3 DIY beauty gifts

Make Your Own Spa Products

Do you hate running out at the last minute to buy overpriced gifts? Avoid emergency gift shopping by whipping up a batch of homemade spa products and keeping a stash to give to friends and family whenever you like. Here are three DIY beauty gifts you can make yourself. Even better, we've selected kits that include everything you need, so you don't have to run all over town looking for ingredients.

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Lip balm

The DIY Complete Lip Balm Set from the SealZiti shop on Etsy includes everything you need to make 12 containers of your own all-natural lip balm. Each kit comes with two ounces of Grapeseed Oil or Sweet Almond Oil (your choice), a tiny glass vial with ten drops of an essential oil of your choice, 19 grams of pure beeswax, 12 containers (four 1/4-ounce, four 1/8-ounces and four .15-ounce tubes), a little packet of stevia to sweeten your balm, one vitamin E capsule to enrich the balm and help preserve its freshness with simple instructions.

Salt scrub

Salt scrubs are indulgent ways to exfoliate your skin, leaving it smooth, clean and fresh. The Black Raspberry Salt Scrub Kit from The Natural Beauty Workshop includes all the ingredients to make a 4-ounce jar of salt scrub that looks and smells good enough to eat. Each kit comes with Dead Sea salt, alkanet root powder, black raspberry fruit seeds, black raspberry seed oil, organic virgin coconut oil, high linoleic sunflower seed oil, raspberry fragrance oil, a 4-ounce flat jar with a black lid, recipe and directions.

Lotion bars

Ever heard of a lotion bar? As the name implies, lotion bars are solid lotion made from shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. Rubbing the bar in your hands warms up the lotion and softens it to coat your skin. Lotion bars are used to prevent and soothe dry cracked skin -- especially hands and feet. Made On Skin Care Products offers a DIY Kit that includes four ounces of refined shea butter, four ounces of raw beeswax, five ounces of 76 degree coconut oil, four lip balm tubes, a medicine dropper, and instructions. The kit also comes with a pocket sized Beesilk lotion bar to give you an example of what you're making.

Made On Skin Care provides a free My Buttered Life Summer Edition eBook with each kit, that includes recipes and instructions to make your own natural sunscreen, tan enhancer, bug repellent bar, foot protector bar and body skin conditioner.

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