Homemade gifts are a top priority in my Christmas gift giving this year. Gifts for pampering the recipient are my favorite to make. This homemade sugar scrub is inexpensive and delightful. After you scrub your hands or tired aching feet with this scrub, your skin will feel revitalized and refreshed… not to mention, ultra smoooooooth! The first sugar scrub I ever received was from my friend Shannon who lives in Idaho. I hoarded that stuff like a mad-woman and vowed to make my own someday. I started with Lemon Sugar Scrub this spring, it was so invigorating! Now onto mint, of course! (And I do have one significant reason.)
For my pig farming friends… ever have trouble getting that stubborn ‘piggy-smell’ off of your hands (or your kids’ hands)? Well here’s a little secret, peppermint is the Old-Wives-Tale cure for attacking the glorious smell of pig-manure.
Many of our friends use Peppermint Shampoo to remove the scent from their hair. Try this scrub for your hands and see if it helps. (*I’m not promising a miracle here, but it does help for sure!)
Buy cute little jars that have wide mouths for easy access to the scrub. (A tall jar with a traditional sized lid will leave you digging at the bottom of the jar with a cereal spoon to snag the rest of the scrub.)
This recipe will make 4 jars of sugar scrub, for use on hands and arms, feet and legs. There are tons of sugar scrub recipes on the internet, I just threw this one together with what I had on hand today. The color of the scrub was inspired by my Cream Cheese Mints… crazy.
Here’s the recipe, and below are a few pictures.
Homemade Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub
6 C granulated sugar
1 C vegetable oil, coconut oil, light olive oil, jojoba oil, etc.
2 tsp vanilla flavoring or extract (you can also substitute essential oils here 5-8 drops)
1 tsp peppermint extract (you can also substitute essential oils here 3-5 drops)
*I use extracts because it is what I have on hand regularly in my kitchen.
6 drops green food coloring
3 drops of blue food coloring (no worries, the color will not get on your hands. Omit if desired)
Combine all ingredients, spoon into small jars, seal tightly. Label jar accordingly. Makes enough for 4 small (squatty) large mouthed mason jars.
Optional: Add a few pumps of Peppermint or Vanilla hand soap to each jar if you’d like.
When ready to use, wet hands, then scrub a couple of tablespoons of the mixture into your hands. Use special attention and scrub well on the areas that need exfoliating. Rinse with warm water, pat dry with a towel.
Ready to be mixed… be sure to mix WELL. (I only made 1 jar’s worth here.)
Isn’t it gorgeous?
My little helper has a birthday tomorrow, he will be 3.
Happy birthday big boy.