DIY Holiday Gifts That Look Store Bought

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Do want to give handmade gifts for the holidays this year but have concerns that your gift won’t be appreciated? Not to worry! Making your handmade holiday gifts is a snap with this gorgeous collection of DIY holiday gifts that anyone is sure love.

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While many of these holiday gifts look as if they could be store bought, they are instead lovingly handmade. And each gift idea comes with an easy to replicate recipe or tutorial. What will you make as gifts for the holidays this year?

DIY Holiday Gifts

DIY Holiday Gifts! Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial. #diy #gifts #giftideas #holidays #holidaygifts #christmas #christmasgifts #diygifts #crafts #diygiftideas #handmade

DIY Agate Soap Slices via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! These cheeky snowball ornaments are so much fun to make and perfect for gifting during the holiday season. Discover the tutorial to make your own DIY holiday ornaments now via PIxie Hill blog! #diy #gifts #giftideas #holidays #holidaygifts #christmas #christmasgifts #diygifts #crafts #diygiftideas #handmade

Cheeky Snowball Ornaments via Pixie Hill (Shop.)

Arnica Pain Relief Salve Recipe for Sore Muscles and Inflammation! Whether you suffer from pain due to the occasional the bumps and bruises or sore muscles or more intense pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel, this arnica pain relief salve recipe is the perfect natural remedy for muscle pain and inflammation!

Arnica Pain Relief Salve Recipe via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! Craft these DIY Primrose Crochet Dolls for your daughter or niece for the holidays via All About Ami!

DIY Primrose Crochet Dolls via All About Ami

DIY Holiday Gifts! Make this peppermint foaming sugar scrub recipe to gift to friends and family this holiday season! #diy #gifts #giftideas #holidays #holidaygifts #christmas #christmasgifts #diygifts #crafts #diygiftideas #handmade

Peppermint Foaming Sugar Scrub Recipe via The Nourished Life

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! Make this crocheted DIY winter tempest blanket via Hopeful Honey for a handmade holiday gift that's sure to be treasured.

DIY Crochet Winter Tempest Blanket via Hopeful Honey

These DIY Aloe Vera Bath Melts for Dry Skin make great DIY holiday gifts for anyone who loves bath and beauty products!

Aloe Vera Bath Melts Recipe via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! Make this easy 3-ingredient peppermint soap via A Pumpkin & A Princess to gift to friends and loved ones this holiday season!

DIY Peppermint Soap via A Pumpkin & A Princess

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holders has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder via Soap Deli News

Dry Skin Salve Recipe with Baobab Oil via The Nourished Life

DIY Holiday Gifts! These handmade odor neutralizing candles smell great and really neutralize odors! Such a great handmade holiday gift idea!

DIY Odor Neutralizing Candles via Soap Deli News

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Ginger Orange Salt Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! This delightful Cocoa and Coffee Soap recipe is fun and easy to make, smells like delicious spiced chocolate and coffee, and it would make a wonderful gift for your loved ones!

Cocoa & Coffee Soap Recipe via The Nourished Life

DIY Holiday Gifts! This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain - phantom or otherwise - as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn more about this amazing homemade body butter made with lavender and neem oil, both of which are prized for their antiviral and analgesic properties, by visiting Soap Deli News blog for the recipe. And be sure to make extras to give as handmade gifts for Christmas or throughout the year! #diy #bodybutter #recipe #gift #lavender #neemoil #christmas #crafts #handmade #skincare #beauty

DIY Lavender Body Butter with Neem Oil via Soap Deli News

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This party perfect, golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! This homemade body butter is a must have for seasonal holiday parties. Not only does it smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also moisturizes skin and makes it pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

Golden Glitter Pumpkin Spice Body Butter Recipe via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! Make these lovely DIY lavender rosemary candles via Live Simply to gift to friends and coworkers this holiday season!

DIY Lavender Rosemary Candles via Live Simply

DIY Glitter Perfume for Your Inner Rockstar! True glitter fans continue to discover glitter EVERYWHERE - even after an OCD house cleaning. If you're a fan of glitter (and you totally know what I mean!) then you simply cannot pass up this tutorial for making your own awesome DIY glitter perfume!

DIY Glitter Perfume via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! This Peppermint Orange Body Butter Recipe is all natural and makes a lovely handmade holiday gift idea!

Peppermint Orange Body Butter via The Nourished Life

DIY Cream Eyeshadows! If you love makeup as much as I do, then you're going to want to check out these DIY cream eyeshadows! Not only are they super pigmented, but they also contain eco-friendly glitter! So not only will you feel great about wearing a product you've made yourself, but you can rock out the sparkle too!

DIY Cream Eyeshadows via Soap Deli News

This sea salt face and body scrub recipe is loosely inspired by Lush's Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. Made using fine dead sea salt, this emulsified sea salt face and body scrub recipe has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin while dead sea salt lends its natural healing properties.

Sea Salt Face & Body Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News

Pedi Foot Scrub Recipe with Coconut Oil! This super exfoliating pedi foot scrub recipe with coconut oil will leave your feet feeling like you just had a professional spa pedicure! Made with all natural ingredients, this pedi foot scrub exfoliates with fine sea salt and pumice. It then hydrates skin with shea butter and coconut oil for softer, smoother feet with every use!

Pedi Foot Scrub Recipe with Coconut Oil via The Nourished Life

DIY Holiday Gifts! Craft this luxe DIY Cocoa Butter Cashmere Body Mousse via Soap Queen for handmade holiday gifts this year!

DIY Cocoa Butter Cashmere Body Mousse via Soap Queen

This natural neem oil body butter recipe is handmade with arnica infused coconut oil and neem oil to help ease the main of minor wounds, help to minimize the appearance of scarring and promote healing. Made with only the finest natural ingredients, this neem oil body butter is sure to become a staple in your bathroom medicine cabinet.

Neem Oil Body Butter Recipe with Arnica Infused Coconut Oil via Soap Deli News

This palmarosa lime natural body balm recipe helps to protect, soothe and replenish dry chapped skin with natural ingredients like oat butter, hemp seed oil and lanolin.

Palmarosa Lime Natural Body Balm Recipe via Soap Deli News

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

DIY Geometric Terrarium with Faux Plants via Soap Deli News

This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

Orange Coconut Coffee Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

Natural Rose Body Balm Recipe with Tea Seed Oil via Soap Deli News

This homemade salve recipe for eczema is made using all natural ingredients including honeybush tea infused pumpkin seed oil. Prized in skin care for it's ability to soothe skin irritation, honeybush tea is a wonderful pantry staple for whole body health both inside and out! Visit Soap Deli News blog now for the recipe and to learn more about the benefits of honeybush tea and pumpkin seed oil that are incorporated into this valuable DIY.

Homemade Eczema Salve with Honeybush Tea via Soap Deli News

This starry DIY snow globe ring makes a fun and unique homemade Christmas gift!

DIY Starry Snow Globe Ring via Soap Deli News

Unicorn Glitter Butter! This magical unicorn glitter butter recipe is perfect for parties and summer festivals! Scented with a sweet candy crush fragrance oil, this lavender colored unicorn glitter butter leaves a lovely layer of iridescent sparkly glitter on skin wherever it's applied!

DIY Unicorn Glitter Butter via Soap Deli News

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your existing soap pumps. Or make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap with just three simple ingredients! These make great homemade teacher gifts too!

DIY Foaming Holiday Hand Soap via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! Everyone will love this homemade vanilla spice whipped body butter via Humblebee & Me for their gifts this year!

Vanilla Spice Whipped Body Butter via Humblebee & Me

DIY Holiday Gifts for Him! This DIY Cedarwood Beard Balm via Fireflies & Mud Pies makes a great homemade holiday gift for men!

DIY Cedarwood Beard Balm via Fireflies & Mud Pies

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe via Soap Deli News

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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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Lavender Bergamot Deodorant Recipe with French Green Clay

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Whether you prefer a stick or a cream deodorant, this versatile lavender bergamot deodorant recipe with French green clay offers some of the best wetness and odor protection yet! And it’s completely 100% natural.

Natural Deodorant Recipe with French Green Clay! Whether you prefer a stick or a cream deodorant, this versatile lavender bergamot deodorant recipe with French green clay offers some of the best wetness and odor protection yet! And it's completely 100% natural. #deodorant #diy #health #wellness #skincare #recipe #natural #beauty #lifestyle

I’ve accumulated quite the stash of lifestyle and beauty tips over the past several decades. Like retinol will clear up your hormonal acne at any age and flossing can not only prevent a receding gum line, but also stop it in its tracks. But I’ve also learned that antiperspirant will, over time, make you both sweat and stink more.

Why Should I Switch to a Natural Deodorant?

Our bodies evolved to sweat. It’s what sets us apart from other mammals. Sweating keeps our bodies from overheating. As a result, we are able to work harder and longer. Antiperspirants run counteractive to this. Aluminum-based ingredients block our sweat glands to prevent this very necessary and vital function. In turn it traps odor causing bacteria from exiting our bodies – odor that the antiperspirant then masks. This can lead to some pretty negative side effects and cause worsening odor over time. (Which is why you now need a clinical strength antiperspirant but didn’t when you were younger.)

When you then also compound this with the other potentially harmful ingredients found in some brands of antiperspirants. These ingredients include triclosan which can disrupt hormones and environmental estrogen like BHT and parabens. And over time it’s possible that these ingredients can lead to health problems.

While there’s no definitive research that can state absolutely that these ingredients – which are used well outside of moderation – do cause health problems as components of antiperspirants, there’s also no research that proves it doesn’t. And as time passes and we learn more about how the products we use can affect our bodies, it may be time to err on the side of caution.

Having personally made the switch from an antiperspirant to using my own homemade deodorant recipe over a year ago, I can say I will never go back. Not only do I stink less now than I did when I used antiperspirants, I also sweat less. And as someone who suffers from fibromyalgia, I also FEEL better the majority of the time.

However, because I am who I am, whenever I run out of my current batch of deodorant I come up with an entirely new recipe. Because, hey. Why not? Life’s short. Mix it up. Yada yada yada. Doesn’t matter. What this means for you, is every few months I throw out a new natural deodorant recipe for you to try. So there you go.

About My Lavender Bergamot Deodorant Recipe

My latest and greatest is a lavender bergamot deodorant recipe. It contains my staple ingredients like arrowroot powder and magnesium hydroxide, but omits coconut oil which has a tendency to clog pores due to its high non-comedogenic rating.

As a twist, I also included French green clay in my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe. And instead of my usual candelilla or carnauba wax, I used beeswax instead. The bonus? This recipe works as a cream deodorant in a jar or as a stick deodorant in a tube.

Why Do You Use French Green Clay?

French green clay, sometimes also called sea clay, is made up of micro molecules that are able to “drink” oils, impurities and even toxic substances from your skin. (Kind of like activated charcoal but without the mess.) Commonly used to fight and prevent acne in addition to routine weekly face masks, this light green clay is naturally rich in minerals and is valued for its toning properties.

Even more interesting is that French green clay obtains its light green color from naturally occurring iron oxide and decomposed plant material – the same life cycle that the earth uses to regenerate herself. In turn, its soft texture and elemental composition lends itself well to a variety of skin care preparations.

While it’s a common misconception that all French green clay comes from France (it does not) I specifically used the French green clay sold by Mountain Rose Herbs. Their untreated French green clay is specifically quarry mined from naturally occurring deposits in France and makes a lovely addition to this natural deodorant recipe.

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Lavender Bergamot Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

6 oz. arrowroot powder
3 oz. magnesium hydroxide
1 oz. French green clay
2 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. baobab oil
.5 oz. 100% neem oil
.5 oz. refined shea butter
1/2 teaspoon beeswax pastilles
.1 oz. lavender essential oil
.05 oz. bergamot essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe, except for the beeswax pastilles. You will need a teaspoon measuring spoon to measure out the wax.

To make my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe with French green clay, begin by weighing out the cocoa butter and shea  butter into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass bowl.

Next, measure out a level teaspoon of the beeswax pastilles and add it to your container. Melt these ingredients either in a microwave at 30% power or a double boiler until melted.

Once melted, weigh out the baobab oil and neem oil. Stir these oils into the melted butters and wax. (If needed, you can gently heat the deodorant mixture again then mix well to combine.)

While the lavender bergamot deodorant mixture is still hot, weigh out and stir in both the arrowroot powder, French green clay and magnesium hydroxide. Mix well with to combine.

Then follow with the essential oils, weighing out the amounts first, then stir them into the deodorant mixture until thoroughly incorporated.

Finally, pour your lavender bergamot deodorant into your desired containers of choice. I used 4 oz. paperboard containers for mine.

These eco-friendly paperboard jars are renewable, recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable. They also have an oil resistant paper barrier so they work well with products such as lip balms, salves, deodorants and even body butters. You can purchase these eco-friendly jars in bulk from SKS Bottle & Packaging here. Another alternative is to pour these into empty deodorant tubes.

Allow your deodorant to cool and solidify, then cap and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you’d like to recreate my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe to sell, then you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your product. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your handcrafted products.

This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil and detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant fights body odor without synthetic or controversy ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

More Natural Deodorant Recipes

If you enjoyed my lavender bergamot deodorant recipe, then you may also enjoy my other natural deodorant recipes as well.

For even more great bath, body and skin care recipes be sure to check out my boards on Pinterest. You can also follow me via your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.

Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe with Cucumber & Tea Seed Oil

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Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe is made with cucumber seed oil and cucumber hydrosol to target inflammation and help soothe skin irritation as well as reduce swelling. Additional ingredients, including tea seed oil, baobab oil and carrot seed essential oil, work together to help skin look and feel more youthful.

DIY Cucumber Eye Cream that targets under eye puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines! Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe targets inflammation to help soothe skin irritation and reduce swelling. Learn how to make this natural beauty recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #beauty #skincare #recipe #antiaging #antiwrinkle #cucumber #eyecream

We all age. And unfortunately, if you’re like me, you fight it every step of the way. Perhaps not kicking and screaming, but with an arsenal of anti-aging beauty products and your inner voice screaming at the top of your lungs “I am still 23 at heart!” I’m determined that at 80 I’ll still be dancing to the new big local band in downtown Roanoke, dressed completely inappropriately with a mass of colors and a bar tab boasting too many glasses of wine.

I can’t think of a better way to spend the last half of my life than really living it. Hopefully I’ll still have all of my favorite people around also enjoying their retirement years. While there won’t be cats (because I’m terribly allergic) we’ll all be living with too many dogs and still crafting til our fingers bleed. Hopefully you’re envisioning your own future life in much the same way.

In the meantime however, before those wrinkles become so deep set there’s no point in fussing over them anymore, we can fight to keep our youth (or rather youthful appearance) just a little bit longer.

DIY Cucumber Eye Cream for Puffy Eyes + Maturing Skin! Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe is made with cucumber seed oil and cucumber hydrosol to target inflammation and help soothe skin irritation as well as reduce swelling. Additional ingredients, including tea seed oil, baobab oil and carrot seed essential oil, work together to help skin look and feel more youthful. #diy #beauty #skincare #recipe #antiaging #antiwrinkle #cucumber

I created this cucumber eye cream recipe for one of my dear friends who is just a few years older than my own 42 years. She’s had more than her fair share of trials over the past year or so. From the death of her mother and a diagnosis of uterine cancer she has braved the harsh realities of those tumultuous challenges that come with age and with life.

Having recently had both her uterus and ovaries removed, she was looking for natural anti-aging products to help combat the rush of changes that occur with the ensuing menopause. My cucumber eye cream recipe with cucumber and tea seed oil is the result of her request.

Skin Care Benefits of Cucumber Seed Oil + Cucumber Hydrosol in My Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe

As we age our eyes naturally develop bags under them for hereditary reasons. While a cucumber eye cream isn’t going to magically make those bags disappear, it can help to reduce the additional inflammation caused by other stressors. For my cucumber eye cream recipe I used two ingredients from cucumbers – cucumber seed oil and cucumber hydrosol.

Benefits of Cucumber Seed Oil in Skin Care

Cucumber seed oil is a fast absorbing, non-greasy carrier oil with a long shelf life. It has a low comedogenic rating, meaning it won’t clog pores, and is rich in nutrients. These nutrients include phytosterols, tocopherols, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It’s antioxidant and moisturizing properties make it especially suited for use in anti-aging creams and lotions.

However, you’ll also find that this natural carrier oil is also commonly used in products meant for hair, lips, nails and even massage. Because of cucumber seed oil’s anti-inflammatory properties, it’s also a recommended ingredient in products that target acne, sunburns, dry scalp, eczema and psoriasis.

Benefits of Cucumber Hydrosol in Skin Care

While cucumber seed oil is derived from cold pressed cucumber seeds, cucumber hydrosol comes from the steam distillation of chopped up cucumbers. Essentially it is a pure extract of cucumber water. Cucumber hydrosol has wonderful cooling properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties much like cucumber seed oil.

Cucumber hydrosol is also an astringent. This makes it especially suited to be used as a toner to help tighten, tone and firm skin as well as reduce excess oil. When used as a facial toner, cucumber hydrosol can help to belay the effects of aging including wrinkles and fine lines.

DIY Cucumber Eye Cream that targets under eye puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines! Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe targets inflammation to help soothe skin irritation and reduce swelling. Learn how to make this natural beauty recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #beauty #skincare #recipe #antiaging #antiwrinkle #cucumber #eyecream

Skin Care Benefits of Additional Carrier Oils Used in My Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe

In addition to the cucumber based ingredients, my cucumber eye cream recipe also contains some of my favorite anti-aging carrier oils.

All of the carrier oils included in my cucumber eye cream recipe – cucumber seed oil, camellia seed oil, baobab oil and rosehip seed oil – have low comedogenic ratings, meaning they won’t clog pores. Camellia seed, cucumber seed and rosehip seed oils all have a rating of 1, while baobab oil has a rating of 2.

Benefits of Camellia Seed Oil in Skin Care

Camellia seed oil, also known as tea seed oil, is similar in nature to fractionated coconut oil. Like both coconut oil and cucumber seed oil, camellia (tea) seed oil has a long shelf life. It’s often been referred to as one of the best kept secrets in the cosmetic and hair care industry as it’s been shown to improve the tone and texture of skin as well as reduce the appearance of aging. Additionally, this highly hydrating oil is non-greasy and is quickly and easily absorbed by skin.

Camellia seed oil won’t dry out skin or clog pores, yet it contains more oleic acid than olive oil. It also contains vitamins, A, B, and E, various minerals and squalene. As it’s been shown that a deficiency of squalene can lead to dry skin and premature aging, this constituent makes camellia seed oil a valuable ingredient in anti-aging skin care recipes. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, this oil soothes and calms easily irritated skin and helps to smooth dry, flaky skin.

Regular use of camellia oil can help to protect skin from age spots as well as soften wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes and mouth. It also offers some protection from UV rays.

Benefits of Baobab Oil in Skin Care

Baobab oil is another non-greasy, shelf stable carrier oil famed for its emollient and moisturizing skin care properties. Rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, it also possesses skin protectant and anti-inflammatory properties when used in skin care applications.

Baobab oil makes an excellent addition to skin care products for those who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, dry psoriasis and actinic keratosis. It can also help to relieve itching associated with dry skin and other problem skin conditions.

Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil in Skin Care

Rosehip seed oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and has the reputation for counteracting dry, weathered and dehydrated skin. Not only is rosehip seed oil moisturizing, but it can also help to reduce hyperpigmentation, fight aging and sun damage and help to improve skin’s texture.

A common ingredient in anti-aging beauty products, rosehip seed oil helps to diminish the appearance of scars, wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. It leaves skin looking not only revitalized, but also noticeably softer.

Ready to give this homemade anti-aging eye cream a try? You can find my cucumber eye cream recipe below!

DIY Cucumber Eye Cream for Puffy Eyes + Maturing Skin! Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe is made with cucumber seed oil and cucumber hydrosol to target inflammation and help soothe skin irritation as well as reduce swelling. Additional ingredients, including tea seed oil, baobab oil and carrot seed essential oil, work together to help skin look and feel more youthful. #diy #beauty #skincare #recipe #antiaging #antiwrinkle #cucumber

Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

.6 oz. cucumber seed oil
.6 oz. camellia (tea) seed oil
.5 oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. baobab oil
.5 oz. rosehip seed oil
.5 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. cucumber hydrosol
vitamin E oil, several drops
12 drops carrot seed essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops bergamot essential oil
broad spectrum preservative, of choice

Instructions:

It is extremely helpful for to have experience making lotions when attempting my cucumber eye cream recipe as it requires an emulsion. If you aren’t experienced with making homemade lotion from scratch, I’ve tried to simplify this recipe as much as possible to avoid having the cucumber hydrosol separate from the oils if you struggle with the temperatures.

Anne L. Watson’s book, Smart Lotionmaking, is a great introduction to making homemade lotion from scratch. It covers everything from tools of the trade and definitions of ingredients, to sanitizing and filling your lotion containers. In addition she also offers an in depth tutorial on how to make and test your homemade lotions for safety and provides a variety of recipes to get you started. The kindle version of Smart Lotionmaking is available instantly here. (If you don’t have a kindle you can use Amazon’s free kindle reading app.)

As my cucumber eye cream recipe contains water, you will need to use a broad spectrum preservative to prevent the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria. While storing this eye cream in the refrigerator without a preservative will slow down the growth of bacteria, it won’t prevent it from occurring.

You can use any broad spectrum preservative (suitable for lotion) of your choice for this recipe at the manufacturer’s recommended usage rate. Keep in mind that different preservatives need to be incorporated into your cucumber eye cream at or below specific temperatures. So you will need to have a kitchen thermometer handy. Germaben II for example, should be mixed in at 140°F or less and has a usage rate of .3% – 1.0%. Optiphen Plus, a paraben free preservative, has a usage rate of .75% – 1.5% and should be added at temperatures no higher than 176°F.

Begin by sanitizing your tools, lotion container and workspace with rubbing alcohol.

Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the emulsifying wax, shea butter and carrier oils into a scientific glass beaker. Place in a double boiler and heat until melted. Once the wax melts, bring the temperature of the oils and wax to 158°F (70°C) and hold for 20 minutes.

While the oils, shea butter and wax are melting weigh out the cucumber hydrosol into a small glass beaker. Bring the temperature of the hydrosol to 158°F (70°C) and hold.

Now slowly pour the cucumber hydrosol into the melted oils, butter and wax. Mix with a few bursts of a stick blender.

Once your cucumber eye cream cools enough to add your preservative, mix in the vitamin E, essential oils and the preservative of your choice. Hand mix for about two minutes with a skinny spatula or long spoon, then pour into your container of your choice. (I used 2 oz. glass amber glass jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

Allow your cucumber eye cream to finish cooling then screw the lids onto your jars. Your cream should be ready for use 12-24 hours later.

Once ready, you can label your cucumber eye cream as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you want to make this cucumber eye cream to sell, you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your product as well as test your final product for safety. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products.

Like My Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe?

If you like my cucumber eye cream recipe, then you may also enjoy some of my other natural beauty and skin care recipes.

This anti aging night cream recipe helps to reduce the signs of aging naturally with ingredients like coconut water, evening primrose & rosehip seed oil.

My anti-aging night cream recipe helps to reduce the signs of aging naturally with ingredients like coconut water, cocoa butter, evening primrose and rosehip seed oil. It’s another great option for those wanting natural alternative beauty products.

This cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made with ingredients skin love like cucumber seed oil and aloe and has a refreshing cucumber mint fragrance. Because it's emulsified it doesn't feel oily on skin - making it the perfect option for exfoliating skin this summer! It's so easy to create and makes a great homemade gift too!

Like my cucumber eye cream recipe, my cucumber mint sugar scrub recipe is made using cucumber seed oil in addition to aloe vera. Because it’s emulsified it doesn’t feel oily on skin. Not only is it a treat for your own skin, but this sugar scrub also makes a wonderful homemade gift idea.

Additionally, you may also enjoy my recipes for making a coffee & black tea under eye cream, a green tea eye cream and a lavender body butter. Or check out my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board.

For more great bath, body and skin care recipes be sure to check out my other boards on Pinterest. You can also follow me via all of your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

Aloe Vera Bath Melts Recipe with Epsom Salt for Problem Skin

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If you suffer from dry or problem skin that’s easily irritated by commercial solutions, this aloe vera bath melts recipe is a great natural alternative! Not only are these DIY bath melts quick and easy to make, but they’re also a great homemade gift idea for friends and family.

DIY Aloe Vera Bath Melts for Dry Skin! If you suffer from dry skin that's easily irritated by commercial solutions, this aloe vera bath melts recipe is a great natural alternative! Aloe vera, a versatile plant hailed as a magical skin saver, has a long history of use in skin care products and has the ability to promote healing, soothe and moisturize dry skin, fight dandruff and promote hair growth. #AloeVera #diy #BathMelts #crafts #skincare #naturalskincare #naturalremedies #bath #beauty

Aloe vera, a versatile plant hailed as a magical skin saver, has a long history of use in skin care products. It has the ability to promote healing, soothe and moisturize dry skin, fight dandruff and even promote hair growth.

DIY Aloe Vera Bath Melts for Dry Skin! If you suffer from dry skin that's easily irritated by commercial solutions, this aloe vera bath melts recipe is a great natural alternative! Aloe vera, a versatile plant hailed as a magical skin saver, has a long history of use in skin care products and has the ability to promote healing, soothe and moisturize dry skin, fight dandruff and promote hair growth. #AloeVera #diy #BathMelts #crafts #skincare #naturalskincare #naturalremedies #bath #gift

In Ayurvedic medicine aloe vera is also used to tackle skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. And, because aloe vera also possesses anti-inflammatory, astringent, antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it’s equally great at fighting and preventing acne.

Love the idea of using aloe vera in your skin care products but don’t like baths? You can also use these aloe vera bath melts as solid salt scrub cubes. Simply massage a cube onto damp skin in the shower and enjoy the benefits of the aloe in addition to exfoliation from the salts! Check out my recipe below to get started.

DIY Aloe Vera Bath Melts for Problem Skin! If you suffer from dry skin that's easily irritated by commercial solutions, this aloe vera bath melts recipe is a great natural alternative! Aloe vera, a versatile plant hailed as a magical skin saver, has a long history of use in skin care products and has the ability to promote healing, soothe and moisturize dry skin, fight dandruff and promote hair growth. #AloeVera #diy #BathMelts #crafts #skincare #naturalskincare #naturalremedies #bath #beauty

Aloe Vera Bath Melts Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

4 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. safflower oil
2 oz. Epsom salt
10.5 oz. fine sea salt
1.25 oz. aloe vera leaf powder
.25 oz. polysorbate 80 (optional)
.15 oz. fragrance oil (of choice, optional)
1 teaspoon majestic green mica (optional)
1/4 teaspoon gold mica (optional)
cornflowers, to suit

Instructions:

I’ve included the option for using colorants in these aloe vera bath melts for those of you who love colored bathwater. It’s a great option if you love bath bombs but bath bombs don’t exactly love you.

For all natural aloe vera bath melts, simply omit the optional ingredients. This recipe yields fourteen bath melts when you use the mold indicated for this project.

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the cocoa butter and safflower oil. Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass bowl then heat at 30% power in the microwave until the cocoa butter has melted. (Alternately you can also use a double boiler.)

Remove from heat then weigh out and stir in the safflower oil, polysorbate 80 and fragrance oil. (You can also use an essential oil of your choice at half the amount or omit the fragrance entirely.)

DIY Aloe Vera Bath Melts for Dry Skin! If you suffer from dry skin that's easily irritated by commercial solutions, this aloe vera bath melts recipe is a great natural alternative! Aloe vera, a versatile plant hailed as a magical skin saver, has a long history of use in skin care products and has the ability to promote healing, soothe and moisturize dry skin, fight dandruff and promote hair growth. #AloeVera #diy #BathMelts #crafts #skincare #naturalskincare #naturalremedies #bath #beauty

In a separate container, weigh out the combine the Epsom salt, fine sea salt and aloe vera leaf powder. Then, if desired, use a measuring spoon to measure out and add the mica. Mix well with a fork until all the dry ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Then place the container with your aloe vera bath melts mixture in the refrigerator. Once the mixture starts to thicken and the salt stays suspended when stirred, remove from the refrigerator.

Now place a small amount of cornflowers into fourteen of the fifteen cavities of mini BPA silicone ice cube mold.

Next, pour the bath melts mixture into the mold cavities with the cornflowers. Then place the mold inside your refrigerator until your aloe vera bath melts harden.

Once your bath melts have solidified remove them from the mold and package as desired. To use simply add to warm, running bath water and enjoy!

DIY Aloe Vera Bath Melts for Dry Skin! If you suffer from dry skin that's easily irritated by commercial solutions, this aloe vera bath melts recipe is a great natural alternative! Aloe vera, a versatile plant hailed as a magical skin saver, has a long history of use in skin care products and has the ability to promote healing, soothe and moisturize dry skin, fight dandruff and promote hair growth. #AloeVera #diy #BathMelts #crafts #skincare #naturalskincare #naturalremedies #bath #beauty

I used packaging from SKS Bottle & Packaging. Pictured are their Amber PET Heavy Wall 8 oz. Plastic Jar and 16 oz. Clear Glass Mason Jar with an Antique Pewter Lid. (However the 25 oz. jar actually works better for this specific product as you can easily fit more bath melts inside.)

All that’s left is to decorate or label your container(s) as desired for personal use or gifting!

Wondering how else you can use cornflowers?

Cornflowers have a long history of use in herbal skin care. It’s natural pigment – flavonoids known as anthocyanins – possess antioxidant properties that are believed to promote healing. In addition cornflowers also contain biotin as well as possess antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cornflowers’ toning and cooling properties make it especially beneficial when used in beauty applications to soothe tired, itchy or puffy eyes. It’s also used in cosmetic applications to firm both mature and crepey skin. As such, these properties make cornflowers especially suited for facial masks. (Learn more about cornflowers at Herb & Hedgerow.)

To create a cornflower anti-inflammatory mask infuse 2 Tablespoons of cornflowers in 3.5 oz. of boiling water. Strain, then allow the water to cool.

Next, combine 3 Tablespoons of cornflower infused water with 2 Tablespoons white kaolin (cosmetic) clay and 1 Tablespoon colloidal oatmeal. Mix well then apply even to a freshly washed face. Rinse off after ten minutes and pat dry.

A Natural DIY Coffee Under Eye Cream Recipe to help with puffiness and dark circles as well as those pesky fine lines and wrinkles!

If you like my aloe vera bath melts recipe, then you may also enjoy my recipes for making mini bundt cake solid salt scrubs, coffee & black tea under eye cream and an anti-aging night cream with rosehip seed oil and coconut water. Or check out my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board for more great skin care recipes.

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