Way back in the day – when I had a corporate job and could justify such things – I had laser hair removal for my bikini area, and I loved it. I always wanted to add more body parts to that list of “no more hair” there, but looking at the price, I couldn’t justify it, especially as I quit nicely paying corporate job.
Even six years later, I don’t have to make – and pay for – those every six to eight week appointments, and I love it! Fortunately, there’s an alternative that works at home using Flash&Go that you can easily pick up online or in store at Bed Bath and Beyond or Kohl’s. Using it every two weeks leads to permanent hair removal using patented light technology. It’s safe for even the most sensitive skin and has three levels of light so you can use what’s most comfortable for you.
And since I’m such a giving person…and it is the holiday season, I knew that this was one of those gifts I had to share with someone else. There are few things that people I know “need” that I’m always looking for something people wouldn’t buy themselves and the gifts that keep on giving. This one fits that category for more reasons than you think. Not only is it flat out awesome, but when you buy a Flash&Go at Kohl’s or Bed Bath and Beyond either online or in store, you can go to keepongifting.com to receive a $25 gift card and be entered to win a trip to Aruba. And you can do that up to three times for a total of $75 to spend at Bed Bath and Beyond or Kohl’s.
Needless to say, the mention of Aruba and the thought of the Caribbean in general gave me the perfect idea of who needs this as a gift. I have an awesome friend who took a great Caribbean vacation with me earlier this year and needs some self-care and pampering. I’d been wracking my brains trying to come up with the perfect gift, and this? This is it.
To accompany the Flash&Go, I made some DIY soothing lotion to make this special gift for my friend even more special. I love adding a personal element to any gift I can. When I had professional treatments, one of the first things the woman told me was that I had to take care of my skin after my treatments. Putting something soothing to help my skin heal after treatments makes a big difference, and this DIY soothing lotion has some amazing smelling essential oils in them to help remind me friend of the amazing time we had at the beach while she’s getting primped and prepped in our dark Chicago winter.
The DIY soothing lotion didn’t take long to make, and having snuck some for myself, I can vouch for how amazingly soft it makes my legs – especially after I use my Flash&Go. The cocoa butter in it softens my skin beautifully and helps ensure that I don’t have any adverse reaction. And it just flat out smells great and makes my (soon to be fully) hairless legs feel even softer and smoother.
DIY Soothing Lotion
Making the DIY soothing lotion is a piece of cake. Truly, all you need is a bit of patience. When you first melt together your ingredient – the cocoa butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax – you need to keep the heat down low as all melt at fairly low temperatures and you don’t want to burn or overheat any of the ingredients.
Once everything is most of the way melted, pull it off the stove and stir until the last bits are smoothly incorporated. Then comes the tough part. You have to wait for it to start to solidify.
I put mine in the fridge for 20 minutes then brought it out to stir it and repeated that twice more. At that point, it was starting to solidify more – and it’s amazing how fast it goes from a liquid you’re stirring to that exact temperature where it’s suddenly a solid! – and I began to whip it to incorporate more air so that it would be easier to spread as it cooled more fully.
One of the coolest things I loved watching while making this DIY soothing lotion was how it changed colors from a variety of pale yellows and whites to dark yellow to almost white again as I whipped in more air. Once it had fully cooled and whipped up nicely, I added the essential oils. I didn’t want to burn them off while heating the ingredients and also wanted to ensure they wouldn’t disperse before I finished making the DIY soothing lotion.
Once my oils were added – and I chose a lovely tangerine oil, though I almost went eucalyptus, which has great soothing properties, as well – I placed it in a small mason jar for easy application and covered it tightly. This DIY soothing lotion will stay perfect for the next few months, though I’m guessing it won’t last nearly that long.
The scent of the tangerine coupled with the light fragrance of the cocoa butter is the perfect reminder that we need to pamper ourselves, which is exactly the idea I want to get across with my gift. The Silk’n Flash&Go is a great gift idea. And I mean a great gift idea whether for yourself or for someone else. I have been known to wrap up my own gifts and put them under the tree, to the surprise of my family when I open something they didn’t purchase for me.
- 4 oz cocoa butter
- 2 oz coconut oil
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 1/2 oz beeswax
- 10-20 drops essential oil
- In a heavy pan over low heat, gently melt your cocoa butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax. Stir regularly until almost all the way melted then remove from the heat and stir until all oils are melted and incorporated.
- Place in your fridge for 20 minutes, then remove and stir. Repeat and use a mixer to whip this and incorporate air. Start on low speed and move up in speed as it gets whipped up.
- Add essential oils and whip again to ensure they are incorporated throughout.
- Place in a tightly sealed mason jar or other nonporous container. Use immediately or store for up to three months.
I’m finally getting into the spirit of Christmas thanks to this gift idea – honest, it wasn’t until making this that I could stand to listen to Christmas music, and that’s just not like me! Of course I had to find a way to make the mason jar with the DIY soothing lotion even more special, so I created a fun gift tag printable you can use that also shares how to use the lotion.
In fact, I had so much fun putting this together that I may end up picking up another 2 Flash&Go products to create two more gifts with the DIY soothing lotion. After all, that’s another $50 for me to spend at Kohl’s or Bed Bath and Beyond, remember? That offer? Super easy to use. And yep, I (and you!) can use it up to three times!
- Purchase Silk’n Flash&Go at Bed Bath & Beyond or Kohl’s in store or online.
- Go to keepongifting.com and upload a copy of your receipt.
- Receive a $25 gift card to the retailer of your choice and be entered to win a trip for 2 to Aruba.
Think this might be something you might put under the tree for yourself or someone else? It’s so easy to gift the gift of smoother, softer skin – and this works for both men and women, by the way – with Flash&Go from Bed Bath and Beyond or Kohl’s.