Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re still on the hunt for last minute Mother’s day gift ideas, then you’ll love this collection of Mother’s day gift ideas! Make them in just an hour in an afternoon and then gift them the same day!

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to DIY

1. Adzuki Bean Soap Recipe – This easy DIY adzuki bean soap makes a beautiful and functional homemade Mother’s Day gift! Made from a glycerin soap base, this adzuki bean soap recipe is a snap to make and is ready to gift the same day.

2. Custom Dry Oil Body Spray Recipe – Learn how to make this DIY Dry Body Oil Spray as a custom scented homemade Mother’s Day gift for mom!

3. Homemade Solid Perfume Recipe – This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful last minute Mother’s Day gift idea! Simply customize it with mom’s favorite scent!

4. Lush Inspired Massage Bar Recipe – This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is super simple to make and is a wonderful homemade Mother’s Day gift idea!

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

5. Natural Sal Butter Sugar Scrub Recipe – This naturally colored and scented sal butter sugar scrub recipe creates a natural, nourishing scrub that is especially suited for mom’s maturing skin. In addition to sal butter, this sugar scrub recipe also contains healing neem oil and moisturizing coconut oil.

6. Organic Peppercorn Massage Melt and Pour Soap Recipe – This fun homemade soap contains black peppercorns that gently massage skin as the soap is used.

7. Natural Lavender Bath Salts Recipe – Help mom keeping her skin looking and feeling great with this natural coconut milk & lavender bath salts recipe.

8. Ginger Lime Salt Scrub Recipe – Looking for a fresh new scrub for a last minute Mother’s day gift? Try this invigorating ginger and lime homemade salt scrub recipe! Not only is it easy to make, but it offers exceptional exfoliating and moisturizing benefits for your skin.

If you're still on the hunt for last minute Mother's day gift ideas, then you'll love this collection of Mother's day gift ideas you can DIY for mom in an afternoon that are ready for gifting the same day!

9. DIY Custom Herbal Tea Blends – Create the perfect last minute Mother’s day gift by gifting her with a relaxing, custom herbal tea blend!

10. DIY Lemongrass and Sage Bath Bombs – These freshly scented bath bombs make a relaxing last minute Mother’s day gift idea.

11. Homemade Lavender Bath Melts Recipe – These easy lavender scented bath melts contain soy wax to help them stand up better to storage before use and help to moisturize and protect dry or maturing skin from the elements.

12. DIY Terrariums – These cute terrariums are perfect as last minute Mother’s day gift ideas! Just collect materials from outside and combine them in a glass container!

For even more last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas you can DIY, be sure to follow my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest board as well as my post, DIY Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Make and Gift.

For more great ideas and DIY’s or to simply keep up with new posts from Soap Deli News blog, be sure to follow my other boards on Pinterest. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook,TwitterG+ and Instagram.

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DIY Gemstone Candles

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Learn how to make these fun DIY gemstone candles to decorate your space or as homemade gift ideas!

Looking for a fun craft project to start your new year? Then try your hand at these DIY gemstone candles! These DIY gemstone candles are a fun way to decorate your space or make them as homemade gifts throughout the year for nearly any occasion. They’re great for weddings too!

DIY Gemstone Candles

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

What you’ll need:

beeswax
soy wax
micas or candle dye in colors of choice
medium wooden wick
shallow heat proof ceramic or glass bowl (at least 5.65″-6″ in diameter)
diamond silicone mold
digital scale
large Pyrex measuring cup and microwave (or a double boiler)
fragrance oil of choice

What you’ll do:

Begin by making your gemstones to use as decoration around the outside of the candle. To make these, use a digital scale to weigh out 3.75 oz. of beeswax to fill all six of the diamond shaped mold cavities. (If you don’t want yellow gemstones, use white cosmetic beeswax.) Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50% power in the microwave until the beeswax has melted. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

These DIY gemstone candles are a fun way to decorate your space or make them as homemade gifts throughout the year for nearly any occasion.

Once melted, mix in mica powder of your choice until you reach the desired color. Now pour the melted and colored beeswax into the mold. Allow the beeswax to harden completely, then carefully remove the beeswax diamonds from the mold cavities.

Now prepare the soy wax for the bowl. The amount of wax and fragrance oil used for your candle will vary based on the size of the bowl you choose.

Fill the bowl with soy wax flakes by scooping them into the bowl until it’s full. Weigh out the amount of soy wax in the bowl. You can do this by placing a large Pyrex measuring cup onto your digital scale and pressing tare. Once the weight equals zero, add the soy wax to the Pyrex measuring cup on the scale. Record the weight of the soy wax you have.

Now melt your soy wax either in the microwave or in a double boiler. Once it has melted, remove from heat.

Place your wooden wick in the center of your bowl while you are waiting for the soy wax to cool down. Simply place the wick into the metal base, dip into the melted wax, then place in the center of the bowl.

Once your wax starts to cloud, it’s ready to pour. If you are using a fragrance oil, weigh out the fragrance oil at 10% of the amount of soy wax you previously recorded. So if you have 5 oz. of melted soy wax, you’ll weigh out and stir .5 oz. of fragrance oil into the wax.

These DIY gemstone candles are a fun way to decorate your space or make them as homemade gifts throughout the year for nearly any occasion.

Now pour the scented soy wax into the bowl around your wooden wick. Allow the soy wax to solidify completely.

These DIY gemstone candles are a fun way to decorate your space or make them as homemade gifts throughout the year for nearly any occasion.

Now place your gemstones around the outer edge of your bowl of solidified soy wax. You’ll want to leave a wide circle around the wick where the soy wax will pool once lit so that it doesn’t melt your gemstones as it burns.

These DIY gemstone candles are a fun way to decorate your space or make them as homemade gifts throughout the year for nearly any occasion.

Now weigh out about 1/3 to 1/2 of the amount of soy wax you recorded earlier. Melt the wax, allow to cool, then add your fragrance oil at 10% of the new amount of soy wax. Now pour the soy wax around into the bowl around the wick and gems.

These DIY gemstone candles are a fun way to decorate your space or make them as homemade gifts throughout the year for nearly any occasion.

Allow the wax to cool and harden completely.

Learn how to make these fun DIY gemstone candles to decorate your space or as homemade gift ideas!

Wait 24 hours before lighting your candle. Then cut the wick to 1/4″ and light.

These DIY gemstone candles are a fun way to decorate your space or make them as homemade gifts throughout the year for nearly any occasion.

Be sure to follow all safety precautions entailed with burning your candle and keep it away from flammable objects. Also be sure to blow your candle out if you leave and never leave your candle burning unattended.

This super easy DIY gem bath melts recipe requires just a few simple ingredients to create a beautiful and luxurious DIY wedding favor or gift. Or make DIY gem shaped solid lotion bars instead!

If you like my project for making DIY gemstone candles, then you may also like my super easy DIY gem bath melts recipe found here. This project uses the same diamond silicone mold as my DIY gemstone candles.

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Homemade Solid Perfume Recipe and Homemade Gift idea

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This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

Homemade Solid Perfume Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.2 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. sweet almond oil
up to .25 oz. fragrance oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the beeswax into a double boiler or a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the double boiler until melted or in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Remove from heat.

Once the beeswax has melted, weigh out the sweet almond oil. Stir into the melted beeswax. If the mixture begins to solidify – which can happen if the oil is cold – heat again slightly. (If you prefer not to use sweet almond oil or don’t have sweet almond oil on hand, you can substitute with any other low odor carrier oil that is liquid at room temperature.)

Now weigh out the fragrance and stir into the melted beeswax and oil mixture. (This homemade solid perfume recipe calls for the fragrance oil at 35% of the total beeswax and oil weight. Not all fragrance oils can be used up to 35% and be skin safe so you’ll want to check the manufacturer guidelines via the supplier you choose and adjust the amount of fragrance oil used appropriately. I chose a fragrance oil that was skin safe at up to 38% usage rate for perfume. However some fragrance oils are only safe up to 8% or less even in perfumes. Follow the same guidelines if you prefer to use natural essential oils.)

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

Now pour the melted mixture for this solid perfume recipe into lip balm containers. I used .3 oz. eco-friendly brown paperboard push up lip balm tubes from SKS Bottle & Packaging for my homemade solid perfumes. This particular homemade solid perfume recipe will fill three of these tubes. Alternately you can also use regular plastic lip balm tubes.

Allow your homemade solid perfumes to harden completely, then cap and label or decorate your solid perfume tubes as desired.

I used free washi tape clipart to decorate my tubes along with a hand drawn herbal tea clipart set I purchased from Mellenes Digital Art on Etsy. I simply imported the images into OpenOffice and arranged the graphics I wanted to use onto a blank text document, then printed the page onto a full size label/sticker sheet. (You can learn more about how to do this in my post on how to make homemade chocolate orange body butter here.)

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck them into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck them into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

Alternately you can also make this homemade solid perfume recipe in lip balm pots. (Pictured here are 1/2 ounce brown paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) For easier application using lip balm pots, you can reduce the amount of beeswax used to .15 oz.

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

Looking for a fun kid friendly fragrance blend for girls? Try this fragrance blend for your homemade solid perfume recipe! It smells like sugared candies! Weigh out and combine: .05 oz. Cinnamon Sugar fragrance oil, .15 oz. Cranberry Chutney fragrance oil and .1 oz. Orange Peel Cybilla fragrance oil.

If you liked this recipe, then be sure to check out my other bath and body recipes I created for the holidays: Chocolate Orange Body Butter and Matching Sugar Scrub Recipes, Cranberry Chutney Homemade Solid Lotion Bar Recipe, Cinnamon Sugar Homemade Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe, Homemade Green Tea and Turmeric Soap Recipe, Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe and my Homemade Orange and Espresso Soap Recipe.

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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How to Make Homemade Cocktail Bitters

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Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with two easy cocktail bitters recipes. Following you’ll find bitters recipes for both orange bitters as well as peach bitters. I’ve also included a PDF of free downloadable cocktail bitters labels that I designed for your final bottles of bitters. Just for fun they say “Orange you bitter!” and “You’re such a (bitter) peach!

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus printable labels for your finished bottles!

These homemade cocktail bitters are perfect not only for your home bar but also for gifting to friends who love cocktails or simply bartending in general. (Or even as a gag gift for your favorite grump!) They’d make a great homemade gift paired with a cocktail recipe book – I’m keen on “Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails” and “The Craft of the Cocktail” – and a mason jar shaker. Or even a large 2″ square silicone ice cube tray.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

To create your own homemade cocktail bitters you’ll need organic fruits and spices – I purchased my organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs – and Gentian Root Extract which I bought on Amazon as I couldn’t source this anywhere locally. As you use orange peel and lemon zest in these recipes as well, I chose to buy these organic and used fresh zest and peels. You’ll also need 100 proof vodka to make these homemade cocktail bitters. I specifically used Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka. One  750 mL of vodka will make about eight 1 oz. amber glass bottles (or four 2 oz. amber glass bottles) of each of the bitters.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

 Orange Homemade Cocktail Bitters Recipe

Ingredients:

375 mL Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka
4 oz. organic orange peels (from around two fresh oranges)
1/2 teaspoon organic fennel seed
1/4 teaspoon organic coriander seed
2 organic cardamon pods
10 drops Gentian root extract

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and tightly screw on the lid. Keep in cabinet (out of light) for two to two and a half weeks, gently shaking once every other day. After two weeks strain the contents using a coffee filter. Use a small funnel to fill about eight 1 oz. amber bottles with glass droppers. Print out my homemade cocktail bitters labels here, if desired, onto a full sheet sticker label, cut out and then affix each jar with the “You’re such a (bitter) peach!” labels. To protect your labels from moisture you can first cover your labels with clear packing tape before cutting them out and adhering them to the bottles.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels for your finished bottles!

Peach Homemade Cocktail Bitters Recipe

Ingredients:

375 mL Smirnoff 100 Proof Vodka
2 peach pits from fresh peaches
zest from 1/4 organic fresh lemon
1 organic sweet (true) cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon organic whole allspice
1/4 teaspoon organic coriander seed
2 whole organic whole cloves
10 drops Gentian root extract

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and tightly screw on the lid. Keep in cabinet (out of light) for two to two and a half weeks, gently shaking once every other day. After two weeks strain the contents using a coffee filter. Use a small funnel to fill about eight 1 oz. amber bottles with glass droppers. Print out my homemade cocktail bitters labels here, if desired, onto a full sheet sticker label, cut out and then affix each jar with the “Orange you bitter!” labels. To protect your labels from moisture you can first cover your labels with clear packing tape before cutting them out and adhering them to the bottles.

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitters recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus printable labels for your finished bottles!

Now that you’ve completed your homemade cocktail bitters it’s time to put them to good use! One of my favorite cocktail recipes is for a French 75 with a local twist. This cocktail recipe calls for orange bitters and is a bit sweeter than the more traditional French 75 cocktail. Gin of course goes in a French 75, however if you prefer bourbon that works as well. It’s simply called a French 95. You can find my favorite French 95/75 cocktail recipe here. (For the French 75 I use New Amsterdam gin which isn’t mentioned within that particular cocktail recipe.)

For more homemade cocktail recipes be sure to follow my Cocktail Hour board on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new posts by Tumblr and Blog Lovin’. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

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Super Easy DIY Gem Bath Melts Recipe

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This super easy DIY gem bath melts recipe requires just a few simple ingredients to create a beautiful and luxurious DIY wedding favor or gift. Or make DIY gem shaped solid lotion bars instead!

This super easy DIY gem bath melts recipe requires just a few simple ingredients to create beautiful and luxurious DIY wedding favors or homemade gifts! Made primarily of moisturizing mango butter, these gem bath melts will melt in bath water or on skin at around 86°F. As they begin to melt instantly when applied to skin they can also be used as solid lotion bars. Scent however you like – I scented mine with a Champagne fragrance oil – and customize with different colors of mica for a touch of shimmer on skin and/or fine glitter for more obvious color play.

If you live in a warmer climate that won’t accommodate your gem bath melts staying solid due to the heat, then be sure to try my alternate solid lotion bar recipe instead! Read on to learn how to make your own DIY gem bath melts with my super easy bath melts recipe.

This super easy DIY gem bath melts recipe requires just a few simple ingredients to create beautiful and luxurious DIY wedding favors or homemade gifts!

DIY Easy Gem Bath Melts Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

4 oz. refined mango butter
2.5 mL fragrance oil or 1 mL essential oil
1 teaspoon mica
pinch of fine glitter, optional

What you’ll need:

Gemstone Silicone Mold
Digital Scale
Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipettes
Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup
Microwave or Double Boiler
Measuring Teaspoon
Utensil for Stirring
Cutting Board

Instructions:

For this bath melts recipe I used Diamond Dust mica powder from Nature’s Garden and the Champagne fragrance oil from Brambleberry. However you can use your choice of mica and fragrance that fits your needs and/or color scheme. The mica will stay incorporated throughout your melted mango butter as it sets up. However, should you choose to use fine glitter keep in mind that it is heavier than mica and will sink to the bottom. The glitter really sticks to skin when you rub these onto your skin and can look fantastic if you’re going for a glittery Halloween or party look.

Using a digital scale weigh out the mango butter. Place in a glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50%, stirring partially through, until melted. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.) Be sure to handle the measuring cup with a dish towel or pot holder as the glass will get hot!

Allow the mango butter to cool slightly then measure out the fragrance oil using a graduated plastic transfer pipette. Stir the fragrance into the melted mango butter.

Using a measuring spoon, measure out one teaspoon of mica and, if desired, a pinch of glitter. Stir into the melted mango butter.

Place your gems mold on a cutting board. Now use the Pyrex measuring cup to carefully pour the melted mango butter into the mold.

Pick up the cutting board with the filled diamond mold on it and place it in the refrigerator. Allow the mango butter to solidify fully – about an hour or so – before unmolding. If you try to unmold your gem bath melts and they begin to crack, they aren’t ready to be unmolded. Simply place them back in the refrigerator a little longer at which point they will pop out of the mold without cracking.

This super easy DIY gem bath melts recipe requires just a few simple ingredients to create beautiful and luxurious DIY wedding favors or homemade gifts!

Easy Gem Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.8 oz. beeswax
.8 oz. cocoa butter
.8 oz. mango butter
1.5 oz. (liquid at room temperature) carrier oil of choice
.1 oz. Manuka honey or raw local honey
2.5 mL fragrance oil or 1 mL essential oil
1 teaspoon mica

Instructions:

This gem solid lotion bar recipe is easy to tweak based on the ingredients you have on hand. For the cocoa and mango butters you can opt to use all mango butter or all cocoa butter instead of both. If you don’t want to use honey – Manuka honey is well renowned for it’s anti-bacterial and healing properties – you can simply use 1.6 oz. of carrier oil instead and omit the honey.

Weigh and combine the beeswax and butters in a glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50% power, stirring occasionally,  in the microwave until melted. (Alternately you can melt the ingredients in a double boiler or make your own double boiler by placing the Pyrex measuring cup on a canning ring in a pot of water on the stove.

Now weigh out the carrier oil and honey and stir into the melted butters and wax.

Follow by measuring out both the mica with a measuring spoon and the fragrance oil with graduated plastic transfer pipette and stir them into the melted solid lotion bar ingredients.

Now place the diamond gems mold on a cutting board. Fill the mold with your melted ingredients then carefully place the cutting board with the mold into the refrigerator until the lotion bars have fully hardened.

Now that you’ve made your DIY gem bath melts and/or gem shaped solid lotion bars, simply package them as desired – such as in clear cellophane treat bags tied with ribbon – and they’re ready for gifting!

If you enjoyed my gem bath melts recipe and solid lotion bar recipe, then be sure to check out more of my skin care recipes by following me on Pinterest, Tumblr and Blog Lovin’. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

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