Don't Buy It, Make It! Beauty Gifts to DIY

It's amazingly easy to whip up luxurious scrubs, bath salts and candles for everyone on your list-for a fraction of store bought. We've found the prettiest, most pampering DIY beauty gifts around, courtesy of our favorite bloggers. Tell us your favorite gift idea in the comments for a chance to win $500!

Teacup Candles

teacup candles

Miss Renaissance

The gift: Turn vintage teacups into stunning, holiday-scented treasures. They make great individual presents or follow the directions to make an array in ombre colors.

The blogger: Eva Daiberl of Miss Renaissance

Who to make it for: Your glamorous bestie who always smells great.

Level of difficulty: Medium. Using a candle-making starter kit makes the process practically foolproof.

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at missrenaissance.com 

Tinted Lip Balm in a Locket

lip balm locket

Beautylish

The gift: Fill a vintage locket with a lovely tint concocted from lipstick, coconut oil and beeswax.

The blogger: Krista Burton of Beautylish

Who to make it for: Your younger, lipstick-loving sister or any pal who’s a romantic at heart.

Level of difficulty: Medium. Grated beeswax is the key to maximum meltability.

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at beautylish.com 

Raw Sugar Body Scrub

Raw Sugar Body Scrub

Hey Gorgeous, The Blog

The gift: A nourishing turbinado sugar scrub scented with your choice of coconut, vanilla or orange.

The bloggers: Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous, The Blog, with labels courtesy of The Wedding Chicks

Who to make it for: Your girly-girl friend who loves all things feminine.

Level of difficulty: Easy—tying a pretty bow is the hardest part!

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at heygorg.com 

Tea & Salt Soak

Tea & Salt Soak

Soap Deli News

The gift: Three types of salt, a trio of essential oils and a bouquet of herbs combine in the most luscious bath blend around.

The blogger: Rebecca of Soap Deli News

Who to make it for: Your beauty expert pal who will appreciate the unusual ingredients.

Level of difficulty: Easy—once you’ve tracked down alluringly exotic supplies like calendula petals and comfrey leaf.

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at soapdelinews.com 

Lavender-Chamomile Bath Melts

Lavender-Chamomile Bath Melts

Be Beautiful

The gift: Skin-softening, lavender-infused hearts packed with shea and cocoa butters.

The blogger: Rebecca of Be Beautiful

Who to make it for: Your lotion-addicted aunt.

Level of difficulty: Medium.

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at bebeautiful-beautyblog.com 

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Casa Resnick

The gift: Turn a humble mason jar into a soap pump that will have pride of place on her bathroom counter.

The blogger: Rosie of Casa Resnick

Who to make it for: Your sister-in-law, who favors rustic-chic decor.

Level of difficulty: Medium-hard. Drill newbies might want to ask a power tool-savvy friend for help.

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at casaresnick.com 

Winter Blues Bath Salts

Winter blues bath salts

Homespun With Love

The gift: Grapefruit-scented, cerulean-tinted bath salts designed to banish a bad mood, all wrapped up in a pedestal jar.

The bloggers: The mother-and-daughter duo behind Homespun With Love

Who to make it for: The new mom who needs an excuse to take a little “me” time.

Level of difficulty: Easy for just the salts. Medium if you want to replicate the lovely vessel, too.

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at homespunwithlove.blogspot.com 

Elegant Tumbler Candles

Elegant Tumbler Candles

Pair & a spare

The gift: Styled after top-shelf Diptyque candles, these minimalist beauties smell like rose and vanilla.

The blogger: Geneva of a pair & a spare

Who to make it for: Your boss, who no doubt likes the luxe things in life

Level of difficulty: Medium—once you get the hang of fixing wicks and melting wax.

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at apairandasparediy.com 

Herbal Bath Tea

Herbal Bath Tea

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

The gift: Dried herbs and flowers are blended, tea-style, for a relaxing bath treat.

The blogger: Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Who to make it for: Your cuppa-loving mom who has punch cards at all the local teashops

Level of difficulty: Easy. Simply mix, wrap and you’re set.

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com 

Cinnamon Vanilla Spice Body Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Spice Body Scrub

Food Renegade

The gift: A luscious body exfoliant made from ingredients that capture the scents of the season.

The bloggers: Heather of Mommypotamus and Kristen of Food Renegade

Who to make it for: Your eco-conscious officemate who loves natural beauty products.

Level of difficulty: Easy. Shop for the right oils, grab a bag of brown sugar, stir and scoop.

DIY! Make it yourself with step-by-step instructions at foodrenegade.com 

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void where prohibited. Open only to permanent, legal residents of the 50 US or DC states who are 18 or older. Begins November 4, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. ET and ends December 25, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. ET. Limit one entry per person or email address per day. Prize restrictions apply. For Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, visit Official Rules. Sponsor: iVillage LLC.

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