Homemade Presents

homemade lip gloss

What kind of party is this, exactly?

A couple of Christmases ago I decided to skip shopping, save money on presents, and make things instead. Plus, rejecting commercialized Christmas is always good. Homemade presents are more meaningful and contribute less to landfills and capitalists’ pockets. Ironically, I ended up spending lots of money; buying presents would have been cheaper. The supplies came from hobby shops with right-wing agendas and whole food grocery stores with dubious health insurance politics. I purchased obscure things like bees wax, shae butter, lavender essential oil, and rose petals.

Still, I had fun sharing tea and hot chocolate with several women friends while we expressed our creativity on structured, fool-proof projects. Fool-proof projects are good and emotionally validating for those with craft-ual disabilities. We made homemade chocolate lip gloss, milk bath, sachets, and “solid perfume.”

One of my friends took a handful of the homemade chocolate lip gloss pots and put them in her fridge. Her husband mistook them for some food-like substance (hoisin sauce? mole sauce? I don’t recall) and tossed the substance in the meal cooking on the stove. How he could make that mistake, I don’t know. Chocolate-flavored Vaseline won’t kill you, though.

Two of the recipes and directions came from this website: Teach Soap. For one batch of the lip gloss, we adjusted used mint chocolate chips. Yummy (unless it’s accidentally in your dinner).

Chocolate Lipgloss Recipe by Rachel and Jennifer

2 tsp. Petroleum Jelly
1/8 tsp. Honey
10 mini Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips (any brand will do though)
1/8 tsp. Shortening (Crisco)

Carefully mix all ingredients into a microwave safe container. Make sure they are all clumped together. (Do not put lid on) Heat at high power for 20 seconds, stir, then repeat until fully melted. Then pour into a small bottle, and freeze for 15 min, or until solid. Then you can apply it on your lips!

We made solid perfume:

Solid Perfume

Solid perfume is fun and easy to make and is a wonderful idea for a personal, hand-crafted gift! You’ll want some stylish little butter pots to hold your creations and Bramble Berry, Inc. has a terrific selection. To make your solid perfume, follow these directions:

For a 9 oz. batch (which will fill about 36 pots), you would use, by weight:

2 oz. Beeswax
3 oz. Shea Butter
4 oz. Olive Oil
.5 to 1 oz. Fragrance Oil of choice

Melt all fixed oils together, and add fragrance oil to melted oils. Pour mixture into small jars or twist-up tubes and sell as a solid perfume!

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