I have always been a fan of sugar scrubs. They exfoliate while moisturizing and there are no crazy chemicals involved. In fact, this is one of the simplest things I have ever set out to make.
Tomorrow is Lily Bean’s LAST day of her first year of preschool. *Sniff* Her teacher and teacher’s aide have been absolutely divine. They have given her the most wonderful year – and truly built a great foundation for her to enjoy future years of school.
I poured through different ideas when trying to decide on an end of the year gift and time after time, various bath and body items kept popping up. I finally settled on sugar scrub because I know how much I enjoy it.
You will need:
- Olive Oil (I used Newman’s Own Organic EVOO – don’t know that it really matters)
- White Sugar
- Essential Oils (Optional)
- Jars with screw-on lids (I used half pint sized canning jars.)
How to make:
- I made three different scented scrubs – lemon, lavender and peppermint. To avoid any “scent contamination” I mixed each scent in its own cup with its own spoon.
- I have seen some sugar scrub recipes call for 1 part sugar to 2 parts EVOO. I like my scrub to be a little thicker, grittier. I used equal parts sugar and oil. You can play around with your mixture until you achieve your desired consistency. If you like a super gritty texture, use 1 part EVOO to 2 parts sugar.
- To make one half pint jar of scrub, I first added 1/3 cup of EVOO.
- Then I added 1/3 cup of white sugar to the EVOO and mixed it together.
- Next, I added a few drops (no more than 1/4 of a TEAspoon) of essential oil.
- Mix all this goodness together and you’ll get a consistency that looks like this:
- Pour scrub into your jar and screw on the lid.
- That’s it!
- To use scrub: Stir mixture. Scoop out some scrub and rub lightly onto hands or body (avoid face). Rinse/pat dry.
- Finished products:
- I made my own labels in Photoshop which I am uploading for you in case you’d like to use them. These work best with 2″ printable labels – I used Avery Labels 22817.
- Package your scrub however you’d like – or give it as is. Either way, you’ll have a super cute gift!
- I found a cheap basket on sale at Michael’s and nestled the jars into paper shred.
- We added some gold star confetti for that extra little “teacher” touch:
- We found painted wooden apples (also at Michael’s) and wrote each teacher’s name using a metallic silver Sharpie marker.
- I couldn’t find a wooden spoon ANYWHERE that was “just right” so Biker Bob (amazing man that he is) MADE me two spoons – cutting and then sanding them out of balsa wood. Genius.
This scrub will keep at room temperature for about a year.
I’d love to hear about other variations you have made – share in the comments section!