DIY Holiday Gifts: Homemade Personal Care Product Recipes

Photo Credit: Flickr / CraftyGoat Lip Balm

Homemade Personal Care Product Recipes

The holidays are fast approaching and in a tight economy many people are trying to figure out how to budget for this year’s gift buying season.

It really is a shame that people feel forced to feed into the big box retailer mentality of purchasing every gift for every person on their list. Once upon a time, people used to MAKE each other heartfelt gifts.

Today I would like to provide you with some really wonderful recipes which will allow you to create some amazing personal care items which can be gifted to all of the special people in your life. You can get really creative with packaging and labeling these items as well. Everyone I have ever given one of my creations too has loved it! These products work well and last a long time. Enjoy!

Basic Body Scrub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite liquid soap (I use unscented Dr. Bronner’s)
  • Any ONE of the following:
  • juice from half a grapefruit
  • juice from one lemon
  • grated peel from a lemon or lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped cranberries
  • 1/4 cup rose salt
  • 2 tablespoons of essential oil
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. When in the shower, rub all over from head to toes.
  3. Rinse with cool water to close pores.
  4. Use once a week. Store at room temperature.

Photo Credit: Flickr / Meaganpru

Brown Sugar Lemon Body Scrub

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (you can also use olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. When in the shower, rub all over from head to toes.
  2. Rinse with cool water to close pores.
  3. Use once a week.
  4. Store at room temperature.

Lemon is a natural disinfectant. It also opens clogged pores and cleanses them thoroughly allowing your skin to “breathe” better.

Ginger Skin Creme

  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons light sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
  • ½ cup cocoa butter or shea butter
  1. Preheat oven on lowest setting.
  2. Finely grate the ginger just enough so that you have about an 1/8 teaspoon of ginger “juice.” To obtain the juice, squeeze the freshly grated ginger over a small bowl.
  3. Place the ingredients (including the ginger) in a glass container and heat just until the cocoa butter is melted and the oils are blended.
  4. Pour into a clean, dry container and store in a cool dry place.
  5. You can add a few drops of orange or other essential oil for a nice twist.

Ginger invigorates and oil soothes. Try this double dose for dry skin.

Lip Balm

  • a nut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil

    Photo Credit: Flickr/CraftyGoat Lip Balm

  • 1 teaspoon lanolin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon beeswax
  • 1/2 teaspoon chamomile flowers (dried)
  1. In a double-boiler, melt 1/2 teaspoon macadamia nut oil, 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil, 1/2 teaspoon lanolin and 1/2 teaspoon cocoa butter until it is liquefied.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of dried Chamomile flowers and stir gently for about 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture with a very fine sieve into a small Pyrex ramekin and clean the area of the double boiler where you had the mixture (Dry the area well).
  4. Pour the new strained mixture back into the double boiler and reheat.
  5. Add another 1/2 teaspoon of lanolin and 1/2 teaspoon of beeswax shavings.
  6. Heat and stir until liquefied completely.
  7. Remove from the heat and pour into a 1/2 oz. amber or cobalt container.

This is enough for personal use. To give as gifts, you’ll want to double or triple this recipe. This is a very soothing formula that has real “staying” power.

Orange Citrus Bath Herbs

Use only dried materials. Makes enough for 8-10 baths.

  • 1 oz. Orange peel, (Cut and Sifted)
  • 1 oz. Orange flowers, (Whole)
  • 1 oz. Lemon peel, (Cut and Sifted)
  • 1 oz. Comfrey leaves, (Cut and Sifted)
  • Chamomile, (Whole)
  • 1 oz. Almond meal

Mix together and store away for use. I use small reusable muslin tea bags that I found on Etsy and put a large handful of the mixed herbs into the bags, tie them off with ribbons, and gift them that way.

To Use: At bath time you may, 1) drop the bag with the herbs in the hot tub; 2) drop the herbs directly into the water; 3) put the herbs into a perforated metal ball available in the cooking section of department stores and often used in the cooking of rice; 4) make an infusion of herbs and strain the liquid into the tub.

In this bath mixture, Orange peel soothes the skin, Orange flowers impart fragrance, Lemon peel is an astringent, Comfrey leaves are a healing emollient and astringent, Chamomile is soothing and a healer, and Almond meal adds a slippery feel.

Muscular Tension Massage Oil

  • 2 oz. Sunflower Oil
  • 2 oz. Rosehip Oil
  • 2 oz. Jojoba Oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Oil
  • 10 drops Marjoram oil
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules, pierced and drained
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in amber or cobalt container at room temperature.

Bath Cookies

  • 2 c. finely ground sea salt
  • 1/2 c. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 5-6 drops essential oil of your choice
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients.
  3. Take a teaspoon of the dough and roll it gently into a ball (about an inch in diameter).
  4. Continue doing this with all the dough and place the balls on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  5. (You can decorate the cookies with clove buds, anise seeds, or dried citrus peel if you like).
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned.
  7. Don’t over-bake them.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool completely.

To use: drop 1 or 2 cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve.

Yield: 24 cookies, enough for 12 baths.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tutorial and have great success in creating some of your own custom products for family and friends!  The best gifts are the ones made with love.



  1. Aisha Greene says

    This is so awesome!!! Thanks for sharing. What a great an easy thing to make and give as a gift!