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Cheap Holiday Gifts: DIY Body Scrub

One way to save money on gifts this holiday season is to get crafty and make them yourself. In the December 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living, the Queen of Crafty has some tantalizing recipes for homemade bath and body treatments. I'm thinking of whipping up a batch of body scrub, which uses only four ingredients. The base can be made from either Epsom salts or sugar that is then colored with a touch of food coloring and scented with your favorite essential oils. Keep reading for the complete how-to.

From the December 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living:

Tools and Materials
2 cups Epsom salts or organic cane sugar
1 cup carrier oil
8 drops essential oil(s)
1 drop food coloring
Special equipment: plastic pipette, canning jars

1. Stir together Epsom salts or sugar and carrier oil in a bowl, mixing well.

2. Using pipette, add essential oil, 1 drop at a time. Add food coloring, and stir until color is even throughout. Spoon into canning jars.

3. Download clip-art labels, enlarging or reducing to fit top of canning jar if necessary. Print onto ink-jet bumper-sticker paper (which is designed to withstand water). Cut out the labels, and affix to clean jars.

Gift-Packaging Idea
With their flip-top lids and gaskets for sealing, canning jars have a clean look and also keep any oil in the scrub from leaking. Decorate the jars with labels, and tie a pretty spoon or a bath sponge to the lid with waxed twine.
I love martha!!! I have been reading her magazine since I was little (I was the only third grader with a Martha Stewart subscription, haha)

I saw these in her latest issue and think its a fantastic idea!
#1 Peaches on 2008-12-03 10:13 (Reply)
I love that you featured this how-to! I was recently musing to Dear Husband that I wanted to make my own body scrub after a recent purchase. It's amazing how much brands like Philosophy and Bath & Body Works charge for something you can make at home without chemicals or artificial preservatives! Woo hoo! Thanks again!
#2 Katie on 2008-12-03 12:30 (Reply)
awesome. thanks! definitely a great gift to give to your my gfs.
#3 huongface (Homepage) on 2008-12-03 21:07 (Reply)
Oh wow this is a great idea, my inner domestic diva is dying to try this.
#4 Jaime (Homepage) on 2008-12-07 16:33 (Reply)
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