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DIY Sugar Scrub Gift

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This holiday season we’ve partnered with some of our favorite bloggers who will be showing you new and inspirational ways to bring the holidays home.

We’ve all been there. Someone unexpected springs up on your gift list and you need a last-minute idea. We’ve partnered with Kim and Scott Vargo, founder of the Yellow Brick Home, to create a beautiful DIY sugar scrub gift, just in the nick of time.

Like many, I have a sincere love of all things holiday. Scott makes me wait until at least after Thanksgiving before I can turn on the Christmas music, but little does he know, I sneak it in while I’m at work (and he’s not around)!

When I think of the next handful of weeks, I think of the friends that will be visiting, the family we’ll see and the evenings we spend decorating our home in all things glitter and gold. It’s also around this time that we start brainstorming gift ideas, and we always like to have one present on hand that can be given at a moment’s notice. You know, for the time that your sweet neighbor brings you a platter of cookies? This year, I practiced the art of the DIY sugar scrub, made extra special when topped with an ornament!

DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe

I love this DIY for its simplicity and low cost, and it’s perfect for the winter months – just massage a small amount onto dry skin, rinse thoroughly and pat dry. For this sugar scrub recipe, I gathered enough ingredients to fill four small glass canisters. I even ended up with a small amount leftover, which I’ve been storing in a jar by the kitchen sink.

Here’s what you’ll need to make four of sugar scrub gifts:

  • Four small glass canisters
  • Large mixing bowl and fork
  • 8 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups of organic coconut oil
  • 20 drops of essential lavender oil
  • 12 to 14 drops of essential peppermint oil

To make, I mixed the sugar and coconut oil together using a fork, which I found to be the most helpful in combining the two. The consistency will look like a thick, gritty toothpaste. You don’t want it to be too runny! I recommend starting with four cups of sugar and one cup of oil, then adding more of each until you are satisfied.

I went with a combination of peppermint and lavender oils to create an invigorating fragrance, but any of your favorite scents will do! In my opinion, this pairing just smells like the holidays — warm and lively all at once.

I chose to contain the scrub in these small glass canisters, as they’re not only beautiful, but the recipient can re-use it once they’ve enjoyed all of the scrub!

A tiny porcelain condiment spoon also makes an adorable way to scoop the sugar scrub. I carefully tied them into a bow using metallic wired ribbon, and I topped each glass jar with a gingerbread ornament.

The entire family is represented, but now the toughest part will be deciding who gets which member!

I think another batch may be in order (so simple!), but in the meantime, you’ll find me scrubbing the leftovers into my hands.

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