FAMILY STOP READING
The last gift is for our men.
Now that Movember is over, our men need to shave, so why not help them out with a luxurious Peppermint, Lavender Shaving Cream.
The smell of this shaving cream is unreal, I want to rub it all over my body! The best thing about it, is it acts as a shaving cream and a moisturizer! So he dosen't even have to wash it off, if he does rinse his face after a shave, it still leaves skin soft and naturally moisturized and OHHH does it smell so good you will want to lick his face!
I got the idea from Foodformyfamily.com. Such a great idea, her instructions are pretty good too, I think they expect you to have a little knowledge making lotions etc, which I did not have, so I had to do some guessing, but WOW did it turn out nice.
Step 1: Assemble ingredients
1/3 cup shea butter (I used coco butter)
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup jojoba or sweet almond oil
10 drops rosemary (I used lavender because I did not have rosemary and it worked awesome) essential oil
3-5 drops peppermint essential oil
Makes 8 ounces (or one mason jar full)
The ingredients were a little tricky. I could not find shea butter anywhere. So I bought coco butter, which is close to shea and a lot cheaper. Coconut oil you can find in most places, juts make sure you get the HARD stuff, not the liquid. Jojoba, I expected trouble here, but Superstore had it in their organic section! It is PRICEY, $16 for the jar and I needed to quadruple the recipe, I decided not to buy 2 bottles and it still worked out for me. If you don't own oils already this will get crazy pricey, but you can infuse the jojoba oil with real rosemary and mint leaves, just heat oil on low with herbs until you can smell the aromas and then use that mix in your lotion, it won't be as strong as essential oils, but a lot more affordable! But I say buy those oils, you will use them trust me :)
Step 2: Heat
"In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until just melted. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-safe bowl. Add in the jojoba oil and the essential oils. Stir to mix."
The girls loved scooping globs of lotion out of the tubs. Ayla rubbed a whole tub on her body I swear, but lotion is good for this girls skin!
So what the original instructions do not talk about is how your mix will look when heated. It separates, gets weird and stringy glob things. The coconut oil is hard and lumps of it will just not melt. So heat it until most everything is melted and it separates like the pic below.
"Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill until solid. Remove from the refrigerator and whip using a hand beater or a stand mixer until light and fluffy."
Ok this last step of hers is SOO annoying. I did this. NOTHING happened. I worried the cheap coco butter I had used wrecked it all. After over an hour in the fridge nothing changed. So I took my hand beater and mixed it up, but it started separating almost right away again. So I put the bowl in the freezer! That is what you need to do.
After about 30mins in the freezer I had a solid mixture. Took the hand beaters to it and WOW, it fluffed up like moose.
Step 4: Spoon into jars.
I added little tags that said Peppermint Lavender Shaving Cream and on the bottom of the jar I made a label that says "Keep in cool, dry, dark place. Is a moisturizer too. Stir if separates."
I also tied on a cheap razor from the Dollar Store with green thread just to look cute really.
Then the most important thing, I ruined Keith's Christmas present surprise and asked him to test it out. Because really there is no sense in going to all this work if our men won't even use the stuff!
He LOVED it. He loved the smell, how soft his face felt after and how it was easy to use. He was worried it was too thick, but I told him to just scoop out a little. It spread very thin on his face, you couldn't even see it actually! Then he shaved it off with some water and it left him oh so kissable. No need for any lotions, after shaves or other creams, just one easy step to soft, smooth, lovely smelling skin. And it's all natural, all organic, homemade awesomeness!
I made it yesterday and left the jars under the tree, I was worried it would separate once not in the freezer....nope! It's still wonderful and thick and shaving cream looking!
I think this might be my favourite homemade gift. And if any of the 4 men I give it to don't want it, I will SOO use this on my legs :)
Time: About 20mins to cook. 30mins to freeze. 30mins to scoop into jars and clean up. So I would set aside an hour and a bit to get it all done.
Coco Butter: $3 each I bought 3, only needed 1 1/2 but $9 Superstore
Jojoba oil: $16 (you can use sweet almond oil she says, I have no idea how much it is, this oil said right on it meant for skin, and dosen't leave a greasy feel, which is what I wanted) Superstore
4 razors: $1 from Dollarama
Refined HARD Coconut oil: $10 for a jar used the whole jar even though it came out to be a little more then the recipe called for Superstore
Mason Jars: I have lots of these kicking around, so free
TOTAL: $36 or $9 a jar. Not bad.
In conclusion :)
Every year I buy for the same 8 people (my mom, my dad, my mother in law, my father in law, my sister, my sister in law, my brother in law and my best friend Hannah) every year and I mean EVERY YEAR no matter the theme I try the cost of their 8 gifts is always around the $500 mark. This frustrates me so much, because every year my goal is to get this number down. I love all these people, but $500 is just insane to me.
This year, the total.........
That is a $300 decrease!!! I am just so crazy happy with this. And I think all the gifts are pretty awesome! Right?!
I am happy anyway, and I think all my 8 people will be happy too.
PS Obviously we get presents for the kids too. We do something they want, need, to wear and to read every year and this is another $500 sometimes :/ and why I needed to get my 8 people price DOWN. Keith and I don't really get each other anything, unless there is something we need, like one year we got our new couch. This year I think he just gets this shaving cream!! oh and possibly something else, something I am working HARD on getting, it's a secret :)
TODAY: Cleaning the house! We have 2 dinner parties this weekend. Our awesome neighbours come over for make your own pizzas tonight and a friend I have had since I was a baby, who I love like a brother and his AMAZING wife and daughter are coming over tomorrow for tacos! YAY love friends visiting, makes it feel more like Christmas when in good company.
Happy Weekend All