups powdered milk (full fat if you can find it, otherwise nonfat will work)
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/4 cup (or more) dried rose petals
Red food colouring
Rose essential oil

Mix the powdered milk and Epsom salts together and add 2-3 drops of red food colouring. Mix until you have a uniform pink colour.

Then add the rose petals and 5-7 drops of essential oil.

If you don’t have rose essential oil you can skip it or use any other soothing essential oil you might have, like lavender or chamomile.

Then pour milk bath into a bottle or sachet and make a pretty gift tag.
(Recipe Source: http://www.henryhappened.com/diy-rose-milk-bath.html )

As you can see home-made beauty gifts are extremely simple to create and that is one of my favourite reasons to make my own gifts. Not only do I know exactly what is going into them, it is incredibly fun making them and they are always appreciated when given as gifts, so why not take some of the Christmas pressure off and create your own home-made gifts this year.

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