Do you do “special math”?
You know, the kind of math which calculates what expense you can nix in order to make room for something you want? Something like, um, 50+ DIY Organic Beauty Recipes, perhaps?
I understand. I do special math, too.
To help you out this holiday season I’ve crunched some numbers for you. Here’s what I found: Using ingredients that are fair-trade, pure and natural/organic – actually all the same stuff I recommend in my book – your loved ones and allow you to vote your values with your Christmas dollars. You can love on the mama, baby, teacher, grandparent, little green alien and/or bestie in your life with gifts while supporting industries and brands you agree with.
Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint – $1.77
Less than two dollars, and that includes these pretty little roller tubes to put them in! Or not so little, actually. One-third of an ounce may not seem like much, but it’s about the size of a medium-large lipstick tube. Supercomputer calculations based on a set of 3 at $1.77 each.
Chocolate Mint Lip Balm (20 tubes = $ .41 per tube)
Some to make, and some to give away! (This estimate includes the price of these lip balm tubes, sans shipping)
White Chocolate & Peppermint Lotion Bar – $2.38-$2.59 per bar
Depending on how much essential oil you use. Calculation based on 3 medium/large bars.
AKA the “naughty” skin care ingredient you absolutely must try. If you know anyone who would like younger looking skin (no, seriously!), soothing relief from conditions like eczema or a non-toxic treatment for diaper rash, hand them a jar of this. I’ve also included a slightly reformulated version for pregnant mamas who want to avoid stretch marks (it may not prevent them 100% but it can definitely help!).
And the cost? Well, I didn’t do the math on this one, but that’s only because prices for tallow may vary a bit. My local rancher sell grassfed tallow for $ .99 a pound. You can swing this for under five bucks, promise!
Deodorant – $1.44
Okay, so maybe this doesn’t make the most **obvious** gift, but those of you who have shlepped up and down supermarket aisles looking for a non-toxic option that WORKS know what a find this is! Your mama friends will thank you. Calculations based on a set of three 2 ounce tubes at $1.44 each.
Lotion – $5.15 for two 6 ounce bottles
I used sweet orange for scent. Craft stores carry cute jars for a buck or two. And of course, there’s . . . .
This Homemade Bronzer . . .
Which will cost about $ .24 – $ .36 to fill the average loose powder container. Here’s what Kaylyn had to say about it on Facebook
I have been absolutely DYING to get bronzer and I just made your homemade recipe!! I had noooo idea it would be so easy and I loooooove it!!!! This book is the best beauty investment I have ever made!”
Want some more numbers?
Good! Right now you can save 20% by downloading with the coupon code HOLIDAY20. You can click here to purchase. Also, 100 is a really nice, reassuring number, so I’ll throw a 100% money back guarantee in there, too. As in, I will give you 100% of your money back if you don’t love this book!
And they say girls don’t like math . . . .
* A note on my pricing method: In cases where the recipe calls for olive OR jojoba oil I chose the most economical option, and I based my estimates on that of a reputable online retailer (Mountain Rose) but did not include shipping. Also, most places don’t sell 3/4 of an ounce of beeswax so these figures reflect the cost of the amount you will actually be using. The good news is that when all is said and done you’ll have some leftover ingredients to start with – plus you’ll have an extremely useful new book!
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