Who loves presents? *waving her hands in the air like she just don’t care*
Me, me, me, I do, I do!!
With the Festive Season almost upon us, some of us may have to start wracking our brains to come up with gift ideas that haven’t been done a hundred times over.
Whether it be for co-workers, a frenemy, your girlfriends, or even a family member one gift that never seems to disappoint is homemade skin care products.
Not only can these gifts be made in bulk but they can be beautifully displayed and wrapped, ultimately making your pressie look store-bought and not homemade.
With that being said, this year I have decided to embrace my DIY diva, save myself some much-needed coin, and give my loved ones the gift of great skin! But I’m not just stopping at their face, oh no, I’m also going to give them supple lips, soft skin, and a gorgeous faux glow!
Now if that doesn’t put a smile on someone’s face when they open their gift, I don’t know what will!
How does one make all of these homemade skin care products, you ask?
Well brace yourselves ladies because I’m about to save you from yet another year of stress-induced-pull-your-hair-out-last-minute-gift-shopping-in-a-mall-so-crowded-you-want-to-scream.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Read on
A Slick Cleanser
This cleanser makes for a fantastic DIY present because not only is it oh-so-easy to make but it helps to cleanse and hydrate the skin, naturally.
How do you make it? Oil!
No, I’m not kidding. In fact, this cleanser requires TWO oils! I know, it just keeps getting crazier, but this method is actually one of the most effective ways of cleansing your skin. If it sounds familiar, it’s probably because I have already blogged about it here.
To put together this cleanser, all you need is:
- 2 cylindrical bottles – opt for pump tops if you can find them
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- pure Castor Oil – I really like this one
- a new facecloth (optional and only if you want to include it)
Then to prep your cleanser simply fill one of your bottles with the EVOO and one of pure Castor Oil, add a fancy-pants label, maybe a ribbon or some twine and voila! You’ve got yourself a homemade cleanser to gift your gal pals with.
Just be sure to include instructions on how to wash your face using oil and move onto the next pressie!
The Perfect Pout
Now that you’ve given the gift of clear skin, why not add a serious boost of moisture and a pop of gloss to those winter-ravaged lips?
Similar to other homemade skin care products, this DIY lip gloss is easy to make, full of wholesome natural ingredients, and can be customized to each person you are giving it to.
The process is simple, just gather up:
- 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera Gel – I’ve used this before
- 1/2 teaspoon of Coconut Oil – I prefer this one
- 1/8 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil – this works but you can also use the capsules you find in stores
- a few drops of your favourite essential oil – I like Vanilla, Coconut, Lime, or even Rose
Once you have your ingredients gathered up, simply:
- combine all your ingredients together in a small bowl
- mix for about a minute
- once evenly combined, scoop your mixture into a small lip-gloss-sized container
- apply using your finger or a Q tip
Not only is it a simple recipe, but when we dished out this DIY lip gloss on our sister site, we got a huge email response from our readers raving about how easy it was to make and how great it felt on their lips.
To add a little something extra to your glossy gift, consider adhering a label to the lid, apply some red lipstick, and give that label a big ol’ smooch. Then just cover with some clear nail polish (so it doesn’t rub off) and you have just upped the sass factor to this great little gloss.
Add to that how cheap it is to make a big batch of these glosses, and divide them up into separate presents, and you are looking one fearlessly frugal gift!
A Simply Sweet Scrub
Now I don’t know about you, but if there is one thing that gets me into the festive spirit, it’s candy canes….and egg nog…..with spiced rum….and lots of it.
Well my friends, candy canes are no longer just for decoration or your eating enjoyment. With this quick and easy recipe, you can create a sweet little body scrub that not only smells like candy canes but looks like them and helps to slough away that dry, scaly skin some of us are cursed with each time the mercury drops! *points to herself*
This scrub is a little bit more involved then the others I have previously mentioned, but if you are game, all you have to round up is:
- 1/2 cup of Shealoe Butter – you could try this one
- 10 heaping tablespoons of regular white Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of Red Jojoba Wax Beads – I like these ones and you get colour options
- 2 teaspoons of White Beeswax – you can also use pale yellow Beeswax if you can’t find white
- a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2 mixing bowls
- double boiler
- glass jar
Though the process may seem a little involved, the effort is worth it once you see it all come together.
Be sure to follow along:
- add 5 tablespoons of your sugar to each of your mixing bowls
- using your double boiler, melt 1 teaspoon of your beeswax
- add 1/4 cup of your Shealoe Butter and turn off the burner
- be sure to warm the Shealoe Butter gently as overheating it can cause it to separate
- once melted completely, stir the butter and wax into one of your bowls of sugar
- add a few drops of your Peppermint Essential Oil
- stir well
- add 1/2 teaspoon of the Red Jojoba Wax Beads and stir again
- pour your mixture into a resealable bag
- repeat the exact procedure in your second bowl but do not add the Red Jojoba Wax Beads this time
- once your scrub is cooled, roll one of the resealable bag’s contents into the corner of the bag and cut the tip
- similar to how you would pipe icing onto a cake, pipe your scrub onto the walls of a clear glass jar
- repeat the piping action with your second colour of scrub
- once the walls of the jar are fully covered, pipe the remains into the center of the jar
- add a cute swirl if you are feeling extra crafty
While it may seem like a daunting task, the effect is super-cute and smells amazing!
Finish off your scrub off by decorating the lid, or again, add your own label or tie a cute ribbon around the neck of the jar.
Not only does it add a little touch of personalization but it smells scent-sational! See what I did there? Gawd, I’m clever today!
The Gift of The Glow
Faux glow that is! If there is one thing us winter-dwellers all experience, it’s a lack of sun, meaning you usually end up looking a liiiiittle pale.
Well no longer, I say!
This year give your girls a sexy faux glow that is not only ah-maze-ing for their skin but will help them to look like they just stepped off the beach…but not in a Snooki kinda way.
So how do you make an at-home tanning product that not only works but is good for the skin? Tea baby!
Not only is it ridiculously simple to make but since it is made with Tea, it should keep for a few weeks.
All you have to do is:
- boil 2 cups of water
- add 5 Black Tea bags into your water
- allow them to steep for around 15-20 minutes
- wait for your tea to cool
- pour into a spray bottle
- customize with your own label
That’s it! It may just be the easiest DIY I’ve taught you so far, well, except for pouring 2 oils into 2 containers to make a cleanser.
As with the other gifts, make sure you decorate your spray bottle.
You could always use funky coloured spray paint, a stencil, or even mod podge some glitter onto your bottle to really make it stand out and add a touch of sparkle to your gift!
Just be sure you include instructions so the person you are giving this to knows exactly how to use it. For a full breakdown, check out our sister site’s post on how to tan using Tea.
And there you have it! All of your holiday shopping done and dusted in one full-on day of DIY’ing!
I don’t know about you but I’m diggin’ these homemade skin care products as pressies and will be gifting my gal pals with baskets full of DIY TLC that will keep their skin looking fabulous, feeling touchably soft, and smelling so good you’ll want to lick them. But don’t. That might get weird.
However, I’m sure there are tons of other homemade skin care products that can be used as gift-wrapped goodies floating around in cyberland.
So please, if you have any recipes for making your own DIY skin care gifts share them in the comment section below…I mean, it IS the season of giving. *insert guilt trip*