December 15, 2009

Sugar 'n Spice...oh that's nice!

Every year I make a list of people I need to Christmas shop for. This year was no different. I made a list and checked it twice. Besides my family, I realized I had a lot of people I wanted to give a little somethin' to. My bosses and co-workers for instance. Last year I started my job the last day of September and I was still fairly new when Christmas rolled around. I didn't know how the whole gift giving deal went. Plus I still wasn't very chummy with any of my co-workers yet. I felt slightly embarrassed I showed up empty handed as my boss showered me with a Christmas card, gift card, and baked goods. I say "embarrassed" because I am notorious for being the world's best gift giver. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but people have honestly told me I give the best gifts, right down to the wrapping and ribbons.

So this year I'm bringing my "A" game back. I decided to make sugar scrubs. I took a botanical spa scrub workshop over the summer and made a mocha spice sugar scrub that I love. Every time I use it, my skin glows and is incredibly soft. I thought it would be the perfect gift, especially this time of year when skin gets dry, chapped, or just plain blah.

I made two scrubs. The mocha spice sugar scrub for my bosses and a candy cane sugar scrub I found on My Kitchen Addiction for a few co-workers. If you're looking for a great last minute gift, these are perfect!

Mocha Spice Sugar Scrub
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Sugar in the Raw
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Oil (I used grapeseed, but you can use almond, olive, walnut or whichever you prefer for this scrub)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Tablespoons Honey
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Dash of Allspice
  • 5 drops of essential oil (Optional, I added orange oil to my scrub)
- Mix dry ingredients together well.
- Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- Pour the entire bowl of wet ingredients over the dry mixture. It will seep down and start to bubble.
- Mix well, but not too much that it's thinned out. Add more sugar in the raw if needed.

Usage directions: Apply to moist skin (Arms, legs, hand, feet. This scrub is too harsh for faces.) Exfoliate skin and rinse. Be careful, your tub/shower may get slippery!

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Recipe can be found here. The only thing I changed was the oil, I used olive. I also could not for the life of me find Vanilla Bean Paste - I called EVERYWHERE (Trader Joes, William Sonoma, Whole Foods, The Chopping Block, Beverly Pantry, and health food stores - phew!) so I just used vanilla extract.

I bought the jars off of the Oriental Trading site. I'm sure you can find similar ones in any Jo-Ann Fabrics, Michaels, or your favorite craft store.


Jenn Sutherland said...

B - the vanilla paste is made locally, if you can believe that! You can get it at the Spice House or Downtown Farmstand, but I go big and order a 32oz jug of it on ebay from ChefCube - look up madagascar vanilla bean paste...its really more like a syrup, but it is the BEST vanilla!

Do you have a good recipe for a facial scrub? That's what I need most in the winter! These look so yummy, I'll let you know how I like them!

Betsy said...

You're kidding! I should have tried DT Farmstand! When I researched it, I saw that it was syrupy, so I know the extract doesn't compare - but at least it will have a little vanillaesqueness.

The candy cane scrub I think would be good for the face. With the vitamin E capsule added in there and the olive oil. I heard women that put olive oil on their face didn't have any wrinkles. It's worth a shot!

MoJo Spa has a pretty good looking recipe on their site too. I love their shop (and products!)

Chandice said...

You are so awesome! These look great!!! I really want to try one. You should do a giveaway ;)

Marsha @ Green Mountain at Fox Run said...

These are wonderful, Betsy! Thanks for the recipes.

Christopher And Tia said...

How perfect! I would LOVE to get a homemade sugar scrub from somebody, seriously, it would be wonderful. You're so cute. I bet everybody that you give them to will love them.

Linda-Kitchen Therapy said...

What a great idea! And wonderful scents. I was going to give little pots of coconut oil that melts into your skin. But these are fancier. Thanks!