DIY Christmas Presents – make your own scrubs

DIY Christmas

Are you looking for fun DIY Christmas present ideas that you will enjoy creating?

Last year I held a scrub evening where people could create handmade Christmas presents for friends and family, and since I didn’t do it this year, I thought why not share some of the recipes with you!

What ingredients to use?

Basically you want to make this as fun and easy as possible, and therefore we want to use what you’ve already got in the pantry. Any suggestions that I make that you don’t have, use your creative spark and substitute it for something similar. We want presents to be an enjoyable experience for all parties involved 🙂

Which exfoliant to choose?

Sugar – contains glycolic acid, and alpha hydroxyl acid that’s great for exfoliating.

Salt – Epsom salts – when in contact with water, the magnesium of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) is easily absorbed through your skin. This is believed to be the best way to boost your magnesium (aside from through food). Most of us need to increase our magnesium because it is estimated that well over half of us are deficient, since it diy-coffee-scrubis depleted whenever we are suffering from stress or anxiety. Magnesium is required for 100s of biochemical reactions in our body – Google its benefits to the body and all the things it can help with.

Coffee – the caffeine in coffee, amongst others, is a great stimulant of circulation and lymph drainage. When you’re mixing up a fresh batch at home that you’re going to use right away, you can use preloved coffee grinds.

Which oils? (try and use virgin oils where possible)

Olive oil – contains high levels of antioxidants and is packed with vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids. It contains vitamins E and A that help in hydrating skin and sustaining skin’s elasticity and softness. Moreover, it helps to regenerate skin cells. It’s awesome stuff that’s been used on skin forever and is usually in your pantry.

Almond oil – rich in vitamins A, B and E, which are great for skin health. It helps to maintain moisture levels of the skin and gets absorbed really quickly – without blocking the pores. Almond oil is deeply penetrating and nourishing, while soothing irritated and dry skin.

Rice bran oil or grapeseed oil will work beautifully as well. Stay away from canola oil and any super refined oils as they have no nourishment left in them.

Which essential oils?

Whatever you have on hand and that you love the smell of! Remember our skin is sensitive to essential oils, so start off with small amounts in your mix and go from there.

What recipe outline?

Chai Spice Sugar Scrubdiy-sugar-scrub
• 1 cup sugar
• ¼ ½ cup oil
• ½ tsp cardamom
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• ¼ tsp cloves
• ¼ nutmeg
• ¼ ginger

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
• 1 cup sugar
• ¼ ½ cup oil
• 1 tsp vanilla essence
• 25 drops peppermint essential oil (EO)
• natural colouring/dried petals or mint for half the batch to create stripes

Coffee Scrub

• ½ cup ground coffee
• ½ cup sugar
• ¼ ½ cup oil
• ½ tsp cinnamon (or more)
• ½ tsp vanilla essence

diy-christmas-foot-scrubSalt Foot Scrub
• 1 cup salts
• ¼ ½ cup oil
• 5-10 drops peppermint or other EO of your choice

Mix and match, play around, get creative, have fun! If you like a drier scrub that’s more ‘scrubby’ then use less oil, otherwise go for more. Start with ¼ cup and see if you want to add…it’s all going to be wonderful either way 🙂

The salt scrubs can double as a nurturing bath salt mix and you can add petals for colour.

Bottle in recycled jars of your choice, create a label, and you have a perfect deliciously natural-scented DIY Christmas or anytime gift made with love!

Do you have any scrummy natural DIY ideas you’d like to share with us?

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2 replies
  1. Viv
    Viv says:

    Oh Thank you Karli, you’ve just solved my Christmas present problem for the girls and I’ll have fun making them too. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.


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