DIY Body Care Gifts for the Holidays

Jen Casey on Global BC // DIY skin care gifts for the Holidays
Holistic Nutrition ~ using food on your face to eliminate chemicals

Global News BC asked us to come back last November to do another Food On Your Face segment, this time making natural skin care gifts for the Holidays.

My favourite kind of gift to give, and receive, is a homemade one.  So much thought and love goes into those little packages and tiny jars of natural goodness.  These are great to give as Hostess gifts at Holiday dinners, too, not to mention stocking stuffers for the natural beauty care lover.

Always remember to include a little info on all the ingredients you used, plus directions for use. You can get creative with your packaging and labels, either by hand writing them, making them on the computer, or tucking the info into the top of the jar. Get festive with your ribbons and sneak in a jingle bell, sprig of rosemary or snip of cedar to the outside of the jar.

DIY skin care gift ideas

If you missed my segment on Global, here is what I whipped up:


CHOCOLATE OAT FACE MASK ~ just add warm honey!

Oats, when eaten, are grounding and soothing.  Topically, oats act as an excellent exfoliant, moisturizer and help to relieve rashes.  You might be familiar with an oatmeal bath for dry skin or chicken pox? We ground down the oats to a fine flour, added raw cacao powder, grated raw chocolate (both very stimulating on the skin and provide antioxidants…not to mention, chocolate is a mood booster, even when inhaled), and chamomile flowers for their soothing properties. As a gift, you can package up just these dry ingredients and add a gift tag that lists the ingredients, PLUS the instructions, “just add warm honey”. The ratio is 1 Tablespoon powder to 1 Tablespoon warm honey. Mix, massage into face and rinse after 15 minutes.

To make this mask:

In a food processor, puree:

  • 1 cup organic oats to a fine flour.  Alternately, you can purchase oat flour already processed

Transfer to a bowl and add:

  • 1 Tablespoon grated raw chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried chamomile leaves (or open up one teabag and empty contents)

Mix well and scoop into a small jar with lid. Add a tag with ingredients and directions for use.



Epsom salts are rich in magnesium, which is excellent for soothing tired muscles. Rosemary is invigorating and uplifting and Lavender is soothing and healing. This combo is a pleasure to the senses and makes a beautiful bath or a foot soak.

To make the salts:

In a large bowl, combine:

  • 1 cup epsom salt
  • 1 Tablespoon carrier oil (olive, grapeseed, jojoba or apricot kernel)
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 cup dried lavender and rosemary leaves (combined)

Mix well and transfer into a large jar. Add a gift tag with ingredients and directions for use, “Add 1/2-1 cup salt to a warm bath.” You can include a drawstring muslin bag or reusable tea bag, which will catch the dried flowers and prevent a clogged drain. Top your package with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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