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The creator of Soapwalla, Rachel Winard, has so graciously provided the following DIY recipes for holiday gift ideas.  Her product line, Soapwalla is one of my absolute favorites so I know you’ll appreciate her bountiful knowledge –   Enjoy!

Want to give your loved ones something special this year? Why not make them something that’s sure to please, won’t break the bank, and is good for the environment to boot!

Below are some basic, high quality skincare products that can be created with items you’d find in your kitchen cabinets.  Dressed up in beautiful jars and lovely labeling, these presents will be a huge hit.

You can purchase many of the specialty ingredients, as well as bottles and jars, from one of my favorite sources — Mountain Rose Herbs.

Face Mask – for all skin types

You’ll need:
1 cup kaolin clay
1 cup baking soda
1 cup finely ground oat flour (or rolled oats ground in your food processor)
15 drops lavender essential oil

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Add essential oil and mix thoroughly with your fingers until the oil is thoroughly incorporated.  Divide into 4- or 8-oz glass jars.

How to use: pour a generous amount into the palm of your hand or small bowl (1-2 tablespoons). Add enough water to make a thin paste. Apply to dry face and neck in a gentle upward-sweeping motion. Let set for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Use twice a week.

Volumizing Hair Rinse

½ cup witch hazel
¼ cup rose water
Splash vodka (½ oz at most)
2 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops rosemary essential oil

Mix all ingredients and store in an opaque 8 oz. glass or metal bottle.  Shake thoroughly before each use.

How to use: twice a week, apply rinse to damp hair that has been washed. Allow to penetrate for a few minutes, then rinse off.

Uplifting Eau de Toilette (Room Spray)

2 cups distilled water (not tap or purified)
½ cup vodka
10 drops each of the following essential oils: lavender, lime
5 drops cedarwood essential oil

Mix all ingredients thoroughly in opaque 4 oz. glass or plastic spray bottles. Let sit for 1 week, to allow the ingredients to meld. Shake before each use. Can be used as room refresher, on bed linens, and in bathrooms and kitchens. Do not spray on food, pets, or children.

Rachel Winard is the Brooklyn-based creator of Soapwalla, a line of luxury organic face and body products made with the highest quality organic and food-grade ingredients, never questionable additives such as sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or harsh and synthetic additives.

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orgchocSo we covered the bedroom and now we need to get to the serious stuff.  Candy.  There’s nothing like a good box of chocolate on Valentine’s Day right?  Now there are companies creating fair trade and organic chocolate for our sweethearts.  Not to mention the antioxidants in chocolate make it a better choice than other candy…  it can have a higher content of antioxidants than black tea and red wine.

Organic Chocolate

basketFair Trade Heart Basket: Give your sweetie, or your mom, this basket of gourmet organic heart shaped chocolates in a bamboo basket.  Both the basket and the chocolates are fair trade and these special treat baskets contain a luxurious combination of foil wrapped solid dark chocolate hearts and dark chocolate cherry truffle hearts. Yum.

Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate: These delectable bars of organic chocolate, elegantly wrapped, are available almost everywhere.  I know truffles are traditional but I think a stack of chocolate bars tied with a red ribbon is just as sweet.  They have a dozen variety’s…my favorites being Maya Gold or the the Caramel.  Find them at the grocery store, target or health food stores in your area.

intempchocIntemperantia Organic Chocolates: Need those truffles that look like actual truffles? Here you go. Cocoa trees are some of the most pesticide sprayed trees and are usually grown near and around forests. The pesticides damage the forests around them and the cocoa plant holds pesticides more than any other fruit. Yick!  So organic chocolate is the way to go! And don’t they look fancy??

Rapunzel Lady Truffles: These cute lady bug organic chocolates are perfect for the kids or anyone you love.  Toss a bag into your partners laptop bag with a love note or put a couple in your kids lunch box as a special treat.  Doesn’t everyone love a milk chocolate covered hazelnut truffle crème shaped like a lady bug?

Sustainable Gift Giving

A box of chocolates not enough for your sweetie? Flowers are a big source of pesticides due to the mass growth of them for occasions such as this.  What is a better alternative? We thought you’d never ask…

rosesOrganic Bouquets:  All their blooms are sustainably grown and certified Organic (VeriFlora or FlorVerde) and grown with the least environmental impact.  All flowers will be  wrapped in eco-friendly packaging too.  They make sure all their flowers and growers adhere to fair labor and sustainable crop production to bring you the best in organic cut flowers.

Lucky Bamboo: Another gift idea, which I know I’d love, is a bundle of lucky bamboo stalks for your home.  Lucky bamboo is one of the best plants to have in your house.  Why? They are super low maintenance and they clean the air in your home better than most other plants.  Plus they’re a calming addition to any desk. Ahhh…

We hope everyone enjoys Valentine’s Day with the ones you love.  And for the anti-Valentine’s Day people – remember that your Valentine can be your mom or your best friend.  They need a little extra love these days too!

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