Rather than getting caught up in the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping madness, join creative forces with other friends and family on Make Something Day and spend the day hand crafting simple gifts. Homemade skin care products are easy to make and won’t break your budget. Let’s see. Stay home and have fun with people you care about or spend the day fighting traffic, crowds and rude shoppers? I know what I’m going to do.
Make it a party where everyone brings ingredients and containers along with food and wine to enjoy when the crafting is done. Or, spend the day with your children making homemade gifts. Even very young children can provide artwork for labels. One year I had friends that made wine for holiday gifts. The wine label was artwork by their then 3 year old daughter. I used that wine bottle for olive oil for many years until it was accidentally broken in a move. That was a sad day. Whenever I receive a handmade gift, I treasure the thoughtfulness and love that went into it. I’m sure that many of you do too. My favorite bookmark is the one my youngest daughter made me in 2nd grade. She’s a freshman in college now and the bookmark still brings a smile when I settle in to read. I also still have a hand painted pencil holder that one of my friends gave me in high school. Trust me, that was a longggggg time ago! I keep it by the phone and each time I grab a pen out of it, I think about her.
To get your creative juices flowing, here is an easy recipe to get you started. Salt scrub can also be used just for shaving. Apply to your legs, rinse, and shave – no soap or shaving cream needed. Your legs will be silky smooth, smell exotic and only pure natural ingredients touch your skin.
GRAPEFRUIT SPA SALT GLOW
- 1/2 cup fine mineral salts
- 1/2 cup fine dead sea salts
- 8 oz Macadamia nut oil (or other carrier oil such as grapeseed, olive, almond)
- 40 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
Stir essential oils into the oil. Add the salts and mix well. Pour into a hinged tight sealing jar. You can substitute the Macadamia nut “carrier oil” with other carrier oils. To obtain radiant skin with intense moisturizing, swirl your salt glow with your fingertips or spoon to blend. Scoop out a generous amount and apply with hand, washcloth or loofah to entire body. Step into shower stream & watch your salt glow bead up and roll off your skin. For a comfortable shave, apply your salt glow prior to shaving, then rinse. Avoid any cuts or scrapes on your skin.