I’ve always loved giving homemade gifts for holidays, birthdays, special occasions, and for no particular reason at all. This year for the holidays, I decided to only give handmade gifts. All the ladies in my family received Organic Brown Sugar & Vanilla Body Scrub. It was easy to whip up, smelled good enough to eat (and frankly it was), and made my dry winter skin super-soft. Here’s my recipe:
1/2 cup organic dark brown sugar
1/2 cup organic sugar
4 Tablespoons organic coconut oil
2 Tablespoons organic olive oil (you can use less olive and more coconut oil, which is a liquid above 75°, if you are fortunate enough to live somewhere that is perpetually tropical)
1/2 of a Madagascar vanilla bean OR 15 drops of vanilla essential oil
6 Vitamin E capsules
1. Mix the sugars, oils, and vitamin E in a bowl.
2. Mix in the vanilla essential oil if you are using it. If using the vanilla bean instead, cut the half into 2 or 3 pieces and stick the pieces into your mixture to allow the vanilla to infuse into the sugar. (Another option if you plan ahead is to slice the bean in half and stick it in your sugar for a few weeks to infuse)
3. Pour your scrub into a container of your choosing and prepare for silky soft skin.
If you are not sure what to do with your leftover vanilla beans, the Two Tarts blog which I’ve recently discovered has some great suggestions that I’m looking forward to trying. Among my favorites are their recipes for homemade vanilla extract & vanilla sugar, which is as simple as burying your beans in your sugar bowl for one week or longer.
I couldn’t have pulled off the making or gifting of this scrub without the help of Rebecca’s Apothecary, where I purchased the containers for the scrub as well as the vanilla beans I used in it. After making this scrub and my homemade peppermint lip balm, I can’t imagine ever living somewhere without a local apothecary. Hopefully I won’t ever have to! If you can find such a place in your area, check it out and tell me about it. I’d love to hear about where you source your ingredients from! If you don’t have a local supplier, I’ve listed my favorites below in the “Resources for this Project” section. Happy scrubbing!
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