There’s something really rewarding about getting crafty and making gifts for your loved ones – not to mention being extremely cost-effective! Last Christmas, for the first time ever, I made a selection of balms, oils and treatments for my friends and family, and the response was fantastic – they’ve even put in requests for more this Christmas! In fact, getting creative with DIY beauty products is what prompted me to start up my holistic acne blog Get That Glow.
Taking inspiration from my previous post ‘Beauty Benefits of Seasonal Spices and Festive Fruits’, I’ve created a selection of festive homemade products using quintessential Christmas scents including Orange, Frankincense, Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Clove. All the ingredients and packaging are easily available online and some you may already have in your kitchen cupboard! Plus, I’ve put together a downloadable PDF of cute printable labels for your handcrafted gifts.
DIY Beauty Gifts and Stocking Filler Recipes (+ FREE printable labels)
SWEET ORANGE & VANILLA LIP BALM
Makes 6 x 10ml tins/pots
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- 1 tbsp shea butter
- 3 drops vanilla essential oil
- 4 drops of sweet orange essential oil
Melt the coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a glass jar sitting in a small pot of simmering water (not boiling) and stir gently until melted (be careful not to get any water into the mixture!). You can also add a chunk of a natural lipstick to give the balm a slight tint – Benecos is a great option for affordable, natural lipstick!
Once melted, mix in the essential oils and use a dropper, or carefully pour the mixture into small lip balm tins (easily available on eBay/Etsy). Once cooled you can stick a label, small button or bow to the lid for decoration.
SPICED GRAPEFRUIT BEARD BALM
Last year I made a beard balm for my boyfriend to keep his beard soft, well-groomed and smelling divine! You can replace the essential oil blend with any scent you wish but I find these scents work brilliantly for men’s products.
Makes 6 x 30ml tins/jars
- 20g shea butter
- 60ml base oil (rosehip, jojoba, marajuca etc.)
- 1 tblsp beeswax
- 7 drops black pepper
- 2 drops frankincense
- 4 drops grapefruit oil
Melt the base oil, beeswax and shea butter in a glass jar sitting in a small pot of simmering water (not boiling) and stir gently until melted (again, be careful not to get any water into the mixture!). When melted, mix in the essential oils and use a dropper to transfer the mixture into 30ml tins.
SPICED EARTH BEARD OIL
Facial oils and beard blends are the easiest to make – simply blend your chosen oils together and transfer into containers. Make sure you use a base that’s light in texture and not too heavy and greasy – something like rosehip, jojoba, maracuja, or pumpkin seed oil!
Makes 5 x 15 ml bottles
- 30ml rosehip oil
- 20ml jojoba oil
- 2 drops of black pepper
- 2 drops of ho wood
- 1 drop of amber
- 1 drop of frankincense
SPICED CHOCOLATE PEFECTING MASK
This mask is my favourite beauty treat. It smells delicious and leaves my skin feeling smooth, plump and glowing. It contains a combination of clay, cacao (rich in antioxidants!) and stimulating spices to increase circulation and boost skin repair and recovery. The fuller’s earth absorption powers boasts beauty benefits for skin by drawing oil, dirt and other harmful substances from clogged pores helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne.
What’s great about this product is that it’s so easy to make. It’s a dry powder that requires whoever receives the gift to mix 1 tsp of powder with an equal amount of liquid (water, herbal tea, yogurt, honey, apple cider vinegar). This means that the powder will last for ages in the container and can be enjoyed as a beauty mega-booster throughout the weeks and months after Christmas!
Makes 4 x 150ml tins
- 2 cups Raw Cacao Powder
- 1/2 cup Fuller’s Earth Clay
- 4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 4 tsp Ground Ginger
- 4 tsp Ground Turmeric
Simply mix all the ingredients in a jar and store in an air tight container. This mask can be used as often as you wish however I strongly recommend at least once a week for optimum results. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes or until it dries then carefully rinse away with a muslin cloth and warm water.
FREE PRINTABLE LABELS
To access you set of FREE printable gift tags, simple click on the link below! They’re available in Black/White and Red, Mint Green/ Pastel Pink and Black/White and look lovely when printed onto brown, natural paper or print them onto label paper so you can peel away the backing and stick them directly to your jars and pots!
To make all the products above – a total of 21 products – you will need to purchase the ingredients below. If you don’t already have them in your kitchen cupboard, they’re all easily available online and you don’t need to fork out on large quantities making these DIY beauty treats an excellent, cost effective idea for Christmas gifts and stocking fillers!
- Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp
- Shea Butter – 40g
- Beeswax – 2 tbsp
- Base oil – 110ml
- Selection of essential oils
- Raw Cacao – 2 cups/250g
- Fuller’s Earth – 75g
- Ground Ginger – 4 tsp
- Ground Turmeric – 4 tsp
- Ground Cinnamon – 4 tsp
- Selection of pots/jars/bottles (Tip: search glass/tin cosmetics jars/bottles on eBay!)
Have you ever made your own festive beauty gifts for friends and family?