The kids and I made our own gifts this year for teachers, friends and neighbors: sugar scrubs, medicinal balms and star shaped lotion bars.
I purchased a 25 lb bag of brown sugar at costco, along with Olive Oil, Coconut oil and Vitamin E Capsules. Turns out, 25 lbs of brown sugar is. a. lot.
The sugar scrubs were super easy, make your hand super soft and actually taste great. seriously.
Here’s the recipe:
- 8 cups brown sugar
- 2 cups (melted) coconut oil (in the summer mine is liquid, in the winter it’s hard)
- 2 cups olive oil
- 8 teaspons vanilla
- 4 teaspoons Vitamin E (used as a preservative)
One softgel is 400 i.u. Vitamin E and is equal to 1/8 teaspoon. Therefore to use four teaspoons, you need…math. 32 soft gels. After one batch of these, I decided to get the bottle of Vitamin E from Trader Joe’s, which is really soybean oil and vitamin E. If you choose this easier route, then double the amount of Vitamin E, since the Trader Joe’s mix is only about half vitamin E. If you go the soft gel route, I found an ice pick is a great method to open up them up and then use your brute strength to squeeze them into the mix. grrrrroar.
I had the kids help out since these are the gifts for their teachers this Christmas. They measured the ingredients, and filled them into the jars. I mixed the oil and sugar myself with a glove which was a lot easier then with the spoon. And YES. The kids licked the bowl when we were done. This is good stuff people.
We packaged the scrubs in a plastic gift bag with red and white shredded paper (actually old shredded bills and red construction paper with old drawings) and tied it together with craft string. Some of the gift packages also contained D’ Balm, a medicinal ointment made with lavender and melaleuca essential oils.
We made cards with a cute snowman stamp and snowflake hole punch for the kids to sign.