Last year, my friend Renee gave me this adorable set of three homemade body scrubs for Christmas.
Not only do they all smell delicious, they are gentle, exfoliating and completely edible. While I don’t think I’ll be intentionally eating these, it’s such a nice treat to be able to pronounce all of the ingredients in a body product, plus to know that it is gluten-free.
Renee packaged these in cute canning jars and tied each with a bow. She even printed custom 2″ labels to go on the canning lids! I loved that the tags included information on where to find the recipe to make more. At the risk of offending the other folks who gave me gifts last year, I must say this one was my favorite.
I quickly determined the gingerbread was my absolute favorite of the three flavors Renee made. It even makes a great exfoliator for your lips! My neighbor Janey came over one evening and we whipped up a huge batch of this in, oh…about 5 minutes. Not kidding, that’s about all the time it will take you to make a super cute gift that is sure to be well-received!
Gingerbread Body Scrub
Makes approximately 2 pints
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 T. blackstrap molasses
3/4 cup oil (I use sesame)
1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 t. cinnamon
2 t. ground ginger
2 t. nutmeg
2 t. allspice
Blend all ingredients together in large mixing bowl. Separate into containers. Minimal separation will occur, but an easy stir before using fixes that.
While I didn’t use the recipe, I did find a printable label for gingerbread body scrub here.
Are you making homemade holiday gifts? I’d love to hear what you are doing this year!