DIY Gingerbread Lip Scrub

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From the crisp days of Fall right through Christmas the delicious and spicy flavor of Gingerbread is absolutely perfect.  But, along with the cold air and biting wind come chapped and dry lips and sometimes applying gloss is not enough.  Your lips need to be exfoliated just like your skin.  Enter this yummy Gingerbread flavored lip scrub!  Make it for yourself.  It’s an easy make-at-home splurge.  It’s also a wonderful gift for friends, family, or even a nice homemade gift for the teacher.   This recipe is easy to double or triple for multiple gifts.  You can find small pots on Amazon for a great price to store it in.

Note:  While you will still get the benefit and the aromatherapy using powdered ginger, I recommend including some fresh if you can.  It is more potent and has a wonderful warming quality. Fresh ginger is fairly inexpensive, too.  When you’re in the produce department, simply break off a small piece and you pay by the pound.  It goes pretty far.
 

Gingerbread Lip Scrub

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • ½ tsp. Ground Ginger
  • ¼ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Cloves
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Vitamin E Capsule
  • Optional: a tsp or so of fresh ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container.

Notes

Using vitamin E is a great benefit to your lips, but also helps preserve the ingredients to give them a longer shelf life. Lip scrub should be good for up to 2 months. Keep in refrigerator and it should last even longer.

To use: Simply apply a generous amount to lips, rubbing in a circular motion, rinse, and wipe away excess. The oil leaves your lips moisturized and soft.

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DIY Gingerbread Lip Scrub

Homemade Lemon Scrub

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Homemade Refreshing Lemon Scrub

 

One of the most frugal tips I have for you is to never spend hundreds of dollars on expensive scrubs when you likely have the ingredients to make your own right in your own home.   This is a very easy to make recipe for Homemade Lemon Scrub and it works just as well as any commercial product you could buy.  Plus, you know exactly what’s in it.  No mystery ingredients here.

As if that’s not enough, you’ll get some of the benefits of using Lemon Essential Oil.  I’ve said repeatedly that citrus is one of my pregnancy cravings.  I’m sure this isn’t coincidental as I’ve also had the most severe morning sickness of all of my pregnancies combined and had to take medication to control the vomiting.  I wish that I had known about an old tried-and-true home remedy of the lemon juice/water morning combo we hear so much about because it may actually helpful in controlling morning sickness for some people.  I can’t say for certain if it helped me at all, but I definitely feel much better than I did before I started drinking it – and my morning sickness lasted well into my second trimester.  Of course, you’ll only be using it on your skin, but that has its own benefits as lemon is known to kill germs and bacteria, smooth callus’, and even elevate your mood.

 

Homemade Lemon Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 5-8 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, add the olive oil and coconut oil. Combine.
  2. Add the epsom salt and blend with the oil mixture.
  3. Add lemon essential oil.
  4. Stir until blended.
  5. Transfer to a lidded container to store.
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Homemade Lemon Scrub

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs

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DIY Easter Bath Bombs

 

I don’t know about you, but I always like to put a personalized handmade spin on all of these gift laden holidays.  For Christmas, I’ve made my own gingerbread Play Doh and sidewalk chalk and paints for Easter.  None are particularly complicated, by any stretch, or I wouldn’t be able to pull them off!  This year, I’m making Easter Egg Bath Bombs!  Keeping with the theme of non-candy treats and goodies, these are a perfect Easter basket filler.

By the way, the egg theme works just as well for a Mother’s Day basket.  You could make a ‘nest’ out of  a pretty decorative gift bowl filled with a shredded paper bag.  I like Japanese Noodle/Rice Bowls.  They make a nice gift when paired with a chopstick/rice paddle gift set, by the way.  Just fill one or more of the bowls with robin’s egg blue bath bombs and the rest of the basket with trial size bath freebies, The Body Shop BOGO deal items and other things you’ve held onto for a project like this.   It’s a great way to keep using those fillable plastic eggs after Easter, too!  I always keep them on hand for various projects throughout the year.

 

 

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 teaspoons water
  • 3 drops essential oil
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Using a large bowl, add baking soda, cream of tartar, corn starch and epsom salts.
  2. Blend the coconut oil into the dry ingredients and mix well The mixture becomes sandy with an oil feel.
  3. One teaspoon at a time, begin to add water to the dry ingredients, stirring it in immediately with a large spoon.
  4. Continue to add the liquid until your mixture resembles damp sand.
  5. It should still be partially dry, but when you squeeze a handful together it could form a ball.
  6. Add food coloring and your essential oils, by thoroughly mixing them into the liquid ingredients, one at a time.
  7. If you're making several colors, divide the mixture evenly among 3 or more bowls and add the food coloring in each bowl as you desire.
  8. When the mixture is the color you want, take a small amount and press it firmly into each side of the egg mold
  9. You can also do this in thirds by placing a smaller layer in the bottom of the larger egg half about halfway up, then adding another color mix and filling slightly over the top. Then, fill the other smaller half of the egg until you know it's flush with the overfilled egg half and will compress together tightly.
  10. Allow to dry for a 24 hours or more.
  11. Gently remove from the egg molds and place on a flat surface for another 4 hours. Then store in an airtight container until ready to use.
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Household Recipes: DIY Makeup Remover Pads!

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I have a few DIY recipes that I use all the time – microwave yogurt, coffee creamer, and this eye makeup remover.   In my college years, I used to get styes all the time.  I think it was the stress I was under in those days because I rarely get them now – once every 5+ years or so.  But back then, after getting so many of them, I finally went to my family doctor and he recommended using Tear-Free Baby Shampoo and water as an eyelid wash.  That may also be why I never get them anymore.  I guess I’ll never know!?!

Since that recommendation, I’ve morphed it into making my own makeup remover pads.   I love them.  They’re gentle and work exceptionally well at not only removing eye makeup, but facial cleansing, too.  On top of that, it costs so little to make them and you probably already have the ingredients in your house!

 

DIY Makeup Remover Pads

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix together the Water, Shampoo, and Oil.
  2. Add enough of your solution to cover the bottom of your mason jar or container.
  3. Add approximately 10 pads and allow them to soak up the solution.
  4. Continue to add about 10 pads at a time pouring solution over each set to cover.
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These also make nice gifts! If you’re thinking of making a batch of these for that purpose, here are some lovely (FREE) labels I have for you to print and use.

DIY: Coffee Sugar Scrub with FREE Printable Gift Labels!

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DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Free Printable Gift Labels

I love making Christmas gifts for people.  No, not fruitcake.  *barf*    I make things like this Coffee Sugar Scrub!  I have used this for a long time myself, simply because I love coffee, but it has a lot of health benefits as well.

First, coffee has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as caffeine, which helps reduce cellulite appearance by encouraging fat metabolism and fluid loss.  Coconut Oil (or Olive Oil) is moisturizing.  Sugar is exfoliating.  It’s a win-win!

Why don’t you whip up some of this easy scrub for your friends and family this Christmas?  Or anytime, really.   It’s inexpensive and super easy to make.

 

Coffee Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pour sugar and coffee grounds into medium sized bowl.
  2. Mix in coconut oil (add more if you like a wet consistency).
  3. Add cinnamon and mix well.
  4. Place mixture in the jar.
  5. Add a label to the front and maybe a ribbon to gift.
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And just for you, I’ve got some free printable Coffee Scrub Gift Labels to go with your wonderful creations!

For You: Homemade Lip Gloss!

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Photo Credit: Meet The Dubiens

This new series will go hand-in-hand with my Decorating Dummy series that I’ve been working on for eons.  It’s so sad, really.  I had a *holy moly* moment yesterday when I realized our living room wasn’t done and I’m only a few short weeks away from putting up Christmas decorations.  Needless to say, what was already a high gear project has now become a speed of light project.  Phooey, that just seems to be the  only way to get things done around here.   And it WILL get done….eventually.  Just remember the *Dummy* part of that series…it is instrumental in the delay, I assure you.  Hah!

In the meantime, let’s start another new series while we’re waiting around.     This one will feature nifty DIY recipes just like this one, so you can recreate some of your favorite things for pennies.  Please send along your fabulous finds, too!  The only criterion I have is that I’ve got to be able to do it….and I can barely do laundry.  Ya get me?  😉

Our fabulous reader and contributor Katie found this easier than easy DIY project at Meet The Dubiens for flavored lip gloss using only two ingredients – Vaseline and Kool Aid Drink crystals.  If you’re feeling especially ambitious, you can dress up your creation with some cute little jars (Michael’s, AC Moore) and you’ve got a darling gift!