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handmade gift

Every year I try to make more handmade gifts. While it’s easier than ever to buy Christmas gifts with the click of a button, handmade gifts mean so much more as they require time and thought. And I have to say, handmade gifts make gift giving much more fun.

This DIY body scrub is easy to make and something that the whole family can enjoy. With invigorating coffee and mint, it’s a great scrub for the morning to awaken the mind and body. And I’m pretty sure this time of year we need all of the energy boosters we can get! This would be a great gift for neighbors, family, or friends, and who doesn’t want softer skin during the cold winter? Here’s how to make it…

‘Awake’ Homemade Body Scrub
(makes 3-4 small jars)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups pure turbinado sugar
30 drops peppermint essential oil
3/4 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot

Combine all of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Transfer to individual wide-mouth jars. Add your own personal touch to decorate the jars. Store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep up to two weeks, and longer if refrigerated.

To use, apply while showering and scrub skin in circular motions. After scrubbing, cleanse skin as usual.

Hope you enjoy!

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  • Mary

    This looks great – does it matter what type of coffee grounds you use? I have a french press, so my grounds are quite coarse.