Easy Ways to Wrap Gifts (And Holiday Gift Ideas They’ll Love!)

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With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn easy ways to wrap gifts – even at the last minute – so you look like you had it together all along!

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

I remember as I got older, that my mother always seemed to be pressed for time during the holiday season. First she was rushing to wrap gifts – all on Christmas Eve. She’d close the door to her bedroom and lay her old pattern cutting board across her bed. The rustle of paper and the sound of Fiskars sliding across rolls of wrapping paper would go on half the night.

Then there was the time her Christmas tree didn’t make it until the night before the big day. If you’ve ever tried decorating a tree AND wrapping gifts all in one evening, then you know how insane it is. She was up until 4am on Christmas morning rushing to get everything ready.

In contrast, I used to start shopping for gifts in July and be finished by the first of November. I enjoyed not having to rush. I still like decorating the tree (though I abhor taking it down!) and decorating Christmas cookies with friends.

These days, however, I prefer making homemade gifts for friends and family (unless I’m buying handmade.) I usually get started right about this time of year, especially if I’m making soap. And, believe it or not, gift wrapping is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. Though I do realize not everyone feels the same way.

To be honest, my family HATES the way I wrap gifts. It’s not because of the flourish. Rather, it has more to do with the tape.

Inevitably, I always run out of Scotch tape halfway through wrapping gifts. There can be no free sides of wrapping paper. Rather every edge of paper must be taped down. So there’s not any chance my gift recipients being able to slip a finger underneath the wrapping paper to tear it open. (This easy gift wrapping hack terrifies me! It only uses ONE piece of tape.)

When I run out of regular tape, I dig through my craft supplies and put that last roll of shipping tape to good use. This is especially helpful for keeping boxes completely sealed along every seam pre-paper as well.

When I finally finish off that roll shipping tape, then I’m sure I can find duct tape somewhere. After all, crafting does have its perks.

My family, however, has finally stopped joking about how I should invest in a tape company. Still, I think it’s just more fun that it takes a full five minutes to unwrap every single gift. It’s all about building suspense.

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

Shopping for gifts and finding creative ways to wrap said gifts isn’t the only stressful part of the holiday season. Before the holidays hit, there’s always extra cleaning that needs to be done in anticipation of guests.

Grove Collaborative recently introduced Mrs. Meyer’s new holiday scents in Peppermint, Iowa Pine, and Orange Clove. Greg wanted to try the orange clove scent this time around, so I bought their holiday dish soap, hand soap and multi-purpose spray. I also got the new red Grove cleaning caddy which makes it easy to transport all my cleaning supplies from room to room. What’s really cool, is if you aren’t already a Grove customer, you can get all the same products (in your scent of choice while supplies last) for free! Plus they’ll even throw in a set of Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

How to Make A Simple Gift Basket

If you already have a cleaning caddy, then you can use the free red cleaning caddy as a holiday gift basket for someone special in your life! I filled my cleaning caddy with handmade gifts, then covered it with a decorative tea towel. A little bit of wire ribbon then gave it the perfect decorative touch. I wasn’t even disappointed that I didn’t get use any tape! (Learn how to tie the perfect ribbon gift bow here.)

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

You do have to spend $20 to get your free gift. However, it’s the perfect opportunity to purchase Lovebug Colds Suck Immunity Daily Probiotic to help you stay healthy this holiday season. I also love the Grove Collaborative amber room spray bottle. Simply fill the container with water then add up to 40 drops of your favorite essential oil! (Take advantage of this special offer now before time runs out!)

Not sure what to put inside your gift basket? You can gift a homemade loaf of challah bread, rustic sweet limpa bread or a pound cake with a set of beautiful botanical recipe cards and a jar of homemade preserves. You could also include a container of winter chai spiced cocoa mix or a sweet chile citrus spiced hand poured candle. I also love this orange cardamom spiced sugar scrub!

More Easy Ways to Wrap Gifts

If gift baskets aren’t the direction you want to take for your homemade holiday gifts, then consider one of these other easy ways to wrap gifts for Christmas.

Easy ways to wrap gifts. Mason jars are a simple and eco-friendly way to package your gifts for the holidays. Whether you fill them with a homemade body scrub or handmade hard candies, they are easy to decorate with just a bit of ribbon or a custom canning jar label.

Mason jars are an easy way to wrap gifts.

Mason jars are a simple and eco-friendly way to package your gifts for the holidays. Whether you fill them with a homemade body scrub, herbal bath teacranberry body butter (pictured) or handmade hard candies, they are easy to decorate with just a bit of ribbon or a custom canning jar label.

Easy simple ways to wrap gifts for the holidays. These simple coconut oil peppermint sugar scrubs from SARCraftGifts illustrate how easy it is to decorate your mason jar crafts for seasonal winter gifts.

These peppermint sugar scrubs from SARCraftGifts illustrate how easy it is to decorate your mason jar gifts for holiday gift giving. They’re decorated with a simple strand of bakers twine and a handwritten tag.

Easy ways to wrap gifts this holiday season. Mason jars are a simple and eco-friendly way to package your gifts for the holidays. Whether you fill them with a homemade body scrub or handmade hard candies, they are easy to decorate with just a bit of ribbon or a custom canning jar label.

You can also make your own aloe vera bath melts to package in tall mason jars with a simple coordinating ribbon.

Easy ways to wrap gifts for the holidays. If you want to really make your mason jar gifts shine, you can add a seasonally inspired snow globe to the top of your jar! This holiday mason gift jar from cornchip HANDMADE features a handmade winter diorama on the lid. All you have to do is include your gift inside!

If you want to really make your mason jar gifts shine, you can add a seasonally inspired snow globe to the top of your jar! This holiday mason gift jar from cornchip HANDMADE features a handmade winter diorama on the lid. All you have to do is include your gift inside! (Or learn how to make your own mason jar lid snowglobe.)

Easy ways to wrap gifts for DIY holiday gifts using printable labels and food or mason storage jars. You can easily add printable labels to food jars or wine bottles with this stylish collection of customizable holiday gift labels from Lia Griffith.

Another easy way to create a decorative gift worthy mason jar is with etching! You can learn how to make an easy DIY starry etched mason jar here. Or easily add printable labels to food jars or wine bottles with this stylish collection of customizable holiday gift labels from Lia Griffith.

(For even more DIY mason jar gift ideas, be sure to check out more gift ideas on my holiday gifts Pinterest board.)

Try a decorative gift box for a fun twist on gift wrap.

That’s not all however. You can buy decorative gift boxes that require nothing more than a ribbon or a bow. But did you know you can also print gift boxes if you don’t have time to hit the store? Printable gift boxes are some of my favorite ways to easily wrap those last minute gifts when you’re running behind. Or if someone extra was added to your guest list at the last minute.

Following are some of my favorite ways to wrap gifts using printable gift boxes.  You will need tape for these creative ways to wrap gifts. However, if you’re a die hard tape fan like I am, you’ll at least find it easy to curb your addiction with these gift wrap gems.

Hedgehog printable gift boxes or favor boxes. An easy way to wrap gifts for the holiday season. These super cute printable hedgehog treat boxes from Little Luxuries Loft are great for jewelry and other tiny gifts like stocking stuffers. You can also use them for your holiday advent calendar.

These super cute printable hedgehog treat boxes from Little Luxuries Loft are great for jewelry and other tiny gifts like stocking stuffers. You can also use them for your holiday advent calendar. In addition Little Luxuries Loft also offers printable little Christmas elves as well as winter foxes for a non-holiday winter theme.

DIY Christmas decor and printable holiday gift box in one! A unique way to wrap your DIY Christmas gifts for friends and family. This DIY winter gingerbread sleigh holiday gift box from Wa Womb Printables functions not just as a unique way to wrap gifts, it also makes conversation worthy holiday home decor.

This DIY winter gingerbread sleigh holiday gift box from Wa Womb Printables functions not just as a unique way to wrap gifts, it also makes conversation worthy holiday home decor.

Eco-friendly ways to wrap Christmas gifts for the winter holiday season. These DIY gingerbread gift boxes  from The House That Lars Built are an easy way to wrap larger sized gifts. And they're eco-friendly! All you need are a few upcycled boxes, a hot glue gun and a white paint pen and you're set! Learn how to make your own via the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

While these DIY gingerbread gift boxes from The House That Lars Built are an easy way to wrap larger sized gifts. And they’re eco-friendly! All you need are a few upcycled boxes, a hot glue gun and a white paint pen and you’re set! Find the tutorial to make your own at The House That Lars Built. Or try this large printable holiday cat gift box on for size. Alternately, you can also paint old cookie tins for another eco-friendly, reusable gift box idea.

Easy ways to wrap gifts for the holidays with handmade gift toppers for your homemade Christmas gifts. Lia Griffith has a video tutorial that shows you not only how to create unique and beautiful gift toppers, it's also filled with easy gift wrapping tips and tricks. I love how easy her videos make it to explore new ways to wrap gifts without feeling intimidated to try something new!

Get creative with bold wrapping paper & easy gift toppers.

Lia Griffith also has tons of really lovely ways to wrap gifts using her printable wrapping paper as well as DIY gift ideas for him and her. There’s an even a video tutorial that shows you not only how to create unique and beautiful gift toppers, it’s also filled with easy gift wrapping tips and tricks. I love how easy her video makes it to explore new ways to wrap gifts without feeling intimidated about trying something new! Also be sure to check her great DIY ideas for unique gift tags and gift card envelopes.

Holiday dachshund wrapping paper from Rose and Willow. A cute way to wrap your handmade Christmas gifts. Plus lots of great ways to wrap gifts for the festive winter holiday season!

I’d love to hear your favorite ways to wrap gifts for the holiday season! So be sure to share your ideas in the comments. You can also share photos of your gift wrapped presents with me on instagram by using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff when you post. For even more great ways to wrap gifts so you look like a pro, be sure to check out my Pretty Packaging Pinterest board as well of my collection of gift wrap favorites on Etsy, which includes this adorable dachshund gift wrap from Rose and Willow.

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Wildflower Bath Tea Recipe (With Free Printable Labels for Gift Giving)

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This natural wildflower bath tea recipe from guest blogger Irena of Country Hill Cottage is perfect for year round self care! Crafted using natural herbs and essential oils, this fragrant bath tea makes lovely addition for a spa day at home. Or gift the finished product as relaxing homemade gift for someone special.

Natural wildflower bath tea recipe for natural skin care. This natural wildflower bath tea recipe from guest blogger Irena of Country Hill Cottage is perfect for year round self care! Crafted using natural herbs and essential oils, this fragrant bath tea makes lovely addition for a spa day at home. Or gift the finished product as relaxing homemade gift for someone special.

Wildflower Bath Tea

Can you think of anything more relaxing than a hot bath? With winter around the corner, a soothing soak in the bathtub is a must, and my fragrant wildflower bath tea is a great way to relax and care for your skin.

This all-natural and vegan bath tea is made with rolled oats, Dead Sea salt, dried herbs and flowers, and essential oils. The bath tea is a great skincare product for year-round and a lovely addition for a spa day at home. It also makes the perfect relaxing gift for someone special.

I packaged the bath tea in pretty mason jars and organza bags. Printable labels and gift tags for decorating are also included. I hope this bath tea will make your bath even more enjoyable and you’ll add it your wellness routine.

Much love from Britain,
Irena xx

Natural wildflower bath tea recipe for natural skin care. This natural wildflower bath tea recipe from guest blogger Irena of Country Hill Cottage is perfect for year round self care! Crafted using natural herbs and essential oils, this fragrant bath tea makes lovely addition for a spa day at home. Or gift the finished product as relaxing homemade gift for someone special.

What’s in the wildflower bath tea?

Before diving into whipping up a batch, let’s talk about the ingredients for a moment.

  • Rolled oats create a mild foam and its cleansing and moisturizing properties clear and hydrate the skin.
  • Dead Sea salt and soda soften the skin and relieve sore muscles. The high magnesium content in Dead Sea salt also helps the skin to absorb and bind moisture better.
  • Dried chamomile and calendula petals reduce inflammation and redness and can promote the healing of minor wounds.
  • Lavender essential oil is well known for its calming qualities, as well as relieving pain and soothing your skin.
  • Geranium essential oil not only smells incredibly uplifting (seriously, take a sniff and think of summer flowers!), it also acts as a muscle toner and boosts skin health.
  • Melissa essential oil, a recent favorite of mine, has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties and therefore benefits the health of the skin.

You can make this bath tea your own by adding even more dried more flowers, such as corn flower or rose petals, lavender buds, forget-me-nots, or jasmine, or swap out the essential oils according to your personal preferences.

Natural herbal wildflower bath tea recipe with organic essential oils for seasonal homemade gifts. This relaxing and fragrant natural skin care beauty recipe is the perfect opportunity to take some time out for self. Learn how to make this essential oil bath tea recipe now at Soap Deli News and grab the free printable labels to make holiday gift giving a snap!

How to package and gift your wildflower bath tea.

DIY bath tea is a thoughtful little present for natural skincare lovers. Use it as a stocking filler (holiday season *hint, hint*) or an eco-friendly and inexpensive wedding favor. You could also include the bath tea with other homemade beauty products in a DIY spa hamper.

I packaged the bath tea in adorable 4-oz quilted mason jars. Cotton bags or organza gift bags are another way to pack and use the bath tea.

My sister Cyna, who blogs with me over on Country Hill Cottage, created printable labels that you can use to decorate and gift the bath tea. Use the larger labels as jar toppers for the mason jars and tie the smaller ones as gift tags to a cotton or organza bag.

A fragrant wildflower bath tea is a great way to relax and care for your skin. This all-natural and vegan bath tea is made with rolled oats, dead sea salt, dried herbs and flowers, and essential oils. The bath tea is a great skincare product year-round and a lovely addition for a spa day at home. It also makes the perfect relaxing gift for someone special. The beauty DIY includes printable labels for packaging and gifting. #bathtea #skincare #essentialoils #giftgiving | soapdelinews.com

Wildflower Bath Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Wildflower Bath Tea

5 tbsp rolled oats
2 tbsp Dead Sea salt
2 tbsp dried chamomile
1 tbsp soda
1 – 2 tbsp dried flower petals (e.g. cornflower, calendula, lavender buds, rose petals)

Essential Oils

3 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil
2 melissa (lemon balm) essential oil

For Packaging & Gift Giving

4-oz quilted mason jars
small cotton or organza bags with drawstrings (approx. 3 in x 5 in / 9 cm x 12 cm)
printable labels
ribbon or twine (optional)

Instructions:

1) Mix the dry ingredients.

Put the dry ingredients into mixing bowl and combine.

2) Add the essential oils.

Drip the essential oils on a small spoon and then stir into the dry ingredients until well absorbed.

3) Pack the bath tea.

Fill the bath tea into cotton bags, organza bags, or small mason jars.

Tip: The recipe makes enough for 2 cotton/organza bag or 1 4-oz jar. I usually triple or quadruple the ingredients for gift giving and store the bath tea in an airtight container or jar until needed.

Natural herbal wildflower bath tea recipe with organic essential oils for seasonal homemade gifts. This relaxing and fragrant natural skin care beauty recipe is the perfect opportunity to take some time out for self. Learn how to make this essential oil bath tea recipe now at Soap Deli News and grab the free printable labels to make holiday gift giving a snap!

How to use your wild flower bath tea:

There are two ways you can use this bath tea. You can either throw the bath tea mix directly into the bathwater, which might be a bit messy to clean up afterwards as oats and herbs won’t dissolve in the water.

Or place one cotton/organza bag in a warm bath and relax in the tea bath for 10 to 20 minutes. I also recommend adding 2 tbsp carrier oil (e.g. coconut, sweet almond, or olive oil) to the bathwater, so the essential oils are better absorbed by your skin.

Shelf life and storage:

You can keep the bath tea for about 1 year. It’s important to store it in a dry place, so the rolled oats don’t draw moisture and get moldy.

Natural herbal wildflower bath tea recipe with organic essential oils for seasonal homemade gifts. This relaxing and fragrant natural skin care beauty recipe is the perfect opportunity to take some time out for self. Learn how to make this essential oil bath tea recipe now at Soap Deli News and grab the free printable labels to make holiday gift giving a snap!

Print the labels for seasonal gift giving:

Print the labels on letter-sized or A4 cardstock or photo paper and out along the outline. To use the labels as jar toppers, place the metal disk on the jar. Then put the printable label on top and screw the metal band tightly on. To create gift tags, punch a hole into a label and attach to a bag using a piece of ribbon or twine.

If you liked this wildflower bath tea recipe, then also try my relaxing bath oil and check out more DIY skin care and beauty ideas over at my site. You can also connect with me on Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Homemade Valentine Ideas for Your Galentines Both Big & Small

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Friends are amazing. They’ve always got your back, they’re around to lift you up when  you’re feeling down, and if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, they refuse to leave you feeling left out. So in celebration of friends and all that sparkly awesome they bring into your life, here are some fun homemade Valentine ideas for your Galentines both big and small!

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Your Galentines! Friends are amazing. They've always got your back, they're around to lift you up when  you're feeling down, and if you're single on Valentine's Day, they refuse to leave you feeling left out. So in celebration of friends and all that sparkly awesome they bring into your life, here are some fun homemade Valentine ideas for your Galentines both big and small!

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Grown Up Gals

Induce a smile with this punny homemade Valentine idea for DIY Grow-A-Boyfriend Bath Bombs via Studio DIY! Definitely one of the funniest homemade Valentine ideas I've seen, these heart shaped bath bombs have a novelty toy hidden inside that grows to six times its size when placed in water. #valentines #galentines

DIY Grow-A-Boyfriend Bath Bombs via Studio DIY

Induce a smile with this punny homemade Valentine idea for DIY Grow-A-Boyfriend Bath Bombs! Definitely one of the funniest homemade Valentine ideas I’ve seen, these heart shaped bath bombs have a novelty toy hidden inside that grows to six times its size when placed in water. You can find the tutorial here.

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Your Galentines Both Big and Small! Create custom scented mini perfume sprays to go along with these "You're Scent-sational!" printable Valentines for your besties this Valentine's Day! #valentines #valentinesday #valentinesdaygift #galentines #galentinesday #diy #printable #perfume

“You’re Scent-sational!” Printable Valentines via Soap Deli News

Create custom scented mini perfume sprays as homemade Valentine ideas to go along with these “You’re Scent-sational!” printable Valentines for Galentine’s Day! Find the recipe and free printable here.

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Your Galentines! This DIY bath salt trio via Hello Glow makes a great Galentines day gift and reminds your friends that yes, self care is important!

DIY Bath Salt Trio via Hello Glow

This DIY bath salt trio makes a great Galentine’s Day gift and reminds your friends that yes, self care is important! Get the recipes to make sweet rose, pink grapefruit and relaxing lavender bath salts for pampering baths that suit their mood. Find them all here.

Give your Galentines the gift of flowers with these printable paper cones via Lia Griffith that are perfect for creating your own mini Galentine's Day bouquets! #valentinesday #valentinesdaygift #flowers #bouquet #printable #gifts #galentines

Printable Paper Cones for Valentine’s Day via Lia Griffith

Give your Galentines the gift of flowers with these printable paper cones that are perfect for creating your own mini Galentine’s Day bouquets! Find the printables for this Valentine idea here.

Your Galentine will go ga-ga over these super cute DIY gem soap Valentine's via A Kailo Chic Life! These make super cute homemade Valentine ideas for coworkers and friends. Just craft and create the easy melt and pour gem soaps then pair them with one of the free printable Valentine's Day cards. #valentines #valentinesdaygift #soap #gem #galentines #diy

DIY Gem Soap Valentines via A Kailo Chic Life

Your Galentine will go ga-ga over these super cute DIY gem soap Valentines! These make super cute homemade Valentine ideas for coworkers and friends. Just craft and create the easy melt and pour gem soaps then pair them with one of the free printable Valentine’s Day cards. Learn to make them now.

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Your Galentines! These free printable Valentine's Day cards from Soap Deli News are super cute and come in two collage style lovebird designs. Simply print them out onto cardstock, then write your own personal message inside! #printables #valentines #galentines #lovebirds #collage #cards

Printable Lovebird Valentine’s Day Cards via Soap Deli News

These free printable Valentine’s Day cards are super cute and come in two collage style lovebird designs. Simply print them out onto cardstock, then write your own personal message inside! Download the free printable here. (Or go here for free printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap.)

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Your Galentines! These pretty DIY floral wax bark melts via Soap Queen contain real rose and jasmine flowers that accent the beautiful scent of this totally gift worthy Valentine's Day DIY! #valentines #valentinesdaygift #waxmelts #roses #diy #galentines

DIY Floral Wax Bark Melts via Soap Queen

These pretty DIY floral wax bark melts contain real rose and jasmine flowers that accent the beautiful scent of this totally gift worthy Valentine’s Day DIY! These would be perfect as a component for a Galentine’s Day gift basket. Learn to make them here.

Flowers, chocolates and candles, oh my! If you're looking for homemade Valentine ideas for your Galentine this Valentine's Day, then you definitely want to consider these beautiful natural DIY ombre candles via Lovely Greens! As the gradient in these homemade candles changes, so does the fragrance for a fun and useful gift that friends and coworkers will love!

DIY Ombre Candles via Lovely Greens

Flowers, chocolates and candles, oh my! If you’re looking for homemade Valentine ideas for your Galentine this Valentine’s Day, then you definitely want to consider these beautiful natural DIY ombre candles! As the gradient in these homemade candles changes, so does the fragrance for a fun and useful gift that friends and coworkers will love! Discover this unique candlemaking tutorial here.

Let your Galentines know they're part of your girl tribe with these fun printable DIY Valentine's Day tattoos via Studio DIY! Simply print these girl inspired temporary tattoos onto tattoo paper, cut out, then package and label them in clear bags with a free printable bag labels.

Printable DIY Galentine’s Day Tattoos via Studio DIY

Let your Galentines know they’re part of your girl tribe with these fun printable DIY Valentine’s Day tattoos! Simply print these girl inspired temporary tattoos onto temporary tattoo paper, cut out, then package and label them in clear cellophane bags with the accompanying free printable bag labels. You can download the printable tattoos at Studio DIY here. (Or check out StickerYou to have your tattoos printed for you instead.)

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Galentines! These free printable palm spring Valentines from Lovely Indeed are a fun way to celebrate the love between great friends. Flamingo and pool float figurines are attached to each printable using glue dots for a collection of four truly unique Valentine's! #valentines #valentinesday #galentines #printable #diy

Free Printable Palm Springs Valentines via Lovely Indeed

These free printable palm spring Valentines are a fun way to celebrate the love between great friends. 3D flamingo and pool float figurines are attached to each printable using glue dots for a collection of four truly unique Valentine’s! Grab the free printable for this Valentine’s Day project here.

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Little Girls

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Little Galentines! Create delicious homemade Galentine's Day cookies for your child's classmates with X and O cookie cutters and free printable Valentine's Day gift tags from Tell Love and Party! #cookies #valentines #valentinesdaygift #printable #kids #galentines

Printable Cookie Valentines via Tell Love and Party

Create delicious homemade Galentine’s Day cookies for your child’s classmates with X and O cookie cutters and free printable Valentine’s Day gift tags using your favorite sugar cookie recipe! The free printable Valentine’s Day tags can be found here.

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Galentines both big and small! These printable unicorn Valentines from Lia Griffith are the perfect printable Galentines for little girls!

Printable Unicorn Valentines via Lia Griffith

These printable unicorn Valentines are the perfect printable Galentines for little girls with magical friends! Find them here. Or discover more printable kids Valentines here.

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Little Galentines! This DIY magnetic putty valentine via U Create is perfect for kids to gift one another on Valentine's Day! Simply print the free printable Valentine's Day themed labels onto sticker paper and adhere them to the lid of a magnetic putty tin!

DIY Magnetic Putty Valentine via U Create

This DIY magnetic putty valentine is perfect for kids to gift one another on Valentine’s Day! Simply print the free printable Valentine’s Day themed labels onto sticker paper and adhere them to the lid of a magnetic putty tin! Download the free printable labels here.

Homemade Valentine Ideas for Galentines Big and Small

For more homemade Valentine ideas, be sure check out this collection of  DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts as well as my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Pinterest board here.

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Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Detoxifying Sea Clay

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

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

What is sea clay?

Sea clay is a dark greenish-gray clay derived from the ancient sea floor of the Dead Sea in Israel. (You are probably already familiar with Dead Sea salt which comes from the same location.) As such, this unique clay offers an array of skin care benefits in part to its rich magnesium, potassium, sulfate and calcium content. Commonly used as an ingredients face masks as well as a natural soap colorant, sea clay also possesses detoxifying properties that can help to absorb odors and wetness when used in deodorant.

Alternatively, sea clay is also used by some alternative health practitioners to treat fibromyalgia, likely due to the high magnesium content. While the science doesn’t support using clay to treat this illness, I have found that including magnesium in my homemade deodorants has helped lessen the symptoms and severity of my own fibromyalgia with continued use.

It is important to note, however, that the Dead Sea is receding at an alarming rate in part both to regular mining and global warming. (You can read more about the recession of the Dead Sea on Wikipedia here and BBC News here.) As such, if you prefer not to contribute to the recession of the Dead Sea by purchasing Dead Sea salt or Dead Sea clay, you can simply substitute the sea clay in my manuka oil deodorant recipe with bentonite clay which has similar properties. (I had some leftover sea clay that was purchased prior to the discovery of these articles.)

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

Why manuka essential oil?

The manuka plant is native to New Zealand. This is where both manuka honey and manuka essential oil are sourced. Manuka honey is used for its beneficial properties in both skin care and as a health food for its wellness and antibiotic properties. (Learn more about manuka honey here.)

While manuka honey comes from New Zealand’s bees, manuka essential oil is produced by steam distillation of manuka leaves. (Learn more about manuka essential oil here.) This non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing essential oil is generally safe for all ages to use and is commonly included in skin care applications for its beneficial antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. As such, manuka essential oil is common in products that help to relieve itching skin and dandruff, rashes, common skin diseases and minor abrasions, as well as to ease pain in the muscles and joints.

I omitted the use of baking soda in my manuka oil deodorant recipe as it’s a common skin irritant for many, myself included. However, as with many of my past natural homemade deodorant recipes, I once again included magnesium hydroxide. Studies have shown that most adults have low levels of magnesium and as such including it in deodorant is an easy way to increase those levels. Sound good? Great! Let’s get started!

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

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

7 oz. arrowroot powder
3 oz. magnesium hydroxide
1 oz. Dead Sea clay (or bentonite clay)
2.5 oz. kokum butter
.5 oz. refined shea butter
2 oz. shea nut oil
2.5 oz. macerated carrot oil
1/4 teaspoon carnauba wax
.05 oz. manuka essential oil
.1 oz 5-fold lemon essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my manuka oil deodorant recipe, except for the carnauba wax. You will need a measuring spoon to measure out the wax.

To make my manuka oil deodorant recipe with sea clay, begin by weighing out the shea butter and kokum butter into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass bowl. Next, measure out the carnauba wax and add it to your container. Melt these ingredients in the microwave at 40%  power until melted. (Alternately you can also use a double boiler.)

Once melted, weigh out the shea nut oil and the macerated carrot oil. (If you live in a particularly warm environment, I recommend reducing the amount of carrot oil to 2 oz. – 2.25 oz. The mixture should be just pourable.) Stir these oils into the melted butters and wax. If needed, you can gently heat the deodorant mixture again then mix well to combine.

While the manuka oil deodorant mixture is still hot, weigh out and stir in both the arrowroot powder, sea clay and magnesium hydroxide. Mix well with a non-metal utensil to combine.

Then follow with the essential oils, again mixing thoroughly to ensure they are fully incorporated into your manuka oil deodorant.

Now carefully pour your manuka oil deodorant into eight travel size 1.5 oz. brown paperboard push up tubes. (You can also halve this recipe if desired. Half the amount of manuka essential oil is .025 oz./1 gram and half the 5-fold lemon essential oil is .05 oz./1.4 grams.)

Alternately, for a regular sized deodorant, you also use around four silver deodorant tubes with domed caps or white deodorant tubes with flat caps.

If your deodorant starts to solidify during the process of pouring it into your containers, you can gently reheat the mixture.

Once your manuka oil deodorant has cooled and fully solidified – this can take 1-2 days depending on your container size and room temperature – cap the deodorant containers and label as desired.

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

If you are using the 1.5 oz. brown paperboard push up tubes, you can download the PDF for my free printable sea clay & manuka oil deodorant here. Then simply print the labels onto full size sticker paper, cut out the individual labels and apply as desired to your deodorant containers. (These labels are free for personal use and gifting only.)

The clipart for my manuka oil deodorant labels was purchased from Kenna Sato Designs. I specifically used the Crystals, Diamonds and Minerals clipart found here if you’d like to create your own similar custom labels.

Not quite ready to make your own manuka oil deodorant? You can buy a natural orange & vanilla manuka oil deodorant from Skin Craft Organics.

This palmarosa and lime natural deodorant recipe with aloe vera really works! Made with arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bentonite clay, this no baking soda natural deodorant recipe won't irritate sensitive skin. Palmarosa and lime essential oils combine for a fresh scent and help to fight odor causing bacteria.

For more of my natural homemade deodorant recipes, including my palmarosa + lime natural deodorant recipe with aloe vera oil pictured above, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

Want to make my manuka oil deodorant recipe to sell? Then you’ll need to label your deodorant containers appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

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All-in-One Beauty Stick DIY for Lips, Eyes & Cheeks

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Learn how to create your own rose scented DIY all-in-one beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base!

Vegan DIY All-in-One Beauty Stick! Learn how to create your own rose scented DIY All-in-One beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base!

Naturally scented with Bulgarian rose floral wax, this all-in-one beauty stick can also be customized in your favorite colors. Simply swap out the mica powders used to tint this beauty stick with your own blend of lip and eye safe micas.

I have also created free printable labels for my all-in-one beauty sticks that fit the eco-friendly 100% recyclable paperboard packaging that I used. You can find my labels after the recipe for my all-in-one beauty stick below.

Vegan DIY All-in-One Beauty Stick! Learn how to create your own rose scented DIY All-in-One beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base!

Vegan All-in-One Beauty Stick Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.25 oz. candelilla wax
.75 oz. babassu oil
.25 oz. fractionated coconut oil (or camellia seed oil)
.25 oz. Bulgarian rose floral wax
.2 oz. (lip + eye safe) coral mica
.05 oz. (lip + eye safe) cellini blue mica
.05 oz. (lip + eye safe) super pearly white mica

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my all-in-one beauty stick recipe.

Begin by weighing out the candelilla wax and babassu oil into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup or similar. Heat in the microwave at 40% power until melted. Alternately you may also use a double boiler. Take care removing your melted ingredients from the microwave as the glass will be hot. I recommend using a towel or pot holder when handling.

Next, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil (or camellia seed oil) and rose wax. (The rose wax gives this all-in-one beauty stick recipe a beautiful light rose fragrance!) Mix these ingredients into the melted candelilla wax and babassu oil until thoroughly combined and the rose wax has melted.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly then weigh out and add the mica powders. Mix well so the mica is fully incorporated into the makeup base.

Now slowly and carefully pour your rose scented all-in-one beauty stick into a container or containers of your choice. I used the 1.5 oz. brown paperboard push up tubes from SKS Bottle & Packaging. (I poured mine a little too hot and it caused a hole down the center. You can avoid this by practicing patience and pouring at a cooler temperature. My bad.)

Vegan DIY All-in-One Beauty Stick! Learn how to create your own rose scented DIY All-in-One beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base!

Once your vegan all-in-one beauty sticks have cooled, simply cap and label them as desired. You download my free PDF printable labels for my rose scented all-in-one beauty sticks here. (These labels are free for personal use only.)

To use your all-in-one beauty sticks, simply apply to eyelids, cheeks, or lips as desired. You can further blend the color with a makeup sponge if you like.

Skip the Brush Cheek Stick

If you are creating your own DIY all-in-one beauty sticks to sell, there’s a lot of important information you should be aware of in order to be FDA compliant in the USA. You can find information on the FDA website regarding the use of color additives in cosmetics here.

In addition, mica-based pearlescent pigments and other composite pigments used in cosmetics are NOT FDA approved at this time. The FDA however is currently exercising discretionary enforcement of these color additives while they are in discussion over regulatory status and safety. You can find further discussion on this at Marie Gale’s blog here.

For help labeling your vegan all-in-one beauty sticks, I recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try making your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own custom colored makeup sticks! 

If you like the recipe for my vegan all-in-one beauty stick, then you may also enjoy my DIY Rose Scented 4-in-1 All Over Cream Beauty Stick. This plant based makeup stick works as a bronzer, eyeshadow, blush and lipstick and also comes with free printable labels. You can find this recipe here. (Or repin it here for later.)

For homemade cosmetics and beauty products you can buy, be sure to check out my Bath + Beauty Pinterest board.

For more of my makeup and skin care recipes as well as other beauty recipes from around the web, be sure to follow my other Pinterest boards as well. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

And, if you make your own bath & body products, be sure to add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your homemade products featured! I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my (semi-regular) weekend wrap up posts!

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