I have always hated shopping.
As a child, I remember being dragged, literally, into stores like JC Penny. My grandmother trying to find the perfect Holiday dress, and possibly, if I were “lucky”, a new pair of white Keds. Nothing said goody-good like a new pair of white shoes. To prove I was no such thing, What did I do? Immediately ruined them by walking through the creek, in the field behind my house, in search of tadpoles and crawdads.
When one is young, the expectation of gift giving is minimal; a cut-out snowflake, a popsicle stick picture frame, dried play doh in the form of a snowman.
As one goes up in age, so do the expectations, and to be frank, those expectations are weighing me down.
What can one do when the dart of over consumption, which leads to overproduction, hits square between the eyes? Easy, make it from scratch.
Cookies, candies, bread, tree decorations, mixed CDs, or (what I’m doing for the holidays) Shea Butter Lotion.
Shea Butter Lotion is a great way to give to those in your life, without contributing to holiday weight gain of yourself and others. Also, the cold, dry winter weather is often harsh on the skin, and the shea butter and coconut oil mix is truly helpful.
12 one ounce jars (or 4 ounce jars/ 8 ounce jars would work depending on how many people you plan on gifting this to)
Double boiler (putting a Pyrex measuring cup into a 3 quart saucepan works well)
Electric cake mixer (I use my hand crank one and it works just fine)
8 ounces Shea Butter
8 ounces Coconut Oil
20-40 drops Essential Oil (optional)
Melt shea butter in double boiler on LOW heat
Mix in coconut oil, allow to liquify
Mix in the 20-40 drop essential oil of choice (Jasmine, Orange, Lime, or any other scent you like)
Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl
Put in the freezer for 30-40 minutes, until the mixture begins to solidify
Mix with cake mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes (or until you have reached the texture you like)
Separate into containers
All those on your gift list will be glad to have a gift you took time to make yourself! They’ll also be calling you in February, when they run out, to get the recipe!
Happy Holidays to you all! May your days be filled with friends, family, and laughs.