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Craftiness, Green things, Thrifty

Homemade Lavender Body Scrub in a Teacup

4 March, 2013

I have just a handful of things in my beauty arsenal. Coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda, salt and anything foraged for free!!  I find that with those four thrifty things, almost anything can be done – cleaning, exfoliating, moisturising, conditioning, luxury vitamin intake.

*Leans in conspirationally* I’m going to let you in on a secret, handed down from generation to generation (not really) recipe that involves three of these wonder ingredients. It is a homemade body scrub that I use constantly (not really) (that would be strange, exfoliating non-stop… on the bus, in meetings)-  at least a couple of times a week AND give as a gift alot as well. Given in an old bit of crockery this simple body scrub looks well sweet and would make a SUPERB handmade Mother’s Day gift!

Homamde Body Scrub in a Teacup

A Teacup of Body Scrub

  • Fill teacup 2/3 with salt (I prefer normal table salt as I find rock salt way too harsh)
  • Pop in another bowl
  • Put 1/3 a teacup of coconut oil into the bowl too
  • Grind 3 sprigs of lavender leaves with a blender until a dust
  • Mix it all together and push into your teacup

The foraged lavender is a great way of using up the leaves this spring, they smell just as beautiful as the flowers. I collected this while Ramona and I played in the park – I love Ramona learning about how to make stuff from foraged goods.

I use this scrub – either with the lavender or foraged rosehips or other free things – all over when I shower. I am in loooove with it.

For a container I pop it into an old teacup that I mismatched up with a delicate saucer – when not being used the saucer just sits on top acting like a lid.  I am forever looking for ways of reusing old crockery. I can never resist a chipped teacup going for a song, even if it is chipped and has no handle.  I love discovering new ways of using them (have a peep at my old post Ten New Uses for Old Teacups) and as of today you can see me on Youtube scurrying about making a bird feeder (remind me to brush the back of my hair more EEEP!!!)

What are you favourite things to do with old crockery? Planning any homemade Mother’s Day antics?

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Craftiness, Green things, Thrifty

Delicious body scrub in a fancy jar – a Mothers Day craft

16 March, 2012

I am absolutely rubbish at Mo Day usually but my New Year’s Resolution was to do something for people on their birthdays and special days. This Sunday it is my mum’s turn, the lucky devil.

I love giving gifts in pretty jars, the dual element of something cool inside but then a craftivised jar mean the receiver gets something immediately and more long term.  This time mum gets some delicious home made body scrub (it feels sooooo good on your skin, and only 3 ingredients!)  in a rose lidded jar.

Obviously, it took just absolutely days and days and days of really hard work, also, it cost LOADS of money, like, literally, gosh, probably should have just sent her to a spa in France for a week.

Yeah, well, that’s the end of this post. Yep. BYEEEE!

PSSSSST. Are you still here? That’ll be mum fooled. MWAHAHA. For real, this scrub is SO EASY! AND CHEEEEEAP!!!! HAHA! The lid, probably took  10 minutes, the scrub about 2. I reckon it cost me about £1 to make. Here’s how:

Coconut and mint Body Scrub:

1  cup salt
1/2 cup coconut oil (I buy mine from the local Nigerian shop for £3 huge jar)
Few drops peppermint oil (you can leave this out/replace with some other nice smell)

Allow the coconut oil to soften in a warm place. Let it cool but not set again and stir in the salt and peppermint. Spoon into your jar!

And for the lid….

The paper was some beautiful rose paper the Red Cross sent me as part of a stationary set. Who knows why? But I have crafted the hell out of it so I am muchly indebted to that life saving emergency organisation.

I actually also did a layer of crystal resin over the top of the lid, as a bit of waterproofing as I imagined the jar sitting in the corner of a damp shower. I have only used resin once on my bottle top magnets but I am a big fan, worth having some in your craft cupboard for this kind of thing.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!