Holiday Foaming Hand Soap DIY

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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!

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6.25 oz. liquid Castille soap
2.5 oz. distilled (or filtered water)
.05 oz. peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

This peppermint foaming hand soap recipe yields one bottle of soap. Increase the recipe as needed for different sized containers or to make multiples all at once.

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the ingredients into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Stir gently, then pour into your foaming soap pump bottle and screw on the lid. (Also be sure to try my rose & lavender body wash recipe in your foaming soap pump bottles too!)

I used 250 mL plastic PET bottles with white foamer pumps from SKS Bottle & Packaging.  (You can find these on their website here.)

Now you just need to print the image for your holiday foaming hand soap.

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

 For the images on my holiday foaming hand soap container, I purchased this Christmas themed clip art from Kenna Sato Designs. (I also love her other cute Christmas clip art found here and here.)

Using a word program – I use OpenOffice which is free to download – create a new text document.

Now insert the image(s) you wish to use onto the document by going to Insert > Picture > From File. Resize the image to 3.5″ wide by clicking on the image, holding down shift then right clicking on the bottom right corner and dragging the image diagonally to the left until it’s the desired size.

Repeat with additional images if desired. (You can find a screenshot tutorial of this process here.)

Now print your page with the images onto a full size white glossy label (inkjet or laser depending on the type of printer you have.) I get my labels from WorldLabel.

Next, simply cut out your image(s), remove the backing, and adhere the image to the front center of your holiday foaming hand soap pump container(s).

Hand draw labels for your holiday foaming hand soap pump containers to give as homemade gifts!

Alternately, you can also draw your own labels!

To create your labels simply sketch out your drawing onto blank white matte sticker paper, using the bottle as a guide so you get the label size right. The color your drawing in with permanent markers or your other favorite medium. Cut out the label.

Now take a clear or crystal clear sticker label and cut the label so it’s slightly larger than your image. Remove the backing from the clear sticker label and place it on top of your image so the image is fully covered. Trim off the excess label. (Alternately, if your labels are small enough, you can also do the same thing with packing tape.) Now adhere the label you just created to your foaming soap pump bottle.

Looking for more homemade gift ideas for the holidays? Then be sure to check out this post for 50 unique holiday gift ideas you can make for friends and family.

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Homemade Winter Body Balm Recipe

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This homemade winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help promote healing for damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The end product of this winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persistent skin conditions.

This homemade winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help promote healing for damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The end product of this winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persistent skin conditions.

It’s also appreciated by anyone who washes their hands continuously throughout the day such as hair dressers, crafters and teachers who work with children. Check out my homemade winter body balm recipe below to learn how to make it. You’ll also find a tutorial for creating your own homemade labels after the recipe.

This homemade winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help promote healing for damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The end product of this winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persistent skin conditions.

Homemade Winter Body Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. traditional emulsifying wax
1 oz. mango butter
1 oz. coconut oil (76° melt point)
.5 oz. lanolin
.5 oz. 100% neem oil
.5 oz. carrier oil (liquid at room temp)
2 mL (approx. 40 drops) rosewood natural essential oil blend

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the waxes and mango butter in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Then heat in the microwave at 50% power until the waxes and butter have melted completely. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

Next, weigh out the coconut oil and lanolin. Stir into the melted wax and butter mixture until these ingredients have liquified completely. (If you are allergic to coconut oil you may substitute the coconut oil with shea butter.)

Now weigh out the neem oil – learn more about neem oil here – and your carrier oil and mix into your previously melted ingredients. (I used my homemade chamomile infused olive oil as my carrier oil. A calendula infused carrier would be equally nice. However, it’s not necessary to use an infused oil. you can simply use any carrier oil you prefer as long as it’s liquid at room temperature. Good options include hemp seed oil, olive oil, rosehip seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil or avocado oil.)

Finally, using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out the rosewood essential oil blend and stir into the winter body balm recipe ingredients. Stir to combine thoroughly. (Pure rosewood essential oil is terribly expensive as rosewood is endangered. A rosewood essential oil blend – which is a combination of essential oils that are blended to smell like rosewood – makes a nice alternative and will completely cover the smell of the neem oil without being overpowering. Alternately, you can use any other skin safe essential oil of your choice.)

Now simply pour your completed healing winter body balm into containers of your choice and allow the product to fully solidify before placing the lid onto your container.

I chose to use eco-friendly 1/2 ounce brown paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging as my winter body balm containers. (This winter body balm recipe will yield ten .5 oz. jars.) Alternately you can also use any other container(s) of choice. A 4 oz. Ball jelly mason jar from the grocery store – like the ones I used for my homemade cranberry body butter recipe – also works great for this particular product.

This winter body balm recipe yields 5 oz. of product. To determine how many containers you’ll need based on your container choice, simply divide 5 by the number of ounces your containers hold.

Create labels for your natural skin care products.

To create the labels for my winter body balm containers, I purchased Winter Snowflake Clipart from Lilmade Design on Etsy. (She offers several lovely variations of snowflake designs that you can choose from that work perfectly for the lids of round containers including her Nordic Snowflake Clipart and Snowflake Galore Clipart.)

I used OpenOffice to create my labels using the clipart from Lilmade Design. I use OpenOffice as it’s a free open source program similar to Word. However, you can also use Microsoft Word if that option is available to you.

How to create custom labels for your healing winter body balm recipe.

To create your own sheet of custom labels begin by creating a new text document in OpenOffice. Now format your page with three columns by clicking on Format > Columns.

As I was using 1/2 ounce jars with a diameter of just over 1.25″ I increased the spacing to 1.60″ which made the width of my column the size I needed (1.24″) to fit onto my lids. Now hit OK. (Adjust this as necessary based on the diameter of your own container lids.)

How to create custom labels.

Next you’ll simply import your image(s) by clicking on Insert > Picture > From File. Choose the image you’d like to use and click OK.

Creating custom labels.

Your image will appear on the page in the size needed without you having to rescale the image size. With the image selected – you’ll see the green boxes around the image – hit COMMAND C (on Mac) or CTRL C (on Windows) to copy the image.  Now click just below the image and hit the enter bar. Then hit hit COMMAND V (on Mac) or CTRL V (on Windows) to paste the image again below the first one. Repeat this until you have the number of images needed for your containers.

Finally, print out your page of labels you just created onto a full label sheet -I get mine for a great bulk price from World Label – then cut them out and adhere to the lids of your containers. (You can find other easy to follow instructions for creating your own custom labels on my tutorials for making homemade chocolate body butterscustom wedding soap favors and DIY mix tape soap favors.)

This homemade chamomile balm recipe is divine. Scented with cocoa, ginger and espresso and packaged in eco-friendly paperboard jars, these make great gifts!

If you like my healing winter body balm recipe, then you may also enjoy my homemade chamomile balm recipe.

Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest to discover more of my own homemade bath, body and beauty recipes you can make for your family or as homemade gifts as well as some of my favorite beauty recipes from around the web. You can also find and follow me via Blog Lovin’ and TumblrFacebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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Homemade Soap Recipe for Men with Printable Gift Labels

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A fantastic & ferocious cold process homemade soap recipe for men with free printable gift labels with illustrations designed by Anna Dance of Hello Pants!

Coming up with unique homemade Christmas gift ideas can be a challenge – especially when you’re searching for gift ideas for men. So I thought I’d lend a helping hand. For this DIY project I collaborated with Anna Dance of Hello Pants. Anna is graphic artist and illustrator from Australia who creates fun and whimsical watercolor illustrations and digital drawings.

Printable Deer Holiday and Christmas Gift Tags and Labels

I created a homemade soap recipe for men and she created a drawing for the labels. There are several variations of printable labels that can be used for both your handmade soaps for men this holiday season as well as gift tags for everyone on your list. If you’d like to keep up Anna’s with work, I encourage you to follow her on Facebook and Pinterest. You’ll also find her on Etsy.

DIY Homemade Gift Idea for Men - Handmade Ferocious & Fantastic Soap Recipe with Printable Holiday Deer Labels and Gift Tags

Men’s Ferocious & Fantastic Homemade Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
7.2 oz. 76 degree F melt point refined coconut oil
1.8 oz. sweet almond oil
5.4 oz. sunflower oil
3.6 oz. sustainable palm oil
1.8 oz. shea butter
1.8 oz. cocoa butter
3.6 oz. castor oil

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

2 oz. Ferocious Beast fragrance oil
1 oz. kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
1 Tablespoon rosehips powder
1 Tablespoon powdered loofah
pinch Chromium Oxide Green Pigment Powder
pinch Copper Mica

Instructions:

This recipe will fit one of my diy wooden loaf soap molds. Alternately you can use a silicone loaf mold or two 6-Cavity Silicone Mini Loaf Pans. If using a wooden mold, begin by lining your mold, then follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Start by measuring out the distilled water into a pitcher or a four cup or larger glass Pyrex measuring cup. Then, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the lye and pour into the water. Stir into the lye dissolves and set aside in a safe location to cool. Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters and place in a large non-aluminum pot. Heat over medium heat on the stove until fully melted, then remove from heat and allow to cool.

While your lye-water and soapmaking oils are cooling you can prepare the other ingredients in separate containers and set aside. If you can’t find loofah powder, you can run a dried loofah through a food processor to make your own.

Once the lye-water and oils have cooled to about 100 degrees F you are ready to make soap. Start by adding the kaolin clay and powdered loofah to the soapmaking oils. Then mix with a stick/immersion hand blender until the ingredients are fully incorporated. Now, slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Add the fragrance oil and stir again until you reach a medium trace then pour a third of the soap into your prepared mold. Evenly dust this layer of soap with the powdered rose hips.

Now pour about 1/3 of the remaining soap into a measuring cup and set aside. With the soap left in the pot add a pinch of the green pigment and mix well with the stick blender until it’s thoroughly incorporated. Then pour this soap into your soap mold on top of the first layer of soap with the rosehips powder on top.

With the remaining soap you set aside, add a pinch of earthen mist mica and mix well with the stick blender then pour on top of the first two layers of soap. Level the soap as much as possible so the final size of your bars will be consistent. I generally level out the top of my soap using a butter knife. I run a butter knife back and forth along the width of the mold to evenly distribute the soap, then run it back and forth along the length. However, you can use whatever method works best for you. Now cover the soap and insulate for at least twenty-four hours.

Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe for Men - DIY Ferocious & Fantastic Men's Soap with Printable Labels

Once the soap has completed the saponification process, you can unmold the soap and cut it into bars. {Learn how to make a soap cutting guide here.} Allow soaps to cure for 3-6 weeks, then wrap and label. I use professional plastic food wrap film to wrap my homemade soaps as it works GREAT and is MUCH cheaper than buying small containers of cling wrap. For my labels, I used full size white label sticker sheets from WorldLabel.

Printable Winter Deer Gift Labels and Tags Plus a Homemade Soap Recipe for Men

There are several fantastic versions of labels to choose from. You can download a printable version of this soap recipe and Rebecca’s version of the printable soap labels and gift tags here. You can also download Anna’s version of super cute printable woodland deer soap labels here.  Anna’s version also includes a version of soap labels for women with a sweet doe in a winter scarf and hat carrying a basket of flowers! (All labels are for personal use only.) To print your labels, simply choose your favorite label or gift tag design and print only that page onto a sticker label sheet.

Looking for more printable holiday gift tags? Download and print my Printable Kawaii Inspired Holiday Gift Tags and Cute Holiday Printable Gift Tags. Or browse my Printables board on Pinterest.


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Free Vintage Poison Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels

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Printable Apothecary Bottle Vintage Poison Labels for Halloween

Next month is Halloween, which for me means either window shopping for that perfect costume early or getting started on a DIY Halloween costume. I’m a little past due. Last year my son went out as a super creepy clown. (I skipped out.) And the year before that my boyfriend went out as Prince which won him top prize at a costume contest, while I was basically a Ramones groupie for a tribute concert. I really only went all out in 2010 when I wore a handmade and gently used Renaissance Pirate costume I scored for around $75 on Etsy. This year, I’m just as clueless as I was the past two years. I keep threatening to go out as a plague doctor with the beak-y bird mask, but Scott is not real hip on that idea.

American Horror Story Inspired Preserved Organs DIY – Basement Horrors in Mason JarsRegardless, I’ve put together a few fun Free Vintage Poison Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels for you to help make your Halloween decor extra sinister. (Even if your costume isn’t.) You can put these on apothecary jars, mason jars, tins or even beer or wine bottles. Stage them with a few jars of preserved organs or aliens and you’ll have the kids scared to death of what’s hiding in the basement! {Find out how to make these jars here.}

Printable Halloween Labels - Vintage Apothecary Bottle Poison Labels

These Vintage Poison Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels come in three designs with four of each label to a page. I think they look rather authentic printed in black and white onto full size Kraft sticker label sheets. {I got my Kraft sticker labels from World Label.} Once you’ve printed them it’s only a matter of figuring out where to put them. {Download these labels in PDF format here.} Where will you stick yours?


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Last Minute DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

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Wrapping those Christmas gifts at the last minute but don’t want them to look like they were rushed? Here are a few stylish and pretty diy gift wrap ideas that will keep you at home and away from the malls on Christmas Eve! Plus links to free printable gift tags and wrap!
DIY Last Minute Upcycled Tissue Box and Washi Tape Gift Tag
This first idea is my own. I keep seeing tutorials for diy upcycled cereal box and washi tape gift tags. The problem with that is the backs of the cereal boxes with are difficult to cover with washi tape. So I used a tissue box instead. (I certainly had plenty of empty ones with all the colds and sinus infections going around this year.)
DIY Handmade Gift Tags - Upcycled Tissue Box and Washi Tape Gift Tags
Tissue boxes already have pretty designs (pictured above) so the back of the tag is already perfect! Just add washi tape to the front! Then simply add a strip of washi tape around some plain wrapping paper and tie the gift tag on with baker’s twine for simple but elegant gift wrap!
Here are just a few other fun, diy gift wrapping ideas from around the blogosphere.
Pretty Handmade DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas and Free Printables
DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas and Holiday Printable Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper

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