How to make your own lotion bars

I have very dry skin which gets worse each winter, so I am always on the lookout for a solution to keeping it moisturized during the winter months.

I am a little late to party on these as I had no idea lotion could be in bar form until visiting my little sister in Seattle this past spring.

She showed me one she had purchased from a boutique in Seattle and I thought as wonderful as the lotion bar smelled and felt on my skin, I bet I could make one!

If you struggle in the winter trying to keep your skin not looking like the Sahara then you will love how rich and moisturizing these bars are.

I was a little intimidated to try my hand at these since my attempt at candles looks like a sad puddle of wax.

But these are easy, and to keep it super simple I based my recipe off the equal three parts recipe I found here.

You can add a bit of essential oil, but I think they smell great just like they are.

I tried a few different ingredients but so far my favorite it a common three ingredient blend of organic coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax.

I don’t have a double boiler so I just used a mid sized sauce pan inside of a low sided stock pot with a couple inches of water in between the two. It worked great.

I used silicone muffin “tins” and this recipe made 8 bars if I filled each to the top.

Using equal parts of coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax pellets (I started with one cup of each) you stir them as they continue to melt.

Once the solid material is completely melted, remove from heat and add a couple teaspoons of vitamin E oil and your essential oil once the mixture has cooled about 10 minutes.

Carefully pour the mixture into your silicone molds (they don’t need to be prepped at all, just clean and I put mine on top of a large cookie sheet) allow to set completely (mine were totally solid a cool after a couple hours but I let them sit for about 3 hours before removing them and wrapping them in plastic for future use and gift giving.

Everyone I gave them to this year loved them and I am just about out of my supply so I think I will make another batch this weekend.

Have you made your own homemade lotion bars or homemade skin care before?

As always, thank you for reading friend, and I hope these last few days of 2018 find you full of peace, and joy as we are about to ring in a new year!




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Merry + Bright Rustic Christmas Wall Art

I live for Christmas, like collect all year, live.
Sing Christmas songs way too early and far too late each year kind of live.
Every day I bring some old and some new things out to enjoy throughout 
the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, my pulse beats a little faster.
Visions of orange rolls and homemade fudge are dancing in my head.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a fun-filled glitter-covered time of year,
while we watch the forecast a hope for snow.

We might have to head for the mountains to see it, and settle for rain here in
the valley, but the rain can’t dampen my spirits.
I have a turkey to thaw out and Christmas lights to check.
A wreath to finish and sweet potatoes to fluff.
So while the sweet potatoes are a baking,
here is what I am working on…

I started by using an already finished piece of wood that I had stained in a grey stain
this summer.  I looked through all of my mason jars and rings, and found enough regular
and wide mouth rings to spell out my phrase.
I found some very pretty and realistic wood grain scrap book paper at JoAnn’s.  By
tracing each canning ring and cutting them out, I was able to insert them and glue into
place to form a backing for each letter.

From there, I used a dab of hot glue on the back of each letter and attached it to the 
wood grain paper.  I attached each ring with a few dots of hot glue around the back 
edge of each ring, and glued in place.  A couple hooks, and picture hanging wire
created a sturdy picture hanger for the back.  This way I can use it on a shelf or 
hanging up.  The ornaments a Dollar Tree ornaments strung on jute twine.

{more DIY Christmas ideas from twelveOeight}

To see how I made these Christmas hurricane lamps 
and silver leaf stand click HERE

Make a Candy Cane Canning Jar Wreath
find the instructions HERE 

How to make Hand & Body Scrub
recipe HERE

My Favorite Eggnog Bread Recipe
click HERE

What are your plans for the week of Thanksgiving? Lots of eating, shopping, 
decorating (I just revealed my plans!) I cannot wait to see what you have been
up to as well!

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How To Make Peppermint Body Scrub

Peppermint Hand & Body Scrub is one of my favorite homemade gifts for the Holidays.
There is something wonderful about using a good scrub and moisturizing in the wintertime.
I may not always have time to get a quick manicure, or my hair cut anywhere near on time,
but I always have time to keep a jar of this in the kitchen and shower to keep my skin
soft all winter.  
Sometimes it’s just doing one small thing that makes all the difference don’t you think?
Taking the time to do just one small thing for ourselves even on the busiest of days,
as we enter such a blessed, and wonderful busy season.

Follow up with some homemade Body Butter and your skin will thank you even on the
coldest and driest of days.

click HERE for the Body Butter Recipe 

After I whipped this up, I tested it on my hands, and not only did it leave them super
soft, but a faint scent of mint lingers.  Divine!

Peppermint Hand & Body Scrub Recipe
Small and medium mason jars and or/jar with lids and seals (I found this one at Dollar Tree!)
 In a small mixing bowl, combine the following, mix will and carefully add do a clean, dry jar
4 cups of granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups of oil (a good canola oil works great)
2 t. peppermint oil
1 drop of red food coloring
It’s that easy! You may notice a bit of sugar settling at the bottom of the jar, a quick
stir before you use your scrub will do the trick.


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How To Make Your Own Honey Sugar Body Scrub

Few things in life feel as wonderful
as a little pampering.

With Summer getting closer all the time, sandal and
sundress weather will be upon us before we know it.
I cannot wait to soak up some sunshine, and enjoy
as much time as I can outside during the warm months.

But after a long, rainy winter, my skin needs some
serious help.
Am I the only one who waits until it’s shorts and
flip-flop weather to realize my skin and nails
are in need of an intervention?

Not only is it great for the spirit to pamper yourself,

but it is good for our skin as well.
And, making a few homemade spa treatments
are a thrifty splurge we can treat
ourselves to any time.  Homemade beauty
treatments also make a wonderful gift for a
friend, or thoughtful Bridesmaids gift too.

(I love to follow up with a great dry skin moisturizer)
you can find my recipe for homemade body butter here.

Honey Sugar Scrub 
Supplies needed:
Brown Sugar, oil, honey & almond extract

Fill a large Mason Jar half full with light brown sugar

3 T. honey
10-12 T. carrier oil (such as walnut oil, almond oil,
or even a good canola oil is great too!)
1 t. almond extract

Blend well (oil will naturally separate upon standing for a while)
and store in a sealed jar or container.
Honey Sugar Scrub can be used for your skin and for
lips as a gentle and moisturizing exfoliant.

Thank you so much for reading friend, I look forward
to seeing you Monday night for another 
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DIY Gifts Ideas For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching!
I didn’t need to go any further than your amazing links 
every week to the Pretty Things Party for inspiration. 
Page after page of the most beautiful, creative projects
that any Mom would love to receive!
So, let’s check out some beautiful DIY gift ideas for Mom!!

Ann Marie shared her gorgeous wreath
 Decorate Me Diana made this pretty gold dipped vase
 Living Rich On Less shared a super cute DIY Rosette Necklace
The DIY Dreamer shows us how to make
these pretty Tea Bag Wrappers
Posed Perfection made these pretty Boutique Dishtowels
 Queen B Creative Me made this lovely T-Shirt Hoop Art
 My Love 2 Create made this wonderful DIY Wooden Crate
 Create Inspire Me turned old drawers into lovely Planter Boxes
VMG206 made these great Tile Photo Coasters
 And if Mom likes hand and body scrub, 
from simple kitchen ingredients
Now I have so many ideas I may have to make the wonderful Mama’s in my
life a few things since I cannot pick just one!
Do you have any traditions or plans for this Mother’s Day? Or do you prefer
to spend it more low key and relaxed?
I am not sure what we are doing yet, but it always includes spending time
with the people we love.
Hugs to you friend, have a blessed day!

Homemade Dry Skin Body Butter

If you have dry skin or suffer from dry skin during the winter months, you know how frustrating it can be to find something that really helps.  Everyone in our family seems to deal with dry and/or sensitive skin all or part of the year.  I have come across a few different recipes for homemade body butter, and dry skin creams and always wondered if they actually worked.  I found this recipe recently and while I used a bit less lotion than it called for I love the results. 
After using this homemade cream for a few days I have seen a difference and will be making it again.  Not to mention that all of the ingredients were less than $10, and I was able to make a good supply for myself and enough for 3 eight ounce jars for gift giving as well.  The recipe filled 4 1/2 small mason jars (8 oz.)

Homemade Dry Skin Body Butter
Makes 4 1/2 Eight ounce containers

In a large mixing bowl I combined the following, using my hand mixer I blended it well and filled my clean containers.  I was a bit concerned the cream would stick to the bowl etc, but clean up was very easy.

  • 8 ounces of petroleum jelly with no fragrance
  • 8 ounces of Vitamin E Cream (a 2 jar pack-4 oz each can be found at WalMart-around $4)
  • 21-28 ounce bottle of body lotion of your choice.  I used a formula with oatmeal for sensitive skin

After you have combined your ingredients you can fill the airtight container(s) and you have a fabulous, thoughtful gift for friends and loved ones.  Most of us typically think of the women in our lives when we think of gifts like this, however if you use a fragrance-free lotion, this would also be great for guys and gals who garden, or whose hands get very dry.

Thank you so much for taking a moment to stop by today, hugs & blessings to you and your family!
xoxo, Tanya 

How To Make Warm Vanilla Body Scrub

 Have you ever wanted to make your own beauty products but worried they may not turn out? I am going to share my favorite body scrub recipe with you, and I promise you will like it.  Sometimes I like to make a floral or citrus for spring and summer, but for winter only warm fragrances make me feel cozy and wonderful.  Not only is this super easy to make, it is very inexpensive and looks beautiful in a jar with a little label for a homemade gift. 
Let’s make something luxurious that will make all of the gals (and you) in your life feel pampered and fabulous!
How To Make Warm Vanilla Body Scrub:
16 oz Epsom Salt (no fragrance)
 3/4 cup carrier oil (safflower oil/kitchen oil works well and is inexpensive)
3 t. vanilla extract
Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl and fill two 8 ounce Mason jars, seal and be prepared to make more upon request!  Alternatively table salt or sugar can be used, however I prefer to use Epsom salt for a few reasons: sugar can irritate someone with candida issues, Epsom salt is great for muscle pain and tension, and it is more course than table salt.
So there you have it, let me know if you make this and love it.
I cannot stop walking by and smelling it.  Maybe it’s time to make some muffins or something!!
Thank you for reading and creating with me, hugs & blessings to you and your family

xoxo, Tanya


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