DIY Natural Lip Exfoliant in Minutes

I have been racking my brains trying to come up with something clever to use my little miniature jars for. I have had suggestions about using them to store herbs and spices but honestly can’t quite be bothered transferring all my spices from the jars they came in into my jars, without the little shaker lids. So I thought of something a bit more interesting.

I was once conned into buying a tiny little pot of lip exfoliant at a shop for about $12. This wouldn’t be so bad if not for the blatant fact that the only ingredients seemed to be sugar and oil and a little bit of pink colouring. The sales girl convinced me (and my friend) by giving us a tester and raving about how “you can even lick it off your lips when your done because it’s candy flavoured!”. Duh. It’s made of sugar you idiot, of course it’s “candy flavoured”. My friend and I (gullible as we are) bought a pot each and happily applied the magical lip exfoliant to our lips (and subsequently licked off the “candy flavoured”sugar) for the rest of our shopping trip. It was only later that night, when I excitedly showed it to my mum, that I realised we’d been ripped off. “You paid for that? It’s just sugar, you could make it!”

I’ve learnt my lesson. That expensive little pink pot has long since disappeared and so today I made some Lip Scuff of my own!

lip scuff

Homemade Lip Scuff

Homemade Lip Scuff

Ingredients:

  • 3 parts brown sugar
  • 2 parts honey
  • 1 part olive oil

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into jar/pot/container
  2. Mix together
  3. Use a pea sized amount to rub on lips until smooth

I hope you like it!

Eleanor x

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Homemade Gifts: Body Scrub, Bath Salts and Hand Cream

In the lead up to Christmas last year, I was a tad bit broke and a bit worried about what I was going to do for Christmas presents with no money to buy anything. So, I got crafty. I decided I would have a DIY Christmas and make my own presents. Not only was this option easier on my bank account, but it also gave me something fun to do (I’m on uni holidays so I welcome a project!) as well as adding that personal touch that makes giving gifts a bit more special. I’ve always like the idea of giving handmade gifts – it just seems so much more thoughtful than handing over a gift voucher or something generic like that.

So, along with my Homemade Toasted Muesli that I gave out as gifts, I made some beauty products for the girls (my mum and my boyfriend’s mum). Once I had made the soak, scrub and cream I popped them in cute little jars (just from a $2 shop) with pretty little labels (mine are from kikki.K – I am beyond obsessed with that shop!).

Lavender-Scented Milk & Salt Bath Soak, Peppermint-Scented Sugar Scrub and Rose-Scented Hand Cream

 

Sugar Scrub

The Sugar Scrub was the easiest to make of the three. I adapted my recipe from Martha Stewart’s blog.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coarse sugar (I used granulated raw sugar)
  • 1 cup oil (good quality, low scent)
  • your choice of scented essential oil

Method:

  1. Stir together sugar and oil
  2. Add essential oils, a few drops at a time until you have reached desired scent
  3. Spoon mixture into jars

 

Milk & Salt Bath Soak

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 cup rock salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • your choice of scented essential oils

Method:

  1. Stir together powdered milk, salt and baking soda
  2. Add essential oils, a few drops at a time until you have reached desired scent
  3. Spoon mixture into jars

To Use: Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup to bath

 

 Hand Cream

This cream can be used anywhere on the body, I have just labelled it as hand cream. I found this recipe on Patchwork Times via Pinterest (another obsession!). The recipe on the website lists ounces, but I didn’t have a way to measure so I just used cups and adjusted accordingly. I also added some rose scented essential oils, you can add whatever you like.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Baby Lotion
  • 1 cup Vaseline
  • 1 cup Vitamin E Cream
  • your choice of scented essential oils

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Mix together with electric mixer until it looks like icing
  3. Add essential oils, a few drops at a time until you have reached desired scent
  4. Pop into jars/containers

 

What do you think of these products as gifts? Have you ever made anything similar? What are your favourite homemade gifts?

Eleanor x

Homemade Toasted Muesli

I make a mean muesli. I originally started making and toasting my own muesli as a result of a) being a poor student and not wanting to pay for expensive cereal ($8 a box! Are you kidding me!?), b) finding it impossible to find muesli in the shops with no almonds (I’m allergic) and c) wanting a healthy breakfast alternative to toast and sugary cereals. I’ve recently made 5 batches of my muesli for Christmas presents (packaged in lovely jars with pretty labels) for family and friends and it has received rave reviews.

Now, below is a basic how to. It’s not the kind of recipe where food science is particularly important so it’s pretty hard to screw it up. Basically, just make sure you have more rolled oats than any other ingredient and you should be fine. I’ve made it countless times and it’s never exactly the same as I just go with what I feel like at the time, try out new things and use what I have in my cupboard. Feel free to add or deduct fruit, seeds, nuts etc to your taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups sultanas
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit (apples, pears, apricot etc)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts (or any nuts of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 – 1 cup fruit juice

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 160° C
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats, nuts, seeds, coconut)
  3. In a mug, combine juice and honey and heat in microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until honey has melted
  4. Pour juice and honey mixture over dry ingredients and mix until coated
  5. Spread out mixture onto a baking tray and bake for 20-30min or until golden brown, ensuring you stir regularly to prevent burning
  6. Meanwhile, chop up fruit
  7. Once browned to your liking, remove from oven and mix in fruit
  8. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

Homemade Toasted Muesli for Gifts