Well, I promised you all some more DIY Wedding stuff! I made this delicious homemade raspberry lemon sugar scrub as part of my bridesmaids' gifts goody bags. (I'll be sharing more of those soon as well). It's a beautiful happy color pink, it's moisturizing, and it smells amaaaaaaazing (seriously - good enough to eat)! Oh, and it's super quick and easy to make!
Now of course, it's not strictly wedding related, but it's the reason it came about, so it is to me. I love the idea of using this homemade scrub for any gift giving occasion, and it's definitely great as part of a gift basket (filled with other homemade goodies, of course!) Hostess gifts, baby shower gifts, etc. etc., it's perfect, right??
And if you want to make it extra special, see below for info on etching a monogram right onto the glass jar!
DIY Raspberry Lemon Sugar Scrub
(per 6-7 oz jar)
1/2 cup (4 oz.) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (2 oz.) coconut oil, melted (preferably organic)
1/8 to 1/4 tsp raspberry extract
1/8 to 1/4 tsp lemon extract
red food coloring (optional*)
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. I suggest starting with an 1/8 teaspoon measure of both the raspberry and lemon extract, and then adding more according to your preference. I think I ended up using a bit more lemon than raspberry.
The raspberry extract may already have some color added to it - mine did but the scrub without it was a much lighter pink than you see here. I used a single drop of red food coloring mixed in at the end to make the color pop a little more.
When your scrub is all mixed up and you're happy with the scent and the color, spoon it into a jar and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set the consistency. After you take it out, you don't have to keep it refrigerated. If the coconut oil returns to its liquid state and you'd like to firm it up, simply place it back in the freezer for another 30 minutes. (Coconut oil remains solid up to 76˚F).
I used hermetically sealed glass jars, which I love! They are just under 7 oz, which is a perfect size for these gifts. 6 oz of scrub was just about right, so that that it doesn't overflow when you go to scoop some out in the shower!
I etched this jar using some Armor Etch glass etching cream and a stencil I made with fancy punch.
(You will want to etch the jars first, so that you can be sure to clean them thoroughly before filling them with your wonderful homemade scrub!)
For the tags, I made the image in Photoshop to fit a 1.75" square, then printed them onto 65 lb kraft paper cardstock and punched them out using fancy square punch (which is 2x2 inches). I made a small hole with another small paper punch and tied them on with some hemp twine.
How to use your new homemade sugar scrub:
Rub wet skin with about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time, in a circular motion until the sugar has dissolved. Repeat all over your body and rinse as normal.
The sugar exfoliates and sloughs off dead skin cells and the coconut oil replenishes your skin, locking in moisture from the shower, while the refreshing scent of raspberry and lemon wafts into your nostrils and right to your brain...(which says, "ohhhhh, thank you! I needed this!")
* Like most bath products, this mixture can cause the shower or bath floor to become slippery, so please be careful.*
I think these sweet jars of homemade goodies make such special lovely gifts (and my bridesmaids agreed :) What do you think?
I can't wait to experiment with some other fragrances!