Pinterest-a-thon: sweet smells and skin

Monday, December 12, 2011

Project One
I am very excited to be back but not excited with the holiday theme. As most of my friends know, I cringe during the holidays and all of the craziness that comes with it. However, I do appreciate the lovely holiday scents and the creative ideas that people come up with for homemade gifts. So my first project was to create a festive homemade scent, but it needed to be inexpensive, natural and appropriate as a hostess gift. I was inspired by the following pin but used my favorite spices.

My inexpensive version included a bag of oranges, and picking up the spices at the dollar store and a Mexican market (a bag of cinnamon sticks for $1.99!).

  • 1 orange cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
Put all of the ingredients in a small pot, fill it with water (just enough to cover the oranges) and heat on low (simmer). Enjoy the fragrance as it fills your home!

Project Two
I have very sensitive skin which tends to get dry during the winter, and can be easily irritated by most products. For the past few years, I have spent around $20 per sugar scrub. When I saw this pin, I committed to making my own after realizing how inexpensive it was to make.

The scrub only requires a few ingredients and I didn't have to go out and buy one single thing because I found all of the ingredients at home.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the following:
  • 1 ½ c sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • a few drops of peppermint extract (you can use vanilla or even a massage oil)
  • a few drops of a lavender lotion
  • 2 pinches of dried rosemary which helps with exfoliation and smells lovely
  • I left out the food coloring.
Mix all ingredients very well and put in a container (I recycled my expensive sugar scrub jar and put my new sugar scrub in). I will never buy another expensive sugar scrub and I can also make them for friends and give them as gifts.

Put your homemade holiday gift in a cute package inspired by Pinterest!

- Cece
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1 comment:

  1. Yum! I want to try both of these...especially the festive homemade scent!