Beautiful DIY Gift Wrap Ideas for the Holidays and Last Minute Gift Ideas

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 I love this DIY gift wrap idea with cut out mistletoe via the Swedish blog, At Home with Helena.

Need ideas for wrapping the perfect gifts for Christmas tomorrow? Try out this DIY gift wrap idea with cut out mistletoe via the Swedish blog, At Home with Helena here. Then discover even more beautiful DIY gift wrap ideas on my Pretty Packaging board on Pinterest here. Or check out my Printables board for seasonal printable gift wrap and gift tags.

This pastel deer themed Christmas printable gift wrap from Craftberry Bush is one of my all time favorites!

This pastel deer themed Christmas printable gift wrap from Craftberry Bush is one of my all time favorites! (Repin it here.)

This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

Still need a few last minute gift ideass? Homemade body scrubs and lip balms are super quick to make and always a treat for the recipient! My friend, Bambi, and I made twelve of my coffee body scrubs – recipe here – in under an hour. From start to finish each batch took us about five minutes to weigh, mix and package!

We put ours in 8 oz.Black PET PCR Jars with Black Smooth Lined Caps from SKS Bottle & Packaging with simple strip of washi tape across the lid. (Bambi and I LOVE the washi tapes at Cute Tape! You can also visit Cute Tape for both gift packaging ideas as well DIY projects!)

Learn how to make your own homemade rose sugar scrub and homemade hibiscus salt scrub with two easy to create body scrub recipes from Soap Deli News blog!

Other scrubs you might love include my homemade hibiscus salt scrub recipe and my homemade rose sugar scrub recipe. Both of these projects include super simple labeling ideas that you can create yourself!

This sea salt face and body scrub recipe is loosely inspired by Lush's Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. Made using fine dead sea salt, this emulsified sea salt face and body scrub recipe has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin while dead sea salt lends its natural healing properties.

My sea salt face and body scrub recipe is also very popular and is is loosely inspired by Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. It even comes with free printable labels for your finished scrubs making gifting even easier!

My recipe for homemade cranberry body butter makes a great homemade Christmas gift! It’s non-greasy and smells simply delectable.

My recipe for homemade cranberry body butter is also very popular this time of the year. It’s non-greasy and smells simply delectable. If you prefer not to use a fragrance oil or don’t have a suitable one on hand, my lavender version of this recipe contains a few more ingredients, but uses lavender essential oil, and is one of my top pinned recipes of all time.

For all of my homemade recipes and DIY projects that include free printable labels, visit Soap Deli News blog here. For more DIY Christmas gift ideas, you can discover 50 of my favorite DIY holiday gifts here. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards for thousands of projects. My unique DIY Christmas gifts board and my DIY stocking stuffers board are both great resources this time of year.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!


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Product Highlight: Cool Polar Bear Silicone Soap Mold

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These are ice cube molds for penguin and polar bears sitting on an iceberg. However, these are also silicone molds so of course I though, SOAP! Wouldn't these be fabulous as handmade soaps for winter?

I am totally crushing on these silicone soap molds right now. While technically these molds are for ice, they’d work perfectly for making both melt and pour (glycerin) soaps as well as cold process soaps. These two silicone soap molds feature penguins and polar bears sitting on icebergs. Just think of how darling these would be floating in the bathtub!

These would not only make super cute homemade soaps for winter – think homemade Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers! – they’d also be fantastic for an animal themed line of soaps in a zoo gift shop or similar. You can purchase both the polar bear and penguins silicone soap molds here.

Learn how to make fun homemade soaps using a melt and pour glycerin soap base. These make fantastic homemade gifts!

Alternately, of a similar theme, here’s another cool soapmaking project for creating melt and pour polar bear on an iceberg soaps. You can find this soapmaking tutorial here.

Here are a few other fun sea and ice themed silicone soap molds you may like: Fred & Friends GIN & TITONIC Titanic Silicone Soap Mold, Shark Fin Silicone Soap Mold - these would be great as embeds on top of soap - Koi Fish Silicone Soap Mold, Sea Creatures Silicone Soap Mold, and Penguin Silicone Soap Mold.

Want even more ideas? Here are a few other fun sea and ice themed silicone soap molds you may like: Fred & Friends GIN & TITONIC Titanic Silicone Soap Mold, Shark Fin Silicone Soap Mold – these would be great as embeds on top of soap – Koi Fish Silicone Soap Mold, Sea Creatures Silicone Soap Mold, and Penguin Silicone Soap Mold.

For more soapmaking projects and ideas as well as homemade soap recipes follow these DIY boards on Pinterest: DIY Bath and Body, Simply Soapmaking, and Soap-making. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’Tumblr, FacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Homemade Lip Balm Recipes

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Love lip balm? Learn how to make your own lip balm with fifteen fantastic homemade lip balm recipes perfect for everyday use or gift giving.

Love lip balm? Learn how to make your own lip balm with fifteen fantastic homemade lip balm recipes. These homemade lip balm recipes create wonderful products suitable for gift giving on Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion year round for everything from birthday gifts and stocking stuffers to DIY wedding favors.

Homemade Lip Balm Recipes

1. Homemade Strawberry Lip Balm Recipe –  This homemade strawberry lip balm recipe is quick and easy to make, smells delectable and even adds a touch of pink to your lips! Made using natural ingredients like cocoa butter and coconut oil, this strawberry lip balm recipe also includes a touch of strawberry flavor oil and an optional pink colorant to give lips a sheer to bold color – you choose!

2. Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe –  This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Create your own tinted lip balm in custom colors for your own personal style or give my fun and flattering merlot tinted lip balm recipe a try as is for a beautiful look perfect for parties or everyday wear.

3. Heal and Protect Winter Lip Balm Recipe –  Keep lips looking and feeling great with this heal and protect winter lip balm recipe. Natural ingredients come together to to help keep lips moisturized to protect against chapping while a tiny hint of sheer color lends lips a healthy glow.

4.  Lemon & Ginger Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe –  Give your lip some love with this natural homemade lip balm recipe! It’s lightly scented with natural lemongrass and ginger essential oils and contains an optional bronze mica for just a hint of sheer shimmer.

5.  Natural Tri-Color Homemade Lip Balm Recipe –  What’s more fun than a homemade lip balm recipe that comes in a single container but boasts three fab colors and three fab flavors? Create your own homemade lip balms for Valentine’s Day tinted in red, pink and white shimmer.

6.  Natural Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe –  Get rid of cold sores fast with this natural homemade cold sore therapy lip balm recipe. Made with naturally anti-viral neem oil and tea tree oil, this lip balm helps to prevent cold sores if applied at the first sign of a tingle or zaps them practically overnight when applied to affected area several times a day.

7. Homemade Coffee Flavored Lip Balm Recipe – This coffee flavored homemade lip balm recipe makes a great treat for any coffee lover’s lips! Plus it’s made with real coffee making it extra crush worthy.

8. Holiday Red Tinted Lip Balm Recipe –  Looking to make your lips shimmer and shine for Valentine’s Day with all of the love of a natural, moisture intense lip balm? Then try your hand at this easy to create perfect pout red tinted lip balm recipe! The deep red with just a hint of shimmer glides on lips and looks natural while giving lips a bit of color oomph for that perfect smile.

9. Homemade Birthday Cake Lip Balm Recipe –  This deliciously sweet buttercream cupcake scented pink shimmer lip balm is made with moisture rich, all natural shea butter, cocoa butter, and mango butter. Whip up this lip balm for you and your friends to prevent and treat chapped, dry lips while making them look their very best!

10. Vegan Lavender Mint Lip Balm Recipe –  Love your lips? Then give them the very best with this easy to make handmade natural DIY lavender mint lip balm recipe. It’s made with carnauba wax rather than beeswax so it’s vegan, and it’s scented with all natural essential oils.

This naked natural homemade lip gloss recipe adds rich moisture to lips in need!

11. Homemade Moisture Rich Lip Gloss Recipe – This naked natural homemade lip gloss recipe adds rich moisture to lips in need!

12. Chocolate Ginger Agave Lip Butter Recipe –  This homemade lip butter recipe is made with yummy agave syrup and is naturally scented with cocoa absolute and ginger essential oil. Natural alkanet root powder gives lips a beautiful, subtle tint. You will love how kissably soft this lip butter recipe makes your lips feel as well as the lip gloss like shine! Plus it’s so easy to make!

13. Homemade Vegan Chocolate Mint Lip Balm Recipe –  Want to make some of your very own lip balm for those dry winter lips? Try my homemade chocolate mint lip balm recipe for a lip balm rich in moisturizing butters with a fun chocolate mint flavor! Plus there are free printable lip balm labels.

14. Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe – This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Made using healing chamomile infused olive oil, this homemade chamomile balm recipe is perfect for hands, feet, body and even lips!

15. Lavender Mint Balm Recipe – If you love the outdoors then you’re  sure to love this nature inspired lavender mint balm recipe. Perfect for hands, body and lips, this homemade lavender mint balm recipe is made from natural lavender and mint infused oil and raw, unfiltered beeswax.

For more homemade lip balm recipes as well as other homemade bath and beauty recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

Looking for DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Then be sure to follow my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest.

Follow my other boards on Pinterest here for more great ideas. You can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

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This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Plus free printable lip balm labels for gifting!

This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Create your own tinted lip balm in custom colors for your own personal style or give my fun and flattering merlot tinted lip balm recipe a try as is for a beautiful look perfect for parties or everyday wear.

This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Plus free printable lip balm labels for gifting!

Still looking for homemade stocking stuffer ideas? These merlot tinted lip balms are perfectly sized for homemade stocking stuffers. I’ve even included free printable lip balm labels to make gifting these tinted lip balms even easier.

This merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Plus free printable lip balm labels for gifting!

Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.7 oz. grape seed oil
.3 oz. castor oil
.2 oz. shea butter
.6 oz. beeswax
.1 oz. lanolin
1.5mL peppermint essential oil, optional
2 teaspoons red orange oil locking mica shimmer
1 teaspoon Diamond Dust (or similar) mica
1/2 teaspoon matte black oxide pigment powder

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the beeswax into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at 50% power until the wax has melted completely. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

Now weigh out the shea butter and lanolin and stir into the melted beeswax. If needed, heat the ingredients again to melt fully.

Next weigh out the grape seed oil and castor oil. Stir into the melted beeswax, lanolin and shea butter mixture.

If a scent is desired, use a graduated transfer pipette to add 1/5 mL of peppermint essential oil. Stir into the tinted lip balm mixture.

Finally you’ll add the colorants.

Use measuring spoons to measure out the colorants. Whisk into the melted lip balm ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Now pour into your containers. For this merlot tinted lip balm recipe I used .3 oz. eco-friendly brown paperboard push up lip balm tubes from SKS Bottle & Packaging. This recipe will fill seven of these tubes.

Allow the lip balms to cool and solidify completely, then cap and label. (You can easily halve this tinted lip balm recipe to yield 3 1/2 lip balms. The fourth of which can be poured into a metal tin or a smaller regular sized lip balm container.)

You can download the merlot tinted lip balm labels here. Then simply print onto a brown kraft full size label, then cut out the labels just inside the black lines and adhere to the lip balm tubes. You can find kraft labels in bulk at reasonable prices at WorldLabelThis merlot tinted lip balm recipe creates a super moisturizing tinted lip balm for lips that look and feel fabulous! Create your own in custom colors for your own personal style or give my own fun and flattering tinted lip balm recipe a try as is for a beautiful look perfect for parties or everyday wear.

Prefer a different color for your tinted lip balms? Experiment with your own favorite pigments and micas or even try using more or less pigment for a sheer tint to a full blow lipstick! The red orange oil locking mica shimmer also looks great solo. My alternate recipe for my 2-in-1 lip stain and cream blush uses this same red orange oil locking shimmer mica for another fresh, fun look! For extra chapped lips, also try my winter healing body balm recipe that’s lovely for both lips and skin exposed to winter’s harsh elements.

For more of my homemade bath and beauty recipes as well as homemade stocking stuffers and Christmas gift ideas, be sure to follow me on Pinterest! You can also find and follow me via Blog Lovin’ and TumblrFacebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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Healing Winter Body Balm Recipe

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This homemade healing winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help heal damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The resulting product from this healing winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persisting skin conditions as well as those who wash their hands continuously such as hair dressers, crafters and teachers who work with children. Plus learn how to create your own custom labels.

This homemade healing winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help heal damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The resulting product from this healing winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persisting skin conditions as well as those who wash their hands continuously such as hair dressers, crafters and teachers who work with children.

This homemade healing winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help heal damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The resulting product from this healing winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persisting skin conditions as well as those who wash their hands continuously such as hair dressers and crafters.

Healing Winter Body Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Create labels for your natural skin care products.

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

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

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

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

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

How to create custom labels.

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

Creating custom labels.

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

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

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

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

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


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