Homemade Holiday Gifts: Hand Lotion

My absolute favorite DIY holiday gift to make is homemade lotion. I originally found the idea on Pinterest, but there are now countless blogs with slightly tweaked versions of this recipe.  I have given my homemade lotion as a gift for the last two holiday seasons. My friends and family LOVE the lotion so much they request it throughout the year.

Supplies:Homemade Lotion by Amy

  • Orange-scented essential oil
  • Equal parts vitamin E cream, petroleum jelly, and your favorite unscented lotion.
  • Electric Hand Mixer
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Small Mason jars
  • Labels and ribbon to decorate the jars

I love the smell of oranges, but you can use another scent if you like. I have also found “equal parts” is really an estimation. No need to measure, you can just eyeball it.

Step 1:
Mix equal parts of vitamin E cream, petroleum jelly, and your favorite unscented lotion. Blend using electric hand mixer. Add water to the mix if it is too thick and then blend again.

Step 2:
Add several drops of essential oil.  Then smell to see if the lotion is scented to your liking. If not, add more essential oil. Mix. Repeat. (I added a TON!)

Step 3:
Portion lotion out into small Mason jars. Add a personal touch with cute labels and ribbon.

For other cool homemade beauty recipes, you should also checkout “The Green Beauty Guide” by Julie Gabriel, “Natural Beauty at Home” by Janice Cox and “Organic Beauty” by Josephine Fairley.

Remember this holiday season: Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy Mason jars which is kinda the same thing ;). Happy crafting!

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