A bath & body package for a little pampering makes a sweet gift for the girls on your gift-giving list
I made hand lotion a few years ago for my mom and I, and we both liked it.
I just made some more using an updated recipe found on a great blog called A Sonoma Garden that includes a preservative.
When I made the lotion the first time, I did not add the preservative. We had no problem with it spoiling but since I am giving these a gifts, I though it best to include the preservative.
I packaged the hand lotion with crochet cotton wash cloths and an Oatmeal Silk soap made with my daughter, Abbey and her boyfriend, Ryan.
I am so excited about learning to make soap and will post soon what we did. Ryan is a biochemical engineer and he is always teaching me all kinds of things about chemicals and metals and what they do and how to make stuff!
I have made washcloths from many different patterns but ever since my bloggy friend, Lynn, from Happier Than a Pig in Mud shared her pattern, it is the only one I use. She always has such great ideas on her blog. You need to go visit her!
I followed the instructions on a Sonoma Garden and purchased the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.com as she suggested. I added Sweet Orange Organic Essential Oil for fragrance.
Sweet Orange Homemade Hand Lotion
source: A Sonoma Garden
In a four-cup measuring cup (a smaller one would work), I added 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4-cup emulsifying wax.
Heat in microwave on high until melted, about 45 seconds.
Add 24-36 drops essential oil (I added 36 drops and thought the fragrance not as full as I would like)
In another microwave-safe cup, heat 1 1/4-cup water (I used bottled water) for 45 seconds. Stir in 1/4-tsp. Potassium Sorbate.
Pour the water mixture into the oil mixture and stir. The mixture will turn a creamy white.
Pour into clean jars and allow to cool. I don't know if it matters, but I began by putting the jars and lids in a boiling water bath just to be sure they were very clean.
The lotion will thicken when cooled.
Simple labels or tags can be made and printed for the jars of lotion.
A Sonoma Garden shares free printable labels
Lynn's One-sie Two-sie Dishcloth/Washcloth
Using an I hook and 100% cotton yarn ( I use a H hook)
SC first row, ch 1, turn
*SC first hole, DC next hole, repeat from *, Ch 1, turn
When just about square, SC last row.
If all goes well, (just love Lynn's optimistic comments ~ she knows real life I tell ya!) every row except the first and last will begin with a single crochet and end with a double crochet.
~Pampering Packaged ready for gift-giving~