Ethical Advent Day 7 – Hand Made Gifts

Behind Window 7 of my Ethical Advent Calendar is a focus on a hand-made gift. Something you’ve put a lot of love and effort into. A gift that means more that something purchased from any shop or website.

A gift for the minimalist. A gift from someone trying to be a more conscious consumer and less of a slave to rampant consumerism. Don’t undervalue a home-made present. It shows your personality, your values and a concern for the planet.

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You can give anything you like as a hand-made gift, but today I am going to tell you how to make a natural, cruelty free, 100% vegan face scrub. You can package your salt scrub in a cute tilnar jar and finish it off with ribbon, or a home-made label.

Coconut Salt Face Scrub

Ingredients

Clean tub or jar

Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt

Coconut Oil

Sprinkle of dried rose petals

Essential Oil of your choice

Method

Work with a 2:1 ratio of salt to coconut oil

(You will require different quantities of salt and coconut oil depending on the size of your jar).

Start by adding 2 spoons of oil and 4 of salt.

 See how full your jar is and add more accordingly.

Add approximately 5-8 drops of essential oil of your choice according to your skin type.

Mix well.

Suggested essential oils for Skin Care

You can use oils you already have at home, or you favourites. Perhaps even a Christmas scent with orange and clove.

Or, you can go with my recommendations below, based on skin type.

Sensitive Skin – Lavender (soothing/calming)

Normal Skin – Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium

Oily Skin – Frankincense, Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Palmarosa (Balancing)

Dry Skin – Geranium, Lavender, Frankincense, Rose, Chamomile, Jasmine, Orange

Blemishes/Spots – Tea Tree, Chamomile, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Palmarosa, Lavender.

I really hope you enjoy making this scrub, either as a treat for yourself or a special gift for a friend or loved one.

Thanks for reading!

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