On the seventh day of Christmas –


Make some homemade and handmade presents for your friends and family!! Last year I made sugar scrubs which are very simple and easy to make and keep for ages in an airtight container.   So let me show you, first off I’ll start with the coffee scrub.

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Ingredients . . .

– 1 cup of sugar (granulated white or brown sugar, it doesn’t matter)

– 5tbsp coffee grounds (Starbucks give you a cup of these for free, just ask)

– 1/4 cup of oil (coconut, vegetable, almond, baby or extra virgin olive oil)

– 1tsp vanilla extract

As you can see you really don’t need a lot, it’s pretty cheap too, just use what have or can get your hands on easily.  I had wanted to use the coconut oil but it was just too expensive at about £8 to buy.  The coffee grounds I had remembered seeing a sign in Starbucks advertising free coffee grounds which could be used in your garden.  At the time I decided to make these scrubs I wasn’t going to be near Starbucks so I asked the coffee place I was having lunch in.  When they had no idea what I was talking about I was a bit embarrassed so to avoid this, Starbucks do definitely have it!

So what to do . . .

1. Place your sugar and coffee grounds into a largish bowl

2. Add small amounts of oil at a time to the bowl, (you might not need all of the oil, especially if your coffee grounds are a bit damp) and stir

3. Once your mix is coated in the oil and wet you can add any fragrance you like, I used vanilla

4. Mix well and put into your air tight container (I bought mine in Heaton’s and IKEA)

It’s as simple as that, it’s a bit of trial and error but very simple to make.

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The next recipe is very versatile and a lot like the one above.  For these recipes you can add whatever smells/flavours you want.

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Ingredients . . .

– 1 cup of granulated sugar or sea salt

– 1/4 cup of vegetable or extra virgin olive oil

– 1/2 tsp of juice (the juice of whatever fruit you decide to use, or instead of juice essence, peppermint essence for example)

– zest of your fruit if you can zest it

What to do . . . Again, pretty much as before

1. . Place your sugar into a largish bowl

2. Add small amounts of oil at a time to the bowl and stir

3. Once your mix is coated in the oil and wet you add the juice and zest or essence if you’re using it

4. Mix well and put into your air tight container

These are the scrubs I made . . .

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I added fresh lemon juice and zest until it smelt nice and strong.

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I added fresh orange juice and zest until it smelt nice and strong.

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Instead of just making a lime scrub I decided alongside the lime juice and zest I added some fresh mint to make it into a mojito scrub.

Finally I’m going to give you a recipe for a lip scrub.

If you’re anything like me this weather your lips will be very dry and flaky, no matter how often you apply lip balm!  So this will be perfect for you, you can either apply it with your finger or a new toothbrush, it’s up to you.

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Ingredients . . .

– 2 aspirin tablets – the cheap kind with no coating

– 2 tsp of sugar (brown or white)

– 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil – 2 tsp of honey – 1 vitamin E capsule

What to do . . .

1. Add the aspirin to a cup with a few drops of water to dissolve them.

2. Mix in the sugar, oil and honey

3. Prick the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into your mix

4. Stir together and add to your air tight container.

This might be a bit wetter than the previous scrubs but don’t worry.

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Last year I also made . . .

Chocolate covered star pretzels with sprinkles

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These ended up going in the oven at a low heat to be melted then topped with either a Smartie or another pretzel and sprinkled with icing sugar.

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Homemade oreo and white chocolate popcorn

I also made this with dark chocolate and raspberry ruffle and milk chocolate with matchmakers.

Once again cheap and cheerful to make but something special with the personal touch

So why not try some yourself?

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