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 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.