Our consumer culture would like us to believe that the newest gadgets, designer clothes, and expensive accessories make the best holiday gifts. However, there is something truly special and timeless about handmade presents.
Handcrafted, natural personal care products make wonderful gifts for friends and family. They can easily be customized to meet the recipient’s preferences, giving them a personal touch. Homemade products don’t contain any of the toxic additives that are found in their conventional counterparts – which can have various negative health and environmental effects. Personal care items also promote self-care and wellness, which is a truly beautiful thing to give the ones we love.
This facial scrub is a quick and simple to put together and is perfect as a last minute gift. You’ll likely want to make a smaller batch if you’re just crafting it for yourself or one other person, as the recipes will makes a good amount so that you have enough to give as gifts.
This gentle mask and scrub combines nourishing, soothing botanicals to boost the overall health and appearance of skin. It is well-suited for daily use on all skin types.
Chamomile and lavender cleanse and help to calm inflammation. Oats nourish and soothe skin. Rice flour is a non-irritating exfoliant that removes dead skin, oil, and other toxins, leaving skin rejuvenated and silky smooth.
- 3 Tbsp chamomile powder
- 3 Tbsp lavender powder
- ½ cup rice flour
- ⅓ cup powdered oats
Makes 1 ¼ cups of scrub
If you can’t find the herbs and oats powdered, or simply want to make your own, it’s easy to do so using a coffee grinder. Sift the powdered herbs through a fine mesh sieve after grinding to strain out large or fibrous bits.
Add herb powders, powdered oats, and rice flour to a bowl and mix well to combine. Use the back of the spoon to break up any clumps, so the finished powder is nice and smooth.
Spoon the finished mask into small containers or jars.
Label the containers. Be sure to include directions for use.
Mix a small amount of scrub with just enough water or honey to make a paste. Apply to the face, avoiding the eyes and lips. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Then gently massage into the skin in small circles and rinse with lukewarm water. Follow with your favorite moisturizer. Be sure not to get any water into the container, as moisture will cause spoilage.