6 DIY Gift Ideas To Make In Under 10-Minutes

diy-gift-ideasWhether the occasion is Christmas, a last minute birthday party or a little thank you for a teacher or colleague, these quick natural DIY gifts will be ready to wrap in 10 minutes (or less).

1. Bath milks

You’ll need:

Method:
Combine all ingredients and package in a jar.

milk-bath-recipe

Some ideas:

  • Relaxing: Lavender blossoms & lavender essential oil.
  • Relaxing: Chamomile flowers & chamomile essential oil.
  • Energising: Citrus zest & grapefruit essential oil.
  • Refreshing: Dried/ fresh rosemary & rosemary essential oil.
  • Romantic: Rose petals & rose essential oil (or geranium if you don’t have rose EO).
  • Fun Mojito bath: Lime zest, peppermint leaves & peppermint essential oil.

Read full recipe post for more ideas.

 

2. BODY Scrubs

diy-body-scrub

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup exfoliant:
    Sugar / ground sea salt/ epsom salts / ground coffee / oats
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup light oil:
    Coconut oil / almond oil/ grapeseed oil/ sunflower oil/ raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons of fun add-ons:
    Cocoa powder / herbs / spices / citrus zest / chocolate shavings / vanilla extract/ poppy seeds
  • 10-20 drops essential oils:
    Lavender, geranium, peppermint, grapefruit, bergamot, vanilla and ylang ylang have great scents!

Method:
Pour the oil over your chosen exfoliant until it just covers and saturates it. Don’t add too much – you don’t want to end up with a liquid scrub. Add a little oil at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Mix in your fun add-ons and essential oils and you’re ready to wrap!

Try this recipe: Coffee & Sugar Body Scrub for Cellulite

Some other ideas:

  • Peppermint crisp: Brown sugar / almond oil / cocoa powder / peppermint essential oil
  • Anti-cellulite: Ground coffee / coconut oil / cinnamon / orange zest / grapefruit essential oil
  • Summertime bliss: Ground sea salt / raw honey / citrus zest / citrus essential oil
  • Chai: Ground coffee / cinnamon / ginger / nutmeg / cinnamon & ginger essential oil
  • Soothing: Ground oats / raw honey / vanilla extract or vanilla essential oil

If you’d rather buy, then I recommend: Lavish The Ex-Factor Face Exfoliator (I love the texture & fresh scent!)

 

3. Fragrances

diy-perfume

You’ll need:

  • For the base: High-proof vodka, water or a combination of both.
  • Essential oils

Method:

  • Fill your container with your base.
  • Add your chosen essential oils and shake well.
    Rule of thumb: 1 drop of essential oil for every milliliter of base i.e. 50 drops for 50ml of vodka. However some scents are stronger than others, so allow your nose to guide you by adding 10 drops at a time until you reach the desired strength.
  • TIP: If you are a beginner, I would suggest only using one essential oil that you like.  If using more than one essential oil, allow to stand for at least 48 hours in a dark place and shake every day. The scents of the different oils will “merge” and form a new scent. This is the best time to judge the “true” smell of your fragrance.

Read more about how to mix essential oils for fragrances, or view this quick chart. Here are some fragrance ideas:

  • Sweet & floral: Orange (30%), Ylang Ylang (50%) and Vanilla (20%)
  • Sweet: Rosemary (50%) & Vanilla (50%)
  • Musky: Orange (60%) & cinnamon (40%)
  • Fresh & floral: Rose geranium (70%) & pine (30%)
  • Masculine: Sandalwood (80%) and cinnamon (20%)

If you’d rather buy, then I recommend: Acorelle Absolu Tiare Eau de Parfum (This particular one smells sweetly divine!)

 

4. Solid perfume

diy-solid-perfume

You’ll need:

  • 1Tablespoon of carrier oil for the base
    (olive, coconut, sweet almond, grapeseed etc. Coconut & jojoba have very long shelf lives)
  • 1 teaspoon of bees wax
  • 15-20 drops essential oils for fragrance

Method:
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler with the carrier oil. Transfer to your container and mix in your essential oils. The mixture will harden as it cools into a solid perfume.

If you want to combine more than one essential oil, read more about how to mix essential oils for fragrances, or view this quick chart.

If you’d rather buy, then I recommend: Sassui Perfume Pencils 

 

5. Lip balm

natural shea butter and coconut oil lip balm recipe

You’ll need:

  • 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil
    (shea butter, olive, coconut, grapeseed etc. Coconut & jojoba have very long shelf lives)
  • 1 teaspoon bees wax
  • Optional: 2 drops of essential oils for fragrance (peppermint works well)

Method:
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler with the carrier oil. Add essential oil, if using. Take off heat and quickly transfer to your container. The mixture will harden as it cools into a solid lip balm.

If you’d rather buy, then I recommend: Oh-Lief Natural Olive Lip Balm (Grapefruit)

 

6. Body Wash

body-wash

You’ll need:

  • A bar of natural soap (approx. 100g)
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • Optional additives: Essential oils for fragrance, honey , coconut oil.

Method:
Grate the soap bar and place in a double boiler. Add the boiling water to the grated soap and mix until the soap melts completely. Take off heat and allow to cool. Mix in your optional extras once cooled, and pour your liquid soap into a suitable container.

Read how to make liquid soap, or try making this honey & coconut body wash.

If you’d rather buy, then I recommend: Wild Rosemary & Vanilla Shower Gel (It has the most amazing scent – you may feel the urge to eat it, but don’t!)

 

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