Citrus Sugar Scrub with Grapefruit

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I absolutely love having a sugar scrub around the house. Its a great way to rejuvenate your dry flaky skin.  I almost forgot what healthy moisturized skin looks like!  This is easy to do living in the southwest  🙂_MG_0269_MG_0165 copyEvery year in Phoenix AZ, spring brings a delicious scent of blooming citrus trees.  Whether it’s a Myers lemon tree, a grapefruit tree, orange tree or a tangelo tree(which is a hybrid between a tangerine and a grapefruit) most neighbors, co-worker or family members are giving them away by the pound.

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Here’s a simple sugar scrub recipe easy to make and edible!  I love making bath and body products that are free of weird names and chemicals and everything in this recipe is from your kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice-or any citrus you have
  • 3 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil (warmed up 30 seconds) you can also use grape seed oil, olive oil or sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • few drops of any citrus  essential oil for scent (optional)

What you’ll need:

  1. Couple of Kerr jars or old jam jars cleaned and DE-labeled.  Here’s a brand I like, super affordable.
  2. Sifter for the seeds and pulp.
  3. Funnel for pouring scrub into jars.
  4. labels from any office supply store.

Directions

Position sifter over bowl and juice 1 cup grapefruit juice.

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Add sugar and mix remaining ingredients.

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Suggested use:

Stir before use, sugar scrub will separate between uses and it is important to re mix the ingredients before each use to enjoy the full wonderfulness of the scrub.

Apply in circular motion in shower or bath, then pat dry!  Otherwise you ‘ll rub off all that beautiful oil.  After your shower or bath you will not need lotion all day, it’s a miracle!  Remember, I live in the dessert:) I would recommend NOT using on your face because of the oil in the scrub could cause break outs.

The honey in the scrub should keep the mixture from rotting.  Sometimes water will find its way into the mixture and harden. It usually doesn’t affect the entire jar and only collects around the mouth of the jar, don’t panic just chip away with your fingers.   ENJOY!  Happy Crafting!!

 

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Lavender Spearmint Bath Salt – Last minute gifts

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From the kitchen last minute gifts!  Thoughtful gifts that your friends and family will use!

  • 1 cup rock/sea salt
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Lavender essential oil ( you can find this in the pharmacy area of Target for a great price!)
  • dried spearmint (you can find this in the Mexican food aisle, which has really cheap dried herbs!)
  • old jelly jars or Kerr jars (“De-solv-it” gets sticky labels off fairly well, then I always use rubbing alcohol for any extra glue)
  • ribbon or stickers for decoration

Directions

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl, use fork to mix together.  Scope into jars, decorate and you are done!  Feel free to substitute any dried herd or essential oil the combinations are endless.  Happy Holidays!

 

Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix – extra chocolate

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ImageFrom the kitchen last minute gifts!!  You probably already have these ingredients in your kitchen.  This gift is great for neighbors, office mates, in laws or stocking stuffer.  I got this recipe from Martha Stewart and I accidentally switched the sugar and cocoa measurements, which ultimately worked out because I love chocolate more then sugar.  So feel free to switch them again if you feel the need.  The mix ended up being very chocolatey and the cayenne pepper helps clear up any congestion from a winter cold.

Ingredients – Makes 4 half pint Kerr jars

  • 3 1/2 cups cocoa
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper ( more or less depending on your spice tolerance)
  • old jelly jars or Kerr jars (“De-solv-it” gets sticky labels off fairly well, then I always use rubbing alcohol for any extra glue)
  • ribbon or stickers for decoration

Directions

Measure and sift all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Scope mix into jars, decorate and you’re done!!  If you do not have a sifter then I would use a whisk, however sifting makes for the perfect blend of ingredients.  Enjoy!