It’s November, a month some people find dreary while others celebrate because they are allowed to officially unleash the festivus they’ve been holding in since they reluctantly took down their Christmas lights in April. While some people were sneakily disguising their Christmas gift making as summer crafts project for their kids, others are waiting until the ghost and goblin decorations are put away before they jump into merry-making full steam ahead.
I’m not going to lie, I usually start thinking about what homemade gifts I’ll be making for Christmas in August. Sometimes it takes me a while to find projects I like and other times people give me their requests of what they would like to unwrap from me. My sister falls into the latter category and I love her for it.
Last Christmas I made my sister a body butter that, all modesty aside, was pretty great. I didn’t use a recipe though and I didn’t write down what ingredients I used. I remember my basic theory of making that concoction though. It went: I bet all of these lovely smelling things and all these things that are good for your skin would make an excellent lotion or if the consistency is right, a rich body butter. Lucky for me it worked, but she’s asked if I could make her another jar to put under the tree this year.
It was time to head back to the kitchen and create something new, but just as lovely. This time I documented what I did, both so I can recreate it in the future, but also to share it with you so you can get you Christmas gift DIY on and make something wonderful for your friends or family, with some extras on the side for yourself, of course.
Don’t forget to have some creative fun with your Christmas cards too. Here are some great ideas to get you started.
Lavender Lemon Body Butter
- 1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic shea butter
- 2 tbsp grated beeswax
- 3 tbsp sweet almond oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and sweet almond oil.
When all the beeswax flakes are melted, turn off heat and add essential oils.
Pour into glass containers and allow the mixture to harden. You can put it in the fridge to speed up the hardening process if you like.
You may find that that your body butter looks like it has little granules in it, especially if you keep it in a spot that has a lot of temperature fluctuation. Don't worry, it is just a result of the coconut oil and shea butter solidifying at different temperatures. The granules melt on contact and your body butter will be smooth as silk.