Here is a fun homemade gift idea. This is also really nice if you or the little ones suffer from dry skin during winter, if you are a gardener or you just wash your hands frequently. I like these things for girl friends and housewarming gifts and for teachers as well– I promise they wash their hands nonstop and can probably use a little extra moisturizing. I love these types of homemade items for those of you with little girls in particular. I think it is fun to make this kind of thing with the kids- especially older girls where it can be hard to find things to spend quality time together. These products cost a small fortune in the fancy soap shops so why not make your own!
These lotion bars you simply pop out of the molds and when you are ready to use just rub them between your hands to soften and moisturize- knees, hands, feet etc…
You can keep these on the counter in a pretty soap dish and then the extras you might want to put in a jar or a Ziploc and pop in the fridge until you need them.
I thought these lavender ones would be so pretty in a Mason jar tied with twine and a little sprig of lavender.
- 2 Ounces Beeswax
- 2 Ounces Shea Butter
- 2 Ounces Coconut Oil
- 3-4 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or oil of your choice- optional)
- 1 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
- Food Coloring (optional)
These will have a very subtle fragrance of coconut oil if you don’t want to use an essential oil.
Also when you are shopping, if you can find beeswax pellets they are much easier and faster then trying to cut through blocks of beeswax.
In a microwave safe bowl (or double boiler) melt beeswax. Once beeswax is melted, add in shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E oil. Continue to heat on low until all butters and oils are melted.
Allow to cool for 2 minutes and add in your coloring and essential oils. I actually like these without any coloring but I have purple pictured above to give you an idea of how that would look. You can choose from any essential oils you like- peppermint, tea tree, lemon, rosemary etc….
In a silicon mold, pour your mixture in. If any air bubbles appear on the top, spritz the tops with rubbing alcohol to remove.
Allow to set on the counter for 1-2 hours until completely opaque.
Carefully remove from molds and enjoy!
All the supplies you need to make these can be found at Natural Food stores or you can actually get great prices on these things from Amazon (including silicone molds in tons of shapes and sizes).
A few other ideas you might like:
Homemade Almond Butter-– this stuff is so good!