Archive | November, 2014

DIY Lemon & Thyme Salt Scrub

21 Nov

Anyone else completely blown away that Thanksgiving is here? I mean seriously where did this year go? It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start prepping and shopping for Christmas. If you’re like me, you need lots of little gifts for the folks at church and the office. I have a hard time isolating who to give something to and it gets sorta expensive really quick. So I like to have a little arsenal of quick, thoughtful, make it yourself gifts you can whip up on a chilly Saturday. You know, like this scrub.

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I actually made this Salt Scrub back in the Summer for a friend who was getting married. I made me an extra little pot to leave in the guest bathroom. I actually use it on my face and let me tell you, it gives me the nicest glow and softest skin ever. I found the recipe here, and used their infused salt method.

  • 1 cup kosher salt (half kosher, half pink Himalayan)
  • 1/2 cup pure organic almond oil (half coconut, half olive oil instead)
  • the zest of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems

I made a couple of little edits. I did half epsom salt and half pink Himalayan salt to give it a pretty color. Himalayan salt is a little pricey, and suppose to be good for you so I didn’t want to waste it all on a scrub. But it does give the scrub a little more color which bumps up the gift factor. If you’re making this for several folks, I would probably just use all kosher or sea salt to keep the price down.

Also, I didn’t have almond oil at the time so I did half olive and half coconut oil. I really like the way this mixture feels on my skin so I would keep it. Plus almond oil is also on the pricey side.

You could add a little bit of lemon essential oil to bump up the lemon factor, but citrus oils can make your skin sensitive to to sun so use your own judgement.

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I bought a pretty glass jar for like a dollar at Walmart and these pretty wooden spoons from etsy. Made a little tag and tied it with some twine. Ta Da!

Also if you want a more Christmasy looking label you can download these. They’re super pretty. I used them last year to label my jam gifts.

Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance

16 Nov