Looking for a fun, homemade gift idea? Sugar scrub is easy and inexpensive to make, and it’s sure to be a gift your friends will actually use.
While this is not actually a food recipe, it is technically edible. I wouldn’t recommend eating it, as it wouldn’t taste very good, but it is comprised entirely of natural products.
Being a full-time mom makes finding the time to get a pedicure quite challenging. The last couple of times I’d had a spa appointment, I went to a place that made their own sugar scrubs. They even offered daily “specials”…throwing things like mandarin oranges into the scrub. Really I think it was just a gimmick they used to justify charging so much, but who doesn’t love a little pampering?
I decided to try making my own scrub at home. My feet have been thanking me ever since, not that this scrub is only for feet. I like to use it on my legs before shaving. They’ve never been so smooth! It’s also great for elbows and hands. I just wouldn’t recommend using it on your face. I so enjoyed using this scrub I decided to make a bunch to give away during the holidays.
If you find this scrub too coarse for your liking, you can try brown sugar or table salt instead. They have a finer grain than granulated sugar.
- 5 ounces light olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vitamin E oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 drops of essential oil (lavender or peppermint are both great options)
- 1/2 vanilla bean pod (you need about a week for this one)
- Pour the olive oil into a small glass bowl. Make sure it’s light or extra light olive oil. Extra virgin has a wonderfully fruity aroma, but this isn’t the place for it. Save it for your salad.
- If you’re using the vanilla bean, cut the pod in half lengthwise and put it in the bowl with the oil. Cover and let sit for one week. Remove the pod, scrape out the beans and stir them into the oil. Discard the pod.
- If you’re using essential oil, add a few drops to the oil in the bowl. No waiting necessary!
- Stir in the vitamin E oil and glycerine, then the sugar. Store in clean glass or plastic jars.
- To use, just scoop out a spoonful and rub it into dry areas of your skin either with a facecloth or body poof. Then rinse it off. Be careful if you get into the shower after…your feet will be slippery!
This recipe will make around 9 or 10 ounces of scrub. It’s easily scaleable if you want to make it to give away as gifts. I used 8-ounce glass jars I found in the canning section at the grocery store. The extra I kept for myself. You can find the vitamin E oil, glycerine and a variety of essential oils at most natural food stores or online.
Below are the labels I created for the scents I used, but don’t feel limited to just these. There are endless fragrance options! I had some leftover vanilla and lavender scrub after making a few gift batches, so I mixed them together. It is by far my favorite scent! Transfer the scrub in half-pint mason jars and top with a pretty label and maybe a bow, and I promise your friends will thank you!
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