My best friend’s birthday is today.
She is really good about birthdays. She always remembers mine and my 3 kids birthdays, and makes a point to not only wish us happy birthday, but bring cards and gifts. (It’s not like she’s bored; she has 3 young children of her own.)
Me? I do one of those texts a week later that says, “Hope you had a wonderful birthday! Sorry I missed it.” because I don’t remember what the ACTUAL day was, just an approximate week.
But this year. Ohhhh this year I was determined to remember! And coincidentally, her birthday fell on a Thursday, which is when I see her for women’s bible study. So really I had no excuse. I couldn’t show up empty handed, that’s for sure. I did buy her a card, but I wanted to get her a gift too. Instead of buying something, I wanted to do it a little differently this year.
I made a homemade sugar scrub.
Yes. I did. Me. >>This girl.<<
The one who is really bad at any kind of creative DIY-type-anything.
I’ve discovered that just as I did with cooking, once you get past the beginning learning curve with essential oils, you can mix and match the ones you like/need to serve different purposes and to create blends of scents.
So here’s the recipe for the sugar scrub I made her! I promise you have most, if not all, of these things already in your home. If you’d to know how to obtain the purest and most aromatic essential oils, click here.
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Grapeseed oil (you can use olive oil, but Grapeseed has a much milder scent and is also less expensive. You could also use fractionated coconut oil if you have it.)
2 drops Protective Blend
5 drops Lavender oil
7 drops Peppermint oil
and then store in an airtight container. (I purchased a 4 pack of shallow mason jars for less than $5 at Target.) DONE!
UPDATE: When I was really low on lavender oil but couldn’t wait to make another batch, I substituted Lemon for the lavender. I think I like it better! The lavender is great for soothing, so I instead put it in this All-Purpose Repair Cream that I use after the scrub. That way I get the cleansing & purifying benefits of the scrub all at once, and the calming, soothing, smoothing effects of the cream afterwards. Try the two together – it’s awesome!
Protective Blend – this oil blend includes wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Together they are a great immune booster – plus it smells divine! I chose it a little for the smell, but mostly to add that little immune booster. This protective blend is all around amazing!
Lavender – good for acne, burns, scarring, stretch marks, water retention. It is an antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, regenerative, antiseptic (among many other things!). It is calming and balancing. I chose it for the many benefits it has for repairing damaged skin (dry, cuts, chafes, burns, etc) and for the lovely smell.
Peppermint – good for headaches, indigestion, scabies, nausea, itchy skin, muscle aches and fatigue. It is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, and invigorating. I chose this for the invigorating smell and the cooling sensation.