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Homemade Beauty Products You Can Make For Gifts!

by Susan on December 13, 2014

The other day I decided to play around in the kitchen and try some DIY beauty product recipes that I found online.  Some worked, some…well, yeah.  Anyway, after some “tweaking”, here are a couple I came up with.  I especially LOVE the hand & nail salve!!!




(Pictured L – R:  Organic, raw cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, grated beeswax, and almond oil)

DIY Lip Balm


Here’s what you need:


1 TBS grated beeswax

2 TBS cocoa butter

2 TBS coconut oil

10 drops Young Living Peppermint Oil (or oil of choice!) available here.

containers – small tins or empty tubes – available at Mountain Rose Herbs.






Melt first 3 ingredients in a double boiler (I don’t have one so I used a Pyrex glass measuring cup in a pot with a bit of water).  Stir constantly.  After melted, remove from heat, allow to cool to lukewarm.  Stir in essential oil.  Fill containers.  (Leave the mixture in the double boiler as you are filling the containers so the mixture doesn’t start to harden).  You can “top off” the containers after they start to harden – it will “settle” a bit.  I put mine in the fridge to harden.  This particular recipe filled two small tins that I got from Mountain Rose Herbs.  Reduce the amount of beeswax if you like an “oilier” balm – it’s not “stiff” – it came out smooth and very spreadable – but some folks might like it even softer.  Just sayin!



Sugar Scrub


Here’s what you need:


1/2 cup coconut oil

1 1/2 to 2 cups organic sugar

8 to 10 drops Peppernmint Oil or oil of choice – available here





SIMPLE!  Just take a fork and “cut in” the coconut oil into the sugar, like you’re making biscuits or pie crust.  When it’s “crumbly”, add the essential oil.  VOILA.






Hand and Nail Salve


Oh. My. WORD!  This works wonderfully!!  My hands get kind of scary looking, especially in the winter.  Gardening in the summer is rough too, but somehow the cold dry air here in Maine is a killer on my hands and fingernails.  Well, not anymore!  This salve creates a barrier between water from washing dishes or whatever and your poor hands.  I was my hands A LOT and wash dishes by hand (fairly often)  - I’ve been using this salve a few times per day for the past few days and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!  :D




Ok, here’s what you need:


1/4 cup shea butter

1/8 cup almond oil

1 TBS beeswax

10 drops essential oil of choice – I used Stress Away – available here.


Melt shea butter, beeswax, and almond oil in double boiler as above for lip balm.  Stir constantly.  When melted, remove from heat, allow to cool to lukewarm, add in essential oil.  Stir again.  Allow to harden.  I put mine in the fridge for a few hours, like the lip balm above.  It goes on a little greasy, but your skin drinks it in very quickly.  Your hands and nail will be so smooth…:D





The shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and almond oil are available at health food stores and Amazon.  The containers are available at (I am not an affiliate).


Have fun making gifts this year, for friends, OR YOURSELF!  :D


Here’s a fun winter project for kids to make.  We fix this up several times throughout the winter.  Wild birds need extra protein to keep warm through our below 0 winters here in Maine and it’s fun to watch them devour it!  One comment though!  SQUIRRELS love it too!!!


I got this recipe 20 years ago I think from Birds & Blooms magazine.  It’s simple to make and I’ve memorized the ingredients!!


Here’s what you need:


1 cup chunky peanut butter (birds LOVE peanuts!)

1 cup lard

1/3 cup sugar

2 cups oats

2 cups cornmeal

1 cup flour

1 cup birdseed

1 cup raisins or other dried fruit


Melt peanut butter & lard in a 3 quart saucepan.  Add the sugar to the mix.  Place remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl – biggest one you’ve got.  Pour the melted PB/lard/sugar over the top.  Mix really well.


I then pour the mixture into “tupperware” type containers and put them in the freezer to “set”.


I’ve got a handy dandy suet feeder that I got years ago, don’t ask me where now…Gardener’s Supply maybe…Audubon Society?  Anyway, it’s an “upside down” feeder that you can place these frozen blocks of suet in.  Starlings (the pigs!) don’t like hanging upside down, but other birds don’t mind.  It’s about the size of a kleenex box to give you an idea.


Another suet feeder we’ve got is a “log” feeder that’s got 2″ holes drilled in it.  I cut up these frozen blocks in slices about 2″ wide and just slide em right in.  Also got this from Gardener’s Supply or Audubon.


And of course, being a lobsterfisherman’s wife, I have a ton of bait bags kicking around.  These make great suet feeders too EXCEPT that the squirrels can rip them apart if they can possibly get to them.  I hang them on my clothesline where it’s at least a challenge for them to reach.


Another idea for treats for the birds is pine cones slathered with peanut butter and then rolled in bird seed.  The kiddos love to make these!  WARNING:  It’s MESSY!!!  I give the kids each a cookie sheet to kind of keep the seeds and PB from getting on the table.  Alas, there’s usually some that escape… :)


Got any fun bird feeding ideas of your own?  Please share below!  God bless and talk with you soon!




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