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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Homemade Pumpkin Soap Recipe

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Cold Process Homemade Pumpkin Soap Recipe for Fall made using real organic pumpkin!

This cold process homemade pumpkin soap recipe is handmade using real organic pumpkin making it a perfect soap for the fall season! Pumpkin isn’t just cool because it’s autumn, though. It’s also great for your skin too! Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids which are shown to help smooth and brighten skin. In addition pumpkin also contains vitamins A and C which have been shown to help soften and soothe skin as well as boost collagen production which helps to prevent signs of aging.

So what are you waiting for? Stop by your local grocer for a can of organic pumpkin and get to work on this homemade pumpkin soap recipe to help keep your skin looking bright and beautiful throughout the fall season and beyond. Plus these homemade pumpkin soap bars make lovely homemade gift ideas for the holidays! So be sure to make enough to share!

Cold Process Homemade Pumpkin Soap Recipe made using real organic pumpkin!

Homemade Pumpkin Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

10.5 oz. pomace olive oil
6.6 oz. sustainable palm oil
13 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
5 oz. rice bran oil
1.5 oz. shea butter
1.3 oz. cocoa butter

5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
8.8 oz. distilled water

2.5 oz. organic canned pumpkin
2 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional
pinch each of yellow oxide and red iron oxide pigment powders, optional

Instructions:

To create this homemade pumpkin soap recipe you’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. This recipe will fit inside one of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds and will yield approximately 10-12 bars of homemade pumpkin soap depending on how they are cut.

Begin by mixing your lye water. Weigh out the water and lye using a digital scale then slowly pour the lye into the water. Mix well until all the lye has dissolved then set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters and combine in a large stainless steel pot on the stove. Heat over medium heat until all oils are melted, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Once your lye-water and soapmaking oils reach around 95°F-100°F you’re ready to make soap.

If you are planning to add a colorant to your soap, start by adding a pinch each of yellow and iron oxide pigment powders to your soapmaking oils and then mix well with a stick blender.

Next slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Add the pumpkin and mix again until it is fully incorporated then add the fragrance oil if desired and continue mixing until your soap has reached a full trace.

Pour the soap into your prepared mold, cover and insulate. After twenty-four hours have passed you can unmold your soap and cut it into bars. Allow soap to cure 3-6 weeks before using then wrap and label as desired.

For more homemade cold process soap recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. Also be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board for more great homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s from both Soap Deli News blog and around the web.

Keep up with all of my new DIY bath and beauty posts and homemade soap recipes by following Soap Deli News Blog on Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas You Can DIY

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Homemade Father's Day Gift Ideas You Can DIY

With Father’s Day this Sunday you may still be scrambling for a few last minute homemade Father’s Day gift ideas. No worries. Here’s a collection of some of my favorite homemade gift ideas for Dad from my Father’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. First up is Dad’s Travel Bag via Polka Dot Chair. It’s great for men who travel often and boasts handsome leather accents so Dad is always in style even on the go.

DIY Father's Day Gift Idea - BBQ Gift Basket with Free Printable for Dad

If cooking is more up Dad’s alley, I love this DIY BBQ Gift Basket Gift Idea from Bread & With It. There are recipes for homemade ketchup, roasted garlic mustard, barbecue sauce and traditional mayonnaise with olive oil along with printable labels to personalize your creations.

Homemade Gift Ideas for Dad on Father's Day

Even if Dad won’t admit it, he can always use some extra pampering. I love these natural homemade skin care products ideas for Dad – DIY Pre-Shave Oil via The Merry Thought (left), DIY Shaving Cream via The Chic Site (center), and DIY No Druff Beard Oil via Bumblebree Blog (right).

Natural Homemade DIY Handmilled Soap for Men - Scented with a Designer Cologne Dupe!

For the Dad that always loves to smell great, try this easy Handmilled Soap Recipe for making Seriously Sexy Round Soap Bars via Soap Deli News as a homemade Father’s Day gift idea. These homemade soap are scented with a Very Sexy for Men fragrance oil dupe so Dad steps out of the shower smelling better than ever!

DIY Gift Ideas for Men Perfect for Deserving Dads

Or craft an easy an all natural DIY Hair Pomade for Dad via Momtastic DIY (left), DIY Soap on a Rope via A Beautiful Mess (center), or two simple Recipes for Natural Beard Oil and Mustache Wax via Soap Deli News (right).

DIY Darth Vader Star Wars Mug Gift Idea for Dad

For functional everyday homemade gift ideas for Dad I’m all about this super cool DIY Darth Vader Coffee Mug via Skona hem. The Pink Samurai has a DIY Custom Photo Tumblr project that’s pretty cool too.

For over a hundred more great homemade Father’s Day gift ideas that are sure to please Dad, be sure to check out and follow my Father’s Day Gift Idea Board on Pinterest. I’m always adding great new homemade gift ideas for Dad that you can buy or DIY!

DIY Upcycled Mens Shirt Wine Gift Bag for Father's Day

It includes more great DIY gift ideas like Homemade Bacon Infused Vodka, DIY Sriracha-Orange Marmalade Marshmallows, DIY Blue Spruce Scented Soy Candles (with printable labels), Men’s Easy Homemade Face Cream Recipe, DIY Chamomile and Neroli Beer Soap, a Father’s Day BBQ Rub Recipe and many more! Plus great DIY treat boxes and gift wrap ideas like the DIY Upcycled Wine Gift Bags (pictured above) via Sadie Seasongoods made from recycled men’s thrift store shirts. See all of these great DIY gift ideas and more here. Or check out my other posts with DIY gift ideas for men here.

Also be sure to follow all of my boards on Pinterest for great DIY ideas all year long!

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