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I’m sure there are a few of you out there who, like me, scramble at the last minute to cover your holiday bases.  Two days ago I realized I hadn’t done anything for my friends here in Argentina.  I wanted to give them a little something, preferably homemade, to celebrate the holiday season.  Enter the DIY Body Scrub!  My son and I had a great time making them together, this recipe is so easy that even toddlers will enjoy helping out.  So really, this is activity doubles as craft time with your kids too, SCORE!

We used recycled glass containers we had in the house.  Small Mason jars would work too.  There are so many ways to decorate your jars—again, we opted for what we had in the house.  I pulled out some watercolor paper and Alex painted it with Christmas colors.  I traced the jar lids on the paper and then cut out a circle to tape on top.  We used ribbon we had in the house.  We cut out some square cards from the painted watercolor paper and made little gift tags to tie on the jars.  Our finished product is non-toxic and made with love.  We also made sure to test out the extra body scrub at bath time and I’m happy to report we all have super soft skin!

What are your favorite homemade gifts to make and give?

5 Minute DIY Body Scrub (fills approximately 2 small-ish jars)

2 cups salt or sugar (we used medium grain salt)

1 cup carrier oil (we used olive oil but any oil will work—make sure it’s a high quality oil without pesticides as your skin absorbs everything!)

10-20 drops therapeutic grade essential oil of choice (we used sweet orange and vanilla) (WHERE TO  BUY)


In a large mixing bowl pour the carrier oil and add the essential oil drops.  The number of drops of essential oil will depend on how fragrant you want your body scrub to be.  We kept adding a few drops until it was fragrant but not overpowering.  Add the salt or sugar and mix to combine.

That’s it! Check out this recipe for a homemade cinnamon vanilla body scrub.  And when you’re finished, hydrate your skin with a homemade lotion!

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