We’ve been in holiday mode earlier than normal this year and since tomorrow is December 1st I feel like if you haven’t joined us in those preparations, you will be very soon.
The holidays can certainly be stressful when you start to account for all the different gifts you want to give. Between co-workers, health care providers (if you’re delivering a babe soon like me), teachers, friends, family, pets, sheesh the list could go on and on and on.
While you want to show your gratitude with a meaningful gift, sometimes it’s just down right hard to think of something someone would actually need or want.
That’s why I love homemade gifts. While I do feel like I’m creating more work for myself than just flat out buying something, they are truly made with love and thoughtfulness.
Plus they’re pretty hard to be thought of as one of those unwanted gifts. I mean who wouldn’t want a sweet treat to indulge in or in this case a homemade lotion rich in nourishing and relaxing oils?!
This body butter is made with lavender, rosemary, and frankincense essential oils, which are all great for supporting skin health. They also impart some seasonal scent as well as some relaxation and grounding during this busy time of year!
This one is definitely going to be in the goodie bag going to my OB this year as she will be delivering another child of mine. They also make great gifts for mamas-to-be needing to care for their skin as it changes with pregnancy hormones, teachers who need to focus on some destressing and relaxing or someone who struggles with skin issues and discomfort especially in the coming cooler and drier weather.
To make the body butter I used this general recipe by the Unskinny Boppy which uses coconut oil, shea butter, and a liquid carrier oil like olive oil along with your essential oil combinations.
A peppermint, lemon, and lavender combo would be great to carry through to spring or a simple peppermint like the one Unskinny Boppy pictured would be perfect for the holidays.
In some instances I found that the oils began to separate over time. At which point, if this happens, do not panic. Do not discard.
Simply place in the fridge to firm up the oils again until you finish and need to replenish your supply. You’re going to want to make a jar of this for yourself to keep! Trust me!
I use this body butter not so much as a lotion, although you could especially for growing baby bumps or to help nourish your hands, legs and feet.
I really use this as my makeup remover & facial moisturizer. I’ll spread this on my skin to help clean off my makeup, especially around my eyes from mascara after bathing. I just use a dry wash cloth or cleansing wipe to smooth over my skin and wipe away the make up.
What would you most benefit from this? Body cream? Facial routine? Or both! Either way taking care of your self like this should somehow be a part of your daily routine! Gotta stay healthy and nourished; and this is one way to do so!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!