It occurred to me that although I had said I was going to make this Rosemary and Peppermint Sugar Scrub for some Christmas gifts this year, I never followed up to let you know how well it did or did not work. So today is the day to give you my report.
According to the recipe, each batch makes two cups. I looked at several different options for jars to use, and finally decided on some clamp type jars that I got at Ikea.
As you can see if you have looked at the recipe, it's really straightforward. The only thing that was different for me was that it took approximately 45 to 60 seconds for our microwave to melt the coconut oil; and, I used more drops of each essential oil for scent.
I had also considered adding some color to them, but I couldn't find any of our food coloring. Finally, The Tim informed me where he had "put them away" after Easter last year - when I was on the last two! But I added just a couple of drops to those, and got a lovely pale pink color. Here's how it all looked when I was finished.
I have to say that if you need a fun but also quick gift, this is a good one! The hardest thing for me was getting the coconut oil out of its container to put into the measuring cup to melt, as it was pretty solid. But otherwise, it was really easy, and it was also fun to see the ingredients become a scrub. The house smelled so good for the rest of the day after I made these! I took the small amount left in the bowl once I was done, and put it into a small jar to use myself - it is so nice, and my hands have never been softer. :-)
The whole thing was discovered to have one drawback though - the jars are glass, which meant that sending them through the mail could be trick (no problem, bubble wrap), and well ... they ended up being kinda heavy. So they added a bit of weight to packages. Overall though, I still saved some money with this idea, which was the original plan.
Switching gears, I'm glad you all enjoyed Santa Pip! He's such a funny cat - he wasn't exactly thrilled to be dressed up, but didn't really make a fuss, and seemed more puzzled than anything else. I told him that he made people smile, and that is what Christmas is about, so I'm guessing that the real Santa will reward him for being a good boy ...
Also, we had tickets this past Saturday night for the Christmas concert by the Philadelphia Boys Choir. It was fantastic, but I had to laugh when they started one number - "Carol of the Drums" ... or, as most of us know it, "Little Drummer Boy!" The Tim almost had a heart attack, and at least 10 times on the way home told me he has NEVER heart it called that (neither have I). From some of your comments a few posts back where I learned he has many compatriots in his distaste for that carol, I thought you'd enjoy the story.
I am behind on responding to comments, but I plan to do the best that I can to catch up. Though for some of you I have either misplaced, or never had, your e-mail addresses to respond. So please know I'm not ignoring you! I guess I should try to respond on the blog, but I just never think to do so. I'll get it together one of these days, honest. :-)