Need a quick last minute gift idea? It’s right in your kitchen cabinet!
I have a large immediate family. At any given time there are at least 15 of us that celebrate the holidays together. This Christmas, my budget was $100 for all those people. I like to buy nice gifts, but let’s be real, $100 won’t get you far so one must get creative.
Most of my family consists of women so, I know I could do no wrong by giving them something beauty or body related. So I thought…
Body Scrubs! Why not?
Sure, I can hit up The Body Shop, Bath and Body Works or even Victoria’s Secret but NAWL! Too expensive. Plus too predictable. Those gifts are safe, so I figured I could make my own body scrubs. I mean how hard could it be?
Would ya’ll believe that all you need are THREE things for body scrubs? OMG! I feel bamboozled spending large amounts of money on body scrubs. Y’all know I made a batch for myself tho right? LOL.
Anyway, all you need is:
1. A container that seals. I used those Ball mason jars that grandmas make jelly with.
2. Almond oil, avocado oil, light olive oil, or even baby oil (if you’re on a budget but I think this stuff is so bad for your skin + has weird chemical properties)
3. Some coarse sea salt or sugar
4. Your favorite essential oil. I used peppermint this time around because it’s wintertime and it smells like Christmas. Yum!
1. Take your container and fill it about 2/3 of the way with your sea salt or sugar.
2. Add your almond oil, avocado oil, or olive oil until the sea salt or sugar is good and saturated. You can add as you go to get the right consistency. Just make sure it isn’t too dry.
3. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
4. Mix it good with a spoon.
BLOOP! You’re done. Now you can whip this batch up for yourself, or you can decorate the container by adding a cute label to it and give it as a gift!
I got these stupid Martha Stewart labels for the decoration and their templates are the WORST! You see how the labels are all aligned funky? I won’t be using them again, but I’ll just probably make my own from scratch next time. I was pressed for time so I didn’t have time to hunt down some labels. I think I’m going to just take them off. Anyway, I was the test dummy so you don’t have to end up buying them.
I tested out a batch of the scrub on myself because I had to make sure it smelled good. Honey, when I was my skin was oh soooo soft, it was! My skin was hydrated and it left a hit of peppermint, but it wasn’t overpowering. I think next time, I’ll try some lavender and add a little vanilla.
What are some of your favorite DIY gifts?