I wanted to do something “non-edible” for my mother for Mother’s Day this year. A few months ago my mother was diagnosed with stomach cancer. With the Blessings from God and a team of specialized doctors and surgeons she is now cancer free. Unfortunately, with these blessings came the removal of 60% of her stomach and the inability to consume normal amounts of food. Making one of my creations of chocolates and candies would seem cruel so I decided to switch to something non-edible.
Most every woman likes to pamper themselves a bit so I made some homemade sugar scrub, body wash and body lotion.
Most of these “recipes” are all over the net but I found these to be less complicated without a ton of preparation and ingredients. The hardest part was finding the containers. I wanted to find plastic containers since the sugar scrub and body wash are used in the shower and can be slippery while using. I didn’t want the containers to slip out of my mother’s hands and crash on the shower floor. I looked at tons of places but only found glass. I ended up ordering from www.midwestbottles.com/. While their choices were excellent, as well as their prices, the shipping came out more than the order. But, I wanted certain things and I was able to get what I wanted. Other sites required buying cases (100 containers) and I only need 2 or 3 of each thing. Just pay attention if ordering from them because certain containers do not come with lids. They will show the correct sized lids to choose from further down once you add to your cart. Bottles sometimes come with squeeze caps but you need to order separate pumps (about $.38 ea) if you want to go that way. I also got some of those clear sealing disks ($.09 ea) to put with my red jar for my sugar scrub. Oily things tend to seep out so this will keep a better seal and not leak in my gift box.
I have all my containers and made up each of my goodies. Recipes below – very easy and fast. I used the 16 oz red round jar for the sugar scrub. It’s best to have something with a large opening (and not too deep) to be able to get your fingers in to stir around and scoop out the scrub. The body lotion goes into the round ivory bottle with the flared bottom since the lotion is pink and the body wash in the yellow opaque bottle. I wanted the bottles to all be different and have some of the colors of my box.
Now to tag my items…
I used PowerPoint to create designs and colors but you can make these out of colored card stock or any kind of firm paper or use the template below to print out the tags. I added an extra square of color on the other side of the paper so after I print then put back in the printer and print on the other side there will be contrasting color to the back of the tag. By doing this double sided print you’ll end up with 2 of each label. Good for extra gifts or messing up cutting out the first one! You don’t have to double side print. It looks just fine with a white back.
Just for fun I made some stickers for the bottles. I took a picture of the top of the gift box and used that as my design.
I wanted to add a card to the outside of the box to add another Mother’s Day wish and look nice. I used the same design from the picture of the top of the box. I added my wishes and printed on card stock.
Now to put everything into a box. I love those “book boxes” at Michael’s with the magnet closure. They come in so many sizes, styles and prints. The prices are great as they are but they’ve been on 40% off lately so even better. I used one a while back as a candy box for a gift for my Daddy and Mama saved it and uses the box to save all the cards I like to make for them.
I found these cute little clay mushrooms with cracked colored glass. These will be cute to stick around inside the box (my Mama loves mushrooms) to add color. She can put these in one of her 1000 plants but knowing her she’ll make some kind of decoration out of it. Having an Interior Designer as a mother is something you learn to think like when picking gifts.
I always make my own cards so I took a few pictures I had of their front door and from inside the house and used that as the print design for the card. The message is a little weird, I know, but Mama just had surgery in April and I’ve been on a 3-month healing from surgery from a broken leg I sustained the first week in January. Even though we were a bit busted we continued to “be the Mama” as much as we could. She’ll get it!!
Once you get your card designed, print on card stock (I get the kind for card printing with the center groove for easy folding)…
Then put it back in the printer and print on the other side!
I added some flowers and bee stickers to the card to make it just a little bit better. I like the stickers that are raised and not flat. The bees have a black diamond as the head and little curled wired for their antennae. And I made a little tag with the same design as the box to stick on the outside of the envelope and added some more little bees. Looks better in person than this picture but…
All that’s left is to put it all together. I found some colored heavy gauze ribbon and colored shredded paper that matches my colors really nice and gives it that organic look. I added my tags to the bottles. I pulled some of the threads from my gauze ribbon to use to tie on my tags. The box has a few butterflies on it so I grabbed some really pretty clip-on butterflies to use on the ribbon.
I added the sponge and little mushrooms and packed everything together. It’s not one of my crazy edible creations but it’s something she will enjoy because I made it with LOVE for her!! Happy Mother’s Day, Mama!!
HAND AND BODY CREAM:
- 16 oz. Baby Lotion
- 8 oz Coconut Oil (solid-not melted) Some recipes call for Vaseline but it can leave a greasy film on your skin
- 8 oz. Vitamin E Cream
Blend all together with a mixer thoroughly and fill your containers. I put my prepared lotion in a jumbo ziplock bag then cut a hole in one of the corners and used that to squeeze the lotion into the bottle. Just made it easier since the lotion is thick and using a funnel wouldn’t work. I use this right after I do my sugar scrub and body wash while my skin is still moist but can be used at any time.
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 3/4 to 1 Cup Mineral Oil (you can use Almond Oil or Coconut Oil if you prefer) Start by using less oil and stir. Mixture should be very saturated. I used 1/2 mineral oil and 1/2 coconut oil.
- Zest of Lemon (you can use essential oils such as peppermint or lavender if you prefer)
Mix together in a large bowl then fill your containers and seal. If you are only making one jar then fill your container about 1/2 to 3/4 full of sugar then add oil a little at a time. Stir and keep adding your oil till the sugar is saturated and a little extra oil is floating above the sugar. Then add your lemon zest (I added a squeeze of the juice, too) to you sugar and oil mixture and stir once again. When ready to use take your fingers and stir around a little and scoop some of the mixture and apply to your skin. Be sure not to get water in your container since excess water can cause the sugar to dissolve. Lightly scrub the mixture all over (avoiding face and eyes) especially elbows and knees, then rinse. Since your skin will be oily I usually take the body wash and wash off some of the oil. Be very careful when using the sugar scrub on your feet since this can become slippery. I use the sugar scrub once or twice a week.
- 2 Cups Donners Unscented Castile Soap (liquid)
- 1 Cup Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- Essential Oils for Scent (start by putting about 10 drops in and add more if you want a stronger scent) I didn’t notice that I had gotten the Castile Soap that was scented,18 in 1 Hemp Peppermint, so I didn’t add any essential oils. I used the body wash in the shower and it made my skin very fresh and cool feeling with the peppermint.
Mix all ingredients together. It will be clear at first but will start getting milky after you stir for a while. Make sure to stir several minutes or more to make sure everything is incorporated then fill your containers. This can be used with your daily shower and after your sugar scrub.