Indulgent DIY pamper gifts your mum will love

Living Well | Anita Vandyke | Posted on 28 April 2020

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 totally indulgent pamper gifts your mum will love


Face and 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.

You will need:

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

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.

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.

You will need:
  • 1 kilogram of Epsom salts
  • Herbal tea such as elderflower (it’s a great way to use up any leftover herbal tea you no longer want to drink)
  • Lavender and geranium essential oils

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

A Zero Waste Life book cover

Vegan body moisturiser

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

You will need: 
  • ½ cup cocoa butter 
  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • ½ cup coconut oil 

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).