DIY Recipes for Stocking Stuffers

Are you a big fan of DIY projects? Millions of people are just like you – after all, it is part of the reason that a site like Pinterest is so successful! However, it can be very hard to find formulas, instructions, and supplies for making DIY skincare products. Just imagine how delighted your friends and family members would be if their Christmas stocking included one or two homemade skin care products?

With the holidays rapidly approaching, now is the time to test your hand at whipping up some of the most useful and valuable skin care products. Spend some time experimenting with ingredients and take the time to secure only the best supplies. Organic is the best way to go as this ensures there are no contaminants or unwanted compounds in your mixtures.

Our recipes, below, include products for men and women alike, and all of the DIY formulas are safe and effective for all skin types. Don’t forget that you will want to find the right containers, with airless bottles among the very best options. You can even look around for kits that can help you make a lot of different DIY beauty and skin care products, with some ideal for gift-giving and stocking stuffers.

The Formulas

Beard Balm

One of the most “on trend” products are those that help men manage shaving and facial hair. If there is a beard wearer in your family, this balm keeps the hair in good condition, reducing the coarseness of the hair while also giving it an appealing scent.


    • 2 tbsp. beeswax
    • 2 tbsp. shea butter
    • 1 tbsp. cocoa butter
    • 1 tsp. coconut oil
    • 1 tsp. grapeseed oil
    • 1 tsp. jojoba seed oil
    • For a woodsy scent use cedar and vanilla essential oil or sandalwood essential oil or other preferred scents

  • Containers: Lip balm tubes, lip tins or pots, or even cardboard vessels for skin care products work well


  1. In a microwave-safe glass vessel, microwave all of the oils (except for the essential oils) for 30 seconds or until completely melted.
  2. Stir well, and then add essential oils, stirring again.
  3. Pour into cardboard containers, lip balm tubes, lip tins or lip pots.


Mint Chocolate Chip Lip Balm

Help friends and family members keep their lips as smooth and soft as possible. This simple and safe formula keeps lips protected from winter’s blistering winds while also sealing in moisture and ensuring kissable lips all season long!


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • 1 tsp beeswax - grate for easier incorporation
  • 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3-4 semisweet chocolate chips
  • Containers: Lip balm tubes, lip tins or pots


  1. In a microwave-safe glass vessel, microwave all of the oils (except the peppermint oil) for 30 seconds or until completely melted.
  2. Add chocolate chips, and stir until well incorporated and melted
  3. Add essential oils stir then 
  4. Pour into lip balm tubes, lip tins or lip pots.


Activated Charcoal Mask

Activated charcoal is a wonderful compound and it brings a long list of benefits. It is purifying and clarifying because it draws toxins with its negative electrical charge. It is not able to be absorbed by the body, which is why it is so great for a mask that pulls toxins and contaminants from the skin and then washes them away with the mask’s other ingredients. It is also known for helping those with acne prone skin as it removes many harmful bacteria and excess oils.


  • 1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal
  • 1/2 tsp. bentonite clay
  • 1/4 tsp evening primrose essential oil
  • 1 tsp water
  • Essential oil of choice – 1 to 2 drops
  • Containers: Small mason jars or even sterilized baby food jars with tight-fitting lids


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Dispense into a glass jar or other container and give as a gift with instructions to use promptly OR leave out the water and provide “Instructions for Use” with the gift.

Instructions for Use

  • Mix all dry ingredients well and then add water and essential oils.
  • Apply to your freshly cleaned, damp face.
  • Leave for up to 20 minutes or until dry (it should dry quickly).
  • Rinse repeatedly to remove the mask and then blot the skin dry with a towel.
  • Continue skin care by cleansing and toning or applying serums.


Bath Salts

Is there anything nicer than the gift of a good, long soak in hot and soothing waters? This amazing Pink Himalayan Bath Salt formula provides you with a way to give your family or friends the gifts of time, relaxation and even a bit of healing. The salts and peppermint oils soothe the muscles and offer an incredibly rejuvenating experience.


  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 3 tbsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. cup baking soda
  • 15 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • Mason jar with tight-fitting lid
  • 2 drops red food color if desired (This can give your salts a “striped” look when you divide the batch in half, adding red color to one. You can then layer the salts, pouring one plain and then one red in rows to create a “candy cane” effect)


  1. Be sure the Mason jar is clean and dry.
  2. Combine all of the other ingredients (except food color)
  3. Mix well and pour into the clean jar OR use the dye and layering method to create that candy-striped look, if desired.
  4. Seal well and give as a highly appreciated gift!


Peppermint Body Scrub

Christmas is a good time for anything peppermint scented, and yet this oil is also a great aromatherapy option for its energizing and soothing qualities. This body scrub will leave anyone feeling invigorated, fresh and in the holiday spirit!


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil 
  • 2 drops of red food coloring, if desired
  • 1 - 1/2 pint short canning jar mason jar short


  • In the Mason jar, combine all of the ingredients.
  • Tightly seal the lid and shake vigorously to blend well.
  • Decorate or leave “as is” and give as a fantastic holiday gift.
  • You can make variations on mint scents with the following steps:

o   Mint latte (add 5 drops peppermint, 3 drops coffee fragrance oil)

o   Holiday mint (add 5 drops peppermint, 3 drops vanilla fragrance oil) 

o   Hot cocoa peppermint (add 5 drops peppermint, 3 drops cocoa or chocolate fragrance oil)

With these simple formulas, you can get started making the most unforgettable and useful stocking stuffers ever!