DIY Holiday Gifts for Beauties

11 Dec

Holiday DIY Beauty Gifts

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As the Holidays draw near and the frantic shopping ceases to let up, think about giving a gift that will pamper, relax and restore your dearest loved ones.

I have put together a selection of my favourite DIY beauty care products that are extremely easy to make and are as luxurious as they sound.

Using a little creativity (and shiny paper), you can put together beautiful packages that are eco chic and 100 percent natural!

Get Pampered this winter with luxurious skin care 

In the ‘Pampering Body Care Gift Set’ I included:

  • Whipped Body Butter
  • Relaxing Bath Salts
  • Bamboo dry brush
Pampering Body Care Set

Pampering Body Care Set

Whipped Body Butter

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops of essential oil (I used lavender)

Method: Using a double boiler, melt shea butter and coconut oil together. Once melted, take off of heat, add sweet almond oil and essential oil. Let cool until a crust starts to form on top of the oil mixture (the oils must be partially solid before the next step). Whip mixture on high until it reaches a stiff peak (this may take up to 5-7 minutes). Scoop into sterile jars and store in a cool spot. 

Relaxing Bath Salts

  • 4 cups epsom salts
  • 2 cups sea salt
  • ½ cup sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 1-2 tsp of dried rosemary

Method: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Distribute into glass jars. Relax and enjoy!

Give the gift of great hair

In the ‘Hair Essentials Gift Set’ I included:

  • Balancing Dry Shampoo
  • Lavender and Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment

Add a natural bristle hairbrush or bamboo wide- tooth comb for an extra special touch


Hair Essentials Gift Set

Balancing Dry Shampoo

  • 1 ½ Tbsp colloidal oatmeal
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 Tbs baking soda
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil (I use mint and rosemary, or lavender and rosemary)

Method: Combine all ingredients to a uniform mixture. Use a funnel and divide mixture into saltshakers. If giving as a gift, place a piece of tape over the holes to prevent losing any mixture. When ready to use, shake a small amount onto hair roots and massage into scalp. Massage well to absorb hair oils and prevent the ‘white powder’ look.

Rosemary & Mint Dry Shampoo

Rosemary & Mint Dry Shampoo

Luxurious Hot Oil Hair Treatment

  • ½ cup of sweet almond oil (or jojoba oil)
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of rosemary essential oil

Method: Mix all oils in a glass bottle and shake or stir well. When ready to use, heat oil in a water bath. Pour 3-5Tbs of oil in a glass measuring cup. Immerse the measuring cup in a large bowl with hot water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until oil is warm. Evenly distribute oil onto dry hair, wrap hair in a hot towel and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual. 

Restorative Hot Oil Treatment

Restorative Hot Oil Treatment

And not to leave out the men in your life, here is a little something I call “Hardworking Hand Salve”. For an added creative touch use old cigar or vintage tins.

Hardworking Hand Salve

  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs castor oil
  • 2 Tbs shea butter
  • 4 Tbs beeswax
  • 10-15 drops of bergamot, pine and balsam essential oil

 Method: Using a double boiler, melt beeswax and shea butter. Add castor and olive oil. Take off of heat and add essential oils, immediately pour into glass jars and let set until hard.

Hardworking Hand Salve

Hardworking Hand Salve

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3 Responses to “DIY Holiday Gifts for Beauties”

  1. Tona Malone Bradshaw Thompson February 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM #

    Was interested in making the lotion but not sure how much almond oil to use, it calls for 1/2 ? Please reply soon as I would love to make this ASAP! Thanks!

    • oceanspotions February 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

      I’m so happy that you want to try out the recipe! It’s one of my favourites! To confirm it is 1/2 cup of sweet almond oil.


  1. Skin, Hair & Body Profile – Seanna « Oceans & Potions - February 7, 2013

    […] When my hair and scalp do get a bit dry, particularly in the winter, I remedy it by massaging warm rosemary- mint infused sweet almond oil into my scalp and ends for a deep conditioning […]

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