Welcome to our April Blog Hop!
This month we are focusing on all things Mother’s Day…it’s only a couple of weeks away in the US (though in the UK it already happened, so my Mum is getting spoiled twice, lucky lady!). Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration and how tos as you move along through the blog hop.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Kendra over at Wonderland Kind of Mind on our Living with Style Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.
Homemade All Natural Moisturiser – with only two ingredients!
So I thought long and hard about what to make for this Mother’s Day themed blog hop, particularly as my Mum already had a Mother’s Day bouquet of flowers from me back in March when we celebrate it in the UK. I was really stumped til I had a phone call with her and she told me that some moisturiser I’d just given her had brought her out in an allergic rash. I felt pretty guilty about that, even though it was a nice brand, because I know my Mum has always struggled with allergies and hidden nasties in things so I thought I should have checked the label a little closer.
Then I had my genius idea – for Mother’s Day #2, I would make her some completely natural moisturiser that I know for sure has nothing but nice ingredients in it. I am hoping she will love it (I definitely do), and I think it is a fabulous present for anyone’s mother – not only is it super-moisturising and divine smelling, but the lavender makes it also feel really relaxing and pampering. And I think mums of all ages will appreciate it, especially friends with new babies who are careful to only use organic products around their children. I am thinking of making a big batch for Christmas presents now for all my friends with little ones!
So the other wonderful things about this moisturiser are that it is really easy to make, and costs no more than a store-bought moisturiser would! Brilliant.
Let me talk you through it.
- Assemble your ingredients – for one small Kilner jar of moisturiser, I used a 283ml jar of coconut oil. You can buy this really cheaply in world food markets, don’t buy it in WholeFoods unless you want it to be pricey. I also used 10-15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Don’t be concerned that you will have lots of lavender left – try adding a few drops to your bath in the evening and get some relax-time yourself! That’s it, just coconut oil, lavender, and a small empty jar. You could in fact use any essential oil that is suitable for topical application (i.e. direct to skin) so don’t feel tied to lavender.
- Scoop the coconut oil out of the jar into a stand mixer (it is important not to heat it to get the oil out, if it melts it won’t mix up into the creamy moisturiser texture), and turn it on. I used a balloon whisk, and mixed it for quite a while, until it was a smooth butter kind of consistency. Then I added 10-15 drops of lavender and mixed a bit longer. If it starts to smell divine, you’ve used enough, if you can’t smell the lavender, add some more, a few drops at a time.
- Once mixed, scoop it out and into your jar.
- I labelled my jar with my trusty Dymo label maker, but you could also make a pretty handmade tag.
- There you have it! The perfect Mother’s Day gift!
Do caution your Mother that this is basically an oil, so you only need a very small amount to moisturise your hands. Don’t scoop out a big blob like you would a normal moisturiser, or your hands will end up looking a little like a basted turkey! A tiny amount is plenty, and it leaves your hands feeling amazingly soft.
The next stop is Abby at Winstead Wandering on Living with Style Blog Hop! Please go and check out her amazing post. Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month!
Blog Hop Lineup:
- Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
- Rhonda at MultiTaskingMaven
- Sofia Linha at Something On Everything
- Kristy Stewart at Under My Gabled Roof
- Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
- Pam Bennett at The Birch Cottage
- Lisa Milligan at Harmony and Happiness
- Dianne O’Donnell at Scrutinizing Life
- Ann Fontaine at The Clumsy Wife
- Leah M. Briick at Briick by Briick
- Jamie Srock at All That Srocks
- Lani Padilla at Simply Fresh Vintage
- Karissa Ancell at A Fresh Start
- Ellen Ocampo at Baby Boo Gifts
- Pam B at Hey, Miss Adventures!
- Kendra Sawyer at Wonderland Kind of Mind
- Anna at Anna International << you are here
- Abby Winstead at Winstead Wandering
- Fanny Seto at Living Richly on a Budget
- Laura Gelnett at Making It Happen Together
- Sarah at Ark in the Desert
- Keisha Sibert at Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams
- Bethany at Salty Blonde