I always have a jar in my kitchen and one in my bathroom, but this year I thought it would be a great idea to make some extra to give as Christmas gifts.
Body and Hand Scrubs.
You will find a bunch of different versions online but they're so easy to make that soon you'll be able to take the general idea and add whatever scent you wish to yours.
One of the things that seems to be the most debated is about the shelf life when it comes to some especially the Lemon Sugar Scrub, but I've never had a problem with it going bad, truth be told it doesn't last a long time in my house, I use the heck out of these.
Lemon Sugar Scrub
2 and a 1/2 Cups of Sugar
1 Cup of Olive Oil
4 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
Spoon into mason jars and close tight making sure it's sealed properly.
You can keep these in a dark place and out of the sun, it will stay for quite a while.
IF you are worried about it's shelf life because of the lemon juice, you can also refrigerate it :) After sitting for a bit, you may need to give it a good shake or mix it with a spoon as the sugar may settle. If you find that the olive oil is too strong for your liking, add a little more lemon juice and you can even add in a little peppermint essential oil......lemon and peppermint smell divine together.
Instructions: Apply a small amount to hands over the sink so it doesn't make a mess. Rub into hands for a minute or so, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Hands will be silky smooth and smell amazing.
I made some labels, printed them out and then tore the edges before applying with mod podge, you can see that the paper is still wet on these pics. These make really cute gifts :)
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Body Scrub
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, making sure to mix everything well.
Spoon into mason jars and seal well. These last a really long time, about 6 months, but honestly I don't know if they'll sit around that long once you try it out. :) Just be sure not to let water into the container because it may cause bacterial growth.
To use, scrub all over your body when taking a shower or bath.
For more ideas on different scrubs, check out Tip Junkie's list.