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.

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

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.

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

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.)

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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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Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Recipe

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This cranberry fig bath truffles recipe makes a lovely seasonal, homemade gift idea that’s sure to give you a new appreciation for this tiny tart fruit! Keep reading to learn how to make these giftable fragrant, fizzing bath truffles and discover some of my favorite food recipes for cranberries as well!

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I grew up with cranberry sauce (from a can) always being served at family holiday dinners. Not understanding at that point in my life how something that resembled Jello could come out of said can, I was never tempted to try it. And to date, I still have not. However, dried cranberries in salads or sweetened in desserts I do find appetizing. And of course cranberries immersed in cakes and breads make for a wonderful seasonal fresh baked fragrance that’s both tart, fruity and sweet.

Now that I’m a third way through my life (I plan to live forever though!) I have a better appreciation of many foods that I did not have in my teens and twenties. And, while I still won’t eat cranberry sauce out of a can, classic homemade cranberry sauce and even cranberry chutney can garner a thumbs up when paired with favorites like pork or scallops.

For the Love of Cranberry!

Holiday Inspired Cranberry Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe via Half Baked Harvest! Plus more cranberry delights and a gift worthy DIY for making homemade Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles for homemade holiday gifts! #cranberry #food #cranberrysauce #cranberryrecipes #recipes #diy #gifts #holidays #christmas

Some of my favorite cranberry recipes include this cranberry orange margarita recipe from Half Baked Harvest (one of my all time favorite food blogs!) along with some simply stunning cranberry wreath gingerbread cupcakes from Lauren Conrad, a dark chocolate cranberry bundt cake recipe from My Baking Addiction, and eggnog panna cotta with spiked cranberry sauce from Sprinkle Bakes.

However, before you start checking your pantry for the ingredients to one (or all) of these lustful cranberry concoctions, I want to first share an awesome recipe for making cranberry fig bath truffles! Similar to bath bombs (or bath fizzies) these homemade bath truffles are easy to make and work nicely with silicone molds. They also smell AMAZING! So much in fact that after I made these my house smelled like a blend of tart cranberries, sweet fig and subtle wood for days.

Additionally, my cranberry fig bath truffles are also great for gifting throughout the holiday season whether for a housewarming or hostess gift or even Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for family and friends. Following is the recipe.

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Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

5 oz. citric acid
8 oz. baking soda
4 oz. SLSA
2 oz. deodorized cocoa butter
1 oz. pink kaolin (or blush) clay
.4 oz. polysorbate 80 (optional)
.6 oz. cranberry fig fragrance oil
2 teaspoons sparkle pink mica

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale for my cranberry fig bath truffles recipe in order to weigh the ingredients. (I recommend this Baker’s Math Scale if you plan to make a lot of bath, body or soap recipes.) You will also need two Wilton Silicone Brownie Pop Molds which can be found both online as well as in most craft stores.

Begin by weighing out the cocoa butter in either a double boiler or a heat safe glass container such as a glass Pyrex measuring bowl. Heat the cocoa butter in your double boiler or in your container in the microwave at 40% power until melted.

Set aside to cool slightly.

Now weigh out the citric acid, baking soda, kaolin clay, and SLSA and combine in a large glass bowl. (I highly recommend wearing a dust mask for this step. Both the SLSA and the citric acid are finer particles that can be inhaled into the lungs and cause coughing as they are released into the air.)

Using a teaspoon measure, measure out the sparkle pink mica and add to the other dry ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly to combine.

Next, weigh out the fragrance oil (I used the cranberry fig fragrance oil from Symphony Scents) and polysorbate 80 and stir into the melted cocoa butter. (While the polysorbate 80 is optional, it is included to keep the oils in my cranberry fig bath truffles recipe from floating on top of your bath water as well as to prevent the mica from potentially staining your tub. If you choose not to use polysorbate 80, you can easily substitute it with your favorite carrier oil.)

Combine the dry ingredients with the scented cocoa butter and mix well.

You can now begin filling the cavities of your brownie pop molds. To do this, I recommend filling one cavity at a time.

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Loosely add the cranberry fig bath truffles mix to fill one cavity. Then pile more on top to form a mountain.

Next, firmly press the ingredients into the mold cavity. Resist pushing so hard that the cavity bows out on the sides, but enough that the mixture is firmly packed.

Proceed with filling all of the additional cavities of your molds until you have used all of the bath truffle mix. (You should get approximately 9-10 bath truffles from this recipe.)

Once you’ve filled the mold, set it aside in a safe, dry location.

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After one to two days, carefully unmold your cranberry fig bath truffles.

If desired, you can now add melt and pour soap “icing.”

To do this simply heat a small amount of white or clear melt and pour soap base of your choice in a small Pyrex measuring cup or glass scientific beaker until melted.

Mix in a small amount of unsweetened cocoa powder to suit for chocolate icing. Or use plain white melt and pour soap for white icing. Allow the soap to cool slightly.

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Once a thin film starts to appear on top of the soap, remix the soap then pour across the tops of your cranberry fig bath truffles. If desired, you can also sprinkle the tops of your bath truffles with a biodegradable cosmetic glitter of your choice before the soap fully cools and hardens.

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Once the soap has solidified, gently use a thin knife or utensil to remove your bath truffles from your work surface. Then package your bath truffles as desired for personal use or gifting.

To use, simply add to warm, running bath water and enjoy the bubbles and fizz!

Paint Your Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Instead!

Alternately, you can also paint your cranberry fig bath truffles. To do this simply combine a small amount of colored mica with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and mix well until there are no longer any clumps. (You may have to play with it a bit to reach the desired consistency.)

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Then, using a small craft paint brush, paint your bath truffles as desired in blocks of color or with designs of your own creation.

What If I Want to Sell My Bath Truffles?

If you plan to sell your cranberry fig bath truffles, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

It is important to note that, as this product contains SLSA, it is considered a foaming detergent bath product. Because of this labeling your bath truffles requires an additional caution to be printed on the label unless it states that the product is for adult use only. This is in addition to the ingredient list and directions for use and other information already required for cosmetic labeling. You can find more information on this at the FDA website here.

For more great homemade gift ideas, be sure to check out my post on DIY holiday gifts that look store bought at Soap Deli News blog here. Additionally, you can also discover more homemade gift ideas and recipes via my boards on Pinterest.

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Fizzing Shamrock Bath Truffles Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

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Learn how to make this fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe for St. Patrick's Day! This easy fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a fizzy bath truffle that adds moisturizing cocoa butter to your bath water along with bubbles. Plus it's easy to remove from a silicone mold in one piece!

Learn how to make this fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe for St. Patrick’s Day!

This easy fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a fizzy bath truffle that adds moisturizing cocoa butter to your bath water along with bubbles. While it doesn’t have the dramatic effect of a bath bomb, it’s perfect for those who prefer less flair in their bath water. You’ll also find that my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a product that’s easy to remove from a silicone mold – so your fizzy bath truffles come out all in one piece!

Made with skin nourishing cocoa butter, my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe also contain dendritic salt, which has better oil absorption, greater fragrance retention and dissolves faster in water than regular salt. Ready to get started? Follow my recipe and instructions below!

Learn how to make this fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

Fizzing Shamrock Bath Truffles Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

4 oz. citric acid
8 oz. baking soda
2 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. dendritic salt
.3 oz. SLSA
.15 oz. lime peel essential oil
1/2 teaspoon jade green crystal mica powder

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale for my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe in order to weigh the ingredients. (I recommend this Baker’s Math Scale if you plan to make a lot of bath, body or soap recipes.) You will also need the Wilton 8-Cavity Silicone Shamrock Mold which can be found online and in most craft stores.

This easy fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a fizzy bath truffle that adds moisturizing cocoa butter to your bath water along with bubbles. While it doesn't have the dramatic effect of a bath bomb, it's perfect for those who prefer less flair in their bath water. You'll also find that my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a product that's easy to remove from a silicone mold - so your fizzy bath truffles come out all in one piece!

Begin by weighing out the cocoa butter in either a double boiler or a glass Pyrex container. Heat the cocoa butter in your double boiler or in a heat safe glass container in the microwave at 50% power until melted.

Set aside to cool slightly.

This easy fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a fizzy bath truffle that adds moisturizing cocoa butter to your bath water along with bubbles. While it doesn't have the dramatic effect of a bath bomb, it's perfect for those who prefer less flair in their bath water. You'll also find that my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a product that's easy to remove from a silicone mold - so your fizzy bath truffles come out all in one piece!

Now weigh out the citric acid, baking soda, dendritic salt, and SLSA and combine in a large glass bowl. (You may want to wear a face mask for this step. Both the SLSA and the citric acid are finer particles that can cause coughing as they are released into the air.)

This easy fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a fizzy bath truffle that adds moisturizing cocoa butter to your bath water along with bubbles. While it doesn't have the dramatic effect of a bath bomb, it's perfect for those who prefer less flair in their bath water. You'll also find that my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a product that's easy to remove from a silicone mold - so your fizzy bath truffles come out all in one piece!

Using a teaspoon measure, measure out the jade green mica and add to the other dry ingredients. Now mix the dry ingredients thoroughly together.

Next, weigh out the essential oil and stir into the melted cocoa butter.

This easy fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a fizzy bath truffle that adds moisturizing cocoa butter to your bath water along with bubbles. While it doesn't have the dramatic effect of a bath bomb, it's perfect for those who prefer less flair in their bath water. You'll also find that my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a product that's easy to remove from a silicone mold - so your fizzy bath truffles come out all in one piece!

Combine the dry ingredients with the scented cocoa butter and mix well.

You can now begin filling five of the cavities of your shamrock silicone mold. To do this, I recommend filling one cavity at a time. Loosely add the fizzing bath truffles mix to fill one cavity. Then pile more on top to form a mountain. Next, firmly press the ingredients into the mold cavity. Resist pushing so hard that the cavity bows out on the sides, but enough that the mixture is firmly packed.

Proceed with filling four additional cavities of your shamrock mold.

Once you’ve filled the mold, set the molded fizzing bath bomb truffles aside out of the way in a dry location.

Wait two days, then carefully unmold your fizzing shamrock bath truffles.

This easy fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a fizzy bath truffle that adds moisturizing cocoa butter to your bath water along with bubbles. While it doesn't have the dramatic effect of a bath bomb, it's perfect for those who prefer less flair in their bath water. You'll also find that my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a product that's easy to remove from a silicone mold - so your fizzy bath truffles come out all in one piece!

Wrap and label your completed fizzing bath truffles as desired for personal use or for gifting.

To use, simply add to warm, running bath water and enjoy!

My fizzing shamrock bath truffles don’t have the same flair as bath bombs however they do create bubbles and fill your bath with nourishing cocoa butter. These are perfect for people that don’t want super colored bathwater and strong fragrances.

If you plan to sell your fizzing shamrock bath truffles, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

It is important to note that, as this product contains SLSA, it is considered a foaming detergent bath product. As such labeling requires an additional caution to be printed on the label unless it states that the product is for adult use only. This is in addition to the ingredient list and directions for use and other information required for cosmetic labeling.

FDA information on labeling foaming detergent bath products ie. bath bombs and/or bubble bar with SLSA.

Above is a screenshot of this requirement from the FDA website for cosmetic labeling regulations regarding this product.

This easy fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a fizzy bath truffle that adds moisturizing cocoa butter to your bath water along with bubbles. While it doesn't have the dramatic effect of a bath bomb, it's perfect for those who prefer less flair in their bath water. You'll also find that my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe creates a product that's easy to remove from a silicone mold - so your fizzy bath truffles come out all in one piece!

Notes:

Be sure to use your fizzy bath truffles within a few months for best results as citric acid begins to lose it’s potency once exposed to air.

In addition I also received some helpful tips for making bath bombs on one of my instagram posts!

The Bubbling Mermaid suggests when formulating your own bath bombs or bath fizzies for use in a silicone mold that you add kaolin clay for ease of removal. While The Chequered Lily also recommends curing your bath fizzies in a silicone mold for at least 48 hours.

Handmade Magic Shamrock Bath Bombs from SpaGlo

If you don’t have the time to create my fizzing shamrock bath truffles recipe you can find similar handmade products on Etsy like this set of two magic bath bomb shamrocks from SpaGlo. Or you can browse for more shamrock bath bombs here.

For more recipes like my fizzing bath truffles recipe as well as other homemade bath and body and soap recipes, be sure to check out my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

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DIY Solid Sugar Scrub Snowballs

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These sparkling DIY solid sugar scrub snowballs are not only a fun way to pamper yourself this winter, but they also make unique DIY Christmas gift ideas for any bath and body lover!

These sparkling DIY solid sugar scrub snowballs are not only a fun way to pamper yourself this winter, but they also make unique DIY Christmas gift ideas for any bath and body lover! These DIY solid sugar scrub snowballs are are pretty straight forward and easy to make. Just give yourself a few hours and you’ve got the perfect pampering Christmas gift!

These sparkling DIY solid sugar scrub snowballs are not only a fun way to pamper yourself this winter, but they also make unique DIY Christmas gift ideas for any bath and body lover!

DIY Solid Sugar Scrub Snowballs

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.6 oz. shea butter
1 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. emulsifying wax
1.5 oz. refined coconut oil
.35 oz. grapeseed oil
.1 oz. fragrance oil, optional
11.4 oz. white granulated sugar
pinch to 1/4 teaspoon blue ultramarine pigment powder

“Snow Sparkle” Ingredients:

2 oz. white granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon white, pearl or Diamond dust mica powder

Instructions:

To make these DIY solid sugar scrub snowballs, begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the shea butter, cocoa butter and emulsifying wax. Combine in a double boiler or a large glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in the double boiler or in the microwave at 50% power until all the ingredients have melted. Remove from heat.

Weigh out the grapeseed oil – or another carrier oil like hemp seed oil, rosehip seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, or jojoba oil – the coconut oil and, if desired, the fragrance oil you’ve chosen to use. (You can also use half the amount in an essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice.) Stir into the melted butter and wax mixture until they are completely melted.

In a separate container, weigh out 11.4 oz. of sugar. Depending on how blue you want your snowballs, add a pinch to 1/4 teaspoon of the blue ultramarine pigment powder. (You can use other colors as well or omit the color all together.) Whisk the pigment powder into the sugar until it is evenly distributed throughout and there are no clumps.

Allow the melted butters, wax and oils to cool slightly. You want to be able to handle the oil without being burned.

While this cools, prepare your snow sparkle ingredients. Weigh out 2 oz. of sugar into a container. Now measure out the mica and whisk into the sugar until it’s evenly incorporated.

Now slowly pour the sugar into the melted butters, wax and oils whisking with a fork as you go.

You’re now ready to form your snowballs! I used my hands for this part, however you could also use a bath bomb mold or a meat baller for uniform sugar scrub snowballs.

Lay a piece of wax or parchment paper onto a flat working surface and pour about half of the snow sparkle ingredients on the paper. Now form the sugar scrub mixture into balls the desired size. These will feel like they aren’t very solid and a little like they won’t stay together, but they will. Pack the balls as tightly as you can then roll them into the snow sparkle ingredients one at a time, adding more of the sugar and mica mixture as needed. Sprinkle additional sugar and mica onto the balls as desired.

Arrange the snowballs you’ve just made gently onto a plate, the place the plate in the refrigerator for about an hour or until the snowballs have hardened completely.

These sparkling DIY solid sugar scrub snowballs are not only a fun way to pamper yourself this winter, but they also make unique DIY Christmas gift ideas for any bath and body lover! These DIY solid sugar scrub snowballs are pretty straight forward and easy to make. Just give yourself a few hours and you've got the perfect pampering Christmas gift!

Now remove the solid sugar scrub snowballs from the refrigerator and package as desired in a large mason jar or in plastic containers. Your completed DIY solid sugar scrub snowballs not only crush easily in the tub or shower for use, but also offer nourishing moisture and exfoliation for dry skin without feeling oily. And they sparkle just like real snow!

(Your final quantity of sparking snowball sugar scrubs will depend on the size you choose to make your solid sugar scrubs. The combined weight of all your ingredients will tell you the total amount of your final product. If you live in a warm climate, I recommend decreasing the amount of grapeseed oil to .25 oz. and increasing the emulsifying wax to .35 oz. as a starting point.)

Now simply label or decorate your packaging as desired for gifting!

For more of my homemade bath and body recipes as well as favorites from around the web, be sure to check out and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. If you’re looking more homemade Christmas gift ideas, you’ll also enjoy my Christmas gift idea boards on PinterestUnique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas and DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts. You can also find and follow me via Blog Lovin’ and TumblrFacebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

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Homemade Cranberry Body Butter Recipe

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This homemade cranberry body butter recipe makes a wonderful homemade Christmas gift idea! Plus you'll love the less greasy formula!

This homemade cranberry body butter recipe is easy to craft and makes a wonderful homemade Christmas gift idea. Not only does it smell delectable – and seasonally suited! – but it’s not as greasy as many traditional body butters.

This homemade cranberry body butter recipe makes a wonderful homemade Christmas gift idea!

Cranberry Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. refined/deodorized cocoa butter
.2 oz. grapeseed oil
.1 oz. Cyclomethicone
.05 oz. pure tapioca starch
.1 oz. cranberry fragrance oil of choice
pinch coral oil locking mica shimmer, optional

Instructions:

Using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the cocoa and shea butter into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat at reduced power until the butters have melted. Carefully remove the butters from the microwave – use a pot holder as the glass will be hot! – then weigh and add the remaining ingredients.

I used both the Cyclomethicone and the tapioca starch to make this cranberry body butter recipe less greasy. You can omit one or either however it will alter the feel of the final product. For the fragrance I used a Frosted Cranberry fragrance oil but you can choose your favorite or omit it for an unscented body butter. (You can also use Cyclomethicone in this awesome dry body oil spray recipe.)

Stir well and use a stick blender if needed to fully incorporate the color. It will want to settle onto the bottom if not mixed thoroughly. Allow to harden overnight then stir once more before use. (You can speed this up by placing your cranberry body butter in the fridge.)

This cranberry body butter recipe yields enough body butter to fit into one 4 oz. jar. I used a small Ball 4 oz. jelly mason jar from the grocery store for this particular recipe.

To use simply scoop out a small amount and rub onto skin as desired. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way!

 This homemade cranberry body butter recipe makes a wonderful homemade Christmas gift idea!

To create labels for the tops of your jars of body butter you will need a full size sheet of sticker paper, a marker, a stamp you like and a stamp pad. I used a StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad to prevent smudging. Turn your sticker paper upside down so you are drawing on the portion you peel off and then trace around the inside of the mason jar ring.

Now cut around the line you just drew with scissors.

Next, place the stamp you are using firmly on the ink pad to ensure even coverage then stamp the front of the sticker paper circle you just cut out. Remove the backing from the sticker paper and place the stamped sticker onto the top of the lid. It’s that easy!

For more homemade bath and body recipes be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also find more skin care recipes and homemade Christmas gift ideas by following my Pinterest boards. If you’d like to read more from Soap Deli News be sure to follow me on Tumblr, Blog Lovin’, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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