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Friday, November 11, 2016

Festive Friday

Finally, I am here on a Friday as I set out to do each time, but as we know, life sometimes kicks us in the rear and we have to adjust everything.  This week has been a fairly low keyed. I think I only had to do things for Mom 3 days this week and she had no non-emergency, "emergencies"so I call it a fabulous week.

As I said in previous posts, My Beloved Sister and I give each other a lot of Christmas gifts so we have to make some of them just to keep it affordable. (Yeah, I know we could just give each other 1 gift, but what fun would that be?) So once again, y'all get a peek at one of her presents.  I am really lucky she does not do social media, so she will never see this post.

She has an incredible complexion and does a wonderful job babying her skin. She is also one of those people who regularly exfoliates her legs and arms, so this sugar scrub will be a great consumable gift for her. In addition, she loves, loves, loves chocolate so that makes today's gift a no brainer.


Chocolate Sugar Scrub

1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup solid coconut oil
2 tablespoons almond oil
few drops coconut essential oil (optional)

In a medium bowl mix the brown sugar and cocoa powder.  Add the coconut oil and cream it with the sugar/ cocoa mix. Add the almond oil and stir well to blend.

Spoon into a jar, and make it as fancy or plain as you wish. When I cleaned out the refrigerator I found a jar with about 2 tablespoons of jelly.  The jelly was incorporated into a glaze for some chicken.  Since I really did like the shape of the jar, I simply removed the label, washed it and the lid, then painted the lid with gold paint.  I have some small olive wood demitasse spoons, so I will tie one of those with a ribbon along with a tag letting her know what the gift is, and a warning to be careful when using it in the tub or shower because the oils can make the surface a little slippery.

Fortunately for me there is a little left that would not fit into the jar, so I have about 3 tablespoons of scrub to use on me. I massaged a little on my hands, left it on for a couple of minutes then rinsed it off. Oh my, and it left them feeling so soft and smooth!  I can't wait to try this on dry winter legs and feet. (Well, if winter ever comes here again! I am still wearing flip flops everywhere.) Smells great and leaves me silky.  Sounds like a winner to me!

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! What a great idea for a present....and one I am going to steal from you! Can't wait to make this! =)

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    1. The best part about it is how stinkin' easy it is, and it truly does a nice job of exfoliating and skin softening at the same time. I think this amount would fit in a half pint mason jar. The jelly jar I used was probably a tad smaller than that.

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    2. It is such a good scent. I also tried it on my lips which worked well, but it smelled so good it was hard for me to keep from licking them while I waited for it to do its magic.

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  2. Chocolate.... that is.... GOOD FOR YOU?!? Sign me up! :)
    This is a great gift, Anne! I think that's neat how you and your sis give each other several gifts and a great idea to make some of them. I'm sure she will love it! :)

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  3. I know she will love it, in fact I am going to make me some more.
    We get a big kick out of doing the multi gift thing, including 1 gift we give each other every year. She loves chocolate covered cherries, so I give them to her and I love thin mints so she gives them to me. It just works.

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  4. I love sugar scrubs. This is a keeper.

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    1. It is nice and the concentrated oils in it make your skin so smooth and soft.

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  5. It comes with a spoon? So, it looks edible to me. It might never make it to my skin. A person must really smell nice after using this scrub. I always save tiny bottles for projects.
    pparsimony

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    1. I bought a dozen of those spoons at a craft show years ago. I have slowly but surely given them away with various jams and jellies. I have about 5 remaining so I guess I need to make gifts for 5 more friends.

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  6. It sounds absolutely lovely. And she will smell delectable after using it too.

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    1. After rinsing the coconut oil is the remaining scent, but that smells so nice too!

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  7. I personally have never used scrubs (at best, generally only lotion for when my hands are cracked). But there is a certain appeal to this recipe. Namely, you'll smell like chocolate. haha

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  8. That definitely is the upside. I use sugar scrubs but had never used this one before. It is going to be my go to scrub from now on.

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful scrub. I have every thing needed except for the almond oil. I wonder if I can make it without the almond oil?

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    1. I only used the almond oil because I used it for something else and had it on hand. I don't see why it wouldn't work without it but you might need to use some other oil (oliveor safflower maybe) to keep the coconut oil from becoming solid again.

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  10. Mmmmmmmm! I'm going to try that out. My daughter takes a lot of baths and I worry about what goes down the drain (microbeads) so this would also be a GREEN option and who doesn't want to smell chocolate while they're scrubbing!!

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  11. Exactly! I have used it this week as a lip scrub also. Every single thing I used in it is food grade, so I didn't mind it being on my lips.

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