Dec 14, 2017

The winter cold can be very damaging for our skin, causing dryness, redness and dull complexion. So, how to deal with low temperatures without giving up a fresh and luminous skin? In anticipation of Christmas we propose you some natural recipes to get a regenerated and bright skin, which are easy to store in cosmetic jars and perfect for a last-minute DIY gift.

We have already talked about DIY recipes for skin care and invigorating products for our hair. But Christmas holidays mean especially one thing: sparkle! So let's learn how to give back light and nourishment to our skin with homemade natural cosmetics and some precious tips for making original Christmas gifts in a jar.

Nourishing avocado and jojoba oil face cream

The first cream exploits the natural properties of avocado(rich in vitamin E, which prevents the signs of skin aging) to give back nourishment to dry and dull skin. To prepare this face mask we will need:
  • the pulp of half an avocado
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil or almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey.
Mix the mashed pulp of half an avocado with honey and add one teaspoon of jojoba or almond oil. Once you got a homogeneous mixture, apply the mask on dry cleansed skin, leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. We can store the face cream for two or three days in one of the Stocksmetic cosmetic jars, like the 30 ml Heavy frosted glass jar.  

cosmetic jars

Almonds and yogurt scrub

Face cleaning should be done with regularity, preferably using natural ingredients that we can find in our pantry. For cleaning the skin from smog and traces of make up, we can prepare a cleansing scrub mask with:
  • almonds
  • half a jar of natural yogurt.
Chop the almonds finely and mix them with natural yogurt in order to get a rich and nourishing mixture. Apply the scrub on your face skin, leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with a gentle massage. In order to preserve any exfoliating product, our cosmetic packaging collections offer a great choice of containers, like the plastic jars with under cap and hermetic sealing of the Thalasso cosmetic line.

cosmetic glass bottles

Natural lip scrub with sugar and honey

Lips are one of the most sensitive areas to winter's cold, which often makes them dry and chapped. Before using the lip balm, you can make an exfoliating scrub to soften the lips and remove the unaesthetic dead skin cells. All we need is:
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • olive oil
  • scented essential oil.
Mix all the ingredients together and rub a small amount of the scrub on your lips. Sugar has a gentle smoothing effect while oil and honey deeply nourish your lips. You can keep the scrub in one of Stocksmetic’s aluminium jars, such as the 100 ml aluminium jar, which is practical and easy to take with you. This scrub is a perfect DIY gift for Christmas: you can decorate cosmetic jars with customized labels and boxes and refine them with beautiful ribbons. Guaranteed success! 

“Green” relaxing face mask

Give yourself a pause from the pre-Christmas hustle in search of gifts, finding time for a "green" cuddle. The ingredients for this relaxing face mask are:
  • half a glass of green clay
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • half a glass of mineral water
  • lavender essential oil
  • green tea.
Put honey, oil and water at ambient temperature in a cup. Slowly add clay and mix all the ingredients with a wooden spoon until you get a homogeneous compound. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. If you want a toning effect and a more relaxed skin, you can rinse it out with green tea, after it cooled down for 20 minutes. Green clay is a multifunctional natural remedy with different applications in the cosmetic field: it fights skin aging, provides an anti-inflammatory effect and purifies the skin from toxins and impurities. This cream can be reused several times and kept in a fresh and dry place for some days. If your cream is getting dry, you can add some water every time you apply it. Furthermore it's important to avoid that clay gets in contact with metal, so the best solution to keep it are plastic jars, such as the 200 ml Pure plastic jar.

Shea butter cream for soft hands

Are you tired of irritated, dry and chapped hands? In order to face the cold winter days with flawless hands, you can prepare a rich and nourishing cream with butters and essential oils. For this recipe you need:
  • 40 gr of shea butter
  • 25 gr of almond oil
  • 5 gr of cocoa butter
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil.
Put an appropriate container with shea and cocoa butter in the microwave. Melt the mixture at a medium power for 20 seconds and mix it until the butters are completely blended together. Then add almond oil and lavender essential oil (which has healing effects) and let it cool. Hand cream must be kept away from heat sources and sunlight. For this reason you can try our new plastic and glass jars, which have been studied by Stocksmetic for your handmade cosmetics.
glass and plastic bottles and jars 

Christmas gifts in cosmetic jars: spicy bath salts

Fight stress with bath salts! A precious idea to treat yourself or your friends are the Christmas spicy bath salts. A relaxing and scented bath is the best cuddle we can give ourselves after an exhausting day. Bath salts dissolved in hot water give an enveloping scent but also help releasing muscle tension and eliminating all the toxins accumulated by the skin. The ingredients of bath salts are:
  • 200 gr of coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg
  • 2-3 chopped cloves
  • 2 drops of vanilla essential oil.
After crushing the cloves, just add them to the other spices and salt. Mix the ingredients and then add the vanilla essential oil. We can keep this explosion of perfumed salts in an hermetic sealed jar like the 200 ml Thalasso plastic jar for a practical and exclusive gift box. For an elegant and party-inspired design, you can choose the silver metallic finish of the 50 ml Luxe metalized glass jar. To customize your DIY Christmas gift don't forget personalized boxes and labels with your Christmas wishes!

"Explosive" cuddles: homemade bath bombs in cosmetic jars

Another original idea for DIY Christmas gifts are "bath bombs". Invented by the english brand Lush, specialized in natural cosmetics, these scented bombs owe their name to the pleasant crackling produced when their ingredients meet hot water. Once dipped in the bathtub, the combination of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid produce a chemical reaction similar to an effervescent explosion. Spreading enveloping scents and soft colored foam into the water, they are a true spectacle for nose and eyes!

cosmetic jars

Therefore these products are the ideal solution for those who want to treat themselves and friends with a relaxing and fancy bath. But these sparkling bombs are also very easy to make and can be a really appreciated handmade gift. To prepare bath bombs we need:

  • 200 gr of baking soda
  • 100 gr of cornstarch
  • 100 gr of citric acid
  • 2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil
  • 20 drops of essential oil (relaxing with lavender and ylang-ylang, stimulating with sweet orange and bergamot, spiced with cloves and cinnamon)
  • natural or food colors.

For the preparation, combine baking soda and cornstarch with the citric acid. Separately, melt your combination of essential oils in coconut oil, which makes the skin softer and hydrated. Incorporate the scented oil with the dry ingredients, and finally add the food colors (better if matched with the essence). Work the mix with your hands, spraying a few drops of water until you get a uniform and compact consistency. Press the portioned mixture with a spoon into ice cube trays or silicone molds. Then put the ice cube trays in the fridge for a couple of hours, and here are our DIY bath bombs!

If you want to give them as a present you can put 4-5 cubes of compound in cosmetic jars and decorate with colored ribbons and personalized labels. Among the wide range of cosmetic jars Stocksmetic recommends the 100 ml aluminium jar with screw cap or the practical 200 ml Thalasso plastic jar with hermetic sealing.

 christmas gift glass jar

Continue to follow Stocksmetic to discover the full range of cosmetic bottles and jars: the best solution to treat yourself or friends with pampering cosmetics in a practical and quality packaging. Now you can refine all the cosmetic containers with a line of customized boxes and labels with your design.