Tis' the Season for Exfoliation
After a discussion with one of my best friends, I was inspired to do a DIY gift as a way to stay on budget for Christmas. Of course, I went way over budget, but I felt grateful that I could afford nice gifts for my friends and family this year! Just this time last year I was working at Disneyland on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning for minimum wage. If you haven’t read my blog on being a Disney cast member, you’ll know I didn’t enjoy that for one second.
I thought about hand painted coin purses, homemade soap, and even woven bracelets. But when I saw that making hand scrub was pretty easy and had great reviews, I knew that was what I wanted to try. Often we can find skin products in stores for $10 or $15+ and use them up because they leave us feeling smooth and moisturized. One of my favorite things in life is to be moisturized, and the other is to be hydrated. And the third is pizza. I wanted to share the gift of exfoliation with my family.
My favorite drink from Starbucks is an Iced Vanilla Chai I was inspired by this recipe from DIY Natural. Rather than follow the measurements exactly, I just freehanded it but here is what that recipe entails:
· contents of 5 chai tea bags (I used Bigelow Vanilla Chai Black Tea) $2.50
· ½ cup brown sugar (I used raw sugar) $4.99
· ½ cup white granulated sugar $2.00
· ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon $2.00
· 6 tbsp Expeller pressed (unscented) coconut oil is best for this recipe (i just kept adding until it made sense) $7.00
· 2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR 12-15 drops vanilla essential oil (I used vanilla extract) $2.90
Mix the dry ingredients first, then mash in the coconut oil with a fork! I added a bit of water for the texture I prefer. You can have it “sandy” or more like a liquid.
· Mini Mason jar shakers from Target ($1.99/each I bought 5)
· Decorative Tags with twine: $2.00
· Blue rhinestones: $1.00
Total for ingredients if you don’t have anything on hand: $34.34
Everything can be used again in other recipes except the jars, so it was a great investment! I plan to use the coconut oil for my hair and other recipes. I was able to fill each of the 5 mini mason jars, although I only have four pictured and I made a special bath for my little brother who has eczema.
The eczema recipe was inspired by Flawless Program. She explained that eczema is an issue with skin growing too fast leaving the person feeling unbearable itchiness. My little brother has tried many things but I had never heard of a sugar scrub! For my brother, the recipe was a little different:
Sugar Scrub for Eczema
· ½ cup brown sugar (I used raw sugar)
· ½ cup white granulated sugar
· 2 tsp Baking Soda
· Expeller pressed (unscented) coconut oil
· 2 tsp Nutmeg (known to be excellent for eczema)
So there you have it! A fun and easy gift that smells amazing! My family said it smelled so good they wanted to taste it. And because this recipe is all natural, you can absolutely eat it! Enjoy and let me know if you try this.
Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy Kwanzaa!