If you loved my last post on DIY Christmas gifts and when you finished reading you said “Give me more!” then this post is for you! We all know the holidays can be a stressful time, so finding a few things that make your hectic schedule a little easier is always nice. These great DIY gifts will not only feel personal, will save you money, time, and energy, but you will also be giving your friends and family natural gifts that you can feel good about. What more can you ask for?
Here are three DIY gift ideas to set you apart this holiday season!
Loofah Soap –
I’m sure sitting in the corner of your shower at this very moment is one of those colorful loofahs you bought from the store 9 months ago. I’m not judging – but ew. Did you know that most store bought loofahs are meant to be replaced every 2 weeks? That’s because the shower is a perfect breeding ground for yeast, bacteria, and mold. Your pretty little purple loofah loves to collect mold inside the middle because it doesn’t dry well. Not only that, but those loofahs are actually synthetic!
Loofah (the plant) is actually from the squash family, and while is can still gather some molds and bacteria, they are a lot more safe because when they dry they harden. And even better way to protect your loofah is to encapsulate it in soap! Making loofah soaps are incredibly easy and a great way to personalize your soap smell, and well as get the exfoliating benefits of a loofah, without all the gunk.
What you’ll need:
Natural Loofah – You can buy the plants from some local marketing places, but you can also get some good ones on amazon. Usually they come flattened so you will need to soak them, clean out all the seeds (like big pumpkin seeds!), let them dry, and then cut them into chunks that will fit into your mold.
Glycerin Soap – Another easy craft store or amazon buy. A little tends to go a long way, heat it up and pour over your loofah in your mold
Mold – I personally like to use muffin tins, they are a great size for a slice of loofah to fit into, and the soap isn’t sticky so you don’t have to worry about needing a silicone mold to pop them out. You can just slide a butter knife down the side and slowly press against it, the soap will pop right up no problem!
Essential oils – Right after your soap has been heated its going to be super hot! You wanna give it a few seconds before adding the oils, or they will just burn right off. My favorite oils to add for a holiday soap is doTERRA cinnamon and wild orange together. The doTERRA’s OnGuard blend would be awesome too since it contains Cinnamon, Clove, Wild Orange, Rosemary, and Eucalyputus. 8 drops each and you’re good to go.
Let the soaps harden, it only takes about 4 hours, so semi-last minute is okay!
Beard Oil –
Of course we want to take care of the men’s gifts too, and what better way than by giving them a gift to help take care of their beard? Beard oils can help soften the hair, encourages hair growth, and soothe the skin underneath. It’s a win-win, really. And the guys in your life will love you for it.
What you’ll need:
- 2 oz. glass bottle with dropper top
- Carrier oil of your choice (jojoba, grapeseed, apricot, and coconut are great options!)
- 10 drops doTERRA Bergamot essential oil
- 5 drops doTERRA Rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops doTERRA Lavender essential oil
- 3 drops doTERRA Clove essential oil
Add the essential oils and fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier. Optionally you can add a cute label on the front for a ridiculously easy gift for the hairy men in your life.
Peppermint Eucalyptus Shower Melts –
Shower melts are a great way to add a little something extra to your me-time. Adding essential oils in the cold dry winter can help soothe a cough or even open airways.
What you’ll need:
- ½ cup Corn Starch
- ½ cup Baking Soda
- 5 Tbs Witch Hazel
- 10 drops doTERRA Peppermint essential oil
- 6 drops doTERRA Eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil(because adding a little citrus is always fun)/ Cardamom is also a great choice
Mix the cornstarch and baking soda together. Slowly add in the Witch hazel, adding a little more if your mixture is too dry. Add your oils (and optionally green food dye if you want) and pour into silicone molds. Let dry, pop them out, and store in an airtight container, that’s it!
And there you have it, three easy DIY’s to help continue ease your holiday season.
If you need oils, let me make a recommendation. While it doesn’t include all the oils mentioned here, it has quite a few (and I can give you some easy substitution recommendations too)
This is the Healthy Start kit – 10 great oils, the Brevi Diffuser, plus a stellar welcome gift from me, ongoing help & support, and access to the private Oil Adventure group on Facebook. AND you can knock out tons of DIY gifts while you’re taking care of yourself! I love that this kit includes Frankincense. It’s one of the main oils that has help me improve my overall health & wellness.