I'm going to share with you guys one of my favorite ideas that I've been doing for years. This is something that you can do for yourself, as a gift for your vegan friends, or really, for any of your friends. It makes a super cute and thoughtful small gift for any occasions. Here's what you're going to need, as you can see below: an empty PocketBac from Bath and Body Works (or any container, be creative), lotion of your choice, and hand sanitizer of your choice.
As you guys already know, because of my OCD, I am forever using hand sanitizer, and because of my constant hand washing, hand lotion is my BFF. In addition to that, Halloween is by far my favorite holiday ever. Halloween is a lifestyle. I am Halloween lol. So, this Franken Kitty PocketBac container is perfect for me!
You can use whichever lotion you choose. I chose Jason's brand Cocoa Butter, which is one of my favorites. The scent is really awesome, and it moisturizes really well. You can also use whichever hand sanitizer you choose. As for me, I use a few, but for this, I prefer a gel versus my CleanWell Spray one. This brand is Everyone by EO Products, and the scent is Coconut + Lemon, which really adds a nice scent with the Cocoa Butter. They mix really well together.
Sadly, as some of you may or may not know, Bath and Body Works is not vegan. And by not vegan, I mean they have NOTHING vegan. I'm pretty disappointed by that. I contacted them when I first went vegan, and was the response I received:
Case # 3729016
We appreciate you taking the time to contact us in regards to the products that we offer.
In answer to your question, at this time none of our products are classified as vegan, kosher, or halal. However, we certainly welcome you to review the product ingredients to determine whether or not they are fitting for you.
If we can be of any further assistance, please reply to this email or contact us at 1-800-395-1001, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
Customer Relations Representative
Bath & Body Works
I wrote them back about how disappointed I was, and how I was so surprised that a company as big as them wouldn't at least carry a vegan line. I don't give them my money anymore, not even on gifts for other people. However, a lot of people still buy me stuff from their store, such as the PocketBac you see above, because of it's cute Halloween theme and design. Of course, it's the thought that counts and I still appreciate that. Because I can't use them as their intended, doesn't mean that I won't repurpose them! I am a huge fan of reusing and repurposing. I always suggest you at least try one of those options instead of just throwing something out.
So, what do I do with those three ingredients? I make my own mix of hand sanitizing lotion to carry with me on my purse anytime I need it! Here's a step by step on how I do it!
First, I start by dumping the product down the drain. Then, I start cleaning the container. I'm really thorough when I clean both the container and the lid because I don't want any product left in my container for when I use it. I use a Q-Tip to clean out the lid really good and scrub the crevices. I also use a Q-Tip for the container but it's a little too short, so I make due as best I can with that. Then, I fill up the container with hot soap water, shake the bottle vigorously using my finger to prevent any leaks, to really clean the bottle. You may need to do this a few times to make sure it's all clean! Side note: Be cautious as to avoid getting a lot of water on the label because you don't want the label to peel off or get messed up.
Once the bottle is all clean, I take a paper towel or tissues and twist it into the bottle to try and dry it as best I can. If you're not in a rush, you can just allow it to air dry. Either way is fine. If there's still a few drops of water left (mine has some left), don't worry about it. Now, you're ready to fill it!
As you can see above, I used my lotion bottle to fill this container. Something you want to remember when you use something with a small opening like this PocketBac bottle, it's a pain in the booty using the lotion bottle itself. The lotion gets stuck to the side of the opening, and you can only get a drop in before you have to bang the bottle on the table to move the product down, and repeat the process over and over. It takes forever this way. Instead, I would suggest taking a baggie, fill it with as much lotion as you think you'll need, and cut a small hole in the corner of the baggie, kind of like you do when you're piping icing onto a cupcake. If you have some lotion left when you're done, just squeeze the remainder back into the lotion tube itself.
You need to have enough hand sanitizer that it's effective, but not too much that it becomes watery. I have a method I have perfected to get the exact consistency I like. It's all about layers. I apply a small layer of lotion, like half a centimeter, and then 4 drops of hand sanitizer, then I shake to mix them together. You need to bang the product on the table a few different times throughout this process to get the product down the bottom of the container.
You just wanna keep repeating the layering and shaking process until the container is full. Here's the finished product:
Voila! Your ready to keep your hands sanitized and moisturized; whenever, wherever! These make not only great gifts, but great bridal shower or wedding favors! Whatever your theme is, Bath and Body Works has something for every season. I know they have sales like 5 for $5, which is a good deal. Or, you can buy cute travel containers at Target and customize them yourself. The possibilities are endless. You can use your own creativity to make it uniquely yours.
Not only is it a good idea, but it can be a pretty cost effective one too, especially if you're making them in bulk for holiday stocking stuffers, or for favors. An 8 oz. bottle of Jason's lotion retails for $7.99. Each PocketBac is 1 oz., but you use a little less than 1 oz. of lotion because you use the hand sanitizer too. The hand sanitizer retails for $3 and is 2 oz.
In addition to the cost effectiveness, and the creative idea, it's heart felt. I, as a vegan, like to share my vegan stuff with non-vegans to show them how compassion can be better than the traditional route. This gift is uniquely mine, and I like to share a little part of me with those I care about.
And be creative with it! You could use vegan body wash, shampoo, conditioner; you could make a vegan travel basket. The possibilities are endless! If you decide to try this, please let me know your experiences with it! I would love to hear them!