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Struggling to find last-minute Christmas gifts? We’ve all been there. The festive season can be chaotic, and tracking down the ideal presents for all your friends and family is a time-consuming and often difficult task.
This year, instead of fighting your way through hectic high streets or doing endless online shopping only to panic-buy something they might not like, why not make them homemade beauty products they can use every day? These last-minute DIY gifts are fun to make and offer something for everyone, from luxurious body butter to bath bombs and beard oils. At Aromantic, we’ve got all the ingredients and recipes you need to create bespoke, considered gifts, helping you show your loved ones how much you care.
If you think your friends and family would enjoy creating their own beauty products, our make your own cosmetics kits also make excellent last-minute Christmas gifts.
If there’s a bath lover on your Christmas gift list, bath bombs make excellent last-minute DIY gifts. Not only do they smell amazing, but you can also make them in vibrant colours or customise them with flower petals to make them look beautiful, too. The benefit of making your own is you can decide which essential oils to use, selecting scents you know the recipient will love.
Gifting homemade bath bombs to someone you care about gives them the perfect excuse to take some “me time” and enjoy a long, hot soak — perfect for relaxing after the hectic Christmas period! Hot baths are associated with several benefits, so they’re sure to appreciate the gesture.
Treat your loved ones to a touch of luxury with this skin conditioning body butter. Containing skin-boosting shea butter, this natural formula makes a gorgeous last-minute DIY gift for your skincare-loving friends and family, providing results that rival those of its expensive store-bought counterparts.
If you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler or are putting together a self-care hamper full of Christmas beauty gifts, a homemade face mask is exactly what you need. This revitalising face mask is a fantastic choice, containing antioxidant-rich pomegranate seed oil and soothing orange blossom hydrolat. Whoever you gift this nourishing face mask to can use it in multiple ways for best results. Let them know they can apply it as a face mask for 10 minutes before rinsing off, or leave it on overnight for glowing and revitalised skin.
Next on our list of DIY Christmas beauty gifts is this Himalayan pink salt scrub. Pink Himalayan salt can help your skin retain moisture and has soothing properties — plus, its exfoliating texture makes it easy to achieve silky soft skin. In this recipe, equal amounts of Himalayan pink salt are mixed with a vegetable oil such as sweet almond oil to create a gentle and nourishing product for the skin.
Who doesn’t need to stay topped up on moisturiser? Give your loved ones the gift of soft, supple skin by making them their very own moisturising face and body cream. This recipe is full of skin-boosting ingredients, including soothing cocoa butter, versatile apricot kernel oil and moisture-retaining glycerine, making it the ultimate addition to any daily skincare routine.
For the bearded amongst your family and friends, this softening beard balm will help them take care of their skin and facial hair. Designed to make beards appear smoother and healthier, this homemade beard balm will trap moisture and soften facial hair, so it feels less rough on the skin. Our recipe contains beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E and other natural, skin-friendly ingredients. It can even be used as a night balm to combat dryness and dehydration.
Last-minute Christmas gifts shouldn’t be overcomplicated, so our easy-to-make rose water and glycerin lotion is another excellent option. This hydrating, lightweight body lotion contains five simple ingredients and can be used anywhere on the body for a quick boost of nourishment and hydration.
Rose water is known for its ability to soothe irritated skin, provide antioxidant protection, create a smoother looking appearance, balance natural oils and minimise the appearance of pores, making it an all-round hero ingredient in skincare products. Combined with glycerin’s hydrating properties, this homemade lotion offers a host of skin-nourishing benefits and may just become a favourite product in your gift recipient’s skincare routine.
It’s easy to treat someone close to you to an at-home spa day using homemade beauty products. This sumptuous papaya foot cream would make a fantastic addition to an afternoon of beauty treatments, designed to soften and improve the texture of your skin with regular use. This straightforward recipe contains soothing papaya seed oil, vitamin E and other beneficial ingredients to keep feet healthy.
If someone on your gift list would benefit from a bit of extra care and comfort right now, a luxurious massage oil is sure to go down a treat. You can make this classic massage oil blend at home by simply combining all the ingredients and bottling it up — last-minute DIY gifts don’t get any easier than this! This opulent blend of oils will provide the skin with good levels of omega 9, omega 6 and omega 3 and can be used for massage or simply rubbed into the skin to reap the benefits.
Bath salts are a wonderful gift to help someone relax and unwind — you could even combine them with our homemade bath bombs for an extra special gift. These sensory fizzy bath salts are great for kids and adults alike, with a super simple recipe and the option to customise the end product with essential oils and dried flower petals of your choice. As well as containing Himalayan pink salt, our bath salts recipe also uses Epsom salts, which are associated with a range of health and well-being benefits, including relaxation and stress relief.
So there you have it — 10 homemade beauty products that will make the ideal last-minute Christmas gifts for friends, family and colleagues. We hope you enjoy making these recipes and potentially even try out some of the products for yourself. After all, we all deserve a bit of pampering at the end of the year.
At Aromantic, we stock all the ingredients and equipment you’ll need to make each of the wonderful recipes detailed above. Please keep our last posting dates in mind to avoid disappointment and ensure you get your supplies in time for Christmas.
If you’ve enjoyed the above guide and want to discover more cosmetic products to make at home, take a look at our full range of recipes for further inspiration. We also offer a Learn @Home Introduction to Natural Skincare course, which gives students the inside knowledge and experience required to create their own high-end, natural and organic skincare products.
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These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.
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