Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas DIY: Sugar Scrubs!

The holidays are upon us and if you’re like me, you’ve had your moments of being overjoyed and also moments of being overwhelmed. Like every year, I started off by declaring that my gift list would be short and only include a few children. And like every year, the list grew to include adult relatives, teachers, and friends. I decided to make gifts more meaningful and inexpensive this year by creating some of them myself. I recruited my children to help make their (numerous) teacher gifts.

I am not the most creative person in the world, so I recycled a recipe I learned from the fabulous Karen Peters at one of her blending workshops. We made candy cane scented sugar scrubs for the teachers and packaged them with a little poem that explained how to use them and also some chocolate covered peppermint sticks. We used finely ground pure cane sugar purchased from our local grocery store and added a blend of olive, grapeseed, and avocado oils. Then we scented the scrub with a couple of drops of candy cane fragrance oil. It smelled absolutely edible! The teachers loved the unique gifts and I can defintely say that they were a hit!