Homemade: Lavender Sugar Scrub

If you’ve been reading, you know that my first full craft set (and set of posts!) on the blog has been featuring the sugar scrubs I made with Mike’s 12 year old sister last week.

In just a couple of hours, we made 3 very different flavors of scrubs – Strawberry, Coconut Lime, and Calming Lavender.

Unlike the other two scrubs, to which we made significant changes to their recipes, we were able to follow this one from Lemon Lime Adventures almost to a T.

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This sugar scrub was definitely the simplest. A cup and a half of sugar, a bit over a 1/4 cup of coconut oil, and 25 (not 10, again!) drops of lavender essential oils.  After the extra steps involved in the last 2 scrubs, it was great to just throw these ingredients right into the bowl to finish off a great afternoon of crafting.

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To get this great light purple color, I mixed three drops of red food coloring and two drops of blue. Same packaging as before – twist some gold and silver twine into a bow, and stick a purple post it clipping under packing tape on the top.

Here’s a shareable recipe block below. The nice thing about this scrub was that it was more of an adult’s scrub – it didn’t smell quite so fruity, and it looked like you might be able to sell it at a farmer’s market for $20 a jar. Plus, Casey used this scrub all day, and kept talking about how smooth her hands were after. Of all three scrubs we made, this was definitely my favorite! A great gift, and a treat I’ve now been giving my hands every night before bed.

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Shareable link for our Calming Lavender Sugar Scrub

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Did you miss the first two scrubs we made? Check out our Strawberry Sugar Scrub and Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub to put together a great gift set!

Homemade: Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Hi there! Welcome to the second edition of my sugar scrub craft day with Mike’s sister Casey. Next up? Coconut Lime.

Like with the Strawberry Scrub, we started with a recipe base I found on Pinterest – this recipe from Smashed Peas and Carrots.

Our setup was the same – coconut oil, sugar, and this lime essential oil I bought on Amazon 2 days before.

Instead of simply mixing in the coconut oil, this recipe called for us to melt the oil first. In the spirit of trying all of the different approaches to making the scrubs, we melted a cup of oil to use in this scrub – and it’s a good thing we did! I admit it – adding a whole cup was an oops on my part, since the recipe only called for 1/4! But, this was an experiment day for us, so to make up for the mess up, we used 3 cups of sugar, instead of one, to create the scrub. The whole thing actually worked out great — we had enough to fill all 4 of the jars we set aside for this flavor scrub, and we liked the consistency a lot better with all 3 cups of sugar and the whole cup of coconut oil in the mix.

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We also loved the lime smell – so instead of the 10 drops the original recipe called for, we added 25. At this point, we had decided to give some of these jars as gifts to Casey’s friends, so we wanted them to smell GREAT. This time, we dropped in 3 drops of green food coloring to get this outrageous color, and voila! Just like with the strawberry, we also labelled this mini jar with a green post it clipping, and gave the finishing touches with some gold and silver twine.

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Here’s a shareable recipe block below. Casey thought this would be a great gift for St. Patrick’s Day (Leprechaun Day, as we’ve been calling it) – but I’m a big fan of giving this tropical, bright gift for a summer birthday or hostess gift.

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Shareable recipe for our coconut lime scrub

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Stay tuned for the final post in this 3 part project — a Calming Lavender scrub! Did you miss the first one? Check out our Strawberry Sugar Scrub here

Homemade: Strawberry Sugar Scrub

On Mondays and Tuesdays, Mike’s younger sister Casey stays with us, since she has tennis lessons in our neighborhood Tuesday afternoons. Like any 8th grade kid on summer vacation, things get boring when your friends aren’t around. So we decided that each week or so, we’d do a new craft. This week – sugar scrubs!

On our sugar scrub craft day, we started with the most complicated scrub recipe – the Strawberry Sugar Scrub. I found the base for the recipe on Cookies & Calligraphy, a blog I found through Pinterest, and we got started!

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Along the way, we found out we had to make some adjustments to the recipe we found. The recipe called for freeze dried strawberries, and linked to these Simply Balanced Dried Strawberries on Amazon.  The blog had made it look so easy to crush these strawberries to a fine powder… and it was NOT. Either the product the blog had linked to had changed, or we were supposed to freeze these babies ourselves, but there was no way we were crushing these gummy, dried strawberries to a pulp. Instead, I threw the whole bag into my Ninja food processor until they made a gummy strawberry ball.

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Note the consistency here — it’s not as smooth as it would have been with just 1 cup of oil, or with the powdered freeze dried strawberries. But the end result was great!

Then, we mixed with what the original recipe called for – 1 cup each of sugar and coconut oil, plus a tablespoon of vanilla extract. We found that, because the strawberries didn’t form a powder, we had to add about 3/4 cups more of sugar to get a good consistency scrub. 3 drops of red food coloring for a pinkish glow and we had our very first scrub!

 

As for labels – we didn’t have any special stickers or labels made, but we did have pink post it notes! We simply cut a block from the sticky area, stuck a label the top, and affixed it with a cut of clear packing tape. We ended up wrapping the mason jars in gold and silver twine for the finishing touches.

Here’s a shareable recipe block below. We thought this scrub would make a great gift for Galentine’s Day or Mother’s Day!

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Shareable recipe for our strawberry scrub

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Interested in the other two flavors in our featured images? Check out the recipes for our Coconut Lime Scrub and our Lavender Scrub in the coming days!