I promised an article about a non-edible way to use your pumpkin pie spice so here it is… homemade body scrubs!
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub
The DIY monster in me came alive again last week when I found a beautiful site featuring an article on making your own pumpkin spice sugar scrub. I remembered purchasing a similar body scrub for my sister a few years ago from Bath & Body Works that was priced between $15-$20! Knowing how much money I was about to save, I very quickly whipped up a batch, transferred it to a repurposed container, and labeled it with a cute tag (downloadable from the link above).
My mom was the lucky recipient of this fabulous spicy scrub. It smells good enough to spread on a slice of homemade bread, but DON’T – it’s not meant for consumption! :)
Moisturize and exfoliate
With cold weather approaching this moisturizing and exfoliating scrub will make a killer gift this winter. It was so simple that I began to experiment using different sugars, Epsom salt, a variety of carrier oils, and essential oils. Feel free to get creative and fancy when making these scrubs; here is the basic recipe I used to make a few batches:
Basic body scrub recipe
- 2 cups Epsom salts or sugar – use organic cane sugar, brown sugar, or regular granulated (where to buy salts, sugars, and spices)
- 1 cup carrier oil – grapeseed, olive, sweet almond, sesame, and safflower are all good (where to buy high quality carrier oils)
- 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (where to buy 100% pure essential oils)
Add Epsom salts or sugar to a bowl and slowly begin stirring in the oil until mixture is smooth, but not goopy. (You may not need the full cup of oil.) Add essential oil and any other fun additions and mix well. Spoon into a decorative container or canning jar with a tight-fitting lid.
I used this recipe to make a Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub (use vanilla essential oil or 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract), Lemon Salt Scrub, and a Grapefruit Mint Salt Scrub. I can’t wait to make several more batches and experiment with some more scents including peppermint, lemon-eucalyptus, and sweet orange-lavender.
Tips & Ideas
The yummy concoctions you can create are limitless. Note: Olive oil is not the best carrier oil for some body scrub formulas because it has a strong fragrance. If you think olive oil will be overpowering in a delicately scented body scrub, choose one of the other carrier oils.
I also love being able to use different sugars or Epsom salts – mainly because I had a huge bag of Epsom salts under the bathroom sink that was not getting used. (My organic cane sugar is not cheap!) Choose sugar for a fine grain, and Epsom salts for a larger grain body scrub.
I even pulled out my craft supplies to create some fancy tags for my hand-crafted body scrubs. The oil will separate in some of these scrubs, so it’s a good idea to attach a small spoon if giving away as a gift.
In addition to my mom receiving one of these as a “just because” gift, I was able to give two body scrubs as birthday gifts this week, and another as a housewarming gift! I think these luxurious body scrubs will make the PERFECT holiday gift for friends and family. They are so simple to throw together, make a beautiful addition to a gift basket, and are great as a stand-alone gift.
Give hand scrubs to a hard working friend to keep by the kitchen sink or a pampering body scrub to use in the bathtub. Mix up a few of these this holiday season to give away as last minute I-didn’t-know-you-were-getting-me-something gifts. You will look ultra-prepared, crafty, AND thoughtful!