9th Week of Christmas – Sugar Scrub with MVP

Naptime Gnome Idea #15

Good Enough to Eat – Hand and Body Scrub! DSCN7677

If you’re looking for a homemade gift that is sure to please, you can’t go wrong with bath products! Handmade soaps are fun, but more welcomed in our dry desert winters are oil-based salt or sugar scrubs!  These fabulous holiday goodies from the kitchen smell amazing, and some are literally good enough to eat, but your friends and family will love smearing them all over their bodies instead… less calories… better on the figure! 🙂 We thought we’d share our most popular, not to mention easiest, holiday recipe: Snickerdoodle Cookie Winter Hand Scrub. The coconut oil leaves dry skin moisturized, while the sugar gently buffs away loose skin cells, leaving a glistening glow in its wake. Sweet and spicy ingredients from the cupboards make this invigorating scrub easy and inexpensive to whip up even in a pinch!

Recipe (makes ~20 oz., shown below in 5, 4 oz. jars)

  • 2 Cups Sugar (split and do 1 Cup Brown Sugar and 1 Cup Refined Sugar if you like, for a warmer scented scrub)
  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil in liquid form (olive oil or a blend of both is great too – this substitute reduces cost a bit if that’s a concern… or if you just don’t happen to have enough)
  • 2 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ground Cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Sesame Oil

If your coconut oil is solid… as mine usually is in the Winter, just chuck a bit in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or set some in a measuring cup by the stove while you do your holiday cooking.  Just be sure to only melt as much as you need, frequent heating can significantly shorten its shelf-life and compromise its health benefits.

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Mix ingredients until well blended.

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Scoop into jars. DSCN7668Close. Seal if you like. A few of mine are destined for travel, so I wrapped the lip in a bit of Teflon Tape (also placed the finished product in ziploc bags, then wrapped in packing paper).DSCN7670

Make up some labels.DSCN7669

The included labels can be printed on business card stock… folded in half…DSCN7667 and attached using jute twine, string, and/or ribbon.DSCN7676

Though the labels for this recipe are included, but don’t let that stop you from tweaking the recipe and making it yours!  No coconut oil on the shelves? No problem! Olive oil, grape seed oil or a blend of your faves will work great!  Do you have a rock-hard block of brown sugar taunting you in the pantry? Chuck it in the microwave for 30 seconds and add a bit instead of white sugar! Not crazy about cinnamon? Ditch it and go with a gingerbread scrub instead!  If you’ve been looking to get rid of that monster canister of salt, and you’re all salt-doughed out, do a quick online search for salt scrubs.  Or if sweet scents simply aren’t your thing, there are oodles of options out there from crisp citrus to luxurious lavender, or go savory with rosemary or sage, if you need some recipe ideas check out some of the great links below!

NOTE: As with any recipe, food and contact allergies are always a concern. If you or your intended recipients have any known allergies to any of the ingredients, avoid them.  If you do not know if your skin will tolerate any of the ingredients, leave them out, or do a small skin test prior to using on a large area. If you are unsure of your friend’s and family’s allergies, be sure to include the ingredients so they can check for any concerns prior to use.

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