Monday, December 9, 2013

Peppermint Sugar Scrub


How are you doing on your Christmas shopping?  Are you typically the person who starts in January and is finished by mid-July?  Or are you the type of person that every year has the best of intentions to start early but end up cramming everything in the week or two before Christmas?
I made the mistake of being in the second category of people a few years ago and swore to myself that I would never put myself through that stress again.  So far, I 've been able to keep that promise I made with myself.  I typically have most of my shopping done by mid-November, with the possibility of having to get a few things here and there between then and December 25th. 

Having all the shopping out of the way allows me to enjoy the weeks and days leading up to Christmas, as well as allows me to have more time in the kitchen.  Which means...more cookies and goodies for my friends, family and co-workers!  I enjoy making homemade gifts family and friends whether it's scarves, trays or boxes of cookies, homemade vanilla. I love being able to give them a little something that I've made, it makes me happy and I can tell it means a lot to them too just knowing that I've taken the time to make a special something just for them.
One of my favorite products is something so simple, but so addicting, it's called Sugar Lips. It's a scrub for your lips, and yes, it's made from sugar. The sugar is just coarse enough to smooth your lips without being too harsh. Ever since I've started using that stuff I've wanted to make a homemade sugar scrub but for one reason or another never have. I guess part of it was the intimidation; I thought it would be a lot harder than it was. Well, I was proven wrong. 
I came across this homemade sugar scrub on The Gunny Sack, I read the recipe and was shocked when I saw the process and ingredients.  Just a few simple, common ingredients is all it called for.  Oil of your choice, I used coconut oil, sugar, extract, and food coloring.  That's it.   Melt the coconut oil, add the sugar, extract and coloring and viola.  That's it.  Spoon it into containers or mason jars, add a little ribbon and that's it.  You've got a simple and amazing scrub that would make anyone on your gift list happy.   

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
1 1/2-2 Cups sugar
2 1/2 Tsp peppermint extract
Food coloring, if desired

Directions:

Place coconut oil in a medium, microwave-safe bowl and heat for 15-20 seconds, until the oil is in a liquid state.  Add the sugar, peppermint extract, and food coloring (if using) and stir to combine, making sure all ingredients are evenly mixed and food color is evenly distributed.

Spoon into containers.  Decorate with twine or ribbon.

Recipe source: slightly adapted from The Gunny Sack

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