Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday gift ideas for your favorite friend or sister

Holidays are fast approaching, and if you are still looking for holiday gift idea for your bestie, read on....I've got a great idea.
It comes on the back of a review I wrote:
Old Factory Candles sent me three free candles to try for a review of my honest opinion. I can say they are truly great. They burn clean with no soot, and very evenly, as well as True-To-Scent for hours. With a really great scent throw....better than I would have thought.   I received HAPPY HOLIDAYS set that comes with Christmas Tree, Gingerbread (my fave), and Candy Cane.

Love them! And they really do burn for over 20 hours. Mine lasted for even longer....more like 30-32 hours. But I didn't burn them all at once, just for about 10 hours at a time (3 times).

They come in awesome scents "50 Shades" with Leather, Jasmine bubbles, and Vanilla Sex. LOL! Just in time for the movie!!

And "Man Cave"; with Leather, Mahogany, Straight Razor....
or "High as a Kite" with Cannabis, Incense, and Bag O' Cookies... ROTFLOL!!!
as well as traditional scents like; "Spa Day", "Vacation", or "Coffee Shop"
And tons of other great scents.

See photo below with examples:

 (btw...Every purchase is 100% Guaranteed, Hand poured in the USA.)

Thank you Rachel Cross from Old Factory Candles!  Thanks for sending me these gorgeous candles. I truly love them.
They are all natural soy that burn so clean, and have a great scent throw. They also burn even longer than 20 hours. Mine burned for over 30!

 Ok, so back to the gift basket idea for a Girls Night In:
Make a pamper hamper full of girly treats for the perfect girls night in! Include a couple bottles of nail polish, some spa essentials like; hand cream, homemade face mask, etc... Give yourself manicures, pedicures, and facials. Don't forget the romantic comedy DVD or magazines, popcorn, Godiva chocolates basket and other indulgent treats! There are so many ideas for this. Just go with what your friend/sister likes.
There are tons of great ideas strewn across the net for making your own all natural spa night with stuff from your own kitchen too.
 See this pinterest board for homemade spa products;

Here's some recipes I found on WEBMD;

All-Natural Chocolate Facial Mask
This decadent facial mask, ideal for normal skin, will leave your face smooth, soft, and silky. The cream and honey add moisture, and the oatmeal sloughs dead skills, perfect for smelling romantic and deliciously edible. Enjoy!
1/3 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons cottage cheese
1/4 cup honey
3 teaspoons oatmeal powder
Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for 10 minutes; then rinse with warm water.
* Courtesy of Bliss Spa, New York City

Apple Pie Spa Treatment Skin Polish
Apples are notorious for their nutritional benefits; they're 85% water and high in potassium and vitamins A and C. Perhaps even more beneficial is the malic acid, an exfoliating enzyme in apples that is useful for removing dead skin cells and surface dirt.
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh apple puree or apple sauce
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all ingredients, stirring well. In the bath or shower, apply scrub to skin in a circular motion, using a washcloth, bath gloves, or a loofah sponge. Pay special attention to rough spots like elbows, heels, and knees. Rinse well, and follow with a rich body lotion.
Note: If using on the face, omit granulated sugar. Brown sugar, because it dissolves gently, is a more appropriate choice for the delicate skin of the face.
* Courtesy of The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton

Papaya Rejuvenation Home Spa Skin Refresher
Exfoliate your skin gently with natural papaya enzymes, and leave the house with a gentle glow.
  • Wash face thoroughly.
  • Bring large pot of water to a boil.
  • While water is heating, mash 1/2 of a papaya into a paste.
  • Move pot to table and place face over steam, holding a bath towel over your head. Adjust to be sure skin is at a comfortable temperature.
  • Steam face for 5-8 minutes.
  • Apply papaya mixture, carefully avoiding the eye area.
  • Lie down and relax for 5-10 minutes.
  • When you feel fully rejuvenated, rinse your face and apply moisturizer for a radiant complexion.
* Courtesy of Nob Hill Spa, San Francisco.
 See more here;

Dr. Sabina DeVita ( an international speaker, author, a holistic energy practitioner, registered nutritionist, environmentalist, energy psychologist) wrote; “…Frankincense …known for centuries for its beautifying properties. The restorative, regenerating and rejuvenating actions are especially useful for dry, mature/sensitive skin…smooths lines and wrinkles…soothes and softens raw, chapped skin.. Balances oily skin,,, accelerates the healing of blemishes, inflammations, sores, scars, skin ulcers and wounds…”. Frankincense has the ability to tighten and uplift skin which helps prevents wrinkles.

Rejuvenating Facial Mask Dry / Mature Skin
  • 4 teaspoons honey or agave
  • 1 drop Frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drop Sandalwood essential oil
  • 1 drop Rose essential oil
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 1 drop neroli
  • 1 drop patchouli
  • 10 dps. rosehip seed oil
Mix well in the palm of your hand, or a non-plastic bowl, and apply to clean skin. Relax for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm, then cold water. Makes enough for 2-3 applications.
Dry Skin Toner / Balancer Mask
  • 4 tsp. honey or agave
  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Rosewood
  • 1 drop Vetiver
Mix together with 4 oz distilled water and 4 oz. witch hazel, apply with cotton swab or natural cloth.
For another awesome recipe for a natural winter skin anti-aging facial creme click here ;


Most of all, have fun and make it personalized!
Happy Holidays to you!

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