Most days I'm up tinkering in the kitchen developing tasty recipes to share with you, but for the past few weeks I've done everything I can possibly think of to avoid cooking. I was in desperate need of a break, so I took one and spent a few weeks relying solely on my crock-pot and a seemingly endless supply of home made soup from our deep freezer. This kind of cooking funk is something I'm sure many of you can relate with, especially if you work long hours, have kids, or both—but mine seemed to stretch on and on—I've hardly written a single recipe in the past 5 weeks.
To get myself out of this rut and back into the kitchen I decided to give myself a kick in the rear and tackle a project that has been on my to-do list for awhile—making another homemade body scrub. I loved the Mint Matcha Salt Scrub I made last year, but this time I wanted to try something a little more calming (especially since I've been one big bundle of stress lately.) After playing around with a few possible combinations I decided to pair the bright citrus scent of lemon with a hint of calming lavender and let me tell you, it's absolutely fabulous!
Not only is this sugar scrub great for clearing your mind, but it also exfoliates and moisturizes your skin, leaving it feeling lusciously smooth. With only two weeks left until Valentine's Day, it's the perfect gift to make for the lady (or ladies) in your life. And did I mention it only has 5 ingredients? You'll be able to put it together in no time flat!
Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub
makes approximately 2 cups
1½ cup sugar
¼ cup dried lavender
15 - 20 drops of lemon essential oil
½ cup almond oil, or another carrier oil of your choice (see notes)
2 - 3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
- In a small bowl combine sugar, dried lavender, lemon essential oil, almond oil, and optional food coloring. Mix until ingredients are evenly distributed, then portion out into screw-top containers.
Dried lavender tends to turn sugar scrubs a faint purple/gray so I like to add a little yellow food coloring to give the scrub a better color. If you prefer a more natural scrub you can leave it out or find an all-natural food coloring.
When it comes to packaging your sugar scrub you have a lot of options. Personally I prefer to use Talenti gelato containers, they're the perfect size and won't break if you drop them in the shower. You can also use mason jars or check out Hobby Lobby for cute looking jars like the one in the photo above.
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