Dec 7, 2011
Project Handmade Christmas Presents: Sugar Scrubs
The little handmade gifts are the easiest to put together, but sometimes the hardest to come up with. I especially struggle with what to make for the teachers in our lives. I want to make sure that it isn't a typical teacher gift. I try really hard to think of something that I would love if I were a teacher. Last year I did THIS. Since I can't give them a trip to Hawaii for rest and relaxation, I thought some relaxation and pampering for their busy hands would make an acceptable substitution.
I knew I wanted to make some handmade sugar scrub this year. So for Project Handmade Christmas Presents I am sharing a simple how-to on handmade sugar scrub.
I looked and looked all over the blogosphere for different recipes. There might be TONS out there. They range from the super easy and simple to pull together, to the intricate and supply intensive. All of the recipes looked delightful, but I was really hoping to find something that could be pulled together from items in my pantry.
So let's make some Lemon Sugar Scrub.
What you need:
2 1/2 cups of white sugar
1 cup of olive oil
4 TBS of Lemon juice
First mix the sugar and the oil in a bowl. Stir until well combined.
Then you will add the lemon juice. I used fresh squeezed because that is what I had. If you have lemon juice in the cute little plastic lemon you can use that too.
Mix the scrub until everything is well combined. No your scrub will not be brown like in the picture below. That is for a different scrub that I will share at the end of this post. I just forgot to take a picture of the lemon scrub at this stage. This is about the consistency you are looking for.
Then using a spoon, divide your scrub into jars. I used the teeny tiny jars I had left over from these. A piece of advice for ya....do not fill the jars this full. The oil kept creeping out of the lid.
Put the lids on.
You can just leave them like this.
They sure are lovely just in this simple packaging.
Or you can add a sticker label to the top. You can add some fabric or ribbon to the jar. You can add a tag. Anything you want to do you can. On the Lemon Sugar Scrub I just added a sticker label to the top using my Silhouette.
Now I did make one more smaller batch of another scrub. I only had enough on hand to make a small batch, but I for sure will be hitting the store and making more of this scrub too.
Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub
You will need:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup-3/4 cups olive oil
1-2 tsp of vanilla (your preference)
Mix sugars until well combined. Then slowly add oil, starting with smaller amount. If you need to add more then add all. Mix until well combined. Then add vanilla.
Package. Make pretty. Use. Or giveaway.
Now you have two simple recipes for the gift of pampering and relaxation for those busy, hard-working ladies in your life.
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