With the holiday season approaching, it’s time to start thinking about GIFTS! From getting together with loved ones at an open (or electric) fireplace, sharing traditions and building new memories to the gift exchange, the winter holidays are something to treasure.
I love sharing the joy of something I’ve created with my hands! With that said, here are my favourite sustainable shea butter holiday gift ideas:
1. Shea Butter Sugar Scrub
1 cup white, regular sugar
⅓ cup carrier oil (olive oil goes well with more spicy scents, avocado for sweeter scents)
Essential oils (about twenty drops, depending on how strong you want to make it)
Melt the shea butter, carrier oil, and essential oils in a double boiler. Before it boils, take it off the heat and let it cool for about ten minutes. When it is cool to the touch and before the oils start to harden, whip it in a glass container with a stand mixer or hand mixer at high speed. Add the sugar to the creamed butter until just combined.
PRO TIP: The shea butter mixture shouldn’t be so hot as the sugar dissolves.
Scoop the sugar scrub into a reusable container, put the lid on and wrap it with a bow!
Have a box full of collected ribbons from gifts and another packaging. Keeping these on hand is a sustainable way to pretty up any gift!
2. Shea Butter Bath Salts
After a long day, nothing soothes the skin and mind quite like a salt bath. Epsom salts are high in magnesium and can help with aching muscles, back pain and even headaches. It’s generally recommended to take at least a fifteen-minute bath once or twice a week. So put the music on, light a candle and soak in luxury.
1 cup Epsom salts
1 tablespoon of shea butter
Melt the shea butter (without boiling it) and mix with the Epsom salts. Use a ¼ cup per full bath or adjust the amount depending on the amount of bath water.
PRO TIP: We recommend not using essential oils in bath salts as they could irritate the skin (add a scented candle to the experience instead). Instead, add lavender flowers, dried mint leaves or oats to the bath for an added spa-like feel. Be sure to use a strainer when emptying the bath and compost the flowers, leaves or oats after.
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Add a beautiful hand towel or one of the DIY products mentioned above for the complete, opulent gift of the season.
For other DIY recipes, check out:
How to choose an essential oil for shea butter products (CLICK HERE TO READ)