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DIY Holiday Beauty Products

As the holiday season approaches, the classic Christmas scents start to emerge in all your favorite things.  With these homemade beauty products, you can get even more of the holiday scents you love. Whether you use them to pamper yourself or gift them to someone special, these recipes will have you more excited for Christmas break than ever (if that was even possible)! 

Whipped Sugar Cookie Body Butter
Nothing beats baking Christmas cookies, especially when the best part is eating the yummy leftover batter! Sugar cookies are a staple of the holiday season, and with this simple recipe, you can smell just as good as your kitchen smells when baking this tasty treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup Raw Shea Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Almond Oil
  • 20 drops of Sugar Cookie Fragrance (found at stores like Walmart, Macy’s and Target)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, melt oils and shea butter together over low heat.
  2. Once melted, carefully pour liquid into a chilled bowl, mix fragrance, and let sit until mixture starts to harden. You want the oil to be firm, but not solid (about the consistency of softened butter).
  3. When the oil is ready, whip with a mixer for several minutes until the body butter is fluffy and at a consistency that you like.
  4. Place into containers. Mason Jars are recommended, as they are cute and relatively cheap!

 

Sugar Plum Scrub
The classic holiday story The Night Before Christmas reads, “The children were nestled, all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads,” and after using this recipe, sugar plums will definitely be dancing in your head. This delicious scent has been known to cause relaxation and to help you unwind during the busy holiday season, so bottle some up, and give it as a gift to your (most likely) stressed out mom as she prepares for the onslaught of grandparents, siblings, nieces, and nephews!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2-3 Drops Sugar Plum Fragrance Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E Oil
  • Purple Food Coloring (optional)
  • Rubbing Alcohol

Directions:

  1. Spray a container of your choice with rubbing alcohol and set aside until dry.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil.
  3. Combine essential oil, vitamin E oil, and sugar. Stir until well combined.
  4. Add a few drops of purple food coloring in and mix until you reach your desired color.
  5. Store in a covered container at room temperature.

 

Candy Cane Bath Salts
What would Christmas be without candy canes.  With this DIY recipe, you get all the fun of a candy cane without all the added sugar. The best thing about making bath salts is that it’s so simple and easy, so making this recipe is a sweet treat (literally)! With this relatively easy recipe, add a few ingredients together, pour a little sweet scent on top, and you’ve got a creative concoction to help de-stress and get excited for the holiday season!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine Epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda.
  2. Add in peppermint oil and stir or whisk to distribute evenly.
  3. Divide bath salts in half. Use a separate bowl to color bath salts with 4-6 drops of red food coloring.
  4. Layer bath salts in jars, about two heaping tablespoons per layer, and press the salts down before adding a new layer.

 

Gingerbread Cookie Body Scrub
Nothing beats decorating gingerbread houses during the month of December, except maybe smelling like one. With this cookie cutter classic, smell and feel as great as your gingerbread house looks. With the added scent of ginger, which has been known to banish blemishes, increase blood flow, and tone skin, you’ll glowing brighter than the lights on a Christmas tree!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Pour mixture into the container of your choice.

 

Quick Tip: Place your homemade holiday scented beauty products in mini mason jars and tie with a bow, and you’ve also got a great gift that can be given to friends or family, or even as a gift to yourself! Happy Holidays!

By Annie O’Sullivan

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