The gift giving season is right around the corner! Many of us this year unfortunately just do not have the budget for extravagant presents. Luckily, we can always muster up some homemade gifts at home. Here are three easy, fun gift ideas that take no time at all and just a couple of ingredients!
Anne-Marie Faiola, CEO of Bramble Berry: Soap Making Supplies, and author of Liquid Soapmaking, shows how to make two amazing homemade gifts, the Vanilla Latte Lip Balm and the Rose Clay Sugar Scrub below (FYI, some ingredients mentioned by Anne-Marie can be found at Brambleberry.com):
Vanilla Latte Lip Balm
A soothing and moisturizing lip balm that only takes 10 minutes!
What you will need:
4 oz Cocoa Butter
2 oz Coffee Butter
.6 oz Avocado Oil
20 Classy Lip Pots
ONE: In a small heat-safe container, use a microwave to melt the Cocoa Butter. It helps to break it down to the smallest chunks possible before heating it or you can mix it with the Avocado Oil to help the butter melt down smoothly. Cocoa butter has a higher melting point than other solid oils, so be sure your heat-safe container is able to withstand prolonged temperatures and if it’s glass, remove it from the microwave with a pot holder.
TWO: Add the Coffee Butter to the Cocoa Butter and stir until the Coffee Butter is completely melted and the mixture is no longer cloudy (you may have to zap it in the microwave for a few more seconds).
THREE: Add the Avocado Oil and mix well (if you didn’t already during the Cocoa Butter melting phase).
FOUR: Line up the containers and pour the mixture into the Classy Lip Pots. Allow mixture to harden. Twist on the lids and enjoy!
TIP: Try adding a bit of Stevia or Lip Smacking Sweet to the recipe. Prefer cream? Why not try Vanilla or Buttercreme (or Caramel or Coconut or…) Flavors; the possibilities are staggeringly fun!
Rose Clay Sugar Scrub
An exfoliating scrub that only takes 15 minutes to whip up!
What you will need:
10 oz Foaming Bath Whip (available on site link above)
1 oz Sweet Almond Oil
0.4 oz Black Amber and Lavender Fragrance Oil
3 teaspoons Rose Clay
12 oz Sugar
Jar or other container (for packaging/storage)
Hand-held or Stand Mixer
ONE: Using a mixer, beat the Foaming Bath Whip (by itself) for about a minute or less. You’re just looking for a little bit of volume, a sort of “wake me up”!
TWO: Add the Sweet Almond oil and Black Amber & Lavender Fragrance. Mix well.
THREE: Add the Rose Clay and mix well.
FOUR: Once all of the other ingredients are well mixed, add the sugar a little bit at a time, mixing fully each time before adding more sugar. Continue until all of the sugar is incorporated.
FIVE: Transfer the sugar scrub to jars or other containers using a spoon or spatula.
Homemade Bath Salts
Next, the Epsom Salt Council, shares how to make some homemade bath salts:
What you will need:
A large, mixing bowl
A 12-count muffin pan
4 cups of Epsom salt
Your choice of essential oil
Either vitamin E oil (soft gel capsules or the liquid oil will work) OR you can use olive oil
ONE: Combine 4 cups of Epsom salt with 3 tablespoons of water. Squeeze 3-4 vitamin E oil soft gel capsules or use 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil into the mixture (you can also use 1 teaspoon of olive oil rather than vitamin E oil).
TWO: Add 10-15 drops of essential oil, depending on how strong you like your fragrance. Add food coloring until desired shade is achieved.
NOTE: When you bake the bath salts, some of the fragrance and color will evaporate, so use generous amounts of both when you mix the ingredients.
THREE: Coat the inside of each muffin mold with one vitamin E oil capsule or 1-2 drops of olive oil. (Note: If you are using olive oil, instead of the vitamin E oil, add a drop of essential oil to help mask the smell of the olive oil).
FOUR: Divide mixture evenly among the muffin molds. Firmly pack the mixture and bake at 150 degrees for one hour.
NOTE: Avoid hotter temperature, because they could melt the bath salts. Let cool for 20-30 minutes. Turn pan upside down and gently ease the bath salts out of the mold.
FIVE: Gently place the bath salts in a mason jar. Three should fit in small jars, and five in larger ones.
Finish with a decorative bow!