Friday, 7 April 2017

Bad weather means I get sidetracked

Earlier this week I posted this picture to instagram by way of explaining why I couldn't finish painting my vanity light:

Rainy days
Well last night things progressed to snow, and this was the view I was greeted by when I got to work this morning:
April 7, 2017
So, you probably assume that I didn't accomplish much last night. 

But you would be WRONG!

I just didn't accomplish anything house-related. 😀

Instead, I made sugar scrubs! So this post is going to be slightly different than usual as I show you what I did to make them.

I love sugar body scrubs. If you want baby soft skin after your shower, while also smelling amazing, sugar body scrubs are the way to go!

My sister-in-law, Breanne (the naturopathic medical intern) has her own website detailing all sorts of health-related tips and guides on living a healthier life.  Shortly before the holidays, she tagged me in one of her posts listing different sugar scrub recipes and that was where I went for reference last night. 
Credit: Breanne Kallonen
Now, I was doing this pretty much on a whim so I didn't have a lot of ingredients to use, otherwise I likely would have made mine look more pretty, but this is what I did have (and used): 

- 2 cups of white sugar (you can use salt, and Breanne recommends organic sugar, but I made do with what I had and that was normal white sugar)
2 cups of sugar

- 1/3 cup of coconut oil (her recipe actually called for 1/4 cup but I grabbed the wrong measuring cup and just went with it)
1/3 cup of coconut oil

- 1/2 cup of olive oil (I used a teeny bit less to compensate for my overzealous use of the coconut oil)
1/2 cup of olive oil

- Essential oils for the smell

It's super easy, pretty much all you do is mix it together!

In hindsight, I would have melted the coconut oil before adding it because it made mixing the scrub slightly more labour-intensive.

Once my mom saw what I was doing, she told me that she wanted some too. But we couldn't agree on a "flavour".  I decided to mix the sugar, coconut oil, and olive oil together first and then divvy out the scrub into smaller mason jars where the essential oils could then be added separately.

I went with 4 different smells.

Also, look at that beautiful mixing bowl I'm using ha ha!
Pretty sure my mom got it when she got married.
Some more hindsight? Use a bigger bowl. I got scrub all over the counter lol
I went through my mom's essential oil collection and picked peppermint and lemongrass for myself. My mom selected lavender and pink grapefruit as her choice. 

If I had thought about doing this earlier, I likely would have added some natural and pretty elements to the scrubs. For example, I would have added mint leaves to the peppermint, lemon zest to the lemongrass, crushed lavender to the lavendar, and grapefruit zest to the pink grapefruit. It just would have made them each a little different and prettier. 

But instead I just used the label maker and called it finished so I could take one and go have a shower. 

A job well done!
My mom is keeping hers by the kitchen sink for her hands after she does dishes. Mine are in the bathroom for when I have a shower. I used peppermint last night and I have to say that it worked BEAUTIFULLY. Except for the label. It fell off from the hot water. I will likely be gluing it back on this evening.

Have you ever tried making your own body scrubs? If so, do you have a favourite smell or recipe? Let me know in the comments :) 

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