We love adding a personal touch to a gift and there's no better place to start than homemade moisturizers. Homemade moisturizers are a personal and thoughtful gift that can help your friends and family fight the cold weather and dry skin.
Because everyone has different skin types and sensitivity levels, make sure that you know if the recipient of your gift has any allergies or skin sensitivities and concerns to be aware of.
When you're making your own lotions, you can still have poor reactions even when you're using all clean ingredients if you're not careful and conscious.
DIY Dry Skin Lotion
In a glass mixing bowl add half a cup of shea butter, two tablespoons of Jojoba oil, twenty-five drops of any nourishing essential oil. We do recommend lavender, frankincense, rose, geranium, tea tree, or helichrysum to help with dry skin. You can add one single oil or a blend.
Make sure the essential oils are one hundred percent pure before you put them on your skin. Cheap oils from the grocery store are often adulterated and contain harmful fillers.
Mix your lotion on a low setting until it becomes light and fluffy. Use a spatula to place your lotion in an airtight container. Because you're using fresh ingredients, make sure to use up the lotion in a few months.
In a double boiler, melt together three-fourths of an ounce of shredded beeswax, a quarter up of almond oil, a quarter cup of coconut oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Once the liquid is combined, add it to a blender and let it cool. You want it to be just barely warm when you add one cup of aloe vera and blend on high until it becomes light and frothy.
You will need to add the aloe very, very slowly in order for the entire lotion to properly blend together. Use warm aloe vera similar to the temperature of the rest of your lotion to make sure the blending process goes smoothly.
Once you are done, add it to a jar and use it for three to six months.
Youthful Face Serum
If you want a serum instead of a lotion, the process is pretty easy. Buy a serum jar with a dropper and fill it halfway with jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil. The coconut oil needs to be fractionated to stay in liquid form.
To the bottle, add four to six drops of helichrysum oil, five to seven drops of frankincense oil, and four to six drops of tea tree oil. Screw the lid on, shake, and you're ready to use.
If lotions and serums are too heavy for your skin, try making a face mist. This DIY is so easy that it's almost cheating. Buy your favorite rosewater and add it to a spray bottle made for cosmetics. Then add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils and essences.
We love adding wild orange oil and a little vanilla essence to ours. The result is a refreshing face mist that is easy to make and so fun to use. Make sure that any oil or essence you add is skin safe before you start mixing.
Moisturizing Bath Tea
Skip bath salts and head straight for bath tea. Take green tea and some jasmine tea in loose leaf form and combine them together in a jar. Then add in any other dried herbs that smell great with the mix and use a mortar and pestle to break up the loose leaves into smaller sections.
This combination makes a beautiful gift and is such a unique way to give the gift of self-care. All you need to do once you're done is put your bath tea in a jar and wrap it up cute.
Once you've created your lotions and serums, it's time to personalize. You can make DIY labels with a label maker, a Cricut, or even by hand.
If you don't want to make a label for your lotion, give DIY gift tags a try. Personalized gift tags are so fun and they make your DIY gift all that much more personal.
Make sure to share with the recipient of your gift what ingredients were used to make your self-care products just in case he or she has allergies or sensitivities they need to watch out for.
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