Here is what you’ll need to create all 7 of my DIY gifts-
1. Baby food jars
2. Paint containers, used lip balm tins or Lip Balm Tubes
3. Soy sauce glass bottle or other condiment (just make sure it’s glass)
5. Olive Oil
6. Coconut Oil (find my favorite HERE)
7. Epsom Salt and/or Himalayan or Sea Salt
9. Cinnamon (cinnamon essential oil will work)
10. Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lavender essential oils(I prefer mine from HERE)
12. Grapeseed Oil (you can find this with the olive oil)
13. Vanilla extract
For the vapor rub, solid perfume, tinted lip balm, and foot
salve you will need to create a “double boiler”. The picture on the left demonstrates what I mean. Your pot should be filled with water to about the half way point. Place a glass pyrex bowl in the pot. A bowl with a spout works best. Only turn your stove top to medium and add your beeswax and oils. Leave glass bowl in the pot until all your beeswax has melted. Once your mixture is liquid, remove the bowl from the pot and add your essential oils. Pour into containers and let cool.
Let’s face it-it’s winter. Snot is a flowing at my house. I’m never far from my homemade vapor rub so I thought, why not make it in a travel size so it could go in my purse easily?? Now, if you don’t have lip balm tubes feel free to use a baby food jar or a paint pot or even a used lipstick container. I fancied mine up with cute scrapbook stickers and a hand written label for even more ease.
2 TBSP Olive Oil, Sweet Almond, or Grapeseed Oil
2 TBSP Coconut Oil
1 TBSP Beeswax
20 drops Eucalyptus
20 drops Peppermint
This recipe makes 2 ounces. Just enough for a small baby food jar or about 6 lip balm tubes.
Lavender Solid Perfume
Solid perfume is a great gift to give in a lip balm tube. It’s easy to apply and very portable. Again, this recipe will make enough to fit in a baby food jar if you don’t have lip balm tubes. Lavender is a nice fresh scent that most people love. It’s also great to carry with you and apply on your kids when they get crazy! It helps calm them down!
3 TBSP Grapeseed Oil
2 TBSP Beeswax
40 drops of Lavender
Tinted Lip Balm
I love re-purposing lip stick that I’ve bought that was just too dark. When you add it into my traditional lip balm recipe it gives the most subtle but substantial glow for your lips! Just remember-to keep things sanitary cut off the part of the lipstick you used! Use as little or as much of your lipstick you want, the balm will have a beautiful tint no matter what.
3 TBSP Olive Oil
1.5 TBSP Beeswax
10 drops of essential oil or 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
This recipe makes a little less than 2 ounces.
You can use any oil as a base for this. I used Grapeseed Oil because it has little to no smell and I wanted the Lavender to really be predominant. You could even use Olive Oil. I love how Olive Oil and Lavender smell together-sounds weird but it works. I used a glass soy sauce bottle-Once you remove the label and thoroughly clean it it is a great size and has a perfect dropper so you don’t spill your oil! Any glass bottle will do though.
Fill container with oil.
Use 2 drops of Lavender per ounce-ex. if you have a 12 ounce bottle use 24 drops of Lavender.
Vanilla Coconut Body/Face Scrub
This recipe is super fun and easy and YUMMY! I put mine in an 8 ounce mason jar.
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil (melt first)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Peppermint Foot Salve
Dry weather wreaks havoc on heels. A moisturizing salve will help to nourish and repair. I used a 4 ounce canning jar for mine because of it’s wide rim. I had a bit of excess and used a 2 ounce baby jar as well.
4 TBSP Coconut Oil
2 TBSP Olive Oil
2 TBSP Beeswax
15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Lavender Bath Salts
This is one of the easiest do-it-yourself beauty gifts you can give. Bath salts are wonderful for sore and tired muscles. Bath salts also help to reduce swelling. Lavender will relax the mind and is calming and healing for the skin. I used a 12 ounce coconut oil jar.
1 cup Epsom salt
3 TBSP Course Sea Salt or Himilayan Salt (optional)
1 TBSP Grapeseed or Coconut oil (coconut oil should be melted before adding to salt)
10 drops of Lavender Essential oil
And there you have it-7 of the simplest gifts you can give to your loved ones this holiday season! I hunted around the house for ribbons, stickers and decorations to decorate each of these projects. It was fun to use what I had and make it work! I think being creative and using your hands to make a gift for someone can really show the depth of your heart.