Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Homemade Christmas Gifts (Jane's Doodles DT Spotlight)

Hi everyone :o)

I hope you're enjoying holidays. I'm spending mine with my family and having such a wonderful time. :o)

Today I want to share with you my last week's spotlight projects over at Jane's Doodles.

I made Creams for Face and Body and used lovely flower from Jane's Doodles 'Doodle Flowers' stamp set for package. These were Christmas gifts for my mom and friends. Girls loved them! :o)

The cream is very rich, regenerates skin and has estimated SPF (sun protective factor) 5 - 15. All ingredients are excellent quality. :o)

One jar contains 100 ml of cream. Expiration in 4 months. It's best to keep natural cosmetics in cold and dark place, best in fridge. :o)

Ingredients (300 ml):

  • Almond Oil (Amygdalae oleum), 100 grams
  • Cocoa Butter (Cacao oleum), 100 grams
  • Red Gamma Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) Seed Oil, 2 grams
  • Yellow Beeswax (Cera flava), 20 grams 

Dishes, tools and other:

  • plastic or glass containers/jars
  • precise scale
  • glass measuring jar
  • glass or ceramic spoon or wand
  • grater
  • cooking pot
  • thermometer
  • paper towels
  • dishtowel
  • medicine ethanol alcohol
  • medical gloves
  • oven
  • water

How to and tips:

First I washed and sterilized plastic jars and all dishes and tools I needed for making these creams.
You can use plastic or glass containers for creams, but do avoid metal containers/jars. 
Try not to use aggressive chemicals for washing dishes and containers.
Home sterilization: immersing jars and dishes in boiling water and washing with medicine ethanol alcohol. You can also sterilize jars in hot oven, but they must be made of glass. Don't use microwave oven for any of these.

Using precise scale, I measured all ingredients and grated yellow beeswax.
When making natural cosmetics, I prefer and use only yellow beeswax. Here you can find more information about beeswax.
I grate beeswax because I always buy large piece of beeswax, but you can also find beeswax in granules in stores.

I heated water in cooking pot to the boiling point and removed it from fire.
Then I placed glass measuring jar in hot water and started adding ingredients. First I added Cocoa Butter and after it melted I added Almond Oil and Red Gamma Raspberry Seed Oil.
It's very important to stir ingredients all the time while cooking.
Never use microwave oven for making natural cosmetics!! I don't use microwave at all. :o)

When water temperature dropped to 60°C I started adding beeswax into oil mixture.
It's very important to stir mixture all the time, otherwise beeswax won't melt and your cream will have white dots all over it.
It's very important that water temperature doesn't go over 60°C when adding beeswax. Temperature higher than that kills all good things in beeswax.

After all beeswax melted, I poured hot oil mixture/cream into sterilized plastic jars, covered them with clean dishtowel and left them cool. After several hours of cooling, I closed jars with lids. I also made decorations and labels for creams to make them more attractive.

I cut circles (d = 52 mm = 2 1/8") from a Kraft cardstock paper, heat embossed flower from Jane's Doodles 'Doodle Flower' stamp set, drew white dots border and glued them on lids.

I cut smaller circles (d = 28 mm = 1 1/8") from the Kraft cardstock paper, drew white dots borders, wrote description on them, punched holes and tied them to jars.

I also made couple of tags (d = 51 mm = 2 1/16") with same flower as on creams and used them for wrapping chocolates.

List of supplies:
  • Jane's Doodles 'Doodle Flowers' stamp set
  • Crafter's Companion Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Coloring Card
  • Kraft packing paper
  • lace
  • twine
  • Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
  • WOW! Embossing Powder (Opaque Bright White, Regular, WL01R)
  • Unibal Signo White
  • UHU universal glue
  • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
  • Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
  • EK Success Circle Cutter
  • hammer
  • hole puncher (small size)
  • plank board
  • paint brush
  • printing paper

I hope you'll like my today's project, last one for this year. Thank you for visiting and your kind feedback. Enjoy and smile! :o)

Crafty Milka


  1. Wow Milka what clever gift ideas, you are clever Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card and gift, Happy New Year, all the best for 2016
    Kevin xx

  2. Predivno!
    Hvala ti na prekrasnoj čestitki za Paolu!
    Jako se razveselila!
    Sretnu i uspješnu novu godinu!
    Bad Kitty's Craftroom

  3. Thanks for sharing recipe, milka! I am sure gonna try this.



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