Now don't get me wrong here. I love things... I love getting gifts... I love giving gifts...I have a wish list as long as my arm as well. I'm just at a point in my life that each item causes me to think about several things, such as the following:
- Where was this made?
- Who made it? (Maybe a child or severely underpaid parent?)
- How much fuel did it take to get this item to me here in the States?
- Could it be made here in the U.S. and, if so, why wasn't it?
- Is it made of something that could possibly add to my personal toxic load? If you are unfamiliar with this topic you can read about it here, here, and here.
- Will this item be around and still in good working order in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years?
- Is this a temporary gadget, and will I be wanting the new and improved one in six months?
- How long will I or my husband have to work to buy this item?
Here is my first handmade gift of the season!
Hear are the steps to make this wonderful, handmade, personalized gift for someone on your gift list!
Here are the ingredients for the foot scrub:
- 1/2 cup of cornmeal
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal
- 1/4 cup of seasalt
- 10 drops of essential oil (I used lemon because that's what I had on hand. It gave the mixture a clean citrus smell)
First you will want to put the oats in a food processor or blender and blend into a fine powder.
Next mix the powdered oats, cornmeal, and salt. Once all dry ingredients are mixed add essential oil for scent. This step is optional.
I used a wide mouth decorative jelly jar that I had left over from the canning season. If you have a canning funnel it comes in handy for more than canning.
Here are the ingredients for the body butter:
- 1 tbsp. of Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp. of Shea Butter
- 2 tsp. of Safflower Oil
- 2 tsp. of Grapeseed Oil
Coconut oil is a solid below 76 degrees and becomes a liquid at 77 degrees. I measured both solids and heated in microwave for 20 seconds till soft but not melted.
Once softened, place in mixer and SLOWLY add oils. This step can take a few minutes. You will want to increase the mixer speed as the oil is incorporated.
Your final product should look like whipped butter.
I had a old Avon jar that I found at an estate sale several years ago so I used it to hold the butter.
Remember that this is a deep conditioning body butter, so a little goes a long way. Because of the coconut oil it will have an oily feel to it, however, if you use a small amount it will be absorbed into the skin within a few minutes.
As you can see, this gift is one that is not expensive but is a little more time consuming than just picking up a gift card. The purpose of this post is to show you that you can give gifts and enjoy the holiday season without becoming a crazy Black Friday causality. The focus is not money as much as the mentality of the modern gift giver. Tomorrow I will post another homemade gift, so if this one isn't up your alley, check back then and see what you think!
*Note: The foot scrub is a powder so you will want to put a little in your hand then add a small amount of water to form a paste.