Friday, December 12, 2008

Handmade Christmas presents - love your pets!

When you're handing out the prezzies, don't forget about your pets! Every year we make sure we wrap some jerky or a toy for our furry baby, and she's always pleased with her present (which she promptly eats or chews to death). So here are a few ideas for keeping your favourite pet happy for the Christmas season!

Don't use this with other animals. They don't like to be sprayed. Use on yourself, though. It's nice.

50 ml water
0.5 ml fragrance oil
0.5 ml polysorbate 20.

Add fragrance oil to your bottle. Add polysorbate 20. Pour water into the bottle. Shake well. Make a cute label. Use.

Please don't use essential oils unless you really know a lot about them. Dogs don't like citrus scents, and cats can't have essential oils -- they're very sensitive to scents.


3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1 - 2 tablespoons ground lavender (optional)
essential oil or fragrance oil - 15 to 20 drops per batch

Measure your ingredients. Mix well in a small bowl. Add essential oils. Leave at least 30 minutes before using. Sprinkle some in your animal's hair, then brush through. Silky soft or what? You can also use this on carpets where your pet might have been or in his/her bed or other animal related place.

If you can get a shaker bottle (Voyageur, Soap & Suds, and Aquarius all carry them), then put them into a nice bottle and label it with your pet's name on it. If you can't get a shaker bottle, check out the dollar stores for a big salt shaker or spice shaker. That's always nice.

Finally, this recipe seems to last forever on a small dog like our Blondie (see cuteness above), so you can always make half a batch.

Put the ingredients on the label so if you give it as a present, people will know what's in it. Also, it's fun to make up names for your products -- "Fido's Fragrance Fix" or "Blondie's Coat Smoother" -- so make something cute!

Well, that's it for now! Tune in tomorrow for some more ideas for your handmade Christmas.


Pam said...

Hi Susan,

Do you make your own dog shampoo?


Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Pam. I don't because I've read so much about the pH of dog's skin (it varies between 7 and 9.5, depending upon where on the body you test) that I worry if I'm not making it right.