One of my favorite things to do this time of year is get in the kitchen to mix up some DIY's. They're the perfect holiday gift for those who are on a budget or wants to create something completely custom for someone special.
Recently, I shared these recipes with the folks over at Livestrong.com, you can find the link to video (along with the finished products below) here.
Custom Lip Balm:
- 1 tablespoon of beeswax
- 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of petroleum jelly
- Small slice of preferred lipstick
Instructions: Combine beeswax, coconut oil and jelly into microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds (or until melted). While the mixture is still warm, mix in your slice of lipstick. Pour into desired container and let set in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Pinterest-Worthy Gemstone Soap:
- White glycerin soap pack
- Clear glycerin soap pack
- Few drops of preferred essential oil
- Soap coloring
Instructions: Cut the white glycerin soap into small cubes and microwave 1-2 minutes (until fully melted), then place mixture into small plastic cups and dye using soap coloring to preference and allow mixture to set. Once cooled cut each mix into small, gemstone-like pieces and group several into a silicon mold. Next, microwave the clear glycerine soap until fully melted and pour mixture over small gem pieces in silicon mold. Allow to cool in refrigerator (30-45 minutes) and you’re set! Feel free to cut the soap with a non-serrated edge knife, molding it more into a large gem shape.
Gorgeous Floral Bath Bombs:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup cream of tartar
- 6 tablespoons epsom salt
- 1 tablespoon each of dried lavender, rose… choose preferred floral scents
- Few drops of preferred essential oil. Christina suggests citrus, lavender, peppermint, rose
- coconut oil
- Water spray bottle
Instructions: Combine dry ingredients first and separate into four bowls (each should contain about 3/4 cup of the mixture), Add preferred oil and dried flowers/herbs to each of the 4 bowls (completely customizable) along with 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil. Begin to mold each bath cube, spraying a bit of water to mixture if it’s too dry. Pack each mix into silicone ice cube tray and allow mixture to dry (about 24 hours).
- 1/4 cup Almondor Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Olive oil glycerin soap base
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Melt olive oil base over double boiler. Add almond oil and stir until completely combined/melted. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Combine both mixtures together and stir well – working quickly, as mixture will begin to harden. Place mixture into select molds and let harden overnight.