This time of year I love giving little homemade gifts to friends and neighbors. This year I made peppermint sugar scrubs and packaged them in the empty Oui yogurt jars that I'd been saving over the summer and fall. The lids were ordered online here and were the only real expense I had for this project. I already had everything I needed - the coconut oil, sugar and essential oils. The candy canes were left over from my gingerbread houses and the greens were from my yard. I calculated that each little filled jar cost just under $1.75 to make. They were quick and easy and I was able to whip up a batch in just a few minutes and the best part was I already had everything I needed.
Here's how I did it.
Combine 2 cups of granulated white sugar to 1/2 cup of softened coconut oil. This time of year the coconut oil is pretty solid so I microwaved it for about 45 seconds to get it to a liquid state. To that I added about six drops of peppermint essential oils (you can substitute lavender, lemon or any essential oil that you like). How much oil you add is up to you, but peppermint is a strong fragrance and I find I get a nice effect with just a few drops. Definitely add more if you want. Once the three ingredients are thoroughly combined, spoon into clean, dry jars and cover with tight fitting lids. Embellish and label as desired. You can even tie on a tiny spoon if you want.
That's all there is to it. So easy and sugar scrubs are great to exfoliate dry winter skin, either in the shower or bath. The coconut oil leaves your skin super soft, smooth and hydrated and the peppermint is a refreshing, festive touch. I even exfoliate my face with it.
I popped some broken candy cane pieces in the top of the jars just for fun.
If you want to make them extra Christmassy, you can color half of the sugar mixture with two drops or so of red food coloring then alternately layer the mixtures in the jars for a candy cane effect.
Pinterest has lots of ideas for making sugar scrubs using lots of different fragrance combinations.
I love quick, inexpensive projects like this. Don't you? I hope you'll try it - your friends will love you for it.
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