Treat the Women in your Life with this Customizable Home-Made Pamper Kit
Halloween has passed, which means that it’s time to get into the Christmas preparation mode. If you’re like many, you have a long list of people you want to make feel special during this festive time of year. There are some that you know enjoy the gift giving tradition of this season. And, there are others that you know absolutely need to feel the appreciation of a well thought-out gift. Perhaps it’s a single mom in your life or a teacher that pours all she is into her students. Or, perhaps it’s a college student that spends the rest of her year on energy drinks and just trying to keep the stress levels under control. Well, here is your chance to give them an experience that will benefit them all year. With a home-made pamper kits for the women in your lives, you can create a customized relaxation experience for those who need it most. The following is a guide of how to make each item in your pamper kit and customize it to the tastes of those special recipients.
- Home-made Candles
Home-made candles are a must for setting the pampering-scene. The whole process just wouldn’t be the same without a candle-lit bubble bath. And, when you make your own gift candles, you can customize them to the exact tastes of your recipient. Maybe she likes some lavender flowers sprinkled throughout. Maybe she likes a combination of scents that are difficult to find with store-bought candles. Whatever her tastes, you can give her a customized pampered experience with home-made candles.
We loved this recipe when we found it on freepeople.com, namely because it’s so customizable. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 pint size Ball jar, 1 block of beeswax or a natural wax, 1 natural wick, pressed flowers or herbs of your choice (just make sure they’re 100% dry), 1 small paintbrush, an old knife and a cutting board.
To get started, use the knife to chop your choice of wax into small chunks. They must be able to fit into an empty can. Then, it’s time to melt the wax. To do this, place your wax chunks into an empty can and place in into a pot with 2” of water. Heat the pot on medium until the wax is melted. Then, lower the temperature until your water is lightly simmering.
Next, it’s time to prepare your candle jar. To do so, you need your dried flowers or herbs to stick to the side of the jar. This will ensure that, once you begin pouring in the wax, they are more likely to remain on the outer portion of the candle, making them visible once your candle has dried. To do this, dip your paintbrush into the melted wax and get a little wax on the tip. Then, dab your brush onto your flowers to get them to stick. Next, apply your flowers to the inside of your jar. Now, make sure you do this quickly before the wax melts on your brush.
Then, go back to your melting can and continue adding and melting wax chunks until it’s full. Once full, use an oven mitt to carefully remove your melting can and pour your wax into your prepared candle jar. You may have to melt wax until your melting can is full a couple of times to completely fill the candle-jar. If so, apply flowers to the inside of the candle jar as you go along. Repeat all steps until your candle-jar is full.
Lastly, it’s time to place your wick. Simply sink your wick into your candle jar with the metal side down until it is firmly in place at the center of the bottom of your jar. Then, being careful not to move its placement in the jar, gently tie the wick around a chopstick and set the chopstick across the top of the jar. This will hold your wick in its proper place until your candle has dried. Once your candle is dry, cut the wick to ¼”. Now, it’s ready to include in your pamper kit.
If you please, you can further customize your candle by adding just a few drops of essential oils as you melt your candle. So, experiment a little with flower/scent combinations to find the best fit for your recipient.
- Lotion Bars for Extra Dry Skin
Lotion is a great contribution to a pamper kit because it leaves your recipient looking and feeling silky and special! We loved this recipe because instead of messy lotion that gets everywhere, these are made in convenient lotion bars. So, after a soothing hot, candle-lit bubble-bath, your recipient can just rub these lotion bars over her skin to hold in the moisture. We found this recipe on misinformation.com and loved it for its simplicity and ease of customization.
What you’ll need:
- Equal parts of beeswax bars or pellets. These can be purchased off of Amazon.
- Equal parts of pure Shea Butter. You can purchase this from Walmart or Amazon.
- Equal parts of coconut oil. This can be purchased from Walmart or Amazon as well.
- 2 tablespoons of Vitamin E Oil
- A Crockpot
- A scale for measuring
- Crockpot liners: Reynolds Kitchen makes great ones, which you can purchased from Target, Walmart and Amazon.
- A gravy ladle
- Reynold’s Kitchen Crockpot liners
Now, combine your first three ingredients: beeswax, Shea Butter, and coconut oil together. The recipe calls for 4 ounces of each but you can use whatever quantity you want as long as you measure each ingredient to comparably equal quantities. Lastly, add your Vitamin E to the mix. Then, apply the Crockpot liners and place the mixture into your Crockpot on high. Wait for about an hour for all of your ingredients to melt, checking it periodically. Once all has turned to liquid, you can pour your mixture into a mold. For your mold, you can use silicone pans, muffin pans, soap molds…really anything that won’t melt and offers you the shape you desire. You can use a gravy ladle to pour your soap mixture from your Crockpot into your molds. Make sure you only fill them half full. Then, pop them into the fridge for 10-20 minutes until solid.
Aside from its simplicity, the other reason we loved this recipe is because you can customize it to the tastes of your recipient by adding scents such as vanilla or essential oils. Also, instead of using Shea Butter, you can use cocoa butter. Lastly, you can substitute coconut oil with oils of your choice such as olive oil, which has anti-aging properties and is also quite nourishing for the skin.
Now, after wrapping your bars in wrappers from Dollar Tree, it’s best to include a little note for instructions. Your recipient need only to start rubbing the lotion bar over her skin. As their skin warms the bar, it will begin to resemble lotion on the skin.
- Nourishing Lip Gloss
Lotion bars are a great start in combatting winter dry skin but winter time is also notorious for dry, cracked lips. Not only are they unattractive, but they can be downright painful. Include this nourishing lip gloss in your pamper kits to boost the confidence and comfort of your recipient. They’re easy to make and ultra-customizable. We found this wonderful recipe on madincrafts.com.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Virgin Coconut Oil
- Lipstick (make sure it’s a shade darker than you intend your final product to be)
- Flavored Extract (for example: Raspberry or vanilla extract)
- Lip gloss pots
- A microwaveable bowl
- A plastic spoon
- A Sharpie
- Decorative Duct Tape
- A paper towel
First, combine your coconut oil and Vaseline in equal measurements in your microwave bowl. Pop it into your microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it is thoroughly melted and combined (approximately 90 seconds).
Next, scoop out your lipstick and add it to the melted mixture. Again, it should be a brighter shade than your recipient would actually wear as it will dilute in the mixture. Lastly, add just a little of the extract flavor that best suits your recipient’s tastes. Stir thoroughly.
Once all ingredients are thoroughly melted and combined, arrange your gloss pots on a plate or tray to avoid a mess from spillover. For this, you can use craft supply containers from Michael’s or even Dollar Tree. You can also use other containers for this, such as mint tins, make-up jars and the like.
Immediately pour the still-warm mixture into your containers, being sure to leave a little room at the top to be able to place the lids on your containers. Clean up your jars from any spillover with a wet paper towel. Then, pop your filled gloss pots into the freezer for 15 minutes to allow the gloss to set.
As a final touch, you can even decorate the gloss containers using decorative duct tape. And, don’t forget to label your container as lip gloss using a Sharpie marker.
- DIY Recipe Mug
There’s nothing more relaxing than a candle-lit bubble bath with a hot beverage to sip in the dead of winter! These DIY recipe mugs from popsugar.com are just the thing to make a customized pampering experience for your recipient. And, you can purchase all you need to complete this project from Dollar Tree! To begin, here’s what you’ll need:
- A White cup or mug
- An oil-based paint Sharpie of your color choice
- A drink recipe that your recipient will love!
- The dry ingredients for that drink recipe
- Acrylic sealing spray (optional)
What you want to do here is provide everything your recipient will need to create a hot beverage to help them relax. For example, if you have a special hot chocolate recipe you know your recipient has been dying for you to share, find that recipe. Then, use your Sharpie marker to write out the recipe on the side of your mug. Also, on the underside of the mug, include directions to hand-wash the mug. The oil-based paint Sharpie is best because it’s less likely to come off when baked, microwaved, etc. but your recipe mug will still need to be hand-washed to preserve the recipe. Let it dry for several hours before handling it. Lastly, bake it for 30 minutes at 350 F. The trick here is to place your mug in the oven before it has heated and leave it in until the oven has completely cooled. If you need to then go over your recipe once more with your Sharpie to give your recipe the boldness you desire, don’t forget to dry and bake it again.
Then, using small containers of your choice (Ziplock bags are likely easiest), divide out the ingredients for the hot beverage, and place them inside your recipe cup. If you don’t know what your recipient’s favorite hot beverage is, write a couple of recipes on the side of the mug and include the ingredients for both. Cover with a decorative plastic wrap.
For extra design durability, you can spray the mug with acrylic sealing spray. Just remember, if you choose to go this route, the sealing spray is toxic. So, use masking tape to cover the inside and rim of the cup as you spray.
- Home-Made Nourishing Bubble-Bath
Of course, all those candles, hot beverages and lotion soaps meant diddly-squat without the hot bubble bath. So, allyou.com featured a Savvy Naturalista’s very customizable and nourishing bubble bath recipe you can make to suit any tastes. Here’s what you’ll need to begin:
- 2 ½ cups Epsom Salt
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¾ cup body wash
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 10 drops of the Essential Oil that best suits your recipient’s tastes
- A Sharpie
- Decorative Duct Tape
Begin by emptying out your chamomile and peppermint tea bag contents into a small bowl. Then, in a separate, medium sized bowl, combine your Epsom salt and tea leaves. Mix thoroughly. Add body wash and mix thoroughly. Stir in essential oils and olive oil gradually while mixing until all is thoroughly combined. Then, pour your bubble bath into an air tight container. Again, you can decorate your container with decorative duct tape or simply leave as is. Use a Sharpie of your color choice to label your container.
- Home Made Facial Scrub
Facial scrubs are a must in your Christmas pamper kit to make your recipient feel beautiful. The right facial scrub will remove dead skin cells, leaving your recipient’s skin smoother, silkier and glowing. And, as an added perk, makeup goes on like a dream after a good facial scrub. Like our other pamper kit inclusions, you can customize a home-made facial scrub to suit any taste. Here is a simple but customizable recipe provided by onegoodthingbyjillee.com:
To begin, gather your ingredients and supplies:
- 2 cups coconut oil
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 20 drops essential oil (the website recommends lavender oils but other oils may be substituted)
- A spoon
- A small bowl
- A container for storing your final product
- A Sharpie
- Decorative Duct tape
Simply add all ingredients together in your small bowl and stir thoroughly until well combined. Then, scoop your mixture into your storage container. That’s it! As with all our products, you can decorate the container with decorative duct tape and it would be good to label your product before placing it into your kit.
- Ultra-Nourishing Hand Moisturizer
For your buy-mom friend or loved-one, a good hand scrub is a must in a customized pamper kit. She spends time doing laundry, dishes, gardening, cleaning dirty diapers and much more. Her poor hands! With all that work, they deserve some nourishing, moisturizing pampering, too. This hand-scrub recipe from My Frugal Adventures is just the ticket. Here are the ingredients and supplies you’ll need:
- 2/3 cups sugar
- ¼ cup coconut or olive oil
- 1 fresh lemon
- The Essential Oil that best fits your recipient’s taste
- A butter knife
- A knife
- A storage container (a canning jar or mason jar would work well)
Begin by pouring your sugar into your storage container of choice. Then, thoroughly mix in your coconut or olive oil. This process should be monitored for proportion. Just under 1/3 of your container should be oil and the rest should be sugar. So, stir your liquid in slowly. Your final consistency should resemble the consistency of damp sand.
Next, squeeze about a tablespoon of lemon juice into your jar and thoroughly combine. From here, you should be working to create the right texture by adding sugar or lemon juice/oil. Your final product shouldn’t be too runny but it should be creamy. Aim for thick and creamy.
You can then add a few drops at a time of Essential Oil until you reach the desired fragrance to suit your recipient.
You can decorate your container with decorative duct tape. And, be sure to label your jar as hand scrub and note on the bottom of the jar that, if the scrub becomes solid, for best results, just pop it in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds to melt it again.
8. Homemade Foot Scrub
Lastly, busy women’s feet take a beating throughout the day. Hard-working moms rarely get to sit down. College women spend hours a week walking around campus. And, your business-women friends do way too much running around in uncomfortable shoes. Suffice to say, a pamper kit isn’t complete without a foot scrub to sooth and exfoliate those feet. Viewfromthefridge.com offered this amazingly customizable recipe.
To begin, gather your ingredients and supplies:
- 1 cup of sea salt
- 1 cup of Epsom salt
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 12-15 drops of your recipient’s favorite essential oil.
- A large mixing bowl
- A sealable storage container
- Decorative Duct tape
- A Sharpie
Bonus customizing tip: The following essential oils are great for your foot soaks for the reasons provided.
- Peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Lavender has calming properties.
- Pan Away sooths sore and tired feet.
- Stress Away includes lavender, lime, cedar wood and other oils to relieve stress.
To begin, combine your sea salt, Epsom salt and baking soda in your bowl. Mix them together thoroughly. Next, add your Essential Oil drops and mix thoroughly. You can store this in a sealable container. Decorate your container with decorative duct tape and label it. Write the following instructions on the storage container with a Sharpie:
“Pour about ¼ cup of the foot scrub into a bowl and add hot water. Add feet and scrub with a cloth. Rinse feet and dry thoroughly before applying a moisturizer.”
Note: The hand moisturizer recipe we provided in this guide will also work well as a nourishing feet moisturizer.
We’d love to hear your thoughts: Do you have anything to add to our pamper kit? Please include your pamper kit recipes below.