Lemon & Basil Sugar Scrub

You may recall, I wrote a DIY tutorial for a Citrus Body Scrub back in the summer; this scrub was awesome, it left my skin feeling silky smooth, soft and hydrated and best of all it was completely natural as I knew exactly what was in it. So, in the spirit of Christmas and gift-giving I thought this scrub would make a fantastic gift for any lovely lady. I’ve altered it slightly from the original tutorial, but essentially it’s using the same base ingredients.

What you need:

  • 1 lemon
  • A handful of basil leaves
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1.5 cups of olive oil
  • Blender
  • Clean Jar (you can easily buy these from any $10 stores or even IKEA)
  • Ribbon

How to:

  1. Chop the lemon into slices – discard the two end slices and try to remove all the pips. Put the lemon and basil in the blender and whizz it all up.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and olive oil till it has a thick sandy consistency.
  3. Add the lemon and basil mix into the bowl with the sugar. Mix well.
  4. Spoon the scrub into the jar. Secure with the lid
  5. Tie the ribbon around the jar, under the lid.

You can easily make a cute label for the jar using a black sharpie, gold pen and big white sticky label (all available at a multitude of stationary stores!) This is a great gift idea because you can make plenty and share it out amongst your friends & loved ones. Mix it up with different flavours – you can make it more Christmassy by using “Orange, Cinnamon & Cloves” or make a relaxing “Lavender  Salt Scrub” (simply substitute the sugar for coarse sea salt and use lavender oil and dried lavender flowers). I personally love Lemon & Basil because it’s got a zingy get-up-and-go smell that is perfect for those cold, dark winter mornings.

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Happy Holidays!

xoxo   V.

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