Thursday, December 13, 2012

Vanilla Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Something good.  Two of our favorite scents and tastes, vanilla and peppermint. These are two old friends we always have at Christmastime. Since we will be getting our fair share of yummy foods laced with vanilla and peppermint, we wanted to also treat our external self to the same type of luxury. 

What better than a vanilla peppermint sugar scrub! You may remember our Peppermint Sugar Scrub from last Christmas. This year we wanted to add in the  fragrance of vanilla sugar cookies to the peppermint.

This vanilla peppermint sugar scrub is really easy to make in no time, with the exception of the Vanilla Bean Oil we made to add to the recipe. This will need at least one week to infuse if not longer. Recipe for Vanilla Bean Oil to follow.

As listed above you will need:

1 cup white sugar {you could use brown, we prefer white for the look}.
1 cup vanilla bean oil {recipe to follow}
Peppermint essential oil {purchase from health food store}
Clean jar or bottle
Mixing bowl and spoon

Scrub should last up to 3o days {we suggest if it is going to be a gift to make it as close to the gift giving date as possible to retain all of its natural fresh goodness}

You will find the directions on the photos as you go.

Note:  Should you decide not to make/use vanilla bean oil you could try the 1 cup oil and starting with 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract mix that into the sugar. We have not tried using any pure extracts and cannot give you any idea of the out come. Possibly vanilla essential oil might work too. Please let us know if you try either of these.

Start with five drops of peppermint oil, mix and get an idea if more oil is needed. it is best to start out with less and add more, than having the scrub too strong and not liking it.

We used about 10-15 drops in our mix.

At this point check for the right texture. Is it too dry? Add more oil. Is it too loose? Add more sugar. You be the judge. The same for the vanilla and peppermint additions. Obviously it would be to add more.

To make our vanilla bean oil we used a clean mason jar and added 1 cup grapeseed oil. You can use olive oil, almond oil etc. if you choose.

To the oil we added 1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped. Throw the entire bean in the jar. {oh it smells so good!}

Screw the lid on and give it a little shake. Set the oil in a sunny location for 2 weeks  and during that time give a gently swirl every now and than. 

When ready to use,  Strain through a clean piece of cheese cloth and squeeze out the cheese cloth to get all that good oil. Discard the vanilla bean pod. Keep your oil in a dark colored bottle or jar. Will last up to 6 months.

You can always use more oil and vanilla beans than called for above to make a larger batch of vanilla bean oil to use for other purposes.

We made up a few jars to put our vanilla peppermint sugar scrub in to give as gifts.
Just some little bottles, Washi tape, bakers twine and pom pom.
Oh, and don't forget to include a stick, like a popsicle stick to scoop out the scrub with.

Please note that  the oil in the scrub makes a tub/shower extremely slippery and can be dangerous. Take caution please.

This sugar scrub can be used as an all over body scrub, or on certain troublesome spots.
Rinse off in warm water and pat yourself dry. The oil left behind on your skin can be massaged into your skin and will be a great moisturizer. 


All packaged up and ready to gift!

If you are trying to avoid too may sweets right now, this is a good way to trick your senses!

Love how the white sugar gives a icy cool look to the scrub.

Ready to make up some vanilla peppermint sugar scrub? 
Oh, and some vanilla bean oil too?!

Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
Proverbs 17:24

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