DIY pamper gifts your mum will love

Living Well | Anita Vandyke | Images: Getty | Posted on 26 April 2021

Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with these made-with-love pamper products.

What’s better than giving Mum an indulgent pampering product for Mother’s Day? 

How about an indulgent pampering product made with love by you? Rocket scientist turned zero-waste advocate and Instagram star Anita Vandyke suggests resisting the urge to click and shop this Mother’s Day and instead find a beautiful jar or bottle and some lovely ribbon, then spend some time in the kitchen whipping up these divine products to create a straight-from-the-heart gift. 

Anita’s book, A Zero Waste Life, includes a host of simple home-made beauty products that are good enough to eat, from eye-makeup remover to toothpaste. Here are three that would make a special gift for Mum.   

Homemade brown sugar body scrub in jar

Three indulgent DIY pamper gifts your mum will love

Lemon and bergamot body scrub

Did you know that most store-bought body scrubs contain microbeads (tiny plastic beads that act as exfoliants) that end up in our waterways and are consumed by sea-life? Beauty products should not cost the Earth – literally. This is a recipe for a lemon and bergamot sugar scrub, but you can change the oils according to the different seasons. For example, lemon and lime for summer or lemon and lavender for winter.

What you'll need

  1. 1/3 cup brown sugar (the finer the better)
  2. A squeeze of lemon juice
  3. Lemon rind
  4. 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
  5. 1/3 cup olive oil
  6. A few drops of bergamot essential oil

How to make it

  • Mix everything together in a large bowl and decant into a container of your choice. It smells so luxurious and, unlike many store-bought scrubs, it doesn’t have any microbeads that can harm the environment.

Lavender and mint bath salts

These make a luxurious gift if decanted into an attractive jar and decorated with a ribbon or a brooch from an op shop. I saw a similar product on sale for $30 at a health store, but you can make this for one-third of the cost.

What you'll need

  1. 1 kilogram of Epsom salts
  2. Herbal tea such as peppermint (it’s a great way to use up any leftover teas you don't want to drink).
  3. Lavender and geranium essential oils

How to make it

  • Mix everything together and decant into a jar of your choice.

Vegan coconut body butter

This vegan-friendly body moisturiser smells good enough to eat.

What you'll need

  1. ½ cup cocoa butter 
  2. ¼ cup olive oil 
  3. ½ cup coconut oil 

How to make it

  • Pour everything into a jug and heat in a covered pot of water (double-boiler method) for about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into a jar of your choice. In summer keep it stored in the fridge.

This is an edited extract from A Zero Waste Life by Anita Vandyke (published by Penguin Random House, $19.99).