I wrote a post about DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that included a link to DIY Citrus Sugar Scrubs by Delia Creates, and I decided that since I really wanted to try to make some that I would make little gifts for Emma and her bridesmaids for the wedding.
I followed the instructions from Delia Creates pretty specifically, but my scrub colors ended up being more saturated because I was making smaller portions of each scent.
The first thing I did was remove the labels and residue from the jars I planned on using (two pesto jars and several artichoke heart jars), I gave the lids a light sanding, and then I spray painted them gold.
I only had three drop-type food colorings on hand, and I didn’t want to go to the store, so I made it work. I used grape seed oil, sugar, and essential oils I found at the local health food store. The scents I started with were orange, lemon, spearmint, and grapefruit.
First, I combined a large amount of sugar with grape seed oil and stirred it until it reached the proper consistency. I didn’t measure either item, rather I started with the sugar by using three of the pesto jars worth and seven of the artichoke hart jars worth, and then I just added oil a little at a time to get the correct consistency.
After I had the large batch of sugar and oil mixed up, I used a smaller bowl to make each of the different scents, beginning with lemon mint. I used approximately 40 drops of lemon and 20 drops of mint. I also used two drops of yellow food coloring (I later added one green drop to make it more of a lime color).
After the mixture was stirred well, I added it to the jar, taped a paper label on the bottom with the name of the scent, and wiped the rim off well.
I followed the same steps to create each scent and fill each of the jars.
After the jars were all filled and labeled, and the painted lids were dry, I used chalkboard stickers and a chalk pen to write the scent and each of the girls’ names on a label to be put on the jars.
Finally, I used this fabric to make small drawstring bags to use as gift bags for delivering the sugar scrubs.
I love how they turned out, and I can’t wait to give them to the girls (I wrote this post before leaving for the weeks’ festivities two hours away)!
This is the sixth finished project from my Finish-A-Long Quarter 2 Project List.
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