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One Door Opens

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

When one door closes, another door opens, right? That's what I've always heard. Since I retired a few years ago, I've been trying to find those open doors mostly to stay busy and not get in my (also retired) husband's way.

To that end, I've become sort of a crafting fool. I've made washer necklaces with scrapbook paper, painted terracotta pots and turned them into candy jars, altered journals, made purses from place mats, and many other projects. Some turned out well, others not so much. Some I've given to friends and family. I'm not sure they love my home made projects, but they always say thanks and try to look pleased.

My latest creative endeavor, and frankly one that actually saves me money, is making sugar scrubs -- those wonderful exfolients used to leave your skin baby-butt smooth. It costs cents to make at home, but costs $20 and upward at the stores.

First try was "Rosemary Peppermint." It smells heavenly and works wonders on the body and on the senses too.

Here's the recipe—so easy it’s ridiculous:

Mix 3 cups white sugar with 1 cup oil thoroughly. Add 1 Tbsp and 1 tsp dried rosemary {for color and texture}. Actually, I used fresh rosemary from my garden. Shake several drops of peppermint oil, stir and give it your smell test. Add more if you want -- it's a matter of personal taste (or should I say smell?).

Each batch yields 4-5 five ounce jars. You can use any good oil such as coconut, flax seed, or a very good olive oil. Just don't use a strong smelling oil. This will keep for weeks or months if stored in a cool place. If it becomes too dry, add a little more oil.

For a gift, place the scrub in a re-seable container, add ribbons, or other embellishments, and a pretty label indicating what's in it. I made a batch recently, scooped it into a jar from the Dollar store, and tied it with jute for an organic look. Gave as a gift to several women at my physical therapy place --- a HUGE hit! Can you guess what the women in my family will be getting for Christmas?

Mine is in my bath and I use it regularly on my hands right up to my elbows. It's also a great aromatherapy treatment!

Essential oils will be the most costly ingredient in this recipe, but they go a long way (peppermint, lavender, etc.). These can be found at a whole foods place and of course, online. I get mine at "Sprouts," a local whole foods type of store here in the Keller, Texas area. You can order them from Amazon, but the shipping is rather costly.

My next scrub will be a Pumpkin Spice Coffee Latte ... in honor of the upcoming holidays. Plan to give it all the women in my family, and I'm sure they'll love this. Stay tuned for that recipe if you'd like.

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    awesome idea and receipe thanks for sharing
    2785 days ago
    Awesome! I love the sugar scrub idea. I think I will make some for my family. Thanks. emoticon
    2785 days ago
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