Today’s gift idea is made with edible stuff, but isn’t for eating. It’s my favorite brown sugar scrub, called Candy, from Paisley & Company, a precious little bath boutique and fragrance bar in Kutztown, PA. Not only does it smooth and soften, but it smells divine, like a mixture of oats, apricots and brown sugar. Never into floral frangrances (maybe because most flowers make me sneeze) I always go for scents of vanilla and sugar. Candy is listed as a facial product on the store’s website, but I use it mainly as a daily treat for my hands. Other personal favorites are the Sugar line by Fresh, and the Creme Brulee products from Laura Mercier. These are lined up on my bathroom shelf, but I most often first reach for that little jar called Candy. (I know, Creme Brulee is supposed to have all sorts of little accents above the letters, but bear with me, I just can’t find that stuff on WordPress.)
Last weekend, in a “forced by mom” crafting event, my girls and I made a homemade scrub and it rivals the best of the storebought varieties. At least we think so. Here’s the recipe in case you want to craft your own:
1 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil – one with a neutral scent like canola
1 or 2 drops essential oil (scent of your choice – we used Banana Nut)
Glass containers with lids ( I found the perfect jars with little spoons attached at Pat Catan’s)
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended. Transfer mixture to a container with a lid. Make a pretty label for your lovely gift of sugar scrub! ( I tossed in a few tablespoons of brown sugar to the mixture just for fun.)
Before using: Stir, then scoop a few teaspoons into your hands and massage onto wet skin.