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Homemade beauty products make excellent Christmas gifts, adding that special holiday twist to the same-old.
- Gather up all your ingredients. Some you may even have in your pantry! See the Things You’ll Need section below for specific ingredients.
- Make a body scrub. Mix together 2 parts sugar (or salt) and 1 part oil (olive, jojoba, sunflower, safflower, or grapeseed) together for a coarse scrub used to smooth and exfoliate skin. Add more sugar or oil for a desired consistency, if you would like.
- Try adding fragrances or essential oils for scent.
- For a little more pizazz, try adding peppermint extract for a festive candy cane scent. Or try making a gingerbread body scrub, perfect for the holidays.
- You can also substitute other things for the sugar and salt, like coffee, sucanat, oats (for sensitive skin), brown sugar, and fruit seeds.
- Don’t forget about packaging! Try putting your scrub in a small glass jar and tie a red or white ribbon around the rim.
- Make glycerin soaps. Melt-and-pour soaps are extremely easy and fairly affordable to make. Simply melt soap base in a double boiler, pour into molds and add desired fragrance or essential oils.
- Try pouring into holiday themed candy molds (the molds can’t be used again for food, however).
- Package your soap festively! Try wrapping in Christmas wrapping paper and adding a label.
- Make whipped sugar scrub! Mix 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1 cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon (14.8 ml) water. Mix with a hand mixer until it gets a fluffy consistency. Add fragrance, if desired.
- Try adding a drop of vitamin E or a bit of shea or cocoa butter for extra softness.
- Try making shower gel or lotion! You can buy bases for both at craft stores on online. Add a little vitamin E, shea butter, cocoa butter, fragrance, essential oil, or color to spice it up!
- Now put those presents under the tree!
- Great scents for Christmas time: candy cane (peppermint essential oil), spiced apple cider (apple fragrance, add a little pumpkin pie spice), Christmas cookie (sugar cookie fragrance, add buttercream fragrance if desired), eggnog (yes, you can buy that fragrance!), Christmas pine (pine tree fragrance), gingerbread (a little bit of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, or gingerbread fragrance), pumpkin pie (pumpkin fragrance, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice), and orange clove (orange rind, a little ground clove)
- If you get fragrance on your skin or clothes, rinse it off with warm water. Not really a big deal, but that is a warning they print onto fragrance labels.
- Don’t use equipment that has been used for soap making for food again, there is the danger of cross-contamination
- Make Shea Butter Soap
- Make Your Own Christmas Gifts
- Make a Brown Sugar Scrub
- Make Your Own Beauty Products
- Make Peppermint Sugar Scrub
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