Cheap. Frugal. Yummy. Delightful.
All words that come to mind when I need to shop for gifts.
This year I decided to make gifts for Mother’s Day. Just a little something Mayhem could give to my mom, Mindy, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law. My in-laws live out of town, but we’re spending this week with them, so I was excited to actually have something for them. You know, since we’d actually be spending Mother’s Day with them.
Except we’re not. We’ll be home this coming Saturday.
And apparently, Mother’s Day was not yesterday … which explains the confusion my mom and sister expressed when I presented them with their gifts before we left over the weekend.
idiocity confusion is your gain. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that if you still need a gift for Mother’s Day, and you can mix 3 ingredients (4 if you opt for the secret ingredient), you’re gold.
I saw this recipe for lemon sugar scrub on one of the blogs I frequent and thought BINGO! I made a few modifications, but I’ll fill you in on that as we go.
So here goes. This is my set up. Easy peasy, no?
Granulated sugar, safflower oil, lemon juice. Yep, that’s it. The recipe I saw called for olive oil, but after botching the first batch with rancid olive oil (tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t realize it goes bad …), I opted for safflower oil which I read has less of a smell than olive oil.
Time to mix:
I used 2 cups of sugar and added a little less than 2/3 of a cup of safflower oil and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix with a whisk or spatula. I also added a little more sugar as I found the mixture to be a bit more “liquid” than I like my scrubs and I wanted to thicken it up. But that’s the beauty of this … it’s so easy and you can adjust the ingredients to suit your preferences.
Now for my secret ingredient:
A single drop of yellow food coloring. Just because I wanted it to look a little more “lemony”
Ok, that’s better. Much better.
Next, I filled a pint sized Ball jar with the scrub. (This recipe filled one jar perfectly for me. Multiply as needed.)
At this point I was ready for some embellishments … just to make it a little more personal. I opted to make a label for the lid using a photograph of Mayhem, and also a small label for the back of the jar. I had them printed on 4×6 photo prints from my local Costco and then cut them down to size.
Now it was time for the finishing touches and my assistant came in to help Actually, this is a very kid friendly activity and Mayhem did help with the first “botched batch”, but the second time around I did the “heavy lifting” while she was napping.
We added a few bows and then took a moment to admire our work …
And then it was perfect!
Honestly, this scrub smells so yummy and would make a perfect gift for any occasion. And with summer just around the corner this citrus infused scrub is perfect for exfoliating. (You better believe I made some for myself too!)