Homemade Mint Charcoal Body Scrub

Activated charcoal is a popular ingredient in body products these days, for good reason… any folks believe it is a great way to detoxify internally as well as on your skin. Combine the detoxifying benefits with an exfoliating scrub and you have a powerhouse in a simple DIY beauty treatment that is just as nice to keep as it is to gift for the holidays. You will love this Homemade Mint Charcoal Body Scrub. Also, if you are a looking for a gift for the man in your life that gives them a little indulgence but maintains their manly mystique, this is it. And of course ladies, you will love this DIY Mint Charcoal Body Scrub too. Refreshing mint wakes you up, coconut oil moisturizes and heals dry skin, while the charcoal helps to draw out toxins in your body! It’s truly a great scrub for men or women! This scrub is not just a great treat for your own skin, but looks so pretty in a jar that it makes a great gift for the holidays.

This post is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Mint Charcoal Body Scrub

 

Homemade Mint Charcoal Body Scrub

Ingredients:

1 T. activated charcoal

2 T. coconut oil

1 cup sea salt

10-15 drops peppermint essential oil.

Directions for Homemade Mint Charcoal Body Scrub: 

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Continue stirring until everything is well combined.  If you like a looser scrub you can add additional coconut oil.

Add essential oil to your desired scent strength.

Transfer to a glass jar with a secure fitting lid and store out of the direct spray of water.

To use the scrub you just scoop out a generous amount with your fingers and rub over damp skin, if you can let it sit on your skin out of the way of the water spray even better for absorbing moisture and expelling toxins. Rinse away then pat skin gently dry.

*It is always a good idea to test new products out on a small area of skin first, while these are natural ingredients, you may still be sensitive to them.

And there you have it, Easy Homemade Mint Charcoal Body Scrub! If you loved this simple Body Scrub, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2017

12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2017

Handmade Christmas Gifts 2017

12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2017

12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts for 2017! Christmas will be here before we know it, and I know lots of you love inexpensive Homemade Christmas Gifts and  Handmade Christmas Gifts

So, I am excited to announce we are starting our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts Series 2017! We’re bringing you 12 more homemade Christmas gifts that you will love! Be sure to bookmark this post, because we will be updating it with the 12 homemade gifts as they are released in 2017! We’ll be sharing beautiful and inexpensive gifts that you can make easily in your own home! You all know I LOVE simple gifts, so get ready for some fun and easy ideas!

Do you all have an inexpensive Christmas present idea that you make? We’d love to hear it, as we’re always looking for new ideas!

Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub

Vanilla Lavender Sugar Body Scrub

Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft

Homemade Mint Charcoal Body Scrub

Homemade Mint Charcoal Body Scrub

Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash

Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash

Homemade Charcoal Body Bar

Homemade Charcoal Body Bar

Easy Homemade Flavored Coffee Syrups

Easy Homemade Flavored Coffee Syrups

DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak & Cuticle Cream

DIY Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

Rose and Chamomile Clay Face Mask

Apple Cider Mulling Spice Sachets

Parsley and Peppermint Grain Free Dog Treats

 

Handmade Christmas Gifts 2017

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Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, lavender is the universal scent of relaxation! A pretty DIY Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub like this one is a great gift for grandma, sister, stressed out teachers, neighbors, coworkers, or yourself. It’s like a spa at home that helps scrub away the stress of the busiest season of the year. Oils act as aromatherapy and have wonderful moisturizing and healing benefits for your skin. Because you absorb these ingredients into your skin and inhale them as well, be sure to always use high quality therapeutic grade oils in your bath and body recipes. This post is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub

Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub

Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

¾  cup coconut oil

15-20 drops Lavender essential oil

1 T. Dried lavender

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

2 tsp. rosehip oil

2 tsp. Vitamin E oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined, if you prefer a wetter scrub add a little bit more coconut oil until you reach the consistency you prefer. Keep in mind that as the sugar and coconut sit together it will loosen up a bit more.

Transfer to a pretty jar with a secure lid and add a homemade tag. A tag made from craft paper and decorative edge scissors can really add a pretty touch to a simple gift.

The coconut, vitamin e, and essential oils work as a preservative to keep your scrub from spoiling for 6 months or more so if you give it as a gift it has a good shelf life if not used right away.

Keep scrub in a dry spot in the bathroom in the covered jar.

To use:

Scoop a generous amount of scrub up with your fingers, scrub gently over damp skin and rinse away. Finish by patting dry with a towel to maintain as much of the moisturizing oils as possible.

While this recipe is made with natural ingredients there still may be something that people can be sensitive to, if you are gifting it make sure you make a list of ingredients on your handmade tag.

If you loved this simple Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

 

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Ways To Reuse Plastic Bottles

Do you find your trash littered with plastic bottles and you are looking for some Ways To Reuse Plastic Bottles instead of taking them all to the recycling bins? We have a great list of fun ways to use plastic bottles around the house that will help you to become more Eco-Friendly and even save some money along the way. We love frugal tips and this is a great place to start.

Ways To Reuse Plastic Bottles

WAYS TO REUSE PLASTIC BOTTLES

Planters for herbs or small plants. Cut in half and use as a small simple planter for a windowsill herb garden. They can also be hung from the side of a building or placed along a ledge as a great way to grow small plants until time to transplant into a larger garden.

As stamps to paint flowers. The bottom of most plastic bottles actually resembles a flower shape. Dip into paint and use as a stamp to make pretty flowers on paper. This is a great craft to do with kids.

Use for crafting. There are tons of fun crafts from plastic bottle chandeliers to sliced bottles used for making holiday trees that are fun to make with the kids. Save your plastic bottles in various shapes and sizes then go to Pinterest for fun crafting ideas.

Use for storage and organizing. Cut in half and use to sort things like beads, craft supplies, screws and nuts and bolts or even school supplies. These stack together neatly and are easy to store in other boxes or bins for use later on.

Create simple bird feeders. Punch a few holes in the sides of a bottle, add in a twig, spoon, or pencil for the birds to perch on an fill with seed so birds can feed easily. Sit these on your deck or hang from trees around your yard.

These ways to reuse plastic bottles are fun, easy and a great way to get rid of trash in your home while recycling into useful objects.

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Easy Homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Easy Homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub! The holiday season is here, so we are re-featuring some of our popular sugar scrub recipes! Check out how easy this homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub is!

Homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD SUGAR SCRUB

HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD SUGAR SCRUB INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Almond
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp All Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

 

DIRECTIONS FOR HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD SUGAR SCRUB

  • In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients except the Coconut Oil.
  • Gradually add Coconut Oil (add additional oil if you like your scrub in a very wet consistency).
  • Place Mixture in Jar.
  • Add Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Label to front of Jar and a ribbon if gifting.

 

Save even more – visit your local dollar stores for inexpensive plastic containers! Print our labels above and glue them on the jar. Add a pretty ribbon or other embellishment of your choice! Great gift idea for hostesses, friends, teachers, and more!

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Homemade Heating Pad

Homemade Heating Pad

Winter can bring aches, pains, and headaches but I have a favorite comfort item that is simple to make! It just takes just a minute to prepare for easing tired muscles or pounding heads. I was inspired by this pretty one here on Scratchmommy.com, making mine a bit longer and using flannel to be more comforting in the winter weather! While this easy diy is great to make to keep on hand for yourself, it also makes a thoughtful gift for friends and family. You can use a variety of pretty flannels to make them unique. From the comforting warmth to the soft texture and the relaxing scent of lavender, this Homemade Heating Pad is a winner.

This post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Heating Pad

 

Homemade Heating Pad

For this Homemade Heating Pad / DIY Heating Pack you will need:

6 cups white rice

12″ x 24″ flannel fabric

2 T. dried lavender flowers

8-20 drops lavender essential oil

Directions for the Homemade Heating Pad:

If you have not yet, cut your flannel into a 12″ x 24″ length.

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Fold in half lengthwise, right side to right side, sew up one end, down the length, and halfway across the other end.

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Next, in a large bowl, stir together rice, lavender, and essential oil. Mix it well to distribute the essential oil evenly.

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Pour or funnel rice mixture into flannel tube.

img_2908-1Tuck unsewn part inward, you can either do a hidden stitch inside by hand or just sew all the way across with the machine.

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To use your Homemade Heating Pad:

Heat in microwave for approximately 1 minute. After 1 minute, carefully check to see how warm the pad is. If you want the pad warmer, heat it again in 30 second increments, checking the temperature after every 30 seconds so it doesn’t get too hot. When it is a nice temperature and feels ready to use, gently place it on your neck, back, knee, or wherever you need heat and aromatherapy. Use it for 10 minutes at a time, and then take a 10 minute break before you use it again. Be careful not to fall asleep with it on! 🙂

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If you loved this simple Homemade Heating Pad / DIY Heat Pack, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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DIY Gingerbread Candle

DIY Gingerbread Candle

Holiday scented candles are a favorite for burning in your own home, or for gifting to friends and family all season long. This cute little gingerbread candle is a great handmade gift wrapped up in a pretty towel. I found these fun wax granules that give the candle a bit of a different look. I liked them especially for this scent, as they look a bit like gingerbread dough. I was able to find all the items at my local craft store but you can also find them online at Rose Mountain Herbs.

This post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

DIY Gingerbread Candle - easy homemade candle, great scent

DIY Gingerbread Candle

Ingredients for Homemade DIY Gingerbread Candle:

To make your own gingerbread candle you will need

granulated wax, cream, white, or tan

candle wick

gingerbread candle scent

small mason jar

pretty holiday ribbon

hot glue gun/stick

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Directions for DIY Gingerbread Candle:

Measure and trim wick in your jar if needed so it is just 1/2″ above rim of jar.

img_2870Combine granulated wax and gingerbread candle scent until the desired scent strength is reached. I chose a pretty tan granulated wax so it really imitated the look of gingerbread, isn’t it fun? Stir together well to distribute the scent.

img_2873-0Fill jar to 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the top edge with the wax mixture.

img_2874Attach a pretty ribbon with hot glue, add a gingerbread cookie cutter if desired to make it a double duty gift! For gifting gently place lid back on the the top of your jar and label with a simple handmade tag, trim wick slightly if needed.

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And there you have it, you just made your very own handmade DIY Gingerbread Candle! How cool is that?

If you loved this simple homemade DIY gingerbread candle, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair

Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (Pillow Pallet)

Having seen these awesome pillow loungers flying around Pinterest last year I was dying to make my own. I wanted to give them a try because I was sure they would make great Christmas gifts, and I was so happy with the final project. You can stay simple or get as elaborate with your pillow pallet as you like! For some extra pizzazz, use character themed pillowcases, favorite colors, add your kiddo’s name with vinyl, iron on letters, or fabric paint, etc… Even if you only have the most basic of sewing skills and can only sew a straight line this project is a piece of cake!

This Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (Pillow Pallet) post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

Kid's Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair Pillow Pallet

Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (Pillow Pallet)

To create your own Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (Pillow Pallet) you will need:

4 pillow cases

4 pillows

sewing machine/thread

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Directions:

Lay two pillowcases together, sew  1″ from edge along the longest sides, be sure that the opening is at the same side for both. If you are more comfortable you can pin your pillowcases prior to sewing to save them from slipping around.

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Open your two cases so they look like this….

img_2920-3Repeat with your other two pillowcases, then sew the two sets together, make sure that your seams and openings are all on the same side!

If you wish to personalize with iron on letters or fabric paint this is the point you should do it. Once done -slip pillows inside each of the cases.

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There are so many fun ways your child can use their pillow pallet – folded up as a head rest on the bed, stretched out on the floor for a pallet, or folded over just once for a nap mat.

Folded in half up against the couch for a comfy seat

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If you loved this Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (pillow pallet), be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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