I love making gifts in a jar and with Mother’s Day on the way, I wanted to make a Mother’s Day gift in a jar but wasn’t sure what to make. Then, I came across a Pin from Katie at The Crafty Blog Stalker for making your own lotion and knew it would be a perfect gift! What mom couldn’t use a little pampering and with summer on the way we all want our legs and feet feeling soft.
I didn’t follow the recipe exactly and my body butter ended up being rather expensive but not nearly as expensive as the $20 body butters you find at Ulta. I wanted to use Bath and Body Works lotion because I love the scent. But I’ve noticed that the basic Bath and Body Works lotions aren’t very moisturizing. By adding in the Vaseline and vitamin E cream the moisturizing factor went way up. A little of this body butter goes a long way! I used one Net Wt 7.5 oz jar of Vaseline Cocoa Butter petroleum jelly, three 8 fl. oz bottles of Aruba Coconut body lotion (bought it on sale) and two Net Wt. 4 oz jars of Studio 35 Vitamin E cream. I got the vitamin E cream from Walgreen’s. It would’ve been way cheaper at Walmart but since it was snowing like crazy, I didn’t want to drive 30 miles to Walmart. I wanted to try using coconut oil but I couldn’t find it at any of the stores in my area. I thought it would be at one of the grocery stores that carries a lot natural products but it wasn’t. So, once I do find it, I will make another version!
I made a cute little label to put on the jars using Ribbet. I was so excited to see that Ribbet FINALLY has a BLANK CANVAS option! Woohoo! That means you can start with a plain white background (or any color for that matter) and add pictures and text to it. I made my own blank canvas a long time ago and have been using that but THANK YOU Ribbet for putting this on your website free of charge.
You can download the free label here: Coconut Body Butter Printable
To print, I opened a blank Word document, inserted the image, resized it and then copied and pasted until I had 6 labels on the document.
I filled six 8 oz mason jars with the body butter. As you can see, my printer has decided to think outside the box and the colors of the labels didn’t print like they were supposed to so just pretend that they look exactly like the printable above.
I put a strip of aqua striped washi tape across the top of the jars and attached the labels with glue spots. Now they are ready to give as gifts! Except for the one that is on my bathroom counter and is already being used by me. Besides giving gifts to our moms and my kid’s Godmothers, I like to give Mother’s Day gifts to my friends to let them know that I think they are doing a great job raising their kids. But since I only have
six five mason jars of coconut body butter, I will have to make some more or find another gift to give some of them.
I would love to hear if you have tried making your own lotion. You can leave me a link in the comments or just tell me know you did it because I really want to try some more recipes! If I do try your recipe, I will give credit to you with a link to your site or if you don’t have a site I will mention you by name.