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I am a big believer in the DIY Christmas – gifts, decorations and treats! The reason for this is that is takes some financial pressure off of people and doesn’t involve the massive consumerism that has besieged what could be such a quaint, simple time. It makes the holiday so sweet and special and most people appreciate your time more than your money. Bonus: being creative is good for the soul:)

Here are a few simple ideas:

Bath Salts

1 part Epsom salts
1 part sea salt
1/4 part baking soda
essential oils

Mix well and put in bag or jar. Who doesn’t love a good soak?

Body Scrubs

1 part sugar/salt/cornmeal
1/2 part oil – coconut works best because it won’t leak.

Mix well and put in jar. Such a luxurious treat and costs very little to make.

Room or Body Spray

3/4 water
1/4 vodka (optional)
essential oils

Add to spray bottle.

I left the types of essential oil and the amounts to you. Remember a little goes along way – they are extremely concentrated. Your nose will tell you when it’s a good amount. This is your opportunity to become a perfumer:)

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I get obsessed with keeping my lips moisturized this time of year and I buy lip balm basically every time I see one. I’m never really satisfied but I recently bought one that was terrible. It was a natural formula with SPF. I didn’t read the ingredients before purchasing but they put a bunch of chemical sunscreens in it and it made my lips dryer than ever! This angered me┬áso I had to come home and make my own lip balm. I was lucky enough to have scored a big block of beeswax at a co-op so I melted some rosehip oil with it in a 1:4 ratio (one part beeswax, 4 parts oil by weight) and added some essential oils, a ‘chai’ blend – ginger, clove and cinnamon. I encourage you to buy beeswax next time you are at a farmer’s market and make your own balms with a good quality oil such as olive, coconut or grape seed . It’s so easy to do. Just melt it in a double boiler on your stove and play with the amounts to make the consistency that you want. To test it, drop a bit on a counter and allow it to cool for a minute. You can also add lavender to make a healing salve for really dry areas, irritated skin and cuticles. My lips feel amazing today!

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