It’s a Rosy Christmas (A Home-made Body Scrub You’ll Wanna Eat!)

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! My favorite time of year!

The air is crisp, sweaters are finally appropriate, and as the year winds down, you start to recap the highlights in your head, think about all the people who made the year special, who stuck around, who cooked you food, laughed at your jokes, and made you feel like you mattered. Christmas has always stood for honoring those people & moments in some sweet way. This year is no different – a star sits atop the tree & gifts, in all sizes & shapes, tickle its feet. I turn into some kind of list-making freak & deck the floors with wrapping paper, ribbons & post-it notes that both the husband & the cat trip over without fail, at least once a day. This year things threatened to get even hairier when I decided to make a lot of my gifts by hand. But the process has only spread more joy in our home & I’m really glad to have gone DIY.

So to all you lovely She Said, She Said readers, I have a delectable DIY gift you can whip up in minutes, that will keep the foodie & the crafter within, alive with pleasure! I present to you, the recipe for my own lil’ beauty concoction – Rosebud Tea Body Scrub! It takes no longer than 10 minutes to make & I bet, you have all the ingredients sitting in your kitchen right now!

What You’ll Need:

1.DSC_0788Not only are DIY Body Scrubs easy on the wallet, when you make your own scrubs you can control the ingredients & the amount and texture as well.

1 Medium-Sized Mason Jar or an Old Jam Jar
2 Cup of Granulated brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of Almond Oil/Olive Oil
1/2 Cup of Brewed Rosebud Tea (Cooled)
Loose Rosebud tea pods
(This concoction can also be made with brewed green tea & loose green tea leaves in case that’s easier for you to get your hands on!)

Why Rosebud Tea? – Let’s nerd out: 

2.DSC_0780Rosebuds, rose hips from the stem of the plant and rose petals have high levels of vitamin C in raw form. Roses are known for having beautifying benefits for the skin – they help remove dark spots and increase pore stability, which means less clogging and PH level issues. And tea is packed with antioxidants & naturally helps bring down puffiness & tightens your skin. So yeah…this combination abounds with natural goodness!  

Step by Step: 

11.DSC_0824The first thing you will need to do is make a strong cup of Rosebud Tea. Allow the tea to steep and cool completely.

7.DSC_0806Grab a bowl and spoon to combine your ingredients.

9.DSC_0814Add your sugar, then your oil. Mix.

12.DSC_0825Add in your tea a little at a time and stir well.

14.DSC_0828Texture-wise, it should resemble apple sauce with a little bit of edge to it, with granules of sugar giving you that perfect scrub texture. Texture is a personal preference, so go with your gut! 

16.DSC_0854Grab a big spoon & scoop the mix into your jar. 

20.DSC_0872Drop in some beautiful rosebuds for that added aroma & also… it’s just so damn pretty! 

Slip the lid on tight & bada bing! – you got yourself a homemade scrub! Slap on a label, throw on a bow & it’s ready to be gifted! For extra cuteness – add a little note for your loved ones about the ingredients in the scrub & personalize the instructions on how to use the product!

Obviously, I tried this scrub today in the shower and I really liked it! It leaves the skin feeling supple and the scent is truly intoxicating.

**Since this scrub is made with water, it is not going to keep as long as one that is made without water. So, always inspect the scrub before using. You also always want to test any beauty product on a small area to make sure you are not sensitive to any of the ingredients – safety first! **

One last thing; when you unscrew the lid & take a whiff of this scrub and seem to be overtaken by an urgent desire to EAT the scrub… remember that this is perfectly normal. However. Do not follow said desire.

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 5.18.12 AMHave a delicious Christmas!


 {Photography by: Gaya Erlings}


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About Gaya Erlings: Owner and creator of Darling Let’s Go Home, she grew up to be a singer/ songwriter and interdisciplinary artist. And along the way, she has designed and decorated the homes the homes and spaces of people she has met, always striving to recreate the sense of home she felt as a strange, rebel kid. A place with no judgement, tons of books, love, laughter, style that unabashedly hugs you when you walk through the door. 
{photograph by: Tina Francis}

 

Author: Gaya Erlings

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