DIY Holiday Gifts for Mom: Chocolate Orange Body Butter & Sugar Scrub Recipes
Learn how to make a DIY holiday gift set! This pairing of chocolate orange body butter and sugar scrub recipes is perfect for DIY holiday gifts for mom. Not only does this homemade skin care combo smell amazing – who can resist the sweetness of chocolate & orange? – it’s also a wonderful treat for mom’s dry skin throughout the winter holiday.
Keep reading to learn how to make this easy DIY holiday gift set! Plus learn how to create your own printable labels for all of your DIY holiday gifts for mom.
DIY Holiday Gifts for Mom
Dry skin comes not just with the seasonal change into winter, but with age as well. As a mom myself, I always appreciate homemade skin care products as gifts. Homemade body butters are one of my favorite DIY holiday gifts. This homemade chocolate orange body butter recipe is made with real cocoa powder as well as skin nourishing shea and cocoa butters. So it not only moisturizes dry winter skin, it also smells like my favorite winter treat! This homemade chocolate orange body butter recipe feels super luxurious. However, it’s also non-greasy. Because who wants to leave greasy fingerprints everywhere? In addition, it also helps to protect your skin from both those biting winter elements and repeated hand washings!
Pair this homemade chocolate orange body butter recipe with my matching chocolate orange sugar scrub recipe for fantastic DIY holiday gifts for mom. This duo makes an amazing DIY holiday gift set that’s perfect for any bath and body lover this holiday season, not just mom! So make a few of these for your best friends or coworkers as well. (I’ll even tell you how to create your own orange slice border labels! So keep reading to find that tutorial further down.)
Chocolate Orange Body Butter Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
5 oz. shea butter
.75 oz. cocoa butter
.5 oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. hemp seed oil
.25 oz. lanolin
.25 oz. white kaolin (cosmetic) clay
.25 oz. unsweetened baking cocoa powder or roasted cacao powder
4.5 mL cocoa absolute
.15 oz. Orange Peel Cybilla fragrance oil (or .05 oz. – .1 oz. sweet orange essential oil, to suit)
1 mL rosemary extract (antioxidant)
How to Make Chocolate Orange Body Butter
Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the shea butter, cocoa butter and emulsifying wax. Heat in a double boiler or in the microwave at 50% power until melted in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Remove from heat.
Weigh out the lanolin then stir into the the butters wax until it melts completely.
Next, weigh out both the clay and cocoa powder, and whisk into the melted body butter ingredients until they are evenly distributed and there are no more clumps.
Now weigh out the hemp seed oil and stir into the body butter mixture. (If you prefer not to use hemp seed oil – I love this oil as it’s a super nourishing dry oil – you can substitute your own favorite carrier oil that’s liquid at room temperature.)
Follow with the orange peel fragrance oil, weighing out the amount needed then mixing it into the body butter as well. (If you prefer an all natural chocolate orange body butter recipe you can substitute the orange peel fragrance oil with .05 oz. to .1 oz. of sweet orange essential oil to suit.)
Finally, using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out the cocoa absolute and the rosemary extract and thoroughly mix into the body butter.
Now place the body butter in the refrigerator until it reaches an even goopy consistency throughout. Mix the body butter again – the cocoa and cocoa absolute will have separated and sunk towards the bottom – then pour into your containers.
This homemade chocolate orange body butter recipe will fill two 4 oz. containers. (Each container will have about 3.8 oz. by weight of product.) I used the eco-friendly 4 oz. paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for these body butters.
Allow your body butter to fully solidify – this can take 24-48 hours depending on the temperature in your home, then place the lid on each body butter and label as desired for gifting or personal use.
How to Make Labels for Your DIY Holiday Gifts for Mom
You can make simple labels for the lids for your homemade body butter using free online clipart to make your DIY holiday gifts for mom really pop. I found this orange border clipart at Mein Lila Park blog here.
To make the labels for this DIY holiday gift set, I downloaded the free digital orange doodle border png to my computer. I then created a new text document in OpenOffice and formatted the page layout to landscape (Format > Page > Landscape > OK) with default borders. Next I imported the image to the page. (Insert > Picture > From File > Choose file location from your computer) I did not need to scale the image – it works perfectly at the size it is!
I then imported the image again and positioned it to the right of the first one so that the images that overlapped lined up evenly and there were eight orange slices in the row.
Hit enter after the images then repeat for the number of labels that you need.
Now simply print your orange slice border labels onto full size label sheets. Then cut them out and wrap them around each lid. That’s it! (For more on how to create your own custom labels, be sure to check out my step by step tutorial on how to make custom labels here.)
(Psst. If you’re looking for clipart you can purchase I am also crushing on this clipart collection of aromatic flowers and fruits and these blank watercolor fruits circle labels.)
How to Make a DIY Holiday Gift Set
It’s super easy to now make your own homemade chocolate orange sugar scrub recipe for the perfect DIY holiday gift set for mom. If you want a matching chocolate orange body butter and chocolate orange sugar scrub, simply fill one 4 oz. container with your body butter created from the chocolate orange body butter recipe once it’s reached the goopy stage. With the remaining body butter, add 8 oz. of white granulated sugar by weight and mix well.
Once the DIY chocolate orange sugar scrub has solidified, fluff with a fork to unpack the scrub for ease of use. Then fill the containers of your choice with the sugar scrub – either four 4 oz. containers, two 8 oz. containers or one 16 oz. container.
To make the entire batch of body butter into a scrub, add 16 oz. of white granulated sugar. It’s as easy as that!
I really hope you love my ideas for DIY holiday gifts for mom this winter. If you do, then be sure to check out my other DIY holiday gift set ideas below. And don’t forget to pin these homemade winter skin care recipes to Pinterest for later!
More DIY Holiday Gifts for Mom
If you like my ideas for DIY holiday gifts for mom, then be sure to try some of my other DIY holiday gift sets and homemade winter skin care recipes.
- Cinnamon & Sugar Body Butter Recipe (with free printable labels)
- Vanilla & Fig Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe
- Lemon Verbena Candle & Body Butter Gift Set DIY
- Cranberry Chutney Solid Lotion Bar Recipe (with printable labels)
- Homemade Cranberry Body Butter Recipe
- Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Recipe
- Homemade Winter Body Balm Recipe (with label tutorial)
- Rustic Orange & Espresso Soap Recipe
- Foaming Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe
For more ideas for DIY holiday gifts for mom as well as other homemade winter skin care recipes, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me via Blog Lovin’, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
November 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm
Looks absolutely delectable!
Rebecca D. Dillon
November 11, 2015 at 10:32 pm
Oh it is. It is. Really enjoying the test batch I made!
November 21, 2015 at 3:07 am
why is emulsifying wax added to it? This recipe does not contain any water.
Rebecca D. Dillon
November 21, 2015 at 11:36 am
E-wax isn’t sticky like beeswax can be – plus it has a much lower melt point – and it lends this body butter recipe a super creamy texture as well as assists in making it non-greasy once absorbed.
December 8, 2015 at 10:38 am
thanx for your amazing generosity.xx
December 18, 2015 at 11:28 am
Love ur recipes rebecca dear is it OK if I leave out emulsifying wax
Rebecca D. Dillon
December 19, 2015 at 11:35 am
I’m not sure what the final consistency would be without it. It helps make it creamy and non-greasy in addition to holding it together. You could try it but you might find you need to add something else to it to get what you’re looking for in the end product.
April 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm
Rebecca, I made this body butter last night and it’s awesome! Thank you for sharing all you know
Rebecca D. Dillon
April 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm
April 27, 2016 at 9:18 am
Rebecca, do you have more body butter recipes with emulsifying wax? I love the creamy texture of this one!
Rebecca D. Dillon
April 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm
This is the first one I’ve tried this way. I’ll be sure to include it in future recipes. Thanks! Glad you like it as much as I did.
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