DIY Skincare Gifts
DIY skincare is one of the growing trends at the moment. Especially this Christmas season it's also a fabulous way to remember your loved ones. What other gift says personal and thoughtful more than jars full of hand-crafted skincare?
Making your own skincare is not rocket science, and you'll get started with just a few equipment and ingredients. You'll do well with basic kitchenware. A pot, metal bowl, spoon and a hand blender should be enough to start with. For someone just starting their journey with DIY skincare, for ingredients, we'd recommend shea butter, cocoa butter, sugar, salt, vegetable oils as carrier oils and essential oils.
Benefits for DIY skincare
Less waste - When preparing your own cosmetics you will automatically create less waste. You'll save on packaging materials and can always reuse the jars for your products.
Can be more affordable - DIY skincare is often more affordable than products bought from retailers. You also will know exactly what's in your products.
What to take into consideration when preparing your own skincare
Hygiene - When making your own cosmetics, the most important thing to remember is to keep up with good hygiene. All the equipment used should be clean, otherwise, the product will get contaminated quickly.
Expiry time - With home-made products, it's hard to know exactly when they expire. Plain shea butter mousse will last up to two years. But as soon as you start mixing other ingredients in, the expiry time gets shorter. A home-made waterless skincare product with shea butter, carrier oil and essential oil stays good for about two months. A product containing water but no preservatives should be used within a week - and kept refrigerated in an air-tight jar.
Our favourite recipes for home-made skincare
Recipe for Relaxing Shea Butter Mousse
1/2 cup Shea butter
1/2 cup Coconut oil or Argan oil
20 drops of essential oil - we love lavender in this one.
Method: Mix together the shea butter with coconut or argan oil and your chosen essential oil. Place the mixture in a bowl and whip the ingredients together with an electric mixer until they are light and fluffy.
Recipe for Cardamom Dry Shampoo
1/4 cup potato flour
1-4 tsp raw cocoa powder (depending on the darkness of your hair)
Method: Add all the ingredients to a bowl using a small sieve. Mix well and pour into a small shaker for easy use.
What's your favourite home-made cosmetics? Please spread the joy and share your best recipes with us!