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DIY Body Care Gifts!

Pamper Your Special Ones with Your Own Oils and Skin Care Products!

It’s so fun to make gifts for friends and family members, and these easy-to-make body care items with be a big hit!

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Gentle Herbal Massage Oil
1- 1 1/2 cup Organic Sweet Almond Oil
An assortment of flowers–I used Calendula, Rose buds, and Chamomile
2 tsp Vitamin E oil

Put the flowers in a jar and then pour the oil over them. Cover and then let sit for about a month. I put mine on the window sill and turned it every day or so.

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After a month, strain out the flowers, add the Vitamin E oil, and then pour into a bottle. I bought a bunch of bud vases and corks from a hobby store, but an assortment of thrift-store jars would be great, too!  For this oil I used one of those decorative bud vases with a cork.

Arnica-Lemon Herbal Relief Oil

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2 oz Sweet Almond Oil (or 1 oz Almond Oil and 1 oz St. John’s Wort Herbal Oil)
1 oz Arnica Herbal Oil
15 drops lemon Essential Oil

Pour all ingredients into a glass bottle and gently roll to distribute oils evenly. This is a great massage oil for sore muscles. Use as needed.

Grapefruit Skin Repair Cream

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This isn’t exactly a cream–it’s more like a solid, but it will work wonders on those dry elbows and heels! This makes a lot of jars, or even bars (as you’ll see later)
2 oz beeswax
1 oz cocoa butter
1 oz shea butter
2 oz jojoba oil
18-30 drops of grapefruit essential oil

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Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and shea butter. Use as low of heat as possible. Stir frequently.

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Add the jojoba oil. The cooler oil will harden some of the melted wax and butter, but don’t be alarmed. Keep stirring until everything is melted!

Add the essential oil.

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Now you can pour the liquid into molds or into jars or tins. I did both. We have these terrific jars at Lassen’s in the cosmetics department. We carry them in several sizes.

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These are silicone molds that are very easy to use. I also have some in heart shapes.

If you make this as bars, I would suggest giving the recipient a little dish to keep their bar on.

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I love the little tiny sized to keep in my purse!

Enjoy this wonderful season! If you start these gifts now, you’ll be ready for gift-giving in no time!

Love, Lassen’s

4 thoughts on “DIY Body Care Gifts!

  1. I’m looking for for citric acid to make homemade bath bombs. All my local stores don’t carry that anymore. I don’t want to do mail order any ideas or substitutes

    1. That is so frustrating! Citric acid is a product that we do normally carry, but apparently right now there is a big rush on it and we have had some trouble keeping it in stock. The best thing to do it to call your local store to see if they have some product on the shelf, and they would be happy to hold it for you! Good luck!

    1. I’m sorry I didn’t catch this sooner — the holidays snuck up on me! But we always carry these essential oils that can be used for a Christmasy scent: Fir Balsam, Cinnamon, or Peppermint. Please talk to our helpful health and beauty aids consultants for more specific help!

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