The Perfect Pairing for Seasonal Gift Giving

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This post is sponsored by Soap Bar Lounge. All opinions are my own.

Create the perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving by combining a bar of homemade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Keep reading to learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

Regardless of the season, if you have dry skin, then you probably avoid using products that irritate your condition. For me, that means using a homemade soap bar in the shower. I also keep homemade soaps by the sink, one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom, where they get used most often. Not only is washing my hands important for sanitary reasons (no one wants to accidentally ingest salmonella) but it can also prevent the spread of cold and flu germs.

Of course, washing your hands on a regular basis can leave them feeling tight and dry – especially as cold weather hits. So I formulated a Brazilian triple butter soap recipe to counteract the drying effects of hand washing. It’s also great as we move into the cold, dry air that’s common throughout fall and winter.

Help your soaps stay dry and last longer with soap dishes from Soap Bar Lounge. Their patented design allows for air flow around the soap as well as a way for your soap to drain - without the water ending up on the counter. So your soaps are able to dry between uses and last longer than they would otherwise. Pair a Soap Bar Lounge soap dish with a bar of homemade soap for a simple gift idea all year round.

To help my homemade soap bars last longer, I’ve started using soap dishes from Soap Bar Lounge. As you may know, when homemade soaps sit in a pool of water, or are unable to dry out between uses, they can become soft and mushy. When this happens, soap starts to disappear a lot faster with each use. The soap dishes from Soap Bar Lounge, however, prevent this from happening.

Their patented soap dish design allows for air flow around your homemade soaps as well as a way for your soap to drain. Even better, because there are no holes in the bottom of these dishes, you don’t have to worry about water draining onto your clean countertop. As a result, your soaps not only last longer, your countertop stays clean!

The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

I really love that Soap Bar Lounge soap dishes are made right here in the USA using high quality, glazed ceramic. This means they not only look great, but they’re also easy to clean. The modern design and range of colors ensures that your new soap dish not only functions as intended, but it also looks great wherever you decide to use it. The colors are also easy to incorporate into your seasonal or holiday decor.

For seasonal gift giving, simply pair a Soap Bar Lounge soap dish with a bar of homemade soap. This creates a simple, yet beautiful gift idea that’s perfect for housewarming gifts, hostess gifts and holiday gifts. And, to save you money, the soap dishes  from Soap Bar Lounge ship free anywhere within the United States. You can also purchase Soap Bar Lounge products wholesale to create instant gift options this holiday season for your small business or online shop.

Brazilian Triple Butter Homemade Soap Recipe. The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

My Brazilian triple butter soap recipe yields six bars of homemade soap. This means you’ll have extras to give as seasonal or holiday gifts. I paired my Brazilian triple butter soaps with soap dishes in carousel red and roca beige, then accented them with leather cord and journaling embellishments for a pretty, gift worthy presentation.

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.6 oz. Andiroba oil (10%)
1.6 oz. Castor oil (10%)
2.4 oz. Refined coconut oil (15%)
1.6 oz. Cupuaca butter (10%)
5.6 oz. Pomace olive oil (35%)
1.6 oz. Tucuma seed butter (10%)
1.6 oz. Ucuuba butter (10%)

4.8 fl. oz. distilled water
2.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 oz. fragrance oil, optional

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow the basic cold process soapmaking method to craft these ultra conditioning, Brazilian triple butter soaps. You can find a refresher course on making homemade soap from scratch here. This means ZERO aluminum and heat safe containers and utensils. You’ll also need an immersion blender and a digital scale to weigh out ingredients. Additionally, you should also take safety measures to protect your eyes and skin when working with lye.

To make my Brazilian triple butter soap recipe, begin by measuring out 4.8 fluid oz. of distilled water into a heat safe container or pitcher. Then, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye, called for in the recipe, into a separate container. In a well, ventilated area, slowly pour the lye (granules or flakes) into the water. Then mix until all of the lye has dissolved and set aside.

Brazilian Triple Butter Homemade Soap Recipe. The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters into a large heat safe container or stainless steel pot. (I like to weigh out the solid  and semi-solid butters first, then follow with the liquid carrier oils.)

Brazilian Triple Butter Homemade Soap Recipe. The perfect pairing for seasonal gift giving. Create the perfect DIY holiday gifts by combining a bar of handmade soap with a soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge! Learn how to craft your own skin conditioning triple butter soap recipe. Plus discover what makes Soap Bar Lounge ceramic soap dishes the best option for your homemade soaps!

Heat the soapmaking butters and oils called for in my Brazilian triple butter soap recipe until they have melted. You can do this by heating the ingredients in a non-metal container at 30% power in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat in a stainless steel container.

Once the butters and oils have melted, set them aside to cool. When your soapmaking fats and lye-water have cooled to around 95°-100°F, you can start making the actual soap.

To do this, slowly pour the lye-water into the liquid oils and butters. Then use an immersion blender to combine the ingredients until you reach a light trace. At this point, you can weigh out and add your choice of fragrance oil, if desired, to the soap batter. As my boyfriend really wanted a more masculine scented soap, I scented my triple butter soap recipe with a sandalwood fragrance oil. Alternately, you can also use essential oils for a natural fragrance at a usage rate of up to .8 oz. by weight.

Mix the soap batter again to incorporate your fragrance into the soap. Then, once your soap reaches a medium trace, pour it into your mold. (I used this 6-cavity rectangle silicone mold.)

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Cover your soap with parchment paper or plastic wrap, then set aside overnight. You should be able to unmold your soap bars the next day. Once unmolded, set your soaps aside in a cool, dry location to cure for four to six weeks. (My soaps did a crazy partial gel so some of my ends are lighter than the rest of the bar.)

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Now wrap your homemade triple butter soaps as desired for personal use or gifting. You can wrap your soaps in fabric, burlap or paper to make them easy to gift. Then simply tie on cording or a ribbon.

Brazilian Triple Butter Soap Recipe for natural holistic winter skin care. This skin conditioning homemade soap makes a wonderful DIY seasonal holiday gift when paired with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge!

Finally, pair one or two bars of soap with a ceramic soap dish from Soap Bar Lounge as a finishing touch! Buy your favorite colors now! And don’t forget to come back and let me know how much you love your new soap dishes!

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Orange Spice Tea Soap Recipe for Seasonal Homemade Winter Gifts

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If hot orange spice tea is one of your favorite winter luxuries, then this orange spice tea soap recipe should be on your weekend to do list! Scented with a blend of juicy seasonal oranges and zesty spices, this moisturizing homemade soap recipe nourishes dry winter skin while enveloping you with its warm, enticing fragrance.

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Oranges. The Seasonal Winter Fruit.

Oranges are a common gift throughout the holiday season. They’re also the most affordable during the winter months. The reason? Oranges are actually a seasonal winter fruit. Everything from blood oranges to kumquats to clementines are picked during the winter months when they are both the sweetest and the juiciest.

Orange Spice Tea Soap Recipe! If hot orange spice tea is one of your favorite winter luxuries, then this orange spice tea soap recipe should be on your weekend to do list! Scented with a blend of juicy seasonal oranges and zesty spices, this moisturizing homemade soap recipe nourishes dry skin while enveloping you with its warm, enticing fragrance. #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #diy #crafts #orangespice #tea #skincare

So why not add some warm and cozy spices for the perfect cold weather comfort scent? Following is my orange spice tea soap recipe. Made with nourishing soapmaking oils and butters, like walnut oil and cocoa butter, this homemade soap recipe is scented with an orange spice tea fragrance oil from Symphony Scents. While the rustic color is derived from natural turmeric powder.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own homemade soaps for your family this winter or to give as seasonal or hostess gifts.

Orange Spice Tea Soap Recipe! If hot orange spice tea is one of your favorite winter luxuries, then this orange spice tea soap recipe should be on your weekend to do list! Scented with a blend of juicy seasonal oranges and zesty spices, this moisturizing homemade soap recipe nourishes dry skin while enveloping you with its warm, enticing fragrance. #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #diy #crafts #orangespice #tea #skincare

Orange Spice Tea Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
1.6 oz. cocoa butter (10%)
3.2 oz. refined coconut oil (20%)
6.4 oz. pomace olive oil (40%)
4 oz. walnut oil (25%)

5.25 fl. oz. distilled water
2.15 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

.4 oz. orange spice tea fragrance oil
.2 oz. (1 Tablespoon) turmeric powder

Instructions:

You should always take necessary safety precautions when working with lye. This includes wearing eye protection and gloves as well as ensuring none of your containers or utensils are made from aluminum. If you’ve never made cold process soap, I recommend starting with a beginner cold process soap recipe. Otherwise, you’ll follow my basic cold process soapmaking tutorial when making my orange spice tea soap recipe.

This homemade soap recipe has a 33% water discount and 6% superfat and creates six low cleansing, high conditioning soap bars.

Begin my measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces in a heat safe container. Then using a digital scale (I recommend this Bakers Math Scale) weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water and stir until it has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

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Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a stainless steel pot or heat safe container. Heat on the stove top or at reduced power in a microwave or crock pot until melted. Remove from heat, then set aside to cool.

Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils reach about 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Weigh out the turmeric powder and mix into the soapmaking oils using an immersion or stick blender.

Then slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with your stick blender until you reach a light trace.

Weigh out the fragrance oil and add to the soap batter. Then continue mixing to fully incorporate the scent. Once you reach a medium to heavy trace, pour the soap batter into a silicone mold of your choice. (I used this gingerbread man mold.)

Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your orange spice tea soaps should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later.

Orange Spice Tea Soap Recipe! If hot orange spice tea is one of your favorite winter luxuries, then this orange spice tea soap recipe should be on your weekend to do list! Scented with a blend of juicy seasonal oranges and zesty spices, this moisturizing homemade soap recipe nourishes dry skin while enveloping you with its warm, enticing fragrance. #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #diy #crafts #orangespice #tea #skincare

Once you’ve unmolded your homemade soaps, set them aside in a cool location for a minimum of four weeks to cure. Then wrap and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you’re planning to sell your orange spice tea soaps, you’ll need to label them according to FDA guidelines. If you’re not sure how to label your homemade soaps, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

If you liked my orange spice tea soap recipe, then you may also like my basic Bastille soap recipe with essential oils that I shared at Everything Pretty blog as well as my lavender bergamot salt bar recipe that I shared at The Nourished Life blog.

Or discover more of my homemade soap recipes and tutorials, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board and my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I’d love to see them! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram and twitter posts!

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Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life’s Changes

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Many of us grew up celebrating holiday traditions that were taught to us by our parents and families. You may remember some time honored traditions such as mailing out Christmas cards, decorating with natural elements, baking from scratch and even making homemade gifts. Even as we’ve grown up and left home many of us have continued to carry on those same holiday traditions we learned as children.

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However, some of these holiday traditions may have changed with time. Whether it was due to a death in the family or a move out of state, many traditions tend to adapt to the needs of our new families and life changes. But what makes these changes special as we shape our new traditions from old ones is the meaning and the stories we keep and carry on throughout the coming years.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Change

Growing up and into early adulthood, my friend Bambi always made sugar cookies with her grandmother to celebrate the season. These cookies in turn were given to friends and family as homemade gifts. Using family sugar cookie and buttercream icing recipes that have been passed down through the generations, Bambi’s new tradition is making and then decorating those same cookies with her closest friends now that her grandmother is gone.

This year was the second year I able to participate in decorating cookies with Bambi as part of her new holiday tradition. That I’m able to be a part of something so meaningful to her, in turn makes it more meaningful to me. And while there was no amount of prodding, poking, coaxing, bribing or begging to convince Bambi to dish and share her recipes (sorry!) I certainly can’t imagine not participating as the years move forward.

Along with this Bambi also gave me one of the best presents she could gift me with this year – a new holiday tradition. So whether you’re looking to start new holiday traditions with your own friends or a new family, decorating Christmas cookies and holiday cookie exchanges are a longstanding tradition that I can certainly get behind.

So just how to do you go about planning a cookie decorating party? Keep reading to learn how my friend, Bambi, organizes her cookie decorating parties and for some great links to tips for hosting a holiday cookie exchange as well as a few sugar cookie recipes to get you started. Plus learn more about new holiday traditions other people have started and how to deal with holiday celebration overload.

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Celebrating Holiday Traditions with Cookies

Prior to hosting her guests, Bambi prepares for her holiday cookie decorating event a few days in advance. She spends about two days baking sugar cookies using her grandmother’s recipe. Then in between the time she makes them and then everyone gets together to decorate them, they are stored in plastic storage containers in the refrigerator.

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A few days later everyone shows up with a bottle of wine in hand. Typically Bambi also provides some simple appetizers like hummus, crackers and cheese. However, if we “accidentally” break a cookie, it’s like a bonus prize and gets eaten right then and there. But only after it’s been decorated, of course!

The buttercream icing isn’t made until the arrival of all her guests. New batches of icing are then made as we run out.

Annie, Bambi’s rescue dog, always manages to walk under “mom” while she’s mixing more icing. Thus we have photos of her two years in a row covered in powdered sugar spots. (My own dog, Jasper, attended this year as well.)

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Once the first batch of icing is ready to go, the icing, cookies and candy decorations are laid out on her dining room table within reach of everyone.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Then we all decorate our cookies on paper plates to keep the colored sugars and candies from making a mad dash for the floor.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

The cookies are then laid out on the table on top of wax paper as each one is completed.

Once all of the cookies are decorated, they are packaged in reusable plastic containers. Bambi then gifts each of her guests a box of cookies and the rest get shipped to her friends and family back home in Wisconsin.

If you’d like to host your own holiday cookie decorating party, The Kitchn has a great article with ten essential tips to know before you begin baking. Additionally, Real Simple also has a great checklist for hosting a holiday cookie exchange that also works for hosting a cookie decorating party. Sugar & Charm as well as Handle the Heat also offer some great tips for hosting a cookie exchange.

Glazed Sugar Cookies Recipe with Buttercream Embroidery via My Name is Yeh Blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

If you’re looking for Christmas cookie decorating ideas, I am head over heels for these glazed sugar cookies with buttercream “embroidery” from My Name is Yeh. You can find and print the recipe for these cookies here. I also really love the star Christmas cookies recipe from Tell Love and Party.

Printable Christmas Cookie Gift Tags via Cranberry Bush blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

For gifting your homemade holiday cookies, Cranberry Bush has two super cute printable cookie gift tags. You can find more printable gift tags on my Printables Pinterest board. Or discover great gift wrapping ideas on my Pretty Packaging + Gift Wrap Ideas Pinterest board.

Starting New Holiday Traditions

I know when I went through my divorce from my first husband and my son inevitably ventured into adulthood, celebrating Christmas lost much of its luster for me. So much so that one of the best Christmases I had after getting separated was ice “skating” in my sneakers on the frozen parking lot of Market Square downtown with a friend. It wasn’t until I started making my own holiday traditions, that some of the magic of the holiday season started to come back for me.

If your old holiday traditions are no longer an option for you, then you may want to consider creating new ones. They don’t need to be religious or even fit into any particular winter holiday. They simply need to be something that brings you joy. Having something to that brings you and your loved ones together during what is typically the most depressing season of the year can definitely make cold days seem a bit warmer.

O’Boy! Organic, who moved away from his family in Michigan over twenty years ago, has a great article on the importance of holiday traditions and how they help to build unity and stability. He also shares his top five new holiday traditions. Number four is baking cookies with his kids.

There’s also a great post on HuffPost with ideas for 15 new traditions for families reclaiming the holidays after a divorce. Shared by their readers on their Facebook page, my favorites are creating a guest list for holiday get togethers to try new things, ditching the chaos of the Christmas tree tradition, taking a trip instead of giving gifts and of course, the best one yet, just finally being happy.

Does Celebrating Holiday Traditions Leave You Feeling overwhelmed?

In the midst of celebrating holiday traditions, both old and new, it’s also important to realize there is such a thing as too much tradition. Reluctant Entertainer touches on this in her post “Traditions: When Is It Time to Change?.” Women especially tend to put extra emphasis on holiday traditions which in turn can often lead to a lot of stress and guilt when they are unable to meet expectations. So this article offers some great insight into being able to say “enough is enough.”

Personally I know how it feels to be on this side of things, as I’m sure many of you do as well. And there were a few years that I especially struggled and therefore made the decision to opt out of holiday gatherings completely. And it is okay to do this. After all, your mental and emotional well being matter more than a dinner regardless of the time of year.

So if celebrating holiday traditions feel more like an obligation, it may be time to simply take time for yourself. After all, you’re not really celebrating holiday traditions if you’re spending much of that time trying to avoid a panic attack.

Additionally, if your head space isn’t where it needs to be to even attend holiday functions, much less embark on a new tradition, then you may be able to gain some insight from the article “Family Change: Don’t Cancel the Holidays!

Are you celebrating holiday traditions this year or starting new ones? I’d love to hear how you enjoy the holiday season in the comments below.

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Easy Homemade Holiday Gifts with Personalized Sticker Labels

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Save money and personalize your holiday gift giving this year with these easy homemade holiday gifts with personalized sticker labels from StickerYou! (And a big thanks to StickerYou for sponsoring this post!)

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If you’ve ever felt like you and your family are just swapping gift cards back and forth during the holidays, then maybe it’s time to mix it up bit. This collection of easy homemade holiday gifts are not only appreciated, but they are also easy to customize with personalized sticker labels from StickerYou! Not only will you not have to worry about fussing with gift wrap, but you’ll actually save money in the long run when making these easy homemade holiday gifts in bulk.

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StickerYou makes it so easy to create your own sticker labels! Whether you want all your labels to look the same or prefer a variety of stickers on each page, their sticker editor makes it easy to create your own custom designs. Simply choose from their collection of clipart, or upload your own, then add additional elements and text as desired!

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I used 2.75″ round labels for all of my easy homemade holiday gifts to illustrate the many great ways you can use a single label across different gift containers. This sticker size is perfect for everything foaming soap pumps to mason jars and is also well suited for a family monogram!

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Easy Homemade Holiday Gifts

Following you’ll find four great recipes for easy homemade holiday gifts. And, because I know not everyone owns a kitchen scale, I’ve shared both the measurement and the weight for each of the ingredients called for in these recipes.

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Lavender Bath Salts Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup (4.35 oz.) Epsom salt
1/2 Cup (4.85 oz.) Himalayan pink salt
1/2 Cup (3.9 oz.) Dead Sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons (.3 oz.) vegetable glycerin
3/4 teaspoon (.15 oz.) lavender essential oil
2 Tablespoons dried lavender or cornflowers, optional

Instructions:

Measure or weigh out the salts and combine in a large glass bowl. Mix well to combine, then stir in the vegetable glycerin and lavender essential oil.

Once the salts are evenly coated, stir in the dried flowers then package in a 16 oz. mason jar.

Now simply apply your custom 2.75″ sticker to the lid of the mason jar and it’s all set for gifting!

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Ginger Orange Salt Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/4 Cup (8.24 oz.) Dead Sea salt
1 Tablespoon (.4 oz.) refined shea butter
5 cocoa butter wafers (.35 oz.)
3 Tablespoons (1.15 oz.) sweet almond oil
1/2 teaspoon (.1 oz.) fresh ginger essential oil
3/4 teaspoon (.15 oz.) 5-fold orange essential oil

Instructions:

Measure or weigh out the shea butter, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil. Combine in a double boiler and heat until melted.

Now measure out the essential oils and stir into the liquid ingredients. Set aside.

In a separate container, measure or weigh out the Dead Sea salt. Then pour the Dead Sea salt into the liquid ingredients.

Mix well to combine then package in a 9 oz. jar with a metal lug cap. Finish with a personalized 2.75″ label on the lid and a colorful ribbon tied around the neck of the jar.

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Foaming Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup (5.6 oz.) white granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons (.8 oz.) refined shea butter
1 Tablespoon (.4 oz.) Castile liquid soap paste
2 Tablespoons (.9 oz.) safflower oil
1/2 teaspoon green jojoba beads, optional
1/2 teaspoon (.1 oz.) peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Measure or weigh out the shea butter, Castile liquid soap paste and safflower oil. Combine in a double boiler and heat until melted.

Now measure out the peppermint essential oil and stir into the liquid ingredients. Set aside.

In a separate container, measure or weigh out the sugar. Combine with the green jojoba beads and mix thoroughly until the beads are incorporated evenly throughout the sugar.

Pour the sugar into the liquid sugar scrub base and stir or whisk with a fork until the wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Then spoon the the sugar scrub into an 8 oz. PET heavy wall plastic jar with a black lid. Finish with your customized 2.75″ sticker on the lid.

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Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

Distilled water
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap

Instructions:

Fill an empty 250 mL plastic PET bottle (with a white foamer pump) about two thirds of the way full with water. Then fill the remainder of the bottle three fourths of the way full (so there’s room for the foamer pump) with peppermint liquid Castile soap.

Screw on the foamer pump, then gently turn the bottle to mix the soap and water.

Finish with a 2.75″ round label on the front of your foaming hand soap bottle.

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For more ideas for easy homemade holiday gifts, be sure to check out my other recipes for making a whipped body butter soufflé and exfoliating whipped sugar scrub! You can find both of these homemade skin care recipes here along with more great ideas for labeling your easy homemade holiday gifts.

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Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe to Soothe Sore Muscles

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Don’t let sore muscles slow you down during the busy holiday season! Enjoy a nice long soak in these DIY pain relief bath salts instead. (And sneak in some quiet time away from the kids and the hustle and bustle of the holidays.)

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe! Don't let sore muscles slow you down this busy holiday season! Enjoy a nice long soak in these pain relief bath salts instead. Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. While a light blend of essential oils offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. #diy #recipe #bathsalts #painrelief #homeremedies #natural

My natural pain relief bath salts recipe is incredibly easy to make and smells wonderful. Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. A light blend of essential oils also offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation.

Even better? You can make my pain relief bath salts recipe in about 5 minutes! So not only are these bath salts easy to make when your body needs them most, but you can also whip these up in a jiffy for last minute holiday gifts.

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe! Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. While a light blend of essential oils offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. #diy #recipe #bathsalts #painrelief #homeremedies #natural

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

17 oz. Epsom salt
.7 oz. fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil of choice)
.1 oz. polysorbate 80 (optional)
1 mL tangerine essential oil
1 mL peppermint essential oil
1 mL eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions:

To make these pain relief bath salts, begin by weighing out the Epsom salt into a large glass bowl. Set aside.

In a separate container weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and polysorbate 80. Mix well.

(Polysorbate 80 is a solubilizer that bonds with oil. It will keep the essential oils and fractionated coconut oil from sitting on top of the water in your tub. While this product is optional, it is recommended especially in the absence of a carrier oil so that your skin isn’t coming into contact with the essential oils undiluted in bath water when adding essential oils to bath salts.)

Then using graduated plastic transfer pipettes, measure out and add the essential oil. Stir to combine.

Now combine the wet ingredients with the Epsom salt and mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated evenly throughout the bath salts.

DIY Pain Relief Bath Salts! Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. While a light blend of essential oils offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. #diy #recipe #bathsalts #painrelief #homeremedies #natural

Package your pain relief bath salts in your container of choice then label as desired for personal use or gifting.

To use your pain relief bath salts, add 1/2 to 1 cup to warm bath water as desired and soak for 20 minutes.

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If you like my DIY pain relief bath salts, then you may also enjoy my natural sore muscle salt scrub recipe as well as my arnica pain relief salve recipe for muscle pain and inflammation.

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