As the mom of five boys I claim my absolute right to indulge in girly spa treatments whenever I’d like. As a woman who lives in the dead center of the middle of nowhere, I have to get a little creative about that. It usually involves pulling a nice deep bathtub of hot water and hiding in the locked bathroom with a glass of wine, a space heater going full blast, some music on the cassette player (Yes, I still have one. You do not? How do you play all your great mix tapes from the 80’s then? Hmm?), and a couple bars of chocolate.
I’m not a big fan of perfumed bubble baths or lotions, because somehow or another I have a faulty sniffer and all I get is a snootful of chemical smells. I do, however, love essential oils and scents that come from real, identifiable yummy or otherwise nice smelling things. Since my skin gets terribly dry in the winter (I blame the fact that we heat our home exclusively with wood!), I have to be sure to moisturize carefully.
Ready for another little neurotic confession? I don’t like most body lotions. Aside from the heavy-hand with the scent that most manufacturers use, they make me twitch because they’re either so thick that they don’t absorb and sit on top of your skin for what seems like hours, or they’re so thin they absorb immediately and don’t seem to do much good. Somewhere along the line, I started using extra virgin coconut oil right when I got out of the bath or shower and never needed to try another moisturizer again. It DOES absorb super fast, but it seems like it seals in the skin’s moisture and keeps me from clawing my legs off due to itchiness.
This brings me to another source of The Dreaded Winter Itch… dead skin. There’s no getting around it, you need to get that dead skin off of you to keep from getting all flaky and itchy. You don’t want to use any harsh methods because that’ll just make it worse. Made from extra virgin coconut oil, essential oils, and regular household sugar, Sugar Body Scrubs are the perfect solution. Sugar is naturally abrasive, so that takes care of the sloughing angle, but the coconut oil follows up the scrub by soothing the skin and sealing in moisture. Whu-BANG. Smooth skin that doesn’t make you feel like a scratchy neurotic.
I make my own, naturally, because I control what goes into it. No funky, harsh, drying, off-smelling chemicals are here; just pure, natural, gentle ingredients that leave you smelling like gingerbread or candy canes.
They make gorgeous gifts, too! What gal wouldn’t love to get a beautiful, sweet-smelling, pampering treat this Christmas?
What do I use to store the Sugar Body Scrubs?
While there is plenty of room for creativity here, I do recommend keeping a couple of things in mind:
- Whatever jar or container you use is going to get slippery, so I advise using plastic because it’ll be less potentially dangerous if it slips and falls.
- Try to choose a container that has a tight fitting lid.
- Remember that someone will have to get out what you put in, so pick a container with an opening that is wide enough to fit in your entire hand.
Want a gift tag for it? No problemo! Here are free downloadable, printable gift tags (4-inches by 6-inches for your index card printing convenience) for both varieties.
Happy Christmas and smooth skin for the world!