hosting a make and take with friends

Make and takes are a great way to get together with friends and get crafty. They can take a bit of work to put together but in all that I’ve done, I’ve never seen someone who has looked sad to be there. Everyone has a great time and makes what they want. I charge for materials for my make & takes. Feel free to be generous and pay for supplies if you want to have a crafty night with friends and you’re able to financially do so. Per Young Living’s policies, you can’t charge for the essential oils. Because of that, I add up the cost of the bottles, labels, etc plus my time to prepare and that is the cost that I apply to each item or event as a whole if there is a flat fee.

I’ve done make and takes a few different ways: 1) a list of items to choose from, make whatever you want in whatever quantities and each item is priced individually or 2) we have X number of items to make, you make them all for a flat fee. Both work well, it just depends on what you want to do and how much prep you want to have.

The first thing you want to do is decide what type of make & take you want to have. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • themed rollerball make & take – kids, overall wellness, massage oils, romance
  • gift giving make & take – sugar scrubs, bath salts, Thieves cleaner, rollers, invisible gum, bathtub scrub, travel bed spray
  • immune system make & take – Thieves cleaner, hand spray, immunity roller, throat spray

You want to make sure that you have the recipes somewhere to make it easy for your attendees. I normally make little tent cards with cardstock with the recipes on it to place by each “station”. People can take a picture with their phone of the recipes so they can remake them later. If I’m doing a larger rollerball class – for example I have done a class where you make 10 rollers for a flat fee – then they get the whole sheet of recipes to take home.

Some of my favorite resources for make and take supplies are:

Now let’s get to the recipes. These are some tried and true favorites from make & takes I’ve held at my house:

  • sugar scrub – 1c organic sugar, 3T fractionated coconut oil, 2T olive oil, 6 drops essential oil. Combine, adding more olive or coconut oil until it’s the consistency that you want. Add to a glass jar and use a small scoop to scrub your hands, elbows and feet.
  • bath salts – 1.5c epsom salt + 1/2c baking soda + 6-8 drops essential oil. Blend and use 1/2c-1c in your running bath water. I love storing mine in empty NingXia Red bottles or ball glass jars.
  • makeup remover – 1T coconut oil, 3 drops non-toxic shampoo, water – fill a 4oz glass bottle. Shake gently then apply with a cotton pad to remove makeup. You don’t have to rinse.
  • foaming hand soap – 2T castille soap, 8 drops essential oil, water.
  • Thieves household cleaner (by far the easiest DIY) – 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and water in an 8oz or larger spray bottle. Shake and spray.
  • invisible gum – 2-3 drops Peppermint Vitality in a mini spray bottle. Shake & spray in mouth.
  • happy roller blend – 10 drops of Joy blend, Bergamot and Grapefruit essential oil, fill the rest of the bottle with carrier oil.
  • sleepy roller blend – 10 drops of Frankincense, Bergamot and Cedarwood (or Lavender) essential oil and fill the bottle with carrier oil.

Have a great time creating with friends! Leave a comment with your favorite make and take ideas and recipes!

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