With Father’s day approaching this Sunday, we thought we’d give you a few gift ideas that are simple,
unique and won’t cost the earth!
The great thing about homemade gifts is that you can personalise them and create something that you know your Dad will love.
What’s more, homemade gifts don’t have to be complicated and you can have a lot of fun in getting creative! If you’re wanting to get your Dad something different to your standard toiletries gift box, you can have a go at making your own.
Luckily here at Amphora, we’ve got a great range of Natural Base products which are ideal to use for creating your own shampoos, soaps, shower gels and body lotions! You can res assure that they are free from parabens and contain a whole host of natural ingredients that your skin will love.
So with a readymade base product, the hard work has been done for you, so all you have to do is get creative in adding some essential oils or fragrances of your choice to make it your own!
Refresh and Revive shower gel
With the warm weather setting in, why not treat your Dad to an invigorating shower gel with essential oils that will awaken the senses and leave him feeling refreshed!
You will need:
Shower gel base (we stock them in a 250ml and 1 litre size if you wanted to make a bigger batch).
A bowl or beaker and stirring rod for mixing.
Lemon essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Grapefruit essential oil
We recommend using a 2% dilution rate for your essential oils to shower gel base, it is always best to start off with the minimum and work your way up as needed.
With regards to the ratio of oils for the blend, it is good to keep in mind the ‘3, 2, 1’ concept. As Peppermint oil is one of the more intense oils, we’d recommend using less than the other two. As grapefruit is the sweetest of the oils, perhaps you could use a ratio of:
3 parts Grapefruit, 2 Lemon and 1 Peppermint.
When you’ve finished mixing your shower gel and oils, simply decant into an empty bottle and personalise as you wish.
Relax and Restore Body Lotion
Here’s where you can make great use of all the lovely earthy aromas that can be used to create a more masculine aroma. For this recipe, we’ve chosen some of the more musky aromas and used Orange to sweeten and lighten the blend. This is a lovely relaxing blend that will be ideal to use in the evening to wind down after a long day!
You will need:
Body lotion base (again this can be purchased in various sizes).
Cedarwood essential oil
Patchouli essential oil
Orange essential oil
For this blend we’d recommend a ratio of 3 orange, 2 Cedarwood and 1 Patchouli! As before, start off with minimal oil and increase the amount as you desire. We’d recommend a percentage of 3% essential oil in your body lotion.
All Natural rejuvenating after Shave Balm
And finally – here is a divine natural recipe for an aftershave balm. Conventional aftershaves often contain lots of alcohol and various chemicals that can dry out and irritate the skin – not really what you want after a shave!
You can create a super simple version using a blend of carrier oils, Vegetable Glycerine and carrier oils that will help repair and protect the skin, whilst helping hydrate and moisturise.
You will need:
An empty container (this is a lovely one to decant into a bottle with an atomiser so it can be gently sprayed over the face after shave).
Witch Hazel 100ml
Vegetable glycerine (1 teaspoon)
3- 6 drops of Sandalwood Amyris essential oil
6 -8 drops of Orange Essential Oil
Carefully mix the contents and decant into your container. Give it a good shake and personalise as you wish!
There you have a few ideas for something different this Father’s Day!
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more free tips and advice.
It is important to always carry out a patch test before using any natural ingredients you haven’t used before. Just apply a small amount of the blend to the inside on your elbow and keep an eye on the area over the next 24 hours.
If any irritation does occur rinse the area with cool water. If you have blended a few essential oils together you may need to test each one individually to find out which is causing your skin to react.