Get ready to love me. I mean, I know you already do, but I’m about to take you to a whole new level of lovin’ (after you remove your mind from the gutter).
You know how I was just talking about how cheap I am while I showed you my eco-friendly organization tips? Well, the biggest threat to my thrift loving heart is gift giving. I like to give good gifts. I like to give perfect gifts. But my budget is nowhere near unlimited so this can take a lot of planning. Sometimes my procrastination gets the best of me. Other times, brainstorming for blog ideas helps me out. 😉
Well. Let me tell you. I not only discovered an awesome gift idea, but I discovered an awesome thrifty gift idea–which is about ten thousand times better in my book.I’ve been more than a little obsessed with coconut oil lately. Just ask my mom and sister. My incessant chatter about the stuff has turned them into devotees too.
There are a million and one uses for coconut oil. Seriously. You can eat the stuff, rub it all over your body, moisturize your hair, treat skin issues… the list goes on and on and if I don’t stop talking about it I’ll never get to the real point of this post.
You can make the most amazing body butter in the universe with just one ingredient. Yep. You guessed it: coconut oil.
I took a cup of my new BFF (which, as you can see is actually solid at room temperature. Once it’s more than about 80°F it turns into a liquid, but you can keep it in the fridge to keep it solid), threw it into my KitchenAid mixer (you can also use a hand mixer but I was multitasking with a toddler at the time and loved being about to walk away) and added three drops of lavender essential oil.
The essential oil is not at all necessary, but the coconut oil that I have right now has no scent and I wanted to add a (really light) scent to my body butter. I put the mixer on high and walked away for about ten minutes (taking peeks once in a while and scraping the sides of the bowl if needed).
The result is divine. It’s soft and creamy and melts right into your skin. It was exactly what my dry, cracked hands were needing. Better yet, you can use this butter anywhere on your body–including on your face and in your hair!
And don’t be greedy. I know you’ll love this so much you’re going to want to keep it all for yourself. But it’s perfect for gift giving! I’m a sucker for lotions, but a homemade lotion? Be still, my heart!
Just make sure you dress it up nice and pretty. I used a cute little 4 oz quilted mason jar, fabric scraps and some twine and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Isn’t it adorable?
Looking for other DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas? Here are some of my other favorites from around the internet:
A round up of 31 necklace tutorials from Henry Happened
Bird nest necklace tutorial from Sarah Ortega
Painted serving utensils from Collect & Carry
DIY ice cream sundae gift box via Tip Junkie
Homemade bath salt from Everything Etsy
DIY letter writing kit from Poppytalk
UPDATE: Make sure you don’t let your body butter get too warm like I did. I threw it in the car so my mom could try it while we were running errands and it was a liiiiittle bit warmer out than I thought. My butter melted and solidified back into plain old oil. If it’s warm out, just pop it in the fridge and you won’t have to worry!