It’s November 25th, 2014, and it just hit me….holiday spirit. I try to hold off on decorating and Christmas music until, strictly, December, 1st, although this year, I’ve allowed myself to break out my favorite, antique, pink christmas bulbs early and pop on a little easy-listening Christmas music.
Currently, I’m cozied up on the couch with a cup of tea, beside a rip-roaring fire, that I impressively made myself, and listening to my husband’s favorite Christmas song: Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (he’s going to kill me for saying that, but at least if I get an unimpressed phone call, I know he’s reading my blog posts!) Yes, it’s feeling Christmas-y in here. Most likely the first one that my daughter will remember, so why not start early and make it fun?
This year, we’re keeping Christmas stress-free, low-key and simple, which is what I say that every year, but this year I mean it! We’re keeping gifts to a minimum and trying desperately not to fall into the consumerism cyclone. Homemade gifts are welcome and encouraged and store-bought wrapping paper is not! Yes, a Modern Hippie Holidays, indeed.
One of the Christmas gifts that a few members of my family will expect to see, is this out-of-this-world Pink Grapefruit-tini Sugar Scrub (hopefully you’re not reading this Mom, Aunty Deb and Ash!)
This ultra moisturizing exfoliant is ideal for dry winter skin! Made of shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vodka (yes, vodka, hence the pink grapefruit-tini!) and, of course, sugar – although I avoid putting sugar in my body, it actually does wonder for your skin! Let me explain…
- Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning that it draws moisturize from the environment into the skin. This is why I use sugar instead of salt, which actually dries-out your skin.
- Sugar is an excellent exfoliant and removes dead skin cells from your skin, leaving behind a youthful glow.
- It contains alpha hydroxy acid, also found in lemons, which is helpsful for regenerating new skin cells.
- Glycolic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid, both found in sugar, also help to balance the oils in your skin.
Shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil leave your skin feeling moisturized, and vodka acts as a natural toner, astringent and preservative. Pink Grapefruit essential oil adds a refreshing fragrance, and beet-root powder adds a pop of colour
And there you have it –an all-natural, homemade sugar scrub that looks good enough to eat! I’m confident that any family member, guy or gal, would be thrilled to find this Pink Grapefruit-tini Sugar Scrub under the tree…or keep it for yourself, whatev.
How to Use
In the shower, scoop a small about of Pink Grapefruit-tini sugar scrub into your finger tips, and massage, in small circles, all over you body! Rinse with warm water, and pat dry. If you’re going to use this on your face, be extremely gentle!
Modern Hippie Tip…
Keep the container and wrapping eco-friendly! Package the scrub in a small, mason jar that you can re-purpose. Wrap it in a brown, paper bag and tie it with a festive ribbon, or wrap it in cloth, the Furoshiki way! Label it with “how to use” instructions as well as the recipe – truly the gift that keeps on giving!
- 200 grams Sugar (a little less than 1 cup) White or Brown (brown is softer, white holds coulour)
- 30 grams coconut oil (2 tbsp)
- 30 grams shea butter (2 tbsp)
- 20 grams jojoba oil (1 tbsp + 1 tsp) (can substitute for another carrier oil such as grape seed, avocado or olive)
- 20 grams vodka (1 tbsp + 1 tsp)
- Pinch of Beet Root Powder (optional, for colour)
- 20 drops Pink Grapefruit essential oil
- Melt the coconut oil and shea butter using a double-boiler method. Do do this, add the ingredients to a medium, metal (or glass, but not plastic) mixing bowl, and sit the bowl in a pan of simmering water.
- Once the coconut oil and shea butter have melted, transfer the bowl to the refrigerator or an ice bath.
- Once the mixture is opaque, and no longer liquid, gradually stir in the sugar.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix until they are fully combined.
- Transfer the Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub into small, containers (mason jars?) for gifts!
Don’t Want to Make It?
That’s okay! I’ll make it for you! Buy it HERE.