Last year I was invited to a Girls’ Night In with five other girls. For this particular girls’ night, each of us chose a product we wanted to make and then brought ingredients and containers to make enough for the others. I chose a sugar scrub so I brought six plastic containers, brown and white sugar, olive oil, and essential oil to mix a batch of sugar scrub for everyone.
We spent the evening in the kitchen, measuring and pouring and blending, with wine and peanut M&Ms in hand. The entire house smelled amazing, like a spa, with the blend of different essential oils in the air.
At the end of the night, each of us went home with six homemade products: a tea tree oil deodorant, brown sugar scrub, eucalyptus shower spray, face moisturizer, lavender body lotion, and cucumber facial toner.
And, this is how we decided to commemorate the evening.
I am a quality time person, so for me, it was such a memorable experience of being in the kitchen together, of conversation and laughter, and creating something practical with our hands. Not to mention, every time I used the products I thought of the friend who made it. I enjoyed the night so much so that I decided to do a similar activity with the girls in my family.
I purchased the containers and designed labels and matching recipe cards for each product so they could remake the products later, if they wanted. I decided we would make a lip balm, a shower spray, citrus kitchen cleaner, hand soap, and brown sugar scrub.
A few of the essential oil fragrances we used were lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, Moroccan rose, bergamot, and grapefruit.
It is amazing how easy it is to make some of the products we buy at the store on a regular basis. I love it. And I love knowing exactly what is going into each product and what ingredients I’m breathing in or slathering on my body. Each recipe was fairly simple and they have a number of overlapping ingredients, which makes it easier and more cost effective.
Give them a try and let me know what you think! And stay tuned for my face moisturizer post. It will change your world…and your face. I promise. Word to your mother.
Source // Recipes were gathered and altered from several different sources but I highly recommend Making It by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen